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PTC Launches PTC AgileWorx

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 17:00
PTC has announced the launch of its PTC AgileWorx solution, the industry’s first Agile solution designed to help product engineering teams improve innovation and time-to-market. Today’s smart, connected products are transforming how companies create and capture value. The speed with which organizations respond to these opportunities will increasingly determine their ability to outperform in the marketplace. Companies who successfully deploy agile practices can accelerate their innovation by up to 80 percent. Yet many organizations struggle to apply Agile principles to the realm of product engineering. Product engineering teams must collaborate with diverse teams of specialists, safeguard product quality and safety, and manage product lines over decades. PTC AgileWorx is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of manufacturers building complex and smart, connected products. It provides a central hub where engineering teams can visualize work in progress, prioritize activities, identify dependencies, and remove impediments. PTC AgileWorx enables manufacturers to respond faster to feedback from customers and other market disruptors. It helps product development organizations: * Unify the cross-discipline team – provides visibility into team activities and links to CAD, ALM, and PLM systems of record for more informed decision-making. * Safeguard quality and safety – enables teams to leverage and extend their existing quality and compliance frameworks. * Organize for product variants – supports component-based development and product line engineering to maximize reuse and reduce cost. * Connect to real world insight – supports the integration of IoT and other data streams into core product development feedback loops.
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Agile Metrics: Velocity is not the Goal

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:35
Velocity is one of the most common metrics used – and one of the most commonly misused – on Scrum and Agile projects. Velocity is simply a measurement of speed in a given direction, the rate at which a team is delivering toward a product release. As with a vehicle en route to a particular destination, increasing the speed may appear to ensure a timely arrival. However, that assumption is dangerous because it ignores the risks with higher speeds. And while it’s easy to increase a vehicle’s speed, where exactly is the accelerator on a software team? This presentation walks you through the Hawthorne Effect and Goodhart’s Law to explain why setting goals for velocity can actually hurt a project’s chances. Take a look at what can negatively impact velocity, ways to stabilize fluctuating velocity, and methods to improve velocity without the risks. Leave with a toolkit of additional metrics that, coupled with velocity, give a better view of the project’s overall health. Video producer: http://oredev.org/
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TriAgile, Raleigh, USA, June 29-30 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 17:09
The TriAgile Conference is a one-day event for Agile practitioners in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina. This conference features over 30 sessions on Agile topics like Leadership, Value, Culture, Technical Practices, Scaling and more. Workshops will be available on June 29th preceding the TriAgile Conference. In the agenda of TriAgile Conference you can find topics like “Quotes from the trenches about Agile and Scrum”, “An Empirical Analysis of Agile Methodologies and Firm Financial Performance”, “Syncing Up Agile Testing – Automation from the Inside Out”, ” Overcoming Resistance – How To Engage Developers In Agile Adoption”, “The Agile/Project Management/DevOps Leveraged Triangle”, “The Relationship Between Agility and Expertise”, “Getting Value from Agile Feedback Systems: Every Day, Every Sprint and Every Release”. Web site: http://triagile.com/ Location for the TriAgile Conference: McKimmon Conference and Training Center at NC State, 1101 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC 27606, USA
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Regional Scrum Gathering Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, June 23-25 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:00
The Regional Scrum Gathering in Rio de Janeiro is the largest Scrum event in Latin America. In 2014, it received about 500 people and discussed topics like Scrum, Kanban, Lean, Agile and Lean Startup in lectures, workshops and open spaces. In the agenda of the Regional Scrum Gathering Rio conference, you can find topics like “Software Factory or People Factory?”, “Is Estimating a Crime?”, “Are We Really Being Agile? – Agile Patterns and Anti-Patterns”, “How coaching had helped to change my company”, “Complexity is dead: at least for the end user”, “What Type of Contract to Use in Agile Projects”. Web site: http://www.scrumrio.com/ Location for the Regional Scrum Gathering Rio conference: Windsor Atlantica Hotel, Avenida Atlântica 1020, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 22010-000, Brazil
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SpiraPlan 5.0 Released

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 18:00
Inflectra has announced the release of SpiraTest, SpiraPlan and SpiraTeam, the latest version of its requirements management, test management and agile project-planning ALM suite. SpiraPlan is an integrated Agile solution that has the entire agile process covered. User stories, tasks, code, builds and bug-tracking are all integrated in the same tool. The new version features a completely redesigned interface that allows the whole application to be used seamlessly on all mobile and desktop devices. About Inflectra Inflectra Corporation is a privately held software company dedicated to helping its customers – large corporations, small businesses, professional services firms, government agencies and individual developers – with the means to effectively and affordably manage their software development lifecycles, so as to decrease the time to market and increase return on investment. To learn more about Inflectra, visit www.inflectra.com
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CA Technologies Delivers New Agile Management Solutions

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 17:36
CA Technologies has announced new capabilities in its Agile Management portfolio that allow organizations to deliver value faster, from upfront planning to execution to customer support. Expanded capabilities include integrations between CA Project & Portfolio Management (CA PPM) and CA Agile Central (formerly Rally). The integrated solution of CA PPM and CA Agile Central helps companies to effectively balance agility and governance by connecting the work of agile teams to the enterprise portfolio. New integrations between CA Agile Central and CA PPM allow the work development teams are undertaking in CA Agile Central to be visible to project managers in CA PPM, so resource allocations, funding, and progress of business deliverables are more transparent. Supporting an evolutionary approach to adopting agile, the integrated solution allows companies to continue using traditional methods, while growing agile adoption to deliver on portfolio investments faster—with higher quality and predictable business results. New CA Agile Central Capabilities Align Development Teams with Business Value Many agile teams face the same challenges — they have too much work in process, and not enough visibility into which work is the most important work. Allowing teams to better connect strategy to execution, CA Agile Central now offers enhanced capacity planning, team planning and release tracking. Key features include: * Enhanced capacity planning enables businesses and engineering leaders to match business priorities to available team capacity so they can balance work allocation during planning. * Team planning gives visibility into the prioritized set of features that teams will build. By [...]
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Workfront Shifts to Agile

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 16:43
Workfront has announced that its new Agile capabilities allow project managers to step away from the decades-old Gantt chart as their sole visualization tool when planning projects. The new Agile view allows project managers the ability to see projects in real time, giving them even more confidence to set expectations of project teams to deliver higher quality content faster than before. In addition to taking projects out of Gantt-only view, the Workfront Agile capabilities provides an alternative to the traditional project management processes by offering an Agile methodology that can be easily adopted by enterprise teams at their own pace. The new Workfront Agile capabilities for IT and marketing teams include: * New burndown charts dynamically shift to account for quick progress updates, both at the team and project level * Interactive workboards allow users to see work move from “in planning” to “in progress” to “complete”, while displaying the number of stories and points completed as those tasks progress and ultimately reporting the productivity of the team * Dropdown navigation menus provide complete visibility and transparency at the team and project level, across multiple teams, breaking previous silos of information * Dropdown menus allow users to toggle between Agile and traditional views so teams can easily adapt and transition to Agile practices
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Agile Australia, Melbourne, Australia, June 20-21 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 10:00
Agile Australia is a two-day conference built specifically for Australian Agile and Scrum practitioners who are serious about expanding their thinking and ways of working: at an individual and organizational level. Hear valuable insights from highly regarded keynotes, learn how to create high-quality solutions faster, and network with potential clients and collaborators. In the agenda of Agile Australia you can find topics like “Towards an Agile Country”, “Scaled Agile: A Federal Government Implementation”, “Coaching Product Owners Effectively”, “The heart of Agile is in your local primary school”, “Using visual management to introduce Lean thinking”, “Failing @ Scaling: don’t panic, and carry a towel!”, “Intent-based Leadership”, “Myths and patterns of organisational change”, “Simplicity by Design”, “Achieving tangible business benefits with the Scaled Agile Framework”, “Autonomy and Leadership at Spotify”, “Concrete experimentation in Agile environments”. Web site: http://www.agileaustralia.com.au/ Location for the Agile Australia conference: Melbourne Convention Centre, Australia.
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Techniques to Improve Sprint Retrospectives – Part 1

Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 16:23
Sprint retrospectives are an important tool for Agile software development teams that want to implement continuous improvement and adjustment to their working context. In this article, Jesus Mendez provides some techniques that could help improving the outcome of your Sprint retrospectives. Author: Jesus Mendez, Certified Agile Coach, http://www.jesusmendez.ca/ What is the sprint retrospective about? It is a very old ritual used by human beings as a vehicle to discover, share and pass along learning from experience, sometimes called “wisdom”. “A mechanism to look back or to move forward, something that every true learning organization has as part of its culture, and it’s one of the best ways to grow – project by project – into a smarter and increasingly successful organization”, “the collective telling of the story and mining the experience for wisdom” is how they refer to it. When the sprint retrospective is held? It’s meant to happen at the end of the sprint, once the sprint review is over. I prefer to keep it as a fixed event that occurs at the same time within the sprint, in order for it to become a habit for the team. What’s the goal of the sprint retrospective? The main goal of the sprint retrospective is to create wisdom within the team by reflecting on the experiences to learn and to continuously improve by getting better results as soon as possible. What techniques could be used to get the best out of the sprint retrospective when forming an agile team? Pause [...]
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Agile France, Paris, France, June 16-17 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 11:00
Agile France is a two-day conference focused on Agile and Scrum that takes place in Paris. It presents Agile practices, discusses their limitations and explore new approaches. All the presentations are in French. In the agenda of the Agile France conference you can find topics like “Rediscovering the Agile Manifesto”, “How to Get Working Standup”, “If the Solution was the Problem?”, “Mob Mob Mob Programming”, “Scaling Agile – the Release Planning Day @ Meetic”, “Story Map, Story Map, Story Map … How do You Do ?”, “Let’s sketch together !”, “User Stories, what else ?” or “From Legacy Code to Legacy Tests”. Web site: http://conference-agile.fr/ Location for the Agile France conference: Chalet de la Porte Jaune, Avenue de Nogent, 75012 Paris
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Scrum Day Germany, Filderstadt, Germany, June 7-8 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 10:00
Scrum Day Germany is a two-day conference about Scrum and Agile project management that propose an international line-up of Agile experts. It provides a multi-track sessions and full day workshops. The conference sessions are mainly in German. In the agenda of the Scrum Day Germany conference you can find topics like “Product Owner Types: What You Should Know”, “Status Quo Agile – Scrum: Rather Tailor-made than According to the Textbook”, “Measuring Agile to Prove the Success of the Adoption”, “Agile Enterprise – Growing Agile beyond Tech”, “HardScrum – Software Development in the Embbeded Automotive Environment”. Web site: http://www.scrum-day.de/ Location for the Scrum Day Germany conference: FILharmonie, Tübinger Strasse 40, 70794 Filderstadt, Germany
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Scrum Gathering South Africa 2016 – Cape Town

Scrum User Group of South Africa - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 13:18
This year the Scrum Gathering will be held in Cape Town on the 3rd and 4th of November at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Woodstock. The opening keynote presenter is Danie Roux (@DanieRoux) and he will set the theme of the Gathering with the talk “Goldilocks at work – getting it just right“. To close the Gathering we have […]
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#No Projects – Teams not Projects

Scrum Expert - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 17:58
Allan Kelly outlines the #NoProjects agenda and discusses the role of teams as the unit of production and the team life cycle. Good projects make for bad software. Software which is useful is used and demands change, stop changing it and you kill it. In a world without projects how do you manage work? The answer is teams. Teams are the means of production, work should be based around teams and teams should be stable. Video producer: http://agileonthebeach.com/ Further reading: Managing Beyond Projects – #NoProjects
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Scrum Day San Diego, San Diego, USA, June 17 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 10:30
The Scrum Day San Diego is a one-day conference that discusses Scrum, Lean and all things Agile in San Diego County. This single-track conference will be your opportunity to hear how other people from San Diego County navigated Agile software development steps as they share their stories. Learn from people who have been there and done that. In the agenda of the Scrum Day San Diego you can find topics like “Improve your Communication with Coaching Skills”, “The Stability States of Scrum: Two Keys to Building High Performing Teams”, “Coaching in the Context of your Culture”, “A Bad Start:  Why Agile Teams Ignore 75% of Their Customers and What to Do About It”, “Lifting Off: Launching Teams That Soar!”, “Developing Business Agility with Scrum – Hit The Ground Running”, “Agile Jumpstart and the KJ Prioritization”, “Continuous Improvement: Mitchell’s Journey from Waterfall to SAFe”. Web site: http://scrumdaysandiego.com/ Location for the Scrum Day San Diego conference: Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
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Agile Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 22 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 10:00
Agile Israel is a one-day conference that discusses Agile, Scrum and Lean topics. It aims to attract Agile Managers, Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Coaches to discuss and network around these themes. In the agenda of the Agile Israel conference you can find topics like “Modern Agile”, “How to make sure you scaled Agile safely”, “How to copy Spotify in 30min”, Recharging/Boosting your Agility”, “Create Leaders at Every Level”, “Dealing with Shifting Priorities using Lean/Kanban Flow, WIP Limits and Capacity Allocation”, ” AdvanScrum”, “Feature discovery through Design Thinking”, “M-Agile – Best practices for successful Mobile Agile”, “BDD from the Trenches”, “Was it Worth It? Measuring the Success of an Agility Project in Business Terms”, “Fearless Change – Myths and Patterns of Organizational Change”. Web site: http://www.agileisrael2016.com/ Location for the Agile Israel conference: Tel Aviv, Israel
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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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