agile transition

Conference Presentations

Product Backlog Refinement: Grooming Your User Stories
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The Scrum Guide describes Product Backlog Refinement as “the act of adding detail, estimates, and order to items in the Product Backlog.” New and even experienced agile teams often underestimate the importance of well-groomed stories and find the process of reviewing numerous stories...

Becky Moshenek, ANCILE Solutions
Our Journey to Agile in the Microsoft Developer Division
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This is the story about the Microsoft Developer Division and their two-year journey to agile—from shipping every three years to shipping every three weeks. In the old days, long stabilization phases were part of its DNA. Managers were rewarded for micromanagement. Commitments were made...

Gregg Boer, Microsoft
Well Begun Is Half Done: Creating Dynamic and Living Team Charters
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Aristotle once stated, “Well begun is half done.” However, many agile initiatives suffer from a feeble launch. So how can we increase the likelihood of success for a team or organization? By developing a sound team charter. Beginning with the end in mind, we use retrospective techniques to...

Linda Cook, Project Cooks, LLC, and Chris Espy, SolutionsIQ
Agile Automation Strategies and Frameworks
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Agile practices have done a magnificent job of speeding up the software development process. Unfortunately, simply applying these agile practices to testing isn't enough to keep testers at the same pace. Test automation is necessary to support agile delivery. Max Saperstone presents an...

Max Saperstone, Coveros
Improvisation for Agile Skill Development
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In today's economy, the Creative Economy, businesses face a disrupted, highly competitive and constantly changing landscape. To thrive in the Creative Economy team members, managers and executives will need to become and remain Agile. Improvisational Theater provides us with a proven model...

Robie Wood, ImprovAgility, and Jody Wood, ImprovAgility
Software Craftsmanship and Agile Code Games
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Musicians and athletes spend most of their time practicing—not performing. If as software developers we just learn on our job and don’t practice, we will continue to make mistakes on code meant for customers. We must improve the quality of our skills which will, in turn, improve the...

Mike Clement, Greater Sum
Going Agile? Three Conversations to Have Before You Start
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All too often, companies adopt a mission to “go agile” before truly understanding what that entails. Business managers are quick to jump on the agile bandwagon, believing that going agile will magically make projects happen faster. Teams are getting certified in Scrum believing it is the...

Heather Fleming, Gilt, and Justin Riservato, Gilt
Agility without Complexity: Fast and Efficient
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The Agile Manifesto was stated in less than seventy words. Now, fourteen years later, layer upon layer have been added to it. What was supposed to be a simple philosophy has exploded into a gigantic industry. Much of this layering makes agile seem overly complex. We know developers want to...

Geoff Perlman, Xojo, Inc.
Agile and DevOps Transformations in Large Organizations
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Many large scale organizations experience significant challenges as they pursue agile and DevOps transformations. They embark on adopting agile practices yet fail to reap the benefits of continuous release and delivery. Siraj Berhan explores common challenges—people, processes, technology....

Siraj Berhan, Royal Bank of Canada
Agile Adoption in Risk-Averse Environments
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Adopting agile development methods in a conservative environment can be a daunting and time-consuming venture, facing resistance at all levels of the organization. You may wonder: Will this organization ever get with the times? Will our leaders ever change their way of thinking? 

Brian Duncan, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

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