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Bosnia Agile Day, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 15 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 08:00
The Bosnia Agile Day is a one-day conference that bring international and local Agile experts in Sarajevo to discuss Agile software development and project management practices like Scrum. In the agenda of the Bosnia Agile Day conference, you can find topics like “Let the Elephants Leave the Room: Tips for Making Development Life Leaner”, “From Agile Cat to Agile Tiger”, “User Story Mapping”, “How to write effective requirements in an Agile environment”, “Agile Testing – Adding values to agile teams”, “10 tips how to make your Scrum fail – or succeed if you want”, “The Disciplined Agile Enterprise: Harmonizing Agile and Lean”, “Fitness for Purpose – The Kanban way for focused Agility”, “Coordinating Large Agile Projects”, “Scrum in practice – Developer’s view”, “Agile Secure Development”, “Effective Agile Teams – Behind the open door” Web site: http://agile.ba/en/events/event/70-conference-bosnia-agile-day-2016 Location for the Bosnia Agile Day conference: Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Techniques for Improving Sprint Retrospectives – Part 2

Scrum Expert - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 15:48
After presenting some basic retrospective techniques in the first part of this article, Jesus Mendez provides in the second part some additional techniques that focuses on the facilitating part of the Scrum sprint retrospectives. Author: Jesus Mendez, Certified Agile Coach, http://www.jesusmendez.ca/ In my previous article “Techniques for improving sprint retrospectives – Part 1”, we talk about the foundations of a sprint retrospective. We touched base to share my view about the What, When and What for of the sprint retrospective. We have also shared some techniques that could help you help your teams to get the best out of it, focusing on the forming stage of an agile team’s journey. This second part is mainly focused on the facilitator stand and some additional techniques to help you continue adding value to the team’s continuous improvement journey. The facilitator stand To get the best out a sprint retrospective, mastering facilitation techniques is a must. There are things that you might need to consider in order to become the kind of leader that inspires a team to become a great one, like those that I’ve mentioned in my article “Tips4 leaders – 3 Things to consider when facilitating” for example. But further than that, facilitation requires preparation, repetition and training. That is why I strongly recommend you to dive in into Ingrid Bens [1] books about facilitation. I can guarantee you that your perspective about what facilitation means and all that it involves, will definitely change forever. More techniques for improving the [...]
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Brewing Agile, Gothenburg, Sweden, November 4-5 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 08:00
Brewing Agile is a two-day conference focused on Agile software development and Scrum that takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden. Besides the usual presentations, the conference offers also interactive workshops. In the agenda of the Brewing Agile conference you can find topics like “NoEstimates: How you can predict the release date of your project without estimating”, “How to enable agility in the whole organisation creating high performing companies”, “The systemic Scrum Master”, “Continuous Discovery: The Power of Pure Agile”, “Catch Dancing Ponies — Try Approval Testing”, “Agile HR & Leadership”, “The End is the Beginning”, “Product Ownership and Shared Under­standing”. Web site: http://brewingagile.org/ Location for the Brewing Agile conference: Skansen Kronan, Skansberget, Linnéstaden, 436 50 Göteborg, Sweden
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Managing Client Expectations about Agile

Scrum Expert - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 15:44
‘Agile’ is an incredibly powerful software development methodology, however the word ‘agile’ has become one of those IT buzzwords that people use but do not fully understand. How do you manage expectations for clients who are new to agile or do not fully understand the agile methodology? And, does agile work for every project? This session considers how to define an agile project methodology that fits client needs and will deliver project success. Video producer: http://agileonthebeach.com/
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Agilia, Budapest, Hungary, October 12-14 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 08:00
Agilia Budapest is a three-day conference focused on Agile software development. The theme of this edition is the role of product owner and product management in Agile: creating vision, designing product, managing teams, role of Product Owner, engagement of customers and users, creativity and management of innovations. Use cases. In the agenda of the Agilia Budapest conference you can find topics like “Secrets of Product Ownership”, “One Product, One Project, Two Perspectives”, “How to build a product design team and become more agile?”, “Given/When/Then-ready sprint planning”, “Quality Assurance from perspective of Product Owner”, “How Product Owners can really understand customers through Mindfulness?”, “Behavior Driven Web UI Automation with Selenium and SpecFlow/Cucumber for Java”, “Zeros to Heroes in Just Three Months: When Capability is Your Product”, “Breaking Bonds. How intrapreneurship is encouraged with practices and technology”, “Scrum allows us to create better products, more suited to the users’ needs. Really???”. Web site: http://agiliabudapest.com/ Location for the Agilia Budapest conference: Budapest, Hungary
Categories: Agile

Story Points Explained

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 16:50
Metrics are an important part of Agile project management approaches like Scrum. One of the most used measures to estimate the amount of work are the story points. In this small article, Pedro Gustavo Torres explains what they are, why you need them and how to use them. Pedro Gustavo Torres provides many definitions of story points. One of them is “a unitless measure of magnitude for work yet to be done, based on relative sizing.” He explains also why you should use story points based on the difference between accuracy and precision. He wrote “Accuracy and precision are not the same thing. Precision is a lot more expensive. Precision is always desired, but accuracy creates more value. However, story points provide sufficient accuracy when working in nondeterministic systems.” It is very difficult to create a precise time estimate. Story points provide an estimate that is accurate enough to define the effort that should be included in Scrum sprints. With historical data, the team can assess the relationship between time and points. However, story points cannot be related to a specific duration, but rather with a duration interval. Read the complete blog post on https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2016/february/story-points-explained-the-what-why-and-how
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Agile Open California North, Berkeley, USA, October 6-7 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 08:30
Agile Open California North is two-day conference that provides Agile and Scrum practitioners in California an opportunity for learning and networking. Practitioners and newcomers come together for two days to discuss, examine and otherwise brainstorm the most timely and relevant topics in Agile development today. Agile Open California North 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://agileopencalifornia.com/ Location for the Open California North conference: Clark Kerr Conference Center, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA
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Agile Turkey Summit, Istanbul, Turkey, October 6 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 08:00
The Agile Turkey Summit is a one-day conference dedicated to the Agile software development and Scrum project management approaches that takes place in Istanbul, Turkey. International and local Agile and Scrum experts provide the content. In the agenda of the Agile Turkey Summit you can find topics like “Agile Transformation, True Agile Is What You Are”, “Kanban: The Alternative Path to Business Agility”, “Scrum Studio. Rethinking Your Agile Transformation”, “Agility Assessment Reference Model: AgilityMod”, “0 to 100: Building a Real Product with Agile Principles”, “Seven Strategies For Code Revitalization”, “The Secret to Achieving Sustainable Agility at Scale”, “Agile leadership for agile times – Complex Adaptive Leadership”. Web site: http://www.summit.agileturkey.org/ Location for the Agile Turkey Summit conference: Wyndham Grand Levent, Esentepe Mah. Büyükdere Cad. No: 177-183 34394 Şişli,İstanbul, Turkey
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Agile Worx Agile Management Platform Launched

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 16:27
Agile Worx, a provider of agile life cycle management tools, has announced the release of the Agile Worx agile management platform which allows companies to adopt a hybrid agile approach to software, hardware and firmware development. Agile Worx approaches ALM (Agile Life Cycle Management) much differently from its competitors. To achieve this differentiation for its customers, Agile Worx includes the following features: * Most ALM vendors support only the development process from the bottom up with requirements and task management. Agile Worx transforms the way technology companies do business by supporting agility from the top down with over one hundred metrics and analytics. * Agile Worx includes an innovative user interface that gives managers instant status on the programs, projects and teams. No more searching and sifting through endless graphs and statistics to find out what’s going on! * Agile Worx is the only ALM tool built to support hybrid agile-waterfall implementations and IOT (embedded systems) from the ground up.
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Scaled Agile Launches Beta Certification: SAFe 4.0 Scrum Master

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 16:11
Scaled Agile, provider of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), has announced the launch of a beta program for a new certification: SAFe 4.0 Scrum Master (SSM). Unlike traditional Scrum Master training that focuses on the fundamentals of team-level Scrum, this course is for professionals who want to gain an understanding of the role of Scrum in the context of the entire enterprise, and learn how to coach teams to deliver the maximum business value that is achievable through SAFe. Designed for those new to the role of Scrum Master, the two-day course prepares Scrum Masters to take a leadership role in facilitating Agile teams’ success in a SAFe implementation. With the addition of SAFe 4.0 Scrum Master, Scaled Agile’s portfolio now includes seven professional credentials designed to meet the needs of Lean-Agile professionals throughout their career as they practice, consult, or train others in SAFe.
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Scrum and Kanban Plugins for Redmine

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 09:00
Redmine is a popular open source project management web application. It was written using the Ruby on Rails framework. This software is more oriented towards a traditional approach for project management with Gantt charts and calendar than Agile, Scrum or Kanban. However, Redmine architecture allows however creating plugins to add additional features. The development of a number of Agile and Lean plugins has therefore been started in these past years. However not all those plugins have been in continuous development until the current release of Redmine 3.3 You will find below a list of Scrum and Kanban plugins that you could consider to use. You might also decide to fork some of the “abandoned” projects if you are willing to put them up to date. The number of these plugins is limited and trying to add Scrum and Kanban features to Redmine might not be the easier road for your Agile open source journey. For people that are looking for open source solutions, the Open Source Scrum Tools Directory is a good place to visit to have an idea of available open source Scrum tools. Redmine has a directory where all the plugins are listed: http://www.redmine.org/plugins Updates * September 2016: active plugin added : Redmine Agile Plugin, Scrum2B, Scrum-Plugin, Redmine CRM Agile plugin, Redhopper; transfer inactive plugins to inactive section Active Plugins * Redhopper Redhopper is an open source Redmine plugin that allows creating Kanban boards for Redmine. It was inspired by Jira Agile (formerly known as Greenhopper), but follows [...]
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Lean Agile Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, October 5-7 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 08:30
Lean Agile Scotland is a three-day conference focused on the Lean and Agile approaches to software development and project management like Scrum. In the agenda of the Lean Agile Scotland conference you can find topics like “Editing Service Design”, “Seven Secrets of Scaling”, “The Eupsychian Manager”, “Dispositioning Advantage: A Pervert’s Guide to Strategy Design”, “A Practical Guide to Cynefin”, “Mapping the Risk in Your Value Stream”, “All Of This Has Happened Before – An Agile History”, “Data-driven decision making through Lean Analytics”, “Kanban Essentials”, “Evolution of Tribes at Spotify – Complexity in Practice”, “Beyond BDD”. Web site: http://leanagile.scot/ Location for the Lean Agile Scotland conference: John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY, United Kingdom
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Agile Business Conference, London, UK, 5-6 October 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 08:00
The Agile Business Conference is a two-day conference that takes place in London where meet and engage with the experts and thought leaders who have implemented focused, efficient Agile change programmes in a wide variety of industries. In the agenda of the Agile Business Conference you can find topics like “Agile Cat to Agile Tiger”, “An Agile PMO – How much is Enough?”, “Transformation into Being Agile (The People Way)”, “Agile Service Design and Management: MOT case study”, “The Essential Role of Leadership: Successfully adopting SAFe and mastering organisational change”, “Beyond Budgeting: An Agile management model for new business and people realities”, “Dealing with evolutionary change”, “The Inexorable Rise of Agile”, “Monitor Agile Progress and Health – A Common Ground”, “How to Combine PRINCE2 with Agile and get the best of both worlds”, “How to Slice Product Backlog Items”. Web site: http://www.agileconference.org/ Location for the Agile Business conference: 155 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3YD
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Delivering Agile in Hostile Environments

Scrum Expert - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 09:40
Agile versus Waterfall is often presented as a difference in development methodology, but it is much more a clash of cultures. Large bureaucracies, government regulation and many other factors can create an environment that is hostile to many forms of innovation and in which Waterfall is actually the most cost-effective approach. Innovating in such environments can be a challenge, but it is both personally and professionally rewarding to do so. In examining the motivations behind these hostile cultures, we can see patterns and opportunities where individuals or teams of developers can serve two masters and deploy cutting-edge technologies and techniques while still honoring both the spirit and the letter of a myriad of restrictions. Whether you are building a product targeting a regulated industry or working on a project at LargeCorp, there are strategies you can adopt that will significantly reduce friction, increase efficiency, and lead to a more positive outcome! Video producer: http://chariotsolutions.com/
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Using Customer Journey Maps

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 15:20
If user stories are the start of the conversations to define user requirements, Scrum teams can also use other tools to obtain a more precise definition of these requirements. In the article “When and How to Create Customer Journey Maps”, Kate Williamson presents the concept of customer journey map, the visualization of the process that a person goes through in order to accomplish a goal, and when and how to use them. The article starts with a definition of customer journey maps. To help teams understand and address customer requirements, the journey maps combine two instruments: storytelling and visualization. Journey maps take different forms depending on context and business goals, but they usually start by compiling a series of user goals and actions into a timeline. User thoughts and emotions are added to this timeline to create a narrative. Finally, this narrative is condensed into a visualization used to communicate insights that will inform design processes. After discussing the reason to use customer journey maps, Kate Williamson presents their key elements: * Point of view: choose the actor of the story. * Scenario: determine the specific experience to map. * Actions, mindsets and emotions: what the user is doing, thinking, and feeling during the journey. * Touchpoints and channels: the map aligns touchpoints (times when the actor in the map actually interacts with the company) and channels (methods of communication or service delivery, such as the website or physical store) with user goals and actions. * Insights and ownership: uncover [...]
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Manage Agile, Berlin, Germany, November 15-18 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 08:00
The Manage Agile conference is a four-day event taking place in Berlin that focused on Agile project management approaches. It is divided into two workshop days and two conference days. The conferences focuses on management topics and is a networking platform where specialists and managers compare notes yearly to establish Agile topics not only in software engineering but also in the whole company up to the management. Most of the talks are in German but there are also a lot of talks in English. In the agenda of the Manage Agile conference you can find topics like “Agile Estimating and Planning”, “SAFe City Simulation – The Scaled Agile Framework in Action!”, “Empowering teams to take ownership of their continuous improvement”, “The Predictability of Delivery”, “The-Poke-Concept – The key to value based development”, “More with LeSS: A Decade of Descaling with Large-Scale Scrum”, “90 Day Challenge – Agile on a Corporate Scale”, “Our community is our customer – diversity challenges agile”, “Ten strategies to (mis)manage Agile”, “Estimation Is Waste!”, “What’s the Value of Agile? A Look at Managing Finances in Agile Projects”. Web site: http://www.manage-agile.de/ Location for the Manage Agile conference: RAMADA Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 32, 10178 Berlin, Germany
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Agile Bodensee, Constance, Germany, September 28-29 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 06:15
The Agile Bodensee conference is a two-day event focused on Agile and Scrum and that takes places on the shore of the Lake Constance (the Bodensee in German) in the southern part of Germany. The first day is dedicated to workshops and open space discussion, the second day will be a classic conference setting. Everything is in German. In the agenda of the Agile Bodensee conference day, you can find topics like “State of (German) Retrospectives”, “The very best of Scrum!”, “Agile Transformation @ Swiss Railways”, “Agile Contracts: Do’s and Don’ts”, “Core of Agile”. The first day Agile Bodensee 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://www.agile-bodensee.com/en Location for the Agile Bodensee conference: Steigenberger Inselhotel, Auf der Insel 1, 78462 Constance, Germany
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Agile Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, September 28-30 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 06:00
Agile Cambridge is a three-day conference that is focused on Agile software development and Scrum project management. The conference mixes workshops, experience reports and case studies. In the agenda of the Agile Cambridge conference you can find topics like “Baking Security into Agile – An Impossible Task?”, “Why exploratory testing is tightly coupled with agile”, “Scaling agile development at the Government Digital Service”, “Agile at scale – doing it right”, “Old dog, new tricks – or how I learned to be better”, “How to overcome communication challenges in a team”, “End-to-end testing considered harmful”, “Waltzing with branches”, “Modern agile project toolbox”, “Agile silicon engineering”, “Becoming an agile leader, regardless of your role”, “Scaled portfolio experience report”, “Intro to Lean UX”, “The ABCD of database development: always be continuously delivering”, “Test-driving the Internet of Things”, “What does it take to become a great product manager?”, “Radiating information – we need better agile boards!”, “Are Retrospectives Dead?”. Web site: http://agilecambridge.net/ Location for the Agile Cambridge conference: Churchill College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge CB3 0DS, United Kingdom
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Kurt Bittner Joins Scrum.org as Vice President of Enterprise Solutions

Scrum Expert - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 15:53
Scrum.org has announced that Kurt Bittner has joined the company as vice president of enterprise solutions. In this role, Kurt is responsible for enterprise-level professional software delivery initiatives. Kurt Bittner previously worked for Forrester Research, where he served as a Principal Analyst covering how enterprises are adopting Agile and DevOps practices. Prior to Forrester, Kurt served as CTO—Americas for the consulting firm Ivar Jacobson International. “Increasingly, organizations see software as the key for business success, but to do it well, development teams must be professional. Scrum.org, which focuses on professional Scrum through assessments and certification, training and licensed Professional Scrum Trainers, is developing enterprise initiatives to provide that organizational environment that enables multiple teams to work together more effectively,” explained Ken Schwaber, co-creator of Scrum and founder of Scrum.org. “Kurt brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this new role, and will help us drive those initiatives for enterprises, which will enable organizations to adapt and thrive in this period of unprecedented challenge and opportunity.” Kurt will work alongside Ken Schwaber and others to evolve existing and create new ways for organizations to build environments that encourage and sustain scaling professional software delivery, and to drive a cohesive vision for Scrum.org on how enterprises can deliver greater value to themselves and their customers by delivering software in a professional way.
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AgileByExample, Warsaw, Poland, October 10-12 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 08:00
AgileByExample is a Lean and Agile three-days conference taking place in Warsaw, Poland that helps you learn Agile on live examples. The first day is dedicated to a Lean Agile Dojo with workshops. Keynotes, talks and discussions are all in English. In the agenda of the AgileByExample conference you can find topics like “5 Whys Root Cause Analysis”, “Taking Back Agile: Returning to our Core Values and Practices”, “No time for Planning Poker? Try Silent Sort Estimating Instead”, “eXPert Leadership”, “Time to Clean up the Product!”, “Pair Programming Demystified”, “The Evolution of a Super Agile Software Development Capability”, “Scaling agile at LEGO”, “Choosing Change: How to Enable a Shift to Agile”. Web site: http://www.agilebyexample.com/ Location for the AgileByExample conference: Multikino Ursynów, Al. KEN 60, Imielin Metro Station, Warsaw, Poland
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