About Agile-Minds

About Agile-Minds

Agile-Minds is my site talking about experiences I made with agile product & software development. It talks about the roles of agile software development methods like SCRUM or flow-principles like KANBAN. It also throws some light on the role of LEAN in product development.

The site contains information about agility and how it impacts your daily business life. Agile software development practices changed the way we built software. Agile product development ensures continuous availability of changes for our customers. LEAN principles helped us to put the software and product development methods together and showed us a way to control our business with agile methods working under the hood. LEAN methods came with “avoid waste”, “validated learning” and the “build-measure-learn” cycle defined by Eric Ries in “The LEAN Startup | Methodology”.

Agility can go even further. If the organization allows to revert the PUSH-principle into a PULL-principle – it empowers people to change a whole business organization. The fundament for a organization transformation.

About me – Michael Maretzke

Currently, I am working as Vice President Technology @ FriendScout24. FriendScout24 is the leading online dating web site in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Michael MaretzkeAs VP Technology I work together with a team of ~40 people. About three years ago, we introduced SCRUM as our agile software development method. Along with 3-week sprint cycles we made our way through all the ups and downs. End of 2011, we moved from 3-week cycles to 2-week cycles – creating quite some pain. Moreover, beginning 2012 we moved even further – switching from SCRUM to a flow-based software development process managed with KANBAN. Mid 2012, we arrived at daily deployments and continuous delivery.

We run on-site teams, mixed-teams with people on-site and off-site, teams working on product features, maintenance teams, teams working on web-portals, teams producing native applications.

The site www.agile-minds.com is about sharing some insights based on the experience we made with agile processes.

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