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Scrum Day Europe 2013: Sneak peek

- Brian Smith
in Scrum.org News

Scrum Day Europe 2013 is THE event for passionate individuals who are committed to becoming more agile. On July 4th, Amsterdam, attendees will gain insight into how to increase agility for a competitive advantage. Recognized thought-leaders, innovators, and Agile and Scrum experts will lead&nb...

Tags: Conferences

The "Nature of Scrum Survey" awaits you!

- Dominik Maximini
in Community Blogfeed

What is the nature of Scrum? What are it's cultural characteristics? What are companies going to face if they introduce Scrum while trying to maintain their existing corporate cultures? I am going to find out - with your help! On the ScrumOrakel website, you can find two surveys, each ...


Technical Debt Explanation for Businessmen

- Andy Brandt
in Community Blogfeed

I was recently asked by a businessman to explain the concept of technical debt - and why it matters to him. He owns a middle-sized company that has nothing to do with IT except as a client/user. The text below was inspired by that discussion. Software quality can be divided into two major aspects: ...


Agile Fad?

- Ken Schwaber
in Community Blogfeed

At a recent conference, one speaker stated that the days of the agile movement are just about over. He said that the software industry has new fads every ten years, and agile was over ten years old. The Agile Manifesto was written to... [Read more...]  


Scrum Day Europe 2013: Extend Scrum into the Enterprise

- Daniel Racowsky
in Scrum.org News

  We’re excited to announce the second annual Scrum Day Europe 2013 Program and Schedule. This year’s conference is on July 4, and like last year, at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). The day is filled with engaging sessions and announcements.  Join ...

Tags: Conferences

The Same Old Way

- No Author
in Community Blogfeed

As someone who develops or tests software, how well do written requirements – a.k.a. “specification documents” – meet your needs? Have you, in fact, ever thought about the ways in which you come to understand what needs to be implemented? Or do you just take for granted tha...

Tags: Teams, Behavior

Hey “Programmers”, It’s Time to Grow Up and Be Professional

- Richard Banks
in Community Blogfeed

Oh, what’s that? You don’t care if anyone thinks you’re a professional? You think you already act professionally; it’s not your problem if the requirements are daft and the users are stupid? You just want to be left alone to write great code since other people just get in the...


Women in IT – a very subjective post

- Kate Terlecka
in Community Blogfeed

    Disclaimer: opinions expressed in this post are not meant to offend anyone; they are highly subjective and based on my own experiences. Let’s start with a story from some years ago, when I was seeking a job as a junior developer, right out of studies. A male friend did the ...

Tags: Behavior

The "Nature of Scrum Survey" awaits you!

- Dominik Maximini
in Community Blogfeed

What is the nature of Scrum? What are it's cultural characteristics? What are companies going to face if they introduce Scrum while trying to maintain their existing corporate cultures? I am going to find out - with your help! At http://scrumorakel.de/surveys/ you can find two surveys, each of whi...


Metrics to Build Great Agile Teams: Measure Influence, Not Control

- Scrum Admin
in Community Blogfeed

Couple of weeks back, I noticed an incident that triggered this post. Senior Management in a company applauded people for showing individual heroics on the project. Some of them were: Staying late in office to address a client request? Responding to project emails at late night. Rewarding testers on...

Tags: Teams, Behavior

Scrum: Tactics for a Purpose

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Blogfeed

The purpose of Scrum is to help people inspect & adapt, to provide transparency to the work being undertaken, to know reality to base decisions on, to adjust, to adapt, to change, to gain flexibility. The rules, principles and roles of the framework, as described in the Scrum Guid...

Tags: Scrum

Iterative Estimation

- Scrum Admin
in Community Blogfeed

Estimation has been the bane of the developer’s life ever since we moved beyond the hacker era of software creation, and into “corporate software”. When people hacked, they just wrote code, completed stuff and released it. People took pride in their work, challenged one another, ma...


You are doing it wrong if you are not using test first

- Martin Hinshelwood
in Community Blogfeed

Many teams are struggling with delivering modern software because they are not building with Test First principals. Test First gives us the assurance that we have built the correct thing, that what we built is what the customer asked for and that when we change things we don’t break anything i...


Who stole all my Scrum benefits?

- Edwin Dando
in Community Blogfeed

You’ve seen the statistics - Jeff Sutherland’s group consistently achieving 500-750% increases in productivity, organisations tripling their productivity in a matter of months etc. You’ve implemented Scrum so how come you aren’t reaping these sorts of benefits? [Read more...]...

Tags: Scrum, Teams

The Path to Agility

- Ken Schwaber
in Resources

The move is on. More and more organizations are abandoning waterfall and opting for agility. The benefits are overwhelming, documented by Standish Group, the GAO, and DOD. Lately, two approaches to becoming agile have emerged. Watch this talk to learn more about Agility Path™, presen...


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