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Hansoft 8.4 Released

Scrum Expert - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:41
Hansoft has announced the release of Hansoft. 8.4, which includes a complete reboot of the quality assurance features in the tool. This represents a huge step forward for quality assurance teams using Hansoft to manage defects or tickets and cross functional teams looking to further integrate quality assurance with their development processes. Bugs Visible within Sprints in the Planning View Hansoft 8.4 allows for bugs to be viewed in the sprint backlog and on boards. Bugs can also be given a sprint priority, meaning they can easily be prioritised against regular ...
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Agile Roots, Salt Lake City, USA, June 18-20 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:45
The Agile Roots conference is a two-days event taking place in Salt Lake City that provides sessions and workshops about learning, improving effectiveness, measuring and predicting customers, as well as more general Agile, Scrum, Lean and Kanban topics. In the agenda of Agile Roots you can find topics like “How doing the little things well makes the big things possible”, “Do testers need to code to be useful?”, “Practical Team Diversity Tactics”, “Shoestring Agility in a Velcro Organization”, “Team Mind — What Can Agile Teams Learn From Science Teams?”, “Build Quality ...
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Product Owner Camp Switzerland, Sursee, Switzerland, June 11-13 2015

Scrum Expert - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 16:06
Product Owner Camp Switzerland is a three-day event for Scrum product owners and Agile product managers, coaches and ScrumMaster. The first day will be dedicated to a Product Owner Master Class. The two other days will have an open space format with discussions on how to solve problems, sharing ideas and networking with people passionately engaged in all facets of Agile product creation. Product Owner Camp Switzerland 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 ...
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What Happened to the Idea of Inspect and Adapt?

Scrum Expert - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 16:03
It’s all too common these days to see arguments on Twitter or mailing lists with these rules-bound zealots arguing that ”you’re not agile” because you aren’t following the rules to their satisfaction. What happened to the idea of inspect and adapt? What happened to the idea of introducing new practices, of evolving our practices to suit the challenges at hand? The canonical agile practices of popular methods have remained essentially unchanged for over a decade. We are stuck in a rut. And as I’m fond of saying, the only difference between a ...
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Agile in a Bag, London, UK, June 12 2015

Scrum Expert - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:57
Agile in a Bag is a one-day conference that takes place in London. It proposes workshops to help you understand how Agile works and interesting presentations explaining Scrum ideas. It is also a great place to network with fellow Agile practitioners in London. In the agenda of Agile in a Bag, you can find topics like “Coaching Tools for Agile Leaders”, ” Quantifying Cost of Delay – Why is it the ‘one thing’ to quantify, How do I do it?”, “Influence techniques of Scrum Master: how to build a team without ...
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Agile Coach Camp Italy, Cavalese, Italy, June 4-6 2015

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 14:02
Agile Coach Camp Italy is a two-days of highly collaborative, self-organized open space conference. It’s for everyone involved in coaching, training, mentoring and helping Agile organizations. Agile Coach Camp Italy 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: ...
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Scrum Alliance Partners With Front Row Agile

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 13:00
Scrum Alliance has announced a partnership with Front Row Agile to provide valuable online training to its more than 400,000 members worldwide. The online courses will be available to members at a 50 percent discount and will count toward members earning Scrum Education Units (SEUs). Members need SEUs to grow in the practice of Scrum and get to the next levels of certifications with Scrum Alliance. “We have no doubt there is a strong and growing interest in Scrum throughout the world, and we believe offering our members online courses will ...
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Jenkins, You Can Take the Evening Off

Agile Alliance - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:45

Recently I was asked to participate on a panel to discuss Continuous Integration (CI). So I spent a day doing some reading and researching to polish up on my knowledge around the topic. Most teams I have worked with feel … Continue reading →

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Agile Coach Camp Denmark, Dragør, Denmark, May 28-30 2015

Scrum Expert - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 13:24
Agile Coach Camp Denmark is a three-day event that serves as an unconference for Agile coaches of Denmark and other countries. The Agile Coach Camp Denmark is a free, not-for-profit, practitioner-run event. Agile Coach Camp Denmark 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 ...
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Agile Australia, Sydney, Australia, June 17-18 2015

Scrum Expert - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:40
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 “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 ...
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What is it Like to Join a Mob?

Agile Alliance - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 21:12

Our latest experience report is by Robert “Jason” Kerney from Hunter Industries. Jason joined the mob programming team at Hunter over a year ago. I met Jason last year at Agile2014. He was having lunch with his manager, Woody Zuill, who … Continue reading →

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From 3 Scrum Teams to a Single Kanban Team

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 17:45
This talk is a study of a case in which three Scrum teams converged into a single large team Kanban system design. Working in separate teams resulted in issues with responsibility, hand-overs, resource utilization and a culture of blaming others. In a large, highly self-organized team the members could share responsibility for the whole, work on the right things and focus on flow. This talk concretely demonstrates the Kanban system, its design principles and its evolution. Participants can expect to learn from a successful, but unorthodox real-life story, to possibly ...
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Welcoming our Stalwarts to the Agile2015 Conference

Agile Alliance - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 19:43

Hello everyone, Paul Hammond here again, Conference Chair for the Agile2015 Conference. Let me ask you a question. Have you ever wanted to sit down with an Agile luminary and just talk? Ask them the questions you’ve always wanted to ask? … Continue reading →

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User Story Normalization

Scrum Expert - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 16:35
Using Story points is a technique used by Scrum team to evaluate the relative size of user stories. If this technique works fine for single teams, it might be more problematic when multiple teams are involved. In this article, Paul Raymond explains why user story normalization is needed in contexts where multiple Scrum teams cooperate on the same user stories. Paul Raymond, Inflectra Corporation, http://www.inflectra.com/ Traditional software development estimating techniques are slow, long lasting exercises and as such are totally unsuited to Agile processes. New methods of estimating have emerged which fit ...
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Agile Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 9-10 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 14:01
Agile Israel is a two-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. The second day is dedicated to tutorials and workshops. In the agenda of Agile Israel you can find topics like “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”, ...
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OnAgile 2015: We’re Bringing the Tech Back

Agile Alliance - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 22:08

It felt like the hardest decision of my professional career.  I stared at the program guide for the opening session of the Agile 2014 conference, and the volume of choices was unexpected and overwhelming.  For each breakout session, there were … Continue reading →

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Lineup of 2015 Agile Executive Forum Announced

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 17:11
The Agile Alliance has announced the final speaker lineup for the 2015 Agile Executive Forum, which will be held this year on August 3 at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, Virginia. This annual event will bring together some of the world’s top executives to explore the latest in strategic thinking in Lean and Agile practices and principles applied towards building the Lean Enterprise. “At the 2015 Agile Executive Forum, we’re excited about both building on past events and extending into the future of Agile,” said Sanjiv Augustine, Agile Executive ...
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Redesigned PlanningPoker.com Launched

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 16:34
352 Inc. has announced a fully redesigned and rebuilt Planning Poker for the agile development community. Initially built by Mountain Goat Software and now redesigned by 352 Inc., the new PlanningPoker.com reimagines the classic planning tool for today’s agile teams. 352’s team updated the digital product with an effortless user experience and modern design, speeding up the the estimation process and offering an unmatched experience for scrum teams. For more than a decade, planning poker has been used to streamline effort pointing and sprint planning, and the new PlanningPoker.com introduces new ...
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Impact-Driven Scrum

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 14:30
One of the important concept around Agile and Scrum is that it is more important to build the right product than to build the product right. Impact Management is a framework that helps managers to focus on impact of an idea and a product. In her article “Impact-Driven Scrum Delivery”, Ingrid Domingues explains how to brings together Scrum and Impact Management in software development projects where design is important. Impact Management is based on Impact Mapping that provides the ability to define expected impact for business and users in a model, ...
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SoCraTes UK, Worcestershire, UK, June 4-7

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 14:13
SoCraTes is an International Software Craftsmanship retreat for open-minded craftspeople who want to improve their craft and the software industry as a whole. It’s a great opportunity to speak to and code with many like-minded and talented developers. The conference itself is free. SoCraTes UK, the International Software Craftsmanship retreat 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 ...
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