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KeyedIn Projects Integrates with JIRA

Scrum Expert - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 16:24
KeyedIn Solutions has announced a new release of KeyedIn Projects software that includes integration to JIRA development software from Atlassian. The combination provides a single, powerful Cloud-based solution for managing projects with software development tasks. JIRA is the leading tool used by agile software development teams, while KeyedIn Projects software has earned a growing and loyal following for its strategy-led and execution-driven approach to project management. KeyedIn Projects supports both agile and waterfall methods of software development and through this collaboration, will both push and pull information from JIRA. After project managers enter work tasks into KeyedIn Projects, they can export selected software development items into JIRA where they can be broken down into manageable sub-tasks by the software development team. Work logs for development items are exported from JIRA into KeyedIn Projects which will automatically associate timesheet data from the work logs into the corresponding project task.
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Are You Really Delivering Customer Value?

Scrum Expert - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 14:14
Customer value. Everyone wants to deliver it. Everyone “believes” that they are delivering it. But are you? How do you know? This provocative talk challenges the audience to see their work in a different way and consider adopting value stream management as a means to become a more nimble organization that delivers even greater customer value. The concept of value streams and value stream management has been around manufacturing for decades now, but has only recently been adopted in non-manufacturing work groups and industries. Software development and other work streams associated with technology selection, management, and end-of-life decisions benefit greatly by adopting this approach to designing how work gets done and measuring performance through the eyes of an external customer. Video producer: http://gotocon.com/
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Agile London Tour 2016 Program Announced

Scrum Expert - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 09:37
Like usual the 2016 edition of the Agile Tour London is packed with some amazing talks and workshops, The program is composed of 25 talks and workshop, featuring talks about Kanban metrics in practice or coaching a tired Agile team. This 4th edition of the Agile Tour London will happen Friday 21st October 2016 in etc. venue Victoria near Pimlico Tube Station. Very Early Bird Tickets are available until September 3. Visit http://2016.agiletourlondon.co.uk/ for more information and registration.
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XP Conference India, Bangalore, India, August 19-20 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 08:30
XP Conference India is a two-days conference taking place in India that focuses on all the technical practices of Agile software development like clean code, refactoring, code smells, continuous delivery, Test-Driven Development (TDD) and Behavior-Driven Development (BDD). In the agenda of the XP Conference India you can find topics like “Refactoring for Software Design Smells”, “Building Big Architectures”, “Zero Bug Manager”, “Bashing Cultural Monsters in Continuous Integration”, “Pairwise Testing in the Agile World”, “Mini Code-a-Thon”, “Learn 2 Play Java in TDD Style”, “Common Blind Spots on the Journey to Production and Beyond”, “Don’t Test your Code”, “Test-Driven Development Surveillance – Common Misinterpretations”, “Writing SOLID code”, “Clean Code Basics – Let’s get it right”, “Branching for CD? Think Again!”, “Who Will Test Your Tests?” Web site: http://xpconference.in/ Location for the XP Conference India: Vivanta by Taj – MG Road, Bangalore, India
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#AgileCrete, Heraklion, Greece, July 28-30 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 08:00
The #AgileCrete conference 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 Agile coaches and software development team members could gather to discuss and share ideas about all things Agile and Scrum. The #AgileCrete event 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://agilecrete.org/ Location for the #AgileCrete conference: Arina Sand Resort, Kokkini Chani, Heraklion, Crete
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QMetry Test Manager for JIRA Launched

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 16:39
Infostretch has launched QMetry Test Manager for JIRA on the Atlassian Marketplace. The solution comes pre-integrated with Atlassian JIRA Software, a software development tool used by agile teams. As an add-on for JIRA Software, QMetry Test Manager for JIRA adds a sophisticated test management capability to the JIRA environment. QMetry Test Manager is a mature and comprehensive test management system which helps enterprises reduce testing time and accelerate time-to-market of their digital initiatives. It was built to help QA teams “Shift Left” – to get involved earlier in the development cycle to build a test plan while continuously testing early development builds. QMetry Test Manager is already used by hundreds of enterprises to support their agile testing initiatives and collaborate better with developers. Better visibility of testing status through customizable dashboards QMetry Test Manager for JIRA gives the most organized and comprehensive view of all aspects of testing, through its out-of-the-box and customizable dashboards. For example, its unique “QA Director” view allows the entire software team to gain full visibility into the whole health of a QA project in a single screen, making go/no-go decisions straightforward. Re-use test scenarios The system is designed to make the QA role simpler and quicker by allowing you to create and re-use modular test scenarios. It gives QA Managers the power to make a change to just one test scenario or to replicate that globally and avoid a messy mass of clones. Auto-suggest test scenarios QMetry Test Manager for JIRA is also intelligent enough [...]
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3 Simple Tools for Successful Scrum Meetings

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 13:23
The Agile Manifesto says that “The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation”, but many meetings are a dull waste of time, even for Scrum teams. This talk presents 3 simple and efficient methods you can use to turn boring meetings into fruitful tool for communication enabling delivery of your project. You will learn: * How to visualize the successful outcome of the meeting and how to think visually. * How to choose the proper format for the meeting and how to run the meeting based of the chosen format. * How to use KJ technique to reach consensus Video producer: http://topconf.com/
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Women In Agile Workshop, July 24, 2016, Atlanta, USA

Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 16:08
The the Sunday before the start of the Agile2016 Conference, the Agile Alliance is organizing the Women In Agile Workshop on the theme “The Changing Face of Agile”. The Women In Agile Workshop is designed for both women and men who seek to create a more inclusive and diverse community that enables broad idea-sharing from all members. If you are a woman who is active in the Agile community, or seeking to become more involved and meet other women, or if you’re a man who wants to understand and support women in Agile, we encourage you to attend this valuable workshop. To start, Cindy Morse, VP of Engineering Operations at Salesforce Marketing Cloud, will discuss her involvement and experiences in the greater technology community. The facilitators will guide you in the Lean Coffee format to discuss relevant topics to smaller groups. You will take away insight from others, tools to increase your own involvement, and a support group to help you achieve your involvement goals. More information and registration on http://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-agile-workshop-registration-25519978944
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Agile Open Spain, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 1-2 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 15:27
Agile Open Spain is a two-day event focused on Agile software development approaches like Scrum and XP. The Agile Spain community organizes this conference and all discussions will be in Spanish. The Agile Open Spain 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://aos2016.agile-spain.org/ Location for the Agile Open Spain conference: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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AgileChina, Beijing, China, July 17-20 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 09:00
AgileChina is a four-day conference about Agile and Scrum that will take place in Beijing. It is part of the TiD Conference that integrates resources and forces of SPIChina, ChinaTest and AgileChina. Agile China will start with a day of tutorials followed by three days of sessions both in Chinese and English. In the agenda of AgileChina conference you can find topics like “Scrum Mastery – Essential Skills for Team Excellence”, “Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Leaders”, “Software is a Side Effect: Your Real Job is Rapid Learning”, “Exploring Scrum of Scrums as a Scaling Vehicle”, “From Concept to Product Backlog – What Happens Before Iteration 0?”, “The Essential Product Owner: Partnering with your Teams”. Web site: http://www.tid.org.cn/?c=english Location for the AgileChina conference: China National Convention Center, NO.1 Tianchen East Road , Olympic Green , Chaoyang District , Beijing 100105 , China
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Agile Hiring & Goal Management in Methods & Tools Summer 2016 issue

DevAgile.com - Agile Portal - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 15:11
Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has published its Summer 2016 issue that discusses hiring for agility, load testing scripts errors, managing with goals on every level and BDD with the Turnip tool.
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Agile Cymru, Cardiff Bay, UK, July 5-6 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 09:00
Agile Cymru is a two-days Agile conference organized by Agile Wales. The 2016 edition will take place July 5 and 6. Agile Cymru 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 the Agile Cymru conference you can find topics like “How Deep are your Tests”, “How to Grow Beautiful Teams”, “The Power of Feedback Loop”, “Agile Product Roadmap”, “Governance and Agile”, “Scrum is Good but Kanban is Better”, “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”, “Whatever Happened to Being Extreme?”. Web site: http://www.agilecymru.uk/ Location for the AgileCymru conference: Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL, UK
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Product Owner Certifications

Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 15:30
There are three roles in a Scrum team: the ScrumMaster, the developer and the product owner. This last role might be the most important for a team that uses an Agile project management approach in software development. The product owner has the responsibility of building and prioritizing the backlog. If this is not done properly, you will just not build the right product. This article presents the certifications available for product owners in Scrum. Author: Franco Martinig, Methods & Tools, http://www.methodsandtools.com/ Updates June 20 2016: added IEEE & SAFe certifications Certifications for product owners in Scrum are mainly provided by the two main Scrum organizations: the Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org. There has been also the creation of certifications provided by other organization like the IEEE Computer Society or the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). The training for these certifications is available from training organizations that are accredited by these two certification bodies. Certified Scrum Product Owner by the Scrum Alliance The Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) is a certification provided by the Scrum Alliance. To be certified, you will need to attend a two-day CSPO training course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer. In this course you will learn how Scrum works and the role of the Product Owner in a Scrum team. The topics covered in this course include managing stakeholders, ROI, grooming the requirements backlog, writing effective user stories, defining acceptance criteria for user stories and the definition of “Done.” Find more information on http://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications/practitioners/cspo-certification Professional Scrum Product Owner [...]
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Audacious Salon at Agile2016 Conference

Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 15:25
Every year Agile Alliance challenges the Program Committee to come up with something new, different, and a bit experimental. This year Agile2016 track chairs George Dinwiddie and Doc Norton offer 14 sessions in the Audacious Salon track modeled after salons of the 1700s in France. The Audacious Salon Starting in the late 16th century and blossoming in the 17th and 18th, the salon was a major influence in the development of French culture, art, science, and politics. The Audacious Salon track reprises this embrace of the unknown and the different. The Audacious Salon is a place where strongly-held ideas can be discussed in civility so dialog can lead us places we have not yet dreamed. It’s a place to compare experiences and expand our own with the richness of others. A place to offer insights and hear how they fit for others as we hear the insights of others and test our own beliefs against them. These sessions will encourage bold and daring dialogs that give rise to new collaborations with peers, perhaps unlikely peers, and lead to a future of exploration in fruitful directions. Come to Audacious Salon sessions ready to discuss brand new ideas brought forward by highly-experienced experts in several fields. Expect active participation, conflict, and passionate conversations that continue outside of the room and beyond the conference. Speakers for this track will not be revealed because it is the conversation that is the star! For more information, visit https://www.agilealliance.org/agile2016/program/tracks/#audacious_salon
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Scrum Day Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 7 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 09:00
Scrum Day Europe is a one-day conference dedicated to Scrum. The 2016 edition of this conference dedicated to Agile project management and Scrum will take place in Amsterdam and will features local and international expert speakers. This is a main event for all European Scrum practitioners. In the agenda of Scrum Day Europe you can find topics like “Scrum Turns 21, what is next for Scrum for the next 20 years”, “When Agile is not enough, responsiveness to the rescue”, “The Lean Startup powerpack, extending the model for easy practical use”, “Saying goodbye to command and control for good: how completely hierarchy-free companies can take Scrum to the next level”, “A retrospective on Leading Agile Transformations”, “Acceptance test driven development @ Scale”, “The systemic Scrum Master”, “Implementing Agile for embedded software development in Lely”, “Serious Play on the Path to Agility”, “Using Lean UX to build the right things”, “Product Owner Value Game” or “Agile Myth Busters”. Web site: http://www.scrumdayeurope.com/ Location for the Scrum Day Europe conference: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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PTC Launches PTC AgileWorx

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 16:00
PTC has announced the launch of its PTC AgileWorx solution, the industry’s first Agile solution designed to help product engineering teams improve innovation and time-to-market. Today’s smart, connected products are transforming how companies create and capture value. The speed with which organizations respond to these opportunities will increasingly determine their ability to outperform in the marketplace. Companies who successfully deploy agile practices can accelerate their innovation by up to 80 percent. Yet many organizations struggle to apply Agile principles to the realm of product engineering. Product engineering teams must collaborate with diverse teams of specialists, safeguard product quality and safety, and manage product lines over decades. PTC AgileWorx is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of manufacturers building complex and smart, connected products. It provides a central hub where engineering teams can visualize work in progress, prioritize activities, identify dependencies, and remove impediments. PTC AgileWorx enables manufacturers to respond faster to feedback from customers and other market disruptors. It helps product development organizations: * Unify the cross-discipline team – provides visibility into team activities and links to CAD, ALM, and PLM systems of record for more informed decision-making. * Safeguard quality and safety – enables teams to leverage and extend their existing quality and compliance frameworks. * Organize for product variants – supports component-based development and product line engineering to maximize reuse and reduce cost. * Connect to real world insight – supports the integration of IoT and other data streams into core product development feedback loops.
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Agile Metrics: Velocity is not the Goal

Scrum Expert - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 09:35
Velocity is one of the most common metrics used – and one of the most commonly misused – on Scrum and Agile projects. Velocity is simply a measurement of speed in a given direction, the rate at which a team is delivering toward a product release. As with a vehicle en route to a particular destination, increasing the speed may appear to ensure a timely arrival. However, that assumption is dangerous because it ignores the risks with higher speeds. And while it’s easy to increase a vehicle’s speed, where exactly is the accelerator on a software team? This presentation walks you through the Hawthorne Effect and Goodhart’s Law to explain why setting goals for velocity can actually hurt a project’s chances. Take a look at what can negatively impact velocity, ways to stabilize fluctuating velocity, and methods to improve velocity without the risks. Leave with a toolkit of additional metrics that, coupled with velocity, give a better view of the project’s overall health. Video producer: http://oredev.org/
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TriAgile, Raleigh, USA, June 29-30 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 16:09
The TriAgile Conference is a one-day event for Agile practitioners in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina. This conference features over 30 sessions on Agile topics like Leadership, Value, Culture, Technical Practices, Scaling and more. Workshops will be available on June 29th preceding the TriAgile Conference. In the agenda of TriAgile Conference you can find topics like “Quotes from the trenches about Agile and Scrum”, “An Empirical Analysis of Agile Methodologies and Firm Financial Performance”, “Syncing Up Agile Testing – Automation from the Inside Out”, ” Overcoming Resistance – How To Engage Developers In Agile Adoption”, “The Agile/Project Management/DevOps Leveraged Triangle”, “The Relationship Between Agility and Expertise”, “Getting Value from Agile Feedback Systems: Every Day, Every Sprint and Every Release”. Web site: http://triagile.com/ Location for the TriAgile Conference: McKimmon Conference and Training Center at NC State, 1101 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC 27606, USA
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Regional Scrum Gathering Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, June 23-25 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 09:00
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 the Regional Scrum Gathering Rio conference, 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 of Contract to Use in Agile Projects”. Web site: http://www.scrumrio.com/ Location for the Regional Scrum Gathering Rio conference: Windsor Atlantica Hotel, Avenida Atlântica 1020, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 22010-000, Brazil
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