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Agile Center of Excellence (CoE) - Roadmap / Success Patterns




We are planning to establish Agile Center of Excellence (CoE) in my company and I would like to understand different steps and roadmap to create the same.

 

If you have any experience or some material/best practices around how to create Agile CoE and different things (Training, Coaching and other creative ideas..?)  that we can do then please share with me.

 

Thank You !

 

Regards

Manish

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Agile Methodology | Cross Functional Team Competence development - How?



What is a cross functional team (XFT)? a very simple way of defining would be that it is a team where different team members come from different functional blocks to take end to end responsibilities of a tasks. example functional blocks can be marketing, sales and developers formed a team to take end to end responsibility of  delivering a product to the market place.


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Scrum



Hi All,


I am following scrum since last 2-3 years and preparing for scrum master certification now. One of the challenges we faced is definition or design of cross-functional and self-organizing development team. As per Scrum guide, Product Backlog is never complete and it keeps evolving or changing. Change in product backlog may create need of new skill in development team. Sometimes this need may be from totally different domain e.g a web development team may need a member with analytics skillset. In this scenario, how can we choose a development team which is self-organizing and cross-functional while starting a project? Also how should we tackle if we come across situation where there is lack of some skill due to change in product bac klog?


Thanks,

Sudeep



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Requesting Suggestions for Mini-projects for Agile Training



There are many good games and simulations available in the web to illustrate Agile concepts and methods.
But for a 3-day Intro to Agile training program I would like to ask the participants to develop and test small applications using Agile practices.
I have some ideas for applications from business domain (not sure whether they can be developed in 3-days).
Need some suggestions (or pointers to resources) for mini-projects from domains like healthcare, CAD/CAM, embedded software that can be completed in 3-days (three one-day sprints) by a team of 5-6 people of moderate technical competence.
Would highly appreciate your assistance.
Thanks in advance
Gopinath




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I Need Help!!



Programmers … I need your help!

I founded Scrum.org to help developers use Scrum, doing iterative, incremental development. The Scrum.org site needs to be redesigned, on top of new technologies. Then we have more work building measurement tools, data repositories and management, SDKs, and tools to help Scrum Teams do better.

I need 2-3  full stack web and open source developers to work in, around, and with our office in the Boston area.

Join me and do something that you will be proud of and you will be able to tell you peers and grandchildren about, with pride.




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Re: ScrumMaster Job Description



Thanks George and Jesse,

I appreciate the cover. Your framing of my situation and intention is correct. 

Yours in agile!

Michael

On Jan 13, 2016, at 10:48 AM, Jesse Houwing <jesse.houwing <at> gmail.com> wrote:

Glad I could be of service. My apologies for the other folks, somehow people can get a little worked up when job descriptions, bonuses, the difference between project managers and scrum masters and scrum in not so agile organisations may be showing from an email.

On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 4:24 PM, George Dinwiddie lists <at> idiacomputing.com [SCRUMDEVELOPMENT] <SCRUMDEVELOPMENT <at> yahoogroups.com> wrote:
Hey, everyone,

I think the hard time you're giving Michael is unwarranted. He's not
some newby trying to follow a formula. It's quite clear to me that he's
looking to colleagues for inspiration on a rather mundane task that's
not central to his coaching, but necessary to help in the context in
which he currently finds himself.

If a group within an org wants to hire a Scrummaster, they probably have
to deal with the HR department. That HR department wants a Job
Description for their processes and advertisements. The work of a
Scrummaster varies a lot, so it's hard to write a succinct job
description that covers the bases, doesn't limit the role, and might
attract people with the right skills and attitudes, all while not
triggering corporate antibodies.

I would find it time-consuming to write this from scratch, and would
feel that I had bigger fish to fry than this one document. I, also,
would ask friends for advice and examples that would help me develop my
thoughts. There are plenty of obviously terrible examples on the job
boards, but I've never searched them for good examples.

Michael, I suggest trying at the Google Group "Lonely Coaches Sodality."
It's specifically designed for coaches who sometimes need fellow coaches
for feedback and ideas.

  - George

On 1/13/16 9:33 AM, tobyanon <at> yahoo.com [SCRUMDEVELOPMENT] wrote:
>
>
> Hm, I don't know many people who seek advice from a juggler. Unless they
> also want to juggle. Are you teaching juggling?
>
> The plate-spinning metaphor is a very dangerous one—a very old-think,
> project-management metaphor in fact. A good manager, or coach has
> massive amounts of slack. Busy-ness and multitasking are the enemies of
> Agility. We work in the knowledge industry. What we need then is time to
> think, to be still, to ponder. We need to create space, not action. If
> you really want to hire someone good, then give yourself time to do
> this, and do it well. There are no templates for this.
>
> Sorry to be preachy, but I feel very strongly that when we start looking
> for formulas, or even to take someone else's work and try to apply it
> wholesale to our own work we completely miss the point of what we are
> trying to do... In the words of the Scrum Alliance, to "transform the
> world of work".
>
> Tobias
>
>
>

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ScrumMaster Job Description

Would someone be kind enough to forward me a decent job description for a ScrumMaster SUITABLE for
submitting to a corporate HR to process as a contractor requisition?

I appreciate the help.

Michael

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Governance for Agile Delivery : FREE TO ATTEND WEBINAR



Hello,
Below, I am attaching the programme outline for the free-to-attend webinar. Don't miss out!
Best regards,
Yolanda

WEBINAR OUTLINE:


In 2012 the national Audit Office published a paper of Governance for Agile delivery, drawing on examples from the private sector and identifying four key principles that would help govern programmes as the new approaches and "clock speed" of agile software development started to replace traditional "waterfall" methods and the governance frameworks that had evolved over the previous 50 years.
In this webinar Chris will review the four principles, assess their relevance as agile has developed since 2012, and note some of the main developments in governance for complex transformation programmes.
You will learn how to:
  • Test common mobile scenarios like degraded network conditions, conflicting apps, and incoming texts
  • Factor in users’ demographic differences
  • Ensure the right handoff from the business to the DevOps team
  • Deliver a memorable mobile user experience

Presenters:
Chris Battersby, Audit Principal, the National Audit Office 
I've been involved in business transformation since the 1980s with Philips Electronics, Deloitte and then Cornwell. I've now been at the NAO for two years as a digital expert reviewing programmes across UK government and at the United Nations.
I've seen what goes around and what's come around, and under all the 'ologies and acronyms, I've found that it is a truth universally acknowledged that people who talk to each other and people who plan things deliver more than people who don't.


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Governance for Agile webinar + Scaling for Agile conference in Brussels



Hello everybody,

Happy new year!
 
As I can see from your posts and the group description itself, you are all into Scrum/Agile activities within your companies or personally. 
I thought it would be of your interest knowing that there will be a Free Webinar about Governance for Agile Delivery  on Wednesday 20 January from 12.30 – 13.15 GMT. It will be presented by Chris Battersby, Audit Principal, the National Audit Office UK.

Also, two co-located conferences will take place in Brussels on the 4 of February:  Scaling Agile conference and the DevOps Summit. Both presenting high-profile speakers like Dan North, Tony Grout, Jenni Jepsen, among several others. Besides listening to trends and updates on this topics, you will have a great chance to network among colleagues.
 
Please let me know if you want more details about them, I’d be happy to send more info directly to who’s interested.

Regards,
Yolanda
Unicom Seminars


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User Stories Exercise/Game

I am leading Day 2 of executive training with my client. One of the morning topics is to revisit user stories.
I want to drive home the point that user stories are about communication and shared understanding and NOT
the “agile requirements.” I would like any suggestions as to how I might do that, especially if you can
recommend and exercise or a short video. I had thought of using the origami game, but I think that may be too
involved. 

Suggestions?

Thanks.

Michael

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Agile Methodology | The ultimate agile transformation tool - "Sticky Note




Having giving significant efforts in following several sprints and retrospectives in education, coaching and explaining the benefits of breakdown and estimation to the team, no improvements were visible. Desperate for a solution, reminded me one of the 3 fundamentals of agile methodology, "VISUALISATION". 




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