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Launching this month: DFW Scrum Tech Edition

DFW Scrum User Group - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 16:49
When I travel to agile events, I love telling people about our community. The agile community in Dallas is incredibly strong. In a typical month, there are at least 4 different meetup groups hosting events, and the number continues to … Continue reading →
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CMMI Institute Publishes A Guide to Scrum and CMMI

Scrum Expert - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 18:02
Organizations that attempt to scale agile need significant structural changes and support. CMMI helps organizations reap the benefits of agile and scale its adoption across teams, divisions, and the global enterprise. CMMI Institute has released “A Guide to Scrum and CMMI: Improving Agile Performance with CMMI” to help users adopt and implement CMMI to improve performance in agile organizations. In 2015, CMMI Institute estimated that over 70% of CMMI appraised organizations reported using agile. Agile organizations struggling with issues of performance are increasingly turning to the CMMI for proven results. The CMMI Institute developed “A Guide to Scrum and CMMI: Improving Agile Performance with CMMI” as a roadmap to successfully adopt and implement CMMI and agile together. The CMMI provides a framework or map of “what” a high-performance organization must do. Agile provides particular approaches that prescribe “how” to do it. As methods and techniques are adapted and evolve, the CMMI provides the foundation on which organizations can iterate or tailor their techniques in a way that is appropriate to the dynamics of their business environment. The discipline, organizational learning, and consistency provided by the adoption of CMMI supports organizations in making their agile implementation even stronger and more effective. A Guide to Scrum and CMMI: Improving Agile Performance with CMMI is now available for download and use. For more information on CMMI and agile and to download the Guide, visit http://cmmiinstitute.com/cmmi-and-agile.
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Agile Film Festival

Agile Ottawa - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 15:26
Thanks to all who made it out on a very snowy night to our Film Festival! Not only did the participants brave the harsh weather, but they also brought with them their curiosity and juicy questions about Agile adoption. Here’s … Continue reading →
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Free Retrospective Tools for Distributed Scrum Teams

Scrum Expert - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 15:00
Even if Agile approaches favor collocated teams, distributed Scrum teams are more common that what we might think. Many Agile software development teams are based on a virtual organization. This article presents some free online tools that can be used to facilitate retrospectives for distributed Scrum teams. You will find in this article only tools that are supposed to be used for free in the long term. We do not list tools that offer only a free trial based on duration or the number of retrospectives. We will also only mention the tools that have features specifically dedicated to Scrum retrospectives. There are many other tools that Scrum teams might use, from video conferencing platforms to online whiteboard software. Mentioning all these tools will result more in a book than an article. If you want to add a tool that fits these requirements to this article, just let us now using the contact form. Updates July 19 2016: added Fun Retro January 10 2017: added goReflect, ScatterSpoke, Scrum Toolkit IdeaBoardz IdeaBoardz is a free online team collaboration tool. It allows teams to collectively gather inputs, reflect and retrospect. It is especially useful for distributed teams. For Scrum retrospectives, you can create two types of boards: standard or starfish. More board options are available (pros & cons, to-dos) that could be also useful. You can edit the titles of the sections of your board. The interface seems very intuitive, but sometimes I ended up in some situations where I didn’t know [...]
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Atlassian Spends $425 million for Trello

Scrum Expert - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 16:39
Atlassian has just announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trello, the online project management service that gained more than 19 million registered users in just five years. The acquisition is valued at approximately $425 million, which is comprised of approximately $360 million in cash and the remainder in Atlassian restricted shares, restricted share units and options to acquire Atlassian shares. Through virtual ‘sticky notes’ and digital whiteboards for organization and prioritization of work, Trello’s easy-to-use software has proven especially popular with business teams, also due to its free version. Trello is poised to be a key product in the Atlassian portfolio, providing a new way for teams to organize and prioritize the often complex range of information and idea sharing that feeds into great teamwork. In addition to launching a new version of its existing Trello integration for HipChat, Atlassian will be launching Trello integrations for its other collaboration products, including JIRA Software, Confluence and Bitbucket. The integrations will be available in the Atlassian Marketplace.
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Measuring Agile Team Performance at Spotify

Scrum Expert - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 19:27
How do we actually know if our Agile teams are doing well? Is gut instinct enough? Furthermore, in a rapidly growing organization such as Spotify, how can we ensure some sort of consistency in our baseline level of Agile knowledge across the technology, product, and design organization? This talk discusses techniques we have developed and use at Spotify to benchmark health and performance for our Agile teams and some tactics we use to bring them closer to—and beyond!—being the best teams they can be. The presentation explains frameworks that can be used to give us tangible evidence about how we’re doing as teams, as Agile Coaches, and as managers of people and product. Furthermore, this talk tells you about the organization-level methods uses at Spotify to share knowledge and maintain alignment of our Agile practices as it scales in order to bring music to people all around the world. Video producer: http://agileindia.org
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Major Upgrade of Virto Kanban Board for Office 365 and SharePoint

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 18:08
Using Kanban Board for task management is an excellent way to working on SharePoint integrated projects with effective team collaboration. If you want to visualize your team work and implement Scrum / Agile methodology to your SharePoint environment, Virto Kanban board is the solution you need. Virto Kanban uses any SharePoint task lists or custom lists in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010 or Office 365. The flexible settings allow you to meet almost any SharePoint project demand and display your project flow on a single board. Virto Kanban main features are: Select colors for tasks and markers. SharePoint Kanban allows you to assign colors for distinct task types and apply markers for overdue tasks or any other custom conditions. Drag & drop tasks within columns and swimlanes. Move SharePoint tasks within columns and swimlanes that can represent project stages, issue priority or distinguish sub-processes of a project. Any other statuses for swimlanes and columns can be used according your project demands. Apply view and condition filters. Display tasks with custom view filters to track with a single glance any project details. Collect statistics with graphic charts and total count of hours. With SharePoint Kanban Board, you will be always informed how many hours were spent to complete a project stage and how many tasks are assigned to each user. Statistics are displayed as color-coded charts and diagrams. Assign task management permissions and task watchers. You can delegate to certain users the rights to edit tasks on SharePoint Kanban Board and assign task watchers [...]
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Agile on the Beach 2017 Call for Speakers Extended to January 11

Scrum Expert - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 17:09
Agile on the Beach is a two-day conference on Scrum and Agile approaches that will take place in Falmouth in Cornwall (UK) on 6th and 7th July 2017. The call for speaker has been extended by one week, to close on Wednesday 11th January.. The Agile on the Beach 2017 conference will focus Agile working, software creation and delivery, teams, practice and new business thinking. These themes will be organized as six tracks, some on different days: * Software delivery: including programing, testing and operations * Team Working, e.g. culture, personnel management, self-organization, leadership * Agile Practices, e.g. agile basics, applying agile tools and methods, writing user stories. * Product Design, e.g. user experience, front end design * Product Management, e.g. requirements gathering, the product manager role * Business, e.g. applying agile beyond software Get more information about Agile on the Beach 2017 Call for Speakers on https://www.agileonthebeach.co.uk/page/1277163/call-for-speakers
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Lessons Learned from our “Fail Faire”

Agile Ottawa - Sat, 12/24/2016 - 17:22
On a cold December evening, several of us gathered to share our latest stories of Agile woe. One of the outcomes of a “Fail Faire” event is to gather a set of lessons learned. The session we hosted three years ago … Continue reading →
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Sponsor Profile – Neuland

Agile Ottawa - Sat, 11/19/2016 - 14:29
For almost 50years, Neuland has been developing and manufacturing professional learning tools for all manner of training, workshop, and conference environments, in our own facilities located in Eichenzell, Germany. Creative concepts and inspiring furniture designs have made us a preferred meeting … Continue reading →
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Sponsor Profile – Halogen Software

Agile Ottawa - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 20:07
At Halogen Software, our mission is to help our customers win with talent. Winning with talent means building an engaged workforce that delivers exceptional business outcomes. Through our TalentSpace™ solutions, we help our customers assess, develop and retain the best … Continue reading →
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Sponsor Profile – It’s Understood Communication

Agile Ottawa - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 13:21
Born curious and stayed that way. As a journalist, helped people understand their world. As an employee communication specialist, helped people understand their work. As a communication coach, help people understand their interactions. As a trainer of agile coaches and … Continue reading →
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Sponsor Profile – Rebel

Agile Ottawa - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 13:20
Rob Villeneuve is passionate about the Internet, its development, and its use. He’s an expert in Internet domains, hosting, infrastructure, and policy management. Before becoming the CEO of Rebel.com, Rob worked as a software engineer, a web developer, a small … Continue reading →
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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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