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Why Scaling Agile Does Not Work

Scrum Expert - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 13:00
There are now several frameworks designed for scaling agile. This talk explains the flaws in such frameworks, why they so often fail to produce the desired effects, and what we should do instead. It also addresses some common organizational obstacles to moving fast at scale: governance, budgeting, and the project paradigm – and discusses how to address them. Warning: this talk includes liberal use of real, statistically sound data. Video producer: http://gotocon.com/
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Free Retrospective Tools for Distributed Scrum Teams

Scrum Expert - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 08:00
Even if Agile approaches favor collocated teams, distributed Scrum teams are more common that what we might think. Many Agile software development teams are based on a virtual organization. This article presents some free online tools that can be used to facilitate retrospectives for distributed Scrum teams. You will find in this article only tools that are supposed to be used for free in the long term. We do not list tools that offer only a free trial based on duration or the number of retrospectives. We will also only mention the tools that have features specifically dedicated to Scrum retrospectives. There are many other tools that Scrum teams might use, from video conferencing platforms to online whiteboard software. Mentioning all these tools will result more in a book than an article. If you want to add a tool that fits these requirements to this article, just let us now using the contact form. Updates July 19 2016: added Fun Retro IdeaBoardz IdeaBoardz is a free online team collaboration tool. It allows teams to collectively gather inputs, reflect and retrospect. It is especially useful for distributed teams. For Scrum retrospectives, you can create two types of boards: standard or starfish. More board options are available (pros & cons, to-dos) that could be also useful. You can edit the titles of the sections of your board. The interface seems very intuitive, but sometimes I ended up in some situations where I didn’t know how to exit gracefully, for instance when I [...]
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Agile2016, July 25-29, Atlanta, USA

Scrum Expert - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 15:31
Organized by the Agile Alliance, Agile2016 is the annual Agile conference and the biggest event in the world on Agile software development and Scrum project management. Agile2016 offers an unprecedented opportunity to learn from world-class experts and thought leaders while networking and collaborating with up to 2,500 Agile professionals from over 40 countries. In the agenda of the Agile2016 conference, you can find topics like “Dynamic Reteaming”, “Distributed Agile: Evolution or Delusion?”, “Coaching Nightmares: Insights we can Learn from Gordon Ramsay”, “Finding Agreement When Everyone Is Right”, “Making Infrastructure as Awesome as Agile Software”, “The Executives Step-by-Step Guide to Leading Large-Scale Agile Transformation”, “Creating Alignment with The Product Wall Release Planning Workshop”, “Intro to Agile Product Management”, “Decoding the Enigma of Product Discovery & Feature Prioritization”, “How to Get Your Whole Team Talking”, “Visual Communication for Groups”, “The Agile Database Techniques Stack: Bridging the Agile/Data Cultural Divide”, “Building Large, Mission-Critical Software and Systems with SAFe 4.0”, “Organizational Agility: It’s Not a Sprint, It’s a Marathon”, “Just Enough: Minimally Viable Agile”, “Agile Testing Maturity – What does “Good” Look Like?”. Web site: http://www.agilealliance.org/agile2016/ Location for the Agile2016 conference: Atlanta, GA, USA
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Lean, Agile & Scrum Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, September 13 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 08:30
The Zurich Lean, Agile & Scrum Conference (LAS) is a one-day conference taking place in Switzerland that focuses on Lean and Agile approaches for software development. The conference provides both German and English content. The keynotes of the Zurich Lean, Agile & Scrum Conference will be Chris Matts and Niels Pfläging. In the agenda you can find topics like “Risk and the Agile Organisation”, “Cynefin Applied”, “From Goal to Code”, “Agree or Disagree, but Commit”, “Facilitation Dojo”, “Process- and Team-Performance”, “Transforming your Culture with Working Agreements”, “Storytelling in a Technical World”. Web site: http://www.lean-agile-scrum.ch/ Location for the Zurich Lean, Agile & Scrum Conference: TECHNOPARK Zürich, Technoparkstrasse 1, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
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AgileNZ, Auckland, New Zealand, November 29-30 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 08:15
The AgileNZ Conference is a two-day conference taking place in New Zealand and focused on Agile project management and Scrum. The main theme for AgileNZ Conference is Delivering Digital. Lean and Agile approaches are not only continuing to transform software delivery, they’re being adopted outside of software to transform entire businesses. In the agenda of the AgileNZ Conference you can find topics like “What Would It Take to Have an Agile Enterprise?”, “Making Integral Agility Real on Your Team”, “Bugger the Boxing – Pour the Concrete Anyway!”, “Visual Facilitation”, “Full Stack Agile”, “Growing Agile Leaders – The Inconvenient Truth”, “Creating an Agile Data Culture in GOV.UK”, “Continuous Security – Securing Agile Development Environments”, “Why Traditional BA Practices Are a Blocker to an Agile Transformation”. Web site: http://www.agilenz.co.nz/ Location for the AgileNZ conference: Auckland, New Zealand
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ALE UnConference, August 29-31 2016, Paris, France

Scrum Expert - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 08:00
The ALE Unconference event is a three-day conference taking place in Paris that discusses the Agile, Lean and Scrum topics in software development. The conference proposes presentations, workshops and open space sessions. ALE is a community of like-minded people who want create a better Agile and Lean community in Europe. In the agenda of the ALE Unconference you can find topics like “Agile – The Broken Learning Machine”, “Scaling Agile using Theory of Constraints and Staff Liquidity”, “When XP met Outsourcing”, “The Lean Leader: How to nurture Droids into Thinking People”, “Why Customers suck and what can be done about it?”, “Lean Startup for the Agile Enterprise”, “Self-organization needs Leadership or How to manage an Agile Organization”, “Agile Teams With Sociocracy 3.0”, “Agile Facilitation”, “Project Portfolio Management System with Kanban – Mission impossible?” Web site: http://ale2016.alenetwork.eu/ Location for the ALE Unconference: Maison des Associations, 10/18 rue des Terres au Curé, 75013 Paris, France
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KeyedIn Projects Integrates with JIRA

Scrum Expert - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 16:24
KeyedIn Solutions has announced a new release of KeyedIn Projects software that includes integration to JIRA development software from Atlassian. The combination provides a single, powerful Cloud-based solution for managing projects with software development tasks. JIRA is the leading tool used by agile software development teams, while KeyedIn Projects software has earned a growing and loyal following for its strategy-led and execution-driven approach to project management. KeyedIn Projects supports both agile and waterfall methods of software development and through this collaboration, will both push and pull information from JIRA. After project managers enter work tasks into KeyedIn Projects, they can export selected software development items into JIRA where they can be broken down into manageable sub-tasks by the software development team. Work logs for development items are exported from JIRA into KeyedIn Projects which will automatically associate timesheet data from the work logs into the corresponding project task.
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Are You Really Delivering Customer Value?

Scrum Expert - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 14:14
Customer value. Everyone wants to deliver it. Everyone “believes” that they are delivering it. But are you? How do you know? This provocative talk challenges the audience to see their work in a different way and consider adopting value stream management as a means to become a more nimble organization that delivers even greater customer value. The concept of value streams and value stream management has been around manufacturing for decades now, but has only recently been adopted in non-manufacturing work groups and industries. Software development and other work streams associated with technology selection, management, and end-of-life decisions benefit greatly by adopting this approach to designing how work gets done and measuring performance through the eyes of an external customer. Video producer: http://gotocon.com/
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Agile London Tour 2016 Program Announced

Scrum Expert - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 09:37
Like usual the 2016 edition of the Agile Tour London is packed with some amazing talks and workshops, The program is composed of 25 talks and workshop, featuring talks about Kanban metrics in practice or coaching a tired Agile team. This 4th edition of the Agile Tour London will happen Friday 21st October 2016 in etc. venue Victoria near Pimlico Tube Station. Very Early Bird Tickets are available until September 3. Visit http://2016.agiletourlondon.co.uk/ for more information and registration.
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XP Conference India, Bangalore, India, August 19-20 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 08:30
XP Conference India is a two-days conference taking place in India that focuses on all the technical practices of Agile software development like clean code, refactoring, code smells, continuous delivery, Test-Driven Development (TDD) and Behavior-Driven Development (BDD). In the agenda of the XP Conference India you can find topics like “Refactoring for Software Design Smells”, “Building Big Architectures”, “Zero Bug Manager”, “Bashing Cultural Monsters in Continuous Integration”, “Pairwise Testing in the Agile World”, “Mini Code-a-Thon”, “Learn 2 Play Java in TDD Style”, “Common Blind Spots on the Journey to Production and Beyond”, “Don’t Test your Code”, “Test-Driven Development Surveillance – Common Misinterpretations”, “Writing SOLID code”, “Clean Code Basics – Let’s get it right”, “Branching for CD? Think Again!”, “Who Will Test Your Tests?” Web site: http://xpconference.in/ Location for the XP Conference India: Vivanta by Taj – MG Road, Bangalore, India
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#AgileCrete, Heraklion, Greece, July 28-30 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 08:00
The #AgileCrete conference is a three-day event focused on Agile software development that takes place in Heraklion, the main city of the island of Crete in Greece. The aim of the conference is to be a playground where Agile coaches and software development team members could gather to discuss and share ideas about all things Agile and Scrum. The #AgileCrete event 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: http://agilecrete.org/ Location for the #AgileCrete conference: Arina Sand Resort, Kokkini Chani, Heraklion, Crete
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QMetry Test Manager for JIRA Launched

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 16:39
Infostretch has launched QMetry Test Manager for JIRA on the Atlassian Marketplace. The solution comes pre-integrated with Atlassian JIRA Software, a software development tool used by agile teams. As an add-on for JIRA Software, QMetry Test Manager for JIRA adds a sophisticated test management capability to the JIRA environment. QMetry Test Manager is a mature and comprehensive test management system which helps enterprises reduce testing time and accelerate time-to-market of their digital initiatives. It was built to help QA teams “Shift Left” – to get involved earlier in the development cycle to build a test plan while continuously testing early development builds. QMetry Test Manager is already used by hundreds of enterprises to support their agile testing initiatives and collaborate better with developers. Better visibility of testing status through customizable dashboards QMetry Test Manager for JIRA gives the most organized and comprehensive view of all aspects of testing, through its out-of-the-box and customizable dashboards. For example, its unique “QA Director” view allows the entire software team to gain full visibility into the whole health of a QA project in a single screen, making go/no-go decisions straightforward. Re-use test scenarios The system is designed to make the QA role simpler and quicker by allowing you to create and re-use modular test scenarios. It gives QA Managers the power to make a change to just one test scenario or to replicate that globally and avoid a messy mass of clones. Auto-suggest test scenarios QMetry Test Manager for JIRA is also intelligent enough [...]
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3 Simple Tools for Successful Scrum Meetings

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 13:23
The Agile Manifesto says that “The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation”, but many meetings are a dull waste of time, even for Scrum teams. This talk presents 3 simple and efficient methods you can use to turn boring meetings into fruitful tool for communication enabling delivery of your project. You will learn: * How to visualize the successful outcome of the meeting and how to think visually. * How to choose the proper format for the meeting and how to run the meeting based of the chosen format. * How to use KJ technique to reach consensus Video producer: http://topconf.com/
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Women In Agile Workshop, July 24, 2016, Atlanta, USA

Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 16:08
The the Sunday before the start of the Agile2016 Conference, the Agile Alliance is organizing the Women In Agile Workshop on the theme “The Changing Face of Agile”. The Women In Agile Workshop is designed for both women and men who seek to create a more inclusive and diverse community that enables broad idea-sharing from all members. If you are a woman who is active in the Agile community, or seeking to become more involved and meet other women, or if you’re a man who wants to understand and support women in Agile, we encourage you to attend this valuable workshop. To start, Cindy Morse, VP of Engineering Operations at Salesforce Marketing Cloud, will discuss her involvement and experiences in the greater technology community. The facilitators will guide you in the Lean Coffee format to discuss relevant topics to smaller groups. You will take away insight from others, tools to increase your own involvement, and a support group to help you achieve your involvement goals. More information and registration on http://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-agile-workshop-registration-25519978944
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Agile Open Spain, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 1-2 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 15:27
Agile Open Spain is a two-day event focused on Agile software development approaches like Scrum and XP. The Agile Spain community organizes this conference and all discussions will be in Spanish. The Agile Open Spain conference 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: http://aos2016.agile-spain.org/ Location for the Agile Open Spain conference: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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AgileChina, Beijing, China, July 17-20 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 09:00
AgileChina is a four-day conference about Agile and Scrum that will take place in Beijing. It is part of the TiD Conference that integrates resources and forces of SPIChina, ChinaTest and AgileChina. Agile China will start with a day of tutorials followed by three days of sessions both in Chinese and English. In the agenda of AgileChina conference you can find topics like “Scrum Mastery – Essential Skills for Team Excellence”, “Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Leaders”, “Software is a Side Effect: Your Real Job is Rapid Learning”, “Exploring Scrum of Scrums as a Scaling Vehicle”, “From Concept to Product Backlog – What Happens Before Iteration 0?”, “The Essential Product Owner: Partnering with your Teams”. Web site: http://www.tid.org.cn/?c=english Location for the AgileChina conference: China National Convention Center, NO.1 Tianchen East Road , Olympic Green , Chaoyang District , Beijing 100105 , China
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Agile Hiring & Goal Management in Methods & Tools Summer 2016 issue

DevAgile.com - Agile Portal - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 15:11
Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has published its Summer 2016 issue that discusses hiring for agility, load testing scripts errors, managing with goals on every level and BDD with the Turnip tool.
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Agile Cymru, Cardiff Bay, UK, July 5-6 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 09:00
Agile Cymru is a two-days Agile conference organized by Agile Wales. The 2016 edition will take place July 5 and 6. Agile Cymru offers practical advice, techniques and lessons from practitioners, experts and beginners in the field of Agile software development and project management with Scrum. In the agenda of the Agile Cymru conference you can find topics like “How Deep are your Tests”, “How to Grow Beautiful Teams”, “The Power of Feedback Loop”, “Agile Product Roadmap”, “Governance and Agile”, “Scrum is Good but Kanban is Better”, “How to fail a software project fast and efficiently?”, “Game of Scrums: Tribal behaviors with Agile at Scale”, “Dreaming – how business intent drives your Agile initiatives”, “From Agile projects to an Agile organization – The Journey”, “Whatever Happened to Being Extreme?”. Web site: http://www.agilecymru.uk/ Location for the AgileCymru conference: Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL, UK
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Product Owner Certifications

Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 15:30
There are three roles in a Scrum team: the ScrumMaster, the developer and the product owner. This last role might be the most important for a team that uses an Agile project management approach in software development. The product owner has the responsibility of building and prioritizing the backlog. If this is not done properly, you will just not build the right product. This article presents the certifications available for product owners in Scrum. Author: Franco Martinig, Methods & Tools, http://www.methodsandtools.com/ Updates June 20 2016: added IEEE & SAFe certifications Certifications for product owners in Scrum are mainly provided by the two main Scrum organizations: the Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org. There has been also the creation of certifications provided by other organization like the IEEE Computer Society or the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). The training for these certifications is available from training organizations that are accredited by these two certification bodies. Certified Scrum Product Owner by the Scrum Alliance The Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) is a certification provided by the Scrum Alliance. To be certified, you will need to attend a two-day CSPO training course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer. In this course you will learn how Scrum works and the role of the Product Owner in a Scrum team. The topics covered in this course include managing stakeholders, ROI, grooming the requirements backlog, writing effective user stories, defining acceptance criteria for user stories and the definition of “Done.” Find more information on http://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications/practitioners/cspo-certification Professional Scrum Product Owner [...]
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Audacious Salon at Agile2016 Conference

Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 15:25
Every year Agile Alliance challenges the Program Committee to come up with something new, different, and a bit experimental. This year Agile2016 track chairs George Dinwiddie and Doc Norton offer 14 sessions in the Audacious Salon track modeled after salons of the 1700s in France. The Audacious Salon Starting in the late 16th century and blossoming in the 17th and 18th, the salon was a major influence in the development of French culture, art, science, and politics. The Audacious Salon track reprises this embrace of the unknown and the different. The Audacious Salon is a place where strongly-held ideas can be discussed in civility so dialog can lead us places we have not yet dreamed. It’s a place to compare experiences and expand our own with the richness of others. A place to offer insights and hear how they fit for others as we hear the insights of others and test our own beliefs against them. These sessions will encourage bold and daring dialogs that give rise to new collaborations with peers, perhaps unlikely peers, and lead to a future of exploration in fruitful directions. Come to Audacious Salon sessions ready to discuss brand new ideas brought forward by highly-experienced experts in several fields. Expect active participation, conflict, and passionate conversations that continue outside of the room and beyond the conference. Speakers for this track will not be revealed because it is the conversation that is the star! For more information, visit https://www.agilealliance.org/agile2016/program/tracks/#audacious_salon
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