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Hilton Giesenow talks on CI in Scrum

Last night's 4th meeting of the Cape Town chapter of the Scrum User Group of South Africa was addressed by ...

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14 May 2009
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Scrum Sense

Last night's 4th meeting of the Cape Town chapter of the Scrum User Group of South Africa was addressed by Hilton Giesenow on the topic of Continuous Integration in Scrum. Hilton is an MVP (C#) and Development Manager at Cape Town-based 3Fifteen. Intec kindly sponsored the venue and food, and Scrum Sense the drinks.

Continuous Integration

There is a summary of his talk on the SUGSA site. If you want to get more serious, buy the book.

My message is: it's not necessary to implement good software development practices like CI, unless you'd like to have a high-performing team!

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
Tags
agile, scrum, scrumtisch, scrum user group berlin

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 ...

Scott Ambler on Agile

Scott Ambler talking in Cape Town. For free! One of the ...

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3 April 2009
In
Scrum Sense

scottamblerScott Ambler talking in Cape Town. For free! One of the Agile thought leaders, now working at IBM Rational. Also a notorious Scrum maligner. I had to go. If only to be equipped to do damage control. So I pitched up with as open a mind as any Scrum Coach and Trainer could...

After coffee and muffins, nearly 200 people filled the small Sports Science auditorium. Scott gave a discursive and entertaining three-hour talk that spanned a number of threads. His blunt style evoked laughter as the audience identified with many of his observations. Here are some of the things ...

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
Tags
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 ...

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