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Rocket to Mars: A Sprint Planning Game

by Ben Linders Follow 7 Followers on  Dec 11, 2013 7

“Many team and their product owners believe that the team's unique job is to deliver more and more story points, but we consider this to be a complete misunderstanding of the relation between the team and the product owner” said Damien Thouvenin and Pierrick Revol. They ran a sprint planning game on investing time to produce stories, investigate issues, reduce technical debt, or do training.

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A Course Is Not Mandatory Anymore for the Professional Software Developer 1 Assessment

by Ben Linders Follow 7 Followers on  Oct 31, 2013

Scrum.org announced that it is no longer mandatory to do a Professional Software Developer 1 course to do the PSD 1 assessment and become certified.

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Video Lessons on Agile Coaching and Organizational Change

by Ben Linders Follow 7 Followers on  Mar 30, 2013

Two video lessons covering agile coaching and organizational change were released by Pearson/Addison-Wesley in the last quarter of 2012. They provide a different way to increase knowledge on agile adoption for visual and audible learners.

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Presentation: IASA’s Five Pillars of Architecture

by Michael Stal Follow 0 Followers on  Jul 19, 2012

In his online presentation “Five Pillars of IT Architecture” Jim Wilt, architect at Microsoft, introduced IASA's view on the foundation of architecture. The pillars IASA identified include business technology strategy, IT environment, quality attributes, design and human dynamics.

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PMI Announces Softening of Requirements for New PMI-ACP Certification

by David Bulkin Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 07, 2012 4

The Project Management Institute is softening the eligibility requirements to qualify for their new PMI ACP (Agile Certified Professional) certification test. Previously individuals needed 1,500 hours of experience working on an agile project, with those hours accrued over the last two years. Now the requirement is 1,500 hours of experience on an agile project accrued over the last three years.

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Agile Humour: A Wrap Up of April Fools Day 2012

by Craig Smith Follow 2 Followers on  Apr 04, 2012

The Agile community has a great tradition of making fun of itself and April Fools Day 2012 was no exception. Here is a wrap up of some of the best gags from this year that you may have missed.

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Individual Yield

by Christopher Goldsbury Follow 0 Followers on  Dec 28, 2011

Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt, enumerates some practical points on individual procutivity. This article wonders how well these apply to software development and contrasts his list with that of other lists.

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Navigating the Maze of EA Certifications

by Richard Seroter Follow 2 Followers on  Dec 28, 2011 3

There are over a dozen Enterprise Architecture certifications available and they are becoming increasingly critical when hiring and evaluating architects. Microsoft’s Mike Walker categorized these certifications into a Reference Guide that can help architects better understand which certification(s) to pursue.

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Scrum Extensions Update - 4th Quarter 2011

by Christopher Goldsbury Follow 0 Followers on  Nov 27, 2011 2

This is the 4th quarter 2011 update of scrum extensions. InfoQ will be looking at proposed and approved extensions each quarter to see how scrum changes and evolves.

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Mitchell Harper: University Education of Software Engineers is a Waste of Time

by Michael Stal Follow 0 Followers on  Nov 15, 2011 38

Mitch Harper, co-founder of BigCommerce.com, claimed in a recent issue of the Sydney Morning Herald that university education might be the wrong way to become a software engineer. According to Harper, a self-educated software engineer without an university degree: universities leave their students rather unprepared for the realities of being a software engineer.

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Agile 2011 In Summary

by Shane Hastie Follow 9 Followers on  Aug 20, 2011 5

A brief summary and overview of the Agile 2011 conference held in Salt Lake City from 8-12 August. This article lists the key facts about the conference and identifies some of the highlights for this reporter. Future articles will expand on the content of a number of the talks.

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Lack of Software Engineers Bears Risks

by Michael Stal Follow 0 Followers on  Aug 12, 2011 32

Although many products and solutions increasingly leverage software as an essential fundament, software engineers are becoming a rare species in Western countries. The problem with scarce availability of well-educated software engineers is that many companies require more engineers then they can get and if that gap widens, this could damage the leading edge of some companies.

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31 Days of SQL Server Interview Questions and Answers

by Jonathan Allen Follow 7 Followers on  Aug 05, 2011

Pinal Dave has posted a 31-part series titled SQL Server – Interview Questions and Answers. It starts with general topics such as “What is Normalization?” and works its way to obscure topics such as “What is Difference between ROLLBACK IMMEDIATE and WITH NO_WAIT during ALTER DATABASE?”. Data warehousing is covered and there are even guest posts on SQL Azure.

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Scrum Alliance Strengthens CSP Certification, Announces Beta

by David Bulkin Follow 0 Followers on  Jul 08, 2011

The Scrum Alliance announced plans to strengthen the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) designation into "a certification program that meets worldwide standards for structure and testing required for accreditation." The CSP designation, goes beyond the CSM as it requires experience applying agile in the workplace. Details for a beta program will be in the next Scrum Alliance Newsletter.

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Caucho Resin is Officially Certified Against the Java EE 6 Web Profile

by Kostis Kapelonis Follow 0 Followers on  Jun 08, 2011

Caucho Resin has recently been certified a compliant implementation of the EE 6 Web Profile, starting with version 4.0.17.

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