• Recipe's for an Ideal Sprint (and the "smells" of Sprint anti-patterns)

    Apologies, but due to lots of events happening on the week of 20-24 Mar we have decided to postpone by 1 week. Hope everyone can also make the 30th... Dwayne ------- Many companies say they're "Agile" and many companies say they're running "Sprints", BUT is this really the case? To start with we'll examine a company (no names mentioned) that was struggling to realise the benefits of Agile but swore they were running "Sprints". After examining what was happening before, during and after the "Sprint" realised they had totally missed the point of what a Sprint actually means. We'll then open the discussion up to others to share their experiences with Sprint anti-patterns (such as Scrummerfall, Water-Scrum-Fall, N+1, etc) and then round off the discussion with getting the key ingredients and recipe for the best Sprint cycle. This is a no-slide session - which means we'll be having our conversation on the whiteboard/wall (Agile style ;-)...

  • Don't miss this! Final call - for Hadoop Batch with special offer limited slots

    Hi, After the tremendous success of our last event on Big Data & Hadoop. KRATOES (http://www.kratoes.com/) is launching HADOOP (http://unbouncepages.com/hadoop-course/) Session on demand. Join to learn and get mentored in Big Data journey and Broaden your skills. Focus on:- • BIG DATA AND HADOOP INTRODUCTION • HDFS ARCHITECTURE, HADOOP CONFIGURATIONS & DATA LOADING • INTRODUCTION TO MAP REDUCE • ADVANCED MAP REDUCE CONCEPTS • INTRODUCTION TO PIG AND ADVANCE PIG • INTRODUCTION TO HIVE AND ADVANCE HIVE • INTRODUCTION TO HBASE AND ADVANCED HBASE • SQOOP AND FLUME • BASIC OOZIE AND OOZIE CONFIGURATION. FOR MORE (http://www.kratoes.com/course-hadoop.html) This promises to be an extremely enriching session and we hope you can make it - Register Now (http://unbouncepages.com/hadoop-course/) All registered attendees will receive a free copy of our latest Hadoop Recording briefing that was created based on specific real life experiences. http://unbouncepages.com/hadoop-course/ Cheers!

  • Team Transformation at Navitas - from Scrumerfall to Scrum in 3 Sprints

    Lee will show the changes made within the team and discuss how several key factors have transformed the team dynamics and work practices at Navitas to enable them to be on track to achieve their goals. This also includes how we scaled Agile to work across multiple teams. We will also open up the discussion with the group on key success factors to adopting/transforming to Agile to share and compare experiences.

  • Making the most of Continuous Integration (CI)

    A shared experience with getting CI going as one of the key Agile practices at a public sector agency. The challenges faced (and overcome) and the benefits now being realised will be shared (and demoed). We'll also open up the discussion for others to highlight what they do with their CI build (trigger points, tests types executed, tools used, feedback/visibility of CI build failures, etc).

  • Information Radiators - maximising the shared understanding

    We (should) all have the "Scrumban Board" (or similar) going with our teams as a key "information radiator", but what else do you stick on the board/wall/window/etc to promote/encourage the shared understanding and ongoing discussions to support true collaboration. This is an open group discussion for us to share our favourite examples we've worked with and to discuss the how and why we've found them useful. So please bring a photo or hard-copy of info radiators you find really useful to share (feel free to email them to me beforehand if that's easier - [masked] or bring a large/A3+ copy to stick on the wall to talk to). We've got a handful to start with, but want everyone's contribution.

  • What's your favourite Retro/Reflection style?

    In working Agile, one of the key events is the Retro (aka Reflection). This is to facilitate continuous improvement for the team through reflecting on what has happened in the last Sprint/Iteration. These are expected to be done at the end of every Sprint and also scales well to the Release level (and beyond). One of the challenges for the Scrum Master/Iteration Manager/Team is to ensure the Retros are productive (and interesting). So... we'll look at several recommended Retro styles (Keep-Prob-Try, The Wheel, Sad-Mad-Glad, The Boat, Fishbone, Timeline, etc) and see what other styles/variations the group has used and the pros and cons of various styles.

  • How do you run an Inception? Well… It Depends…

    You have a new delivery to get underway so how do you get started? The common answer in agile circles is “It depends!!”. That’s because there is no single cookbook recipe to starting new work, context matters so you need to have a flexible approach; knowing what questions you need to answer and being armed with some tools and techniques can only help. In this meetup we will look at an example model that highlights the things we need to address and discuss some tools and techniques that could be applied along the way. Inceptions can be a lengthy subject so our focus will be on the kick-off workshop but we will also touch on things that might happen either side of the workshop. A goal for this meetup is to help increase learning so on the night we will divide into groups to give you an opportunity to get practical "hands on” experience with some of the techniques. So if you are ready to engage and handy with a flipchart and marker we hope to see you soon!

  • Grooming the Backlog - what does this really mean?

    The Product Backlog is the key ingredient for scoping, focusing and ensuring the team constantly delivers the highest business value. We'll show-and-tell what makes a good backlog and discuss the range of "grooming" practices (e.g. road-mapping, estimating, splitting, merging, re-prioritising, ordering, grouping, expanding, linking, risk register, etc). This is the recipe the Product Owner (and others) are expected to follow to maintain a healthy Product Backlog and to evolve it over time. We'll also touch base on lessons learnt from over (or under) cooking a backlog (don't you love analogies ;-).

  • To estimate, or not to estimate - Story Points vs ...

    Estimation is always a challenge. Agile's approach has boiled down to estimating in "relative size" using Story Points (or T-shirt size) and relies on calibrating these estimates to the team. Do we really need estimates and if so, what is the real purpose/benefit. We'll share some applied use of estimating using relative size and how it's been used (and abused ;-), where we have not needed to estimate and prompt/discuss other styles of estimation used in Agile developments from the group.

  • Agile UX - Scrum


    In the modern software development environment, UX and agile practitioners are becoming part of a growing culture defining the way online products and services are being delivered. The modern UX team is much more multi-disciplinary and organic than ever before, and it's no surprise that hybrid processes and methodologies are being employed to ensure better management of personnel and project deliverables. Although UX and agile both address key pitfalls that exist in traditional software development to deliver a better solution for the end-user, sometimes UX and agile approaches seem to work against each other when people focus too much on the processes and procedures. In this section we will be talking about Agile UX over Scrum. Erico Lisboa and Ian Huges will be presenting that one.