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Scrum Day San Diego, San Diego, USA, June 12 2015

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 17:25
The Scrum Day San Diego is a one-day conference that offers the very best platform to share real world ideas, practices and techniques on 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 these murky 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 “A Bad Start:  Why Agile Teams Ignore 75% ...
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Can a ScrumMaster Work with More than One Team?

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 15:58
The ScrumMaster is a key element of the Scrum teams that need such a role for facilitating their work. In his book “Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners”, Ilan Goldstein discusses the question if a ScrumMaster can be member of more than one Scrum team. Many in the Scrum community will strongly argue that the ScrumMaster role is significant enough to justify a “one team = one ScrumMaster” configuration. I support this argument, and Shortcut 26 highlights plenty of conclusive reasons demonstrating why being a ScrumMaster is absolutely a full-time role. That ...
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XP2015, Helsinki, Finland, May 25-29 2015

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 14:02
XP2015 is a four-day conference on extreme programming and Agile software development that takes place in Helsinki, Finland. This is the event where Agile and Lean practitioners and researchers should meet. In the agenda of the XP2015 conference you can find topics like “Continuous Delivery with Docker and Jenkins Job Builder”, “Collaborative Exploratory and Unit Testing”, “Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas”, “Agile methods applied to development and certification of safety-critical software (ASCS)”, “Keynote: New Directions for Software Development Process”, “Fun Retrospectives: Activities and ideas for making agile retrospectives more ...
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Pair Programming Considered Bad

Scrum Expert - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 17:35
This presentation examines the latest theories from psychology and how they throw new, interesting and sometimes frightening light on the tools, techniques, process and practices that are often the dogma of modern software development.Video producer:
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March Dallas Recap: Building Continuous Delivery

DFW Scrum User Group - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:34
Continuing on a theme of QA/testing, in March we had DFW Scrummer Allen Moore share his experience in implementing continuous delivery.  The full title of the session was “Building Continuous Delivery: A Retrospective (or how a QA Strategy succeeds without … Continue reading →
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Agile France, Paris, France, June 18-19 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 18:00
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 ” Story Map, Story Map, Story Map … Comment on fait ?”, “Let’s sketch together !”, “Manipulé à l’insu de mon plein gré”, “User Stories, what else ?” or “From Legacy Code to Legacy Tests”. Web site: Location for the Agile France conference: Chalet de la ...
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Scrum Alliance Launches Learning Consortium

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 18:38
The Scrum Alliance has announced the formation of a Learning Consortium for the Creative Economy. The Learning Consortium comprises a diverse group of organizations in different sectors around the world that are exploring management innovation in the emerging Creative Economy. Learning Consortium organizations include agile42, Autodesk, Brillio, C.H. Robinson International, Ericsson, hhpberlin, Magna International, Menlo Innovations, Microsoft, PENSCO Trust, SolutionsIQ, and SWIFT. The Learning Consortium will explore the leadership and management practices emerging to deal with a marketplace that requires continuous customer-driven innovation. The Consortium will study ongoing transformational shifts ...
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Crossing the Agile-UX Divide

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 17:28
Integrating UX into an Agile process is not always an easy challenge. In this article, Mike Bulajewski reminds the why the differences between the two vision exist in the first place and proposes some solutions on how they could be solved. This article provides a very interesting point of view of the Agile-UX relationship from the UX side. The article starts by reminding the origin of the Agile movement and how it changes the vision from the traditional software development. He thinks that for many agilists, “he mere existence of designers ...
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February Dallas Recap: Discover the Power of Pair Testing

DFW Scrum User Group - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 15:28
In February, we were fortunate to have DFW Scrummer Pradeepa Narayanaswamy present at our Dallas meeting. Agile teams are expected to deliver high quality product, and team members become more cross-functional and take ownership of quality. To address scarce testing … Continue reading →
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Agile Day Riga, Riga, Latvia, May 23 2015

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 09:49
Agile Day Riga is a one-day conference focused on Agile project management and Scrum. Presentations and workshops will be in Latvian, English and Russian. In the agenda of Agile Day Riga you can find topics like “Being Agile to become Customer centric”, “Agile Innovation – Why people matters”, “Agile Metrics – what is really needed and makes sense in order to steer a large agile project “, “Is “your” Scrum working?” , “Software architecture also needs Agile”, “Why We Fail to Change”. Web site: Location for the Agile Day Riga conference: Islande ...
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Design the Right Product

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 16:02
We’ve all been there. You release a new feature, product or service, only to find it isn’t quite what your customers want or need. But by the time you release, it’s too late to make significant changes. Traditionally user experience design has involved a significant amount of upfront user research and design, to ensure we build products that meet customer needs. But this approach doesn’t always work so well within an Agile development environment. Lean UX draws inspiration from the philosophy behind Lean manufacturing, where the emphasis is on reducing waste ...
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New CEO for the Scrum Alliance

Scrum Expert - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:30
The Scrum Alliance has announced that it has named Manuel Gonzalez as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This is the first time Scrum Alliance has appointed a CEO and signifies the organization’s increasing scale and ambition as it seeks to guide organizations to be prosperous and sustainable through the use of Scrum. “Scrum Alliance’s Board of Directors had many discussions about the search for a CEO and the skills we felt a good candidate would need to fill the role,” said Harvey Wheaton, Scrum Alliance Chairman of the Board. ...
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Putting Some Numbers on Technical Debt

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 14:53
Technical debt is one of this great new metaphor that is applied to software development and more specially to agile project management approaches like Scrum. As its financial counterpart, technical debt is not necessary a bad thing as long as you are able to manage it wisely. In this article, Don Reinertsen will help you to put some numbers on the costs and benefits of your technical debt. The article starts by discussing the technical debt metaphor and assessing the difference with financial debt. As Don Reinertsen wrote it: “When we ...
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Keep Austin Agile, Austin, USA, May 8 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:08
Keep Austin Agile is a one-day conference that takes place in Austin, Texas. This event offers various tracks for education and networking in a relaxed environment. The target audience is project manager, Scrum Master, developer, tester and software development manager. In the agenda of the Keep Austin Agile conference you can find topics like “A Roadmap for (Agile) Engineering Best Practices – What Every Non-technical Person Needs to Know”, “Living Requirements with Behavior Driven Development”, “The 3 Pillars Approach to Agile Testing Strategy”, “Servant Leadership – The fine line between Motivation, ...
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Mile High Agile, Denver, USA, April 3 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 09:30
Mile High Agile is a one-day conference is produced by volunteers from Agile Denver that provides an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences in Agile software development for agile novices, intermediates and experts, technical professionals, team leaders, managers, executives, and organizational change leaders. In the agenda of the Mile High Agile conference, you can find topics like “Creating Program Alignment: The Product Wall Release Planning Workshop”, “The DNA of an Innovative Product Owner”, “Kanban at Scale – This Siemens Healthcare Case Study”, “Tales From the Trenches: Transforming Teams to Kanban and ...
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New Version of HP Agile Manager Released

Scrum Expert - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 18:23
HP has released a new version of its Agile project management software to assist mobile teams in adopting Agile practices and delivering high-quality mobile applications faster. HP Agile Manager is a SaaS-based Agile project management solution to organize, plan, and execute Agile projects. It leverages native cloud architecture for instant-on access, boasts a clean, intuitive design, removes latencies, bolsters Agile practices, and fosters continuous improvement. The new version of HP Agile Manager supports real-time integration with HP Application Lifecycle Management software so that no matter how fast Agile teams deliver, they can ...
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Agile Reflections

Scrum Expert - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:33
In his book Agile Reflections, Robert Galen has aggregated multiple articles that he wrote about transitioning to Agile for the online publication PM Times. The book is based on his experience as in Agile coach helping companies in different phases of their transition to Agile software development. The book deals with five main aspects of Agile adoption: beginnings, execution, customer, mindset and leadership. It articles that discusses many different topics like Agile metrics, team appreciation or focusing on value. Each chapter is easy to read as it mixes in a pleasant ...
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Chief Craftsman at tapped to improve Microsoft’s Visual Studio product line News - Tue, 07/31/2012 - 13:58 announced today that its Chief Craftsman, David Starr, will soon be joining Microsoft as Senior Program Manager in Visual Studio ALM. 

Since joining in 2011, David has driven significant improvements in all of’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 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,'s co-founder and VP of Business Development. "David has made incredible contributions through his work at, and we will miss him at each and every Daily Scrum. As part of the 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 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 founder Ken Schwaber. David drives integrity, and that is essential to’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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Suspending Scrum Extensions News - Thu, 07/05/2012 - 23:05 is suspending the Scrum extension program, effective immediately.
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