Saturday, April 30, 2011

Nobel Prize for Scrum?

Scrum Is A Major Management Discovery

A reader remarked about my recent article on, “Frankly, this looks like a plug for Scrum.” Well, yes.
If there was a Nobel Prize for management, and if there was any justice in the world, I believe that the prize would be awarded, among others, to Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber and Mike Cohn for their contributions to the invention of Scrum. Until recently, like most people, I had never heard of Scrum. This is not surprising, as it is rarely mentioned in general management textbooks or discussed in business schools. I came across Scrum several years ago, almost by accident. More ...

Friday, April 29, 2011

Implementing SAP with Scrum

Implementing SAP with Scrum is the same as using Scrum for development operations in general. Build your backlog, prioritize your backlog, and execute your backlog in sprints with demoable results at the end of every sprint. Executing Scrum well will cut your deployment time in half.

SAP is running course in the the Netherlands in how to do this and has an Agile Whitepaper that may be of interest to you.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

HICSS 45 Maui 4-7 Jan 2012 - Call for Papers due 15 Jun 2011

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 Maui next January. Sound good?
Then get writing!

HICSS is one of the top conferences in paper citation index rankings. This means your paper will be seen and used by researchers worldwide more than papers from other conferences. All HICSS papers are published in the IEEE Digital Library and are FREE to download, so your papers are accessible to everyone at any time, even by your grandchildren. No other conference can give you the same distribution of your concepts and ideas.

HICSS-45 CALL FOR PAPERS - submissions due 15 June 2011
January 4-7, 2012
The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
Kaloa, Kauai, Hawaii

HICSS-45 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: Intorduction to Agile Software Development: Lean, Distributed, and Scalable
Co-Chairs: Jeff Sutherland

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 at the Hitotsubashi Business School in Japan and Harvard Business School in the United States.

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.

Jeff Sutherland
Scrum Inc.
Boston, MA USA
+1 617 606-3652