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AgileNZ, Wellington, New Zealand, September 1-2 2015

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 12:50
The AgileNZ Conference is a two-day conference taking place in New Zealand and focused on Agile project management and Scrum. The main theme for AgileNZ Conference 2015 is transformation. Lean and Agile approaches are not only continuing to transform software delivery, they’re being adopted outside of software to transform entire businesses. In the agenda of the AgileNZ Conference you can find topics like “What Would It Take to Have an Agile Enterprise?”, “Making Integral Agility Real on Your Team”, “Bugger the Boxing – Pour the Concrete Anyway!”, “Visual Facilitation”, “Full Stack ...
Categories: Agile

Lean, Agile & Scrum Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, September 2 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:00
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 of the Zurich Lean, Agile & Scrum Conference will be Ralf Westphal and Niklaus Brantschen. In the agenda you can find topics like “Agree or Disagree, but Commit”, “Facilitation Dojo”, “Process- and Team-Performance”, “Transforming your Culture with Working Agreements”, “Storytelling in a Technical World”. Web site: Location for the Zurich Lean, Agile & Scrum Conference: TECHNOPARK ...
Categories: Agile

Agile2015 Highlights

Agile Alliance - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 22:15

I’m writing this as I fly home from the Agile2015 conference, or what Jake Calabrese rightfully calls “summer camp.”  I headed into the week planning to focus on sessions related to product ownership or one of it’s related fields, as I … Continue reading →

Categories: Agile

Agile Alliance Elects 2016 Board of Directors

Scrum Expert - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 20:34
Agile Alliance has announced that its membership has overwhelmingly approved the slate of candidates put forth for the 2016 Board of Directors. Results for the 2016 election were reported to the Agile Alliance membership by Board Secretary Shane Hastie at the annual membership meeting on August 5 during Agile2015, the organization’s annual North American conference held at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland. The Agile Alliance membership elected three members to the Board of Directors for three-year terms: Dr. Rebecca Parsons (USA), Paul Hammond (England), and Victor Hugo Germano ...
Categories: Agile

Scrum & Kanban with MantisBT

Scrum Expert - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 15:59
MantisBT is a popular open source bug tracker. Its architecture features a plugin system that allows extending its functionalities. This article lists the MantisBT plugins that allows to integrate an Agile project management approach like Scrum or Kanban around the basic features of MantisBT. There are currently four open source plugins that allows to add Scrum and Kanban features so that you can integrate an Agile project management approach with the basic functionalities of the MantisBT open source bug tracking tool. AgileMantis agileMantis tries to bridge the gap between the open source bug ...
Categories: Agile

Using Commercial Scrum Tools for Free

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 14:40
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

SwanseaCo, Swansea, Wales, September, 7–8 2015

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 14:19
SwanseaCo is a conference that takes place in Wales that discusses Agile development and Software Craftsmanship. The conference includes keynotes and presentations, a discussion panel and time between sessions to network and connect with fellow Agile software developers from around the world. In the agenda of the SwanseaCo conference you can find topics like “What Is Continuous Inspection, Anyway?”, “Level Up Your Tests”, “Managing Global Teams: Lessons Learned”, “Surrender the Illusion of Control”, “Spreadsheets are Code”, “Software Craftsmen Need to Stop Coding so Much”, “Lean UX and Agile Development Taking the ...
Categories: Agile

Why Do Managers Hate Agile?

Agile Alliance - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 19:53

Why don’t Agile and management get along? In a January poll of some 400 people working in many different firms where the practices known as Agile and Scrum are being implemented, 88% reported tension between the way Agile/Scrum teams are … Continue reading →

Categories: Agile

Doing the Little Things Well

Scrum Expert - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 17:54
What we do in software development is hard. Lots of companies, teams, and people pick up Agile approaches to make it easier, and then realize it’s still really hard. They learn that Agile didn’t fix things. And, then they get to work trying to fix Agile. What they often forget is that it’s doing the little things well that makes the big things easier. This talk is about the little things. The stuff hidden between the lines of the Agile books. The stuff the experts know that’s hard to explain. ...
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TestTrack 2015.1 Released

Scrum Expert - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 14:35
Seapine Software has announced a new release of TestTrack. Version 2015.1 includes new dashboards and widgets that greatly increase data visibility, an improved SDK with support for JSON filter queries, 64-bit native client apps, and much more. TestTrack is an ALM tool that helps you easily manage all application development phases and artifacts, and deliver quality products on time. TestTrack Version 2015.1 key features and enhancements are: * Use customizable dashboards to quickly view project information, such as status and progress, assignment items, and recent activity. * Create multiple dashboards for different purposes-for ...
Categories: Agile

Agile on the Beach, Falmouth, UK, September 3-4 2015

Scrum Expert - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 08:42
The Agile on the Beach conference is a two-day conference focused on Agile project management and software development that will take place in Falmouth, on the beaches of Cornwall. In the agenda of Agile on the Beach you can find topics like ” Introduction to Continuous Delivery”, “Being Agile in Business”, “Can Guinness help you estimate?”, “Effective Customer Interviewing”, “The Death of Continuous Integration”, “Value Led Agile Delivery”, “The Geek’s Guide to Leading Teams”, “Making Mad Men more Agile”, “User Story Mapping for Fun & Profit”, “My Kanban Diary”. Web site: Location ...
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Agile2015 Conference Resources

Scrum Expert - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 17:01
The Agile2015 Conference has been a big success with 2,300 attendees. The Agile Alliance has now released the full-length videos of all 3 Keynote presentations and the Industry Analyst Panel Discussion, the collection of video podcasts with Agile experts and thought leaders and the Agile2015 Experience Reports. The three keynote presentations and the Industry Analyst Panel Discussion are available on More full-length videos of selected Agile2015 Sessions will be added to the Video Learning Center during August and September. Short interviews and candid conversations with many of the thought leaders and ...
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Hansoft Enterprise 9 Released

Scrum Expert - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 16:49
Hansoft has announced the release of Hansoft Enterprise 9.0, its tool for agile team collaboration and management. The latest release comes with a new UI which allows for even smoother team collaboration. Hansoft 9 makes it easier for both managers and team members to understand and participate in large and small projects thanks to better contextualization and clearer visuals. “We have had some customers running their agile portfolio, program, and project management in Hansoft but who had their issue tickets in other tools. The improved capabilities now makes it easy for ...
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VersionOne Summer Release Provides Deeper Support for SAFe

Scrum Expert - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 15:40
VersionOne has announced its 2015 Summer Release, which gives executives and teams at all levels greater visibility to help develop and deliver software faster. The new VersionOne capabilities include: * VersionOne TeamSync™ for JIRA: Now you can get complete top-down visibility to all team-level projects regardless if they are in VersionOne or Atlassian® JIRA®. With VersionOne TeamSync, your agile teams can continue to use VersionOne or JIRA at the team level while that information seamlessly flows up to the Enterprise, Portfolio, and Program levels in the VersionOne Enterprise Agile Platform. * Unified DevOps ...
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Product Owner Manual

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 14:51
The Product Owner Manual is a short e-book available for free from ScrumSense. It discusses in a practice-oriented way the roles and techniques used by a product owner in Scrum teams, including the story writing principles and how to perform release planning. The product owner role is crucial for a Scrum team because as the book states it ” A good ScrumMaster can take the team to the point of being self-organized and motivated; they can help the team achieve good Scrum. But to achieve truly great Scrum, an empowered, dedicated ...
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ALE UnConference, August 26-28 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 05:55
The ALE conference is a three-day conference taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria that discusses the Agile, Lean and Scrum topics in software development. The conference proposes presentations, workshops and open space sessions. ALE is a community of like-minded people who want create a better Agile and Lean community in Europe. In the agenda of the ALE Unconference you can find topics like “Agile – The Broken Learning Machine”, “Scaling Agile using Theory of Constraints and Staff Liquidity”, “When XP met Outsourcing”, “The Lean Leader: How to nurture Droids into Thinking People”, ...
Categories: Agile

Regional Scrum Gathering Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, August 13-15 2015

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 19:56
The Regional Scrum Gathering in Rio de Janeiro is the largest Scrum event in Latin America. In 2014, it received about 500 people and discussed topics like Scrum, Kanban, Lean, Agile and Lean Startup in lectures, workshops and open spaces. In the agenda of Regional Scrum Gathering Rio you can find topics like “Software Factory or People Factory?”, “Is Estimating a Crime?”, “Are We Really Being Agile? – Agile Patterns and Anti-Patterns”, “How coaching had helped to change my company”, “Complexity is dead: at least for the end user”, “What Type ...
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The Scrum Training Series

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 13:26
The Scrum Training Series is a series of screencasts available for free on the web. Its goal is to provide ae fun way to learn about Agile and Scrum, to prepare for Scrum or Agile certification (CSM, CSPO, PSM, or PMI-ACP) and to debunk popular misconceptions. The Scrum Training Series consist currently of six relatively short (10-20 minutes) episodes that discusses: * Introduction to Scrum * Backlog Refinement Meeting * Daily Scrum Meeting * Sprint Review Meeting * Sprint Retrospective Meeting Each screencast ends with a quiz that reviews its content. Explore the Scrum Training Series on
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2015 State Of Scrum Report Released by Scrum Alliance

Scrum Expert - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:42
The Scrum Alliance has announced the release of its 2015 State of Scrum Report. Almost 5,000 individuals and companies in 108 countries participated in this year’s Scrum survey. Most organizations in the market today are still leading and managing under an Industrial Age model. Not only is the speed of change growing exponentially, Agile and Scrum frameworks are showing companies how to draw on the full talents and capabilities of those doing the work in order to continue innovating for success. “Survey findings show where Scrum is today and where ...
Categories: Agile

Manage the Growing Pains of Scaling an Agile Team

Agile Alliance - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 00:17

One of the biggest challenges of developing a digital product is accepting that your core development team may not be enough to get a complex product out the door quickly. Agile and Scrum provide a framework for lean development, but … Continue reading →

Categories: Agile