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Hansoft Launches Favro Enterprise

Scrum Expert - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 21:01
Favro, an online planning and collaboration tool, is launching its enterprise platform bringing agile management practices to global, large-scale workforces. Favro Enterprise comes from the Swedish project management software firm Hansoft. Favro Enterprise allows organizations to add features and workflow power-apps where and when they need them. Teams can integrate Favro with other apps they currently use including services from Google, Slack, and GitHub to automate and stay synchronized. Teams can also use webhooks and the REST API to connect Favro to even more data sources, ensuring work is always relevant and up to date.
Categories: Agile

VersionOne Fall 2016 Release Announced

Scrum Expert - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 20:36
VersionOne Fall Release includes several new and enhanced features that provide insight and traceability across the entire software lifecycle and support leading methodologies like the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), including: Program Increment (PI) Objectives and Program Predictability Reporting; Delivery at a Glance visibility at the Portfolio Item level; Strategic Theme Reporting and Visualization; Continuum Package Metrics; Bugzilla 5.0 integration and more. For organizations practicing SAFe – or any large-scale agile initiative – PI Objectives provide visibility into the specific business value being planned in each Program Increment and an assessment of what value was actually delivered. The agreed upon PI Objectives help ensure alignment between the development teams and the business so all understand the goals driving the plans and the relative importance of them. The Program Predictability Report uses the PI Objectives to compare the potential business value to the actual business value delivered for each Program Increment. The report gives you the ability to review each team’s performance on delivering the established objectives within each PI and assess the performance for each PI as a whole.
Categories: Agile

Conferencia Agile Spain, Vitoria, Spain, December 1-2 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 07:15
The Conferencia Agile Spain is the main Agile event for the Agile community of Spain. This two-day conference brings together local and international Agile and Scrum experts for an exceptional learning, sharing and networking experience with presentations and workshops. All talks are in Spanish. In the agenda of Conferencia Agile Spain you can find topics like Scrum, Kanban, highly productive teams, retrospectives, user stories, planning, efficient meetings, team phases motivation, conflict management, team coaching, lean UX / usability, customer journey, empathy map, user personas, test strategies, continuous integration, code repositories. Web site: Location for the Conferencia Agile Spain conference: Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones Europa, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
Categories: Agile

XP Days Benelux, Heeze, The Netherlands, November 24-25 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 07:00
XP Days Benelux is a two-day conference dedicated to eXtreme Programming (XP) and all Agile software development approaches like Scrum or Kanban. It groups Scrum practicionners from The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Local and international Agile experts provide the presentations. In the agenda of the XP Days Benelux conference you can find topics like “Mob Mob Mob Programming”, “I don’t want to implement the Spotify model”, “Stretching Agile”, “After continuous integration there is continuous validation”, “High Impact Decision-making”, “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: Location for the XP Days Benelux conference: Conference Center Kapellerput, Somerenseweg 100, 5591 TN Heeze, The Netherlands
Categories: Agile

Technical Debt Management Future

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 15:39
Technical Debt is defined as the eventual consequences of poor or evolving software architecture and software development within a codebase. In a blog post published for the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Robert Nord has provided the keys points discussed in a seminar Managing Technical Debt in Software Engineering, an event that discussed both the past and the future of managing technical debt. The International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt is organized every year since 2010. Robert Nord starts by describing the landscape of the technical debt issue, the visible and the invisible parts. The event tried to get a better definition of the core concepts of technical debt, producing a conceptual model. It produced also a vision on how to manage technical debt across different perspectives, like software economics or education. The conclusion of the author is that “The convergence of efforts on these multiple fronts is necessary to make software development technically and economically sustainable. Otherwise, the friction that slows down the machinery of software evolution will threaten the discipline’s ability to maintain the code base on which society depends.” Read the full blog post on
Categories: Agile

The Geek Guide to Leading Teams

Scrum Expert - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:14
This presentation uncovers a number of key principles and useful tools to help you better skills as a geek who leads Agile and Scrum teams. The most challenging aspects to software development are always the people issues. Picking the right data structures, finding the right testing approaches are simple compared to building an effective software team. Most organisations fail to support developer promoted into technical leadership roles so where do you go to uncover the secret skills behind this important role. Watch this video to discover practical tips for leading technical teams. Video producer: In this talk, we will
Categories: Agile

Import Microsoft Project Data into JIRA

Scrum Expert - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 14:53
Ricksoft has developed an add-on that allows users to import data from Microsoft Project, a project management tool of Microsoft into Atlassian JIRA. Ricksoft has developed MS Project importer for JIRA in response to requests from many customers who say they want to import data from Microsoft Project, a project management tool developed by Microsoft, into JIRA Server, the bug-tracking and project management tool developed by Atlassian. Data imported from Microsoft Project are displayed on the Gantt-Chart for JIRA produced by Ricksoft. MS Project importer for JIRA will be provided in Atlassian’s marketplace for free of charge.
Categories: Agile

Real-Time Retrospectives & Agile Improvement

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 14:09
If the retrospectives are one of the main improvement tools for Agile teams, they can also be the subjects of improvement. In this article, Tom Monico explains how his team has adopted the starfish model to create a better retrospectives process where feedback is produced in real-time and not only at the end of a Scrum sprint. Author: Tom Monico, Many have embraced the retrospective while others, possibly most, have a more casual attitude towards the value of the retrospective. Personally, I was somewhere in the middle until my teammates and I developed a better way to learn from the past. We were performing very well. We routinely met our commitments and the business was happy. We held a retrospective at the end of each sprint going around the room asking each team member to share something that worked or didn’t work well. It was a very uncomfortable process for everyone. Since we were doing so well, we questioned the value of the retrospective and considered having the retrospective every other sprint, maybe even less often. Luckily, our desire to have the retro less frequently was short lived. We realized that even though we were doing well, we still needed to challenge ourselves to improve every sprint. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t grow as a team and we’d eventually become complacent about improvement. We needed something better. We needed a better retrospective. We wanted to make the retrospective as objective as possible so we adopted the starfish model using [...]
Categories: Agile

XP Days Germany, Hamburg, Germany, November 20-22 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 07:30
XP Days Germany is a three-day conference focused on Agile software development. With its eXtreme programming background, it contains interesting technical best practices material for Scrum practitioners and Agile software developers. All the talks are in German. In the agenda of the XP Days Germany conference you can find topics like “Welcome to Dockerland: Best Practices for Kickstarters and Tools by Example”, “Lean Principles and the Management of Technical Debt”, “Test Driven DevOps”, “The 10 Golden Rules fur Bad Tests”, “Pair Programming – Developers Friend, Managers Enemy?”, “How Scrum Keeps Managers Happy – But Not Developers”, “Train your brain – Google Style”, “Continuous Database Integration with Flyway”, “Refactoring Legacy Code”, “Introducing Decombination”, “Design Sprints and Paper Prototyping”, “Lean Coffee”, “Test-Driven Layout – Implementation with Galen”, “The Journey towards Software Craftsmanship”, “Continuous Delivery. Lessons (Not) Learned”. Web site: Location for the XP Days Germany conference: Handwerkskammer Hamburg, Holstenwall 12, 20355 Hamburg, Germany
Categories: Agile

Agile Tour Paris, Paris, France, November 17 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 07:00
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 of the Agile Tour Paris conference are in French. In the agenda the Agile Tour Paris conference, you can find presentations and workshops like “Agile Innovation with JTBD”, “The Art of Being Wrong”, “Coaching Agility in a complex world or what’s the difference between “pure” coaches and Agile coaches?”, “Building Trust inside a Team”, “User research game : learn how to validate your hypothesis!”, “Meeting Game”, “Scrum Clinic”, “Negotiating in Agile Projects”, “How to Achieve a Successful Intrapreneurship Experience in a Big Company”, “DevOps Killed Me”, ” LeanUX for Honest Product Owners”, “Agile Leadership”. Web site: Location for the Agile Tour Paris conference: Microsoft France, 41 Quai Président Roosevelt, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
Categories: Agile

Agile Tour Vienna, Austria, November 12 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 08:30
The Agile Tour Vienna conference is a one-day event that aims at bringing together experts and practitioners interested in Agile software development and Scrum project management. The main conference language is German, but there are some talks in English. In the agenda of the Agile Tour Vienna conference you can find topics like “Effective User Stories”, “(How) do I do “real” Scrum?”, “Agile 1×1”, “Mobile Testing in Agile Context”, “Scaling Agile Delivery: Turning the Lights On”, “A UX Toolkit for the Product Owner”, “Given/When/Then-ready sprint planning”, “Test automation without a headache: Five key patterns”. Web site: Location for the Agile Tour Vienna conference: FH Technikum Wien, Höchstädtplatz 6, 1200 Vienna, Austria
Categories: Agile

Agile Tour Bangkok, Thailand, October 28-29 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 08:00
The Agile Tour Bangkok is a two-day conference focused Agile software development and Scrum. The main objective of this conference is to promote to the Agile software development community in Thailand. Local and international Agile practitioners will share their rich experiences during the Agile Tour Bangkok. In the agenda of Agile Tour Bangkok conference you can find topics like “Mindmaps: A killer way to increase your test coverage”,”Agile Without a Name”, “Integrating Agile Concept Through Education”, “Advanced Lean Agile. Scrum beyond the Guide. Beyond Basics. Beyond a single framework. No Dogmas!”, “Enterprise Agile Journey with DST”, “Enterprise Scaling Strategy”, “Agile Business (Transform Your Organization Through Agile)”, “The Principles Of Agile Metrics”, “Agile and Waterfall from the view of Plato and Aristotle”, “Practical Guide for First Time Product Owners”, “Do and Don’t for Continuous Delivery”, “Agile transformation – The role of a QA”, “Enterprise Agile Pitfalls”. Web site: Location for the Agile Tour Bangkok conference: Montien Riverside Hotel, 372 Rama 3 Road, Bangkhlo, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Categories: Agile

REPL, Scrum & the Wright Brothers

Scrum Expert - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 13:39
Jeff Sutherland makes a convincing argument of using Scrum outside of software development in his recent book Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. A full 111 years before Sutherland published this book, the Wright Brothers practiced scrum to outmaneuver better funded and more entrenched competitors. REPL driven development is a technique that comes to business software creation from the scientific computing community. REPL driven development takes the benefits of small iterations and immediate feedback and marries it with the change-proofing benefits of test-driven development. Taking the lessons of Sutherland and the Wright Brothers back to software, we will see how REPL-driven development aligns perfectly with their techniques. At the end of the session, you will know how to write code faster and better, and have a heck of a lot of fun doing it. This session will be using F# in Visual Studio 2015. If you have learned some F# and are eager to start using it in your day job, this session will use some techniques help you achieve that goal. Video producer:
Categories: Agile

Forty8Fifty Labs Launches Splunk Connector for Atlassian JIRA

Scrum Expert - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 17:59
Forty8Fifty Labs has announced the Real-Time Splunk Connector for Atlassian JIRA Service Desk. The new solution leverages advanced analytics and reporting to provide a big picture view across all service desk environments so DevOps teams can better understand the incident trends that often create persistent or intermittent service issues. The Real-Time Splunk Connector for Atlassian JIRA Service Desk from Forty8Fifty Labs can trigger enhanced, real-time alerts within HipChat to arm development teams with the information and context they need to build system performance and reliability. Leveraging real-time Searches in Splunk to trigger configurable levels of service incidents associated with JIRA Service Desk, the new product empowers teams to close the loop on responses to issues taking place in their environment. Taking the value a step further, the new product also provides rich visual data analytics on both the operational occurrences taking place along with the Service Desk experience associated with it. This provides development and operations teams with an anytime, anywhere view of the state of their service request and delivers the detailed information needed to act fast. Key features of the Real-Time Splunk Connector for Atlassian JIRA Service Desk include: * Automated incident creation driven by real time search events * Relevant troubleshooting detail linked directly to incident from inception * Integrated alert notification to HipChat Rooms (when using HipChat) * Rich Visual Data Analytics of both Incidents Patterns and Service Desk Experience
Categories: Agile

DSDM Consortium Renamed as Agile Business Consortium

Scrum Expert - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 17:25
The DSDM Consortium, author and custodian of the world-leading DSDM Agile Framework, has announced a new identity and a major new Agile approach. The Agile Business Consortium unveiled its new name and look as it launched the Agile Business Change Framework, designed to support businesses and organisations in adopting Agile at any organisational level and on any scale. Agile Business Consortium CEO Mary Henson said: “Some years ago, Agile became the mainstream approach to software and systems development and in those fields it’s now used more than any other approach. Increasingly, businesses recognise the benefits of adopting Agile methods in many different parts of the enterprise but struggle to understand how to enable it, implement it and ensure robust governance. “The Agile Business Consortium has evolved to address those challenges and, particularly, to develop the Agile Business Change Framework – a new framework that will enable businesses and organisations to take an Agile approach wherever in the enterprise it’s needed and on whatever scale it’s needed.” Building on more than 20 years’ experience in developing DSDM’s highly successful project management and programme management frameworks, the Agile Business Consortium has been developing the new Framework with selected partners and early adopters such as PwC, Tata Consulting and others. It will continue to build a community of like-minded partners to progress the Framework and will provide supportive training through a network of accredited organisations.
Categories: Agile

Using Sprint Data to Modify Behavior

Scrum Expert - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 15:39
In an ideal Agile world, the Scrum team can complete all user stories tasks that it planned for the current sprint. The real world is however different. In this article, Scott Lively explains how to use the sprint data to modify the team behavior. In his introduction, Scott Lively explains the feeling of having some user stories not completed during a sprint and the importance of analyzing the sprint data to improve. The article will focus on the percentage of story points coming from new content versus points from carryover content, and the percentage of points added after sprint planning. His analysis of the issues causing the fact of having often carryover user stories at the end of the sprints led Scott Lively to explore the following improvement opportunities: * Writing smaller and better user stories to improve the sprint estimation process * Taking more time to understand the scope of user stories * Cross-training for the Scrum developers so that there are more resources available for all the different activities and technologies involved in software development * Having a mid-sprint assessment meeting to determine of how likely it is that everything planned for the sprint will be completed. This could lead to change the sprint plan and it also gives the Scrum developers another explicit opportunity to help each other. His conclusion is that “The bottom line is that we need to continue measuring how we do sprint over sprint. Further, we need to be careful about the behaviors [...]
Categories: Agile

Agile Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA, October 17 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 16:26
Agile Cincinnati or Agile Cindy is a one-day conference focused on Agile software development and Scrum project management. It has a wide range of Agile topic coverage to suit the needs of early adopters and certified Agile professionals. It is also a unique opportunity in Cincinnati to learn and experience Agile while networking with leading professionals. In the agenda of the Agile Cincinnati conference you can find 24 breakout sessions covering software development, scaling Agile, change management, product ownership and Agile process. Some session will also follow 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: Location for the Agile Cincinnati conference: Northern Kentucky University, 100 Louie B Nunn Dr, Newport, KY 41099
Categories: Agile

Agile Dev East, Orlando, USA, November 13-18 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 16:11
Agile Dev East is a full week conference that includes presentations and workshops around Agile software development and Scrum project management. Agile Dev East is held in conjunction with Better Software and DevOps East, allowing you to choose from three distinct programs. In the agenda of Agile Dev East you can find topics like “Creating a Continuous Delivery Pipeline: A Hands-On”, “Fostering Sustained”, “Principles and Practices of Lean Software Development”, “Planning to Learn and Learning from Delivery: Scrum, Kanban and Beyond”, “Acceptance Test-Driven Development”, “Help Retain Knowledge: Increase Engagement to Achieve Learning”, “Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions”, “Scrum: Answering the Tough Questions”, “Advanced Test Automation in Agile Development”, “Producing Products and Coaching Agility: Make Agile Practices Matter”, “Plan, Architect, and Implement Test Automation within the Lifecycle”, “Lean/Agile Metrics for the Rest of U”. Web site: Location for the Agile Dev East conference: Hilton Orlando Lake Buena, 1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Categories: Agile

Fighting for Value

Scrum Expert - Thu, 10/06/2016 - 16:23
Business that want to earn money and people who want to make a difference! In the morning everything looked so promising. When they met it was a disaster. Will the goals be achieved? Can the dream survive? You will dive into the story and live it through. You will see emotional snapshots from people’s lives that eventually brought them to the real value(s). In this presentation you will learn: * How the everyday life for Business owner and developers can go wrong. * Ignorance and wrong expectations creating waste. * How Agile way of thinking can make things to the better. * Real collaboration that matters. * Early delivery and value of short feedback loops. * Moving from quantity to the real value. Video producer:
Categories: Agile

Agile London Tour, October 21 2016, London, UK

Scrum Expert - Tue, 10/04/2016 - 09:18
Agile Tour London is an annual conference which explores all aspects of Agile project management (Scrum) and software development. Packed with inspirational talks and hands-on workshops from Agile experts, the Agile Tour London confernece offers unmatched opportunities to learn. Whether you are an agile newbie or been in the industry for years, Agile London Tour is the definitive agile conference in London. In the agenda of the Agile Tour London conference you can find topics like “Fragile Agile: Coaching a tired team”, “Kanban Metrics in Practice”, “Death by User Stories”, “Your Company Will Never Be Agile”, “Practical Value Stream Mapping for Flow Optimization”, “Scrum vs ScrumAnd vs ScrumBut: which one are you doing?”, “Teal organisations: The next paradigm shift in recognizing and handling complexity”, “Toyota Kata Puzzle Experience”, “Growth Hacking for Product Managers”, “How motivated is your team? Going beyond the traditional performance management”, “Putting the ‘V’ back in MVP”, “Why too much choice is killing your company”, “The making of a Lean Agile Coach”, “Lean Startup game”. Web site: Location for the Agile Tour London conference: Etc. Venue Victoria, Etc. Venue Victoria 1 Drummond Gate London, SW1V 2QQ
Categories: Agile