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  • Episode #26 - Reviewing the New Edition of the SCRUM Guide - Integrum
    be commitments and they should be accurate If they are wrong we should do something about it Derek Yeah I think it is they re trying to soften the language to change the emotional tone On that level I don t have a huge problem with it but I also think that it does fundamentally change the contract or the original intent This really changes it more to Ah we re estimating what we can get done this week opposed to We re going to get this done To me one of the biggest things that I see people interested in adopting Scrum for is they want predictability in work so that they can understand as a sales team or as a CEO how can I determine what the future of this company looks like based on the work that can be committed to If it really becomes a super loosey goosey forecasty type of thing the predictability goes way way down because nobody trusts a forecast especially when it s really seen as a forecast Maybe over time if you hit your forecast considerably and do that then maybe it is something that people feel can be predictable But I don t know I m a little torn over this I think they re going a little bit too wishy washy for my liking Jade Let s keep moving down Scrum does not mandate a burndown chart to monitor progress Scrum requires only that remaining work for a sprint is summed and known on a daily basis Trending toward completing the work of the sprint is maintained throughout the sprint Roy OK If you don t want a burndown chart you want to represent it using something else whatever That doesn t bother me I think it s a good idea to have a burndown chart but I don t think that particular format needs to be the case I like that it says how much work is left It needs to be known every single day That makes sense Clayton I think they clarified this in some of the other documents where they wrote about the documentation They say that they ve tried to remove some of the tips and best practices and they re going to put those out as a separate document so I think this is thinking that out Jade So they re just going to move to best practices Clayton Right Derek I think this is a case where they so specifically said everything that happens in a burndown chart that it almost makes it say Really you have to do a burndown chart unless you can come up with a better way to achieve all the exact same objectives of a burndown chart which to me is a good way I don t think they ve softened what they re asking for They re just being more open to different ways to do it that they may not know today Jade Let s keep moving quickly through here Release planning is a valuable thing to do when using Scrum but isn t required by Scrum itself Clayton I think it falls in the same category Jade The sprint backlog is the product backlog items selected for the sprint plus a plan for delivering them There is no longer a required concept of spring backlog items although that technique can make a great plan A self organizing development team always has a plan Derek I think one of the clarifications here is that sprint backlog items is generally what I think a lot of teams call tasking When you dig your stories from the backlog into the sprint backlog the sprint backlog items are not the stories that you ve selected from the backlog moved into the sprint backlog they re actually the tasks for those stories is my understanding of their original concept of a sprint backlog item In this case I think they re saying It s not necessary that you task out all of the details of the stories to do the work but a good team has a plan for how they re going to do the work I take that very similar to the burndown effect where they re saying You still have to have this element if you re doing a good job but we re not going to say the tasking is necessarily the way that you do that Jade All right Finally the product backlog is ordered instead of prioritized providing flexibility to the product owner to optimize value in his or her unique circumstances Clayton When I read this one I had the same reaction as the forecasting commitment At first glance it s just semantics where it s like if you were really taking to the letter of the law and you were saying I have to prioritize these and to me priority means the most important ones at the top and the least ones at the bottom and there s no other way I can do it I guess if you really took it that way and you re really being pedantic about it then yes that s what you would think But I feel like you would be able to exercise some flexibility and say There s some other ways This is more important and I think they get into that with the blog post that they posted today about order not prioritize where they actually go into the details about this I think they do a good job explaining why it really is just they re opening up the different ways that you could prioritize Priority is not maybe the best way to do it and there are lots of different ways to order a good backlog You don t necessarily have to order by ROI all the time There s some things that would be more valuable than others at different times and there are a lot of different relationships

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  • Special Episode : Woody Zuill - Intro to Agile - Integrum
    16th of 2011 During the event we had the chance to be able to interview some of the attendees and talk to them about the Open Space that they had just facilitated Open Space Technology conferences are great events where the attendees get to create and completely control the content of the conference Enjoy this video as we talk to Woody Zuill about his Open Space session titled Intro to Agile For more information on this event or their sister event Agile Open Northern California check out the site at www agileopencalifornia com PREVIOUS Special Episode Darrin Ladd How Can I Help My Teams Continue to Improve NEXT Special Episode Marsha Garczewski Getting Started with SCRUM Join the conversation on Facebook Subscribe to the podcast Make your mark Get involved with the Agile Weekly Podcast by volunteering to be a guest recommending a speaker submitting a question or suggesting a topic Step up to the mic Build up your toolkit Learn new tips and tricks for empowering your team and transforming your business See the blog Hungy for More Info Agile Weekly is a quick way to stay up to date with the latest news techniques and events in the

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  • Deployable infrastructure to the rescue - Integrum
    ease the introduction of new tools into the IT environment PREVIOUS Get Your Twitter On NEXT Drag and Drop to fixed position droppable 4 thoughts on Deployable infrastructure to the rescue Curtis Miller says August 28 2008 at 9 44 pm The JumpBox Cacti virtual appliance quickly and easily helped us with our network problem Thanks JumpBox and thanks Chandler for quickly solving the problem And Chris likes to write in E Prime so keep it going Reply stevenbshaffer says August 28 2008 at 9 44 pm Chris Can you tell me if No clobbering software appears in the RoR bible As the marketing guy here at JumpBox now I must learn how to speak to users Curtis That link to E Prime cost me twenty minutes Never do that again But wow very cool Reply Chris Chandler says August 28 2008 at 9 44 pm No clobbering software does not appear in the RoR Bible If it existed anywhere it would most likely appear in the Systems Network administration bible For brevity I didn t want to go into the specific details of virtual appliances and their respective context in a full IT environment In my experience larger IT organizations attempt to provision hardware with a one box one task mentality Unfortunately sometimes a need comes up that necessitates software becoming available immediately without waiting for the tasks of provisioning deployment The danger of simply adding that software to another machine ranges from no impact to possibly damaging shared libraries and bringing the entire box down Virtual appliances provide a quick drop load like functionality that functions essentially like adding a full fledged machine onto the network immediately without violating the one box one task compartmentalization approach So no software clobbering needs to occur I thoroughly enjoy that even

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  • Episode #27 - Standups - Integrum
    things that I ll do is absolutely if somebody s getting a little wordy take it offline Or feel free to say What are you getting at We ve had on our own teams some people that get a little diarrhea in the mouth when it comes to turning it into more of a status update and wishy washy It s OK to say Well is there anything blocking you If the answer s no go OK great You ve lost everybody The other thing that I ll do if I start to see things going is to tell people It s OK we re going to start the stand up at the same time whether everybody s here or not We re pretty much starting it and when the 15 minutes is up if you ve got something that you need to be doing and you feel like your time is being wasted feel free to go ahead and basically check out Obviously here we like to use core protocols Feel free to check out and show people that your time is being disrespected When you start to do that and you start to be honest with each other it starts to be like OK maybe I need to not be so verbose during this Derek In line with the core protocols a bit when you re doing stand up to have a very rigid structure for what everybody s supposed to say Like whether it is three quick phrases or one to two quick phrases that say whether you re happy mad or sad about something Or if you use the standard stand up thing which is like This is what I did yesterday this is what I m doing today and these are where my blockages are That s very important too If you get into the stand up where everybody is kind of free form speaking that s when you get into where people are kind of like first off people feel like they have to say something so everybody says something Then they also just drag on and on because they re trying to remember if they re forgetting anything important With the format you re like OK that can itinerize very quickly These are the things that are going to be blocking me Let me get those out because those are realistically in my opinion the most important because those are the other things that the team can help me on then also the things that I worked on yesterday and today and then should be done with it and move on Roy Yeah I definitely think a lot of people try to make them status meetings In a status meeting if you re not talking a lot it means you must not have done much yesterday I find that certain personalities really try to be verbose because they re trying to make it sound like they ve done a ton of work when in reality what they re talking about nobody really cares about Another thing that we ve played around with a little bit here too is once you start to get a high performing team what did you do yesterday and what are you doing today really are not that important It s really about what impediments are standing in my way Where do I need help One of the ones we ve tried to start to bring in not so successfully but it s going down the road That s what do I feel exposed on Where am I scared Where am I feeling inadequate at In a high performing team those types of questions become much more important because they re really talking about how do I get better How do I remove the roadblocks How do I not feel afraid Derek Also the attitude of stand up where everybody has to speak with core protocols is great because you go around the circle very quickly But if you re doing just a quick what I did yesterday and all of that and you re really just concerned about impediments it s not necessary for everybody to speak I ve seen a ton of times where people are working in pairs so two individuals did pretty much the exact same thing in a given day When they re listing off what they did yesterday they both repeat almost verbatim what the other person said That s not necessary We could have cut the entire stand up in half if everybody s paired up Roy Yeah that s one of the reasons I don t really like the whole status kind of piece so much Especially on the slightly larger teams you might be working in code based pieces that are different enough that if you re really trying to give any kind of level of detail about what you did the other people are checking out because it s irrelevant Derek Like when Kony starts to list down acronyms for startup projects Roy Yeah if you ve got your ADO right exactly It becomes really easy to kind of check out Whereas if you keep it at a much higher level it gives people insight to say like Oh I ve worked with PDF before generating PDFs before If you need help let me know I know a lot about that Or Rest our API or Soap or whatever If you keep it at that high level it s meaningful The minute you start to drop into like implementation it s probably better to be offline if you really need to talk about that stuff Derek I liked one thing you said about saying how you feel exposed That s a great way of bringing out some lurking problems and bringing them to the forefront because there are a lot of things as we develop as we do things where hey I feel a little bit exposed In the

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  • Special Episode : Darrin Ladd - How Can I Help My Teams Continue to Improve? - Integrum
    California on September 15th and 16th of 2011 During the event we had the chance to be able to interview some of the attendees and talk to them about the Open Space that they had just facilitated Open Space Technology conferences are great events where the attendees get to create and completely control the content of the conference Enjoy this video as we talk to Darrin Ladd about his Open Space on How Can I Help My Teams Continue to Improve For more information on this event or their sister event Agile Open Northern California check out the site at www agileopencalifornia com PREVIOUS Special Episode Integrum Invades Irvine NEXT Special Episode Woody Zuill Intro to Agile Join the conversation on Facebook Subscribe to the podcast Make your mark Get involved with the Agile Weekly Podcast by volunteering to be a guest recommending a speaker submitting a question or suggesting a topic Step up to the mic Build up your toolkit Learn new tips and tricks for empowering your team and transforming your business See the blog Hungy for More Info Agile Weekly is a quick way to stay up to date with the latest news techniques and events in

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  • Get Your Twitter On! - Integrum
    running a Jabber server that few people were taking advantage of Of course we had to try it In a few more hours we added integration with Twitter s Jabber interface And now so can you Introducing TwitterBot It slices it dices it XMPPses SRSLY TwitterBot will connect to Twitter s XMPP service and has a nice set of callbacks to deal with the different types of messages that twitter sends your way It handles Direct Messages Tracks when they re actually turned on and your normal every day messages Build an automated twitter bot to impress your friends to auto respond to your mom to clean your room whatever you can imagine and so much more or less depending on if Twitter is up that day You can find it on RubyForge PREVIOUS Integrum Gives Back NEXT Deployable infrastructure to the rescue One thought on Get Your Twitter On Josh Knowles says June 12 2008 at 2 22 am Nice work guys Only comment is RubyForge Seriously Where s the github project Reply Step up to the mic Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Comment Name Email Website About the author Jade Meskill Chief Revolutionary Officer

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  • Episode #28 - SCRUM. Where Do You Start? - Integrum
    Clayton I think to me we put way too much emphasis on experts I think that the whole premise of Agile or Scrum if you look at it from an inspect and adapt method is that there is no prescribed real formula It s really all about saying what are we doing Is it working How could we make it better Certainly experience helps accelerate that and to me that s the difference If you re not willing to invest in training if you re not willing to invest in doing a ton of reading if you re not willing to invest in hiring a company to come in and do coaching or hiring in somebody experienced to put them on your team you re going to have to go through some learning phase It doesn t matter if you read every Agile book out there At the end of the day when you go to apply it to your team you re going to run into things and you re going to make wrong choices I see experts every day make wrong choices and that s OK The thing is how can you iterate over those choices as quickly as humanly possible to speed up an improvement I think when you ve got more of an expert eye towards things you can make that change happen quicker just because you ve seen the patterns before But I think that we need to stop trying to circumvent learning in organizations Drew I feel like some of the stuff that you re saying there in terms of what the principles are and everything are some kind of based on nuance or your experience I think if you re the average person that says OK I ve heard about Scrum and I want to implement Scrum at my company they re going to go on the Internet and they re going to watch some videos and read some things and they re going to say I have to do these 15 things this list and I have to follow this order I think that s what they re going to do They re not going to immediately jump to OK I just need to inspect and adapt I don t think anyone out there that s selling Scrum I think most of the stuff out there for Scrum is really promoting Scrum for a commercial reason Here s how you do Scrum and I know it s very confusing so come and talk to me Because of that no one s saying Hey you can get started with Scrum by doing this simple thing Just inspect and adapt and just do a couple things and see what works and learn from that No one s really talking about the nuance of it It seems almost impossible if you are not really part of that culture or part of that community to understand that that was the case and understand there s a different way of doing it Jade Going off what you re saying there could you and the situation that I m faced with could you come in and do Scrum in 10 minutes What would that look like You have 10 minutes to explain Scrum to a team that wants to implement it Go Drew It seems like if you had 10 minutes you re going to focus on more of the principle stuff and then it s not going to look like Scrum necessarily I wonder if you were to do that then would you begin some kind of mixed messages Then where do you go from there Because if you go seek out the next step or OK we ve been doing this for a few weeks now What do we do now Now I m going to look for Scrum stuff and it s not the same thing I have learned already Clayton Yeah I think some of it is we highlight Scrum as this panacea or this magic pill that if you just do it all your problems go away I think that if someone were to come directly to me what I would probably tell them is Hey here are some resources here s the primer you might want to read my koans user stories applied indecipherable 10 59 menu planning You might want to read a couple of different books that help you accelerate your learning But ultimately it s really really simple but it s really really hard Don t get discouraged Just make sure that every week you re improving As long as you re on the journey towards improving don t worry about whether your implementation of Scrum is perfect I think maybe that s the chicken s way out but I think that the problem that we do is we do this indecipherable 11 30 I think the community has this thing that once you know Scrum then you have to do exactly Scrum You re not allowed to do in Scrumbut and if you have any problems and you re failing it s because you re not doing the exact prescribed elements of Scrum If you would just do those you would stop failing I think that s bullshit Human beings are involved and even if you follow the process to a T you are going to have failure sometimes I think every human being is different so every team is composed of multiple humans You re going to have a unique problem on every single team that no Scrum guide can solve for you Roy That s definitely true but I think the beginner s approach often is the think that every problem you run into is your own unique problem and it s very difficult to get away from that Without experience it s impossible really to see that this isn t a unique problem This is actually the problem that the ceremony or whatever was directly

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  • Special Episode : Integrum Invades Irvine - Integrum
    Episode 28 SCRUM Where Do You Start NEXT Special Episode Darrin Ladd How Can I Help My Teams Continue to Improve Join the conversation on Facebook Subscribe to the podcast Make your mark Get involved with the Agile Weekly Podcast by volunteering to be a guest recommending a speaker submitting a question or suggesting a topic Step up to the mic Build up your toolkit Learn new tips and tricks

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