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Organizational Design and Scrum

Scrum Expert - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 18:47
It’s very easy to become hierarchical and turn into a “bank” when software company is growing fast. Is there a way to avoid that? How to keep the focus on value creation? What about Value departments, not Functional departments? This presentation shares ideas what we can learn from Scrum and apply in organizational design. It shares hypothesis how a company could look like when everybody is focused on value creation. Video producer: Agile Latvia
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Rally Integrates QASymphony Test Management Tool

Scrum Expert - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:09
QASymphony has announced a partnership with Rally Software. QASymphony’s qTest test case management tool now fully integrates with Rally’s Agile Platform for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). This enhanced qTest integration to Rally ALM allows customers to leverage the power of exploratory, manual, and automated testing all in one easy to use platform. Additionally, customers are granted seamless traceability out of one tool and in to the other. qTest is a scalable QA software testing management platform optimized for enterprise Agile development teams. Available as a SaaS application or installed on-premise, qTest ...
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VersionOne Gets $20 Million Investment

Scrum Expert - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:05
VersionOne has announced the completion of a $20 million investment by private equity firm LLR Partners. The strategic investment supports VersionOne’s continued product innovation and market expansion as the global adoption of agile software development accelerates. Founded in 2002, VersionOne helps companies succeed with agile development. The company’s all-in-one software solution for agile lifecycle, collaboration, quality, business intelligence, and portfolio management simplifies enterprise-scale software planning and tracking. Expert training, coaching, and consulting provides technology organizations with the skills and confidence to successfully transition to agile methods such as Scrum, Lean, Kanban, ...
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Dealing With Middle Management in Scrum

Scrum Expert - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 19:52
When companies transition to Agile, it is not too difficult to find new roles for member of the current software development teams. Finding a place for middle management in the new organization is not so easy and some people even advocates to get rid of them. In this blog post, Em Campbell-Pretty brings her own middle management perspective to this discussion. She discusses the fact that middle management wouldn’t block change, but would actually be the people leading the change successfully. It will be difficult to have Agile teams if middle ...
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ScrumDay Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain, December 13 2014

Scrum Expert - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 17:55
ScrumDay Oviedo is a one-day conference focused on Scrum and Agile software development that takes place in the Spanish city of Oviedo. All the presentations are in Spanish. In the agenda of ScrumDay Oviedo you can find topics like Agile adoption, team coaching, technical best practices and product ownership. Web site: http://www.scrumdayoviedo.com/ Location for the 2014 conference: Auditorio – Palacio de Congresos “PrĂ­ncipe Felipe”, Plaza Gesta, 33007 Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
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Make Impacts Not Software

Scrum Expert - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 20:56
Software is everywhere today, and countless software products and projects die a slow death without ever making any impact. Today’s planning and roadmap techniques expect the world to stand still while we deliver, and set products and projects up for failure from the very start. Even when they have good strategic plans, many organizations fail to communicate them and align everyone involved in delivery. The result is a tremendous amount of time and money wasted due to wrong assumptions, lack of focus, poor communication of objectives, lack of understanding and misalignment ...
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XP Days Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine, December 5-6 2014

Scrum Expert - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 19:03
XP Days Ukraine is a two-day conference dedicated to Agile engineering practices. Its aim is to provide practical skills and new ideas to Agile practitioners with the help of local and international Agile and Scrum experts. The presentations cover the main Agile engineering practices like TDD, Continuous Integration or BDD. Topics like Agile architecture, technical debt or communication between developers and testers are also discussed. In the agenda of XP Days Ukraine you can find topics like “Design and architecture in Agile project”, “Why testing take so much time?”, “Continuous Development ...
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User Stories Splitting Patterns

Scrum Expert - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 18:54
When a Scrum team starts its sprint, it needs to have user stories with the right size so that they can be completely developed at the end of the iteration. The art of slicing larger stories and epics that exists in the backlog to right-sized item for a sprint is not easy. Richard Lawrence has done some work on this topic and has outlined 9 patterns for splitting user stories. He has produced a cheat sheet with example stories for each pattern. These patterns have also been summarized on a poster ...
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Brewing Agile, Gothenburg, Sweden, November 28-29 2014

Scrum Expert - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 16:10
Brewing Agile is a two-day conference focused on Agile software development that takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden. Besides the usual presentations, the conference offers also interactive workshops. The theme of the 2014 edition is “Flow”. In the agenda of Brewing Agile you can find topics like “Was It Something I Said?”, “Practical Continuous Delivery”, “UX in Agile”, “Impact Mapping” or “Software Craftsmanship”. Web site: http://brewingagile.org/ Location for the 2014 conference: Skansen Kronan, Skansberget, LinnĂ©staden, 436 50 Göteborg, Sweden
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XP Days Benelux, Heeze, The Netherlands, November 27-28 2014

Scrum Expert - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 16:06
XP Days Benelux is a two-day conference dedicated to eXtreme Programming (XP) and all Agile software development approaches like Scrum or Kanban. Local and international Agile experts provide the presentations. In the agenda of XP Days Benelux you can find topics like “Functional Programming and Test Driven Development”, “Agile transition and formal change management”, “Valuable Agile Retrospectives: The Making of”, “Agile Client: a romantic relationship to build”, “Intrinsic agile coaching”, “The Product Owner Game”, “Ladder of Leadership”, “The Agile release train game”. Web site: http://xpdays.net/ Location for the 2014 conference: Conference Center ...
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User Stories for Agile Requirements

Scrum Expert - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 17:34
The technique of expressing requirements as user stories is one of the most broadly applicable techniques introduced by the agile processes. User stories are an effective approach on all time constrained projects and are a great way to begin introducing a bit of agility to your projects. This session explain how to identify and write good user stories. It describes the six attributes that good stories should exhibit and presents thirteen guidelines for writing better stories. Learn how user role modeling can help when gathering a project’s initial stories. Because requirements ...
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Agile Tour Paris, Paris, France, November 26 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 17:11
Agile Tour Paris is a one-day conference focused on agile software development and Scrum that takes place in the capital of France. All the presentations and workshops are in French. In the agenda Agile Tour Paris, you can find presentations and workshops like “Scrum Coach Clinic”, “Lego 4 Scrum”,  “Human Centered Lean Management”, “Ways to Solution: an Unexpected Journey”, “Communication on Agile Projects  – the Palo Alto Theory on Communication”, “The Seven Agile Sins”. Web site: http://at2014.agiletour.org/fr/paris.html Location for the 2014 conference: Microsoft France, 41 Quai PrĂ©sident Roosevelt, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
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Why Are Whole Scrum Teams Hard to Create?

Scrum Expert - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 17:37
One of the technical practices of Agile software development is to support cross-functional teams where members perform multiple activities like requirements, coding and testing. In their book “Being Agile”, Leslie Ekas and Scott Will discusses the difficulties of creating a whole team. Traditional software development organizational structures have advocated for teams that specialize in technology and are grouped by a common discipline, for example, development, test, user documentation, and so on. The reasoning goes that teams composed of people with similar skills can help each other within their own domains. Furthermore, ...
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Lean Kanban Central Europe, Hamburg, Germany, November 11-12 2014

Scrum Expert - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 16:18
Lean Kanban Central Europe is a two-day conference focused on using Lean and Kaban in software development. More than 30 international Lean experts will share their experience reports, case studies, and advanced ideas on managing knowledge work. In the agenda of Lean Kanban Central Europe you can find topics like “Becoming a Learning Organization the Kanban Way”, “More than the Sum of our Parts”, “Rethinking Robustness – Uncertainty is Not the Enemy”, “Beyond VSM?: Understanding and Mapping Your Process of Knowledge Discovery”, “Participatory Decision Making – Beyond Majority Voting”, “An Evolutionary ...
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Product Ownership as if You Meant It

Scrum Expert - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 17:15
Most companies don’t have empowered product owners in their Scrum projects. Instead they work with some kind of distributed product ownership. This talk analyzes why distributed product ownership is so common, what problems it produces and how to make it work. The key message of the session is that one size doesn’t fit all. For mission critical projects product ownership may be assumed by a top manager, for startup-like projects an empowered product owner in some kind of “sandbox” may be more appropriate and distributed product ownership is totally valid for ...
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Lean India Summit, Bangalore, India, November 21-22 2014

Scrum Expert - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 16:52
The Lean India Summit is a two-day conference focused on Lean and Agile software development that takes place in Bangalore. Scrum and Agile are tied to the Lean thinking in a big way as concepts like remove waste come from the lean perspective. This event consists of a day of Kaizen Camp and another day filled with expert sessions. In the agenda of the Lean India Summit you can find topics like “Organizational Growth towards Lean Scrum by adopting agile practices”, “Building Agile Enterprise: From Productivity to Profitability”, “Being Lean and ...
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Agile Pune, Pune, India, November 21-22 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:18
Agile Pune 2014 is a two-day conference organized by the Agile Software Community of India (ASCI). Its goal is to bring together Agile enthusiasts from around the world to share ideas, socialize, and work together on advancing the state of Agile/Lean Software development. Workshops will be run the two days before the conference. In the agenda of Agile Pune you can find topics like “Applying Gamification Techniques in Agile”, “Agility at Scale – Platform versus Product Concerns”, “Skype Goes Agile: Don’t Repeat our Mistakes”, “To Deploy or Not-to-Deploy – Decide Using ...
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JetBrains Launches YouTrack 6

Scrum Expert - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:47
JetBrains has announced the availability of YouTrack 6, the new major release of their comprehensive issue tracking and project management tool. YouTrack has gained widespread popularity among development teams and companies thanks to its no-nonsense, IDE-style approach to issue tracking. With powerful customization possibilities, effective time management, agile project management capabilities that support Scrum and Kanban workflows, and support for multiple languages, YouTrack is ready to support any business process. Following a period of organic growth from issue tracking to project management, YouTrack 6 can satisfy the tracking, reporting and analysis needs ...
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Things Product Managers Should Know About Being a Product Owner

Scrum Expert - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:37
The product owner is one of the three roles of the Scrum framework for Agile project management. The product owner is responsible for defining and prioritizing the backlog and to convey the product vision to the Scrum team. Some people have compared this role to the traditional product manager position, but the context is different.In her blog post, Ellen Gottesdiener shares nine things that every product manager should know about being an Agile product owner. These nine hints for the new product owner are: 1. Put the Ends before the Means. 2. Share ...
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Agile Singapore Conference, Singapore, November 12-14 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:00
The Agile Singapore Conference is a three-day event focused on all aspects of agile software development and Scrum. It is an occasion to learn, interact and network with Agile practitioners from South East Asia and worldwide Agile experts. In the agenda of Agile Singapore Conference you can find topics like “The Power of an Agile mindset”, “Introduction to Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)”, “Building an Agile Government”, “Applying Agile Development Practices in Distributed Teams”, “You Can’t be Great without Technical Excellence”, “User-Centered Agile Product Development in an Enterprise and a Startup”, “Worse Is ...
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