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Scrum Day San Diego, San Diego, USA, June 17 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 10:30
The Scrum Day San Diego is a one-day conference that discusses Scrum, Lean and all things Agile in San Diego County. This single-track conference will be your opportunity to hear how other people from San Diego County navigated Agile software development steps as they share their stories. Learn from people who have been there and done that. In the agenda of the Scrum Day San Diego you can find topics like “Improve your Communication with Coaching Skills”, “The Stability States of Scrum: Two Keys to Building High Performing Teams”, “Coaching in the Context of your Culture”, “A Bad Start:  Why Agile Teams Ignore 75% of Their Customers and What to Do About It”, “Lifting Off: Launching Teams That Soar!”, “Developing Business Agility with Scrum – Hit The Ground Running”, “Agile Jumpstart and the KJ Prioritization”, “Continuous Improvement: Mitchell’s Journey from Waterfall to SAFe”. Web site: http://scrumdaysandiego.com/ Location for the Scrum Day San Diego conference: Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
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Agile Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 22 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 10:00
Agile Israel is a one-day conference that discusses Agile, Scrum and Lean topics. It aims to attract Agile Managers, Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Coaches to discuss and network around these themes. In the agenda of the Agile Israel conference you can find topics like “Modern Agile”, “How to make sure you scaled Agile safely”, “How to copy Spotify in 30min”, Recharging/Boosting your Agility”, “Create Leaders at Every Level”, “Dealing with Shifting Priorities using Lean/Kanban Flow, WIP Limits and Capacity Allocation”, ” AdvanScrum”, “Feature discovery through Design Thinking”, “M-Agile – Best practices for successful Mobile Agile”, “BDD from the Trenches”, “Was it Worth It? Measuring the Success of an Agility Project in Business Terms”, “Fearless Change – Myths and Patterns of Organizational Change”. Web site: http://www.agileisrael2016.com/ Location for the Agile Israel conference: Tel Aviv, Israel
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Agile in a Bag, London, UK, June 10 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:00
Agile in a Bag is a one-day conference that takes place in London. It proposes workshops to help you understand how Agile works and interesting presentations explaining Scrum ideas. It is also a great place to network with fellow Agile practitioners in London. In the agenda of Agile in a Bag, you can find topics like “Wicked Problems in Organisational Design”, “Kanban is more than a board, let’s discuss deep Kanban”, “Coaching the Agile organisation”, “Avoiding ‘Mini-Waterfalls’ in Agile Environments”, “From Rust to Robust-From Iron To Agile Triangle”, “Cynefin A&E Simulation Game”, “Coaching Tools for Agile Leaders”, ” Quantifying Cost of Delay – Why is it the ‘one thing’ to quantify, How do I do it?”, “Influence techniques of Scrum Master: how to build a team without a power”, “The Journey of a Lean Enterprise”. Web site: http://agileinabag.co.uk/ Location for the Agile in a Bag conference: Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SN, UK
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Agile Coach Camp Canada West, Vancouver, Canada, June 17-19 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:30
Agile Coach Camp Canada West is a three-day conference that creates opportunities for the Agile coaches community to share successes, learning, questions and unresolved dilemmas. All this happens in an energizing and supportive environment. The Agile Coach Camp Canada West follows the open space format for conferences. Each participants makes a contribution to the art and science of helping people and teams be their best as they create valuable software. Share your stories, observations, and puzzles. Discuss coaching challenges you have overcome or those you are wrestling with today. Describe challenges you see emerging as we seek to improve the organization of knowledge work. Bring your questions. Test your ideas. Listen and learn from others. Web site: http://agilecoachcampcanada.ca/ Location for the Agile Coach Camp Canada West conference: BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 3H6, Canada
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Agile Coach Camp Canada East, Cornwall, Canada, 3-5 June, 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:15
Agile Coach Camp Canada East is a three-day conference that creates opportunities for the Agile coaches community to share successes, learning, questions and unresolved dilemmas. All this happens in an energizing and supportive environment. The Agile Coach Camp Canada East follows the open space format for conferences. Each participants makes a contribution to the art and science of helping people and teams be their best as they create valuable software. Come to share your stories, observations, and puzzles. You will be able to discuss coaching challenges you have overcome or those you are wrestling with today. You will describe challenges you see emerging as we seek to improve the organization of knowledge work. Bring your questions. Test your ideas. Listen and learn from others. Web site: http://agilecoachcampcanada.ca/ Location for the Agile Coach Camp Canada East conference: NAV Centre, 1950 Montreal Road, Cornwall, Ontario K6H 6L2, Canada
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SoCraTes UK, Dorking, UK, June 2-5 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:10
SoCraTes UK is an International Software Craftsmanship retreat for open-minded craftspeople who want to improve their craft and the software industry as a whole. It’s a great opportunity to speak to and code with many like-minded and talented developers. The conference itself is free. SoCraTes UK, the International Software Craftsmanship retreat 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://socratesuk.org/ Location for the SoCraTes UK conference: Wotton House, Guildford Road, Dorking, Surrey, England, UK
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Agile Coach Camp Italy, Lavarone, Italy, June 9-11 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:00
Agile Coach Camp Italy is a three-days of highly collaborative, self-organized open space conference. It’s for everyone involved in Agile coaching, training, mentoring and helping Agile organizations. Agile Coach Camp Italy 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: https://accitaly.wordpress.com/ Location for the Agile Coach Camp Italy: Grand Hotel Astoria, Piazza Italia, 38046 Lavarone, Italy
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User Stories Are Not Requirements

Scrum Expert - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:27
The creation of Agile approaches was also a reaction against huge and useless requirements documents, either textual or using modeling techniques like UML. All the values of the past should however not be discarded in the requirements activity. In his book “Agile Software Requirements”, Dean Leffingwell explains how user stories are different from use cases and software specifications. Although user stories do most of the work previously done by software requirements specifications, use cases, and the like, they are materially different in a number of subtle yet critical ways. They are not detailed requirements specifications (something a system shall do) but are rather negotiable expressions of intent (it needs to do something about like this). They are short, easy to read, and understandable to developers, stakeholders, and users. They represent small increments of valued functionality that can be developed in a period of days to week. The are relatively easy to estimate, so effort to implement the functionality can be rapidly determined They are not carried in large, unwieldy documents but rather organized in lists that can be more easily arranged and rearranged as new information is discovered. They are not detailed at the outset of the project but are rather elaborated on a just-in-time basis, thereby avoiding too-early specificity, delays in development, requirements inventory, and an over-constrained statement of the solution. They need little or no maintenance and can be safely discarded after implementation. User stories, and the code that is created quickly thereafter, serve as inputs to documentation, [...]
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The Systemic ScrumMaster

Scrum Expert - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 17:33
Most ScrumMasters are quite fluent in “Scrum”, but they lack experience in System and Complexity Thinking. Most projects don’t fail because of the wrong tools, but because of people and a missing understanding about the system that we are all part of. This presentation shares stories about real world teams and their struggles with the system around them and talks about how a more systemic approach helped them. You will have a better understanding of system and complexity thinking and the needed mindset, as well as some tools that will help you on your systemic journey. Video producer: http://aceconf.com/ Further reading: Complexity Theory for Software Developers
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Agile Brazil 2016 Call for Speakers

Scrum Expert - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 16:29
The Brazilian Conference about Agile Methods – Agile Brazil 2016 – is a non-profit national conference organized by Agile Alliance Brazil and volunteered representatives of main Brazilian agile communities. The call for speakers of Agile Brazil 2016 is active until June 1. The conference will have the following tracks mainly based on the Agile Manifesto: * Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools * Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation * Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation * Responding to Change over Following a Plan * Innovation and the Future over Accepting the Status Quo Learn more on https://submissoes.agilebrazil.com/2016/home?locale=en
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Scaling with an Agile Leader

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 21:27
Using an Agile approach for software development does not necessarily guarantee success. As Henrik Kniberg wrote at the beginning of his blog post ” Even if the entire organization is neatly organized into scrum teams, you can still end up with an unaligned mess!”. Having an Agile leader can help preventing the unaligned mess. At the beginning of the blog post, Henrik Kniberg explains that you should maybe first try to avoid complexity and search simplicity in your organization. If you cannot simplify, then might need an Agile leader. He defines this role as someone that will focus entirely on coordinating the different teams. He will keep the moving parts in sync and keep an eye on the big picture. If Agile has leadership roles at the team level, there is no formal role when you have multiple teams. Henrik Kniberg provides an example of what an Agile leader will do: 1. What does winning look like? Vision/Mission. 2. What’s the plan? Strategy and tactics. 3. What’s the score? Progress, status, feedback loops 4. What is preventing us from winning? Continous improvement, people, teams, strategy, tactics. The blog post explains then in more details what the Agile leaders do at the budgets and estimates or cross-functional collaboration for instance. The post also discusses what kind of person is suitable for the role. Henrik Kniberg conclusion is that “I hope this doc helps you improve the success rate of your large multi-team efforts. But don’t forget – scaling is a last [...]
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Impact Mapping Workshop & Agile 101 – How thin is thin?

Agile Ottawa - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 05:31
We got to try out a new, shiny toy for our session today. It’s the latest product from Nureva called SPAN. A great tool for ideation and collaboration. Here is a closeup of our working session.   References Impact Mapping: Making … Continue reading →
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Unconf, Kracow, Poland, June 4 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 10:52
Unconf — the unexpected conference is a one-day event dedicated to the Agile and provided in a nontypical way that provides both open space discussions and workshops. Talks will be in Polish or English, depending on sessions and guests. Unconf — the unexpected 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.unconf.pl/ Location for the Unconf conference: hub:raum Kraków, Przemysłowa 12, 33-332 Kracow, Poland
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Agile Coach Camp Denmark, Dragor, Denmark, June 2-4 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 10:00
Agile Coach Camp Denmark is a three-day event that serves as an unconference for Agile coaches of Denmark and other countries. The Agile Coach Camp Denmark is a free, not-for-profit, practitioner-run event. Agile Coach Camp Denmark 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://accdk.org/ Location for the Agile Coach Camp Denmark: Dragør Badehotel, Drogdensvej 43, DK-2791 Dragør, Denmark
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Is Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) evil?

Scrum Expert - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:32
The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is controversial. At first glance SAFe looks a bit like a big scary heavy-weight top-down RUP-zombie. But what about in real life? This talk is based on Henrik Kniberg experience doing this at Lego with about 15-20 teams for 9 months and counting. He presents his story so far and reflects on the evilness or non-evilness of SAFe. You might even learn what the “e” in SAFe stands for ;O) Video producer: http://gotocon.com/
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Save the date for the Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2016

Agile Ottawa - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:14
We are pleased to announce the 2016 edition of the GOAT conference will be held on Monday, November 21st, 2016 at the Shaw Centre in downtown Ottawa! This year’s event will be significantly larger than the previous years, allowing us … Continue reading →
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New SAFe Certification: Advanced Scrum Master

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 17:34
Scaled Agile, provider of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), has announced the launch of a new certification: SAFe Advanced Scrum Master (ASM). The two-day course was created to meet the growing demand from Scrum professionals looking to develop expertise in SAFe and meet the demands of enterprises relying on SAFe to build better software and systems. SAFe ASM prepares Scrum Masters to take a leadership role in facilitating Agile team, program, and enterprise success in a SAFe implementation. They will learn facilitation of cross-team interactions in support of program execution and relentless improvement. The course will enhance their understanding of the Scrum paradigm with an introduction to scalable engineering and DevOps practices, and the application of Kanban to facilitate the flow of value. It will also provide them with a consistent approach to facilitating interactions with architects, product management, and other critical stakeholders in the larger program and enterprise contexts. With this new addition, Scaled Agile now offers a portfolio of six professional credentials designed to meet the needs of Lean-Agile professionals from the very beginning of their learning path through their veteran years as they practice, consult, and train others in SAFe.
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Journée Agile Belge, Namur, Belgium, May 27 2016

Scrum Expert - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 15:00
The Journée Agile Belge is a one-day conference focused on agile software development approaches like Scrum that takes place in Belgium every year. Most of the presentations and workshops are in French, but there also some talks in English. In the agenda of the Journée Agile Belge you can find topics like “Being Agile is About Caring”, “Accelerated Learning: How Can Agile Help You?”, “Storytelling & Digital”, “« Listening based on Theory U”, “Do We Really Need Automated Testing?”, “Using Simulation to Experience Modern Agility”, “How to Create a Team of Agile Teams?”, “When Lean UX Meets Agile Development”. Web site: http://www.journeeagile.be/ Location for the Journée Agile Belge conference: Henallux, 5000 Namur, Belgium
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Five Rules for a Minimum Viable Product Strategy

Scrum Expert - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 16:48
The Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is defined in Wikipedia as “a product which has just enough features to gather validated learning about the product and its continued development.” In this article, Sergiy Andriyenko proposes fives rules to apply successfully a Minimum Viable Product strategy. Author: Sergiy Andriyenko, Svitla, http://www.svitla.com/ The best example to explain the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) strategy might be the “….Got Talent” shows. Think about it. At the first performance the participants have basically nothing but their talent and their homemade performance to say “Hello, World”. They have about one minute to reach WOW effect and find out whether or not their idea has desirable impact on the audience. And if they manage to surprise it like Susan Boyle did, they begin developing and growing to become well-known stars. Minimum viable product often misguides those who are willing to use this strategy to start a new project. As the standard definition “a strategy for fast and quantitative market testing” happens to be narrow and a bit misleading, experts discuss other important features of successful MVPs. And while the number of pros and cons continues to grow, more articles and even books appear. Having used a MVP approach in projects like PeopleSmart.com, Archives.com and several mobile apps, we found it very useful. So we have summarized in this article the top rules that can help you to put MVP thinking into action. Rule #1: Correct Focus MVP helps to focus on the key problems, your potential customers experience [...]
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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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