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Mastering Scrum Retrospectives

Scrum Expert - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:36
When I started with Agile and Scrum back at 2005, I was not much different from any other agile newbie, and I was complaining for having regular retrospective. “What for? We are already sitting together, we are a good team, we tell each other what should be said. It’s waste of time. Formal meeting…” Later I realized retrospective is quite useful and implemented it as one of the key Scrum practices. Lately, during past few years of my work as Agile Coach I realized I do retrospective with new agile teams and simply any group of people very often to start communication and build a first cornerstone of agile mindset – openness and trust to each other. I must admit it delivers great results which I never can achieve without Retrospective. This talk share with you my experiences how to become “master of retrospectives” and how to use it in all rank of different situations. Video producer:
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Scrum Days Poland, Warsaw, Poland, May 12-13 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 03/22/2016 - 19:00
Scrum Days Poland is a two-day conference focused on Scrum and Agile project management approaches. It aims to create an environment where people can meet, build social networks, do business and have fun with a new conference experience. The conference also provides an executive track with talks about leadership, organizational change and managing companies. In the agenda of Scrum Days Poland you can find topics like “The future present of Scrum (Are we Done yet?)”, “Say No! Be a Good Product Owner”, “Visualizations in Scrum”, “Story Mapping: Slicing epics into testable bites”, “Why Some Developers Hate Scrum?”, “Wasteful Scrum – Why Are You Doing It to Yourself?”, “Story Mapping @ Scale – Old Tool with New Value”, “How do I Tell My Boss I Want to Be a Product Owner”, “User Stories – Going From Misuse to Collaborative…”, “Building Trust Through Early Progress with Remote Customer”. Web site: Location for the Scrum Days Poland conference: Sound Garden Hotel, Żwirki i Wigury, 18 Warsaw, Poland
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Agile in a Bag London 2016 Call for Speakers

Scrum Expert - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 17:23
The Agile in a Bag conference will be back in London the Friday 10th of June 2016. It proposes workshops to help you understand how Agile works and interesting presentations explaining Scrum ideas. It is also a great place to network with fellow Agile practitioners in London. The topics of the conference are fundamentals of agile methodologies, tools and best practices, how to apply this knowledge to make your projects successful. The call for talks and workshops for the Agile in a Bag London conference is open until April 2. More information on
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Become Customer Centric

Scrum Expert - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 22:43
The first principle of Agile manifesto says “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.” But, Is our highest priority to delight our customer, or to delight our sponsor. Do we understand who the real customer is and behave accordingly? I’ve often seen Agile teams producing software aimed to delight: another departments within their organization, an external organization hiring their development services, their management or even their Product Owners. But, are those the ones to be delighted by the product in development? I believe that software is awesome when it helps creating awesome experiences to the people the organization is serving. To create those delighting experiences is very important to understand who your real customer is and empathize with him. This session is aimed to create that awareness and to introduce some practical tools that can help creating a “Customer Centric” Agile implementation and culture in organizations.I will start the session by explaining what is customer centricity and how it can become the competitive advantage of your business and a powerful reason for adopting Agile. I’ll continue with simple tips, and practical examples, which attendees can incorporate into your Agile implementation to empower customer delighting. Such as including “moments of truth” in “Personas” and going from “User Stories” to “Customer Stories”The listener will get from this session easy-to-apply tools to equip their Agile implementation an extra focus on their real customer to maximize customer satisfaction and create an important foundation for the [...]
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LeanKit Provides Two New Reports

Scrum Expert - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 19:01
LeanKit provides a flexible environment where teams practicing different methodologies — such as Kanban, Scrum, Waterfall and everything in between — can work together within the context of the larger enterprise system to deliver value faster. To support the needs of teams practicing Scrum and Scrumban, LeanKit has announced that a burndown report is now available. In addition, for teams using planned finish dates to plan and schedule their work, LeanKit has introduced a new Planned Percent Complete report. The Burndown Chart is a graphical representation of work left to do versus time, teams practicing Scrum and Scrumban use burndown reports to answer the question: “Are we on pace to complete our committed work by the end of this sprint?” The Planned Percent Complete (PPC) chart helps us answer the question: “How accurate are we at planning our work to deliver on our commitments?” This report measures the percentage of work items that are 100% complete on the specified finish date.
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Hansoft Introduces Favro Agile App

Scrum Expert - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 17:22
Hansoft has introduced the Favro app – its much anticipated segue into the Agile collaboration software space; since raising $10 million in first round funding lead by Spotify investor, Creandum, two years ago. With Favro, Hansoft has created a new cloud-based freemium platform that brings a new level of Agile management practices not only to software engineers but to teams working within sales, support, operations, marketing, legal, finance, logistics, and management. For more than a decade Hansoft has made efficient and innovative tools designed to enhance project management and team collaboration in software development. People depend on Hansoft when building everything from video games to space rockets and satellites. Favro empowers people to create really great things together. An app that is simple enough for everyone to use, yet powerful enough for the complexities of work in today’s world. An app that visualizes work on your laptop, tablet, and smartphone, and lets you choose to use simple or advanced tools; giving you what’s needed to get things done. Labelled as a direct competitor of Trello, Asana and Jira, Favro lets everyone collaborate in their own teams, whatever processes have been agreed on.
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AgileEurope Conference, Gdansk, Poland, May 30 – June 2 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 18:03
AgileEurope is a three-day conference organized by the Agile Alliance. With more that 20 presentations and 15 workshops delivered by Agile thought leaders, this conference will provide European agilists a place to learn and network similar to the annual Agile conference organized in the USA. In the agenda of the AgileEurope Conference, you can find topics like “Courageously, Compassionately, Confidently Learning: The Path to Agility”, “7 Sins of Scrum and other Agile Anti-Patterns”, “Agile Leadership and Self-organization”, “#DiscoveryDojo: Hunting Value with Structured Conversations”, “To Estimate or #NoEstimates, That is the Question”, “Experiences from Lean-Agile Hardware Development”, “One-Size Never Fits All: Tailor Your Agile Transformation to Meet Your Needs”, “How Architects nurture Technical Excellence”, “Agile Product Ownership – StoryMapping”. Web site: Location for the AgileEurope conference: Gdańsk, Poland
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Keep Austin Agile, Austin, USA, May 26 2016

Scrum Expert - Wed, 03/09/2016 - 16:00
Keep Austin Agile is a one-day conference that takes place in Austin, Texas. This event offers various tracks for education and networking in a relaxed environment. The target audience is project manager, Scrum Master, developer, tester and software development manager. In the agenda of the Keep Austin Agile conference you can find topics like “3 Stages of Enterprise Agility: From Isolated to Networked Agility”, “Agile Success in the Complex Enterprise”, “How to Scale Agile in a Bi-modal World”, “Scaling Agile: A Guide for the Perplexed”, “Three Things You Must Know to Transform Any Sized Organization Into an Agile Enterprise”, “Welcome to the Matrix! Organizational Structures to Support Agile”, “What is This Nexus Thing Anyway?”,”Agile Metrics: Using Them As a Force For Good, Not Evil”, “Coaching Skills for Scrum Masters”, “The ScrumMaster Dojo: Building a Scrum Master and Coaching Community of Practice”, “Things Are Broken: A Study in Moving Tooooo”, “From Models to Stories: Building Your Agile Backlog”, “Portfolio Kanban: Applying Agile and Lean Principles At Portfolio Level”, “Paying Off Technical Debt”. Web site: Location for the Keep Austin Agile conference: JW Marriott, 110 East Second Street, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Agile and Beyond, Ypsilanti, USA, May 5-6 2016

Scrum Expert - Wed, 03/09/2016 - 15:00
Agile and Beyond is a two-day conference focused on Agile software development and Scrum project management that takes place near Detroit in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It aimed at taking together software developers, designers, product owners and executives for workshops and presentations focused on Agile and Lean processes. In the agenda of Agile and Beyond you can find topics like “Expanding an Agile Culture in organizations with Design thinking”, “Spice Up Your Agile Everything”, “Agile Coach Activity Pack: Experience and Learn Through Four Simulations”, “The Business Analyst: How To Be More Than a Proxy”, “User Story Mapping Deep Dive”, “User Story Mapping Deep Dive”, “Gamifying Retrospectives for Distributed Teams”, “Effective Software Delivery: Agility Without the Dogma”, “Agile NOT By The Book”, “Save Our Scrum”. Web site: Location for the Agile and Beyond conference: Eagle Crest Resort & Conference Center, 1275 S Huron Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, USA
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InLoox Adds Kanban Board

Scrum Expert - Tue, 03/08/2016 - 17:57
InLoox has annouced InLoox 9, the next generation of its collaborative project management solution. The upgrade brings with it an enhanced platform for increased efficiency and collaboration, providing a solution for project and personal task management, project planning, document management, time tracking, budgeting, reports and dashboards. The latest version of InLoox features a completely redesigned InLoox now! Web App, the main platform for InLoox’s on-demand SaaS solution, which has been updated with a sleek and modern design that offers users an intuitive interface to help improve performance. Workplace, a new feature of the enhanced InLoox now! Web App, also gives project managers a central place for personal and project task management, helping to organize time and priorities, and to stay up-to-date with crucial messages and alerts. With InLoox now! Web App, communicating with team members is now faster and easier using the solutions’ chat feature. Its project notes function allows information to be exchanged seamlessly, facilitating problem solving and preserving ideas and best practices for future reference. InLoox now! also closes the gap between modern task management and classic project management, featuring both a Kanban-board that allows users to visualize task progress and a Gantt chart to show overall project progression.
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UX in Agile Product Management

Scrum Expert - Tue, 03/08/2016 - 14:52
Agile has become the de-facto standard for innovating new products in software development. But an Agile project needs good product management and good UX design to succeed. Fitting UX in with product management and Agile can be uncomfortable for UX designers. Once you get it, though, you’ll never want to work any other way. This presentations covers: * Why Agile works well for innovation and for software delivery * What product management is and why your software product can’t succeed without it * The different product phases: Discover, expand and exploit * The role of UX in each phase * Setting up hypotheses and metrics to keep Agile teams on track * How to get the time to do your design * How to make sure the users get a voice too Video producer: Further reading: The UX Runway – Integrating UX, Lean and Scrum Cohesively
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Continuous Improvement Without Blame

Scrum Expert - Mon, 03/07/2016 - 19:06
The frontier is somewhat thin between analyzing things for continous improvement in Agile and blaming people for failure. In this blog post, John Allspaw discusses how Etsy wants to consider mistakes, errors, slips or lapses with a perspective of learning. he explains how having blameless post-mortems on outages and accidents are part of this approach. John Allspaw presents the concept of “Just Culture” where you make effort to balance safety and accountability. People should be able to give detailed account of problems without fear of punishment or retribution. People can explain why their actions made sense to them at the time, which help to understand the cause of the failure. Here are some of the principles of the “Just Culture”: * Encourage learning by having these blameless retrospectives on outages and accidents. The goal is to understand how an accident could have happened, in order to better equip ourselves from it happening in the future * Give people the authority to improve safety by allowing them to give detailed accounts of their contributions to failures. * Encourage people who do make mistakes to be the experts on educating the rest of the organization how not to make them in the future. * Accept that there is always a discretionary space where humans can decide to make actions or not. The conclusion of the article is that “Failure happens. In order to understand how failures happen, we first have to understand our reactions to failure.” Read the complete blog post on [...]
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Chief Craftsman at tapped to improve Microsoft’s Visual Studio product line News - Tue, 07/31/2012 - 13:58 announced today that its Chief Craftsman, David Starr, will soon be joining Microsoft as Senior Program Manager in Visual Studio ALM. 

Since joining in 2011, David has driven significant improvements in all of’s programs, and has dedicated himself to helping teams around the world improve their software development. David is leaving his post as Chief Craftsman for to help Microsoft continue improving Visual Studio to support agile software development practices.

In discussing his new role David said, “There is a saying that the tool sets the rules. As unfortunate as that statement is, it is true for many organizations who don’t yet value people over process and process over tools. I look forward to delivering products that encourage good agile practices with a focus on better people interactions and higher quality software. Creating features for a product that is used by millions of software developers is humbling.”

"It is with mixed emotions that we bid David farewell," said Alex Armstrong,'s co-founder and VP of Business Development. "David has made incredible contributions through his work at, and we will miss him at each and every Daily Scrum. As part of the team, David has been directly helping to improve the profession of software development. We are excited that he will be able to continue to do so with a company as central in the software development universe as Microsoft," Armstrong continued.

“I have been privileged to work with the thought leaders at The Professional Scrum Trainers and others in the Scrum community are some of the most committed and talented people contributing to our craft,” said Starr.

“I will miss my interactions, heated discussions, and finally resolutions with David.,” said founder Ken Schwaber. David drives integrity, and that is essential to’s mission and to the well-being of our profession.

Asked about the significance of Microsoft’s choice, Armstrong summarized, ”By bringing a Scrum practitioner with David's unique mix of talents into a leadership role on its flagship ALM product, Microsoft is clearly telegraphing its commitment to supporting Agile and Scrum teams. Agile’s influence in software development has been increasing steadily over the past decade, and this seems to be a clear demonstration of the trend continuing.”

You can read more about David’s future plans on his blog.

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Suspending Scrum Extensions News - Thu, 07/05/2012 - 23:05 is suspending the Scrum extension program, effective immediately.
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