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Christmas Scrumtisch in Berlin 2010

Today the last Scrumtisch Berlin in 2010 took place in Friedrichshain. Thanks to Marion Eickmann and Andrea ...

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30 November 2010
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile42, scrum, scrum berlin, scrummaster, scrumtisch

Today the last Scrumtisch Berlin in 2010 took place in Friedrichshain. Thanks to Marion Eickmann and Andrea Tomasini for organising the Scrum user group regularly for the past years. Scrumtisch Andrea Tomasini Nov. 2010

Though no presentation had been scheduled ahead of time the Scrumtisch was well attended by over twenty people, mostly from companies based in Berlin who are either using Scrum already or are currently in a transition phase.

We went straight into collecting and voting on topics for discussion. In total we ended up having eight potential topics listed, including but not limited to

* Scrum and non-feature teams, does it work - and ...

Agile meets Audit: Meeting Information Security Requirements with Agile Teams

Visti agile42 at the ISACA CALGARY 2010 FALL CONFERENCE

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19 November 2010
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General
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agile, agile42, scrum calgary, scrum vancouver

The ISACA Calgary Chapter is presenting a professional development opportunity on November 25, 2010. This conference will provide you with relevant learning, give you an opportunity to network with others in the professional community and also provide 9 CPE hours - all in one day.

Dave Sharrock, VP Professional Services will talk about: Agile meets Audit: Meeting Information Security Requirements with Agile Teams

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agile42 expands its international consultancy business to Canada and United States

The launch of agile42 in North America follows nearly five years of successfully consulting companies on process improvement, specifically on adopting agile approaches to software development, and training and coaching teams on agile methods like Scrum. During that time, agile42 has developed a tailored approach to agile change, and now North American companies in Canada and the United States can benefit from this proven and highly successful approach to consulting, training and coaching people to become agile by the combination of management involvement, knowledge transfer, on-the-job coaching and hands-on tool support.

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2 November 2010
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Press

(Vancouver, Canada, November 1, 2010) As experts in helping organizations adapt to agile and lean methods, agile42 advises, trains and coaches people to become agile, helping companies to successfully transition to an agile working environment. Serving in the new position of VP Professional Services, Dr. Dave Sharrock is responsible for leading the management and development of agile42‘s North American customers, improving time-to-market, quality and employee satisfaction by applying agile principles.

“I’m very excited to be joining agile42 to implement their highly successful approach to agile change in Canada and the United States. Coming from an executive leadership background ...

Scrumtisch Berlin November 2010

Last Scrumtisch in 2010

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1 November 2010
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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scrum, scrum berlin, scrum bologna, scrumtisch

Hello together :-)

I am proud to announce the last Scrumtisch for 2011

Date: 29th November 2010
Time: 18:30 Uhr
Place: La Vecchia Trattoria, Niederbarnimstraße 25, 10247 Berlin

CU there and please let me know (as usuall) who is joining: scrumtisch@agile42.com

Marion

Notes from the Berlin Scrumtish (Oct 5)

Hello again, we were very happy to welcome again roughly 35 participants from local industry and academia at Scrumtish Berlin 5/10/2010 moderated by Andrea Tomasini, CSC

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12 October 2010
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile, berlin, scrum, scrumtisch

Topics proposed by attendees tonight were as follows (prefixed. by votes)

  • 9 - Sharing knowledge in a cross Functional team
  • 15 - How to give management the metrics they need while keeping daily scrum
  • 14 - Bottom up awareness? How to change culture
  • 7 - How to do interaction design in scrum? Where sit the designer?
  • 2 - Two teams, one shrinking. What to do?
  • 4 - What to do in back to back sprint downtime to keep momentum

By majority vote we arrived at the prioritized agenda and timeboxed discussions for 2 [+1] items, the first being ... tadaaah:

Management metrics

  • Management used to numbers from ...

Agile Engineering Training explained

Many Scrum teams face a great challenge even to comply with the basic premise of Scrum: They fail to deliver a potentially shippable product after every sprint. In our 3-day Agile Engineering Course we teach developers modern engineering practices which complement the Scrum Process.

Often we get the question what do we do in our trainings? Especially how we can help companies which "do" Scrum already. So we decided to create a loose series of blog posts presenting some insights from our trainings :-)

Many Scrum teams face a great challenge even to comply with the basic premise of Scrum: They fail to deliver a potentially shippable product after every sprint. Manual testing takes a long time, bugs fixed once reappear in the next version. During the demo meeting the Product Owner rejects a lot of stories because the team missed too many small issues ...

Coaching Agile Teams with Lyssa Adkins in Berlin

Lyssa Adkins followed my invitation to do her Training **Coaching Agile Teams** in Berlin. She offers a special price for our Scrumtisch. But also other guys can attend :-) **Date:** 17./18. Februa...

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28 September 2010
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agile, agile42, berlin, coaching, scrum, teams

Lyssa Adkins followed my invitation to do her Training Coaching Agile Teams in Berlin. She offers a special price for our Scrumtisch. But also other guys can attend :-)

Date: 17./18. February
Place: Berlin, tbd

Prices & Registration

Sorry, we are sold out.

About the Training

Coaching Agile Teams is a training experience that covers both the being and the doing of agile coaching:

Outcome You’ll walk away from each of the two courses with your personal coaching improvement backlog – a tangible plan you can use to thoughtfully improve your coaching when you’re back in your daily circumstances. We ...

Scrum User Berlin meet Scrum User Bologna, Italy 2010

Andrea Tomasini, CSC, will talk in Bologna to everybody who is interested in Scrum, agile, lean. This event is organized ...

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21 September 2010
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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scrum, scrum berlin, scrum bologna, scrumtisch

Andrea Tomasini, CSC, will talk in Bologna to everybody who is interested in Scrum, agile, lean. This event is organized by Roberto Bettazzoni, partner from agile42 in Italy.

  • Date: 23. September 2010
  • Time: 19:00
  • Place: Bologna Council House

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

CU there Marion

agile15: Definition of Done

During the agile15 (minutes) we talk, listen and discuss about interesting agile topics. Today it's all about The Definition of ...

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17 September 2010
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Scrum & XP
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agile, agile15, agile42, definition of done, scrum

During the agile15 (minutes) we talk, listen and discuss about interesting agile topics. Today it's all about The Definition of Done

agile15: Commitment: Why and How

At the peak of sprint planning the team pledges "We commit to achieve these stories, no matter what it takes". ...

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15 September 2010
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Scrum & XP
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agile15, commitment, scrum, scrum tools

At the peak of sprint planning the team pledges "We commit to achieve these stories, no matter what it takes". It's a deal with the Product Owner (PO) and the team.

So why do teams commit?

The commitment is only valuable if the team thinks it can actually achieve it. Since the team is invited to pull the right amount of stories from the backlog, the PO trusts that the team makes reliable commitments based on their current capabilities and expected flow. This way the self-organizing team is challenged to constantly improve estimates, deliver value, as well as contribute ...

Scrumtisch Berlin October 2010

Hello together :-) The next Scrumtisch in Berlin is about to happen ;-) Date: 5th October 2010 Time: 18:30 ...

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14 September 2010
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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scrum, scrum berlin, scrumtisch

Hello together :-)

The next Scrumtisch in Berlin is about to happen ;-)

Date: 5th October 2010
Time: 18:30 Uhr
Place: La Vecchia Trattoria, Niederbarnimstraße 25, 10247 Berlin

CU there and please let me know (as usuall) who is joining: scrumtisch@agile42.com

Marion

agile15: Pair Programming: Why and When?

In pair programming, two developers work together in front of one screen (or two, as long as they both look ...

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9 September 2010
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Scrum, Scrum & XP
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agile15, development team, development techniques, pair programming, scrum, xp

In pair programming, two developers work together in front of one screen (or two, as long as they both look at the same screen) to get a task done faster and with higher quality. Just like a driving a car, there are two roles in the pair: The driver, who has the steering wheel, aka the keyboard in her hand, and the navigator who knows where to go and which crossroads lie ahead. As you want to switch these roles every now and then, it is very helpful to have two keyboards and mice attached to the computer you are ...

30 attendees at the Scrumtisch in August

This evening the Berlin Scrumtisch took place in Friedrichshain. More than thirty participants followed Marion's invitation for discussions ...

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26 August 2010
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile, agile42, agile development, agile tools, agilo, product owner, scrum, scrum development, scrummaster, scrum tool, scrum tools

This evening the Berlin Scrumtisch took place in Friedrichshain. More than thirty participants followed Marion's invitation for discussions on Scrum, wine and pizza at Vecchia Trattoria.

As there were several new participants, Felix started out with a very brief summary of the very core concepts of Scrum itself: Most important to know is the basic assumption of Scrum, that is planning ahead of time in a very detailed way is impossible. Defining goals and letting those who do the actual work take the decisions on how to reach that goal is way easier and more promising. The whole process ...

Scrumtisch Berlin meets Scrumtisch Bremen

Andrea Tomasini (CSC/CST) will talk at the next Scrumtisch in Bremen Andrea will talk about "Scrum Orgins" at 20 o'clock on the 25th August. This time the Scrumtisch Bremen will take place in: Bandoneon Gertrudenstr. 37 28203 Bremen The Scrumtisch in Bremen is every last Wednesday in the Month. We ...

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18 August 2010
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scrum, scrumtisch bremen

Andrea Tomasini (CSC/CST) will talk at the next Scrumtisch in Bremen

Andrea will talk about "Scrum Orgins" at 20 o'clock on the 25th August. This time the Scrumtisch Bremen will take place in:

Bandoneon
Gertrudenstr. 37
28203 Bremen

The Scrumtisch in Bremen is every last Wednesday in the Month.

We are looking forward to met you there.

Scrumtisch August 2010

Hello Together, I found a date for the next Scrumtisch, and I hope that not too many people are on ...

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5 August 2010
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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product owner, rep, scrum, scrum alliance, scrummaster, scrum training

Hello Together,

I found a date for the next Scrumtisch, and I hope that not too many people are on vacation :-)

Date: 25th August 2010
Time: 18:30 Uhr
Place: La Vecchia Trattoria, Niederbarnimstraße 25, 10247 Berlin

Please let me know who is coming :-)

CU there
Marion

agile42 now SA-REP

Registered Education Provider (SA REP ℠) We are proud to announce, that agile42 is since the 13th of July officially ...

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20 July 2010
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product owner, rep, scrum, scrum alliance, scrummaster, scrum training

Registered Education Provider (SA REP ℠)

We are proud to announce, that agile42 is since the 13th of July officially a Scrum Alliance REP℠ (Registered Education Provider)

Registered Education Provider

The Scrum Alliance has developed this program for organizations that offer certification and non-certification courses pertinent to agile and Scrum practitioners.

The Certified Scrum Developer program (CSD) is a curriculum of courses that offer the skills developers and other technical-minded team members need to succeed. All courses in the CSD curriculum are taught by Scrum Alliance Registered Education Providers.

More information

Scrumtisch June - Agile Teams and Other Topics...

Bent Myllerup talked about creating a High Performing Environment at Scrumtisch.

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1 July 2010
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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scrum, scrumtisch

Hello everybody!

Neither football and nor the heat could not keep us away from the Scrumtisch on Tuesday. More than 20 people exchanged experience and knowledge about the following topics and have been listening to Bent who was talking about how to create a real team.

Topics of the open discussion:

What to do if Continuous Integration/Maintenance Bug fixing eats up more than 50% of capacity?

  • More support from the team developing
  • How to prioritize Bugs vs. User Stories?
  • Check-ins more often and smaller chunks
  • Tools pre-building or green-checking control
  • Distributed builds with fast running tests
  • Evaluate rate of ...

Scrumtisch June 2010

Scrum: How to create a high performance environment

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18 May 2010
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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management, product owner, scrum, scrum berlin, scrummaster, scrumtisch, self organizing teams

Hello :-)

At the Scrumtisch in June, Bent Myllerup will talk about:

"How to create a high performance environment"

This presentation is covering systemic and appreciative approaches to foster team identity towards the high performing stage. He has done it at several occasions. The last time was for the Atlanta Scrum User Group last August

I am looking forward to see you there. Please let me know as usual :-)

Marion

Date: 29th June 2010
Time: 18:30 Uhr
Place: La Vecchia Trattoria, Niederbarnimstraße 25, 10247 Berlin

Product Owner Room

At Sipgate the Product Owners made a very nice room with a lot of whiteboards to plan their work.

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12 May 2010
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General, Scrum, Training
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sipgate

The Product Owners at Sipgate have organized themselves around a large set of whiteboards on which they track and plan the work for their Releases. This is a great way of getting immediate visual understanding about how you can realize your Release Goal.

Sipgate war room

On the first whiteboard they put the Requirements they'll be working on in this release, decomposing them in Minimal Marketable Features (sets of User Stories) which they can then plan in each Sprint. Each Sprint has it's own whiteboard again, so it's very easy for them to move stories from one sprint to the ...

Ableton Developers build a LEGO city

The Ableton application developers build a LEGO city using Scrum as part of the Scrum training.

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26 April 2010
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Agilo, Scrum, Training

In a second round of training the developers at Ableton have constructed another LEGO city using Scrum. Using 5 minute bursts of planning, building and retrospecting, the teams transform the high-level wishes of the Product Owner into structures.

Ableton City

Instead of writing detailed, low-level specifications, the Product Owner uses User Stories: descriptions of functionality from the end-users perspective. LEGO stories look like this:

As a citizen, I would like a two-story house so I can have a large house on a small plot of land.

The teams would estimate and commit to these kind of stories, then iteratively transform them into ...

Agile Estimating 2.0 - Cheat Sheet

Team Estimation Game Start with a stack of ranked story cards. The team will arrange the cards so the ...

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21 April 2010
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agile, agile42, agile development, agile tools, agilo, product owner, scrum, scrum development, scrummaster, scrum tool, scrum tools

Team Estimation Game

  • Start with a stack of ranked story cards. The team will arrange the cards so the smallest size items are on the left and the largest items on the right. Items with the same or similar size should grouped together in vertical columns (the same place in the left-right direction).
  • Place the first (highest ranked) story card in the middle of the table (or in the middle of the board or wall)
  • Team members take turns estimating in a round-robin manner. On each turn, the player has two options, as shown below. With both options, the player ...

Scrumtisch May 2010

Good day everybody, I hope you are all fine and nobody is still stucked somewhere because of the vulcano (I ...

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20 April 2010
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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agile, agile42, agile development, agile tools, agilo, product owner, scrum, scrum development, scrummaster, scrum tool, scrum tools

Good day everybody,

I hope you are all fine and nobody is still stucked somewhere because of the vulcano (I can spell the name ;-))

Please find below date and time of the next Scrumtisch.

One Topic
I had a nice talk with Martin and Friedemann, who are working for Ableton and who are implenting Scrum right now in their teams. They agreed, to give us an overview on how they started, challanges, good and bad experiences and answering questions.

Please let me know -as usual- if you are coming.

All the Best Marion

Date: 6th May 2010
Time: 18:30 ...

Coaching self-organising teams

Interesting Scrumtisch in Berlin Friedrichshain. Though no talk was scheduled for this evening the room was packed with guests from various companies and backgrounds interested in participating in discussions on Scrum. We were talking about, Coaching self-organising teams, Management Buy-In and the new Certified Scrum Professional.

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31 March 2010
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As usual we started collecting topics (timeboxed to five minutes). The list was rather short, however it contained several interesting pieces:

  • (6 votes) Management buy-in
  • (6+ votes) CSP - Certified Scrum Professional - what changes compared to the practitioner?
  • (4 votes) Roles of Management in Scrum - how do they change?
  • (13 votes) Coaching self-organising teams - team buy in.

Coaching self-organising teams - Team buy-in

As prioritised by the participants the first topic discussed was on coaching self organising teams - with a heavy focus on team buy-in. The problem described dealt with transforming water fall teams that are used to receiving their work items ...

Berlin Scrumtisch March 2010

Management Buy In & Coaching self-organizing teams.... some of the proposed topics...

On
17 March 2010
In
Scrumtisch Berlin

Hi guys,

Sorry to come back so late with the next Scrumtisch date. Last time many of you ask for the topic "Management Buy in", and Thoralf pointet me to the topic "Coaching self-organizing teams". Let's be agile an see what most of you like to talk about.

Here the data:

Date: 30th March 2010
Time: 18:30 Uhr
Place: La Vecchia Trattoria, Niederbarnimstraße 25, 10247 Berlin

Cu you there Marion

Certified Scrum Master Training in Berlin with Bob Sarni

A special CSM training for the Scrumtisch Member in Berlin, March 22./23.

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4 March 2010
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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csm, scrum, scrummaster, scrum master training

Hi everybody,

I am glad to announce, that I could book Bob Sarni, Certified Scrum Coach and Trainer to held a Certified Scrum Master Class (CSM) for the member of the Berlin Scrumtisch.

The CSM Training will be in Friedrichshain, March, 22nd/23rd.

If you like to know more about the special conditions and you want to attend just write to scrumtisch@agile42.com

Marion

Scrumtisch February: Scrum at Amazon with Alan Atlas

Alan Atlas was talking about his time @Amazon and how they do or do not Scrum in the S3 project.

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23 February 2010
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Scrumtisch Berlin
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scrum, scrum amazon, scrumtisch

At the Berlin Scrumtisch in February 2010, Alan Atlas gave a presentation about his role regarding Scrum at Amazon (starting as early as back in 2004).

Scrumtisch February 2010 with Alan Atlas

This presentation described how scrum was adopted by more than half of the software developers at Amazon. Amazon’s corporate and development cultures played important roles, both positive and negative. With no executive sponsorship, adoption occurred primarily a team at a time. The wide range of success across teams and organizations leads to a number of important lessons learned with regard to enterprise scrum adoption.

Scrumtisch February 2010 with Alan Atlas

Alan gave examples on:

  • The value of simply explaining ...

Ableton builds a Lego Abletown

The Ableton team builds a LEGO City as part of the Scrum training.

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16 February 2010
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General, Scrum, Training
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lego, scrum, training

As always we put theory into practice by building a LEGO City at the end of a Scrum training. The attendees are challenged to build a LEGO City from a Product Backlog in a very limited building time, of course using Scrum. This lets the people really feel what it means to self-organize, to sprint and to have a retrospective. Also working against a Product Backlog and with a Product Owner is something that you need to experience.

Ableton Team

In a couple of 5 minute sprints, the teams build, refactor and integrate their LEGO creations. Many aspects of Scrum in software ...

Scrumtisch February 2010

Next Scrumtisch will be at the 17th February.

On
22 January 2010
In
Scrumtisch Berlin
Tags
scrum berlin, scrumtisch

Hello Everybody :-) Late, but better than never I would like to wish you a great 2010. May it be successful, interesting and full of good events for all of you.

Here are the details regarding the next Scrumtisch. As usual, please send me a mail, when you like to attend:

Date: 17. February 2010 (Date has changed from before, see comment)
Time: 18:30 Uhr
Place: La Vecchia Trattoria, Niederbarnimstraße 25, 10247 Berlin

I am looking forward to see you there

Marion

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