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Build your Product Backlog with Story Mapping

Scrum Expert - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 18:24
Story mapping is a technique invented by Jeff Patton that order user stories along two independent dimensions. The “map” arranges user activities along the horizontal axis in rough order of priority. On the vertical axis, it represents increasing sophistication of the implementation. In his blog post, Sunit Parekh explains how you can apply story maps to build your product backlog in a visual way. Sunit Parekh ...
Categories: Agile

1st Conference, Melbourne, Australia, February 15 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 17:55
The 1st Conference is a one-day event aimed at people starting out with Agile run by practitioners of the Agile Melbourne community. The format is a 3-track conference with Team, Technical and Management as themes. In the agenda of the 1st Conference you can find topics like “The first 18 months of our Agile transformation”, “Infrastructure for Agile teams”, “Agile Governance”, “Large Scale Agile – LESS”, ...
Categories: Agile

AgileIndy, Indianapolis, April 12 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 13:00
The AgileIndy Conference is a one-day event focuses on bringing Agile and Scrum thought leaders and practitioners from around the USA to Indianapolis for a great learning and networking experience. In the agenda of the AgileIndy conference you can find topics like “Agile Cross-Pollination: Growing Agile Adoption at Farm Credit Mid-America”, “Cultivating Agile Requirements”, “Secrets of Agile Estimation: Myths, Math, and Methods”, “Case Study: We Don’t ...
Categories: Agile

Agile Revisited

Scrum Expert - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:53
In 2001 a group of programmers proposed the word “agile” to describe a set of values they shared. Several of these programmers had already developed methods based on these values. The values are universal, that’s how they were chosen. The methodologies, however, were designed for the technology landscape of the 1990s. Think of all the changes in technology and business practise in the last 25 ...
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Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.0 Released

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 16:36
The version 4 of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) has been released at the beginning of 2016. This new version features extensive refinements to many elements of the Framework, as well as new content and guidance that helps enterprises better organize around value delivery, develop systems that include hardware and software, and improve development, coordination, and delivery of large value streams. To help with the migration ...
Categories: Agile

Agile Retrospective Kickstarter

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:53
Continuous improvement is one of the main values of Agile and retrospectives should play an essential role in supporting this process. In his short and free book “Agile Retrospective Kickstarter”, Alexey Krivitisky provides some exercises that should help Scrum teams to get the most out of their retrospective meetings. Alexey Krivitisky proposes a five-staged framework to organize your retrospective: set the stage, gather data, generate insights, ...
Categories: Agile

The Business Analyst in Agile

Scrum Expert - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 18:24
As Agile matures and learns from experience, it is clear that the Agile business analyst has a significant role to play. This interactive and musical session will explore the relationship between Product Owner and Business Analyst, their responsibilities and the skills needed. I’m an Alien … I’m a Business Analyst in an Agile world!” “As a Business Analyst, I have the skills to analyse processes and ...
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Agile on the Beach Call for Speakers

Scrum Expert - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:13
The 2016 Agile on the Beach conference will be held at Falmouth University (Cornwall, UK) in on 1st and 2nd September 2016. The organizers would like to invite proposals for sessions. Since 2011, the Agile on the Beach conference has established itself as a world class event for Agile software development and Scrum project management. The conference has sold out in the last three years ...
Categories: Agile

Social Side of Code in Methods & Tools Winter 2015 issue - Agile Portal - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 10:06
Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has published its Winter 2015 issue that discusses the social side of code, database continuous intergration and testing REST API * Meet the Social Side of Your Codebase * Database Conti ...
Categories: Agile

Mile High Agile, Denver, USA, April 4 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 13:00
Mile High Agile is a one-day conference is produced by volunteers from Agile Denver that provides an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences in Agile software development for agile novices, intermediates and experts, technical professionals, team leaders, managers, executives, and organizational change leaders. In the agenda of the Mile High Agile conference, you can find topics like “Creating Program Alignment: The Product Wall Release Planning Workshop”, ...
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Organizational Debt

Scrum Expert - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 18:00
Technical debt is a well-known concept in Agile software development. Technical Debt is defined as the eventual consequences of poor or evolving software architecture and software development within a codebase. In this blog post, Steve Blank discusses the concept of organizational debt. He defines organizational debt as “all the people/culture compromises made to “just get it done” in the early stages of a startup.” He explains ...
Categories: Agile

Agilia, Olomouc, Czech Republic, April 4-8 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 09:00
Agilia is the Central European Conference that discusses Agile approaches. Local and international Scrum experts and Agile professionals from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Europe and overseas will provide ideas and inspiration, speeches, case studies and workshops. In the agenda of the Agilia conference you can find topics like “Valuable Agile Retrospectives”, “Practical Tools to improve LEAN and Agile processes”, “Value Planning in a Lean and ...
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Super Early Bird Registration is Open for AGILE2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 17:08
The Agile Alliance has announced that a limited number of Super Early Bird registrations are now available for the AGILE2016 international conference. The event, scheduled for July 25 – 29, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, is the largest global gathering of Agilists and is recognized as the premier worldwide event for the advancement of Agile practices. AGILE2016 will mark the 15th year that Agile Alliance has hosted ...
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Agile India, Bangalore, India, March 14-21 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 13:00
Agile India is an intense conference lasting four days where you can learn from expert Agile and Scrum practitioners. You will be also able to network and share your knowledge and experience with over 1500 international participants practicing or exploring Agile, Scrum and Lean. In the presentation and tutorials of the Agile India conference, you can find topics like “Agile Portfolio Management”, “Disciplined Agile In A Nutshell”, ...
Categories: Agile

Group Problem-Solving Techniques

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 16:55
Making decisions in groups like Scrum teams is our daily bread. Together we ponder over the right architecture, we select tools and set rules that we should follow as a software development team. In case of errors we discuss and decide how to get rid of them once and for all. We discuss, exchange point of views, bring arguments… or even yell at each other. This ...
Categories: Agile

Scandinavian Agile, Finland, Helsinki, March 7-8 2016

Scrum Expert - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 11:00
The Scandinavian Agile Conference is a two-day event organized by Agile Finland and focused on Agile software development and Scrum project management. It takes place in Helsinki and discusses Agile organizations, state of the art in programming practices and Agile coaching. In the agenda of the Scandinavian Agile conference you could find topics like “Transforming the software development industry”, “Clarity before speed: Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) applied in ...
Categories: Agile

Managing Technical Stories and Bugs

Scrum Expert - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 17:02
If delivering business value should be the main goal of a software development project, not all the developers’ activities are contributing to this objective. In his book ” Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners”, Ilan Goldstein discusses how you should deal with bugs and the technical aspects of your software project. I like Henrik Kniberg’s straightforward definition of technical stories from his book Lean from the Trenches ...
Categories: Agile

Digité and Sapience Form Partnership

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/05/2016 - 16:37
Digité has announced a partnership with Sapience to jointly market their leading products to help enterprises become more productive and efficient. The two companies will build interoperability between Digité’s SwiftALM and SwiftKanban products and the Sapience People Analytics solution. Digité provides web-based, integrated, collaborative Lean/Agile Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools and solutions for the Global Delivery Model. Its SwiftKanban product has been built with guidance from Kanban ...
Categories: Agile

Socrates Canaries, Gran Canaria, Spain, March 10-13 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/04/2016 - 13:00
Socrates Canaries is the Spanish stage of the International Software Craftsmanship Gathering, a series of events for open-minded software developers who want to improve their craft and the software industry as a whole. The local Software Craftsmanship community in the Canary Islands organizes it. The agenda of the Socrates Canaries International Software Craftsmanship Gathering follows the rules of the open conference where the participants create themselves ...
Categories: Agile

Scrum & Agile Project Management Antipatterns

Scrum Expert - Wed, 12/23/2015 - 15:29
Agile is a now mainstream method used in IT project management. Yes, Agile and Scrum are now considered as a method and no longer as a philosophy. Everyone wants to “do” Agile and thus want to “be” Agile as well, but what are the common mistakes in applying Agile? This video covers the following topics: * The bitter truth about IT projects * Complex project nightmares * Are we ...
Categories: Agile