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: http://play4agile.org/ Location for the Play4Agile conference: Seminar Center Rückersbach, Kolpingstraße 1, 63867 Johannesberg, Germany
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 ...
Agile Ottawa does a few interesting workshops asides from their monthly Meetup and conference. This year we are happy to announce 2 great workshops on Nov. 22nd. Collaborative Decision Making This creative collaboration workshop provides tools that address such issues … Continue reading →
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 http://womeninagile.com/
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: http://www.agileopennorthwest.org/ Location for the Agile Open Northwest conference: Leftbank Annex, 101 N Weidler, Portland, OR 97227
Who is Manuel Gonzalez? Manuel Gonzalez is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Scrum Alliance. He has more than 37 years of experience transforming organizations, Manuel “Manny” Gonzalez has proven himself to be a successful global strategic leader in both the … Continue reading →
Can you tell us a little about your company? Pyxis Technologies is specialized in software development. Driven by Agility for over 15 years now, Pyxis services its clients with a complete customized offer: studio and its team of architects, designers, … Continue reading →
We all know the “Definition of Done” used in Scrum for items that should be potentially shippable to the customer at the end of the sprint. In his book Essential Scrum, Kenneth Rubin discusses the “Definition of Ready” that applies to product backlog items that should be ready to be developed before the start of the sprint. Grooming the product backlog should ensure that items at the top of the backlog are ready to be moved into a sprint so that the development team can confidently commit and complete them by the end of a sprint. Some Scrum teams formalize this idea by establishing a definition of ready. You can think of the definition of ready and the definition of done as two states of product backlog items during a sprint cycle. Both the definition of done and the definition of ready are checklists of the work that must be completed before a product backlog item can be considered to be in the respective state. An example of a definition-of-ready checklist for product backlog items is given below. Definition of Ready * Business value is clearly articulated. * Details are sufficiently understood by the development team so it can make an informed decision as to whether it can complete the product backlog item (PBI). * Dependencies are identified and no external dependencies would block the PBI from being completed. * Team is staffed appropriately to complete the PBI. * The PBI is estimated and small enough to comfortably be completed [...]
Can you tell us a little about yourself? Agile Pain Relief was founded by Mark Levison in 2009. Mark is a Certified Scrum Trainer who started using Agile in 2001, later introducing Cognos and IBM to Agile methods before starting … Continue reading →
The Agile Practitioners conference is the first community-led Agile and Scrum conference organized in Israel. The first day is dedicated to workshops and the second day will be full of interesting presentations from local and international Agile software development and Scrum project management experts. In the agenda of the Agile Practitioners you can find topics like “Rock, Paper, Stories”, “Agile mind games and the art of self delusion”, “Individuals, interactions and improvisation”, “BDD – Balloon driven development”, “Fostering diversity and inclusion in agile teams”, “Violating scrum – how far can you go?”, “The Spider-man antidote to the anti-pattern of agile leaders”, “How to successfully fail”, “Continuous product improvement”, “Technical… user stories?!”, “Architecting large features and products in an agile environment”. Web site: http://apilconf.com/ Location for the Agile Practitioners conference: Tel Aviv, Israel
CodeFreeze is a two-day unconference taking place in Finland that defines itself as a ” time and place for software craftspeople to meet”. It is part of the international group of SoCraTes conferences that are focused on software craftsmanship. The CodeFreeze Finland event 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: http://www.codefreeze.fi/ Location for the CodeFreeze conference: Kiilopää Fell Center, Inari, Finland
Favro, an online planning and collaboration tool, is launching its enterprise platform bringing agile management practices to global, large-scale workforces. Favro Enterprise comes from the Swedish project management software firm Hansoft. Favro Enterprise allows organizations to add features and workflow power-apps where and when they need them. Teams can integrate Favro with other apps they currently use including services from Google, Slack, and GitHub to automate and stay synchronized. Teams can also use webhooks and the REST API to connect Favro to even more data sources, ensuring work is always relevant and up to date.
VersionOne Fall Release includes several new and enhanced features that provide insight and traceability across the entire software lifecycle and support leading methodologies like the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), including: Program Increment (PI) Objectives and Program Predictability Reporting; Delivery at a Glance visibility at the Portfolio Item level; Strategic Theme Reporting and Visualization; Continuum Package Metrics; Bugzilla 5.0 integration and more. For organizations practicing SAFe – or any large-scale agile initiative – PI Objectives provide visibility into the specific business value being planned in each Program Increment and an assessment of what value was actually delivered. The agreed upon PI Objectives help ensure alignment between the development teams and the business so all understand the goals driving the plans and the relative importance of them. The Program Predictability Report uses the PI Objectives to compare the potential business value to the actual business value delivered for each Program Increment. The report gives you the ability to review each team’s performance on delivering the established objectives within each PI and assess the performance for each PI as a whole.
The Conferencia Agile Spain is the main Agile event for the Agile community of Spain. This two-day conference brings together local and international Agile and Scrum experts for an exceptional learning, sharing and networking experience with presentations and workshops. All talks are in Spanish. In the agenda of Conferencia Agile Spain you can find topics like Scrum, Kanban, highly productive teams, retrospectives, user stories, planning, efficient meetings, team phases motivation, conflict management, team coaching, lean UX / usability, customer journey, empathy map, user personas, test strategies, continuous integration, code repositories. Web site: http://cas2016.agile-spain.org/ Location for the Conferencia Agile Spain conference: Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones Europa, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
XP Days Benelux is a two-day conference dedicated to eXtreme Programming (XP) and all Agile software development approaches like Scrum or Kanban. It groups Scrum practicionners from The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Local and international Agile experts provide the presentations. In the agenda of the XP Days Benelux conference you can find topics like “Mob Mob Mob Programming”, “I don’t want to implement the Spotify model”, “Stretching Agile”, “After continuous integration there is continuous validation”, “High Impact Decision-making”, “Functional Programming and Test Driven Development”, “Agile transition and formal change management”, “Valuable Agile Retrospectives: The Making of”, “Agile Client: a romantic relationship to build”, “Intrinsic agile coaching”, “The Product Owner Game”, “Ladder of Leadership”, “The Agile release train game”. Web site: http://xpdays.net/ Location for the XP Days Benelux conference: Conference Center Kapellerput, Somerenseweg 100, 5591 TN Heeze, The Netherlands
Technical Debt is defined as the eventual consequences of poor or evolving software architecture and software development within a codebase. In a blog post published for the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Robert Nord has provided the keys points discussed in a seminar Managing Technical Debt in Software Engineering, an event that discussed both the past and the future of managing technical debt. The International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt is organized every year since 2010. Robert Nord starts by describing the landscape of the technical debt issue, the visible and the invisible parts. The event tried to get a better definition of the core concepts of technical debt, producing a conceptual model. It produced also a vision on how to manage technical debt across different perspectives, like software economics or education. The conclusion of the author is that “The convergence of efforts on these multiple fronts is necessary to make software development technically and economically sustainable. Otherwise, the friction that slows down the machinery of software evolution will threaten the discipline’s ability to maintain the code base on which society depends.” Read the full blog post on https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/sei_blog/2016/08/the-future-of-managing-technical-debt.html
This presentation uncovers a number of key principles and useful tools to help you better skills as a geek who leads Agile and Scrum teams. The most challenging aspects to software development are always the people issues. Picking the right data structures, finding the right testing approaches are simple compared to building an effective software team. Most organisations fail to support developer promoted into technical leadership roles so where do you go to uncover the secret skills behind this important role. Watch this video to discover practical tips for leading technical teams. Video producer: http://agileonthebeach.com/ In this talk, we will
Jurgen Appelo a TED speaker, author and a past software menager will be in Ottawa for his book tour. We are very lucky to have him at our monthly meetup. If you manage a team then this is for you. … Continue reading →
Ricksoft has developed an add-on that allows users to import data from Microsoft Project, a project management tool of Microsoft into Atlassian JIRA. Ricksoft has developed MS Project importer for JIRA in response to requests from many customers who say they want to import data from Microsoft Project, a project management tool developed by Microsoft, into JIRA Server, the bug-tracking and project management tool developed by Atlassian. Data imported from Microsoft Project are displayed on the Gantt-Chart for JIRA produced by Ricksoft. MS Project importer for JIRA will be provided in Atlassian’s marketplace for free of charge.
We are growing our conference from 300 to 500 attendees! Thanks to these organizations for helping make this a reality. Agile Pain Relief as Title Pyxis-technology and Scrum Alliance as Premier MXI technologies as Platinum CIRA, Scrum.org and Youi.tv as Gold … Continue reading →