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Lean Agile Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, October 5-7 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 08:30
Lean Agile Scotland is a three-day conference focused on the Lean and Agile approaches to software development and project management like Scrum. In the agenda of the Lean Agile Scotland conference you can find topics like “Editing Service Design”, “Seven Secrets of Scaling”, “The Eupsychian Manager”, “Dispositioning Advantage: A Pervert’s Guide to Strategy Design”, “A Practical Guide to Cynefin”, “Mapping the Risk in Your Value Stream”, “All Of This Has Happened Before – An Agile History”, “Data-driven decision making through Lean Analytics”, “Kanban Essentials”, “Evolution of Tribes at Spotify – Complexity in Practice”, “Beyond BDD”. Web site: http://leanagile.scot/ Location for the Lean Agile Scotland conference: John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY, United Kingdom
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Agile Business Conference, London, UK, 5-6 October 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 08:00
The Agile Business Conference is a two-day conference that takes place in London where meet and engage with the experts and thought leaders who have implemented focused, efficient Agile change programmes in a wide variety of industries. In the agenda of the Agile Business Conference you can find topics like “Agile Cat to Agile Tiger”, “An Agile PMO – How much is Enough?”, “Transformation into Being Agile (The People Way)”, “Agile Service Design and Management: MOT case study”, “The Essential Role of Leadership: Successfully adopting SAFe and mastering organisational change”, “Beyond Budgeting: An Agile management model for new business and people realities”, “Dealing with evolutionary change”, “The Inexorable Rise of Agile”, “Monitor Agile Progress and Health – A Common Ground”, “How to Combine PRINCE2 with Agile and get the best of both worlds”, “How to Slice Product Backlog Items”. Web site: http://www.agileconference.org/ Location for the Agile Business conference: 155 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3YD
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Delivering Agile in Hostile Environments

Scrum Expert - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 09:40
Agile versus Waterfall is often presented as a difference in development methodology, but it is much more a clash of cultures. Large bureaucracies, government regulation and many other factors can create an environment that is hostile to many forms of innovation and in which Waterfall is actually the most cost-effective approach. Innovating in such environments can be a challenge, but it is both personally and professionally rewarding to do so. In examining the motivations behind these hostile cultures, we can see patterns and opportunities where individuals or teams of developers can serve two masters and deploy cutting-edge technologies and techniques while still honoring both the spirit and the letter of a myriad of restrictions. Whether you are building a product targeting a regulated industry or working on a project at LargeCorp, there are strategies you can adopt that will significantly reduce friction, increase efficiency, and lead to a more positive outcome! Video producer: http://chariotsolutions.com/
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Using Customer Journey Maps

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 15:20
If user stories are the start of the conversations to define user requirements, Scrum teams can also use other tools to obtain a more precise definition of these requirements. In the article “When and How to Create Customer Journey Maps”, Kate Williamson presents the concept of customer journey map, the visualization of the process that a person goes through in order to accomplish a goal, and when and how to use them. The article starts with a definition of customer journey maps. To help teams understand and address customer requirements, the journey maps combine two instruments: storytelling and visualization. Journey maps take different forms depending on context and business goals, but they usually start by compiling a series of user goals and actions into a timeline. User thoughts and emotions are added to this timeline to create a narrative. Finally, this narrative is condensed into a visualization used to communicate insights that will inform design processes. After discussing the reason to use customer journey maps, Kate Williamson presents their key elements: * Point of view: choose the actor of the story. * Scenario: determine the specific experience to map. * Actions, mindsets and emotions: what the user is doing, thinking, and feeling during the journey. * Touchpoints and channels: the map aligns touchpoints (times when the actor in the map actually interacts with the company) and channels (methods of communication or service delivery, such as the website or physical store) with user goals and actions. * Insights and ownership: uncover [...]
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Manage Agile, Berlin, Germany, November 15-18 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 08:00
The Manage Agile conference is a four-day event taking place in Berlin that focused on Agile project management approaches. It is divided into two workshop days and two conference days. The conferences focuses on management topics and is a networking platform where specialists and managers compare notes yearly to establish Agile topics not only in software engineering but also in the whole company up to the management. Most of the talks are in German but there are also a lot of talks in English. In the agenda of the Manage Agile conference you can find topics like “Agile Estimating and Planning”, “SAFe City Simulation – The Scaled Agile Framework in Action!”, “Empowering teams to take ownership of their continuous improvement”, “The Predictability of Delivery”, “The-Poke-Concept – The key to value based development”, “More with LeSS: A Decade of Descaling with Large-Scale Scrum”, “90 Day Challenge – Agile on a Corporate Scale”, “Our community is our customer – diversity challenges agile”, “Ten strategies to (mis)manage Agile”, “Estimation Is Waste!”, “What’s the Value of Agile? A Look at Managing Finances in Agile Projects”. Web site: http://www.manage-agile.de/ Location for the Manage Agile conference: RAMADA Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 32, 10178 Berlin, Germany
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Agile Bodensee, Constance, Germany, September 28-29 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 06:15
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 open space discussion, the second day will be a classic conference setting. Everything is in German. In the agenda of the Agile Bodensee conference day, you can find topics like “State of (German) Retrospectives”, “The very best of Scrum!”, “Agile Transformation @ Swiss Railways”, “Agile Contracts: Do’s and Don’ts”, “Core of Agile”. The first day Agile Bodensee conference 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 meeting room where interested participants propose topics and pick time slots. Web site: http://www.agile-bodensee.com/en Location for the Agile Bodensee conference: Steigenberger Inselhotel, Auf der Insel 1, 78462 Constance, Germany
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Agile Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, September 28-30 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 06:00
Agile Cambridge is a three-day conference that is focused on Agile software development and Scrum project management. The conference mixes workshops, experience reports and case studies. In the agenda of the Agile Cambridge conference you can find topics like “Baking Security into Agile – An Impossible Task?”, “Why exploratory testing is tightly coupled with agile”, “Scaling agile development at the Government Digital Service”, “Agile at scale – doing it right”, “Old dog, new tricks – or how I learned to be better”, “How to overcome communication challenges in a team”, “End-to-end testing considered harmful”, “Waltzing with branches”, “Modern agile project toolbox”, “Agile silicon engineering”, “Becoming an agile leader, regardless of your role”, “Scaled portfolio experience report”, “Intro to Lean UX”, “The ABCD of database development: always be continuously delivering”, “Test-driving the Internet of Things”, “What does it take to become a great product manager?”, “Radiating information – we need better agile boards!”, “Are Retrospectives Dead?”. Web site: http://agilecambridge.net/ Location for the Agile Cambridge conference: Churchill College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge CB3 0DS, United Kingdom
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Kurt Bittner Joins Scrum.org as Vice President of Enterprise Solutions

Scrum Expert - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 15:53
Scrum.org has announced that Kurt Bittner has joined the company as vice president of enterprise solutions. In this role, Kurt is responsible for enterprise-level professional software delivery initiatives. Kurt Bittner previously worked for Forrester Research, where he served as a Principal Analyst covering how enterprises are adopting Agile and DevOps practices. Prior to Forrester, Kurt served as CTO—Americas for the consulting firm Ivar Jacobson International. “Increasingly, organizations see software as the key for business success, but to do it well, development teams must be professional. Scrum.org, which focuses on professional Scrum through assessments and certification, training and licensed Professional Scrum Trainers, is developing enterprise initiatives to provide that organizational environment that enables multiple teams to work together more effectively,” explained Ken Schwaber, co-creator of Scrum and founder of Scrum.org. “Kurt brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this new role, and will help us drive those initiatives for enterprises, which will enable organizations to adapt and thrive in this period of unprecedented challenge and opportunity.” Kurt will work alongside Ken Schwaber and others to evolve existing and create new ways for organizations to build environments that encourage and sustain scaling professional software delivery, and to drive a cohesive vision for Scrum.org on how enterprises can deliver greater value to themselves and their customers by delivering software in a professional way.
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AgileByExample, Warsaw, Poland, October 10-12 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 08:00
AgileByExample is a Lean and Agile three-days conference taking place in Warsaw, Poland that helps you learn Agile on live examples. The first day is dedicated to a Lean Agile Dojo with workshops. Keynotes, talks and discussions are all in English. In the agenda of the AgileByExample conference you can find topics like “5 Whys Root Cause Analysis”, “Taking Back Agile: Returning to our Core Values and Practices”, “No time for Planning Poker? Try Silent Sort Estimating Instead”, “eXPert Leadership”, “Time to Clean up the Product!”, “Pair Programming Demystified”, “The Evolution of a Super Agile Software Development Capability”, “Scaling agile at LEGO”, “Choosing Change: How to Enable a Shift to Agile”. Web site: http://www.agilebyexample.com/ Location for the AgileByExample conference: Multikino UrsynĂłw, Al. KEN 60, Imielin Metro Station, Warsaw, Poland
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Product Backlog Refinement Checklist

Scrum Expert - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 15:22
Product backlog refinement (or grooming) is an important activity in Scrum projects where user stories are prioritizes, right-sized and estimated. In his book “Agile Reflections”, Robert Galen provides some hints about how to verify that that product backlog grooming has been done successfully and that the right requirements information is available for the next sprint. 1. Sprint planning is incredibly crisp, short and easy; usually taking 2 hours or less for a 2-week sprint. There are NO architectural or design discussions within the meeting—the relevant parts of these discussions having occurred earlier. 2. As a daily occurrence, team members are talking about epics and stories targeted for 2-3-4 sprints in the future. As a result, everyone is naturally aligning with the Product Owners’ vision. 3. The team easily contributes new stories to the backlog which represents non-feature based work; for example: testing artifacts, non-functional testing work, refactoring, automation development, performance tuning, research spikes, etc. Everyone views it as a shared responsibility. 4. The team has a feel for where the product is going long term and maps efforts, designs, theme suggestions, and trade-offs towards that vision. 5. Each sprint’s goal is easily derived from the backlog; i.e., there is a sense of thoughtful and meaningful story collections or themes that easily surface from within the backlog. From time to time, think of these as “packages” for customer delivery. 6. The Product Owner includes team feedback (bugs, refactoring, improvement, testing, etc.) in EVERY sprint – in some percentage of focus. They [...]
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