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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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Scaled Agile Launches Beta Certification: SAFe 4.0 Scrum Master

Scrum Expert - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 17:11
Scaled Agile, provider of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), has announced the launch of a beta program for a new certification: SAFe 4.0 Scrum Master (SSM). Unlike traditional Scrum Master training that focuses on the fundamentals of team-level Scrum, this course is for professionals who want to gain an understanding of the role of Scrum in the context of the entire enterprise, and learn how to coach teams to deliver the maximum business value that is achievable through SAFe. Designed for those new to the role of Scrum Master, the two-day course prepares Scrum Masters to take a leadership role in facilitating Agile teams’ success in a SAFe implementation. With the addition of SAFe 4.0 Scrum Master, Scaled Agile’s portfolio now includes seven professional credentials designed to meet the needs of Lean-Agile professionals throughout their career as they practice, consult, or train others in SAFe.
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Scrum and Kanban Plugins for Redmine

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 10:00
Redmine is a popular open source project management web application. It was written using the Ruby on Rails framework. This software is more oriented towards a traditional approach for project management with Gantt charts and calendar than Agile, Scrum or Kanban. However, Redmine architecture allows however creating plugins to add additional features. The development of a number of Agile and Lean plugins has therefore been started in these past years. However not all those plugins have been in continuous development until the current release of Redmine 3.3 You will find below a list of Scrum and Kanban plugins that you could consider to use. You might also decide to fork some of the “abandoned” projects if you are willing to put them up to date. The number of these plugins is limited and trying to add Scrum and Kanban features to Redmine might not be the easier road for your Agile open source journey. For people that are looking for open source solutions, the Open Source Scrum Tools Directory is a good place to visit to have an idea of available open source Scrum tools. Redmine has a directory where all the plugins are listed: Updates * September 2016: active plugin added : Redmine Agile Plugin, Scrum2B, Scrum-Plugin, Redmine CRM Agile plugin, Redhopper; transfer inactive plugins to inactive section Active Plugins * Redhopper Redhopper is an open source Redmine plugin that allows creating Kanban boards for Redmine. It was inspired by Jira Agile (formerly known as Greenhopper), but follows [...]
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Lean Agile Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, October 5-7 2016

Scrum Expert - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 09:30
Lean Agile Scotland is a three-day conference focused on the Lean and Agile approaches to software development and project management like Scrum. In the agenda of the Lean Agile Scotland conference you can find topics like “Editing Service Design”, “Seven Secrets of Scaling”, “The Eupsychian Manager”, “Dispositioning Advantage: A Pervert’s Guide to Strategy Design”, “A Practical Guide to Cynefin”, “Mapping the Risk in Your Value Stream”, “All Of This Has Happened Before – An Agile History”, “Data-driven decision making through Lean Analytics”, “Kanban Essentials”, “Evolution of Tribes at Spotify – Complexity in Practice”, “Beyond BDD”. Web site: Location for the Lean Agile Scotland conference: John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY, United Kingdom
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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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