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Strategies and Tactics for Productive Distributed and Asynchronous, Agile Teams

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 17:38
As Agile practitioners, we’ve learned to love highly cohesive, cross-functional on-site teams. These teams, much like monolithic applications; succeed due to the proximity of useful knowledge. Distributed Scrum teams must rely on different strategies and tactics in order to be effective while still adhering to the principles laid out in the Agile Manifesto. This presentation is an experience report from working for the past two years on a variety of distributed, synchronous and asynchronous Agile software delivery teams. Video producer: http://agileindia.org
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New Organizers for DFW Scrum Dallas location

DFW Scrum User Group - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 15:18
We kicked off 2016 by announcing two new organizers for the Dallas DFW Scrum meetups: Steve Fraser and Pradeepa Narayanaswamy. Both Steve and Pradeepa have been regular attendees at our meetups and were interested in getting more involved. I realized … Continue reading →
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CollabNet TeamForge 16.3 Released

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 18:26
CollabNet has announced the new release of its TeamForge platform. Key highlights of the 16.3 release include integrations with the cloud hosted version of JIRA Software and Chef, as well as support for pull request-based collaboration and code review workflows. TeamForge enables enterprises and government agencies to accelerate application delivery, while leveraging the tools, version control systems and development methodologies that best fit their needs. The new integrations enhance customers’ TeamForge-enabled best-of-breed toolchains with the tracking capabilities of JIRA Software and the deployment automation prowess of Chef. TeamForge’s end-to-end traceability chain with automatic audit trails now covers JIRA Software issues and Chef recipes — in addition to Git or Subversion source code, Jenkins jobs, Nexus® binary repositories, and other artifacts and activities — offering customers unprecedented visibility across the development lifecycle, streamlined compliance and better quality control.
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Scaling Agile Approaches

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 14:21
If the basic principles of the Agile Manifesto and the Scrum framework are simple managing global Agile software development projects in the corporate world is sometimes more complex and complicated. This article lists some approaches that have been created to answers the specific questions raised by scaling Agile practices in large organizations. Scaling Agile could be a challenging journey. Graig Larman and Bas Vodde, the authors of the LeSS approach, wrote in their first book “After working for some years in the domain of large, multisite, and offshore development, we have distilled our experience and advice down to the following: Don’t do it”. In fact, some people argue that you should not try to scale up Agile, but rather learn how to scale down your projects. This is however not the way many large multinational organizations work when they want to develop quickly large software products with multiple teams that could be distributed over distant location. As the vision of the product and the number of people involved in the project get bigger, these projects needed specific practices to manage them. From the simple initial idea of Scrum of Scrums to the extension of user stories in features and epics and the integration of sprints in a releases agenda, the Agile project management world has added new concepts to the initial Scrum and Kanban frameworks. This has lead to the creation of new frameworks and approaches, often trademarked and registered by consulting companies selling services and certifications, that could be [...]
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Agile Portugal, Porto, Portugal, 3-4 June 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:30
Agile Portugal 2016 is a two-day international conference that gathers practitioners from the Agile and Scrum community with invited international leading experts. In the agenda of the Agile Portugal conference you can find topics like “Coding Dojo Challenge – SOLID design principles”, “Continuous Innovation & Change with PopcornFlow”, “Selling The ‘Fluffy’ Side Of Agile”, “How to improve software project estimates – The #NoEstimates view”, “Coaching Teams Through Change”, “Managing to Innovate – Agile Product Management”, “Learning Canvas – A shot of emergent learning for creative workers”. Web site: http://2016.agilept.org/ Location for the Agile Portugal conference: Porto, Portugal
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Agile Delivery, London, UK, June 2 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:17
Agile Delivery is a one-day event taking place in London. It targets tech and business people that focus on software development and software testing automation, Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) and DevOps for retail, finance, government and digital sectors. The conference provides both presentations and workshops. In the agenda of Agile Delivery you can find topics like “Culture Before Tooling or Does Tooling Foster Culture?”, “Product versus Craft”, “Collaboration, Hands On BDD for Product Owners, Devs and Testers”, “Zero to Tested with Docker and Ruby”, “Agile Transformation for Cios”. Web site: http://agile.delivery/ Location for the Agile Delivery conference: Old Street, London, UK
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Full Program Announced for Agile on the Beach 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 17:17
Agile on the Beach 2016 has announced its full line up for this edition. The sixth Agile on the Beach conference will be held on 1&2 September at the Performance Centre at Tremough Campus in Penryn, Cornwall. The conference will have 5 tracks : Agile Software Delivery, Teams & Practices, Product Design & Management, Business and a Bonus Track of double workshops all running on the 1st & 2nd September. The two keynotes of the Agile on the Beach 2016 conference will be Dr. Rebecca Parsons ThoughtWorks’ Chief Technology Officer and Director of Agile Alliance and Dr Linda Rising internationally known for her work in patterns, retrospectives, influence strategies, agile development, and the change process. Super Early Birds can secure tickets at £295 (£100 off full price) if booked before 31st May. To explore the full conference program and for help with travel and accommodation please visit  www.agileonthebeach.com
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Agile Metrics Beyond the Burndown Chart

Scrum Expert - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 16:17
How can metrics be used safely in coaching Agile teams? The classic Goldratt quote “Tell me how you will measure me and I will tell you how I’ll behave” signals the danger of using metrics to manage or motivate employees. This presentation shows and suggests approaches to Agile metrics that avoid the common pitfalls and shows some practical dashboards and the resulting chaos or calm they caused. This talk will show actual dashboards and metrics from actual industry engagements. It will explain how to safely capture and display these and how to teach an organization to see and understand its data. Be warned though, the techniques shown go beyond burndowns charts and cumulative flow diagrams. Watching this presentation you will learn: * The dangers of managing by metrics * Balanced approach to metric dashboards (less is more, but too little is disastrous) * Digital storytelling and patterns (examples of good and bad dashboards) * Coaching advice and dashboards * Visualizations of the edge – attention grabbing ideas for action Video producer: http://oredev.org/ Further reading: * Understanding the Scrum Burndown Chart * Lean Agile Metrics for Scaled Agile Systems
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Agile Day Riga, Riga, Latvia, May 25 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:00
Agile Day Riga is a one-day conference focused on Agile project management and Scrum. Presentations and workshops will be in Latvian, English and Russian. In the agenda of Agile Day Riga you can find topics like “Is It Time to Renew Agile?”, “Lean Metrics – Measuring and Driving Change”, “Scrum Pitfalls”, “Scrum Master’s Personal Development Techniques”, “The Great Intersection of Psychology and Agile”, “Being Agile to become Customer centric”, “Agile Innovation – Why people matters”, “Agile Metrics – what is really needed and makes sense in order to steer a large agile project “, “Is “your” Scrum working?” , “Software architecture also needs Agile”, “Why We Fail to Change”. Web site: http://agiledayriga.lv/ Location for the Agile Day Riga conference: Islande Hotel, Ķīpsalas iela 20, Rīga, LV-1048, Latvia
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cPrime Introduces Scrum Hardware Certification

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:32
cPrime is addressing the surge of interest in Agile Hardware product development by adding a training and certification class in how to apply the popular Scrum process to develop electronic and electromechanical hardware. cPrime’s new Agile hardware certification’s focus on practicalities distinguish it from the more abstract level of most certification classes. That practicality, and the hard-won knowledge provided by cPrime’s original research and client experiences, set this training apart from the rest. cPrime’s CEO, Zubin Irani, agrees. “We’re not guessing,” he said. “We have enough hardware clients under our belt now that we know what we’re doing. Our hardware clients want the flexibility, visibility, and reliability that Agile project-management techniques provide. We see Agile Hardware as truly the next big thing in the Agile world, and we intend to lead in that space.” cPrime is focusing on helping clients who produce laboratory equipment, telecommunications equipment, and other electronic or electromechanical devices. cPrime’s extensive background in Agile project management for software development is a plus, as most such devices both contain software and interact with other software products.
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Agile Games, Cambridge, USA April 28-30 2016

Scrum Expert - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 13:00
The Agile Games Conference is three-day annual event organized by Agile New England that focuses teaching, demonstrating, and improving Agile and organizational effectiveness using game theory. In the agenda of Agile Games conference you can find keynotes and workshops like “Faster, Cheaper, Better: Designing Agile Training That Delivers Results”, “Awesome Teams: Games for Continuous (Extreme?) Teaming”, “This is Your Brain. This is Your Brain on Agile Games”, “Using the Tension Between Agile & Management”, ” Agile Technical Practices in LEGO”, “Improve Your Agile or Scrum Stand-up – PLUS Building a REAL Team”, “Scrum or Not? A Team Game to Assess Knowledge & Readiness”, ” Agile: The Gathering An Interactive Card Game to Promote Agile Culture”. Web site: http://agilegamesnewengland.org/ Location for the Agile Games conference: The Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA
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ZenHub Released Epics Agile Tool

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 21:01
ZenHub, a project management tool integrated natively in GitHub, has released ZenHub Epics – an upgrade to task management in GitHub. ZenHub Epics allows software teams to plan and execute product backlogs – bringing a level of focus to the development process not previously achievable for GitHub’s millions of users. This release is a competitive move by the company, which is just over one year old. Coupled with a steady stream of product improvements, ZenHub is luring software-driven teams away from “traditional” project management tools. Legacy project management tools have faced criticism by their end users – software developers – for steep learning curves, bloated feature sets, or prohibitive permissions structures. ZenHub provides a different approach to the project management process – putting control in the hands of developers, not a gated administrator; placing the code on centre stage; and providing just enough process to help teams move as fast as possible. ZenHub keeps teams focused within largest technical collaboration platform in the world: GitHub. As the only solution natively integrated in GitHub’s interface, customers save the equivalent of forty workdays per year with the tool, which offers features like visual task boards, burndown charts to track velocity, and a personal task manager. ZenHub Enterprise, the company’s on-premise solution for GitHub Enterprise users, will also support epics.
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Software Delivery Track for Agile on the Beach Conference

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:34
The Agile on the Beach conference has confirmed its Software Delivery line up which will run on the both days. The conference will have 40+ speakers including a keynote by Dr Linda Rising, internationally known for her work in patterns, retrospectives, influence strategies, agile development, and the change process. The Software Delivery track will be headlined by a keynote from Rebecca Parsons CTO at Thoughtworks * Jo Cranford: Build In Quality * Byran Wills-Heath: How we implemented TDD in Embedded C/C++ * Jon Jagger: The design and implementation of cyber-dojo * Elizabeth Pope: 10% time the pros and cons? * Wouter Lagerweij: Testing in a Continuous Delivery World * Paul Boocock: Continuously delivering software to big brands * Lyndsay Prewer: Smoothing the continuous delivery path – a tale of two architectures * David Brownhill & Craig Scott-Angell: Penetration Testing in the Release Pipeline * Jim Barritt: Finding the merkle tree in the block chain forest * Sarah Glanville & Paul Lemon: Sky – Moving on up Session details below for Software Delivery with full details at http://agileonthebeach.com/software-delivery-2016/ Speakers and sessions for our themes of Agile Teams and Practices, Agile Business and Product Design and Management will be confirmed over the next few weeks with a full schedule announced by May. Super Early Birds can secure tickets at £295 (£100 off full price) if booked before 31st May. For help with travel and accommodation please visit our website www.agileonthebeach.com
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Being Agile in Business

Scrum Expert - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 14:49
If agile started as a software development movement, the customer has been at the center of its values since its initial statement. The usage of agile and lean has now widespread beyond the IT world. In her book “Being Agile in Business”, Belinda Waldock explains the agile and lean approaches from a business perspective. The book is structured in four parts that explore the definition of agile, the reasons to adopt agile, the approaches and technique to behave in an agile way. The final part provides simple steps to share an agile culture in your teams and organizations. The book covers approaches like Scrum and Kanban. The book is well-structured and easy to read, providing examples that are outside the software development world. I will recommend this book as a good introduction to the agile approaches for every business person that has to deal with an agile software development team, as a product owner or a manager, or that want to implement the agile perspective in other domains like marketing or sales. Reference: Being Agile in Business, Belinda Waldock, Pearson, 978-1292083704 Quotes Letting go of existing processes and systems to adopt agile can be difficult, especially for those who are comfortable with routines. Even if that routine is difficult, it can be hard to acknowledge. There is a need to let go of the existing rules, identify the problem within the process or the system and go through the pain of change in order to achieve a better outcome. Trusting [...]
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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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