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The Top 10 Impediments You Avoid at OnAgile

Agile Alliance - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:22

Some of you may recall that this is my first year serving on the board of the Agile Alliance and … OH MY … have I been busy. In my typical go-big-or-go-home style, I’ve taken on chairing our first ever … Continue reading →

Categories: Agile

Design the Right Product

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:02
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 ...
Categories: Agile

New CEO for the Scrum Alliance

Scrum Expert - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:30
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. ...
Categories: Agile

Does Your Team Have a Bad Apple?

Agile Alliance - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 01:15

A fascinating recent study has shown that a single, toxic team member can create group team wide dysfunction and breakdown. We have all worked in teams where there is one “difficult” person.  They seem to take up a disproportionate amount … Continue reading →

Categories: Agile

Putting Some Numbers on Technical Debt

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 13:53
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 ...
Categories: Agile

Keep Austin Agile, Austin, USA, May 8 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 09:08
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, ...
Categories: Agile

Mile High Agile, Denver, USA, April 3 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 08:30
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 ...
Categories: Agile

Top 10 Tips for Measuring Agile Success

Agile Alliance - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 18:21

Choosing the right agile metric to measure agile success is really simple, right? I wish that were the case, but in reality choosing the correct agile metric can be a little tricky. So, how do you get the most out … Continue reading →

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New Version of HP Agile Manager Released

Scrum Expert - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 17:23
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 - 15:33
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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Agile Games, Cambridge, USA May 16-17 2015

Scrum Expert - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 14:56
The Agile Games Conference is two-day annual event organized by Agile New England that focuses teaching, demonstrating, and improving Agile and organizational effectiveness using game theory. The conference program consisting of workshops and games will be selected from an open submission process. All members of the Agile games community are encouraged to submit their ideas for consideration to be included in the planned conference program. In the agenda of Agile Games you can find keynotes and workshops like “Puppet Mastery: The Ultimate Agility Game”, “The Game Within the Game”, “Sudokuban and ...
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Retrospectives Are Boring, Are They?

Scrum Expert - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:47
People often say that retrospectives are useless, boring and take too long. This means that they are not done right! The difference between a good and a bad retrospective is the structure and the facilitation. Retrospectives are the strongest tools in the Agile toolbox and an important part of continuously inspect and adapt. This presentation discusses the structure of a good retrospective and important principles to follow to get a good retrospective every time.Video producer:
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Trapped in Wagile

Agile Alliance - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 22:54

Organizations that are attempting to transition to Agile demonstrate waterfall characteristics – residually or resurgently. Understanding these characteristics and learning to observe manifestation of these tendencies in organization systems will help you uncover impediments to your organization’s Agile metamorphosis. After … Continue reading →

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MeisterTask Provides Lightweight Kanban Implementation

Scrum Expert - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 17:34
MeisterLabs has announced the release and immediate availability of MeisterTask, an intuitive web-based collaboration tool that ups the standard in efficient – and even enjoyable – task management. Using MeisterTask, employees organize and manage tasks in a customizable environment, with a seamless workflow that allows for unparalleled frictionless creativity. Fine-tuned to offer simplicity, flexibility, and improved productivity within a professional environment, MeisterTask users can create projects, add collaborators, assign tasks, and follow each other’s progress on flexible project boards that automatically adapt to the workflow to ensure synchronization. Each task holds ...
Categories: Agile

Observation on Large Agile Teams

Scrum Expert - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 17:09
Scaling and implementing an Agile approach in large projects is one of the hot topic in the Agile community, a natural consequences of the adoption of Agile by larger corporation. In this blog post, Ritika Nanwani shares some of her observations as a member of a large Scrum project. The blog post discusses the following topics:You have to experiment with your project structure and evaluate the issues and benefits between having only one big team or splitting the people in sub-teams. The internal organization you adopt will also influence the quality and ...
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Impact-Driven Scrum & #NoEstimates in Methods & Tools Spring 2015 issue - Agile Portal - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 13:48
Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Spring 2015 issue that discusses Impact-Driven Scrum, Code Review, #NoEstimates,Self-Selecting Teams, Software Laws, Kanboard and ConQAT.
Categories: Agile

Agile Manchester, Manchester, UK, May 7-8 2015

Scrum Expert - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:05
Agile Manchester is a two-day conference focused on Agile software development participants can get knowledge and experience in a practical and peer-based learning context. In the agenda of Agile Manchester you can find topics like “Moving away from Legacy code with BDD”, “Lessons learned in developing an agile architecture to reward our customers”, “Navigating Politics in Agile/Lean Initiatives”, “Evolution and Revolution: Making Change Happen”, “Agile: It’s not just about the development team”, “User Story Mapping for Fun and Profit”, “How to fail at Lean UX”, “The Agile User Experience”. Web site: Location ...
Categories: Agile

Agile and Beyond, Dearborn, USA, April 30 – May 1 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 17:39
Agile and Beyond is a two-day conference focused on Agile software development and Scrum project management that takes place near Detroit in Dearborn, Michigan. It aimed at taking together software developers, designers, product owners and executives for workshops and presentations focused on Agile and Lean processes. In the agenda of Agile and Beyond you can find topics like “Expanding an Agile Culture in organizations with Design thinking”, “Spice Up Your Agile Everything”, “Agile Coach Activity Pack: Experience and Learn Through Four Simulations”, “The Business Analyst: How To Be More Than a ...
Categories: Agile

The Trojan Retrospective – From Crickets to Conversations

Agile Alliance - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 22:04

This blog is part of a series on Agile Trojan Horses – Covert Appetizers for Agile Discovery. This series helps spark conversations that restore focus on Agile Fundamentals, whet the appetite to discover more about Agile and help apply Agile in … Continue reading →

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Agile and Scrum Trello Extensions

Scrum Expert - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 18:27
Trello is a free on-line project management tool that provides a flexible and visual way to organize anything. This approach is naturally close to the visual boards used in the Scrum or Kanban approaches. As the tool as an open architecture, some extensions have been developed for a better implementation of Agile project management in Trello. Updates March 17 2015: added Screenful for Trello extension The visual representation and the card system used by Trello already make it possible to use it for Scrum project that need a virtual board to display their ...
Categories: Agile