Monday, May 31, 2010

ScrumPloP Nyteboda Sweden 16-19 May 2010

            Neil Harrison, Mike Beedle, Jim Coplien, Jeff Sutherland

... which is what we say in Danish to appreciate each other for our last time of fellowship. I think we'd all agree on many adjectives to describe the event: productive, fun, energizing, and many more.

We did great things. We created the first chapters of what will be a new body of Scrum literature — a body of literature that conveys the why behind all that is Scrum. We have captured definitive details of Scrum that are written down nowhere else. This body of literature will be useful by novices and by the most expert Scrum practitioners alike to understand Scrum foundations. Most important, we have created this literature as a social artifact, and have laid the foundations of a new community, that can and will evolve the understanding of Scrum into the future. Nowhere else on Earth is there any effort embracing this evolutionary vision of Scrum.

True to its roots in both patterndom and Scrum, the conference format was a powerful hybrid. As far as I know, this specific PLoP format has never been tried before. We forged new patterns in real time. Most work was done in pair-pattern-writing. Writers' workshops were self-organized instead of scheduled. Neil, maybe you could say a bit more about this format in your report, because it really seemed to work. I think that our overall productivity reflects the high degree of self-organization...

A special thanks to Neil Harrison for representing The Hillside Group and for conveying their blessing and sponsorship of the conference, and to Jim Cundiff for permission from the ScrumAlliance to use the Scrum name.

Jim Coplien - organizer of the first ScrumPloP

Friday, May 28, 2010

MSF for Agile Software Development v5.0

Your team can apply agile practices more easily by using the process template for MSF for Agile Software Development v5.0 with Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). The template and this guidance will help you practice Scrum and apply agile engineering practices. These processes and practices come from Scrum, eXtreme Programming, and other agile methodologies, as Agile Principles and Values, by Jeff Sutherland describes. Click here for more ...

HICSS 2011: Call for Papers (15 June 2010 deadline)

It's time for you to get your most scintillating Agile theories together, write a kick-ass paper that could get published in the IEEE library and spend a week in beautiful Hawaii next January. Sound good?
Then get writing!

HICSS-44 CALL FOR PAPERS - submissions due 15 June 2010
January 4-7, 2011
The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
Kaloa, Kauai, Hawaii

HICSS-44 offers a unique, highly interactive and professionally challenging environment that attendees find "very helpful -- lots of different perspectives and ideas as a result of discussion." HICSS sessions are comprised primarily of refereed paper presentations; the conference does not host vendor presentations. All papers are peer reviewed and accepted papers are published in the IEEE Digital Library.

Track: Software Technology
Minitrack: Agile Software Development: Lean, Distributed, and Scalable
Co-Chairs: Jeff Sutherland and Gabrielle Benefield

Agile software development processes have been influenced by best practices in Japanese industry, particularly by lean product development principles implemented at companies like Honda and Toyota, and knowledge management strategies developed by Takeuchi and Nonaka, now at the Hitotsubashi Business School in Japan, and Peter Senge at MIT.

This minitrack will focus on advancing the state of the art or presenting innovative ideas related to agile methods, individual practices and tools. Accepted papers will potentially enrich the body of knowledge and influence the framework of thought in the field by investigating Agile methods in a rigorous fashion.

The track is open to research papers on multiple aspects of agile methods, particularly those that bring best practices in knowledge management and lean development to scalable, distributed, and outsourced Scrum, eXtreme Programming (XP), and other agile practices.

Papers of interest include these topics:

*Research on existing or new methodologies and approaches: informal modeling techniques and practices, adapting/trimming existing methods, and new product/project planning techniques.

*Research on existing or new techniques or practices: pairing, war-rooms, test-first design, paper-based prototyping, early acceptance test driven development, exploratory testing, refactoring, or others.

*Research on special topics or tools: configuration and resource management, testing, project steering, user involvement, design for agility, virtual teams or others.

*Research on integrating ideas from other fields, e.g. interaction design, requirements engineering, cognitive science, organizational psychology, usability testing, software security, into agile processes.

*Research studies of development teams using ethnographic or social research techniques.

*Research on agile software engineering economics.

*Quantitative and qualitative studies of agile methods, practices, and tools.

*Research on agile compliance and cost benefits within CMMI, ISO 9000, and FDA certified development projects.

Papers are particularly relevant when agile processes are shown to produce quantitative and qualitative benefits across multiple implementations.

To submit papers and read more about the conference please go to the HICSS44 web page.

Jeff Sutherland
Scrum Training Institute
Boston, MA USA
+1 617 606-3652

Gabrielle Benefield
Scrum Training Institute
London, UK

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rajile - Raj Mudhar on CMMI and Scrum

March 29 2010 – Dinner with Jeff Sutherland

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Monday, March 29, I had the opportunity to have dinner with Jeff Sutherland and other RTP leaders. The dinner was a fundraiser for CITCON, which came to RTP in April. This was an opportunity for Agile practitioners and experts to have an informal chat about the challenges and opportunities of using Agile in the world of work.
I was interested learning more about Systematic, a CMMI level 5 company that implemented Scrum across its entire business. One thing that sets Systematic apart from other companies is that it has really good data to prove that Scrum works, and it is a software company that can execute perfect waterfalls every time. Systematic created hyper-productive teams, and by Jeff’s definition, they are at least 4 times more productive than industry average. They cut TTM in half and the development costs by the same as well.
I asked Jeff how these teams at Systematic were able to do this. What was the secret sauce? Most of the answers are in a published paper here. Jeff highlighted two key metrics and one Agile practice (A-TDD) in addition to Scrum that contributed to their success. On top of this there was intense focus on getting the backlog to a ready-ready state before stories were allowed to enter a Sprint.  Systematic introduced a Ready-Ready checklist to evaluate a Story’s readiness to enter a Sprint. The checklist’s three categories; 1) Prepare feature for commitment, 2) Clarify Feature for Development, 3) Prepare feature for Implementation. Everything on one page. A copy of it can be viewed in the paper referenced above.
The two metrics (from LEAN) were process efficiency, and fix time after failed builds. Click here for more ...

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Team Spirit: A Pre-Condition for Winning?

The Metaphysical Significance, Staggering Ubiquity, and Sheer Joy of High Fives

The low five, the high 10, the low 10, the forearm bash, the fist bump, the flying chest bump, the shug, the leaping shoulder carom, the ass slap, the pound, the man hug, the dap, the volleyballers' smack-'em high and smack-'em low, the gimme-skin slider, the helmet head butt, the soul shake, the body slam and the grip-and-rip