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Impact-Driven Scrum

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 14:30
One of the important concept around Agile and Scrum is that it is more important to build the right product than to build the product right. Impact Management is a framework that helps managers to focus on impact of an idea and a product. In her article “Impact-Driven Scrum Delivery”, Ingrid Domingues explains how to brings together Scrum and Impact Management in software development projects where design is important. Impact Management is based on Impact Mapping that provides the ability to define expected impact for business and users in a model, ...
Categories: Agile

SoCraTes UK, Worcestershire, UK, June 4-7

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 14:13
SoCraTes is an International Software Craftsmanship retreat for open-minded craftspeople who want to improve their craft and the software industry as a whole. It’s a great opportunity to speak to and code with many like-minded and talented developers. The conference itself is free. SoCraTes UK, the International Software Craftsmanship retreat 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 ...
Categories: Agile

Announcing the Agile2015 Keynote Speakers

Agile Alliance - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 23:06

Hello there. I am Paul Hammond, the Conference Chair for the Agile2015 Conference. It gives me great pleasure to announce the three amazing Agile2015 keynote speakers. Collaboration and communication are the cornerstones of effective teams and successful projects. Teams that … Continue reading →

Categories: Agile

Slicing and Dicing User Stories

Scrum Expert - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 16:50
Most agile software development team grapple with user stories as a technique for understanding what needs to be developed iteratively. This talk presents some techniques for uncovering useful user stories and how to slice them in a way to deliver value in small increments. Video producer:
Categories: Agile

8 Reasons Why Agile Projects Fail

Agile Alliance - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 20:30

It’s no secret agile projects can fail, but do you know the reasons they fail and how to avoid them? I could tell you why I think they fail. Instead, let me share what nearly 4,000 of your colleagues said … Continue reading →

Categories: Agile

Agile Development Conference, Las Vegas, USA, June 7-12 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 13:45
The Agile Development Conference West is an event focused on agile methods, technologies, tools, and leadership principles from thought leaders that takes place in Las Vegas. You will find at this conference inspiring keynotes, in-depth tutorials and a wide range of conference sessions. In the agenda of the Agile Development West Conference you can find topics like “An Introduction to SAFe: The Scaled Agile Framework”, “Measurement and Metrics for Test Managers”, “Build Product Backlogs with Test-Driven Thinking”, “Specification by Example: Mastering Agile Testing”, “Six Free Ideas to Improve Agile Success”, “Great ...
Categories: Agile

Scrum Days Poland, Warsaw, Poland, May 28-29 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 13:39
Scrum Days Poland is a two-day conference focused on Scrum and Agile project management approaches. It aims to create an environment where people can meet, build social networks, do business and have fun with a new conference experience. In the agenda of Scrum Days Poland you can find topics like ” Team Coaching Through Groupthink”, “Self-organization applied”, “Implementation of Personal System Interaction Theory in Every Day Scrum Work”, “Daily Need For Speed – Can You Truly Read Your Scrum Speedometer?”, “The Lucifer Effect: How to Turn Good People Into Bad Teams”, ...
Categories: Agile

VersionOne Spring Release Includes Performance Scorecards

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 17:16
VersionOne has announced its 2015 Spring Release. The release includes new features such as Performance Scorecards to visually track software development progress and Communities to promote agile best practices across organizations. These latest platform innovations will help organizations make more informed decisions, improve planning, and drive agile consistency. The new VersionOne capabilities improve business alignment and agility to adapt to evolving plans and priorities: * Performance Scorecards: Get instant access to a barometer of your key performance indicators at each organizational level: portfolio, program, and team. * Communities: Build, maintain and promote agile ...
Categories: Agile

Scrum Day San Diego, San Diego, USA, June 12 2015

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 16:25
The Scrum Day San Diego is a one-day conference that offers the very best platform to share real world ideas, practices and techniques on Scrum, Lean and all things Agile in San Diego County. This single-track conference will be your opportunity to hear how other people from San Diego County navigated these murky steps as they share their stories. Learn from people who have been there and done that. In the agenda of the Scrum Day San Diego you can find topics like “A Bad Start:  Why Agile Teams Ignore 75% ...
Categories: Agile

Can a ScrumMaster Work with More than One Team?

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 14:58
The ScrumMaster is a key element of the Scrum teams that need such a role for facilitating their work. In his book “Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners”, Ilan Goldstein discusses the question if a ScrumMaster can be member of more than one Scrum team. Many in the Scrum community will strongly argue that the ScrumMaster role is significant enough to justify a “one team = one ScrumMaster” configuration. I support this argument, and Shortcut 26 highlights plenty of conclusive reasons demonstrating why being a ScrumMaster is absolutely a full-time role. That ...
Categories: Agile

XP2015, Helsinki, Finland, May 25-29 2015

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 13:02
XP2015 is a four-day conference on extreme programming and Agile software development that takes place in Helsinki, Finland. This is the event where Agile and Lean practitioners and researchers should meet. In the agenda of the XP2015 conference you can find topics like “Continuous Delivery with Docker and Jenkins Job Builder”, “Collaborative Exploratory and Unit Testing”, “Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas”, “Agile methods applied to development and certification of safety-critical software (ASCS)”, “Keynote: New Directions for Software Development Process”, “Fun Retrospectives: Activities and ideas for making agile retrospectives more ...
Categories: Agile

Pair Programming Considered Bad

Scrum Expert - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 16:35
This presentation examines the latest theories from psychology and how they throw new, interesting and sometimes frightening light on the tools, techniques, process and practices that are often the dogma of modern software development.Video producer:
Categories: Agile

Agile France, Paris, France, June 18-19 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 17:00
Agile France is a two-day conference focused on Agile and Scrum that takes place in Paris. It presents Agile practices, discusses their limitations and explore new approaches. All the presentations are in French. In the agenda of the Agile France conference you can find topics like ” Story Map, Story Map, Story Map … Comment on fait ?”, “Let’s sketch together !”, “Manipulé à l’insu de mon plein gré”, “User Stories, what else ?” or “From Legacy Code to Legacy Tests”. Web site: Location for the Agile France conference: Chalet de la ...
Categories: Agile

Scrum Alliance Launches Learning Consortium

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 17:38
The Scrum Alliance has announced the formation of a Learning Consortium for the Creative Economy. The Learning Consortium comprises a diverse group of organizations in different sectors around the world that are exploring management innovation in the emerging Creative Economy. Learning Consortium organizations include agile42, Autodesk, Brillio, C.H. Robinson International, Ericsson, hhpberlin, Magna International, Menlo Innovations, Microsoft, PENSCO Trust, SolutionsIQ, and SWIFT. The Learning Consortium will explore the leadership and management practices emerging to deal with a marketplace that requires continuous customer-driven innovation. The Consortium will study ongoing transformational shifts ...
Categories: Agile

Crossing the Agile-UX Divide

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 16:28
Integrating UX into an Agile process is not always an easy challenge. In this article, Mike Bulajewski reminds the why the differences between the two vision exist in the first place and proposes some solutions on how they could be solved. This article provides a very interesting point of view of the Agile-UX relationship from the UX side. The article starts by reminding the origin of the Agile movement and how it changes the vision from the traditional software development. He thinks that for many agilists, “he mere existence of designers ...
Categories: Agile

Agile Day Riga, Riga, Latvia, May 23 2015

Scrum Expert - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 08:49
Agile Day Riga is a one-day conference focused on Agile project management and Scrum. Presentations and workshops will be in Latvian, English and Russian. In the agenda of Agile Day Riga you can find topics like “Being Agile to become Customer centric”, “Agile Innovation – Why people matters”, “Agile Metrics – what is really needed and makes sense in order to steer a large agile project “, “Is “your” Scrum working?” , “Software architecture also needs Agile”, “Why We Fail to Change”. Web site: Location for the Agile Day Riga conference: Islande ...
Categories: Agile

Phase-Gates: Trapped in Wagile (Part 2 of 4)

Agile Alliance - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 00:34

In my previous article, I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall systems. Phase-gates are the most distinguishable characteristic of a waterfall organization. Recap Phases are are strictly linear sequences of activities to build a product or deliver a project. These … Continue reading →

Categories: Agile

The Top 10 Impediments You Avoid at OnAgile

Agile Alliance - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:22

Some of you may recall that this is my first year serving on the board of the Agile Alliance and … OH MY … have I been busy. In my typical go-big-or-go-home style, I’ve taken on chairing our first ever … Continue reading →

Categories: Agile