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Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:11
Agile approaches like Scrum recommend a “just enough” attitude in software development and this is also the case when you discuss tools. Ideally, you would work with a small team that is collocated, but this is not always possible and you might be running your project in a virtual mode with a distributed Scrum team scattered around the world. If you don’t want to start using a sophisticated tool to manage your efforts, you might be interested in adopting some web tools that will fit your particular need to share ...
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Scaling Agile Metrics

Scrum Expert - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 17:31
When you start scaling Agile, you might need more metrics to assess you software development process. In this article, Janani Rasanjali Liyanage proposes some metrics that adhere to Lean and Agile principles to measure business agility in terms of predictability, reliability and adaptability. Predictability can be considered with two aspects: uniformity that is delivering the same characteristics every time, and consistency, that is delivering the same value over time. The article proposes a predictability index based on four different variances: release velocity, scope, business value and delivered defects. You can also ...
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Backlog Selection By Cost of Delay

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 18:58
Managing the product backlog and prioritizing the user stories if one of the main responsibilities of the product owners in Scrum. In this blog post, Andy Carmichael explains how to assess the priority of product backlog items using the cost of delay. The cost of Delay is the cost to bear as a result of delay in investment. Andy Carmichael bases his analysis on David Anderson’s Kanban book that proposes four archetypes to categorize the costs of delay, plotting on a chart the impact (opportunity cost) against the time of release. ...
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Using User Stories for Non-Functional Requirements

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:50
Non-functional requirements relate to qualities of the system that cut across user facing features, such as security, reliability, and performance. How does an Agile team take care of these non-functional requirements? This presentation discusses if user stories are of any use in this situation and how Scrum teams can applying Agile techniques to solve these concerns.Video producer: Further reading: Non-Functional Requirements: Do User Stories Really Help?
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Agile Adria Conference, Tuheljske Toplice, Croatia, April 13-14 2015

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 15:16
Agile Adria Conference is a three-day conference that takes place in Croatia and focuses on Agile and Scrum. Its goal is as a regional event is to be the meeting point for Agilists from Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Speakers are experts coming from both Europe and the USA. Among the expert for the Agile Adria conference, you will find known authors like Marry Poppendick and Sephen Parry. In the agenda of the Agile Adria conference,  you can find topics like “How to improve estimates for software: The #NoEstimates ...
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Is Constant Process Improvement Imperative?

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 17:48
This article examines the Agile myth that constant process improvement is imperative. It discusses the fact that if you need to continuously observe your process, you should wait for the pauses between iteration to perform process improvement. Paul Raymond, Inflectra Corporation, In days gone by, when projects were slow, lumbering proceedings, process improvement could only be implemented once a project was finished. Trying to evolve a methodology midstream was too disruptive because processes were overly complex, excessively detailed and heavily documented. In theory, following the process was mandatory but, rules don’t ...
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Agile Middle East, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 April 2015

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 17:40
Agile Middle East is a one-day conference that proposes keynotes, presentations from Agile experts and interactive workshops. In the agenda of the Agile Middle East you can find speakers like Richard Knaster (Thought Leader of Scaled Agile), Tony Grout (Skype Head of Agile Transformation), Andrew Hiles (Monitise, Head of Agile). Web site: Location for the Agile Middle East conference: Hilton Dubai Jumerah Resort, Dubai, UAE
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The Inner Work of a Scrum Coach

Scrum Expert - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 15:00
This talk provides a is a reflection on what Michael De La Maza has learned as an Agile Coach about communication, emotional stress and team organization. In this talk, Michael De La Maza describes how he: * Learned to communicate through conflict. We will walk through King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” as an illustration of the non-violent belief system. * Reduced the Plan-Do-Check-Adjust cycle time on his biophysiological state by three orders of magnitude. We will examine how to use heart rate as a measure of emotional stress. * Freed himself from financial ...
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Agilia, Brno, Czech Republic, March 24-25 2015

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 14:00
Agilia is the Central European Conference that discusses Agile approaches. Local and international Scrum experts and Agile professionals from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Europe and overseas will provide ideas and inspiration, speeches, case studies and workshops. The theme of this year Agilia conference is: Agile in Motion – evolution of activities and experiences, which starts and reinforce agile adoption within organization – and activities, that enable roll out of Agile to other parts of the organization or beyond. This theme will be discussed in presentations, talks, workshops, success stories, case ...
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Agile Analysis and Self-Selecting Teams in Methods & Tools Winter 2014 issue - Agile Portal - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 11:35
Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Winter 2014 issue that discusses Agile Analysis, Self-Selecting Teams, Collaborative DSL, TDD with Mock Objects, BDDfire
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Using Commercial Scrum Tools for Free

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 17:00
If the development of open source Scrum tools was in vogue some years ago, a lot of these projects have now been abandoned. Some are still active like IceScrum, but this is because their development is sponsored by a commercial hosted option There is however an alternative to manage your Agile project if you have a low budget… and a small team. Some providers of commercial Scrum tools provide a free version of their software. Only Scrum tools that offer a long term free product are mentioned in this article, not ...
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Continuous Agile

Scrum Expert - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 17:21
Some companies such as HubSpot or Google have developed techniques that allow small teams to create, test and deploy a continuous stream of releases. These companies are able to harness highly distributed Agile teams and scale to very large projects, while avoiding the tyranny of long meetings, conference calls, detailed estimates and sticky notes. This presentation by Andy Singleton reviews what these leaders have in common and some of the key techniques they have developed, including managing through code contributions (instead of people), test layering, feature “unveils,” and continuous product management. ...
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VersionOne and Quotium Announce Partnership

Scrum Expert - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 17:30
Quotium, an supplier of security testing solutions, and VersionOne have announced a partnership to enable secure software development as part of VersionOne’s unified development management platform. Companies are moving to agile development methods, continuous integration and process automation to keep up with growing user demand. Agile development provides higher efficiency with reduced development costs. However, security needs to happen as fast as development itself. Quotium helps organizations automate security testing as part of their SDLC to secure their applications at every build and release. Quotium’s approach identifies – automatically and without ...
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Agile Conference Taiwan, Taipei City, Taiwan, March 27 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 17:10
The Agile Conference Taiwan is a one-day event organized by the association Scrum Taiwan User Group p that discusses all aspects of Agile software development and project management with Scrum. The goals of the Agile Conference Taiwan is to increase understanding and usage of Agile methodology, exchange experiences in Agile transformation and practices, develop and grow the Taiwan Agile community. Web site: none Location for the 2014 conference: TABF, 62 Roosevelt Rd., Section 3, Taipei City, Taiwan
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SolutionsIQ Buys BigVisible

Scrum Expert - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 17:49
SolutionsIQ has announced the acquisition of BigVisible. With nearly 150 Agile consultants, the combined company forms the largest and most experienced Agile consulting firm focused exclusively on enterprise Agile adoption. SolutionsIQ will operate its main offices in Seattle, San Francisco, and Boston in the U.S., and Bangalore in India, while working closely with strategic global partners in the U.S., Asia, EMEA and South America. The company’s customer growth within such industries as IT, financial services, telecom, retail and manufacturing, is largely due to the fact that “business agility” has become increasingly ...
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Scandinavian Agile, Finland, Helsinki, March 10-11 2015

Scrum Expert - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:20
The Scandinavian Agile Conference is a two-day conference taking place in Helsinki and focused on Agile software development and project management using Scrum. It discusses Agile organizations, state of the art in programming practices and Agile coaching. In the agenda of Scandinavian Agile you will find topics around the theme “Snowballing Agile: how to grow the agile ecosystem continuously and increase agile adoption momentum.” The conference will be organized in four different tracks that should suit all the Agile knowledge needs, from beginners to experts in Scrum. Web site: Location for the ...
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Hansoft 8.2 Released

Scrum Expert - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 18:30
Hansoft has announced the release of the version 8.2 of its Agile software development tool. This release provides improved SSL handling and and makes it possible to add user groups to projects. This update includes support for the last OpenSSL version and the most secure protocol TLS 1.2. Data security is a topic Hansoft does not compromise with and SSL is used in all client server communication. In addition to the security enhancement, this release includes a feature improvement dedicated to administrators for large development environments. It is now find it ...
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Play4Agile, February 20-23 2015, Frankfurt, Germany

Scrum Expert - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 17:44
The Play4Agile conference is a four-day conference for Agile and Lean coaches, facilitators, game and innovation experts who want to exchange questions, ideas and experiences on using games in teams and organizations. Play4Agile follows an unconference format where the participants can create their own conference, proposing their own discussion topics: sessions, games you want to play, game ideas you want to develop, evening activities. Play4Agile provides an open playground to inspire each other and to learn how using serious games can help us achieve our goals. Play4Agile is a gathering of ...
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Agile and Scrum Trello Extensions

Scrum Expert - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 17:27
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. 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 user stories backlog and their sprint tasks. ...
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Agile Bangladesh Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 27 2014

Scrum Expert - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:30
Agile Bangladesh Conference is a one-day conference that focuses on the use of Agile methodologies in software development projects. It aims to provide a forum for fruitful interactions and discussions among practitioners and researchers. In the agenda of Agile Bangladesh Conference you can find topics like Agile implementation, Agile requirements (user stories), Agile design, Agile testing, Agile and security, tools and applications. The keynotes will discuss “Agile Story Points”, ” How to Integrate Security in Agile Software Development Methods?”. Web site: Location for the 2014 conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh
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