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Tools to Assess and Manage Technical Debt

Technical debt is a metaphor coined by Ward Cunningham in 1992. This concept refers to the work that needs to be done so that a software development project could be considered as “complete”. Could you try to measure your amount of technical debt? Could you use some tools to do this? These are some of the questions that this article explores.

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Beautiful Teams

Beautiful Teams

Let’s challenge some of the commonly accepted patterns for software development teams. High degree of autonomy doesn’t turn into anarchy but rather help to keep intrinsic motivation high. Participatory leadership means that every team member is a leader yet it doesn’t mean competition. Decisions making process has nothing to do with power structures. Culture is paramount and it goes ahead of technical skills. Collaboration is ultimately the factor the whole team optimizes their work for. Read the full story »

Agile Open Camp Argentina, Bariloche, Argentina, March 3-6 2016

The Agile Open Camp Argentina conference is a four-day event that wants to gather Agile and Scrum practitioners of Argentina and Latin America to share knowledge and experiences. All the talks will be in Spanish.

Tools to Assess and Manage Technical Debt

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Technical debt is a metaphor coined by Ward Cunningham in 1992. This concept refers to the work that needs to be done so that a software development project could be considered as “complete”. Could you try to measure your amount of technical debt? Could you use some tools to do this? These are some of the questions that this article explores.

Build your Product Backlog with Story Mapping

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Story mapping is a technique invented by Jeff Patton that order user stories along two independent dimensions. The “map” arranges user activities along the horizontal axis in rough order of priority. On the vertical axis, it represents increasing sophistication of the implementation. In his blog post, Sunit Parekh explains how you can apply story maps to build your product backlog in a visual way.

1st Conference, Melbourne, Australia, February 15 2016

The 1st Conference is a one-day event aimed at people starting out with Agile run by practitioners of the Agile Melbourne community. The format is a 3-track conference with Team, Technical and Management as themes.

AgileIndy, Indianapolis, April 12 2016

AgileIndy, Indianapolis

The AgileIndy Conference is a one-day event focuses on bringing Agile and Scrum thought leaders and practitioners from around the USA to Indianapolis for a great learning and networking experience.

Agile Revisited

Agile Revisited

In 2001 a group of programmers proposed the word “agile” to describe a set of values they shared. Several of these programmers had already developed methods based on these values. The values are universal, that’s how they were chosen. The methodologies, however, were designed for the technology landscape of the 1990s. Think of all the changes in technology and business practise in the last 25 …

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.0 Released

The version 4 of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) has been released at the beginning of 2016. This new version features extensive refinements to many elements of the Framework, as well as new content and guidance that helps enterprises better organize around value delivery, develop systems that include hardware and software, and improve development, coordination, and delivery of large value streams.

Agile Retrospective Kickstarter

Agile Retrospective Kickstarter

Continuous improvement is one of the main values of Agile and retrospectives should play an essential role in supporting this process. In his short and free book “Agile Retrospective Kickstarter”, Alexey Krivitisky provides some exercises that should help Scrum teams to get the most out of their retrospective meetings.

The Business Analyst in Agile

The Business Analyst in Agile

As Agile matures and learns from experience, it is clear that the Agile business analyst has a significant role to play. This interactive and musical session will explore the relationship between Product Owner and Business Analyst, their responsibilities and the skills needed. I’m an Alien … I’m a Business Analyst in an Agile world!”

Agile on the Beach Call for Speakers

Agile on the Beach

The 2016 Agile on the Beach conference will be held at Falmouth University (Cornwall, UK) in on 1st and 2nd September 2016. The organizers would like to invite proposals for sessions.