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A Product Backlog Prioritization Technique

Scrum Expert - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 16:11
The product backlog might be the more important item for a Scrum team as it represents the business value that the project should deliver to its customers. Putting a priority on the features and user stories is however not always easy for the product owners, especially if they are dealing with multiple stakeholders. In this article, Samantha Laing shares a technique that can help to improve the results of this activity. Author: Samantha Laing, Growing Agile, http://growingagile.co.za/ As a Product Owner do you ever feel that you have too much work and ...
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Making Agile Product Roadmaps Work

Scrum Expert - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 18:01
A product roadmap is a high-level plan that shows how a product is likely to grow over time. This creates a continuity of purpose, aligns stakeholders and facilitates prioritisation. Unfortunately, many product owners and teams struggle with their product roadmaps. The roadmaps are often dominated by features, and the features are sometimes regarded as a commitment by senior management. This talk shares some insights on leveraging agile roadmaps successfully. It introduces a new goal-oriented, agile product roadmap, which combines shared goals and key features into a strategic plan, and provides an ...
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Mini XP Day Benelux, Mechelen, Belgium, April 3 2015

Scrum Expert - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:19
Mini XP Day Benelux is a one-day conference focused on Agile and Scrum that reruns the best sessions from last year’s XP Day Benelux even in three parallel tracks. It deals both with project management aspects and Agile programming and testing best practices recommended by eXtreme Programming. In the agenda of Mini XP Day you can find topics like “Catching the Good Ones”, “Anyone can write concurrent code using Test Driven Design? Inconceivable!”, “Agile transition and formal change management”, “Exploring your courage and vulnerability”, “The multi-level feedback cycle”, “TDD Randori”, “Working ...
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Musings of a New Agile Alliance Board Member

Agile Alliance - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 21:49

Some of you may recall that I was nominated to the board of the Agile Alliance for the 2015 to 2017 term.  Well, 2015 is upon us and I am officially on the job.  This month, I traveled across the U.S. … Continue reading →

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Running a Distributed Feature Team

Scrum Expert - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 14:56
In large Agile projects where a Scrum team cannot deliver the full system, you have different options to organize your team. You can use feature teams that work on a set of user stories or component teams that work on a subsystem or component. In his blog post, Michael Valenta reports his experience as a ScrumMaster from the usage of features teams. This situation is even more particular as we deal with a distributed Scrum team. After explaining the context of the project and how the different activities are performed in ...
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Optional Conference, Budapest, Hungary, March 24-25 2015

Scrum Expert - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:28
The Optional Conference is a two-day event focused on Agile software development and Agile management that take place in Budapest, Hungary. It features local and international Agile and Scrum experts that engage the audience in presentations and workshops. In the agenda of the Optional Conference, you can find topics like “Waste is Optional”, “Case study: winning a tender with Story Mapping”, “Finding the right practice for the various levels of planning”, “Keeping Governance and Audit Agile”, “Radical Management”, “The Scaling Dilemma”, “Agile Teams: Self-Organizing, Collocated, and Distributed”, “Agile Architecture – How ...
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Blue Agility Partners With Rally on Scaled Agile Adoption

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 22:11
Blue Agility has announced a partnership with Rally. This cooperation aims to team the market-leading strengths of each company in helping enterprise-level organizations adopt and scale Agile software development initiatives in an efficient and successful manner. Together, Blue Agility and Rally will address the challenges inherent in scaling Agile to larger, enterprise-wide implementations. This includes enabling the creation, management and execution of development plans, providing the capabilities for the capture and transfer of knowledge, implementing best practices and processes, strengthening existing training and coaching services, and achieving long-term sustainability. This partnership ...
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VersionOne Announces Winter Release

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 22:00
VersionOne has announced its 2015 Winter Release, which includes Strategic Themes aligned with SAFE, Epic Timeline Drilldown, Forecasting with Monte Carlo Simulation, and more. These new capabilities make scaling agile initiatives easier by enabling project and portfolio managers to view, prioritize, forecast and align projects from the highest business initiatives to execution. The new VersionOne capabilities improve business alignment and agility to adapt to evolving plans and priorities: * Strategic Themes: Ability to group and view all items that fall within a particular strategic theme, enabling product owners to easily prioritize and ...
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Putting the BA into BAcklog

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 19:52
Business Analysis (BA) is a growing profession which is helping organisations to manage business transformation in an ever changing and complex world. Business analysts work across the business change lifecycle; they develop early understanding of business needs so that the right projects are funded for the right reasons and ensure that the solutions are developed that meet these needs. As a result, the Agile philosophy and techniques are fundamental to business analyst’s work. This presentation shares some experience of being an agile BA in the public sector and how applying Agile ...
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Free Online Scrum Tools

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:11
Agile approaches like Scrum recommend a “just enough” attitude in software development and this is also the case when you discuss tools. Ideally, you would work with a small team that is collocated, but this is not always possible and you might be running your project in a virtual mode with a distributed Scrum team scattered around the world. If you don’t want to start using a sophisticated tool to manage your efforts, you might be interested in adopting some web tools that will fit your particular need to share ...
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Scaling Agile Metrics

Scrum Expert - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 17:31
When you start scaling Agile, you might need more metrics to assess you software development process. In this article, Janani Rasanjali Liyanage proposes some metrics that adhere to Lean and Agile principles to measure business agility in terms of predictability, reliability and adaptability. Predictability can be considered with two aspects: uniformity that is delivering the same characteristics every time, and consistency, that is delivering the same value over time. The article proposes a predictability index based on four different variances: release velocity, scope, business value and delivered defects. You can also ...
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Backlog Selection By Cost of Delay

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 18:58
Managing the product backlog and prioritizing the user stories if one of the main responsibilities of the product owners in Scrum. In this blog post, Andy Carmichael explains how to assess the priority of product backlog items using the cost of delay. The cost of Delay is the cost to bear as a result of delay in investment. Andy Carmichael bases his analysis on David Anderson’s Kanban book that proposes four archetypes to categorize the costs of delay, plotting on a chart the impact (opportunity cost) against the time of release. ...
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Using User Stories for Non-Functional Requirements

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:50
Non-functional requirements relate to qualities of the system that cut across user facing features, such as security, reliability, and performance. How does an Agile team take care of these non-functional requirements? This presentation discusses if user stories are of any use in this situation and how Scrum teams can applying Agile techniques to solve these concerns.Video producer: http://www.devopsdays.org/ Further reading: Non-Functional Requirements: Do User Stories Really Help?
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Agile Adria Conference, Tuheljske Toplice, Croatia, April 13-14 2015

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 15:16
Agile Adria Conference is a three-day conference that takes place in Croatia and focuses on Agile and Scrum. Its goal is as a regional event is to be the meeting point for Agilists from Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Speakers are experts coming from both Europe and the USA. Among the expert for the Agile Adria conference, you will find known authors like Marry Poppendick and Sephen Parry. In the agenda of the Agile Adria conference,  you can find topics like “How to improve estimates for software: The #NoEstimates ...
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Is Constant Process Improvement Imperative?

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 17:48
This article examines the Agile myth that constant process improvement is imperative. It discusses the fact that if you need to continuously observe your process, you should wait for the pauses between iteration to perform process improvement. Paul Raymond, Inflectra Corporation, http://www.inflectra.com/ In days gone by, when projects were slow, lumbering proceedings, process improvement could only be implemented once a project was finished. Trying to evolve a methodology midstream was too disruptive because processes were overly complex, excessively detailed and heavily documented. In theory, following the process was mandatory but, rules don’t ...
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Agile Middle East, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 April 2015

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 17:40
Agile Middle East is a one-day conference that proposes keynotes, presentations from Agile experts and interactive workshops. In the agenda of the Agile Middle East you can find speakers like Richard Knaster (Thought Leader of Scaled Agile), Tony Grout (Skype Head of Agile Transformation), Andrew Hiles (Monitise, Head of Agile). Web site: http://agileme2015.meagile.com/ Location for the Agile Middle East conference: Hilton Dubai Jumerah Resort, Dubai, UAE
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The Inner Work of a Scrum Coach

Scrum Expert - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 15:00
This talk provides a is a reflection on what Michael De La Maza has learned as an Agile Coach about communication, emotional stress and team organization. In this talk, Michael De La Maza describes how he: * Learned to communicate through conflict. We will walk through King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” as an illustration of the non-violent belief system. * Reduced the Plan-Do-Check-Adjust cycle time on his biophysiological state by three orders of magnitude. We will examine how to use heart rate as a measure of emotional stress. * Freed himself from financial ...
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Agilia, Brno, Czech Republic, March 24-25 2015

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 14:00
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. The theme of this year Agilia conference is: Agile in Motion – evolution of activities and experiences, which starts and reinforce agile adoption within organization – and activities, that enable roll out of Agile to other parts of the organization or beyond. This theme will be discussed in presentations, talks, workshops, success stories, case ...
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Agile Analysis and Self-Selecting Teams in Methods & Tools Winter 2014 issue

DevAgile.com - Agile Portal - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 11:35
Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Winter 2014 issue that discusses Agile Analysis, Self-Selecting Teams, Collaborative DSL, TDD with Mock Objects, BDDfire
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Using Commercial Scrum Tools for Free

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 17:00
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 product are mentioned in this article, not ...
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