Author Archives: Mike Leber

Software Testing as an Industry is an Anti-Pattern

I have been working in the software industry for more than 25 years now. And I am happy to see an increasing integration of the individual disciplines of requirements analysis, implementation, testing and delivery over the last few years. This is probably due to a higher sensitivity of markets for good quality products. With the age of the Internet, social media, the cloud, mobile and more people can faster choose the right service or simply change to what gives a better fit to their needs. … Continue reading

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Agile Coach Camp Austria 2014

It has been long on my mind (probably since 2 years), but this year its time to make it happen: the first Agile Coach Camp in Austria. Together with my friends Veronika Kotrba and Ralph Miarka we settled an organizer team and are on our way with preparations. For a camp we have special location requirements, where we are currently in the process of checking alternatives. We hope to address many Austrian fellows, but likewise many coaches from other countries. The more people from different … Continue reading

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Considering Real Options on my Way to the Airport

So we planned going to #p4a13 this weekend. Made a plan. Wanted to spend the evening before departure with my family in Graz, about 190 km away from the airport in Vienna. My  flight would be around 9am in the morning. Plenty of time to have a relaxed coffee in the morning. Everything prepared the evening before, I planned to leave with some buffer. How relaxed such a plan felt. Well I had to spend some time to fix it. Where to park the car … Continue reading

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Agile Thinking for Students

Next week I’ll be starting a new university class on “Project Management”, I teach besides my day job and besides lectures on “Software Architecture and Design”, which I do for the winter term. Students are mainly technicians with different focus points, either pure informatics, geo or even business informatics. Part of the given scope is, that students have an option at the end of the lecture to do an IPMA level D certification. Well, what else? … Having the chance to work with students is a … Continue reading

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Stoos – let’s reach out for Education

The Stoos movement keeps growing, spreading around the globe. New events and event formats have been launched, giving new – also well-known – protagonists an opportunity to raise their voice. A nice example was the recent Stoos Connect event, organized by Erwin van der Koogh. Great line-up of speakers, easy to access due to online broadcast, triggering collaboration due to innvolvement of Stoos satellites around the globe. What Stoos tries to accomplish is change. Change, which has to start now. Its more than time to … Continue reading

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Study on “The Agile Coach”

Few books and many articles have been written about the role of the Agile Coach. Searching job roles on LinkedIn would result in more than 1200 people currently using the term ‘Agile Coach’ in their job role. In addition more than 800 people on LinkedIn once had used the job role ‘Agile Coach’ (whatever made them change).


However, besides the few books, is it clear, what the role – maybe the profession – of the Agile Coach is about? (more to follow, no bias intended here … :-) )

The Study – it needs You

I am running a study on this and I am looking for interview partners, who are currently holding the role of an Agile Coach. If you are interested, please drop me an email or a tweet, or just leave your comment here. Looking forward talking to you.

Thanks very much!

PS: of course the study participants will be treated totally anonymously (except you want to be published) and receive comprehensive results exclusively.

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Global Day of Coderetreat 2012 – again also in Vienna


In December 2011 Corey Haines called for a Coderetreat, which should take place at the same date as as many as possible locations worldwide at the same time. And it became true – for more than 24 hours Coderetreats kept following the sun – the Global Day of Coderetreat was a huge success and big fun for all participants. It was my pleasure together with friends, colleagues and sponsors to organize one of these worldwide events also in Vienna. This was the first public Coderetreat … Continue reading

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Leancamp Berlin on 27th of August


Next Leancamp will take place in Berlin in two weeks. And its great to see communities collaborating and exchanging in shared directions – we want to create better products, keep on learning, stay tuned within an ever-changing world, simply work in better environments. Whether its the Lean & Agile communities, people talking about Agile schools, Agile University days, networks of change agents such as Stoos, the Lean Startup movement or many more. If you happen to live around Berlin or just see the opportunity to … Continue reading

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The Idea for #GeeksOnABoat


Last week on twitter I raised again the idea with Ángel Medinilla (@angel_m), we had already chatted before – why not doing a sailing trip in combination with Agile? Ángel immediately started motivation mode – said YES, entered innovation mode and said “#GeeksOnABoat”. At the same time he got two other agile sailors on board – @CarlosTheSailor and @abarrera.   What do we envisage with #GeeksOnABoat? Well, we thought about renting a sailing boat (Ángel even owns one, which is located in the South of … Continue reading

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The Stoos Gathering: You don’t have to wait for the change

Stoos Gathering about Change on Management and Organizational Level The Stoos Gathering, which took place on 6th and 7th of Jan 2012 somewhere in the Swiss alps, raised a lot of attention on twitter (#stoos) during and right after the event. A group of 20+ people (referenced by Jurgen Appelo as “idea farmers”, a term I love) came together to discuss approaches of how to catalyze organizational transformation – transformation towards something like “better” working places and business relations. Together with (obviously) many others I … Continue reading

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