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Evaluating the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

Scrum Expert - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 09:49
The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is one of the best know approach for scaling Agile practices. In a recent article, Al Shalloway proposes his own assessment of this framework, explaining which parts are good and which parts could be counter-productive or difficult to implement. The article starts by listing the good parts of the Scaled Agile Framework. Al Shalloway thinks that they are absolutely essential for scaling Agile. They include a system thinking approach, the importance of having business strategy, well-defined roles, a A global view that covers the full value stream and a planning method that facilitates coordination of teams. On the negative side, Al Shalloway explains that “SAFe is presented as a complete solution and actually discourages modifications to it. This unfortunately creates a “one-size fits-all” solution approach and focuses organizations more on implementing SAFe than on solving their own challenges.” Not enough importance is given to the assessment of organizational issues and the challenging of the current approach. Al Shalloway also thinks that “While SAFe addresses many important issues, the solutions it provides are often not the best available, or not deep enough.” The conclusion of the article is that SAFe provides some value but should not be used as a dogma that restrict software development organizations to look for other practices. The final wise words are that “Critical thinking and modifications are needed to expand from the initial SAFe implementation. Both are definitely needed if a SAFe implementation stalls. . One must remember that no single [...]
Categories: Agile Launches Global Professional Training Network

Scrum Expert - Tue, 11/15/2016 - 16:59 has announced its new Professional Training Network (PTN). The network consists of a group of organizations officially recognized as providers of training. PTN members leverage the premium brand, courses and Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) community to provide a superior learning experience to their customers. “It is estimated that over 90 percent of organizations that are using agile methods to deliver software use Scrum today and that number keeps growing. However, we continue to see inconsistent teaching of the Scrum Framework, causing teams to struggle with the concepts as they learn from different teachers or companies,” said Dave West, CEO, “That is why the more than 160 PSTs all use the same materials and go through extensive training and testing before they can be licensed to teach our courses. Now, through the new Professional Training Network, companies can offer best-in-class training courses through their own in-house PSTs or by working directly with PSTs globally to ensure that clients receive consistent, high quality Scrum training.” To become a recognized member of the PTN program, companies must have active PSTs on staff or contract with existing PSTs. The PTN member must also adhere to a code of conduct which has put in place to ensure that students are receiving only the highest quality training experience. By offering courses, PTN members will now be able to provide training to their clients, including preparing participants for the industry-recognized Professional Scrum certification. Each course includes one [...]
Categories: Agile

Agile India, Bangalore, India, March 6-12 2017

Scrum Expert - Mon, 11/14/2016 - 07:00
Agile India is an intense conference lasting four days (with pre- and post-conference workshops) where you can learn from local and international Agile and Scrum experts. 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”, “Agile Leadership Academy: Scaling Agile”, “To Estimate or #NoEstimates, That is the Question”, “Measuring Team Performance At Spotify: From Gut Feel To Hard Data”, “Develop Agile Managers, or Agile Dies”, “7 Sins of Scrum and other Agile Anti-patterns”, “Prioritizing backlogs across diverse stakeholders simply and easily”, “Minimum Viable Coaching: an experience report”, “Agile Maturity Model – Using Your Organizations Dark Data to Measure Agile Performance”, “The transformational power of LeSS and SAFe”, “Expanding an Agile Culture in organisations with Design thinking”, “Product Owner & Development Team – A Tango in Communication”. Web site: Location for Agile India conference: TITC Gardenia, No.1 Residency Road, Bengaluru – 560025, India
Categories: Agile

What to Do When Scrum Doesn’t Work

Scrum Expert - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 19:55
Henrik Kniberg goes through a handful of concrete steps for diagnosing and debugging Scrum problems. He talks about using the process wrong, blaming the messenger, being impatient, not adapting the process or using the wrong process. Henrik Kniberg also introduces some new Scrum terminology such as Scrumdamentalism, Sadoscrumism, and Scrumbutophobia. Video producer:
Categories: Agile

Play4Agile, February 16-19 2017, Johannesberg, Germany

Scrum Expert - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 07:00
The Play4Agile conference is a four-day event taking place in Germany. This conference is for Agile, Scrum and Lean coaches, facilitators, game and innovation experts who want to exchange questions, ideas and experiences on using games in Agile project management teams and organizations. Play4Agile follows an unconference format where the participants can create their own conference, proposing their own discussion on Agile topics: sessions, games you want to play, game ideas you want to develop, evening activities. The Play4Agile conference provides an open playground to inspire each other and to learn how using serious games can help us achieve our goals. Play4Agile is a gathering of experienced peers from all over the world to create and play games in an inspiring environment. Web site: Location for the Play4Agile conference: Seminar Center Rückersbach, Kolpingstraße 1, 63867 Johannesberg, Germany
Categories: Agile

Agile Teams Coaching in Methods & Tools Fall 2016 issue - Agile Portal - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 21:45
Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has published its Fall 2016 issue that discusses alternatives to acceptance tests, Agile transformation, software project estimation, Agile coaching and the following free software tools ...
Categories: Agile

Women In Agile

Scrum Expert - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 17:25
Women In Agile is a movement partly supported by the Agile Alliance that aims to get more women involved in the Agile community through blogging, speaking at events and networking. On the web site of Women in Agile you will find links to various resources about women in Agile, like a list of blogs of Agile women. There are also various pointers to the Women In Agile discussions held at the Agile conference and their videos. The purpose of the Women in Agile initiative is to encourage, support, and expand women’s presence in the Agile community. The Agile Alliance organized a Women In Agile Workshop. Get all the information and participate to this community on
Categories: Agile

Agile Open Northwest, Portland, USA, February 8-10 2017

Scrum Expert - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 07:00
The Agile Open Northwest conference is a two-day event about Agile practices and techniques that takes place in Portland. Participants will be able to start, discover, and share discussions around Agile and Scrum topics. The Agile Open Northwest 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: Location for the Agile Open Northwest conference: Leftbank Annex, 101 N Weidler, Portland, OR 97227
Categories: Agile