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Import Microsoft Project Data into JIRA

Scrum Expert - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 15:53
Ricksoft has developed an add-on that allows users to import data from Microsoft Project, a project management tool of Microsoft into Atlassian JIRA. Ricksoft has developed MS Project importer for JIRA in response to requests from many customers who say they want to import data from Microsoft Project, a project management tool developed by Microsoft, into JIRA Server, the bug-tracking and project management tool developed by Atlassian. Data imported from Microsoft Project are displayed on the Gantt-Chart for JIRA produced by Ricksoft. MS Project importer for JIRA will be provided in Atlassian’s marketplace for free of charge.
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Real-Time Retrospectives & Agile Improvement

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 15:09
If the retrospectives are one of the main improvement tools for Agile teams, they can also be the subjects of improvement. In this article, Tom Monico explains how his team has adopted the starfish model to create a better retrospectives process where feedback is produced in real-time and not only at the end of a Scrum sprint. Author: Tom Monico, https://www.goreflect.com/ Many have embraced the retrospective while others, possibly most, have a more casual attitude towards the value of the retrospective. Personally, I was somewhere in the middle until my teammates and I developed a better way to learn from the past. We were performing very well. We routinely met our commitments and the business was happy. We held a retrospective at the end of each sprint going around the room asking each team member to share something that worked or didn’t work well. It was a very uncomfortable process for everyone. Since we were doing so well, we questioned the value of the retrospective and considered having the retrospective every other sprint, maybe even less often. Luckily, our desire to have the retro less frequently was short lived. We realized that even though we were doing well, we still needed to challenge ourselves to improve every sprint. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t grow as a team and we’d eventually become complacent about improvement. We needed something better. We needed a better retrospective. We wanted to make the retrospective as objective as possible so we adopted the starfish model using [...]
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XP Days Germany, Hamburg, Germany, November 20-22 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 08:30
XP Days Germany is a three-day conference focused on Agile software development. With its eXtreme programming background, it contains interesting technical best practices material for Scrum practitioners and Agile software developers. All the talks are in German. In the agenda of the XP Days Germany conference you can find topics like “Welcome to Dockerland: Best Practices for Kickstarters and Tools by Example”, “Lean Principles and the Management of Technical Debt”, “Test Driven DevOps”, “The 10 Golden Rules fur Bad Tests”, “Pair Programming – Developers Friend, Managers Enemy?”, “How Scrum Keeps Managers Happy – But Not Developers”, “Train your brain – Google Style”, “Continuous Database Integration with Flyway”, “Refactoring Legacy Code”, “Introducing Decombination”, “Design Sprints and Paper Prototyping”, “Lean Coffee”, “Test-Driven Layout – Implementation with Galen”, “The Journey towards Software Craftsmanship”, “Continuous Delivery. Lessons (Not) Learned”. Web site: http://www.xpdays.de/ Location for the XP Days Germany conference: Handwerkskammer Hamburg, Holstenwall 12, 20355 Hamburg, Germany
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Agile Tour Paris, Paris, France, November 17 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 08:00
Agile Tour Paris is a one-day conference focused on agile software development and Scrum that takes place in the capital of France. All the presentations and workshops of the Agile Tour Paris conference are in French. In the agenda the Agile Tour Paris conference, you can find presentations and workshops like “Agile Innovation with JTBD”, “The Art of Being Wrong”, “Coaching Agility in a complex world or what’s the difference between “pure” coaches and Agile coaches?”, “Building Trust inside a Team”, “User research game : learn how to validate your hypothesis!”, “Meeting Game”, “Scrum Clinic”, “Negotiating in Agile Projects”, “How to Achieve a Successful Intrapreneurship Experience in a Big Company”, “DevOps Killed Me”, ” LeanUX for Honest Product Owners”, “Agile Leadership”. Web site: http://at2016.agiletour.org/fr/paris.html Location for the Agile Tour Paris conference: Microsoft France, 41 Quai Président Roosevelt, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
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Agile Tour Vienna, Austria, November 12 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 09:30
The Agile Tour Vienna conference is a one-day event that aims at bringing together experts and practitioners interested in Agile software development and Scrum project management. The main conference language is German, but there are some talks in English. In the agenda of the Agile Tour Vienna conference you can find topics like “Effective User Stories”, “(How) do I do “real” Scrum?”, “Agile 1×1”, “Mobile Testing in Agile Context”, “Scaling Agile Delivery: Turning the Lights On”, “A UX Toolkit for the Product Owner”, “Given/When/Then-ready sprint planning”, “Test automation without a headache: Five key patterns”. Web site: http://www.agiletourvienna.at/ Location for the Agile Tour Vienna conference: FH Technikum Wien, Höchstädtplatz 6, 1200 Vienna, Austria
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Agile Tour Bangkok, Thailand, October 28-29 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 09:00
The Agile Tour Bangkok is a two-day conference focused Agile software development and Scrum. The main objective of this conference is to promote to the Agile software development community in Thailand. Local and international Agile practitioners will share their rich experiences during the Agile Tour Bangkok. In the agenda of Agile Tour Bangkok conference you can find topics like “Mindmaps: A killer way to increase your test coverage”,”Agile Without a Name”, “Integrating Agile Concept Through Education”, “Advanced Lean Agile. Scrum beyond the Guide. Beyond Basics. Beyond a single framework. No Dogmas!”, “Enterprise Agile Journey with DST”, “Enterprise Scaling Strategy”, “Agile Business (Transform Your Organization Through Agile)”, “The Principles Of Agile Metrics”, “Agile and Waterfall from the view of Plato and Aristotle”, “Practical Guide for First Time Product Owners”, “Do and Don’t for Continuous Delivery”, “Agile transformation – The role of a QA”, “Enterprise Agile Pitfalls”. Web site: http://www.agiletourbkk.org/ Location for the Agile Tour Bangkok conference: Montien Riverside Hotel, 372 Rama 3 Road, Bangkhlo, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
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REPL, Scrum & the Wright Brothers

Scrum Expert - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 14:39
Jeff Sutherland makes a convincing argument of using Scrum outside of software development in his recent book Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. A full 111 years before Sutherland published this book, the Wright Brothers practiced scrum to outmaneuver better funded and more entrenched competitors. REPL driven development is a technique that comes to business software creation from the scientific computing community. REPL driven development takes the benefits of small iterations and immediate feedback and marries it with the change-proofing benefits of test-driven development. Taking the lessons of Sutherland and the Wright Brothers back to software, we will see how REPL-driven development aligns perfectly with their techniques. At the end of the session, you will know how to write code faster and better, and have a heck of a lot of fun doing it. This session will be using F# in Visual Studio 2015. If you have learned some F# and are eager to start using it in your day job, this session will use some techniques help you achieve that goal. Video producer: http://ndcoslo.com/
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Forty8Fifty Labs Launches Splunk Connector for Atlassian JIRA

Scrum Expert - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 18:59
Forty8Fifty Labs has announced the Real-Time Splunk Connector for Atlassian JIRA Service Desk. The new solution leverages advanced analytics and reporting to provide a big picture view across all service desk environments so DevOps teams can better understand the incident trends that often create persistent or intermittent service issues. The Real-Time Splunk Connector for Atlassian JIRA Service Desk from Forty8Fifty Labs can trigger enhanced, real-time alerts within HipChat to arm development teams with the information and context they need to build system performance and reliability. Leveraging real-time Searches in Splunk to trigger configurable levels of service incidents associated with JIRA Service Desk, the new product empowers teams to close the loop on responses to issues taking place in their environment. Taking the value a step further, the new product also provides rich visual data analytics on both the operational occurrences taking place along with the Service Desk experience associated with it. This provides development and operations teams with an anytime, anywhere view of the state of their service request and delivers the detailed information needed to act fast. Key features of the Real-Time Splunk Connector for Atlassian JIRA Service Desk include: * Automated incident creation driven by real time search events * Relevant troubleshooting detail linked directly to incident from inception * Integrated alert notification to HipChat Rooms (when using HipChat) * Rich Visual Data Analytics of both Incidents Patterns and Service Desk Experience
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DSDM Consortium Renamed as Agile Business Consortium

Scrum Expert - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 18:25
The DSDM Consortium, author and custodian of the world-leading DSDM Agile Framework, has announced a new identity and a major new Agile approach. The Agile Business Consortium unveiled its new name and look as it launched the Agile Business Change Framework, designed to support businesses and organisations in adopting Agile at any organisational level and on any scale. Agile Business Consortium CEO Mary Henson said: “Some years ago, Agile became the mainstream approach to software and systems development and in those fields it’s now used more than any other approach. Increasingly, businesses recognise the benefits of adopting Agile methods in many different parts of the enterprise but struggle to understand how to enable it, implement it and ensure robust governance. “The Agile Business Consortium has evolved to address those challenges and, particularly, to develop the Agile Business Change Framework – a new framework that will enable businesses and organisations to take an Agile approach wherever in the enterprise it’s needed and on whatever scale it’s needed.” Building on more than 20 years’ experience in developing DSDM’s highly successful project management and programme management frameworks, the Agile Business Consortium has been developing the new Framework with selected partners and early adopters such as PwC, Tata Consulting and others. It will continue to build a community of like-minded partners to progress the Framework and will provide supportive training through a network of accredited organisations.
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Using Sprint Data to Modify Behavior

Scrum Expert - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 16:39
In an ideal Agile world, the Scrum team can complete all user stories tasks that it planned for the current sprint. The real world is however different. In this article, Scott Lively explains how to use the sprint data to modify the team behavior. In his introduction, Scott Lively explains the feeling of having some user stories not completed during a sprint and the importance of analyzing the sprint data to improve. The article will focus on the percentage of story points coming from new content versus points from carryover content, and the percentage of points added after sprint planning. His analysis of the issues causing the fact of having often carryover user stories at the end of the sprints led Scott Lively to explore the following improvement opportunities: * Writing smaller and better user stories to improve the sprint estimation process * Taking more time to understand the scope of user stories * Cross-training for the Scrum developers so that there are more resources available for all the different activities and technologies involved in software development * Having a mid-sprint assessment meeting to determine of how likely it is that everything planned for the sprint will be completed. This could lead to change the sprint plan and it also gives the Scrum developers another explicit opportunity to help each other. His conclusion is that “The bottom line is that we need to continue measuring how we do sprint over sprint. Further, we need to be careful about the behaviors [...]
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Agile Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA, October 17 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 17:26
Agile Cincinnati or Agile Cindy is a one-day conference focused on Agile software development and Scrum project management. It has a wide range of Agile topic coverage to suit the needs of early adopters and certified Agile professionals. It is also a unique opportunity in Cincinnati to learn and experience Agile while networking with leading professionals. In the agenda of the Agile Cincinnati conference you can find 24 breakout sessions covering software development, scaling Agile, change management, product ownership and Agile process. Some session will also follow the open space format for conferences. Open space is a simple methodology for self-organizing conference tracks. It relies on participation by people who have a passion for the topics to be discussed. There is no preplanned list of topics, only time slots and a space in the main meeting room where interested participants propose topics and pick time slots Web site: http://www.agilecincy.org/ Location for the Agile Cincinnati conference: Northern Kentucky University, 100 Louie B Nunn Dr, Newport, KY 41099
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Agile Dev East, Orlando, USA, November 13-18 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 17:11
Agile Dev East is a full week conference that includes presentations and workshops around Agile software development and Scrum project management. Agile Dev East is held in conjunction with Better Software and DevOps East, allowing you to choose from three distinct programs. In the agenda of Agile Dev East you can find topics like “Creating a Continuous Delivery Pipeline: A Hands-On”, “Fostering Sustained”, “Principles and Practices of Lean Software Development”, “Planning to Learn and Learning from Delivery: Scrum, Kanban and Beyond”, “Acceptance Test-Driven Development”, “Help Retain Knowledge: Increase Engagement to Achieve Learning”, “Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions”, “Scrum: Answering the Tough Questions”, “Advanced Test Automation in Agile Development”, “Producing Products and Coaching Agility: Make Agile Practices Matter”, “Plan, Architect, and Implement Test Automation within the Lifecycle”, “Lean/Agile Metrics for the Rest of U”. Web site: https://adceast.techwell.com/ Location for the Agile Dev East conference: Hilton Orlando Lake Buena, 1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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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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