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CAST Highlight Improves Technical Debt Estimates

Scrum Expert - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 17:28
CAST has launched a new version of CAST Highlight that rapidly and affordably analyzes even the most complex portfolios of enterprise applications to identify areas where CIOs can focus their efforts and achieve the most “bang for their buck.” CAST’s cloud-based Highlight is a new weapon in the CIO’s armory, using advanced benchmarking to assess software risk, complexity and size across large IT portfolios. Using Highlight, CIOs can more accurately and rapidly prioritize projects and programs, based on tangible data. Previously, strategic IT initiatives were notoriously difficult to rank; a lack ...
Categories: Agile

What Kind of Agile Are You?

Agile Alliance - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 21:29

  As many as 94% of organizations are practicing some form of agile according to 9th annual State of Agile survey™, yet I have first-hand experience seeing countless organizations that aren’t doing agile right, aren’t getting the maximum benefits and … Continue reading →

Categories: Agile

AgileCymru. Cardiff Bay, UK, July 7-8 2015

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:35
AgileCymru is a two-days Agile conference that takes place in Wales. It 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 AgileCymru you can find topics like “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”, “User Needs Driven Development – The Evolution of ...
Categories: Agile

Can You Replace User Stories with Use Cases?

Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 14:55
Agile requirements are a key success factor for Scrum projects. Many people criticize the minimalist format of user stories, often forgetting that they are mainly a support for a conversation and don’t have the objective to fully document requirements. In this article, Paul Raymond discusses how classical use cases can be use to expand user stories during requirements elicitation in Scrum sprints. Paul Raymond, Inflectra Corporation, User Stories are often characterized by relatively short, uncomplicated and informal descriptions, whereas Use Cases are often longer, more formally structured descriptions of not only ...
Categories: Agile

Welcome to Agile Boot Camp: It’s More Enjoyable Than it Sounds

Agile Alliance - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 22:55

Are you relatively new to Agile? At Agile 2015 we’ve put together the Agile Boot Camp track just for you. Because such a large percentage of the conference attendees are participating for the first time and many come to strengthen … Continue reading →

Categories: Agile

ScrumDesk Start! 3.8 Released

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 16:43
ScrumDesk has released ScrumDesk Start! v.3.8 that provides print, filter and mentions. ScrumDesk Start! is a free Scrum board for small Agile teams focused on getting the results instead of complicated process. It brings core Scrum practices fundamental for fast product development by self-organized teams. Finally printing has appeared in ScrumDesk Start! As we have great planning experience with physical cards, we decided for card layout that we suggest to clients of our consultancy team. Printed card layout provides fundamental information necessary for proper release or sprint planning. Other improvements Advanced filters Even all ...
Categories: Agile

A Kind of Story Mapping

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 14:49
This presentation discusses an experience with lightweight planning for a team in a big company. At the heart of it is a kind of story map, a single-page plan of sorts. It is a simple tool for discovery and continuous planning with stakeholders, including what’s a minimum viable first version to go live with.Video producer:
Categories: Agile

Agile and Scrum Trello Extensions

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 13:38
Trello is a free on-line project management tool that provides a flexible and visual way to organize anything. This approach is naturally close to the visual boards used in the Scrum or Kanban approaches. As the tool as an open architecture, some extensions have been developed for a better implementation of Agile project management in Trello and provides additional features like Scrum burndown charts. Updates June 23 2015: added micro-burn and Plus for Trello March 17 2015: added Screenful for Trello extension The visual representation and the card system used by Trello already make ...
Categories: Agile

Agile Contract, Munich, Germany, June 30 – July 2 2015

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 13:36
Agile Contract is a three-day conference that takes place in Munich, Germany. It is focused on the contractual customer – developer relationships in Agile software development projects. All the workshops and the talks are in German. In the agenda of Agile Contract you can find topics like “Experience with Agile fixed-price projects”, “Service Level Agreements (SLA) in the context of Agile software development”, “Agile contracts in practice”, “It doesn’t work without trust”, “Agile Contracts – Three alternative billing models”, “Agile estimating and planning”. Web site: Location for the Agile Contract conference: NH ...
Categories: Agile

codeBeamer 7.7 Released with SAFe Template

Scrum Expert - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 17:33
Intland Software has announced the latest release of codeBeamer, its ALM solution. Version 7.7 introduces a variety of new or extended integrations with Enterprise Architect and JIRA, a fully preconfigured SAFe template to help implement the Scaled Agile Framework in large organizations, as well as performance and usability improvements. SAFe Template From version 7.7, codeBeamer offers a dedicated template that supports the implementation of the Scaled Agile Framework in large organizations. Our new SAFe Template comes with preconfigured trackers to help you manage multiple Agile Release Trains across the Team, Program and ...
Categories: Agile

Large Batch Hand-Offs: Trapped in Wagile (part 3 of 4)

Agile Alliance - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 21:45

This is part three of the continuing series of articles. In the first article of this series, I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall system. In the previous article (part 2), I explained Phase-Gates and the unintended consequences when phase-gates … Continue reading →

Categories: Agile

Using Commercial Scrum Tools for Free

Scrum Expert - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 13:30
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, 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 commercial product are mentioned in this article, ...
Categories: Agile

A Coach’s Guide to Agile Requirements

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 14:02
Written by South African Agile coaches Samantha Laing and Karen Greaves, “Coach’s Guide to Agile Requirements” is a book on how to teach the concepts of Agile requirements. It provides a complete plan to run a workshop where people can learn how to elicit, refine and organize requirements in an Agile way. The training proposed by the book is based on the approach named “Training from the BACK of the room (TFTBOTR)” that split each sessions in four parts. These 4Cs are: * C1 – Connections: To get participants to connect with ...
Categories: Agile

Agile Open Florida, St Petersburg, USA, June 26 2015

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 13:54
Agile Open Florida is a one-day conference dedicated to all Agile software developers and of the Scrum project management in Florida. It is a not-for-profit event driven by Agile volunteers for all members of the Agile community of Florida. Agile Open Florida 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 ...
Categories: Agile

Changing Your Agile Practices: A Story of Shifting from Scrum to Kanban

Agile Alliance - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 18:28

Our latest experience report, From Scrum to Kanban – A Team’s Journey, is by Aki Namioka of Marchex. Her team had been using Scrum for over two years. Like many folks, they had their own twist to how they practiced … Continue reading →

Categories: Agile

Scrum Day Germany, Filderstadt, Germany, June 16-17 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 13:45
Scrum Day Germany is a two-day conference about Scrum and Agile project management that propose an international line-up of Agile experts. It provides a multi-track sessions and full day workshops. The conference sessions are mainly in German. In the agenda of Scrum Day Germany you can find topics like “Product Owner Types: What You Should Know”, “Status Quo Agile – Scrum: Rather Tailor-made than According to the Textbook”, “Measuring Agile to Prove the Success of the Adoption”, “Agile Enterprise – Growing Agile beyond Tech”, “HardScrum – Software Development in the Embbeded ...
Categories: Agile

Agile Weekend Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela, June 13-14 2015

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 09:15
Agile Weekend Venezuela is a two-day event for the Venezuela software development community focused on Scrum and Agile project management. The week-end will also host an Agile coach clinic. In the agenda of Agile Weekend Venezuela you can find topics like ” Quality assurance in software development”, “Agile: The Human Factor”, “Project Management with GitHub”, ” Myths and Realities of Agile.” Sunday will be based on the open space format for conferences. Open space is a simple methodology for self-organizing conference tracks. Web site: Location for the Agile Weekend Venezuela conference: ...
Categories: Agile


Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/08/2015 - 15:00
Estimates are part of our daily live. Every single day we ask and answer questions like: “when will it be done?”, “how much does it cost?” and use that “data” to plan the future of our projects. Some of us using rigorously formalised processes with heaps of Excel sheets, some applying more agile methods like planning poker. While doing that, we do not realise how estimates could be harmful! #NoEstimates is about exploring alternative ways of planning our work, of assigning value to features and a different approach about what we ...
Categories: Agile

Product Backlog Management: Tips from a Seasoned Product Owner

Agile Alliance - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 22:19

A Product Owner’s best friend is Agile Principle #10: Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential. If you are a product owner or a member of a team you have probably gotten … Continue reading →

Categories: Agile

#AgileCrete, Heraklion, Greece, July 16-18 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 08:25
#AgileCrete 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 coaches and development team members could gather to discuss and share ideas about all things Agile and Scrum. #AgileCrete 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 ...
Categories: Agile