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Keep Austin Agile, Austin, USA, May 26 2016

Scrum Expert - Wed, 03/09/2016 - 15:00
Keep Austin Agile is a one-day conference that takes place in Austin, Texas. This event offers various tracks for education and networking in a relaxed environment. The target audience is project manager, Scrum Master, developer, tester and software development manager. In the agenda of the Keep Austin Agile conference you can find topics like “3 Stages of Enterprise Agility: From Isolated to Networked Agility”, “Agile Success in the Complex Enterprise”, “How to Scale Agile in a Bi-modal World”, “Scaling Agile: A Guide for the Perplexed”, “Three Things You Must Know to Transform Any Sized Organization Into an Agile Enterprise”, “Welcome to the Matrix! Organizational Structures to Support Agile”, “What is This Nexus Thing Anyway?”,”Agile Metrics: Using Them As a Force For Good, Not Evil”, “Coaching Skills for Scrum Masters”, “The ScrumMaster Dojo: Building a Scrum Master and Coaching Community of Practice”, “Things Are Broken: A Study in Moving Tooooo”, “From Models to Stories: Building Your Agile Backlog”, “Portfolio Kanban: Applying Agile and Lean Principles At Portfolio Level”, “Paying Off Technical Debt”. Web site: http://2016conf.agileaustin.org Location for the Keep Austin Agile conference: JW Marriott, 110 East Second Street, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Agile and Beyond, Ypsilanti, USA, May 5-6 2016

Scrum Expert - Wed, 03/09/2016 - 14:00
Agile and Beyond is a two-day conference focused on Agile software development and Scrum project management that takes place near Detroit in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It aimed at taking together software developers, designers, product owners and executives for workshops and presentations focused on Agile and Lean processes. In the agenda of Agile and Beyond you can find topics like “Expanding an Agile Culture in organizations with Design thinking”, “Spice Up Your Agile Everything”, “Agile Coach Activity Pack: Experience and Learn Through Four Simulations”, “The Business Analyst: How To Be More Than a Proxy”, “User Story Mapping Deep Dive”, “User Story Mapping Deep Dive”, “Gamifying Retrospectives for Distributed Teams”, “Effective Software Delivery: Agility Without the Dogma”, “Agile NOT By The Book”, “Save Our Scrum”. Web site: http://agileandbeyond.com/ Location for the Agile and Beyond conference: Eagle Crest Resort & Conference Center, 1275 S Huron Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, USA
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InLoox Adds Kanban Board

Scrum Expert - Tue, 03/08/2016 - 16:57
InLoox has annouced InLoox 9, the next generation of its collaborative project management solution. The upgrade brings with it an enhanced platform for increased efficiency and collaboration, providing a solution for project and personal task management, project planning, document management, time tracking, budgeting, reports and dashboards. The latest version of InLoox features a completely redesigned InLoox now! Web App, the main platform for InLoox’s on-demand SaaS solution, which has been updated with a sleek and modern design that offers users an intuitive interface to help improve performance. Workplace, a new feature of the enhanced InLoox now! Web App, also gives project managers a central place for personal and project task management, helping to organize time and priorities, and to stay up-to-date with crucial messages and alerts. With InLoox now! Web App, communicating with team members is now faster and easier using the solutions’ chat feature. Its project notes function allows information to be exchanged seamlessly, facilitating problem solving and preserving ideas and best practices for future reference. InLoox now! also closes the gap between modern task management and classic project management, featuring both a Kanban-board that allows users to visualize task progress and a Gantt chart to show overall project progression.
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UX in Agile Product Management

Scrum Expert - Tue, 03/08/2016 - 13:52
Agile has become the de-facto standard for innovating new products in software development. But an Agile project needs good product management and good UX design to succeed. Fitting UX in with product management and Agile can be uncomfortable for UX designers. Once you get it, though, you’ll never want to work any other way. This presentations covers: * Why Agile works well for innovation and for software delivery * What product management is and why your software product can’t succeed without it * The different product phases: Discover, expand and exploit * The role of UX in each phase * Setting up hypotheses and metrics to keep Agile teams on track * How to get the time to do your design * How to make sure the users get a voice too Video producer: http://uxsouthafrica.com/ Further reading: The UX Runway – Integrating UX, Lean and Scrum Cohesively
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Continuous Improvement Without Blame

Scrum Expert - Mon, 03/07/2016 - 18:06
The frontier is somewhat thin between analyzing things for continous improvement in Agile and blaming people for failure. In this blog post, John Allspaw discusses how Etsy wants to consider mistakes, errors, slips or lapses with a perspective of learning. he explains how having blameless post-mortems on outages and accidents are part of this approach. John Allspaw presents the concept of “Just Culture” where you make effort to balance safety and accountability. People should be able to give detailed account of problems without fear of punishment or retribution. People can explain why their actions made sense to them at the time, which help to understand the cause of the failure. Here are some of the principles of the “Just Culture”: * Encourage learning by having these blameless retrospectives on outages and accidents. The goal is to understand how an accident could have happened, in order to better equip ourselves from it happening in the future * Give people the authority to improve safety by allowing them to give detailed accounts of their contributions to failures. * Encourage people who do make mistakes to be the experts on educating the rest of the organization how not to make them in the future. * Accept that there is always a discretionary space where humans can decide to make actions or not. The conclusion of the article is that “Failure happens. In order to understand how failures happen, we first have to understand our reactions to failure.” Read the complete blog post on [...]
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