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New SAFe Certification: Advanced Scrum Master

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:34
Scaled Agile, provider of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), has announced the launch of a new certification: SAFe Advanced Scrum Master (ASM). The two-day course was created to meet the growing demand from Scrum professionals looking to develop expertise in SAFe and meet the demands of enterprises relying on SAFe to build better software and systems. SAFe ASM prepares Scrum Masters to take a leadership role in facilitating Agile team, program, and enterprise success in a SAFe implementation. They will learn facilitation of cross-team interactions in support of program execution and relentless improvement. The course will enhance their understanding of the Scrum paradigm with an introduction to scalable engineering and DevOps practices, and the application of Kanban to facilitate the flow of value. It will also provide them with a consistent approach to facilitating interactions with architects, product management, and other critical stakeholders in the larger program and enterprise contexts. With this new addition, Scaled Agile now offers a portfolio of six professional credentials designed to meet the needs of Lean-Agile professionals from the very beginning of their learning path through their veteran years as they practice, consult, and train others in SAFe.
Categories: Agile

Journée Agile Belge, Namur, Belgium, May 27 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 14:00
The Journée Agile Belge is a one-day conference focused on agile software development approaches like Scrum that takes place in Belgium every year. Most of the presentations and workshops are in French, but there also some talks in English. In the agenda of the Journée Agile Belge you can find topics like “Being Agile is About Caring”, “Accelerated Learning: How Can Agile Help You?”, “Storytelling & Digital”, “« Listening based on Theory U”, “Do We Really Need Automated Testing?”, “Using Simulation to Experience Modern Agility”, “How to Create a Team of Agile Teams?”, “When Lean UX Meets Agile Development”. Web site: Location for the Journée Agile Belge conference: Henallux, 5000 Namur, Belgium
Categories: Agile

Five Rules for a Minimum Viable Product Strategy

Scrum Expert - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 15:48
The Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is defined in Wikipedia as “a product which has just enough features to gather validated learning about the product and its continued development.” In this article, Sergiy Andriyenko proposes fives rules to apply successfully a Minimum Viable Product strategy. Author: Sergiy Andriyenko, Svitla, The best example to explain the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) strategy might be the “….Got Talent” shows. Think about it. At the first performance the participants have basically nothing but their talent and their homemade performance to say “Hello, World”. They have about one minute to reach WOW effect and find out whether or not their idea has desirable impact on the audience. And if they manage to surprise it like Susan Boyle did, they begin developing and growing to become well-known stars. Minimum viable product often misguides those who are willing to use this strategy to start a new project. As the standard definition “a strategy for fast and quantitative market testing” happens to be narrow and a bit misleading, experts discuss other important features of successful MVPs. And while the number of pros and cons continues to grow, more articles and even books appear. Having used a MVP approach in projects like, and several mobile apps, we found it very useful. So we have summarized in this article the top rules that can help you to put MVP thinking into action. Rule #1: Correct Focus MVP helps to focus on the key problems, your potential customers experience [...]
Categories: Agile

XP Conference 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland, May 24-27 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:00
XP2015 is a four-day conference on extreme programming and Agile software development that takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland. This is the event where Agile and Lean practitioners and researchers should meet. In the agenda of the XP 2016 conference you can find topics like “Software Faster”, “Mob Programming”, “Where No One Has Tested Before: The Case For Textless Environments”, “Hunting Value with Structured Conversations”, “Amplify Agile”, “Devops, Kanban and Taylorism”, “Test-Driving Information Radiators”, “Continuous Delivery with Docker and Jenkins Job Builder”, “Collaborative Exploratory and Unit Testing”, “Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas”, “Agile methods applied to development and certification of safety-critical software (ASCS)”, “Fun Retrospectives: Activities and ideas for making agile retrospectives more engaging”, “Scaling Agile Principles” Web site: Location for the XP conference: John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls Campus 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AY, Scotland
Categories: Agile

VersionOne Spring 2016 Release

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 21:42
VersionOne has announced the Spring 2016 release of its Lifecycle product for Agile software development. This release adds advanced support for SAFe with: a Program Board for coordinating and visualizing cross-team dependencies, Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF) Portfolio Item ranking, and interactive multi-team Program Increment/Release Planning. Additional updates to VersionOne Lifecycle include: Numerical Ranking for Backlog and Portfolio Items, In-App Terminology Management, Portfolio Item Subscriptions and interactive editing of Portfolio Timelines. New features within Continuum include a graphical timeline to view work item history and a visualization depicting the phases of your DevOps product workflow.
Categories: Agile

User-Centered Agility Assessment and Benchmark

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 17:04
DUCAT is a free assessment and benchmarking online tool that aims at creating awareness for user-centered agility and enable companies to easily assess the status of their projects. The tool provides a 360 degrees assessment to investigate the team’s perspective and process. These results are completed with the users’ evaluation of of the product. When you start to assess a new project, you go through a first screen where you can define it and provide additional information on your team and development approach (Scrum, Kanban, etc.). You can then invite the team members by e-mail to fill the survey. It takes less than 20 minutes per team member to complete the survey. They will answer questions like “We frequently develop working software that is tested, integrated and executable as a partial system” or “Developers communicate and collaborate with business people continuously to incorporate their evolving requirements”. You can also send a link to the users so they can fill a 3 (web) pages easy survey on how they feel about the product. Take this assessment on
Categories: Agile

Agile2016 Conference Program and Schedule Announced

Scrum Expert - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 16:38
The annual Agile conference organized by the Agile Alliance is the largest gathering of Agile professionals. The 2016 edition of the Agile conference will take place in Atlanta Georgia on July 25-29. The Agile Alliance has just announced the program and schedule for the Agile2016 conference. “This year we received more than 1,300 submissions for 200 speaking slots,” said Brian Button, AGILE2016 conference chair. “Narrowing down the selection was a very difficult process because there were so many great proposals. Our program this year is filled with thought-provoking sessions by leaders in the Agile community that will deepen attendees’ knowledge of Agile, generate transformative ideas and advance the use of cutting-edge Agile practices from the team to enterprise level.” Explore the full Agile2016 conference program on
Categories: Agile

Agile Arizona, Chandler, USA, May 5-6 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:52
Agile Arizona is a two-day conference for Scrum, Agile, Kanban and Lean practitioners and coaches organized by the Phoenix Scrum User Group. The first day consists of workshops and the second day of presentations. One of the primary goals of the conference is to help foster Agile education, personal growth, and a sense of community within Phoenix and Arizona. In the agenda of the Agile Arizona conference, you can find topics like “Building Great Teams: Culture and Core Protocols”, “An Agile Perspective on Leadership”, “Building Better Backlogs through Engaging with Customers”, “Your Agile Team Needs a Therapist”, “How to Bring Down Giants – Planning and Executing Epics, the Agile Way”, “A Principles Based Approach to Scaling Agile”, “Help! My Teams are Agile but my Execs are Waterfall!”, “The Stability States of Scrum”, “The Three Things You Need to Know to Transform Any Sized Organization into an Agile Enterprise”, “The Power of Pair Testing”, “Balancing Discovery and Delivery on Product Teams”. Web site: Location for the Agile Arizona conference: Infusionsoft, 1260 S. Spectrum Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85286, United States
Categories: Agile

Strategies and Tactics for Productive Distributed and Asynchronous, Agile Teams

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 16:38
As Agile practitioners, we’ve learned to love highly cohesive, cross-functional on-site teams. These teams, much like monolithic applications; succeed due to the proximity of useful knowledge. Distributed Scrum teams must rely on different strategies and tactics in order to be effective while still adhering to the principles laid out in the Agile Manifesto. This presentation is an experience report from working for the past two years on a variety of distributed, synchronous and asynchronous Agile software delivery teams. Video producer:
Categories: Agile

CollabNet TeamForge 16.3 Released

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 17:26
CollabNet has announced the new release of its TeamForge platform. Key highlights of the 16.3 release include integrations with the cloud hosted version of JIRA Software and Chef, as well as support for pull request-based collaboration and code review workflows. TeamForge enables enterprises and government agencies to accelerate application delivery, while leveraging the tools, version control systems and development methodologies that best fit their needs. The new integrations enhance customers’ TeamForge-enabled best-of-breed toolchains with the tracking capabilities of JIRA Software and the deployment automation prowess of Chef. TeamForge’s end-to-end traceability chain with automatic audit trails now covers JIRA Software issues and Chef recipes — in addition to Git or Subversion source code, Jenkins jobs, Nexus® binary repositories, and other artifacts and activities — offering customers unprecedented visibility across the development lifecycle, streamlined compliance and better quality control.
Categories: Agile

Scaling Agile Approaches

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 13:21
If the basic principles of the Agile Manifesto and the Scrum framework are simple managing global Agile software development projects in the corporate world is sometimes more complex and complicated. This article lists some approaches that have been created to answers the specific questions raised by scaling Agile practices in large organizations. Scaling Agile could be a challenging journey. Graig Larman and Bas Vodde, the authors of the LeSS approach, wrote in their first book “After working for some years in the domain of large, multisite, and offshore development, we have distilled our experience and advice down to the following: Don’t do it”. In fact, some people argue that you should not try to scale up Agile, but rather learn how to scale down your projects. This is however not the way many large multinational organizations work when they want to develop quickly large software products with multiple teams that could be distributed over distant location. As the vision of the product and the number of people involved in the project get bigger, these projects needed specific practices to manage them. From the simple initial idea of Scrum of Scrums to the extension of user stories in features and epics and the integration of sprints in a releases agenda, the Agile project management world has added new concepts to the initial Scrum and Kanban frameworks. This has lead to the creation of new frameworks and approaches, often trademarked and registered by consulting companies selling services and certifications, that could be [...]
Categories: Agile

Agile Portugal, Porto, Portugal, 3-4 June 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 09:30
Agile Portugal 2016 is a two-day international conference that gathers practitioners from the Agile and Scrum community with invited international leading experts. In the agenda of the Agile Portugal conference you can find topics like “Coding Dojo Challenge – SOLID design principles”, “Continuous Innovation & Change with PopcornFlow”, “Selling The ‘Fluffy’ Side Of Agile”, “How to improve software project estimates – The #NoEstimates view”, “Coaching Teams Through Change”, “Managing to Innovate – Agile Product Management”, “Learning Canvas – A shot of emergent learning for creative workers”. Web site: Location for the Agile Portugal conference: Porto, Portugal
Categories: Agile

Agile Delivery, London, UK, June 2 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 09:17
Agile Delivery is a one-day event taking place in London. It targets tech and business people that focus on software development and software testing automation, Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) and DevOps for retail, finance, government and digital sectors. The conference provides both presentations and workshops. In the agenda of Agile Delivery you can find topics like “Culture Before Tooling or Does Tooling Foster Culture?”, “Product versus Craft”, “Collaboration, Hands On BDD for Product Owners, Devs and Testers”, “Zero to Tested with Docker and Ruby”, “Agile Transformation for Cios”. Web site: Location for the Agile Delivery conference: Old Street, London, UK
Categories: Agile

Full Program Announced for Agile on the Beach 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:17
Agile on the Beach 2016 has announced its full line up for this edition. The sixth Agile on the Beach conference will be held on 1&2 September at the Performance Centre at Tremough Campus in Penryn, Cornwall. The conference will have 5 tracks : Agile Software Delivery, Teams & Practices, Product Design & Management, Business and a Bonus Track of double workshops all running on the 1st & 2nd September. The two keynotes of the Agile on the Beach 2016 conference will be Dr. Rebecca Parsons ThoughtWorks’ Chief Technology Officer and Director of Agile Alliance and Dr Linda Rising internationally known for her work in patterns, retrospectives, influence strategies, agile development, and the change process. Super Early Birds can secure tickets at £295 (£100 off full price) if booked before 31st May. To explore the full conference program and for help with travel and accommodation please visit
Categories: Agile

Agile Metrics Beyond the Burndown Chart

Scrum Expert - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:17
How can metrics be used safely in coaching Agile teams? The classic Goldratt quote “Tell me how you will measure me and I will tell you how I’ll behave” signals the danger of using metrics to manage or motivate employees. This presentation shows and suggests approaches to Agile metrics that avoid the common pitfalls and shows some practical dashboards and the resulting chaos or calm they caused. This talk will show actual dashboards and metrics from actual industry engagements. It will explain how to safely capture and display these and how to teach an organization to see and understand its data. Be warned though, the techniques shown go beyond burndowns charts and cumulative flow diagrams. Watching this presentation you will learn: * The dangers of managing by metrics * Balanced approach to metric dashboards (less is more, but too little is disastrous) * Digital storytelling and patterns (examples of good and bad dashboards) * Coaching advice and dashboards * Visualizations of the edge – attention grabbing ideas for action Video producer: Further reading: * Understanding the Scrum Burndown Chart * Lean Agile Metrics for Scaled Agile Systems
Categories: Agile

Agile Day Riga, Riga, Latvia, May 25 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 09:00
Agile Day Riga is a one-day conference focused on Agile project management and Scrum. Presentations and workshops will be in Latvian, English and Russian. In the agenda of Agile Day Riga you can find topics like “Is It Time to Renew Agile?”, “Lean Metrics – Measuring and Driving Change”, “Scrum Pitfalls”, “Scrum Master’s Personal Development Techniques”, “The Great Intersection of Psychology and Agile”, “Being Agile to become Customer centric”, “Agile Innovation – Why people matters”, “Agile Metrics – what is really needed and makes sense in order to steer a large agile project “, “Is “your” Scrum working?” , “Software architecture also needs Agile”, “Why We Fail to Change”. Web site: Location for the Agile Day Riga conference: Islande Hotel, Ķīpsalas iela 20, Rīga, LV-1048, Latvia
Categories: Agile

cPrime Introduces Scrum Hardware Certification

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:32
cPrime is addressing the surge of interest in Agile Hardware product development by adding a training and certification class in how to apply the popular Scrum process to develop electronic and electromechanical hardware. cPrime’s new Agile hardware certification’s focus on practicalities distinguish it from the more abstract level of most certification classes. That practicality, and the hard-won knowledge provided by cPrime’s original research and client experiences, set this training apart from the rest. cPrime’s CEO, Zubin Irani, agrees. “We’re not guessing,” he said. “We have enough hardware clients under our belt now that we know what we’re doing. Our hardware clients want the flexibility, visibility, and reliability that Agile project-management techniques provide. We see Agile Hardware as truly the next big thing in the Agile world, and we intend to lead in that space.” cPrime is focusing on helping clients who produce laboratory equipment, telecommunications equipment, and other electronic or electromechanical devices. cPrime’s extensive background in Agile project management for software development is a plus, as most such devices both contain software and interact with other software products.
Categories: Agile

Agile Games, Cambridge, USA April 28-30 2016

Scrum Expert - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:00
The Agile Games Conference is three-day annual event organized by Agile New England that focuses teaching, demonstrating, and improving Agile and organizational effectiveness using game theory. In the agenda of Agile Games conference you can find keynotes and workshops like “Faster, Cheaper, Better: Designing Agile Training That Delivers Results”, “Awesome Teams: Games for Continuous (Extreme?) Teaming”, “This is Your Brain. This is Your Brain on Agile Games”, “Using the Tension Between Agile & Management”, ” Agile Technical Practices in LEGO”, “Improve Your Agile or Scrum Stand-up – PLUS Building a REAL Team”, “Scrum or Not? A Team Game to Assess Knowledge & Readiness”, ” Agile: The Gathering An Interactive Card Game to Promote Agile Culture”. Web site: Location for the Agile Games conference: The Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA
Categories: Agile

ZenHub Released Epics Agile Tool

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 20:01
ZenHub, a project management tool integrated natively in GitHub, has released ZenHub Epics – an upgrade to task management in GitHub. ZenHub Epics allows software teams to plan and execute product backlogs – bringing a level of focus to the development process not previously achievable for GitHub’s millions of users. This release is a competitive move by the company, which is just over one year old. Coupled with a steady stream of product improvements, ZenHub is luring software-driven teams away from “traditional” project management tools. Legacy project management tools have faced criticism by their end users – software developers – for steep learning curves, bloated feature sets, or prohibitive permissions structures. ZenHub provides a different approach to the project management process – putting control in the hands of developers, not a gated administrator; placing the code on centre stage; and providing just enough process to help teams move as fast as possible. ZenHub keeps teams focused within largest technical collaboration platform in the world: GitHub. As the only solution natively integrated in GitHub’s interface, customers save the equivalent of forty workdays per year with the tool, which offers features like visual task boards, burndown charts to track velocity, and a personal task manager. ZenHub Enterprise, the company’s on-premise solution for GitHub Enterprise users, will also support epics.
Categories: Agile

Software Delivery Track for Agile on the Beach Conference

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 09:34
The Agile on the Beach conference has confirmed its Software Delivery line up which will run on the both days. The conference will have 40+ speakers including a keynote by Dr Linda Rising, internationally known for her work in patterns, retrospectives, influence strategies, agile development, and the change process. The Software Delivery track will be headlined by a keynote from Rebecca Parsons CTO at Thoughtworks * Jo Cranford: Build In Quality * Byran Wills-Heath: How we implemented TDD in Embedded C/C++ * Jon Jagger: The design and implementation of cyber-dojo * Elizabeth Pope: 10% time the pros and cons? * Wouter Lagerweij: Testing in a Continuous Delivery World * Paul Boocock: Continuously delivering software to big brands * Lyndsay Prewer: Smoothing the continuous delivery path – a tale of two architectures * David Brownhill & Craig Scott-Angell: Penetration Testing in the Release Pipeline * Jim Barritt: Finding the merkle tree in the block chain forest * Sarah Glanville & Paul Lemon: Sky – Moving on up Session details below for Software Delivery with full details at Speakers and sessions for our themes of Agile Teams and Practices, Agile Business and Product Design and Management will be confirmed over the next few weeks with a full schedule announced by May. Super Early Birds can secure tickets at £295 (£100 off full price) if booked before 31st May. For help with travel and accommodation please visit our website
Categories: Agile