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The Scrum Guide says that “The Scrum Master is a servant-leader for the Scrum Team.”, but what is servant leadership? We will talk about where servant leadership came from and what servant leadership is. We will talk about examples of servant leaders in our world and where to find more information about servant leadership. Finally, we will talk about how you can become a servant leader. Video producer: https://www.excella.com/ Event organizer: https://www.meetup.com/DC-Scrum/
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Agile Open Florida is a one-day conference dedicated to all Agile software developers and of the Scrum project management in Florida. It is a not-for-profit event driven by Agile volunteers for all members of the Agile community of Florida. Agile Open Florida 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 for the Agile Open Florida conference: http://agileopenflorida.com/
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Nexus is a framework for scaled Scrum developed by Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber and Scrum.org community. It addresses the most painful problems of scaled development – dealing with dependencies and building ‘Done’ integrated software every iteration. This presentation explains the key concepts of Nexus and illustrate them with our own case study where 150+ people successfully do Scrum to build software for a big North American retail company using Nexus. Video producer: http://www.agile.lt/
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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: http://agileopencalifornia.com/ Location for the Open California North conference: Clark Kerr Conference Center, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA
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As Agile has become a mainstream approach in software development, there are many books and discussions about its concepts and how to implement them. The book “Environment for Agile Teams” by Andy Brandt provides a different, and very interesting, perspective as it discusses the practical details of the everyday life of a Scrum team. This short book will not give you the answer if it is better to scale Agile with SAFe or Less, but it discusses very practical topics about how to arrange offices for Agile team or how cooked meals and places for nap can improve the work-life quality. An important part of the book is also dedicated to the place of the managers in the life of a Scrum team. This part is based primarily on the author own experience as a manager who created teams from scratch a number of times as well as observations made as a consultant and coach in different companies. It discusses general things as organization culture, but also practical things like metrics or bonuses. The content of this book can be applied to every software development team, even if it sis not Agile. I will recommend this book to every people involved in managing software development team as ScrumMasters, project managers or software development managers. It is a well written short book that will provides a fresh perspective on the daily management issues that you face. Reference: Environment for Agile Teams – How to create an environment that supports agility, Andy [...]
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In small Scrum teams, it’s common for people to share roles such as Scrum Master / Tester / Dev but in a lot of cases there are conflicting interests. How can a Tester adequately test when as a Scrum...

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As an Agile Coach or Scrum Master do you want to add energy to your team that looks not enthusiastic or resists change? Is it possible to cause harm to your team even with proper Agile coaching? Yes, if you are working with tired, exhausted or even burned-out teams, they do need special treatment, usually counterintuitive to the coaches. Would you like to learn a special set of actions, taken from the medical practice, tailored to work with exhausted people? Would you like to experience an upward spiral from tiredness to the true intrinsic motivation and creativity? Join me in the self-test and practical steps discussion what needs to be modified in the coaching and facilitation techniques and in the Agile process that you as a coach or a scrum master can help your worn out team to transition into a better process and produce steady results. Video producer: http://aceconf.com/
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SwanseaCo is an Agile and Scrum conference that takes place in Swansea, Wales. It discusses Agile development, Scrum project management, Software Craftsmanship, DevOps and Agile Testing. The conference includes keynotes and presentations, a discussion panel and time between sessions to network and connect with fellow Agile software developers from around the world. In the agenda of the SwanseaCo conference you can find topics like “Anxiety Under Test”, “I am here for an argument – Working with conflict in teams”, “Mutation testing, finally a good test quality measurement?”, “releaseflow: a healthy build, release and deploy process”, “Travel guide to continuous delivery”, “Agile Life Lessons – Looking Beyond the Processes”, “10 Things you Need to Know about BDD, Cucumber and SpecFlow”, “Refactoring Legacy Code”, “Meetings or Discipline, It’s Your Choice”, “Agile Remotely”, “Organizational Wide Agility”, “A Toolset for Creating a Potentially Releasable Product Increment”, “User-Story Point estimation: a new approach”, “An Insider’s View Of Agile In The Public Sector”, “The 7 unmentioned challenges of Scrum”, “What Is Continuous Inspection, Anyway?”, “Level Up Your Tests”, “Managing Global Teams: Lessons Learned”, “Surrender the Illusion of Control”, “Spreadsheets are Code”, “Software Craftsmen Need to Stop Coding so Much”, “Lean UX and Agile Development Taking the Public Sector to New Levels”, “Bringing Agile Concepts to Operations”. Web site for the SwanseaCo conference: http://swancon.co.uk/
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Agile approaches like Scrum recommend a “just enough” attitude in software development and this is also the case when you discuss tools. Ideally, you would work with a small team that is collocated, but this is not always possible and you might be running your project in a virtual mode with a distributed Scrum team scattered around the world. If you don’t want to start using a sophisticated tool to manage your efforts, you might be interested in adopting some web tools that will fit your particular need to share some of the project information or status among all the team members. This article presents some online tools that are based on Scrum and Agile approaches, that implement specific practices (backlog management, burndown chart) and that are freely available (no commercial/paid version!) on the web for distributed Scrum teams. Retrospective tools are not mentioned as we wrote a specific article about free retrospective tools for distributed scrum teams. The Scrum planning poker tools will be also soon listed in a separate article. We will not present in this page the free option offered by commercial Scrum tools vendors, neither some free offer from tools that are still in their beta stage. You will find only tools with no commercial option that are completely free (and supposed to stay so). If you want to add a tool to this page, just let us now using the comment form or the contact page. Updates * June 2018 Added: Apa, Scrumvee, easyBacklog Removed: [...]
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The Zurich Lean, Agile & Scrum Conference (LAS) is a one-day conference taking place in Zurich Switzerland that focuses on Lean and Agile approaches for software development. The conference...

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