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XP Days Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine, November 11-12 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 09:30
XP Days Ukraine is a two-days conference dedicated to Agile engineering practices. Its aim is to provide practical skills and new ideas to Agile practitioners with the help of local and international Agile and Scrum experts. The presentations of XP Days Ukraine cover the main Agile engineering practices like TDD, Continuous Integration or BDD. Topics like Agile architecture, technical debt or communication between developers and testers are also discussed. In the agenda of XP Days Ukraine conference you can find topics like “Beyond Software Craftsmanship – Johnny’s Road to Remarkable Career”, “DevOps: The Harmonious, Polygamous Marriage”, “How TDD helps to produce better design, or not?”, “A DevOps pipeline”, “Testing in a Continuous Delivery World”, “Pragmatic Architecture, Today.”, “Continuous Delivery with Jenkins & Kubernetes @ Sky”, “Effective pair-programming across skill: lessons learned from pairing up”, “How QA engineers could affect product quality? Or couldn’t?”, “Design and architecture in Agile project”, “Why testing take so much time?”, “Continuous Development Pipeline”, “How not to run a Code Review”, “Refactoring Legacy Сode”, “Writing tests: practical guidelines including patterns, anti-patterns and best practices”.. Web site: Location for the XP Days Ukraine conference: Parus Business Centre, 2 Mechnikova Str.,Kiev 01601, Ukraine
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Agile Tour, Stuttgart, Germany, October 20 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 09:00
The Agile Tour Stuttgart is a one-day event member of the Agile Tour series that aim to spread the word about Agile practices and to share their experiences, both good and bad, within local Agile and Scrum communities. The language of this conference is German. The Agile Tour Stuttgart 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 Tour Stuttgart conference: Waldheim Stuttgart Möhringen, Epplestrasse 205, 70567 Stuttgart-Möhringen, Germany
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Agile Brazil, Curitiba, Brazil, November 7-9 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 08:30
Agile Brazil is a three-day conference that is the largest event about Agile project management and Scrum in Brazil. Agile Brazil features keynotes and practical presentations with local and international Agile experts. Talks are both in Portuguese and English. In the agenda of the Agile Brazil conference you can find topics like “Agile Analytics”, “Product Backlog Building”, “Culture at Scale”, “No Estimates with No Dogma”, “Mocking to Integrate”, “Develop Healthy Relationships at Work Using the Integral Theory and Integral Coaching”, “Next Level Agile”, “Continuous Discovery”, “Continuously serving the developer community with Continuous Integration and Delivery Fernando”, “Getting the right things done: a design think approach for product development”. Web site: Location for the Agile Brazil conference: Curitiba, Brazil
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Building a High-Performance Team

Scrum Expert - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 16:47
Building great teams isn’t just something that managers do alone, with spreadsheets and workflows and process documents. Great teams come from the participation of the group to push the team there. This presentation discusses how you can think about your role in creating a high-performance team, whatever your job title is. From choosing your team and interviewing future coworkers, to communicating with your colleagues, to learning and growing as a individual and group, we will go through some of the behaviors that anyone can use to achieve greater success. Video producer:
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Hiring for Scrum: Agile vs Agility

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 17:19
The Manifesto for Agile Software Development says that you should prefer “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. But how do you hire the right people for your Scrum software development projects. In her article “Hiring for Agility – Mindset Matters in an Agile Organisation”, Nadia Smith suggests that you should look for more for Agility than Agile. The article starts by remembering the importance of hiring the right people. Nadia Smith wrote that “Agile refers to ‘the Practice’ as resume, education, certifications and experience, versus agility ‘the Mindset’ as attitude, skills, values and behaviours.” Agile vs Agility. Source: Then the article explains how culture should be the driving force behind the organization’s recruitment strategy. This recruitment process should abandon the traditional approach of scanning resume for skills and keywords and invest instead in assessing the attitude of the candidate. Nadia Smiths gives two examples of employee she hired on attitude and provides tips on how to assess the attitude of candidates. Her conclusion is that you should “Find people with a ‘can do’ attitude, who want to evolve, who show resilience, who embrace ambiguity, and have the desire to succeed. These people will evolve your Agile journey, enable growth and create success.” Read the full article on
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Sponsorship update

Agile Ottawa - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 14:43
We are very excited to say that we have some sponsors! They are Pyxis-technology as Premier MXI technologies as Platinum CIRA, and as Gold Having said that we still have some sponsorship opportunities. We are looking to fill … Continue reading →
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Toronto Agile Conference, Toronto, Canada, November 14 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 09:15
Toronto Agile Conference is a one-day conference focused on Agile software development and Scrum project management. This popular conference has sold out each year and provides participants with numerous benefits with seven concurrent interactive sessions and plenty of opportunities to network. In the agenda of Toronto Agile Conference you can find topics like “How to get your whole team talking”, “Building powerful roadmaps”, “The Agile Ecosystem – Changing the way we think about Organizing to Deliver Value”, “Improve decisions using a value-focused prioritization framework”, “Moving from Technical Debt to Technical Health”, “Status and Power Improv”, “Build Your Own Value Stream Map with Lean”, “1000+ org agile transformation that nearly raced off a cliff”, “Refactoring Legacy Code”, “Culture for Great Teams and Results”, “Crushed by Technical Debt?”, “Reinventing Organizations for Agility”. Web site: Location for the Toronto Agile Conference conference: Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2L2, Canada
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Tampere Goes Agile, Tampere, Finland, November 5 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 09:00
Tampere Goes Agile is a one-day conference that features Agile software development and Scrum project management expert speakers from Finland and abroad. In the agenda of Tampere Goes Agile you can find topics like “Experimenting Your Way Through Transformation”, “After Agile”, “Is Agile everything or is it the only thing?”, “Doctor, please fix my Agile!”, ” Pairing is sharing”, “When quality is just a cost: Useful approaches to testing”, “NoManagement – Change in self-organizing organization”, “Disciplined Agile Delivery for Critical System Development”. Web site: Location for the Tampere Goes Agile conference: Tampere Hall, Yliopistonkatu 55, Tampere, Finland
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Bosnia Agile Day, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 15 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 09:00
The Bosnia Agile Day is a one-day conference that bring international and local Agile experts in Sarajevo to discuss Agile software development and project management practices like Scrum. In the agenda of the Bosnia Agile Day conference, you can find topics like “Let the Elephants Leave the Room: Tips for Making Development Life Leaner”, “From Agile Cat to Agile Tiger”, “User Story Mapping”, “How to write effective requirements in an Agile environment”, “Agile Testing – Adding values to agile teams”, “10 tips how to make your Scrum fail – or succeed if you want”, “The Disciplined Agile Enterprise: Harmonizing Agile and Lean”, “Fitness for Purpose – The Kanban way for focused Agility”, “Coordinating Large Agile Projects”, “Scrum in practice – Developer’s view”, “Agile Secure Development”, “Effective Agile Teams – Behind the open door” Web site: Location for the Bosnia Agile Day conference: Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Techniques for Improving Sprint Retrospectives – Part 2

Scrum Expert - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 16:48
After presenting some basic retrospective techniques in the first part of this article, Jesus Mendez provides in the second part some additional techniques that focuses on the facilitating part of the Scrum sprint retrospectives. Author: Jesus Mendez, Certified Agile Coach, In my previous article “Techniques for improving sprint retrospectives – Part 1”, we talk about the foundations of a sprint retrospective. We touched base to share my view about the What, When and What for of the sprint retrospective. We have also shared some techniques that could help you help your teams to get the best out of it, focusing on the forming stage of an agile team’s journey. This second part is mainly focused on the facilitator stand and some additional techniques to help you continue adding value to the team’s continuous improvement journey. The facilitator stand To get the best out a sprint retrospective, mastering facilitation techniques is a must. There are things that you might need to consider in order to become the kind of leader that inspires a team to become a great one, like those that I’ve mentioned in my article “Tips4 leaders – 3 Things to consider when facilitating” for example. But further than that, facilitation requires preparation, repetition and training. That is why I strongly recommend you to dive in into Ingrid Bens [1] books about facilitation. I can guarantee you that your perspective about what facilitation means and all that it involves, will definitely change forever. More techniques for improving the [...]
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DON'T MISS: Lean Agile Scotland 2016 pre-conference workshop.

Agile Scotland - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 12:52
I'm gutted because I'm missing this years LAScot conference due to a family event in New Zealand. 
Even worse ... I'm missing this pre-conference workshop.  This really is one of those "don't miss" events and I'm missing it.
from chris: ---This year ahead of the Lean Agile Scotland conference they are offering a pre conference workshop run by Praxis Flow consultants and friends of Lean Agile Scotland Jabe Bloom and Will Evans.
Service Design in the Enterprise : Tuesday October 4th, 8:30am – 5pm, Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue
"Do you play a design, engineering, quality, or operations role in a large enterprise? Have you ever felt like it's incredibly hard to deliver quality value to your customers or end-users? Maybe you work on a team that describes what they do as providing a "service"? Would you like to help your team collaboratively create a more holistic view of the systems they are working in so that you can apply some of the methods, mindsets, and processes from Agile, Lean, or Design Thinking? Come learn how!"
It's a must for anyone who plays a design, engineering, quality or operations role in a large enterprise!
For more information and to book a ticket go to
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Brewing Agile, Gothenburg, Sweden, November 4-5 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 09:00
Brewing Agile is a two-day conference focused on Agile software development and Scrum that takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden. Besides the usual presentations, the conference offers also interactive workshops. In the agenda of the Brewing Agile conference you can find topics like “NoEstimates: How you can predict the release date of your project without estimating”, “How to enable agility in the whole organisation creating high performing companies”, “The systemic Scrum Master”, “Continuous Discovery: The Power of Pure Agile”, “Catch Dancing Ponies — Try Approval Testing”, “Agile HR & Leadership”, “The End is the Beginning”, “Product Ownership and Shared Under­standing”. Web site: Location for the Brewing Agile conference: Skansen Kronan, Skansberget, Linnéstaden, 436 50 Göteborg, Sweden
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Managing Client Expectations about Agile

Scrum Expert - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 16:44
‘Agile’ is an incredibly powerful software development methodology, however the word ‘agile’ has become one of those IT buzzwords that people use but do not fully understand. How do you manage expectations for clients who are new to agile or do not fully understand the agile methodology? And, does agile work for every project? This session considers how to define an agile project methodology that fits client needs and will deliver project success. Video producer:
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Agilia, Budapest, Hungary, October 12-14 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 09:00
Agilia Budapest is a three-day conference focused on Agile software development. The theme of this edition is the role of product owner and product management in Agile: creating vision, designing product, managing teams, role of Product Owner, engagement of customers and users, creativity and management of innovations. Use cases. In the agenda of the Agilia Budapest conference you can find topics like “Secrets of Product Ownership”, “One Product, One Project, Two Perspectives”, “How to build a product design team and become more agile?”, “Given/When/Then-ready sprint planning”, “Quality Assurance from perspective of Product Owner”, “How Product Owners can really understand customers through Mindfulness?”, “Behavior Driven Web UI Automation with Selenium and SpecFlow/Cucumber for Java”, “Zeros to Heroes in Just Three Months: When Capability is Your Product”, “Breaking Bonds. How intrapreneurship is encouraged with practices and technology”, “Scrum allows us to create better products, more suited to the users’ needs. Really???”. Web site: Location for the Agilia Budapest conference: Budapest, Hungary
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Story Points Explained

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 17:50
Metrics are an important part of Agile project management approaches like Scrum. One of the most used measures to estimate the amount of work are the story points. In this small article, Pedro Gustavo Torres explains what they are, why you need them and how to use them. Pedro Gustavo Torres provides many definitions of story points. One of them is “a unitless measure of magnitude for work yet to be done, based on relative sizing.” He explains also why you should use story points based on the difference between accuracy and precision. He wrote “Accuracy and precision are not the same thing. Precision is a lot more expensive. Precision is always desired, but accuracy creates more value. However, story points provide sufficient accuracy when working in nondeterministic systems.” It is very difficult to create a precise time estimate. Story points provide an estimate that is accurate enough to define the effort that should be included in Scrum sprints. With historical data, the team can assess the relationship between time and points. However, story points cannot be related to a specific duration, but rather with a duration interval. Read the complete blog post on
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GOAT 2016 Keynote Selection Survey !

Agile Ottawa - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 15:54
We have a great list of possible keynote speakers for GOAT 2016. They are all amazing in their own way and are available to attend. As you know we value your input and are making the conference bigger and better. With … Continue reading →
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Behaviour Driven Development led by the QA team

Agile Ottawa - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 16:05
It’s time for our monthly Agile meetup. The topic is about Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) led by the QA team. Agile development is now the de facto standard for software, However, most Agile processes do not include QA or see … Continue reading →
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Agile Open California North, Berkeley, USA, October 6-7 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 09:30
Agile Open California North is two-day conference that provides Agile and Scrum practitioners in California an opportunity for learning and networking. Practitioners and newcomers come together for two days to discuss, examine and otherwise brainstorm the most timely and relevant topics in Agile development today. Agile Open California North 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 Open California North conference: Clark Kerr Conference Center, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA
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Agile Turkey Summit, Istanbul, Turkey, October 6 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 09:00
The Agile Turkey Summit is a one-day conference dedicated to the Agile software development and Scrum project management approaches that takes place in Istanbul, Turkey. International and local Agile and Scrum experts provide the content. In the agenda of the Agile Turkey Summit you can find topics like “Agile Transformation, True Agile Is What You Are”, “Kanban: The Alternative Path to Business Agility”, “Scrum Studio. Rethinking Your Agile Transformation”, “Agility Assessment Reference Model: AgilityMod”, “0 to 100: Building a Real Product with Agile Principles”, “Seven Strategies For Code Revitalization”, “The Secret to Achieving Sustainable Agility at Scale”, “Agile leadership for agile times – Complex Adaptive Leadership”. Web site: Location for the Agile Turkey Summit conference: Wyndham Grand Levent, Esentepe Mah. Büyükdere Cad. No: 177-183 34394 Şişli,İstanbul, Turkey
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Agile Worx Agile Management Platform Launched

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 17:27
Agile Worx, a provider of agile life cycle management tools, has announced the release of the Agile Worx agile management platform which allows companies to adopt a hybrid agile approach to software, hardware and firmware development. Agile Worx approaches ALM (Agile Life Cycle Management) much differently from its competitors. To achieve this differentiation for its customers, Agile Worx includes the following features: * Most ALM vendors support only the development process from the bottom up with requirements and task management. Agile Worx transforms the way technology companies do business by supporting agility from the top down with over one hundred metrics and analytics. * Agile Worx includes an innovative user interface that gives managers instant status on the programs, projects and teams. No more searching and sifting through endless graphs and statistics to find out what’s going on! * Agile Worx is the only ALM tool built to support hybrid agile-waterfall implementations and IOT (embedded systems) from the ground up.
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