“How to Improve Productivity with Agile Methodologies” (CIO.com Article Recap)

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Many in the industry are searching for new ways to increase productivity and efficiency with Agile approaches to software development.  That’s the theme of a new article on CIO.com by Bruce Harpham, who details the many benefits of Agile methodologies in software development and examines key considerations for implementing the practice. Our very own Scott Rose spoke with Bruce on the topic and discussed the ways organizations can employ Agile practices among a global team, where face-to-face is not feasible. While Bruce notes that face-to-face interaction is a key element to increased productivity within agile, it’s not always possible with the …

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Why Take A 3-Day Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Class?

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The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) class I’ve usually offered is an interactive cartoon e-learning series (Scrum Training Series completed before attendance) + two days of team lab activities.  It gets great reviews, such as this one from my last class: Attended a Scrum Master class with Michael James as the teacher, and it was amazing. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and fun to get along with. I’d highly recommend anyone to take one or more of his classes. While I was writing this article, a participant from the Washington DC area posted this on my LinkedIn profile: I left the …

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Summer Agile Sale!

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Hope everyone is enjoying Agile 2013 in Nashville as much as I am. Asked at the end of the second day during an analyst session discussing trends in the industry surrounding Agile, “do you know any software development being done without Agile?” A stumped audience of 150-200 session attendees pondered on the question. It’s hard to think of a particular instance nowadays, isn’t it? Between the great speaking sessions and cool, innovative booth games that you get when cramming a conference hall with a few thousand software development enthusiasts, Agile 2013 has been great so far. And there’s still much …

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Agile Negotiation: The Agilist’s Guide to Persuasion and Influence

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Years ago, around the time I first discovered Scrum, I took Jimi Fosdick’s CSM course. Armed with new knowledge, I dove in the next week with my new Scrum team. I figured I had all the tools I needed to be highly successful. After all, I was a Certified ScrumMaster, and I understood the Scrum framework: the meetings, the reason the ScrumMaster protects the team and removes impediments, and why the Product Owner prioritizes the backlog by business value. I have learned a lot since my first week as a ScrumMaster. My introduction to Scrum inspired the start of my …

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敏捷嘉年华, 2013 Scrum Gathering in China (Scrum 中国聚会)

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I had the privilege of participating in this month’s China Scrum Gathering, called 敏捷嘉年华, which means Agile Carnival!  While this was designated a “regional” gathering, I saw at least 300 people at the Shanghai carnival.  The gathering also covered Beijing and Suzhou, and featured presenters from the US, Europe, China, and Japan.  Read more about who was there in English or 汉语普通话.  Session proceedings and video will be available soon. Interest in Agility has taken off since my first visit to Shanghai in 2009.  Chinese businesses are trying it for real now, supported by a growing community of local experts and enthusiasts. …

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New Agile Guru Q&A Sessions!

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Curious, anxious, or just plain frustrated with Agile? Be calm- our Agile Guru’s are here to help! In these complimentary 1-hour sessions, our Scrum trainers will cover the most daunting issues that Agile practitioners like yourself are experiencing, suggest solutions, provide best practices for adoption, and provide you with knowledge to accelerate your organization’s path to success. CollabNet’s Agile Gurus are some of the most versed Scrum trainers around and each trainer has an abundance of first-hand examples that they would love to share with their peers. Each trainer’s perspective can be used to apply to a variety of different situations, so …

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BED Time Stories – Sharing Gerrit, Jenkins and Eclipse Knowledge

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We had a really great time on BED – Berlin Expert Days last Thursday and Friday. The conference was very well attended – we heard about 700 participants – and the talks gave invaluable insights into what’s hot in Java, DevOps, NoSQL and everything related to it. Among many other things we learnt how SoundCloud scales (technically as well as organizationally, Ruby has already crossed its peak as new stuff is written in Scala), why Adam Bien typically removes 60 percent of production code on his gigs and how ImmobilienScout24 managed to establish a DevOps culture by encouraging every single …

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Getting Beyond Agile Best Practices

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As working adults, most of us have limited opportunity to assimilate new skills and information. This is especially true for information that presents a disruption to established patterns that ease our already taxing cognitive load. So, while misbegotten, the search for ‘best practices’ for agile development is understandably popular. With plenty to do, and precious little time, most prefer the elevator pitch, the executive brief, the Cliff’s Notes version. Seeking agile best practices is essentially asking for a pre-sort: “help me fit this into a frame I already have so I can use it immediately with a minimum of effort”. …

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Agile India 2013 –Enterprise Agile Transformation Meets Agile Practices

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Agile India 2013 took place on February 27 through March 2 in the IT hotspot of Bangalore, India. I attended both as a conference delegate and as a corporate sponsor, as CollabNet was one of the corporate sponsors of the event. There was a lot to like in this conference – it was well organized, there were great speakers, and I saw an engaged audience. The organizers split the conference into two sections – the first two days were focused on management aspects of Agile (“Management Agility”), and the second two days were focused on more technical aspects (“Technical Agility”). …

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A DevOps IT wish list for CIO’s in 2013…

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CollabNet is engaged in IT Development conversations globally and is quickly emerging as a leading influencer and enabler for hybrid Enterprise IT strategies, like DevOps, and supports… Blended processes and tool-chains across Development & Operations, (Tweet This!) Clouds (private & public), on-premise systems and globally distributed data-centers, (Tweet This!) Local employees, contracted consultants & global outsource development teams. (Tweet This!) While modern IT transformation efforts need to address various IT culture, IT process and Technology issues, DevOps provides organizations the opportunity to re-think IT.  The DevOps model allows organizations to adopt and fully leverage modern innovations and collaborative practices across …

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