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A Survey on Investigating the Applicability of Agile Practices



Hello, 
I am Srikar Madhira and I am conducting a survey to identify the applicability of agile practices in software organizations. This survey is a part of a Master Thesis conducted at Blekinge Institute of Technology. The research intends to identify the requirements/changes that are needed for implementing/adopting agile practices, the challenges faced during their implementation/adoption and the solutions for those challenges.
Kindly help me in my research by participating in this survey. Please participate in this survey and share your knowledge on agile to the body of software practitioners, help them in understanding agile practices in a better way. I request you to kindly forward the questionnaire link to members of your software groups and encourage them to participate as well. The Link to the survey is provided below


http://goo.gl/forms/UXrBzMXYWI


The survey is anonymous and your responses are kept strictly confidential.  Thank you very much in advance for your participation and time.


Regards,
Phani Srikara Sastry Madhira




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A recent survey



There is this other survey with interesting questions about challenges and strategies for successful agile methods adoption:
Take the ‘agile in non-agile environment’ survey | Agile Research Network


It reminded me that I have seen, time and again, individuals and teams facing enormous struggles to understand themselves and then change values, principles and practices in their own culture in order to ship better software. In my little window of reality around, many cases look hopeless. But, sometimes, there are individuals eager to think and behave differently and who are actually looking for hints to learn new professional principles and values. For those cases, I usually give the following answers to questions like these:

Question 1: Have you encountered challenges to improve software engineering principles, values and practices?

Part of my answer: many challenges, but —this could surprise you— many come from IT people (architects and developers, and their managers) who are unwilling —or unable— to unlearn and relearn.

Question 2: Which strategies would you suggest to face the challenge of shameful levels of unprofessionalism in software development projects?

Part of my answer: We already know: there is no silver bullet. But, one sensible strategy is to start a long journey of un-learning and re-learning the own computer software career. Get back to human basics: un-learning and re-learning basic philosophical and critical thinking, deep study of philosophy of science and engineering, and other basic stuff in the Humanities; for instance, anthropological research as a preparation for doing cultural critical analysis.


Do you found those answers reasonable?






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Agile in non-agile environment





The Agile Research Network (ARN) works closely with organisations to
understand their problems, make suggestions for how to improve practice,
undertake research and make research findings accessible to practitioners.

We are running a survey to investigate challenges and mitigation
strategies of using agile in non-agile environment.

By doing this survey you will not only share your experience but also
learn about other people’s challenges of adopting agile and some
mitigation strategies used to tackle these challenges.

Please share your experience and take our agile in non-agile environment
challenges survey at

http://agileresearchnetwork.or g/take-the-agile-in-non-agile- environment-survey/

Best Regards,
Dina Salah




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Re: Digest Number 5587





On Wed Nov 12 2014 at 07:19:39 <SCRUMDEVELOPMENT <at> yahoogroups.com> wrote:

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Digest #5587
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LeSS site - less.works by craig.larman
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Re: LeSS site - less.works by "Michael James" michaeljamesseattle

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Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:14 am (PST) . Posted by:

craig.larman

Hi,

We’ve received many requests for more information and training for Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) and so​ decided​ to provide more support by​ ​sharing​ ​many resources online, and provide training.

Today, we’re ​delighted to announce the LeSS site at http://less.works and with it a training program​. Both will expand.

The site content is based on our previous books: Scaling Lean & Agile Development http://www.amazon.com/Scaling-Lean-Agile-Development-Organizational/dp/0321480961/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415729593&sr=8-1&keywords=scaling+lean+larman and Practices for Scaling Lean and Agile Development http://www.amazon.com/Practices-Scaling-Lean-Agile-Development-ebook/dp/B0046EDOYU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1415729593&sr=8-2&keywords=scaling+lean+larman and the upcoming book “Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)”

We hope the content will be useful for you​. ​Please let us know any feedback, via the site contacts.

Regards, Craig Larman and Bas Vodde

Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:57 am (PST) . Posted by:

"Michael James" michaeljamesseattle

Craig, I’m relieved your guidance on this is finally available in a digestable manner at http://less.works . I enjoyed your Scaling Lean & Agile Development books, but they are thick and I’ve found clients resisted reading such large books.

—mj
(Michael)

> On Nov 11, 2014, at 1:14 PM, craig <at> craiglarman.com [SCRUMDEVELOPMENT] <SCRUMDEVELOPMENT <at> yahoogroups.com> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> We’ve received many requests for more information and training for Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) and so​ decided​ to provide more support by​ ​sharing​ ​many resources online, and provide training.
>
> Today, we’re ​delighted to announce the LeSS site at http://less.works and with it a training program​. Both will expand.
>
> The site content is based on our previous books: Scaling Lean & Agile Development and Practices for Scaling Lean and Agile Development and the upcoming book “Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)”
>
> We hope the content will be useful for you​. ​Please let us know any feedback, via the site contacts.
>
> Regards, Craig Larman and Bas Vodde
>
>
>
>
>

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LeSS site - less.works



Hi,

We’ve received many requests for more information and training for Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) and so​ decided​ to provide more support by​ ​sharing​ ​many resources online, and provide training.

Today, we’re ​delighted to announce the LeSS site at http://less.works and with it a training program​. Both will expand.

The site content is based on our previous books: Scaling Lean & Agile Development and Practices for Scaling Lean and Agile Development and the upcoming book “Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)

We hope the content will be useful for you​. ​Please let us know any feedback, via the site contacts.

Regards, Craig Larman and Bas Vodde




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Re: [Scrum] Distributed team - tools for Story Mapping



A customer who is suffering with Jira just asked about this, and I was unable to come up with a wholehearted recommendation of any electronic tool.
—mj
(Michael)



On Nov 6, 2014, at 4:30 PM, Francisco Sanchez <ing.fran12 <at> gmail.com> wrote:

I recommend a tool called Trello: www.trello.com

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Agile Capitalization: Other Examples?



You might have read this article I wrote on Agile Capitalization: http://www.infoq.com/articles/agile-capitalization

I'm interested in finding other companies where people used an agile-centric approach to capitalize software labor for internal and/or external software.

If you know of folks doing this, whether they used the approach I wrote about,or something else, could you send me a note, to dan <at> greening.org or to this mailing list?  I'm happy to work with just a name and a company, and I can track folks down. Ultimately this may end up as another article. I am conscious that some companies want to keep their details private, and I will anonymize the information if requested. I will summarize what I learn for this list.

Why share the info? Because as more known instances are discussed publicly, accounting departments gain greater comfort in using agile-specific approaches.

Thanks!

Dan R. Greening — http://dan.greening.org


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Scaling Scrum



Jeff Sutherland and I are concerned. Many organizations are now trying to scale Scrum to larger projects and to entire organizational units, reaping the benefits they have seen in smaller Scrum initiatives. 


Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of guidance on how to do this. This has given rise to IBM's methodological response to DevOps, and to commercial one-size-fits all methodologies like SAFe and DAD. 


To read more about how we intend to fill this need in a manner consonant with the Agile Manifesto and the principles of Scrum, I refer you to a blog I wrote at Scaling Scrum. span>

 



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[ANN] CfP Agile Spain 2014 -- 4-5 December 2014, Barcelona, Spain



Hello,

I'm sending you this email on behalf of the organisation of Conferencia Agile Spain 2014 (CAS2014). CAS is the main agile conference in Spain. This is the 5th edition of the conference and we would like to make this edition memorable. 

Historically, the target of CAS was mainly spanish people with a technical background and had around 300 atendees. This year we would like not only to make it more international by inviting people from other european communities, but also to double the number of attendees. 

Furthermore, we'd like to also reach the management layers from traditional IT spanish companies, so that we might help them change their minds and start thinking that Agile might be a good way to be more successful and humane companies.

In order to achieve these goals we are trying to bring the best speakers we can. Right now Jurgen Appelo, Bjarne Bogsnes and Sandro Mancuso have confirmed their participation. We also have proposals coming from other very well known people from Spain and abroad. But we'd like to raise the bar even more by bringing more awesome people to the conference, both as speakers and as attendants.

That is why we are asking for your help. 

It would be an honor to have you in our conference and it would be even better to have you as a speaker.

You can find more information about the conference here: http://cas2014.agile-spain.org/en/

Thank you very much for your help.

Best regards,
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Thank you for your e-mail. I return to the office on 10-13-2014. Your
e-mail will not be forwarded. For urgent matters please send your enquiry
to info <at> creativ.ch.

Freundliche Grüsse/Kind regards,
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[ANN] ACCU Conference - 21- 25th April 2015, Bristol, UK



Hi all,

I'm sending this on behalf of Jon Jagger, the Conference Chair (and I truly recommend the conference).

We invite you to propose a session for this leading
software development conference.

We have a long tradition of high quality sessions covering many
aspects of software development, from programming languages
(e.g., C, C++, C#, Clojure, Erlang, Groovy, Haskell, Java,
Javascript, Python, Ruby, etc.), and technologies (libraries, frameworks,
databases, etc.) to subjects about the wider development environment
such as testing, architecture and design, development process,
analysis, patterns, project management, and softer aspects such as
team building, communication and leadership.

Sessions are usually tutorial-based, presentations of case
studies, or interactive workshops, but we are always open
to novel formats.

Pre-conference workshops are all day.
Main conference sessions are 90 minutes.
This year there will also be 15 minute sessions
(ideal for less experienced speakers).

Proposals about specific products and technologies will be taken
under consideration only if they are open source and available
for free (at least for non-commercial use). If you are interested in
talking about a proprietary technology, there is the possibility of
"sponsored sessions" which are presented outside the standard conference
schedule. Please, email conference <at> accu.org for more information.

Financial assistance is available to all 90 minute speakers.
Details are available on request.

To propose a session please email conference <at> accu.org the following information.
* Title (a working title if necessary)<br>
* Type (tutorial, case-study, workshop, etc.)<br>
* Duration (day/90/15 min)<br>
* Speaker name(s)<br>
* Speaker biography (max 150 words)<br>
* Location (where you live)<br>
* Description (approx 250 words)

* All submissions will be acknowledged by email within 24 hours.
* The Call for Papers lasts 5 weeks and will close at midnight
  Wednesday 5th November 2014. Remember, remember, the 5th of November...
* Acceptance/rejection emails will go out on Wednesday 17th December 2014.
* The full conference schedule will be announced Thursday 1st Jan 2015.

The conference has always benefited from the strength of its programme.
Please help us make 2015 another successful event.
Thank you!


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