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Agile Brazil, Curitiba, Brazil, November 7-9 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 08:30
Agile Brazil is a three-day conference that is the largest event about Agile project management and Scrum in Brazil. Agile Brazil features keynotes and practical presentations with local and international Agile experts. Talks are both in Portuguese and English. In the agenda of the Agile Brazil conference you can find topics like “Agile Analytics”, “Product Backlog Building”, “Culture at Scale”, “No Estimates with No Dogma”, “Mocking to Integrate”, “Develop Healthy Relationships at Work Using the Integral Theory and Integral Coaching”, “Next Level Agile”, “Continuous Discovery”, “Continuously serving the developer community with Continuous Integration and Delivery Fernando”, “Getting the right things done: a design think approach for product development”. Web site: Location for the Agile Brazil conference: Curitiba, Brazil
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Building a High-Performance Team

Scrum Expert - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 16:47
Building great teams isn’t just something that managers do alone, with spreadsheets and workflows and process documents. Great teams come from the participation of the group to push the team there. This presentation discusses how you can think about your role in creating a high-performance team, whatever your job title is. From choosing your team and interviewing future coworkers, to communicating with your colleagues, to learning and growing as a individual and group, we will go through some of the behaviors that anyone can use to achieve greater success. Video producer:
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Hiring for Scrum: Agile vs Agility

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 17:19
The Manifesto for Agile Software Development says that you should prefer “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. But how do you hire the right people for your Scrum software development projects. In her article “Hiring for Agility – Mindset Matters in an Agile Organisation”, Nadia Smith suggests that you should look for more for Agility than Agile. The article starts by remembering the importance of hiring the right people. Nadia Smith wrote that “Agile refers to ‘the Practice’ as resume, education, certifications and experience, versus agility ‘the Mindset’ as attitude, skills, values and behaviours.” Agile vs Agility. Source: Then the article explains how culture should be the driving force behind the organization’s recruitment strategy. This recruitment process should abandon the traditional approach of scanning resume for skills and keywords and invest instead in assessing the attitude of the candidate. Nadia Smiths gives two examples of employee she hired on attitude and provides tips on how to assess the attitude of candidates. Her conclusion is that you should “Find people with a ‘can do’ attitude, who want to evolve, who show resilience, who embrace ambiguity, and have the desire to succeed. These people will evolve your Agile journey, enable growth and create success.” Read the full article on
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Toronto Agile Conference, Toronto, Canada, November 14 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 09:15
Toronto Agile Conference is a one-day conference focused on Agile software development and Scrum project management. This popular conference has sold out each year and provides participants with numerous benefits with seven concurrent interactive sessions and plenty of opportunities to network. In the agenda of Toronto Agile Conference you can find topics like “How to get your whole team talking”, “Building powerful roadmaps”, “The Agile Ecosystem – Changing the way we think about Organizing to Deliver Value”, “Improve decisions using a value-focused prioritization framework”, “Moving from Technical Debt to Technical Health”, “Status and Power Improv”, “Build Your Own Value Stream Map with Lean”, “1000+ org agile transformation that nearly raced off a cliff”, “Refactoring Legacy Code”, “Culture for Great Teams and Results”, “Crushed by Technical Debt?”, “Reinventing Organizations for Agility”. Web site: Location for the Toronto Agile Conference conference: Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2L2, Canada
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Tampere Goes Agile, Tampere, Finland, November 5 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 09:00
Tampere Goes Agile is a one-day conference that features Agile software development and Scrum project management expert speakers from Finland and abroad. In the agenda of Tampere Goes Agile you can find topics like “Experimenting Your Way Through Transformation”, “After Agile”, “Is Agile everything or is it the only thing?”, “Doctor, please fix my Agile!”, ” Pairing is sharing”, “When quality is just a cost: Useful approaches to testing”, “NoManagement – Change in self-organizing organization”, “Disciplined Agile Delivery for Critical System Development”. Web site: Location for the Tampere Goes Agile conference: Tampere Hall, Yliopistonkatu 55, Tampere, Finland
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Bosnia Agile Day, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 15 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 09:00
The Bosnia Agile Day is a one-day conference that bring international and local Agile experts in Sarajevo to discuss Agile software development and project management practices like Scrum. In the agenda of the Bosnia Agile Day conference, you can find topics like “Let the Elephants Leave the Room: Tips for Making Development Life Leaner”, “From Agile Cat to Agile Tiger”, “User Story Mapping”, “How to write effective requirements in an Agile environment”, “Agile Testing – Adding values to agile teams”, “10 tips how to make your Scrum fail – or succeed if you want”, “The Disciplined Agile Enterprise: Harmonizing Agile and Lean”, “Fitness for Purpose – The Kanban way for focused Agility”, “Coordinating Large Agile Projects”, “Scrum in practice – Developer’s view”, “Agile Secure Development”, “Effective Agile Teams – Behind the open door” Web site: Location for the Bosnia Agile Day conference: Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Techniques for Improving Sprint Retrospectives – Part 2

Scrum Expert - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 16:48
After presenting some basic retrospective techniques in the first part of this article, Jesus Mendez provides in the second part some additional techniques that focuses on the facilitating part of the Scrum sprint retrospectives. Author: Jesus Mendez, Certified Agile Coach, In my previous article “Techniques for improving sprint retrospectives – Part 1”, we talk about the foundations of a sprint retrospective. We touched base to share my view about the What, When and What for of the sprint retrospective. We have also shared some techniques that could help you help your teams to get the best out of it, focusing on the forming stage of an agile team’s journey. This second part is mainly focused on the facilitator stand and some additional techniques to help you continue adding value to the team’s continuous improvement journey. The facilitator stand To get the best out a sprint retrospective, mastering facilitation techniques is a must. There are things that you might need to consider in order to become the kind of leader that inspires a team to become a great one, like those that I’ve mentioned in my article “Tips4 leaders – 3 Things to consider when facilitating” for example. But further than that, facilitation requires preparation, repetition and training. That is why I strongly recommend you to dive in into Ingrid Bens [1] books about facilitation. I can guarantee you that your perspective about what facilitation means and all that it involves, will definitely change forever. More techniques for improving the [...]
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Brewing Agile, Gothenburg, Sweden, November 4-5 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 09:00
Brewing Agile is a two-day conference focused on Agile software development and Scrum that takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden. Besides the usual presentations, the conference offers also interactive workshops. In the agenda of the Brewing Agile conference you can find topics like “NoEstimates: How you can predict the release date of your project without estimating”, “How to enable agility in the whole organisation creating high performing companies”, “The systemic Scrum Master”, “Continuous Discovery: The Power of Pure Agile”, “Catch Dancing Ponies — Try Approval Testing”, “Agile HR & Leadership”, “The End is the Beginning”, “Product Ownership and Shared Under­standing”. Web site: Location for the Brewing Agile conference: Skansen Kronan, Skansberget, Linnéstaden, 436 50 Göteborg, Sweden
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Managing Client Expectations about Agile

Scrum Expert - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 16:44
‘Agile’ is an incredibly powerful software development methodology, however the word ‘agile’ has become one of those IT buzzwords that people use but do not fully understand. How do you manage expectations for clients who are new to agile or do not fully understand the agile methodology? And, does agile work for every project? This session considers how to define an agile project methodology that fits client needs and will deliver project success. Video producer:
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Agilia, Budapest, Hungary, October 12-14 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 09:00
Agilia Budapest is a three-day conference focused on Agile software development. The theme of this edition is the role of product owner and product management in Agile: creating vision, designing product, managing teams, role of Product Owner, engagement of customers and users, creativity and management of innovations. Use cases. In the agenda of the Agilia Budapest conference you can find topics like “Secrets of Product Ownership”, “One Product, One Project, Two Perspectives”, “How to build a product design team and become more agile?”, “Given/When/Then-ready sprint planning”, “Quality Assurance from perspective of Product Owner”, “How Product Owners can really understand customers through Mindfulness?”, “Behavior Driven Web UI Automation with Selenium and SpecFlow/Cucumber for Java”, “Zeros to Heroes in Just Three Months: When Capability is Your Product”, “Breaking Bonds. How intrapreneurship is encouraged with practices and technology”, “Scrum allows us to create better products, more suited to the users’ needs. Really???”. Web site: Location for the Agilia Budapest conference: Budapest, Hungary
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Story Points Explained

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 17:50
Metrics are an important part of Agile project management approaches like Scrum. One of the most used measures to estimate the amount of work are the story points. In this small article, Pedro Gustavo Torres explains what they are, why you need them and how to use them. Pedro Gustavo Torres provides many definitions of story points. One of them is “a unitless measure of magnitude for work yet to be done, based on relative sizing.” He explains also why you should use story points based on the difference between accuracy and precision. He wrote “Accuracy and precision are not the same thing. Precision is a lot more expensive. Precision is always desired, but accuracy creates more value. However, story points provide sufficient accuracy when working in nondeterministic systems.” It is very difficult to create a precise time estimate. Story points provide an estimate that is accurate enough to define the effort that should be included in Scrum sprints. With historical data, the team can assess the relationship between time and points. However, story points cannot be related to a specific duration, but rather with a duration interval. Read the complete blog post on
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Agile Open California North, Berkeley, USA, October 6-7 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 09:30
Agile Open California North is two-day conference that provides Agile and Scrum practitioners in California an opportunity for learning and networking. Practitioners and newcomers come together for two days to discuss, examine and otherwise brainstorm the most timely and relevant topics in Agile development today. Agile Open California North follows 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: Location for the Open California North conference: Clark Kerr Conference Center, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA
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Agile Turkey Summit, Istanbul, Turkey, October 6 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 09:00
The Agile Turkey Summit is a one-day conference dedicated to the Agile software development and Scrum project management approaches that takes place in Istanbul, Turkey. International and local Agile and Scrum experts provide the content. In the agenda of the Agile Turkey Summit you can find topics like “Agile Transformation, True Agile Is What You Are”, “Kanban: The Alternative Path to Business Agility”, “Scrum Studio. Rethinking Your Agile Transformation”, “Agility Assessment Reference Model: AgilityMod”, “0 to 100: Building a Real Product with Agile Principles”, “Seven Strategies For Code Revitalization”, “The Secret to Achieving Sustainable Agility at Scale”, “Agile leadership for agile times – Complex Adaptive Leadership”. Web site: Location for the Agile Turkey Summit conference: Wyndham Grand Levent, Esentepe Mah. Büyükdere Cad. No: 177-183 34394 Şişli,İstanbul, Turkey
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Agile Worx Agile Management Platform Launched

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 17:27
Agile Worx, a provider of agile life cycle management tools, has announced the release of the Agile Worx agile management platform which allows companies to adopt a hybrid agile approach to software, hardware and firmware development. Agile Worx approaches ALM (Agile Life Cycle Management) much differently from its competitors. To achieve this differentiation for its customers, Agile Worx includes the following features: * Most ALM vendors support only the development process from the bottom up with requirements and task management. Agile Worx transforms the way technology companies do business by supporting agility from the top down with over one hundred metrics and analytics. * Agile Worx includes an innovative user interface that gives managers instant status on the programs, projects and teams. No more searching and sifting through endless graphs and statistics to find out what’s going on! * Agile Worx is the only ALM tool built to support hybrid agile-waterfall implementations and IOT (embedded systems) from the ground up.
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Scaled Agile Launches Beta Certification: SAFe 4.0 Scrum Master

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 17:11
Scaled Agile, provider of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), has announced the launch of a beta program for a new certification: SAFe 4.0 Scrum Master (SSM). Unlike traditional Scrum Master training that focuses on the fundamentals of team-level Scrum, this course is for professionals who want to gain an understanding of the role of Scrum in the context of the entire enterprise, and learn how to coach teams to deliver the maximum business value that is achievable through SAFe. Designed for those new to the role of Scrum Master, the two-day course prepares Scrum Masters to take a leadership role in facilitating Agile teams’ success in a SAFe implementation. With the addition of SAFe 4.0 Scrum Master, Scaled Agile’s portfolio now includes seven professional credentials designed to meet the needs of Lean-Agile professionals throughout their career as they practice, consult, or train others in SAFe.
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Scrum and Kanban Plugins for Redmine

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 10:00
Redmine is a popular open source project management web application. It was written using the Ruby on Rails framework. This software is more oriented towards a traditional approach for project management with Gantt charts and calendar than Agile, Scrum or Kanban. However, Redmine architecture allows however creating plugins to add additional features. The development of a number of Agile and Lean plugins has therefore been started in these past years. However not all those plugins have been in continuous development until the current release of Redmine 3.3 You will find below a list of Scrum and Kanban plugins that you could consider to use. You might also decide to fork some of the “abandoned” projects if you are willing to put them up to date. The number of these plugins is limited and trying to add Scrum and Kanban features to Redmine might not be the easier road for your Agile open source journey. For people that are looking for open source solutions, the Open Source Scrum Tools Directory is a good place to visit to have an idea of available open source Scrum tools. Redmine has a directory where all the plugins are listed: Updates * September 2016: active plugin added : Redmine Agile Plugin, Scrum2B, Scrum-Plugin, Redmine CRM Agile plugin, Redhopper; transfer inactive plugins to inactive section Active Plugins * Redhopper Redhopper is an open source Redmine plugin that allows creating Kanban boards for Redmine. It was inspired by Jira Agile (formerly known as Greenhopper), but follows [...]
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Lean Agile Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, October 5-7 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 09:30
Lean Agile Scotland is a three-day conference focused on the Lean and Agile approaches to software development and project management like Scrum. In the agenda of the Lean Agile Scotland conference you can find topics like “Editing Service Design”, “Seven Secrets of Scaling”, “The Eupsychian Manager”, “Dispositioning Advantage: A Pervert’s Guide to Strategy Design”, “A Practical Guide to Cynefin”, “Mapping the Risk in Your Value Stream”, “All Of This Has Happened Before – An Agile History”, “Data-driven decision making through Lean Analytics”, “Kanban Essentials”, “Evolution of Tribes at Spotify – Complexity in Practice”, “Beyond BDD”. Web site: Location for the Lean Agile Scotland conference: John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY, United Kingdom
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Agile Business Conference, London, UK, 5-6 October 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 09:00
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 of the Agile Business Conference you can find topics like “Agile Cat to Agile Tiger”, “An Agile PMO – How much is Enough?”, “Transformation into Being Agile (The People Way)”, “Agile Service Design and Management: MOT case study”, “The Essential Role of Leadership: Successfully adopting SAFe and mastering organisational change”, “Beyond Budgeting: An Agile management model for new business and people realities”, “Dealing with evolutionary change”, “The Inexorable Rise of Agile”, “Monitor Agile Progress and Health – A Common Ground”, “How to Combine PRINCE2 with Agile and get the best of both worlds”, “How to Slice Product Backlog Items”. Web site: Location for the Agile Business conference: 155 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3YD
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Delivering Agile in Hostile Environments

Scrum Expert - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 10:40
Agile versus Waterfall is often presented as a difference in development methodology, but it is much more a clash of cultures. Large bureaucracies, government regulation and many other factors can create an environment that is hostile to many forms of innovation and in which Waterfall is actually the most cost-effective approach. Innovating in such environments can be a challenge, but it is both personally and professionally rewarding to do so. In examining the motivations behind these hostile cultures, we can see patterns and opportunities where individuals or teams of developers can serve two masters and deploy cutting-edge technologies and techniques while still honoring both the spirit and the letter of a myriad of restrictions. Whether you are building a product targeting a regulated industry or working on a project at LargeCorp, there are strategies you can adopt that will significantly reduce friction, increase efficiency, and lead to a more positive outcome! Video producer:
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Using Customer Journey Maps

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 16:20
If user stories are the start of the conversations to define user requirements, Scrum teams can also use other tools to obtain a more precise definition of these requirements. In the article “When and How to Create Customer Journey Maps”, Kate Williamson presents the concept of customer journey map, the visualization of the process that a person goes through in order to accomplish a goal, and when and how to use them. The article starts with a definition of customer journey maps. To help teams understand and address customer requirements, the journey maps combine two instruments: storytelling and visualization. Journey maps take different forms depending on context and business goals, but they usually start by compiling a series of user goals and actions into a timeline. User thoughts and emotions are added to this timeline to create a narrative. Finally, this narrative is condensed into a visualization used to communicate insights that will inform design processes. After discussing the reason to use customer journey maps, Kate Williamson presents their key elements: * Point of view: choose the actor of the story. * Scenario: determine the specific experience to map. * Actions, mindsets and emotions: what the user is doing, thinking, and feeling during the journey. * Touchpoints and channels: the map aligns touchpoints (times when the actor in the map actually interacts with the company) and channels (methods of communication or service delivery, such as the website or physical store) with user goals and actions. * Insights and ownership: uncover [...]
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