I just finished a crazy Friday – fantastic to be 0x30 and still learn new and great stuff – learning and getting inspiration in making what you love to do is what makes life worth living!
It all started Wednesday late at work, Michael Rozenberg (http://michaelrozenberg.se/) and I was sitting a quiet day at work and he told me that he just asked Mattias Forsberg from ComHem to meet with him in Stockholm and exchange ideas of working with Agile in a management team and Agile ideas in general – Michael had seen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZe6snBN-aI (Swedish - sorry). Michael asked me if I wanted to join him (distance Lund-Stockholm is about 600 km) in his Crazy Friday trip – and I was thinking about it for an hour before I gave him a call and got the details, it was a crazy idea, but also fantastic!
When I came home, I asked my wife if she wanted to join me on a long weekend in Stockholm, after all we might just use the opportunity to have a nice weekend in “Gamla Stan”! We booked a hotel and had the kids to take care of our zoo at home (3 dogs, 4 cats, 3 rats, 2 hamsters) and off we went Thursday after work to a nice hotel in central Stockholm.
It was perfect weather Friday morning, so we walked to “Gamla Stan” where I continued to my meeting with Mattias while my wife was catching up on her 2. Dan (she has black belt in shopping and is going for 2. Dan) ;-)
I don’t know what I had expected from the beginning, but it was highly productive and inspiring to meet with Mattias and learn about how they use Agile in their organization and the challenges they have had and how they have been thinking when they execute it in practice. Mattias took us on a walk around in the building and showed us how they use “puls-tavla” to get an overview of current projects and secure the communication in the organization – we discussed how they work with Agile and teams and how we work with Agile at Sony.
This was not the first time that Mattias had guests from other organizations, however it was the first (and definitely not the last) time that I tried this, he use these kind of meetings to get inspiration from others and to evaluate how he and his organization is doing.
They have implemented Agile as top-down, where we are doing a bottom-up, we did Agile top-down when I worked for Nokia and both have it’s strength and both happen to struggle with things, some things are the same and some are different.
Most of our discussions was about how to build Agile into the organization, i.e. how to secure the communication between the stakeholders, how to create strategies for the company with buy in from the development teams and what thoughts we have when we implement ideas and how to use Agile in your management team!
It was an overall amazing experience to visit another company and have this discussion and I can only recommend it to other managers – I hope that I will get the opportunity to do this twice a year, it gives a lot of inspiration, a lot of energy, build a really good network and help you to analyze how you work in your own organization!