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Real-Time Retrospectives & Agile Improvement

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 15:09
If the retrospectives are one of the main improvement tools for Agile teams, they can also be the subjects of improvement. In this article, Tom Monico explains how his team has adopted the starfish model to create a better retrospectives process where feedback is produced in real-time and not only at the end of a Scrum sprint. Author: Tom Monico, https://www.goreflect.com/ Many have embraced the retrospective while others, possibly most, have a more casual attitude towards the value of the retrospective. Personally, I was somewhere in the middle until my teammates and I developed a better way to learn from the past. We were performing very well. We routinely met our commitments and the business was happy. We held a retrospective at the end of each sprint going around the room asking each team member to share something that worked or didn’t work well. It was a very uncomfortable process for everyone. Since we were doing so well, we questioned the value of the retrospective and considered having the retrospective every other sprint, maybe even less often. Luckily, our desire to have the retro less frequently was short lived. We realized that even though we were doing well, we still needed to challenge ourselves to improve every sprint. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t grow as a team and we’d eventually become complacent about improvement. We needed something better. We needed a better retrospective. We wanted to make the retrospective as objective as possible so we adopted the starfish model using [...]
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XP Days Germany, Hamburg, Germany, November 20-22 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 08:30
XP Days Germany is a three-day conference focused on Agile software development. With its eXtreme programming background, it contains interesting technical best practices material for Scrum practitioners and Agile software developers. All the talks are in German. In the agenda of the XP Days Germany conference you can find topics like “Welcome to Dockerland: Best Practices for Kickstarters and Tools by Example”, “Lean Principles and the Management of Technical Debt”, “Test Driven DevOps”, “The 10 Golden Rules fur Bad Tests”, “Pair Programming – Developers Friend, Managers Enemy?”, “How Scrum Keeps Managers Happy – But Not Developers”, “Train your brain – Google Style”, “Continuous Database Integration with Flyway”, “Refactoring Legacy Code”, “Introducing Decombination”, “Design Sprints and Paper Prototyping”, “Lean Coffee”, “Test-Driven Layout – Implementation with Galen”, “The Journey towards Software Craftsmanship”, “Continuous Delivery. Lessons (Not) Learned”. Web site: http://www.xpdays.de/ Location for the XP Days Germany conference: Handwerkskammer Hamburg, Holstenwall 12, 20355 Hamburg, Germany
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Agile Tour Paris, Paris, France, November 17 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 08:00
Agile Tour Paris is a one-day conference focused on agile software development and Scrum that takes place in the capital of France. All the presentations and workshops of the Agile Tour Paris conference are in French. In the agenda the Agile Tour Paris conference, you can find presentations and workshops like “Agile Innovation with JTBD”, “The Art of Being Wrong”, “Coaching Agility in a complex world or what’s the difference between “pure” coaches and Agile coaches?”, “Building Trust inside a Team”, “User research game : learn how to validate your hypothesis!”, “Meeting Game”, “Scrum Clinic”, “Negotiating in Agile Projects”, “How to Achieve a Successful Intrapreneurship Experience in a Big Company”, “DevOps Killed Me”, ” LeanUX for Honest Product Owners”, “Agile Leadership”. Web site: http://at2016.agiletour.org/fr/paris.html Location for the Agile Tour Paris conference: Microsoft France, 41 Quai Président Roosevelt, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
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Agile Tour Vienna, Austria, November 12 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 09:30
The Agile Tour Vienna conference is a one-day event that aims at bringing together experts and practitioners interested in Agile software development and Scrum project management. The main conference language is German, but there are some talks in English. In the agenda of the Agile Tour Vienna conference you can find topics like “Effective User Stories”, “(How) do I do “real” Scrum?”, “Agile 1×1”, “Mobile Testing in Agile Context”, “Scaling Agile Delivery: Turning the Lights On”, “A UX Toolkit for the Product Owner”, “Given/When/Then-ready sprint planning”, “Test automation without a headache: Five key patterns”. Web site: http://www.agiletourvienna.at/ Location for the Agile Tour Vienna conference: FH Technikum Wien, Höchstädtplatz 6, 1200 Vienna, Austria
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Agile Tour Bangkok, Thailand, October 28-29 2016

Scrum Expert - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 09:00
The Agile Tour Bangkok is a two-day conference focused Agile software development and Scrum. The main objective of this conference is to promote to the Agile software development community in Thailand. Local and international Agile practitioners will share their rich experiences during the Agile Tour Bangkok. In the agenda of Agile Tour Bangkok conference you can find topics like “Mindmaps: A killer way to increase your test coverage”,”Agile Without a Name”, “Integrating Agile Concept Through Education”, “Advanced Lean Agile. Scrum beyond the Guide. Beyond Basics. Beyond a single framework. No Dogmas!”, “Enterprise Agile Journey with DST”, “Enterprise Scaling Strategy”, “Agile Business (Transform Your Organization Through Agile)”, “The Principles Of Agile Metrics”, “Agile and Waterfall from the view of Plato and Aristotle”, “Practical Guide for First Time Product Owners”, “Do and Don’t for Continuous Delivery”, “Agile transformation – The role of a QA”, “Enterprise Agile Pitfalls”. Web site: http://www.agiletourbkk.org/ Location for the Agile Tour Bangkok conference: Montien Riverside Hotel, 372 Rama 3 Road, Bangkhlo, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
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REPL, Scrum & the Wright Brothers

Scrum Expert - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 14:39
Jeff Sutherland makes a convincing argument of using Scrum outside of software development in his recent book Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. A full 111 years before Sutherland published this book, the Wright Brothers practiced scrum to outmaneuver better funded and more entrenched competitors. REPL driven development is a technique that comes to business software creation from the scientific computing community. REPL driven development takes the benefits of small iterations and immediate feedback and marries it with the change-proofing benefits of test-driven development. Taking the lessons of Sutherland and the Wright Brothers back to software, we will see how REPL-driven development aligns perfectly with their techniques. At the end of the session, you will know how to write code faster and better, and have a heck of a lot of fun doing it. This session will be using F# in Visual Studio 2015. If you have learned some F# and are eager to start using it in your day job, this session will use some techniques help you achieve that goal. Video producer: http://ndcoslo.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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"Individuals and Interactions" virtual training with 11 experts

Agile Announcements Yahoo! Group - Tue, 04/23/2013 - 05:19
I've organized a virtual training for mid-May, in which I'll interview 11 experts on the topic of "individuals and interactions". We'll drill down into what
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Coaching Agile Teams class in Boston, MA May 2 - 3, 2013

Agile Announcements Yahoo! Group - Mon, 04/22/2013 - 23:57
The Coaching Agile Teams class by Lyssa Adkins & Michael Spayd is a one-of-a-kind training that covers both the being and the doing of Agile coaching. There's
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Agile Requirements training + gathering in London 24-26 April

Agile Announcements Yahoo! Group - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:27
If you don't get the right requirements - and get them right - any method will do. In practice, requirements using agile practices helps you to not only
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Reminder: Mini XP Day Benelux conference, 26 April in Mechelen (Belg

Agile Announcements Yahoo! Group - Sun, 04/14/2013 - 16:43
Hi! I'd like to remind you of the Mini XP Day Benelux conference, which will take place on Friday April 26th in Mechelen (Belgium). The program features 12
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Project Management and Coaching Workshops, May 16 and 17 in London

Agile Announcements Yahoo! Group - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 19:22
I will be in London, delivering two one-day workshops: Start Your Agile Project Right, and a Coaching Master Class on May 16 and 17, 2013. You don't have to do
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Newly released - The Agile Team Handbook (Jan Beaver)

Agile Announcements Yahoo! Group - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 19:20
Just published and now available: http://goo.gl/bWHsC Devoted to Agile Teams and teamwork.
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