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James Coplien


Software Architecture and Agile Consultant, Gertrud and Cope

Location: Helsingør, Denmark


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Certified ScrumMaster®
26-27 March, 2018
Location: Tokyo, Japan


Jim Coplien is the founder of the Pasteur Organizational Patterns project, which was the foundation for the Borland QuatroPro for Windows study that inspired Jeff Sutherland to include daily stand-up meetings in Scrum. This work was also one of the main foundations underlying the organizational principles of Extreme Programming. In a former life Cope is best known for his design and programming books such as Advanced C++, Multi-Paradigm Design, and the pioneering two books of the PLoPD series of edited works. He is also one of the founders of the pattern discipline, and he is the Product Owner for the Scrum patterns effort at ScrumPLoP. His book Organizational Patterns of Agile Software Development Is the most authoritative work on Agile foundations today. His newest book, together with Gertrud Bjørnvig, is Lean Architecture for Agile Software Development. He works with Jeff and Ken to keep the Scrum Guide up to snuff. He is a partner with Gertrud & Cope in Denmark, with Scruminc, and also with The Scrum Foundation.

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Scrum in Palestine
Sponsored by PalDev and the Scrum Alliance, James Coplien recently traveled to Palestine to hold the country's first-ever CSM course. With the help of user groups and Scrum evangelists, the Scrum Alliance is transforming the world of work, one cou...

Scrum Training in Ramallah
Jim "Cope" Coplien is from one of a handful of Scrum firms whose ROI consciously and regularly reaches beyond economic value to give something back to the world community.   Supported by the Scrum Alliance, Jim Coplien recently traveled ...

It's Ordered -- Not Prioritized!
In the past, the Scrum Guide consistently used the word "priority" for the Product Backlog or noted that the Product Backlog was “prioritized.” While the Product Backlog must be ordered, prioritization is only one technique — and rarely a good one at that. The new Scrum Guide instead uses the term ordered for the Product Backlog. This reflects long-held understanding by many leaders in the Scrum community. Let’s clarify the reason for the change.——


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