Scrum Alliance Newsletter- November 2013
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November 2013
In This Issue: Agile Atlas | BOD Election | Sponsored Events | Coaching Retreat | Tips/Perspectives

Letter from the Managing Director

I am once again surprised at how quickly this year has passed! As we near year-end, I'd like to thank each and every one of you for continuing your Scrum journey with Scrum Alliance and encouraging others to do the same.

Scrum Alliance has a membership of more than 250,000 people worldwide and continues to grow every month. A special thank-you goes out to our dedicated team of Certified Scrum Trainers (CSTs) and Certified Scrum Coaches (CSCs). It’s not easy to become a CST or CSC. It takes years of experience, continued education, community involvement, and commitment to excellence to attain this level of certification. Not only are these individuals dedicated to increasing their own Scrum knowledge and skill, but they also take great pride in growing and improving the entire Scrum community by sharing their expertise, knowledge, and experience with others.

Scrum Alliance focuses on providing Advocacy, Community, and Education to our members. We are fortunate to have such an active member community and devoted team of coaches and trainers so we can continue to offer the breadth, depth, and quality of training, resources, and events you deserve.

Together, we can transform the world of work.

Carol McEwan
Managing Director
Scrum Alliance, Inc.


Board of Directors Voting Has Opened

We are excited to announce that voting has begun this week for the open seat on the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee selected the following three candidates to run for the vacancy from among the names submitted by the Scrum Alliance members:

Please join us in getting to know each candidate on our website and cast your vote for the next elected member of the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors. Voting will end Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Agile Atlas

This month let's talk less about what the Agile Atlas has done for you, and more about what you can do for the Atlas.

We've published a few more articles and added the long-missing Scrum Alliance brand to the site's pages. Also, we've been working and talking behind the scenes about how to ensure that the Atlas strikes the best balance between being an independent source of information and a Scrum Alliance-specific resource. We'll see more on that soon.

You have knowledge and ideas that are worth sharing. You also know other people with information worth sharing. Here are two challenges for you.

First, and easiest, write an article for the Agile Atlas! We'll work with you to get it in shape for publication, and you'll also get a nice author page you can link to your own site if you wish. We can work with original material or with reworked material to which you own the copyright. Let your learning and experience help all the others who are coming along beside and behind you in the Scrum journey.

For extra credit, become a "shepherd." Reach out to your friends and colleagues and help them write articles for the Atlas. Again, you can begin by working with us to get a sense of what's needed. Mechanically, it isn't much. Plus, you'll need to coach and cajole your authors ... you may even have to offer them coffee or a donut.

The incentive? Helping others learn what you have. Contributing to the Scrum Alliance knowledge base. But don't do it for the benefit. Do it for the love. Contact Ron Jeffries with questions.

Scrum Coaching Retreat

The word "retreat" was explicitly chosen to be different from camp, gathering, open-space, or conference. It represents a deeper and more meaningful experience of a smaller group of people. Our intent is to create a time for people to gather in a purposeful way for focused learning and growth. Our goal is a smaller event, with fewer than 100 people, to create focus and shared learning. Come to Chandler, Arizona, December 4-6, 2013, for this Scrum coaching retreat. Register now -- space is limited! Find more information and register here.

Upcoming Sponsored Events

Cincinnati Day of Agile
December 6, 2013 - West Chester, Ohio, United States
The annual Cincinnati Day of Agile builds on successful events from past years to present a conference both to introduce those new to Agile and to encourage stimulating conversation for those more advanced in the subject. At this one-day event you will have the opportunity to choose between multiple tracks for the information that best matches your level of expertise. Learn more and register!

Scrum Day Twin Cities
December 6, 2013 - St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Does your organization understand WHY it is using Agile techniques, or is it caught up in the HOW? This one-day gathering is an opportunity to learn some new Agile techniques, hear what others in the local community are being successful with, and take fresh approaches back to your organization. Learn more and register!

Agile Tour Tunis 2013
December 7, 2013 - Tunis, Tunisia
The Agile Tour is a full day of interactive sessions and workshops aimed at promoting Agile methodologies locally and exploring the latest Agile thinking in software craftsmanship, teams, and business. This year the conference will be even better, with a fantastic lineup of great Tunisian and international speakers.
Learn more and register!


Scrum Tips

Agile Transformation -- 5 Ways to Create a Sense of Urgency

Creating major change in an organization is tough. The change process in the context of an Agile transformation is even more tricky, because it tends to radiate out from the development group, rather than down from executive management. You have to be able to drive that change out, up, then down. And for that, you will need to create a sense of urgency. Read more...

The Buglog -- Dealing with Legacy Bugs in Scrum

Have you ever asked yourself how to fit legacy bugs into a sprint without endangering the commitment? If so, then this post might help you. Read more...

Get Your Hands Dirty After a CSM Certification
After you receive a CSM certification, is there a way to use the knowledge attained as a base and then build upon it, even if you are managing non-Scrum projects? I will briefly outline some pointers, and I encourage you to add to them.  Read more...


Debugging Scrum Implementations
Scrum is easy to learn but difficult to implement, as has often been said. Everyone I have met has had tons of issues, from how to size a story to "Oh, we have a constant stream of bugs." Let's examine broad categories of issues. Read more...

Better Daily Planning Meetings -- Asking the Right Questions
Even experienced teams ask the same three questions in daily stand-up meetings. But are they the right questions? Are the answers to these questions really what we want to hear? I doubt it. Read more...

Reduced Value of Consecutive Releases -- Ever-Reducing Value of New Functionality
An item about ever-reducing value of consecutive releases was lingering in my head, but it did not fully come out till I read a story about Rajen Sheth launching gmail in the enterprise space. He describes how he dealt with road mapping. Road mapping is one of the biggest pains for an Agile mind, since it forces you to plot an exact time line for releasing functionality over at least a year. Read more...


Global SCRUM GATHERING® New Orleans
Call for Papers will reopen on December 16. Deadline to submit is January 6. Mark your calendars to submit your session! Registration is OPEN for the Global SCRUM GATHERING® New Orleans May 5-7, 2014. Register now for limited Early Bird discounts. A big thank-you to our sponsors already on board: Geocent, Agile Learning Labs, CollabNet, RippleRock, Platinum Edge, Artisan Software Consulting.

Applications for the SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin Chair are now being accepted.  If you are interested in applying for the position of Scrum Gathering Program Chair, please send an email, including a summary of your background, your interests, your contact information, prior conference involvement, and a brief description of your vision for the gathering to Jill Paul. Read more here and contact us before November 25, 2013. Mark the dates on your calendar for the Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin September 22-24, 2014. Thank you to our sponsors who look forward to seeing you in Berlin: Agile42, Boris Gloger, it-agile, CollabNet, RippleRock and Platinum Edge.

We're happy to announce that the Global SCRUM GATHERING® 2015 will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, May 4-6, 2015. We hope to see you there.

Upcoming Global

New Orleans, LA 2014
May 5-7, 2014
New Orleans, USA
Berlin 2014
Sept. 22-24, 2014
Berlin, Germany
Phoenix, AZ 2015
May 4-6, 2015
Phoenix, USA

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