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Planbox and BrainBank Merge

Scrum Expert - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 17:35
Planbox, a cloud-based agile project management solution vendor, has merged with BrainBank Software the pioneering platform for cloud based collaborative innovation management. The combined company will be called Planbox. BrainBank and its Idealink product will be marketed as Planbox Innovate and the existing solution as Planbox Agile. Ludwig Melik currently CEO of BrainBank will be the CEO of the combined company which will continue the development and support for both Planbox and BrainBank products – all existing agreements and support arrangements remain unchanged. “The combined offering will allow us to benefit ...
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Ivar Jacobson International Releases Agile Essentials Cards

Scrum Expert - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 16:58
Ivar Jacobson International has released a starter pack of agile practice cards that aid team-based software development by ensuring that core agile team practices are transparent and effective. Each practice contains a small number of cards that provide useful, structured advice on how to apply the practice. In many organizations, arguments rage between software development “experts” and teams on which process framework is best – e.g. Extreme Programming (XP) versus Scrum versus Kanban. Even though agile principles are clear that “no one should tell the team how to do their work”, ...
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A Project Management Office (PMO) View of Agile

Scrum Expert - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 15:59
As Agile product and project management approaches are adopted by large organizations, they have to coexist with a typical entity of big companies: the Project Management Office (PMO). A recent report from ESI International explores how the PMO staff views the challenges of implementing Agile in their organizations. The Project Management Office (PMO) is a group within an organization that defines and maintains standards for project management. It is the source of documentation, guidance and metrics on the practice of project management. The ESI survey was conducted online from March to ...
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Early Bird Ends 31 July for Agile on the Beach Conference

Scrum Expert - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 16:12
Early Bird ticket will end 31st July for the for Agile on the Beach conference that will take place in Falmouth, UK, September 3-4 2015. Early Bird Tickets are on sale for the conference and can be secured via eventbrite, capacity is currently at 90%. This year we are moving to a bigger venue. The Performance Centre is still based on Tremough Campus at the Penryn. This venue allows us to comfortably host all 350 attending. We will be having our pre-conference pasty and a drink gathering at the Performance ...
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VersionOne Partners With Blue Agility on SAFe

Scrum Expert - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 18:56
Blue Agility and VersionOne have partnered to help companies drive business agility and transformation at scale. This partnership will help address a growing market need: empowering organizations to reap the benefits of agility at the enterprise level using proven techniques and methodologies, including the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). Blue Agility has a wealth of experience and successful track record leveraging SAFe to better align IT with business and significantly improve product development lead times for their client base. VersionOne solutions provide seamless technology support for SAFe, with a particular focus on ...
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PlanningPoker.com Updated

Scrum Expert - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 18:40
PlanningPoker.com is an on-line web site for planning poker produced in cooperation with Mountain Goat, Mike Cohn’s company. It has launched several new free features over the past two weeks. Major design enhancements throughout the game, including a smaller footer and header to increase the game board space. New features for PlanningPoker.com Dealers: * view and print game results in a helpful summary screen * edit game details in an all-new Settings tab within the game board * choose whether cards automatically flip when the last card is played * choose whether players can change ...
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XP Conference India, Bangalore. India, August 6-8 2015

Scrum Expert - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 16:55
XP Conference India is a two-days conference taking place in India that focuses on all the technical practices of Agile software development like clean code, refactoring, code smells, continuous delivery, Test-Driven Development (TDD) and Behavior-Driven Development (BDD). In the agenda of XP Conference India you can find topics like “Mini Code-a-Thon”, “Learn 2 Play Java in TDD Style”, “Common Blind Spots on the Journey to Production and Beyond”, “Don’t Test your Code”, “Test-Driven Development Surveillance – Common Misinterpretations”, “Writing SOLID code”, “Clean Code Basics – Let’s get it right”, “Branching for ...
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Chief Craftsman at Scrum.org tapped to improve Microsoft’s Visual Studio product line

Scrum.org News - Tue, 07/31/2012 - 13:58

Scrum.org announced today that its Chief Craftsman, David Starr, will soon be joining Microsoft as Senior Program Manager in Visual Studio ALM. 

Since joining Scrum.org in 2011, David has driven significant improvements in all of Scrum.org’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 Scrum.org 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, Scrum.org's co-founder and VP of Business Development. "David has made incredible contributions through his work at Scrum.org, and we will miss him at each and every Daily Scrum. As part of the Scrum.org 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 Scrum.org. 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 Scrum.org founder Ken Schwaber. David drives integrity, and that is essential to Scrum.org’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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Scrum.org is Hiring - Looking For an Experienced Marketing Manager

Scrum.org News - Fri, 07/06/2012 - 16:42
Scrum.org is seeking a talented, driven, and seasoned Marketing Manager to join its Marketing team to help lead its growth.
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Suspending Scrum Extensions

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