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Manager Facilitation in Scrum

Scrum Expert - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:54
One of the principles of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development is that you should “Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.” Mickey Mantle and Ron Lichty give some advice in their book on how to facilitate when you are the manager of a self-organized Scrum team. An important part of any manager’s job is to facilitate making the right things happen. This often means simply making sure the right communication is taking place among team members ...
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Optional Conference, Budapest, Hungary, April 8-9 2014

Scrum Expert - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 15:28
The Optional Conference is an event focused on agile software development that take place in Budapest, Hungary. The 2014 edition of the Optional Conference will host prestigious speakers like Jurgen Appelo, Jutta Eckstein or Boris Gloger. In the agenda up you can find topics like ” Complex Projects aren’t plannable but controllable”, ” Self-organization needs leadership or How to manage an agile organization” or ” Lean Kanban Essentials: Increasing customer value throughout the value stream”. Web site: Location for the 2014 conference: Budapest, Hungary
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ScrumDesk Version 6 Released

Scrum Expert - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 19:47
ScrumDesk is a Windows desktop application that simplifies the life of agile team by support of all Scrum ceremonies and Scrum roles. ScrumDesk version 6.0 brings visual markers, Kanban and integrated agile tips. Top features of ScrumDesk version 6.0 are: * Visual Markers * Boards * Due dates for stories and tasks * New design of story side view * Themes for story templates * Kanban boards improvements * Kanban statistics and cumulative flow chart * Project related retrospective ideas
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Bjarte Bogsnes Will Keynote at Agile on the Beach Conference

Scrum Expert - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:26
Bjarte Bogsnes, Vice President of Performance Development at Statoil and author of “Implementing Beyond Budgeting: Unlocking the Performance Potential” will deliver a keynote speech at the Agile on the Beach conference. Agile on the Beach is an intimate two-day conference that attracts innovators from international business and technology. This unconventional conference returns to Falmouth, Cornwall on the 4th and 5th of September 2014 for it’s fourth year, when just 200 delegates will explore what it means to be truly agile in business; from its culture to product development practices.The engagement of ...
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Gaining Support for a Sustainable Agile Transformation

DFW Scrum User Group - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 04:25
Mike Cottmeyer, LeadingAgile co-founder and President, visited us in January from Atlanta to talk about sustainable agile transformations.  In fact, just days before his visit, he asked if our group would like to see the presentation he gave at conferences … Continue reading →
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Stop Doing Retrospectives

Scrum Expert - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:01
You have been doing Agile and Scrum for a few years now. With a regular cadence you have retrospectives and a lot of problems and great improvement opportunities are raised but nothing seems to really improve. Stop doing retrospectives! It is time to take your improvement work to a whole new level! It’s time to shift your focus form collecting problems to making small experiments! It’s time to create the daily habits of continuous improvement. It is time to start using Toyota Kata! In this session you will get a practical ...
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Better Predictability with Smaller User Stories

Scrum Expert - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 19:31
User stories and their size are often the basis for planning a Sprint in Scrum. You can use a relative estimation and planning poker or a more classical approach to define the effort for each user stories. As such, they are also the basis for the metrics of progress and the velocity of the Scrum team. In this blog post, Doug Brophy presents his opinion that the importance of large user stories in the backlog decrease the reliability of the team velocity (trend) and its usefulness for planning next iterations. The ...
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Agile Adria Conference, Tuheljske Toplice, Croatia, April 7-8 2014

Scrum Expert - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 15:16
Agile Adria Conference is a three-day conference that takes place in Croatia and focuses on Agile and Scrum. Its goal is as a regional event is to be the meeting point for Agilists from Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Speakers are experts coming from both Europe and the USA. Among the expert for the 2014 conference, you will find known authors like David J. Anderson, Jurgen Appello or Rachel Davies. In the agenda up you can find topics like “How to improve estimates for software: The #NoEstimates view”, ...
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Cape Town March 2014: Product Roadmapping 101

Scrum User Group of South Africa - Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:49
Product Roadmapping 101 When: Thursday, 6 March 2014, 18:00 – 20:00 Where: Allan Gray (download map) Sign up here In today’s agile world, do we need still need roadmaps? If you had asked me this question a few years back, I would have probably said it is not necessary and a waste of time. However, [...]
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Scrum São Paulo

Scrum Alliance - Wed, 06/19/2013 - 06:13
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Agiles Colombia

Scrum Alliance - Wed, 06/19/2013 - 06:03
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Scrum and Motivation

Scrum Alliance - Wed, 06/19/2013 - 03:37
As a relatively recent addition to the ScrumMaster ranks, I am finding myself regularly faced with a question related to motivation. Understanding the context of any task is hugely important before a realistic commitment can be agreed upon with th...
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Avoid the Pandemic: Save the World with Scrum

Scrum Alliance - Mon, 06/17/2013 - 06:31
Can your Scrum team save the world? Try this team-building exercise with the cooperative board game Pandemic. Diagnosis: A high-performing team One of the key responsibilities of the ScrumMaster is providing the necessary leadership to form a gr...
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What Does Your Project or Program Play Card Look Like?

Scrum Alliance - Mon, 06/10/2013 - 08:38
On just about any given Saturday or Sunday in the United States, you'll find friends and families enjoying time watching football (or American football, as my European friends call it). Regardless of whether it's the college or pro game, the telev...
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Scrum Alliance - Mon, 06/10/2013 - 08:31
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061413.Your Playcard.Eric King.IMAGE 2

Scrum Alliance - Mon, 06/10/2013 - 08:29
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