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Software Delivery Track for Agile on the Beach Conference

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:34
The Agile on the Beach conference has confirmed its Software Delivery line up which will run on the both days. The conference will have 40+ speakers including a keynote by Dr Linda Rising, internationally known for her work in patterns, retrospectives, influence strategies, agile development, and the change process. The Software Delivery track will be headlined by a keynote from Rebecca Parsons CTO at Thoughtworks * Jo Cranford: Build In Quality * Byran Wills-Heath: How we implemented TDD in Embedded C/C++ * Jon Jagger: The design and implementation of cyber-dojo * Elizabeth Pope: 10% time the pros and cons? * Wouter Lagerweij: Testing in a Continuous Delivery World * Paul Boocock: Continuously delivering software to big brands * Lyndsay Prewer: Smoothing the continuous delivery path – a tale of two architectures * David Brownhill & Craig Scott-Angell: Penetration Testing in the Release Pipeline * Jim Barritt: Finding the merkle tree in the block chain forest * Sarah Glanville & Paul Lemon: Sky – Moving on up Session details below for Software Delivery with full details at http://agileonthebeach.com/software-delivery-2016/ Speakers and sessions for our themes of Agile Teams and Practices, Agile Business and Product Design and Management will be confirmed over the next few weeks with a full schedule announced by May. Super Early Birds can secure tickets at £295 (£100 off full price) if booked before 31st May. For help with travel and accommodation please visit our website www.agileonthebeach.com
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Yes in agile means that you will deliver

Ben Linders - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 06:58

NO and YES are two simple words, yet practice shows that professionals often have difficulties in using them. Actually it's very easy, certainly when you want to work in an agile way. Dare to say NO when you are unsure if you can do what's requested. When you say YES it means that you will deliver the product, on time with the right quality. Continue reading →

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Axosoft GitKraken Announces Contest to Celebrate V1.0 Launch

About SCRUM - Hamid Shojaee Axosoft - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 18:38

Axosoft GitKraken has launched v1.0! We’re so excited to share our journey to create the best Git client on the planet. We’ve relied heavily on our early adopters and listened to all the chatter on Twitter (believe us, we heard you!)

In order to show our thanks, we’ve turned our launch party into a contest! Choose from one of 3 categories described below for a chance to get yourself some CASH to STASH, as well as some fabulous prizes (dev approved).

Check out this video and catch the kraken excitement:

Don’t skip over the contest rules at the end—they’re important. Now on to the #GKContest!

 1. Songwriting Battle

gitkraken songwriting contest

Are you a rising rap artist? An up and coming crooner? A promising pop star? Or just the most successful singer in your car? If you are (and even if you aren’t) let’s see what you got! Write a song (it can be a parody or completely original) in the genre of your choice!

Honestly, we’re kind of partial to rap, so if you want to concentrate on that, we won’t be mad.

But, whatever your cup of tea, we want you to write us a song about the Kraken! Here are some keywords you can use:

  • Clone
  • Push/Pull
  • Commit
  • Remotes
  • Stash (hunk)
  • Branch
  • Rebase
  • Cherry pick
  • GUI (“gooey”)
  • Command Line

Here are some parody songs we came up with. Feel free to use these as inspiration:

  • “Like I’m Mergin” (“Like a Virgin”)
  • “The Kraken Dance” (“The Humpty Dance”)
  • “Stand By Your Kraken” (“Stand By Your Man”)
  • “Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Krakens” (“Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys”)
  • “Let’s Git it On” (“Let’s Get it On”)
  • “Push it” (a la Salt n’ Peppa)
  • “Under the Sea” (A homage to Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”)

Obviously, these are just examples. We want to see and hear your creativity, and if you are in the least bit successful, you’re in the running for a grand prize!

Prizes:
  • $3,000 Clams (Yes, $3,000 U.S. dollars)
  • Super sweet headphones
  • GitKraken T-shirts for your entire band/crew (limit of 5)
  • GitKraken guitar picks
  • GitKraken stickers (limit 10)
Directions:
  1. Record your song and upload it to YouTube or Soundcloud.
  2. Tweet the link to us @GitKraken using #GKContest. The decision to create a music video or just upload audio is completely up to you.
Deadline:

11:59PM (Arizona time) on April 15, 2016

Evaluation Criteria:

The Krakenest* submission with the most engagement** wins! It’s up to you to share your video or song with as many people as you can to increase the amount of ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ you receive.

2. Video Game Throwdown

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Who doesn’t love video games? Show us your dev skills and make a GitKraken themed game. GitKraxian? KrakenMan? KrakenKong? Super Kraken Fighter? Krakémon? You get the picture.

Use of frameworks/libraries to help speed up your development is permitted, as long as you use them fully in accordance with their respective licenses.

Phaser is a great open source HTML5 canvas and javascript library for game development. You might want to use it as a starting point.

Just let the Kraken inspire you and send us your game. You can win awesome prizes!

Prizes:
  • $1,500 Big Ones (Yes, that’s U.S. dollars.)
  • Playstation 4 (valued at approximately $350)
  • Razer BlackWidow Chroma Clicky Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (valued at approximately $160)
  • 1 GitKraken T-shirt
  • 5 GitKraken stickers
Directions:
  1. Come up with a strong concept using the Kraken.
  2. Download the Kraken assets here if you’d like to use them. (not required)
  3. Create your game and post it at a link where folks can play it. It’s important your game be playable in the browser without any plugins. Newer web technologies like canvas are great—flash is not.
  4. Tweet your link to us @GitKraken using #GKContest.
Deadline:

11:59PM (Arizona time) on April 15, 2016

Evaluation Criteria:

The submission with the most engagement* wins! It’s up to you to share your game with as many people as you can to increase the amount of ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ you receive.

3. Kraken Design O’Rama Challenge

Kraken design o-rama

By now, you’re probably acquainted with our Kraken logo. However, not sure if you’ve noticed that the Kraken has a very versatile wardrobe:

Are you inspired to design your own Kraken yet? Go ahead, you could win these awesome prizes!

Prizes:
  • $750 Greenbacks (That’s U.S. dollars in case you didn’t know)
  • A t-shirt with YOUR custom Kraken design
  • A GitKraken messenger bag
  • 5 GitKraken stickers
Directions:
  1. Come up with a concept using the GitKraken logo (download here)
  2. Use your slick design skills to create a .jpg or .png
  3. Tweet the image to us @GitKraken using #GKContest.
Deadline:

11:59PM (Arizona time) on April 15, 2016

The Rules:

All submissions must be sent through Twitter using @GitKraken and #GKContest by 11:59PM (Arizona time) on April 15, 2016. All other submissions will not be considered. Originality is very important; no borrowing or stealing others’ work.

Contestants may enter the contest in multiple categories; however, you can only win for one category.

*Axosoft will consider your submission for relevance to GitKraken and general appropriateness. Any work deemed inappropriate for reasons including but not exclusive to bigotry, bad language, sexually explicit content, hate speech, etc. will not be considered. Keep it classy, devs.

**Engagement will be calculated as a combination of the following: favorites (hearts) on your Tweet submission, retweets of your tweet submission, and if applicable, likes (thumbs up) on your YouTube video OR favorites (hearts) on your Soundcloud file.

One submission with the highest combination of all engagement* metrics will be deemed the winner for each of the three (3) categories (song/video, game, logo), for a total of three (3) contest winners.

Scores will be calculated and winners will be selected at 11:59PM (Arizona time) on April 15, 2016. Winners will be announced on April 18, 2016.

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Being Digital

NetObjectives - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 18:09
In a recent HBR article entitled Which Industries Are the Most Digital (and Why)?, the authors measure digital progress and adoption in 22 industry sectors. Specifically, they examine the various industry sectors in light of three categories of digital capabilities: digital assets, digital usage and digital labor, reaching the following conclusion: “What really sets the leaders apart, however, is...

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Being Agile in Business

Scrum Expert - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 14:49
If agile started as a software development movement, the customer has been at the center of its values since its initial statement. The usage of agile and lean has now widespread beyond the IT world. In her book “Being Agile in Business”, Belinda Waldock explains the agile and lean approaches from a business perspective. The book is structured in four parts that explore the definition of agile, the reasons to adopt agile, the approaches and technique to behave in an agile way. The final part provides simple steps to share an agile culture in your teams and organizations. The book covers approaches like Scrum and Kanban. The book is well-structured and easy to read, providing examples that are outside the software development world. I will recommend this book as a good introduction to the agile approaches for every business person that has to deal with an agile software development team, as a product owner or a manager, or that want to implement the agile perspective in other domains like marketing or sales. Reference: Being Agile in Business, Belinda Waldock, Pearson, 978-1292083704 Quotes Letting go of existing processes and systems to adopt agile can be difficult, especially for those who are comfortable with routines. Even if that routine is difficult, it can be hard to acknowledge. There is a need to let go of the existing rules, identify the problem within the process or the system and go through the pain of change in order to achieve a better outcome. Trusting [...]
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Need help with Agile Retrospectives?

Ben Linders - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 20:39

Do you have a question about doing agile retrospectives? Need some help on how to do them? I'm there to answer your questions. All you have to do is ask :-) Continue reading →

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[Recap] Fast IT: Concepts and Examples from Assembla and Attivio

Assembla Blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:51

Last week, Sid Probstein, CTO of Attivio, and Andy Singleton, founder of Assembla presented a webinar about “Fast IT,” a new way of managing rapidly changing and Agile projects in areas like mobile, Web, analytics and marketing applications, while working smoothly with reliable core systems ("Core IT"). Andy discussed the dynamics of Fast IT, and Sid presented a case study of how Attivio spun up a major Business Intelligence app in two weeks with two people.

If you missed the webinar, view and download the slides

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Assembla now allows automatic payments with PayPal

Assembla Blog - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:17

Paying for your Assembla subscription with PayPal has never been easier. We recently added the ability to set up recurring payments with PayPal that will automatically pay for your Assembla subscription every billing period, whether that be monthly or annually. Previously, it was a manual process that required logging in and paying every time an invoice was created.

To set up automatic payments with PayPal, visit your billing page > select the PayPal option > and follow the steps.

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If you have any questions or issues, please contact Assembla support at support@assembla.com.

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Post Assembla events to your favorite chat apps: Slack, HipChat, Flowdock & more

Assembla Blog - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:26

If your team uses Slack, HipChat, Flowdock, or Bigplans for communication, we have added preconfigured webhooks to make setting up these integrations painless. Once configured, you can selectively manage the Assembla events that are posted out to these apps, such as ticket activity, commits, deploys, etc., to monitor project activity in real-time, inline with other team communication.

To get started, click on the desired integration below: slack logo HipChat Logo flowdock logo Bigplans logo
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Interested in cryptocurrencies? Get started with 1000 free Ripple XRP

Assembla Blog - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:55

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Ripple is a protocol for value exchange that makes it easy to transfer and trade fiat currencies, Bitcoin, or XRP - the native asset of the Ripple network.

Assembla is giving away 1000 free XRP (the Ripple native cyptocurrency) to any person with software development skills who is interested in learning about Ripple development. Get it here: https://www.assembla.com/ripple

I called Ripple Labs a few months ago to find out more about ways that their "gateway" can help us pay developers in many different countries. Essentially, we do banking for the developers on our global team. We pay internal accounts, hold the money until they ask for it, and then transfer money to them by bank wire, ATM/Payoneer, or other mechanisms. We have found that the bank wire system is embarrassingly slow and unreliable. This is the problem that Ripple is trying to fix. Their gateway is like a bank in an open-source box. It keeps accounts in any currency, including USD, other currencies, XRP, and Bitcoin. It can transfer those accounts instantly and reliably on the shared "ledger." It is also gaining exciting new features such as "multi-signature" which enables outsourcing and crowdsourcing customers to post a budget amount, and then transfer it to their hard-working suppliers through an arbitrator.

Now I am working more closely with Ripple to help them scale up their development process. I decided to make this free XRP offer for two reasons:

  • Users need 20 XRP to activate a Ripple wallet. We want to remove the hassle from acquiring the XRP so new developers can get started.
  • We want to build an email list of developers that might be interested in working on internal development, bounties, or bank integration projects.
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Assembla Bigplans Integration How-To

Assembla Blog - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:26

If you use Assembla and Bigplans, we have added a pre-configured webhook making it easy to post Assembla events out to your Bigplans chat room. Check out below for configuration instructions.

Bigplans is a simple, integrated way to manage a distributed team.  It includes a "lean" task board, real-time chat, and a unique "advisor" (a real person) that helps you get on-demand resources if you need them.  For programming teams, it includes a tight integration with Assembla login and Assembla tickets. 

You can use the Webhooks tool to feed Assembla events into any of your team chats.  To get started, you will need the Webhook tool installed in the Assembla project you want to configure. If you do not have the Webhook tool installed, visit the Admin tab > Tools section > and click ‘Add’ next to the Webhook tool.

Once installed, click on the Webhook tool in your main navigation and select Bigplans from the list of pre-configured post options:

Bigplans Assembla Webhook

You will need to obtain and update the auth token in the “Content” section.

To obtain your Bigplans auth token:

Visit Bigplans and navigate to the plan you want to post Assembla events to. Click on the ‘Connect’ option in the top bar. Under the “Message API” section, there is a section called “API Token” that will display your token. If no token is set, click on the ‘Reset’ button. Copy the token ID and replace the “BIGPLANS_AUTH_TOKEN” in the Webhook tool.

Bigplans Assembla Webhook Token

Now configure what Assembla events you would like to post to your Bigplans chat room and click ‘Add and Authenticate.” Don’t forget to enable the configuration under the “Title” field.

Your Assembla events will now be posted to the configured Bigplans chat room:

Bigplans Assembla Webhook Chat

If you have any questions or problems during setup, please contact support@assembla.com. If you do not have an Assembla project and would like to test out this integration, try Assembla out for free.

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Assembla & Slack Integration How-To

Assembla Blog - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:23

If you use Assembla and Slack, we have added a pre-configured webhook making it easy to post Assembla events out to your Slack chat room/channel. Check out below for configuration instructions.

To get started, you will need the Webhook tool installed in the Assembla project you want to configure. If you do not have the Webhook tool installed, visit the Admin tab > Tools section > and click ‘Add’ next to the Webhook tool.

Once installed, click on the Webhook tool in your main navigation and select Slack from the list of pre-configured post options:

Slack Assembla Webhook

You will need to setup an incoming webhook service integration within Slack to obtain your token. To do this, visit https://YourSubdomain.slack.com/services/new/incoming-webhook, select the desired channel to post to, and click ‘Add Incoming Webhook.’

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Once created, copy the provided Webhook URL and update the External URL in Assembla’s Webhook tool.

Now configure what Assembla events you would like to post to your Slack room/channel and click ‘Add and Authenticate.' Don’t forget to enable the configuration under the “Title” field.

Tip: Within the Slack “Incoming Webhook” page that you set up for this integration, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and expand the “Integration Settings” where you can add a label, change the post-to channel, and change the icon and name for your webhook bot.

Your Assembla events will now be posted to the configured Slack room/channel:

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If you have any questions or problems during setup, please contact support@assembla.com. If you do not have an Assembla project and would like to test out this integration, try Assembla out for free.

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Assembla & HipChat Integration How-To

Assembla Blog - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:40

If you use Assembla and HipChat, we have added a pre-configured webhook making it easy to post Assembla events out to your HipChat chat room. Check out below for configuration instructions. 

To get started, you will need the Webhook tool installed in the Assembla project you want to configure. If you do not have the Webhook tool installed, visit the Admin tab > Tools section > and click ‘Add’ next to the Webhook tool.

Once installed, click on the Webhook tool in your main navigation and select HipChat from the list of pre-configured post options:

HipChat Assembla Webhook

You will need to obtain and update the auth token and room ID in the “Content” section.

To obtain your HipChat auth token:

You will need to visit https://YourSubdomain.hipchat.com/admin/api and enter your password to access the “API Auth Tokens” page. Under “Create new token” select ‘Notification’ type, provide a label, and click ‘Create.’ Copy the token ID and replace the “HIPCHAT_AUTH_TOKEN” in the Webhook tool.

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To obtain your HipChat room ID:

Visit https://YourSubdomain.hipchat.com/admin/rooms and click on the desired room you would like to post Assembla events to. Copy the App ID and replace the “HIPCHAT_ROOM_ID” in the Webhook tool.

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Now configure what Assembla events you would like to post to your HipChat room and click ‘Add and Authenticate.” Don’t forget to enable the configuration under the “Title” field.

Your Assembla events will now be posted to the configured HipChat room:

HipChat Assembla Example Chat

If you have any questions or problems during setup, please contact support@assembla.com. If you do not have an Assembla project and would like to test out this integration, try Assembla out for free.

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[Webinar] "Fast IT": Concepts and Examples from Assembla and Attivio

Assembla Blog - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 17:41

Join us on July 23, 2014 from 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EDT for a webinar “Fast IT”: Concepts and Examples from Assembla and Attivio.

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When we at Assembla heard about the 2-2-2 project structure used by Attivio, we knew we had a fun story and a big idea to share.  The fun story is the way that Attivio can spin-up major Business Intelligence apps with 2-day, 2-person prototyping sessions. The big idea is “Fast IT”: a way of managing fast and Agile projects, while working smoothly with your slower, more reliable core systems: "Core IT".

In this Webinar, Sid Probstein, CTO of Attivio, and Andy Singleton, founder of Assembla, will share their discoveries about ways that “Core” and “Fast” can work smoothly together.  We will show tools that help you wrap and index your Core IT so that you can easily use it in Fast IT projects.  And, we’ll show how to professionally launch and manage an expanding portfolio of Fast IT projects for analytics, Web, mobile and marketing applications and SaaS integration. 

This Webinar is designed to help IT professionals or project managers who are handling analytics, Web, mobile, cloud and marketing applications.

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Success Story: GLG Boosts “Customer Equity” with Assembla

Assembla Blog - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 17:25
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Garrigan Lyman Group was worried about losing the loyalty of its own customers. The agency was expanding rapidly and tackling more complex e-commerce, mobile, social media and video projects. Clients had no visibility into when new requests would be delivered. Development managers were having trouble tracking releases and matching resources to requirements. Teams needed a solution to prevent missing deadlines and ensure the quality of delivery.

Objective

Chris “Whitey” Geiser, GLG’s CTO, knew that the agency could not afford to lose “customer equity,” the hard-won confidence that GLG could deliver innovative digital marketing solutions. So he and his team began looking for technologies that could help them centralize processes, manage development requests, and improve communications with clients.

Results

Assembla has helped Garrigan Lyman Group win new business from existing clients. The solution has helped GLG evolve from helping clients with flashy but self-contained marketing projects, to solutions that work with the core of their businesses. It allows the company to collaborate better with clients and improve control of their development processes.

To see how GLG learned to work more closely with its customers,
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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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Psst...Scrumy has an API now

Scrumy Blog - Thu, 07/01/2010 - 07:00

It's a new month, and now there is a new Scrumy feature for Pro users: The Scrumy API. Pretty much anyone who has asked us if we have an API recently has already been directed to that page and has been able to access it, but now we're sharing our secrets with the world.

For the uninitiated, an API is an interface that we give to you in order to access the data that we've stored for you in a convenient way. Essentially, it allows you to write your own programs that interact with your Scrumy projects. If, for example, you wanted a big red button that moves all your unfinished tasks into the 'Done' column, you could build that yourself with a few clever API calls.

The Scrumy API is divided into two separate parts: REST and Webhooks.

The REST API allows you to get data from your projects in XML or JSON form using simple URLs. You can also manipulate your data by POSTing or PUTing data to those URLs. You can read all about it at the REST API documentation page.

Webhooks are very different. A Webhook is a URL for an application that you have running on your own server which receives data from us. This means that any time you create or change a task, for example, we will send a piece of data representing the change on your project to that URL. A simple thing you could do with this would be to send a tweet any time you finish a task. Read more at the Webhooks documentation page. Also, the demo is set up to use webhooks, but it works a bit differently than your projects. The demo will allow you to enter 5 webhooks, but none of them will be active for more than 5 minutes. So, if you just want to see how webhooks work, feel free to use the demo, but unless you want to be a jerk, use an empty slot. Then you have 5 minutes to test your heart out.

So those are the big updates for now. If you find errors while reading the apidocs or feel that you could clarify something, feel free to update the documentation. It's a wiki for a reason. If you have any other questions or comments, feel free to contact us at support@scrumy.com.

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Scrum Knowledge Sharing

SpiraPlan is a agile project management system designed specifically for methodologies such as scrum, XP and Kanban.