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New Agilo Christmas Release now available

New Version of Agilo 1.2 now available

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21 December 2009
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A great 2009 is ending and we like to announce the last Agilo Release for this year.

We send all of you, who are using Agilo, giving suggestions and critic, supporting us and giving us feedback a big

THANK YOU

Merry Christmas and a good start in 2010 for all of you
Marion

Here are some informatin about the New Agilo Release 1.2

  • Improved on the Beta Backlog. It is now the default backlog, the previous backlog is now in deprecation. It allows multi-level drag & drop ordering and inline editing of values. The backlog in Agilo Pro also features ...

Offshore scrum: A case study in lean thinking

Presentation at the Scrum Day in Düsseldorf December 2009, by Andrea Tomasini (agile42) and Dave Sharrock (be2) This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany License.

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3 December 2009
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Scrum

Presentation at the Scrum Day in Düsseldorf December 2009, by Andrea Tomasini (agile42) and Dave Sharrock (be2)

Scrum Day Düsseldorf Scrum Day Presentation

Abstract of the speech

While the cost argument for moving traditional development teams offshore is well-known (and generally, still quite strong), the difficulty of maintaining high bandwidth communication with offshore teams using agile development methods has often been considered a substantial barrier to effective development. At be2, a Munich-based online international matchmaking service with an IT organisation based in Armenia, we choose to challenge these assumptions. With the help of agile42, a pilot agile project with two development teams was planned working with ...

Christmas Scrumtisch

Last chance to meet again this year ;-)

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30 November 2009
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lean, lean in a nutshell, scrum, scrumtisch

Hi everybody,

like discussed here comes the invitation for the Christmas Scrumtisch 2009. I hope you will find the time beside all the other events in these days.

Date: 21. December 2009
Time: 18:30 Uhr
Place: La Vecchia Trattoria, Niederbarnimstraße 25, 10247 Berlin

Topic: One topic will be Kanban

Looking forward to see you to have a nice evening. Many greetings Marion

PS. This was the only possible date....

Interesting Scrumtisch in November - Some content

Scrum @ SAP - Thanks to Markus for the speech and thanks to Isa for the notes...

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27 November 2009
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile, agile42, agile development, agile tools, agilo, product owner, scrum, scrum development, scrummaster, scrumtisch, scrum tool, scrum tools

This evening Marion organised another successful Scrumtisch: Usually we either meet for timeboxed discussions on Scrum and agile development questions or a speaker is invited to present his favourite Scrum or Lean or Agile topic.

Today Markus Frick gave a presentation of how Scrum was introduced at SAP, a German software company. They started implementing Scrum in a “small” team of about 60 people, organised in about six to seven teams. The idea was to get people together who are already sort of familiar with agile technologies and let them evaluate what works in the companies context at what doesn ...

Succeeding with Agile from Mike Cohn - Get a signed copy

The new book **Succeeding with Agile** from **Mike Cohn** is now available. Get a signed copy of **Succeeding with Agile** or order the book for special condition

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17 November 2009
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile, agile42, berlin, mike cohn, new book, scrumtisch, succeeding with agile

Hi all,

the new book Succeeding with Agile from Mike Cohn is now available. It's a guide to start with Scrum and I can strongly recommend it.

{Succeeding with Agile from Mike Cohn Mike was so kind to offer me some signed copies of Succeeding with Agile for the Berlin Scrumtisch. You like to get one? Please let me know. The first 10 ordering the book will have it ;-)

We also get special conditions on the price, so if you like to make a nice Christmas present or just like to have it for your selfe: scrumtisch@agile42.com

We will publish a review on ...

Scrumtisch November 2009

Hello everybody, here are the information for the next Scrumtisch (Scrum User Group, Berlin) in November 2009: Date: 26. November ...

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19 October 2009
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile, agilo, scrum, scrum berlin

Hello everybody,

here are the information for the next Scrumtisch (Scrum User Group, Berlin) in November 2009:

Date: 26. November 2009
Time: 18:30 Uhr
Place: La Vecchia Trattoria, Niederbarnimstraße 25, 10247 Berlin

As usual, please let me know if you can join or not: scrumtisch@agile42.com :-)

See you there
Marion

Keep the Balance - The Product Owner

published in the German IX-Magazin 8/2009 by Marion Eickmann

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19 October 2009
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Scrum
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agile, agile development, product owner, scrum, scrum implementation, scrummaster, scrum master

What role does a Product Owner have?

Scrum is counted as an iterative and incremental process used for product development and the organization of teams. The classical roles and structures are actually replaced by this procedure method through agile and transparent sequences. There result some new roles from this method. One of them is the role of the person responsible for a product, which is –in scrum jargon- called the Product Owner. This first part is about the Product Owners’ tasks, responsibilities and personal capabilities. A second article will appear in the next magazine regarding the role of the Scrum ...

Multifarious - The Scrum Master

published in German in the IX-Magazin 9/2009 by Marion Eickmann, agile42.com

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19 October 2009
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Press

You like to get the German PDF Version, please contact us

Scrum gets more and more common as an agile method for the management of projects. Those who want to use the model of Scrum successfully should first take a closer look at the description of the three roles and not mistake the Scrum Master with a Team Leader.
As owner of the second important role in a project team that works with Scrum, the Scrum Master communicates between the Product Owner and the Team. He moderates conflicts and takes obstacles that might interfere with the work of the team ...

Team Spirit in Scrum

published in the German IX-Magazin 10/2009 by Marion Eickmann and Andrea Tomasini.

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19 October 2009
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Press

You like to get the German PDF Version, please contact us

The role of the development team

Neither the budget nor the strategies or techniques are responsible for successful IT-projects. The successful realization goes hand in hand with the collaboration of the development team.

Team spirit

As the last two tutorial parts of Scrum ([1], [2]) showed, this agile method for software development knows three significant roles. The Product Owner is responsible for giving and prioritizing the requirements and with that making a product backlog. The Scrum Master is responsible for the abidance of the Scrum rules and clears out ...

Keep the Balance - The Product Owner

published in the German IX-Magazin 8/2009 by Marion Eickmann

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19 October 2009
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Press

You like to get the German PDF Version, please contact us

What role does a Product Owner have?

Scrum is counted as an iterative and incremental process used for product development and the organization of teams. The classical roles and structures are actually replaced by this procedure method through agile and transparent sequences. There result some new roles from this method. One of them is the role of the person responsible for a product, which is –in scrum jargon- called the Product Owner. This first part is about the Product Owners’ tasks, responsibilities and personal capabilities. A second article will ...

Mary Poppendieck at the Scrumtisch Berlin

Lean in a Nutshell - Mary Poppendieck at the Scrumtisch Berlin

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12 October 2009
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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lean, lean in a nutshell, scrum, scrumtisch

Yesterday Mary Poppendieck and Tom Poppendieck talked about lean and Scrum at the Scrum User Group Berlin (The Scrumtisch) The best words describing those two hours are: It was simply great! Scrumtisch October '09

Thank you Mary and Tom for beeing with us and sharing your great experiences and thoughts.

Here's the content of the presentation that was all about Lean in a Nutshell: Lean in a Nutshell

Beyond the Low Hanging Fruit

  • System Thinking
  • Technical Excellence
  • Reliable Delivery
  • Relentless Improvement

The whole presentation you can download here:

Scrumtisch October 2009

Mike Cohn Joins Scrum Alliance Board of Directors

Mike Cohn is now a member of the board of the Scrum Alliance. Mike invented the trainings: Writing good User Stories and Agile Estimating and Planning, and he is the founder of Mountain Goat Software...

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5 October 2009
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agile, scrum, scrum alliance

Mike Cohn is now a member of the board of the Scrum Alliance. Mike invented the trainings: Writing good User Stories and Agile Estimating and Planning, and he is the founder of Mountain Goat Software.

Read more on the Scrum Alliance Website

Beyond the Low Hanging Fruit: What Lean brings to Agile.

Scrumtisch with Mary Poppendieck

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29 September 2009
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile, lean, scrum

Hi everybody,

as you know, the Scrumtisch with Mary Poppendieck is happening on the 11th of October 2009 at 19:00 o'clock.

Mary will talk about:
Beyond the Low Hanging Fruit: What Lean brings to Agile.

If you are interested in joining, please send an email to: scrumtisch@agile42.com

Agile Methods versus Traditional Development

The keynote of Andrea Tomasini at the House of Open Scrum in Munich will highlight the differences between agile methods and traditional development approaches.

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25 September 2009
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Scrum
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agile, house of open scrum, scrum, traditional software development

On the 7th of October 2009 the House of Open Scrum opens the door for everybody interested in Scrum, agile and lean ways of working.

Andrea Tomasini will talk in his keynote about: Why Scrum Works

There are fundamental difference of all agile methodes, in comparison with the traditional software development approaches. Following the "style" of the agile manifesto we can bring them to the point:

  • Fact based development over requirements assumptions
  • Market driven features over upfront specifications
  • Flexible development over predefined plans
  • Agile leadership instead of command and control

More information you can find here: http://www.scrum-events.de ...

Scrumtisch September 2009

Scrumtisch

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22 September 2009
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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scrum, scrumtisch

Date: 24. September 2009
Time: 18:30 Uhr
Place: La Vecchia Trattoria, Niederbarnimstraße 25, 10247 Berlin

The location is near the U-Bahn Samariterstrasse.

Please let me know if you come: scrumtisch@agile42.com :-)

Marion

Highlights of the CSM (Certified Scrum Master) Exam Launch Plan

Main topics regarding the planned CSM Exam

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22 September 2009
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CSM Exam Launch Plan of the Scrum Alliance:

  • We will launch on October 1 with 3 variations of the exam.
  • Each of the 3 variations will have 60 questions out of the total pool of 90 questions. They will be structured to make sure that each area of the Scrum Guide is equally represented in each exam.
  • For a period of time (the length of which is yet undetermined, but will be announced in the future), all those who take the test will be given a “passing” grade.
  • Over time, analysis of exam results will help the Alliance determine the ...

Scrum Alliance - Message from the Board of Directors

Official statement from the Scrum Alliance about the resignation of Ken Schwaber

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22 September 2009
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ken schwaber, scrum, scrum alliance

Here it is, an official statement of the Scrum Alliance regarding the fact that Ken Schwaber resigned on September 15th 2009 as as President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Scrum Alliance.

The good news is, that Ken wants to remain active in the Scrum Community. The complete statement you can read here: http://www.scrumalliance.org/news_items/75

Scrum getting Started with iX Magazine, HLMC and agile42

Scrum Getting Started in cooperation with agile42, HLMC and the iX Magazine.

agile42, HLMC and the well known iX Magazine from Heise organized together a Scrum getting started Training. in Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart. For all participants it was a great experience to get all this informations regarding Scrum. Even if the title of the Training was "Scrum getting Started" it was much more. A lot of information how Scrum works in real life and great practical examples and learning games. And at the end of all we had big fun :-) If you like to know more about those or other Scrum Events please visit: http://www.scrum-events.de/

stay tuned JP

ken schwaber stepped down

Ken Schwaber is not any longer the President of the Scrum Alliance.

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21 September 2009
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ken schwaber, president, scrum, scrum alliance

Ken Schwaber is not any longer the President of the Scrum Alliance. He stepped down as President and Chairman of the Board of the Scrum Alliance on Tuesday, September 15, 2009. At the same time also Managing Director Jim Cundiff stepped down.

The new President of the Scrum Alliance will be Tom Mellor.

More information will come soon.

Scrum Master & Team Training in Groningen

In Groningen we did a Scrum Master & Team Training with Goldmund, Wyldebeast und Wunderliebe and Four Digits, as always culminating in a wonderful Lego city!

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14 September 2009
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General, Scrum, Training
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lego, planning, scrum, training

In Groningen we did a Scrum Master & Team Training with Goldmund, Wyldebeast und Wunderliebe and Four Digits, as always culminating in a wonderful Lego city!

To have the people at the training really experience what it is like to work as a self organized team we end our training with a Lego city exercise. In this exercise, the people are to organize themselves to build as much as possible from the backlog in a number of 5 minute sprints, coupled with a retrospective and a planning session.

Engineers at work Here we see engineers at work. The backlog is broken up into Requirements ...

Scrumtisch with Mary Poppendieck

Beyond the Low Hanging Fruit: What Lean brings to Agile.

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3 September 2009
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lean, scrum, scrumtisch berlin

In October we organize a Scrum User Group Meeting with Mary Poppendieck. She will talk about Lean Management and we will have interesting discussions and will exchange experiences.

TITEL: Beyond the Low Hanging Fruit: What Lean brings to Agile.

The Scrumtisch will take place on Sunday 11th October at 18:00 o clock.

I am really happy that Mary made it possible to join the Scrumtisch in Berlin. If you are interested in joining the Meeting, please send an email to scrumtisch@agile42.com.

gearconf in Düsseldorf am 1.+2. Oktober

Vortrag über Agilo for Scrum & Trac

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1 September 2009
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agilo, gearconf, scrum, trac

Die gearconf 09 will an zwei Tagen einen Überblick über Tools und Methoden aus dem Bereich"Software-Entwicklung im Team" geben. Sie soll u.a. Antworten geben zu den folgenden Fragen:

Wie kann ich wiederkehrende Arbeitsabläufe weitestgehend automatisieren?
Wie kann ich Arbeitsabläufe beschleunigen und Fehlerquellen vermeiden gestalten?
Wie kann ich die Kommunikation im Team verbessern?
Wie kann ich die Qualität meiner Software spürbar steigern?
Wie behalte ich den Überblick über den augenblicklichen Entwicklungsstand?
Welche Tools sind für meine Anforderungen und Umgebungen am besten geeignet?
Was bringen mir kommerzielle Tools, was freie Tools nicht bieten können?
Wie greifen die einzelnen Bausteine meiner ...

Open Source at work

Plugins make the world go round - and as such we are very proud that slowly but surely the open source community is getting to work to deliver enhancements to Agilo.

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31 August 2009
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Agilo, Scrum
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agilo, community, open source, plugin

Plugins make the world go round - and as such we are very proud that the open source community is getting to work to deliver enhancements to Agilo.

This time Todd Jiang created a plugin for Agilo that allows you to get an estimate for how long working on tasks took the team.

This can of course be a nice way to feed that back into the team to improve their estimation skills.

So without further adoo, here's the plugin

Thanks so much Todd!

Best list of Scrum Tools

Good overview on all the existing Scrum Tools.

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9 August 2009
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agilo, scrum tool, scrum tools

It seems, that the guys from http://www.userstories.com are not really good in SEO ;-) But anyway the list of Scrum Tools provided on this website is the most comprehensive one.

Of course you find also our Scrum Tool Agilo there and we would be pleased if you could write a good reference for us :-)

Thanks and have fun
Marion

“Effective User Stories" and “Agile Estimation and Planning Trainings

Martin Kearns official Partner of agile42 is giving 2 classes in September: “Effective User Stories for Agile Requirements” and “Agile Estimation and Planning

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30 July 2009
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Scrum
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agile estimation and planning, effective user stories, scrum

There are still some places left in Berlin for the Trainings “Effective User Stories for Agile Requirements” and “Agile Estimation and Planning”.

Date: 4. / 5. September
Place: Berlin

For more information please contact: info@agile42.com

Neuer Scrum Artikel über Product Owner

Balance halten: Im neuen IX Magazin (Heft 8/2009) ist nun der Scrum Artikel zum Thema Product Owner erschienen.

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24 July 2009
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Scrum
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agile, artikel, product owner, scrum, scrum article

"Wer agile Softwareentwicklung betreiben will, trifft früher oder später unweigerlich auf Scrum. Erfolg verspricht dieses Vorgehen allerdings nur dann, wenn man die definierten Rollen mit den richtigen Personen besetzt.

So viel zum Aufmacher des Artikels. Im Moment gibts den Artikel nur als Print Ausgabe: http://www.heise.de/ix/inhalt.shtml

Geregelte Selbstbestimmung

Scrum Artikel zum Download. Download the Scrum Article from the IX Magazin 6/2009

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13 July 2009
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Scrum
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scrum einführung, scrum implementation, scrum tool, scrum tools

Deutsch

Den im IX Magazin 6/2009 erschienenen Artikel von mir kann man bei www.heise.de bekommen. (Geregelte Selbstbestimmung)[http://www.heise.de/kiosk/archiv/ix/2009/6/110_kiosk]

Die (englische Variante gibts hier)[http://www.agile42.com/cms/articles/2009/6/16/Scrum-risks/]

English

The article published on the IX Magazin 6/2009 by me, it is now available on the Heise website. (Scrum Overview)[http://www.heise.de/kiosk/archiv/ix/2009/6/110_kiosk]

(Here the english version:)[http://www.agile42.com/cms/articles/2009/6/16/Scrum-risks/]

Sprint Planning, Just Enough & Just in Time

How to get a reasonable Sprint commitment without having to spend too much time in breaking down tasks at the Sprint Planning meeting, while being quite sure that you are going to make it

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6 July 2009
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Agilo, Scrum, Training

Never had the problem that the Sprint Planning Meeting often is at risk of going out of the time-box, and eventually the Development Teams didn't manage to fill up the Sprint Backlog with all the needed tasks?

I want to share with you a way - for sure no rocket science, but "Common Sense" as Ken would say - in which you can have a team committed to the deliverables, without having to struggle with the tasks breakdown, and at the same time having a "good enough" understanding about the commitment given to move forward... interesting? Than read forward :-)

The idea ...

The Optimal UnitTesting environment II

In the [last episode](http://agile42.com/cms/blog/2009/07/1/optimal-unittesting-environment/) I talked about the huge difference it makes to automate the execution of [unit tests](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_testing) on each file save.

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6 July 2009
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Scrum, Training
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browsers, qunit, unittesting

In the last episode I talked about the huge difference it makes to automate the execution of unit tests on each file save.

This is all great and good - if you have the luxury to work with a language which can be reached from the shell.

Since we work with lots of JavaScript in the development of Agilo for Scrum, we have a problem. Of course there are tools like Narwhal that make it much easier to also run JS from the shell, but its not the same, and also it's very hard to debug javascript in there if ...

Scrumtisch July 2009

Next Scrumtisch in July

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3 July 2009
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile, berlin, scrum, scrum berlin

Here comes the next date for the Scrumtisch. Please NOTE: We start half an hour later at 18:30.

Date: 23rd July 2009
Time: 18:30 (6:30 pm)
Place: Ristorante Di Vino, Grünberger Str. 69, Berlin Friedrichshain

Please let me know if you would like to come.
Have a nice weekend
Marion

The optimal UnitTesting environment

I want to tell you about the joys of automation today - the joy of having your test run just whenever you save one of your files.

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30 June 2009
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General, Scrum
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tdd, unittesting

I want to tell you about the joys of automation today - the joy of having your test run just whenever you save one of your files.

Because this is the thing - you cannot deliver high quality software with your Scrum implementation every month without having great engineering practices. If you don't have them, you can still deliver something every month and know exactly where you stand - but the quality will not be there. This is where practices like Unit Testing and Test Driven Development come in, as they are some of the best ways to improve quality that we ...

Review Scrumtisch 16th June

20 People, 4 languages and a great presentation :-)

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17 June 2009
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Hi everybody,
I think you agree, that the presentation of Philippe Kuchten yesterday was great, very informative and interesting. Here are some pictures and the link to the presentation from the Scrumtisch yesterday.
20 Attendees at the Scrumtisch Berlin in June
Philippe Kruchten was talking about: What color has your backlog
Interesting discussions and great food and drinks
Philippe held the presentation at the Orlando Scrum Gathering too. Here you can download the presentation

Comments are very welcome



Marion

Scrum Hit list – 10 good reasons for Scrum

This Scrum Hit List is a part of an article which has been published in the German IX Magazin 06/09

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16 June 2009
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Scrum
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scrum, scrum anti pattern, scrum implementation

Scrum Hit list – 10 good reasons for Scrum

There are many good reasons to work with Scrum. The 10 most important are listed here.

  1. Competitiveness
    The requirements of the market change invariably faster and only the ones who are flexible and contemporary can react Time to Market and stay competitive and create themselves a competitive advantage.

  2. Develop what is needed
    Scrum allows the incremental development of features. In time the customer receives the first working versions, sees the progress and can if necessary add some new ideas.

  3. Confidence through transparency
    Transparency plays a great deal on various levels of Scrum ...

Scrum - Challenges, Risks & Anti-Patterns

Article published in the German IX Magazin, Heise 2009

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16 June 2009
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Press

Finally! After so many years working on projects that simply didn’t work, today there is a methodology for delivering projects on time and budget: Scrum. Many companies have made the change and proven that it works. But is it easy? No, Scrum is not easy. To follow the principles of Scrum requires courage, complete transparency and the confidence to make mistakes. Only people who openly and confidently handle the issues that arise in order learn from them will be successful in using Scrum to develop software and systems in the long run.

What is Scrum?

Scrum is an iterative ...

Scrum Getting Started (inkl. Scrum Lego City Planspiel)

1. Scrum - Theorie und Praxis und 2. Das Scrum Lego City Game

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15 June 2009
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scrum, scrum getting started, scrum lego city game

Aufgrund vieler Nachfragen, haben wir nun 3 öffentliche Termin für das Scrum Training inkl. Scrum Lego City Game angesetzt.

Das Scrum Lego City Game vermittelt in anschaulicher Weise warum und wie Scrum funktioniert, und der Scrum-Getting Started Kurs verbindet die nötige Theorie über Scrum mit dem Scrum Lego City Game. Während des Games werden vollständige Sprints mit Scrum Planning und Scrum Review Meetings und ein Release Sprint simuliert.

Für alle, die Scrum erleben und nicht nur erlernen wollen, ist dieser Kurs zu empfehlen:

Termine:

  • Berlin 03. - 04. August 2009
  • München 11. - 12. August 2009
  • Stuttgart 15. - 16. September 2009

Mehr ...

Scrum training results of Ericsson are now online

In the last few month we made several Scrum trainings at Ericsson Nikola Tesla in Croatia. They provide us with the result of a questioning regarding the trainings and have been so kind to allow us to...

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11 June 2009
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agile, scrum, scrum training

In the last few month we made several Scrum trainings at Ericsson Nikola Tesla in Croatia. They provide us with the result of a questioning regarding the trainings and have been so kind to allow us to publish these results on our website.

Here you can find the results

Geregelte Selbstbestimmung - Ein Plädoyer für agile Softwareentwickung mit Scrum

Im neuen IX Magazin (Heft 6/2009) ist der erste, von vermutlich 4, Artikel zum Thema Scrum erschienen.

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4 June 2009
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Tags
agile, agilo, ix magazin, scrum

"Auch wenn Scrum mittlerweile auf eine fast 15jährige Erfolgsgeschichte zurückblicken kann, betrachten viele Entwickler diese agile Projektmanagementmethode immer noch mit großer Skepsis. Eine Protagonistin dieses Verfahrens argumentiert vehement dafür, Scrum auf jeden Fall einmal auszuprobieren."

So viel zum Aufmacher des Artikels. Im Moment gibts den Artikel nur als Print Ausgabe.

Der 20. Certified Scrum Coach weltweit kommt aus Deutschland

Berlin, - 11. Mai 2009 - Die Berliner agile42 GmbH, erfolgreiches Consulting, Training und Coaching Unternehmen für agile Methoden wie Scrum, gibt bekannt, dass Andrea Tomasini, VP Consulting, seine offizielle Ernennung zum Certified Scrum Coach durch die Scrum Alliance (http://www.scrumalliance.org/) erhalten hat. Andrea ist damit der 20. Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) weltweit und der 2. in Deutschland.

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20 May 2009
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Press

Scrum ist ein agiles Project Management Framework, welches den Business Value des zu erstellenden Produktes in den Vordergrund stellt, und dabei agile Software Engineering Praktiken wie XP oder Vorgehensweisen wie TDD optimal unterstützt.

agile42 ist stolz darauf, nun auch einen CSC (Certified Scrum Coach), neben erfahrenen Trainern, Scrum Mastern und Product Owner, zum Team zählen zu dürfen. Das Berliner Unternehmen hat mit seinem End-to-End Ansatz bereits viele Unternehmen erfolgreich bei der Scrum Einführung unterstützt, und bietet neben den klassische agilen Themen auch Lean Management Consulting und die open Source Software Agilo for Scrum an.

"Die Auszeichung der Scrum Alliance ist ...

20th Certified Scrum Coach worldwide is placed in Germany

Berlin, Germany. - May 11, 2009 - agile42 GmbH, an experienced leader in Agile software development services, training, and consulting, today announced that the agile consultant Andrea Tomasini has received the Certified Scrum Coach status from the Scrum Alliance (http://www.scrumalliance.org/). Andrea is one among the 20 scrum coaches worldwide.

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20 May 2009
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Press

Scrum is an agile process framework that aims to deliver shippable software at regular intervals allowing to focus on the highest business value, improving the Return On Investment. Scrum is complementary to modern software engineering practices coming from XP, for example TDD. We are proud to announce that the 2nd Certified Scrum Coach in Germany is part of agile42. This is naturally a great addition to our team of qualified Scrum Masters and Product Owners.

Agile42 has established confidence with their customers by introducing and coaching many teams through an agile transition and establishing a more lean and effective way ...

Scrum Introduction in complex environment @ ScrumDay 2009

Introducing Scrum in large organization is often a big challenge, it may take a lot of time to have all the parties in-line and able to start the adoption of Scrum. Moreover having a v...

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7 May 2009
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Scrum
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agile, complex, nokia, scrum

Abstract

Introducing Scrum in large organization is often a big challenge, it may take a lot of time to have all the parties in-line and able to start the adoption of Scrum. Moreover having a very dynamic and constantly growing organization, requires to adopt special attention to dependencies between products. You need to have a plan, build a transition backlog, and define your strategy to phase out Scrum into the organization. Agile42 is helping Nokia (Berlin) to make this transition.

Here you can download the Presentation:

Best & Thanks for attending! ANdreaT

Peeking in to a daily standup

We get lots of questions on how to do a proper daily standup works. Well, that can't be said in one simple sentence. There are some companies that practice transparency to a level that only a few d...

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5 May 2009
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General
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agile, practice, standup

We get lots of questions on how to do a proper daily standup works. Well, that can't be said in one simple sentence.

There are some companies that practice transparency to a level that only a few do. Hashrocket for example (the tagline is: "No we are not a company that deals hash to junkies in outer space")

They regularly put up videos on Vimeo of how their own agile process works - and I really like them.

If you want to peek into their daily standups, take a look here and here.

Things I especially like about them:

  • Actually ...

Scrumtisch June '09 - What colour is your backlog? Or: what do we do next?

At the next Berlin Scrumtisch we proudly present Philippe Kruchten, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He will talk about: What colour is your backlog? Or: what do we do next?

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30 April 2009
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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What colour is your backlog?—Or: what do we do next?

Philippe will present his speech from the Orlando Scrum Gathering where he will speak about backlog and time-box, about value versus cost, about visible features versus invisible features (and in particular software architecture), about defects and technical debt, and more generally about release planning and sprint planning for non-trivial and long-lived software development projects.

More information about Philippe you can find here

I am sure this will be an interesting evening :-)

Marion

Details on the Berlin Scrumtisch in June

Date: 16th June 2009
Time: 18:00 (6 pm)
Place ...

Scrumtisch April - Multiproduct Solution, Big Scrum Projects & Multiple Teams

Today we are pleased to announce again a full house and interesting discussion around Scrum. Beside the speech from the Scrum Gathering in Orlando: Agile Creation of Multi-Product Solutions, we discussed also about the Topic Big Projects with Multiple Teams...

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27 April 2009
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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multiproject, scrum, scrumtisch

24 people attended at the Scrumtisch on April 22nd. The "official" Part of the evening started with the usual collection of topics, like

  • Dysfunctional Scrum Pattern
  • CSM & Scrum Alliance Certifications
  • Reporting to the management in multi project Scrum environment
  • Performance Management in Scrum / Quality measurement
  • Small teams with many little projects
  • Big projects with multiple teams (Coordination, Planning, Reporting)

 Scrumtisch Berlin

After the priorisation the 1st topic was set: Big projects with multiple teams (Coordination, Planning, Reporting). During the discussion many useful suggestions and experiences have been exchanged. Questions like Who partitions the work?, How to report? How to estimate and set ...

Scrum Master & Team Training in Zagreb

As we always say, every new training is a new experience, and you never stop to learn something, which is the *exciting* part of the job... at a telecommunication company in Croatia...

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23 April 2009
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Training
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ericsson, training

As we always say, every new training is a new experience, and you never stop to learn something, which is the exciting part of the job... at a telecommunication company in Zagreb it has been another very interesting experience, and again we learned something together :-)

Negotiation is the key, talk to the Product Owner...

The team negotiating the content of the Product Backlog... The Product Owner prepares the Requirements and Stories and put them into the Product Backlog, sorted by Business Value, so that the items more valuable are considered first. Some times the Product Backlog is misunderstood to be a Plan, given from the Product Owner to the ...

New Scrum Poker Cards available

Planning poker is a simple but powerful tool that makes estimations faster, more accurate and the best is: It makes a lot of fun. The new version of the agile42 Scrum Poker Cards includes now also the Coffee Cup and the ½ Point Card.

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20 April 2009
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Scrum
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agile, planning poker, scrum, scrum poker

In Scrum, estimating is a team activity. Every User Story is estimated by the whole team.

Planning poker is a simple but powerful tool that makes estimations faster, more accurate and the best is: It makes a lot of fun.

New Agile42 Scrum Planning Poker Cards The new version of the agile42 Scrum Poker Cards includes now also the Coffee Cup and the ½ Point Card. Planning Poker is the best way we know for agile teams to estimate User Stories and Tasks.

Please remember, that the Product Owner is not estimating. For him we developed the Business Value Game, which helps him to prioritize requirements and ...

Scrum Master and Team Training @ Nokia (part 2)

Following some more pictures from the Nokia training experience - already more than 15 teams have been trained and coached by agile42 in the last 6 months - were I'll try to point out some more intere...

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4 April 2009
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Scrum, Training
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lego, nokia, training

Following some more pictures from the Nokia training experience - already more than 15 teams have been trained and coached by agile42 in the last 6 months - were I'll try to point out some more interesting highlights...

Best Practices

Collaboration...

Collaboration is the way... Even in only 5 min. of time, after 2 Sprints and 2 Team Retrospectives the teams greatly improved their ability to self-organize and collaborate. You can't imagine how many hands are building together on the same "story" and how well synchronize the team members are sorting out pieces, putting them on top of each other to achieve the common ...

Scrum Master and Team Training @ Nokia (part 1)

The Scrum LEGO City Game is about building a nice city with Lego bricks - not a new idea till here - and doing it using as much as possible what learned during the Scrum Training. To create the sense of urgency, agile42 presents the "Product Vision" as to prove to the world that it is possible to build a LEGO city in only 20min. of working time...

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31 March 2009
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Scrum, Training
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lego, nokia, training

Hi all, as agreed with our classes we decided to initiate a series of posts communicating the highlights of our trainings. In particular we constantly evolve the way we teach Scrum, and we make a lot of effort to make people live the best possible experience in only two days of training.

Introduction

After some years doing training, we came to the point where we really needed to find something that was good enough to put all together in a reasonable time, the theory of Scrum. Well after some reading over the internet and some inspecting & adapting, we came out ...

Planning Poker Cards

Use these simple Planning Poker decks to break down complex software engineering problems into manageable chunks, and estimate fast and precise. The Planning Poker Card Decks come together with the Business Value Game.

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18 March 2009
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General
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agile, estimation, planning poker, planning poker cards, scrum

Hi there,

to estimate tasks we use in our projects the planning poker cards. It makes fun and gives clear rules to the team to evaluate the effort of a task.

You can order them on our Planning Poker Page

Have fun Marion

What is Planning Poker?

Planning poker is a variation of the Wideband Delphi method. It is simple, makes fun and results in reliable estimates.

Planning poker is mostly used to estimate the effort or the relative size of tasks in software development. The members of the project team come together and estimate each item in a few ...

How we organize the Scrumtisch

Some information on what you can expect when visiting the Berlin Scrumtisch.

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9 March 2009
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Scrumtisch Berlin
  1. Finding the topics
    Of course we appreciate proposals upfront for the upcoming Scrumtisch, but mostly people are busy and therefore we collect wishes and questions at the beginning of the event. We write these questions on the "wall" and after we prioritize them. We can make use of electrostatic whiteboard, and a projector, so if you want to prepare something, you are really welcome, just post your idea into the Scrumtisch website

  2. Timeboxed discussion
    The 2 highest prioritized "Topics" will be discussed. The others are ending up in a backlog for the next Scrumtisch. We focus on each of the ...

Scrumtisch Berlin, April

The April Scrumtisch in Berlin: 22nd April 2009 Thoralf from NSN will talk about: Agile Creation of Multi-Product Solutions. We are looking forward to this interesting speech.

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9 March 2009
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile, scrum berlin, scrumtisch

Hi all together,

last time the invitation to the next Scrumtisch came really late. Therefore here the invitation for the next one a bit more in advance ;-)

The next Scrumtisch in Berlin takes place at:

Day: Wednesday, 22nd April
Time: 18:00 Uhr
Place: DiVino Restaurant, Grünberger Str. 69, Friedrichshain

Topic: Thoralf, will present his speech from the Orlando ScrumGathering

Agile Creation of Multi-Product Solutions

  • Motivation for Network Solutions and their Agility
  • Scaling Single Product Creation
  • Product Solutions using Scrum
  • Customizing Projects
  • Outlook

Please let me know if you are coming to be able to organise the space ;-)

Marion

Scrumtisch Berlin, März 2009

Der nächste Scrumtisch in Berlin findet am 03.02.2009 statt.

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22 February 2009
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile, berlin, scrum, scrumtisch

Hallo Leute,

es ist wieder soweit. Der nächste Scrumtisch in Berlin findet am Dienstag den 3. März statt. Den Ort kennt Ihr ja und los geht's um 18:00 Uhr.

Bitte schickt mir kurz eine Mail, wenn Ihr teilnehmen wollt.

Bis dann Marion

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