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Evaluating the ROI of Scrum

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 15:58
As Scrum is the most popular framework adopted by organization adopting an Agile approach for project management, many companies are trying to find financial facts that justify its adoption. This article discusses the topic of evaluating the return on investment (ROI) of using Scrum and suggests some hints about mistakes to avoid and on how to get meaningful results from this activity. Author: Neri Lavi, QualiTest Group, http://www.qualitestgroup.com/ Many strategies are supported as the “best” management of a software development process. While each programmer has his favorite way to code and every ...
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XP Days Germany, Hamburg, Germany, October 16-18 2014

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 15:42
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 you can find topics like “The Whole Nine Yards – Integration Tests for the Software Developer”, “TDD with Contracts – an Experience Report”, “Agile Jukebox”, “The new Job of QA”, “Architectural Katas”, “Hands-On Test-Driven Infrastructure As Code Development”, “Extreme Continuous Delivery at Unruly”, “Essentially Agile”, “ScALeD – Scaled Agile and Lean ...
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Agile Culture

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:58
If you asked software developers about Agile, there are chances that a majority will discuss it with words like “Scrum”, “sprints” or “retrospectives”. However Agile is not just a collection of techniques and practices, but it is more a state of mind or a culture. This is the topic of this book written by Pollyanna Pixton, Paul Gibson and Niel Nickolaisen. All the people and values aspects of Agile software development are discussed in this book that provides both conceptual material and real life stories. This is a book that I ...
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Agile Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 10 2014

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:39
Agile Slovenia is a one day conference focused on Agile and Scrum topics that take place in Ljubljana. Agile Slovenia is an event where you can turn theory in action, meet agile people, listen to agile pioneers, expand your knowledge. It features both local and international Agile experts. In the agenda you can find topics like “Shifting from manufacturing product to creating a service”, “Complex Projects aren’t planable but controllable”, “There’s no such thing as an agile contract”, “How Agile Coaches help us win – the Agile Coach role at Spotify”, ...
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Getting the Best out of Scrum

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
The best known project management framework with an Agile approach is Scrum. For something that is relatively simple to understand there is a lot of hype surrounding it. But why? This video explains: * What Scrum is and more importantly what Scrum is not? * Is Scrum too simplistic or is that its strength? * Can you run a project using Scrum or is it just for product development? * How do you scale Scrum to work in complex situations and environments? * How does Scrum relate to other methods and approaches? * Are Scrum certifications worth ...
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September Dallas Recap: Integrating UX and Agile

DFW Scrum User Group - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:57
This month was focused on one of the challenges commonly faced in agile adoptions: how to integrate UX and agile. We saw many new faces at our meeting, which confirmed what a hot topic this is. David Belcher, Director of … Continue reading →
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Agile Business Conference, London, UK, 8-9 October 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 17:58
The Agile Business Conference is a two-day conference that takes place in London where meet and engage with the experts and thought leaders who have implemented focused, efficient Agile change programmes in a wide variety of industries. In the agenda you can find topics like “I’m an Alien … I’m a Business Analyst in an Agile world!”, “Scaling agile effectively in business systems through roadmap and budget planning”, “Agile Maturity”, “Agile Programme Management Steve”, “The ABC of Agile Biology Class – How your body and mind transforms your team to greatness”, ...
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Lean Agile South Africa, Cape Town & Johannesburg, South Africa, 6-10 October 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 17:53
Lean Agile South Africa is a set of two two-days conferences focused on Agile and Lean that will take place in Cape Town the 6-7 October 2014 and in Johannesburg the 9-10 October 2014. In the agenda you can find topics like “The Building Blocks of Scale” by Mary and Tom Poppendieck, “Embracing the Agile Mindset for Organizational Agility”, “Culture Eats Lean for Breakfast”, “12 Adoption Failure Modes”, “Lean Testing”. Web site: http://www.leanagile.co.za/ Locations for the 2014 conference: Cape Town: The Clock Tower Centre, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Johannesburg: The Core, 1st ...
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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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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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