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Why Are Whole Scrum Teams Hard to Create?

One of the technical practices of Agile software development is to support cross-functional teams where members perform multiple activities like requirements, coding and testing. In their book “Being Agile”, Leslie Ekas and Scott Will discusses the difficulties of creating a whole team.

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[20 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

It’s very easy to become hierarchical and turn into a “bank” when software company is growing fast. Is there a way to avoid that? How to keep the focus on value creation? What about Value departments, not Functional departments? This presentation shares ideas what we can learn from Scrum and apply in organizational design. It shares hypothesis how a company could look like when everybody is focused on value creation.

[18 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

QASymphony has announced a partnership with Rally Software. QASymphony’s qTest test case management tool now fully integrates with Rally’s Agile Platform for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM).

[18 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

VersionOne has announced the completion of a $20 million investment by private equity firm LLR Partners. The strategic investment supports VersionOne’s continued product innovation and market expansion as the global adoption of agile software development accelerates.

[17 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

When companies transition to Agile, it is not too difficult to find new roles for member of the current software development teams. Finding a place for middle management in the new organization is not so easy and some people even advocates to get rid of them. In this blog post, Em Campbell-Pretty brings her own middle management perspective to this discussion.

[17 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

ScrumDay Oviedo is a one-day conference focused on Scrum and Agile software development that takes place in the Spanish city of Oviedo. All the presentations are in Spanish.

[13 Nov 2014 | One Comment | ]

Software is everywhere today, and countless software products and projects die a slow death without ever making any impact. Today’s planning and roadmap techniques expect the world to stand still while we deliver, and set products and projects up for failure from the very start. Even when they have good strategic plans, many organizations fail to communicate them and align everyone involved in delivery.

[11 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

XP Days Ukraine is a two-day conference dedicated to Agile engineering practices. Its aim is to provide practical skills and new ideas to Agile practitioners with the help of local and international Agile and Scrum experts. The presentations cover the main Agile engineering practices like TDD, Continuous Integration or BDD. Topics like Agile architecture, technical debt or communication between developers and testers are also discussed.

[11 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

When a Scrum team starts its sprint, it needs to have user stories with the right size so that they can be completely developed at the end of the iteration. The art of slicing larger stories and epics that exists in the backlog to right-sized item for a sprint is not easy.