Many people, even the people supposedly using Agile, have too much work to do. You have project work. You have support work, formal for customer support or sales, and informal for your colleagues. You have reports to write or file, time cards to fill out, or other periodic events. You know your multitasking is slowing down your work, making you crazy, and making it difficult to deliver your best work. You need a way to say no to more work.
The Agile Bodensee conference is an event focused on Agile and Scrum project management and software development. It takes places on the shore of the Lake Constance (the Bodensee in German) in the southern part of Germany, at the border with Switzerland. The first day is dedicated to workshops and open space discussion, the second day will be a classic conference setting. Most of the tala are in German with some talks in English.
Meetings like the daily stand-up or retrospectives are moments that rhythm the journey of Scrum and Agile teams. Sometimes these meetings are almost religiously considered as rituals or ceremonies that bound participants together and that nobody could miss. Is this true? In his book Forming Agile Teams Workbook, Jesus Mendez discusses if the participation to Scrum meetings is mandatory.
Agile and Scrum were supposed to free us from management: self-organized, cross-functional teams who get stuff done without that old-guard hierarchy. In this fauxtopia, some software developers were more equal than others. Can we get the healthy parts back without the Lumberghs? To bring back healthy engineering management, we must first de-mystify and de-stigmatize the concept of management.
SwanseaCon 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.
Agile Week Riga is ay non-profit conference focused on Agile project management and Scrum. Presentations and workshops will be in Latvian, English and Russian. Goal of this conference is to provide a clear explanation why Agile and Lean software development approaches became so important today and to show how these approaches help to solve problems.
Even if Agile approaches favor collocated teams, distributed Scrum teams are more common that what you might think. Many Agile software development teams are based on a virtual organization. This article presents some free online tools that can be used to facilitate retrospectives for distributed Scrum teams.