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The ScrumMaster Job Description

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 17:40
The ScrumMaster role might be the more difficult to define among the three role involved in Scrum. Starting from a “bad” ScrumMaster job description, Sam Laing discusses errors to avoid when you create such a role specification. As a bonus, she adds at the end a good ScrumMaster job description. Author : Sam Laing, Growing Agile, http://growingagile.co.za/ This morning I received a ScrumMaster job description. About 5 years ago these were really bad, essentially Project Manager jobs with a different name. They have gotten better and I am even noticing words like collaboration and facilitation. The one I read this morning caught my attention as the opening paragraph was great and then it got weird. Anyway. I decided it was worth debunking each Key Responsibility and highlighting whose responsibility that is in Scrum and why. (NOTE: there are some good job descriptions – I’ve included one at the bottom of this post) Key responsibilities – Run daily, weekly and monthly agile rituals efficiently and strictly I agree the ScrumMaster (SM) should ensure these are happening, however it is not their responsibility to run them. If they are not happening the SM should figure out why and help solve the underlying impediment. – Tracks work progress to identify blockages and developer divergence from allocated tasks The team tracks their own progress during the sprint and also allocates tasks themselves. The Product Owner (PO) tracks work progress against the release or product. The SM should note blockages and divergence and help the team [...]
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SoCraTes Day Switzerland, Ftan, Switzerland, March 9-12 2017

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 17:37
SoCraTes Day Switzerland is the Swiss stage of the International Software Craftsmanship Gathering, a series of events for open-minded software developers who want to improve their craft and the software industry as a whole. This conferences aims at providing an ideal setting for speaking to and coding with other talented and engaged Agile software developers The SoCraTes Day Switzerland conference 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: http://socrates-day.ch/ Location for the Agile Open Spain conference: Ftan, Switzerland
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Launching this month: DFW Scrum Tech Edition

DFW Scrum User Group - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 16:49
When I travel to agile events, I love telling people about our community. The agile community in Dallas is incredibly strong. In a typical month, there are at least 4 different meetup groups hosting events, and the number continues to … Continue reading →
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CMMI Institute Publishes A Guide to Scrum and CMMI

Scrum Expert - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 18:02
Organizations that attempt to scale agile need significant structural changes and support. CMMI helps organizations reap the benefits of agile and scale its adoption across teams, divisions, and the global enterprise. CMMI Institute has released “A Guide to Scrum and CMMI: Improving Agile Performance with CMMI” to help users adopt and implement CMMI to improve performance in agile organizations. In 2015, CMMI Institute estimated that over 70% of CMMI appraised organizations reported using agile. Agile organizations struggling with issues of performance are increasingly turning to the CMMI for proven results. The CMMI Institute developed “A Guide to Scrum and CMMI: Improving Agile Performance with CMMI” as a roadmap to successfully adopt and implement CMMI and agile together. The CMMI provides a framework or map of “what” a high-performance organization must do. Agile provides particular approaches that prescribe “how” to do it. As methods and techniques are adapted and evolve, the CMMI provides the foundation on which organizations can iterate or tailor their techniques in a way that is appropriate to the dynamics of their business environment. The discipline, organizational learning, and consistency provided by the adoption of CMMI supports organizations in making their agile implementation even stronger and more effective. A Guide to Scrum and CMMI: Improving Agile Performance with CMMI is now available for download and use. For more information on CMMI and agile and to download the Guide, visit http://cmmiinstitute.com/cmmi-and-agile.
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Free Retrospective Tools for Distributed Scrum Teams

Scrum Expert - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 15:00
Even if Agile approaches favor collocated teams, distributed Scrum teams are more common that what we might think. Many Agile software development teams are based on a virtual organization. This article presents some free online tools that can be used to facilitate retrospectives for distributed Scrum teams. You will find in this article only tools that are supposed to be used for free in the long term. We do not list tools that offer only a free trial based on duration or the number of retrospectives. We will also only mention the tools that have features specifically dedicated to Scrum retrospectives. There are many other tools that Scrum teams might use, from video conferencing platforms to online whiteboard software. Mentioning all these tools will result more in a book than an article. If you want to add a tool that fits these requirements to this article, just let us now using the contact form. Updates July 19 2016: added Fun Retro January 10 2017: added goReflect, ScatterSpoke, Scrum Toolkit IdeaBoardz IdeaBoardz is a free online team collaboration tool. It allows teams to collectively gather inputs, reflect and retrospect. It is especially useful for distributed teams. For Scrum retrospectives, you can create two types of boards: standard or starfish. More board options are available (pros & cons, to-dos) that could be also useful. You can edit the titles of the sections of your board. The interface seems very intuitive, but sometimes I ended up in some situations where I didn’t know [...]
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Atlassian Spends $425 million for Trello

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 16:39
Atlassian has just announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trello, the online project management service that gained more than 19 million registered users in just five years. The acquisition is valued at approximately $425 million, which is comprised of approximately $360 million in cash and the remainder in Atlassian restricted shares, restricted share units and options to acquire Atlassian shares. Through virtual ‘sticky notes’ and digital whiteboards for organization and prioritization of work, Trello’s easy-to-use software has proven especially popular with business teams, also due to its free version. Trello is poised to be a key product in the Atlassian portfolio, providing a new way for teams to organize and prioritize the often complex range of information and idea sharing that feeds into great teamwork. In addition to launching a new version of its existing Trello integration for HipChat, Atlassian will be launching Trello integrations for its other collaboration products, including JIRA Software, Confluence and Bitbucket. The integrations will be available in the Atlassian Marketplace.
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Measuring Agile Team Performance at Spotify

Scrum Expert - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 19:27
How do we actually know if our Agile teams are doing well? Is gut instinct enough? Furthermore, in a rapidly growing organization such as Spotify, how can we ensure some sort of consistency in our baseline level of Agile knowledge across the technology, product, and design organization? This talk discusses techniques we have developed and use at Spotify to benchmark health and performance for our Agile teams and some tactics we use to bring them closer to—and beyond!—being the best teams they can be. The presentation explains frameworks that can be used to give us tangible evidence about how we’re doing as teams, as Agile Coaches, and as managers of people and product. Furthermore, this talk tells you about the organization-level methods uses at Spotify to share knowledge and maintain alignment of our Agile practices as it scales in order to bring music to people all around the world. Video producer: http://agileindia.org
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Major Upgrade of Virto Kanban Board for Office 365 and SharePoint

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 18:08
Using Kanban Board for task management is an excellent way to working on SharePoint integrated projects with effective team collaboration. If you want to visualize your team work and implement Scrum / Agile methodology to your SharePoint environment, Virto Kanban board is the solution you need. Virto Kanban uses any SharePoint task lists or custom lists in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010 or Office 365. The flexible settings allow you to meet almost any SharePoint project demand and display your project flow on a single board. Virto Kanban main features are: Select colors for tasks and markers. SharePoint Kanban allows you to assign colors for distinct task types and apply markers for overdue tasks or any other custom conditions. Drag & drop tasks within columns and swimlanes. Move SharePoint tasks within columns and swimlanes that can represent project stages, issue priority or distinguish sub-processes of a project. Any other statuses for swimlanes and columns can be used according your project demands. Apply view and condition filters. Display tasks with custom view filters to track with a single glance any project details. Collect statistics with graphic charts and total count of hours. With SharePoint Kanban Board, you will be always informed how many hours were spent to complete a project stage and how many tasks are assigned to each user. Statistics are displayed as color-coded charts and diagrams. Assign task management permissions and task watchers. You can delegate to certain users the rights to edit tasks on SharePoint Kanban Board and assign task watchers [...]
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Agile on the Beach 2017 Call for Speakers Extended to January 11

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 17:09
Agile on the Beach is a two-day conference on Scrum and Agile approaches that will take place in Falmouth in Cornwall (UK) on 6th and 7th July 2017. The call for speaker has been extended by one week, to close on Wednesday 11th January.. The Agile on the Beach 2017 conference will focus Agile working, software creation and delivery, teams, practice and new business thinking. These themes will be organized as six tracks, some on different days: * Software delivery: including programing, testing and operations * Team Working, e.g. culture, personnel management, self-organization, leadership * Agile Practices, e.g. agile basics, applying agile tools and methods, writing user stories. * Product Design, e.g. user experience, front end design * Product Management, e.g. requirements gathering, the product manager role * Business, e.g. applying agile beyond software Get more information about Agile on the Beach 2017 Call for Speakers on https://www.agileonthebeach.co.uk/page/1277163/call-for-speakers
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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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