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How the Product Manager and the Product Owner Role Are Different

Scrum Expert - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:28
The notion of product is important in Scrum. Many qualify it as a product development approach rather than a project management framework. The product owner role is responsible that the production of the Scrum team meets the requirements of the customers and deliver value for the organization. This role is often compared to the role of product manager. In his article “Mapping the Product Manager Role to the Product Owner Role”, Sriramasundararajan Rajagopalan discusses if a product manager is the same as a product owner. Sriramasundararajan Rajagopalan starts his article by presenting the responsibilities of the product manager in the product development activities based on the RACI (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed) approach. The same matrix is build for the product owner. The conclusion of these two analyses is that Scrum adds much more accountability to the product owner role compared to the product manager role. Sriramasundararajan Rajagopalan think that there is a conflict between the main focus of the product manager that is on market research and product strategies and the requirements of the product owner role that need to collaborate heavily with the Scrum team. How can the same person have enough time perform successfully these two activities, especially in organizations where the product manager not only manages one product but a suite of products within a product portfolio? The conclusion of the article is that “It is evident that the traditional product manager may be pressed to manage the expectations of the external client and address the questions [...]
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Agilia, Olomouc, Czech Republic, March 27-31 2017

Scrum Expert - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 09:00
Agilia is the Central European Conference taking place in Olomouc (Czech Republic) 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. In the agenda of the Agilia conference you can find topics like “Valuable Agile Retrospectives”, “Clash of Cultures: What Agile Managers Can Do to Survive”, “Enterprise Product Ownership – Field Experiences”, “Leading an Agile Transformation at Scale”, “The Heart of the Team: From the Battle Field to Barbados”, “Creating Winning Teams”, “The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development”, “Facilitation for Agilists and Scrum Masters”, “How Mindfulness Enables Agile Teams to Create Better Solutions?”, “Practical Tools to improve LEAN and Agile processes”, “Value Planning in a Lean and Agile Way for Managers”, “Nuggets for your Continuous Improvement Journey”, “Retrospective – On a three year large scale agile adoption”, “Agility for the whole organization”, “You are messing up with people’s lives – From burnout to #NoEstimates”, “How to Write Effective Requirements in an Agile Environment”. Web site: http://agiliaconference.com/ Location for the Agilia conference: Olomouc, Czech Republic
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AgileEE Agile Eastern Europe, Kiev, Ukraine, April 7-8 2017

Scrum Expert - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 09:20
The AgileEE Agile Eastern Europe conference is a two-days event dedicated to promote Agile software development and Scrum project management in Ukraine and the Eastern European countries. It features Agile experts from all over the world, with well-known industry professionals from the US, Canada and Western Europe. In the agenda of the AgileEE Agile Eastern Europe conference you can find topics like “Test-Driven Development effectiveness – beyond anecdotal evidence”, “Focused Agile Coaching: co-create, capture and share your coaching vision”, “Achieving agility in strategy execution”, “Paint out the story point. Agile estimations and metrics in 90 minutes”, “Why do you scale: because you really need or because you don’t know how to organize without scaling?”, “Impact Mapping – creating software that matters”, “Retrospective Doctor: making Retrospectives better & more fun”, “Program/Portfolio Management in the Fields and the Tools to Organize It”, “Agile for Distributed and Remote Teams: Lessons Learned”, “Better planning with #NoEstimates”. Web site: http://agileee.org/ Location for the AgileEE Agile Eastern Europe conference: Ramada Hotel, 103, Stolichnoe Shosse, Kiev, Ukraine
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AgileIndy, Indianapolis, May 12 2017

Scrum Expert - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 09:00
The AgileIndy Conference is a one-day event focuses on bringing Agile and Scrum thought leaders and practitioners from around the USA to Indianapolis for a great learning and networking experience. In the agenda of the AgileIndy conference you can find topics like “Agile Cross-Pollination: Growing Agile Adoption at Farm Credit Mid-America”, “Cultivating Agile Requirements”, “Secrets of Agile Estimation: Myths, Math, and Methods”, “Case Study: We Don’t Know Anything About Agile, but Let’s Give it a Try!”, “Framework-Driven Product Management”, “The Show Must Go On: Agile Leadership Lessons Learned from a Life in the Theatre”, “Coaching for Success – Practical Solutions for Building a High-Performance Organization”, “Emotional Intelligence for Agile Teams”. Web site: http://agileindy.org/conference/ Location for the AgileIndy conference: JW Marriott Downtown Indianapolis, 10 S West St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
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Make Them Grow

Scrum Expert - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 17:16
There might exist some lonely standalone software developers that create software without any other person involved, but my guess is that there are not many of them. Communication is an essential skill in software development, testing and project management… and life. As feedback is a key communication tool, I was therefore very interested when I stumble on this book about feedback written by an Agile coach. “Make Them Grow by Giving Feedback People Apply” is not a long book to read, but it deals in a very pragmatic way about the important topic of feedback, both about positive and negative behaviors. As being Agile seems the “way to go” for most software development teams, the values of courage, trust and honesty will all be supported by putting in practice the advice contained in this book. After reading it, I think that it goes way beyond the software development part of our life. You can give it also to your partners and teenagers. You will have a good communication moment by just starting to have a conversation about it. Which bring us back to Agile, where conversations are one the main tool. Reference: Make Them Grow by Giving Feedback People Apply, Michal Nowostawski, CreateSpace, ISBN-13: 978-1539744153 Quotes Think about the results you can achieve by giving people a simple feedback on their contribution to the development of the company. It is relatively easy to do, but if you want to do it even more effectively, read this book to the end. [...]
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Scandinavian Agile, Finland, Helsinki, March 2 2017

Scrum Expert - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 09:15
The Scandinavian Agile Conference is a two-day event organized by Agile Finland and focused on Agile software development and Scrum project management. It takes place in Helsinki and discusses Agile organizations, state of the art in programming practices and Agile coaching. In the agenda of the Scandinavian Agile conference you could find topics like “Risky Business”, “How kanban saved a Salvation Army hospital in Indonesia”, “Refactoring Orgs – How to drive change where it is least expected”, “Traditional leadership myths – and how to break them”, “Cynefin for test planning – Cynefin to the rescue for those times when test strategy is decoupled from context”, “Flow and Experimentation: How Unity Ads Grows Software”, “The IT Risk Manager – Managing Risk using Real Options”, “Transforming the software development industry”, “Clarity before speed: Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) applied in practice”, “The best companies are led by dreams. In the future at least.”, “Stop scaling… Start growing an agile organization!”, “NAPA Agile Story: From Zero to Hero in Two Years”, Web site: http://scan-agile.org/ Location for the Scandinavian Agile conference: Wanha Satama, Pikku Satamakatu 3-5, 00161 Helsinki, Finland
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Socrates Canaries, Gran Canaria, Spain, April 6-9 2017

Scrum Expert - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 09:00
Socrates Canaries is the Spanish stage of the International Software Craftsmanship Gathering, a series of events for open-minded software developers who want to improve their craft and the software industry as a whole. The local Software Craftsmanship community in the Canary Islands organizes it. The agenda of the Socrates Canaries International Software Craftsmanship Gathering follows the rules of the open conference where the participants create themselves the schedule of the event. Proposals are presented during the event itself in the mornings, and voted by the participants right after. This event is not a hackaton and it’s not about a particular technology, a library or a programming language. It is more about methods, practices, values, principles, and professionalism. Web site: https://www.socracan.com/ Location for the Socrates Canaries International Software Craftsmanship Gathering conference: NH Imperial Playa, Calle Ferreras, 1, 35008 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
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Scaling Agile with the Theory of Constraints

Scrum Expert - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 17:13
Lear how to use the Theory of Constraints to scale Agile and Scrum development teams. The Theory of Constraints is a methodology for identifying the most important limiting factor (i.e. constraint) that stands in the way of achieving a goal and then systematically improving that constraint until it is no longer the limiting factor. While implementing Scrum and shortening Time To Market in large financial institution we were slowed down because of obstacles in planning and analysis. I came with the idea to use Theory of Constraints which helped us to calculate real TTM and gave us hints how to release faster and cheaper. Now they’re ready to change direction anytime and do releases more often. This presentation is suitable for people in organizations trying to lower workload of releases. Video producer: http://swanseacon.co.uk/
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Switching From Scrum to Kanban

Scrum Expert - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 19:11
Scrum and Kaban are two Agile approaches that could be used in software development, depending also on the context of the software development tools. In his blog post “Ditching Scrum for Kanban — The best decision we’ve made as a team”, Grant Ammons shares some thought on why he successfully changed it process from a Scrum to a Kanban perspective. The software development team managed by Grant Ammons first decided to start using Scrum to implement more discipline in its process. Scrum brought some benefits to the team as they start writing light specs and more cooperating with a product manager. The team liked the stand-ups and grooming sessions that kept everyone aligned on the work. The retrospectives also helped adapting the process to the team needs and improving it. However, there were soon also some issues with Scrum. The main one was that it was very hard to plan two weeks of work accurately . The team was mainly overestimating the amount of work it could achieve, which lead to carrying over tasks from the previous sprint to the current one. This was hurting the morale. This is why the team switched to Kaban and removed the sprint goals. This improved the morale and didn’t hurt the team capacity to deliver. Grant Ammons wrote as a main point “It turns out that cramming to make sprint deadlines was not the major motivating factor to get work done.” The conclusion of the blog post is that “Kanban works well for our team [...]
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Agile Projects Summit, Warsaw, Poland, March 28 2017

Scrum Expert - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 15:15
Agile Projects Summit is a one-day conference organized by the APMG International and the Agile Business Consortium in Warsaw, Poland. It aims to explore the benefits and challenges of adopting Agile practices for project management, change and development initiatives. In the agenda of Agile Projects Summit you can find topics like “Business Agility – The E.ON Experience”, “Agile approach for EPL system implementation in the Office of Electronic Communications”, “Agile Projects and Programmes”. It will also feature keynote presentations and roundtable discussions that will discuss the benefits of Agile Project Management, Agile vs traditional project management, Agile and organizational culture, Scaling Agile, Popular Agile techniques including MoSCoW prioritization and Kanban. Web site: https://www.agilebusiness.org/pl/node/585 Location for the Agile Projects Summit conference: Novotel Warszawa Centrum ul Marszalkowska 94/98 Warsaw, 00-510, Poland
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ACE! Conference on Lean and Agile Software Development, Krakow, Poland, May 11-12 2017

Scrum Expert - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:00
The ACE! Conference on Lean and Agile Software Development is a two-day conference that brings together in Krakow (Poland) some of the best-known Agile, Scrum and lean practitioners in Europe and abroad. It is the guaranty of a great networking experience for agile software development practitioners that will come away with new ideas and enthusiasm. In the agenda of the ACE! Conference on Lean and Agile Software Development you can find topics like “Antipatterns for Diversity”, “The systemic Scrum Master”, “UX is team work”, “From Lean Startup to an Innovation Organization”, “How to facilitate a product backlog refinement session”, “Corporate environment, agile design and user experience”, “Execute a non-reactionary UX strategy”, “Selfish Accessibility”, “Remote User Testing”, “Designing to Learn: Creating Effective MVPs”, “Growing Your Discovery Mindset”, “Agile Architecture from the Trenches”, “Managing Stars”, “Your code smells too! Time to deodorize”, “Problem-solving techniques for groups”, “Being Agile to become Customer centric”. Web site: http://aceconf.com/ Location for the ACE! Conference on Lean and Agile Software Development: Efekt Express Hotel, ul. Opolska 14 31-323 Kraków
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Becoming a Product Samurai

Scrum Expert - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 15:32
With Agile practices becoming more and more common, the call for Product Leadership has never been louder. Product owners are drowning in feature alignment and internal stakeholder discussions, slowed by technical and organizational complexity, crippled by a risk-averse company culture and focused on internal risks rather than market outcome. Long ago the Samurai learned that Agility in itself is not enough. Leadership comes from an unwavering vision, clear values and relentless exercise of martial practices (kata). What can we learn from them? What kata’s apply to Product Leadership? How can me make sure that we wield the sword of Agility in such a way that we don’t just make products right, but make the right products? This lightweight talk will offer practical solutions and insights on how to become a better Product Owner, Product Manager or anyone responsible for setting out a Product Strategy. Based on my personal experience as Product Manager, Director, Coach, Teacher (and martial artist). For it is our responsibility to save the world of crappy products and lead our teams like the Samurai. Video producer: http://topconf.com/
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Agile Training in San Jose, CA - 5/29 - 5/31...

Agile Announcements Yahoo! Group - Mon, 05/13/2013 - 21:42
Agile thought leader, co-author of Becoming Agile: in an Imperfect World, and EVP of Santeon Group, Dr. Ahmed Sidky will be leading a Fundamentals of Agile:
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Five days away: "Individuals and Interactions" teleconference

Agile Announcements Yahoo! Group - Fri, 05/10/2013 - 07:42
I've organized a series of interviews with 11 pragmatic experts on the topic of "individuals and interactions". We'll drill down into what this means in
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Agile Software Engineer, Hallmark , Kansas City, MO

Agile Announcements Yahoo! Group - Fri, 05/10/2013 - 07:05
The Agile Software Engineer is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of services (process and technology) required to deliver business
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Mike Cottmeyer - Large Scale Agile Program and Portfolio Management

Agile Announcements Yahoo! Group - Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:50
Presenting to Agile Carolinas: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) CPCC Overcash Center, Room 340, 1201 Elizabeth Ave Charlotte, NC 28204 Space
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[ANN] AgileSoCal Meeting - NEXT WED 5/15 6:00 PM - Agile Documentati

Agile Announcements Yahoo! Group - Tue, 05/07/2013 - 15:59
We've all heard it said, "Agile doesn't do documentation." How could that be true? How do requirements get captured? Documentation can, and often does,
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On-Demand Learning Programs

Agile Announcements Yahoo! Group - Tue, 04/30/2013 - 13:20
Edista Testing Institute (ETI) is pleased to announce the launce of online, on-demand learning programs with live mentor support. The programs are designed for
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Mike Cottmeyer Tuesday May 21, 2013

Agile Announcements Yahoo! Group - Fri, 04/26/2013 - 23:40
Agile Carolinas May speaker is Mike Cottmeyer, more will follow,details 704-376-8881
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Coaching Agile Teams class - Toronto, Canada

Agile Announcements Yahoo! Group - Tue, 04/23/2013 - 22:57
Coaching Agile Teams course description Coaching Agile Teams is a training experience that covers both the being and the doing of agile coaching. There's a
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