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Increasing Velocity in a Regulated Environment

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:10
In regulated industries like Health Care you have to comply with standard operating procedures, heaps of paper work and frequent audits. Do these requirements conflict with the core tenets of Agile? How do you increase velocity in such regulated environments? This presentation explains how PHT Corporation overcame these constraints and got to Agile. He will draw a picture of PHT’s operating environment and the applicable regulations for software development. He demonstrates how the required documentation can become a byproduct of the everyday work of a Scrum team and describes changes he ...
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Agile Practitioners Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 2-3 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:46
Agile Practitioners Conference Malaysia is a two-day conference focused on Agile, Scrum, Lean, Kanban and UX that takes palace in Kuala Lumpur. In the agenda you can find topics like “(The Rise and Fail of) Fake Agile”, “Describing the Elephant in the Room: User Experience (UX)”, “Overcoming Scrum Implementation Challenges in the Asian Business Environment”, “Agile Requirements: From Planning to Execution” Web site: http://it2h.org/agilemalaysia2014 Location for the 2014 conference: KH Tower, Jalan Punchak, Off Jalan P.Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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STARWEST, Anaheim, USA, October 12-17 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:41
STARWEST is a six-day software event and conference that features pre-conference training, in-depth half- and full-day tutorials and conference sessions covering major software testing issues and solutions. In the agenda you can find topics like “Real-World Software Testing with Microsoft Visual Studio”, “A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing”, “Test Automation Patterns: Issues and Solutions”, “Testing Ajax and Mobile Apps with Agile Test Management and Tools”, “A Tester’s Guide to Collaborating with Product Owners”, “Agile Development and Testing in a Regulated”, “Test Improvement in Our Rapidly Changing World”, “The Role of ...
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The Product Owner Role in Sprint Retrospective

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:03
The sprint retrospective in an important moment in the Scrum approach where the team think about its software development process and tries to improve it. As on of the three Scrum roles, the product owner has to play its part in this activity. In this blog post, Roman Pichler explains how product owner can play an active role during the retrospective meetings. The sprint retrospective meetings takes place at the end of the sprint after the sprint review meeting and should produce improvement measures. The product owner has to take ...
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Agile Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, October 1–3 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:12
Agile Cambridge is a three-day conference that is focused on Agile software development. The conference mixes tutorials, experience reports and case studies. Some of the keynotes of the 2014 edition will be presented by Tom Gilb and Nat Pryce & Steve Freeman. In the agenda you can find topics like “Agile! The quick way to build stuff that nobody wants”, “Enterprise Agility: Strategies for Scaling Agile across the Organisation”, “Release Testing Is Risk Management Theatre”, “How to mix together XP and Scrum to enable self organized teams”, “Retrospective Anti-Patterns”, “A systemic ...
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Agile Metrics

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 16:54
“You can’t manage what you don’t measure” is an adage that is popular in project management. However, metrics programs are not easy to implement and have their dark sides. In their book “The Agile Culture: Leading through Trust and Ownership”, Pollyanna Pixton, Paul Gibson and Niel Nickolaisen provides some advice about implementing metrics, the Agile way. How do we make sure that the metrics we are using are effective and not just vehicles for giving leaders a feeling of power and control while not achieving anything useful? How do we know ...
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Using the Scrum Rules Against the Boss

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:54
Some managers think that Scrum is invented to make developers work harder. This is a lie. Scrum was invented by developers to keep managers away so that developers get time to do actual work. Learn how the Scrum rules can be used against your boss to get a realistic workload and more coding time without interruptions.Video producer: http://www.ndcoslo.com/
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Agile Bodensee, Constance, Germany, October 1–2 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:21
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 the second day to presentations. Most of them are in German but there are also some English talks. In the agenda you can find topics like “Agile testing – celebrate bug prevention instead of bug detection”, “Building cross-functional Scrum-Teams or How electricians, mechanics, and (embedded) software engineers went T-shaped”, ...
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Agile Java Developer, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

DevAgile.com - Agile Portal - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 16:51
A leading financial software house is seeking a skilled Senior Java Developer to design and develop algorithmic trading platforms and trade execution systems. These white-label platforms are used by over 175 trading firms, including investment banks, hedge funds and asset managers around the world.
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Adapting Scrum to UX

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 20:54
User eXperience (UX) includes the practical, affective and valuable aspects of human-computer interaction and product ownership. This article from Anindya Sengupta tries to answer common questions about UX and Scrum. It explores the challenges faced by a team working with a separate UX team in Scrum. It also gives recommendations for UX teams that are part of a Scrum team. The article is based on a scenario where a development team and a UX team work together on a Scrum project from two different locations. The article provides some tips on ...
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AgileCraft 8 Enterprise Agile Tool Launched

Scrum Expert - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:37
AgileCraft has announced general availability of AgileCraft 8. AgileCraft’s integrated platform provides transparency across the entire software lifecycle, enabling rapid value delivery and better, more predictable results. Built from the top-down to support enterprise agile at scale, the latest version brings new capabilities across all four levels: enterprise, portfolio, program and teams. AgileCraft 8 helps align the whole organization around common goals and objectives, providing actionable views and metrics to everyone touching the product lifecycle. The AgileCraft approach empowers customers to scale with existing tools like Atlassian, TFS, Rally, etc. while adding ...
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Agile Coach Camp, Indianapolis, USA, September 26-28 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:05
The Agile Coach Camp is a three-day conference about Agile Coaching run by agile coaches for agile coaches based on peer-to-peer learning and exploration in an OpenSpace setting. In this type of conference, people come together around a high-level topic or need and create their own agenda; then people gather into groups to brainstorm, debate, collaborate, co-create, plan, play, tell stories, and discuss the topics proposed on the agenda Web site: http://www.agilecoachcamp.us/ Location for the 2014 conference: Hilton Indianapolis, 120 West Market Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 46204
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Using Commercial Scrum Tools for Free

Scrum Expert - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:50
If the development of open source Scrum tools was in vogue some years ago, a lot of these projects have now been abandoned. Some are still active like IceScrum or ScrumDo, but this is because their development is sponsored by a commercial hosted option There is however an alternative to manage your Agile project if you have a low budget… and a small team. Some providers of commercial Scrum tools provide a free version of their software. Only Scrum tools that offer a long term free product are mentioned in this ...
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Journée Agile, Liege, Belgium, September 11 2014

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:39
The JournĂ©e Agile is a one-day conference focused on agile software development approaches like Scrum that takes place in Belgium every year, All the presentations and workshops are in French. The keynote of the 2014 edition will be given by Jurgen Appelo. In the agenda you can find topics like “Des outils du monde de la psychologie pour les equipes Scrum et Agile”, “L’attitude de Testing Agile”, “SpĂ©cifications Agiles”, “Passer de Scrum Ă  Scrumban, pour quoi faire?” ou “Real options – Prises de dĂ©cisions”. Web site: http://www.journeeagile.be/ Location for the 2014 conference: HEC-ULg, ...
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Patterns: a New Standard for Scrum

Scrum Expert - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:08
Patterns are the new defacto Scrum standard. In recent years, international Scrum Leadership has been meeting about once a year to write a rationalized foundation for Scrum using Organizational Patterns as a public resource. This is the most inclusive forum for segments of the Scrum community meet and find common ground in the deep groundings of Scrum, and it is converging on a socially agreed definition while the certifying bodies have take less compelling paths. Jeff Sutherland’s Scrum training now revolves around the application of seven Scrum patterns. Using the same approach ...
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Lean Agile Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, September 11-12 2014

Scrum Expert - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 16:37
Lean Agile Scotland is a two-day conference focused on the Lean and Agile approaches to software development. It will be preceded by a workshop on September 10. In the agenda you can find topics like “Join the Dark Side – why developers should choose management”, “Building the Boardwalk Empire: Visual Management in Action”, “Overcoming Self-organization Blocks”, “Lean Estimation & Planning”, “Better Decision Making: Gathering Data and Mapping Decisions”, “Lean Product is about the people – Putting it all together”. Web site: http://www.leanagilescotland.com/ Location for the 2014 conference: Our Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Rd 112, ...
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Lean, Agile & Scrum Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, September 9 2014

Scrum Expert - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 18:52
The Zurich Lean, Agile & Scrum Conference (LAS) is a one day conference that focuses on Lean and Agile approaches for software development. The conference provides both German and English content. The keynotes of the 2014 edition of the Zurich Lean, Agile & Scrum Conference will be Alistair Cockburn and Bob Marshall. In the agenda you can find topics like “Our journey from Waterfall to Agile; Delivering an Agile Framework to a Global IT Organization”, “Transforming Addicted Organisations (Serenity to Accept What I Cannot Change, Courage to Change What I Can)” ...
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Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 3.0 Released

Scrum Expert - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:43
The version 3.0 of the Scaled agile Framework (SAFe) has been released. The Scaled agile Framework is a methodology created by Dean Leffingwell to implement Agile practices at enterprise scale. Major changes in the SAFe 3.0 version include: * Guidance on the critical role, knowledge and responsibilities of Lean-Agile Leadership * Enhanced Portfolio Level — new flow, new Metrics, Strategic Themes that connect business strategy to Portfolio Vision, and Portfolio-level Non-functional Requirements (NFRs) * Lean-Agile Budgeting optimized for flow “Beyond Project Cost Accounting” * New guidance on Coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains within larger Value ...
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Hansoft 8 Brings Actionable Agile Metrics

Scrum Expert - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:22
Hansoft brings Actionable Agile Metrics to developers, managers and executives with the release of Hansoft 8. Hansoft 8 combines Program Management with Business Intelligence in one tool. Decision making on all levels, from the team to the program and portfolio, can now be supported by relevant data visualized with iterative and collaborative dashboards. “Agile metrics is a hot topic right now and we can see how many large organizations realize that critical decision making happens on all levels every day, not only in top management group. Yet the traditional business intelligence ...
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Retrospectives for Story Points

Scrum Expert - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:32
At the end of each sprint, the Scrum team take some time to think about what could be improved in its Agile process. In this blog post, Natalie Warnert discusses how you could also use the retrospective meeting to look at story sizes after the sprint and determine if they were correctly sized as far as story points are concerned. As Natalie Warnert explains it: “This is not meant to point out shortcomings or blame when estimates are “wrong”. It’s simply to figure out if the team is all on the ...
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