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How Gilt Scales Agile

Scrum Expert - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:16
As Agile project management is being widely adopted, the questions of if and how it could scale is a main topic of discussion. In this blog post, Gilt explain how it scales Agile with teams, ingredients, initiatives and KPIs. The basis of the Gilt process is the initiative, which is a project that should be started in the coming 3 to 12 months. This is the “portfolio” vision for the company, but no roadmap is maintained. Gilt uses key performance indicators (KPIs) used to measure initiatives. Gilt is organized in teams ...
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Increasing Velocity in a Regulated Environment

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:10
In regulated industries like Health Care you have to comply with standard operating procedures, heaps of paper work and frequent audits. Do these requirements conflict with the core tenets of Agile? How do you increase velocity in such regulated environments? This presentation explains how PHT Corporation overcame these constraints and got to Agile. He will draw a picture of PHT’s operating environment and the applicable regulations for software development. He demonstrates how the required documentation can become a byproduct of the everyday work of a Scrum team and describes changes he ...
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Agile Practitioners Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 2-3 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:46
Agile Practitioners Conference Malaysia is a two-day conference focused on Agile, Scrum, Lean, Kanban and UX that takes palace in Kuala Lumpur. In the agenda you can find topics like “(The Rise and Fail of) Fake Agile”, “Describing the Elephant in the Room: User Experience (UX)”, “Overcoming Scrum Implementation Challenges in the Asian Business Environment”, “Agile Requirements: From Planning to Execution” Web site: http://it2h.org/agilemalaysia2014 Location for the 2014 conference: KH Tower, Jalan Punchak, Off Jalan P.Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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STARWEST, Anaheim, USA, October 12-17 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:41
STARWEST is a six-day software event and conference that features pre-conference training, in-depth half- and full-day tutorials and conference sessions covering major software testing issues and solutions. In the agenda you can find topics like “Real-World Software Testing with Microsoft Visual Studio”, “A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing”, “Test Automation Patterns: Issues and Solutions”, “Testing Ajax and Mobile Apps with Agile Test Management and Tools”, “A Tester’s Guide to Collaborating with Product Owners”, “Agile Development and Testing in a Regulated”, “Test Improvement in Our Rapidly Changing World”, “The Role of ...
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Agile Jeopardy–Not as Easy as You’d Think

DFW Scrum User Group - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:39
Last month we played Agile Jeopardy, and the questions and answers related directly to the Agile Manifesto. Four values and twelve principles—how bad could it be? Turns out most people don’t have them memorized, and our teams had a rough … Continue reading →
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The Product Owner Role in Sprint Retrospective

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 18:03
The sprint retrospective in an important moment in the Scrum approach where the team think about its software development process and tries to improve it. As on of the three Scrum roles, the product owner has to play its part in this activity. In this blog post, Roman Pichler explains how product owner can play an active role during the retrospective meetings. The sprint retrospective meetings takes place at the end of the sprint after the sprint review meeting and should produce improvement measures. The product owner has to take ...
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Agile Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, October 1–3 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 18:12
Agile Cambridge is a three-day conference that is focused on Agile software development. The conference mixes tutorials, experience reports and case studies. Some of the keynotes of the 2014 edition will be presented by Tom Gilb and Nat Pryce & Steve Freeman. In the agenda you can find topics like “Agile! The quick way to build stuff that nobody wants”, “Enterprise Agility: Strategies for Scaling Agile across the Organisation”, “Release Testing Is Risk Management Theatre”, “How to mix together XP and Scrum to enable self organized teams”, “Retrospective Anti-Patterns”, “A systemic ...
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Agile Metrics

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 17:54
“You can’t manage what you don’t measure” is an adage that is popular in project management. However, metrics programs are not easy to implement and have their dark sides. In their book “The Agile Culture: Leading through Trust and Ownership”, Pollyanna Pixton, Paul Gibson and Niel Nickolaisen provides some advice about implementing metrics, the Agile way. How do we make sure that the metrics we are using are effective and not just vehicles for giving leaders a feeling of power and control while not achieving anything useful? How do we know ...
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Using the Scrum Rules Against the Boss

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:54
Some managers think that Scrum is invented to make developers work harder. This is a lie. Scrum was invented by developers to keep managers away so that developers get time to do actual work. Learn how the Scrum rules can be used against your boss to get a realistic workload and more coding time without interruptions.Video producer: http://www.ndcoslo.com/
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Event Report – Product Owners: Dealing with Capacity and Prioritisation

Scrum User Group of South Africa - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:15
Last night’s talk by Karen and Sam from Growing Agile was an inspirational eye-opener for Product Owners. It was also one of the best attended events with 80 Agilists present! Sam and Karen co-presented the event, using a highway as an analogy for capacity. Their slides were refreshingly hand-written. Of course, the mingling after the […]
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Agile Bodensee, Constance, Germany, October 1–2 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:21
The Agile Bodensee conference is a two-day event focused on Agile and Scrum and that takes places on the shore of the Lake Constance (the Bodensee in German) in the southern part of Germany. The first day is dedicated to workshops and the second day to presentations. Most of them are in German but there are also some English talks. In the agenda you can find topics like “Agile testing – celebrate bug prevention instead of bug detection”, “Building cross-functional Scrum-Teams or How electricians, mechanics, and (embedded) software engineers went T-shaped”, ...
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Adapting Scrum to UX

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 21:54
User eXperience (UX) includes the practical, affective and valuable aspects of human-computer interaction and product ownership. This article from Anindya Sengupta tries to answer common questions about UX and Scrum. It explores the challenges faced by a team working with a separate UX team in Scrum. It also gives recommendations for UX teams that are part of a Scrum team. The article is based on a scenario where a development team and a UX team work together on a Scrum project from two different locations. The article provides some tips on ...
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AgileCraft 8 Enterprise Agile Tool Launched

Scrum Expert - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:37
AgileCraft has announced general availability of AgileCraft 8. AgileCraft’s integrated platform provides transparency across the entire software lifecycle, enabling rapid value delivery and better, more predictable results. Built from the top-down to support enterprise agile at scale, the latest version brings new capabilities across all four levels: enterprise, portfolio, program and teams. AgileCraft 8 helps align the whole organization around common goals and objectives, providing actionable views and metrics to everyone touching the product lifecycle. The AgileCraft approach empowers customers to scale with existing tools like Atlassian, TFS, Rally, etc. while adding ...
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Agile Coach Camp, Indianapolis, USA, September 26-28 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:05
The Agile Coach Camp is a three-day conference about Agile Coaching run by agile coaches for agile coaches based on peer-to-peer learning and exploration in an OpenSpace setting. In this type of conference, people come together around a high-level topic or need and create their own agenda; then people gather into groups to brainstorm, debate, collaborate, co-create, plan, play, tell stories, and discuss the topics proposed on the agenda Web site: http://www.agilecoachcamp.us/ Location for the 2014 conference: Hilton Indianapolis, 120 West Market Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 46204
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Using Commercial Scrum Tools for Free

Scrum Expert - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:50
If the development of open source Scrum tools was in vogue some years ago, a lot of these projects have now been abandoned. Some are still active like IceScrum or ScrumDo, but this is because their development is sponsored by a commercial hosted option There is however an alternative to manage your Agile project if you have a low budget… and a small team. Some providers of commercial Scrum tools provide a free version of their software. Only Scrum tools that offer a long term free product are mentioned in this ...
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Journée Agile, Liege, Belgium, September 11 2014

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 15:39
The Journée Agile is a one-day conference focused on agile software development approaches like Scrum that takes place in Belgium every year, All the presentations and workshops are in French. The keynote of the 2014 edition will be given by Jurgen Appelo. In the agenda you can find topics like “Des outils du monde de la psychologie pour les equipes Scrum et Agile”, “L’attitude de Testing Agile”, “Spécifications Agiles”, “Passer de Scrum à Scrumban, pour quoi faire?” ou “Real options – Prises de décisions”. Web site: http://www.journeeagile.be/ Location for the 2014 conference: HEC-ULg, ...
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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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