Retrospective 30 – #Agile, #Scrum, and #CSM Fun

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Shout outs to our top commenters this week!

  1. Jordan Bortz
  2. Tobias Mayer
  3. Scott Ambler
  4. Derek Huether
  5. Dagfinn Parnas
  6. Dave Nicolette
  7. Yves Hanoulle
  8. Mark Levison
  9. Manoj Vadakkan

 

Agile or Scrum?

This past weekend, like every weekend, I go to Whole Foods with my wife for our weekly food run. While sampling some of the very good wine, I ran into an old neighbor that I hadn’t seen in years.

We ended up having a long conversation about his company doing this whole “Agile and Scrum thing.” I found myself saying things like the following to help clarify his questions:

  • “Yes, that is Agile.”
  • “No, that’s not a Scrum principle.”
  • “Yes, that’s part of iterative development.”
  • “Well, that isn’t explicitly in Agile…”
  • “Well, Scrum doesn’t prescribe you to do…
  • “No, that would be waterfall…”
  • “Can we… I… get back to drinking free wine?…”

Sometimes it’s best to just get working. Forget what it’s called. Agile, Scrum, a lamp, who cares. Learn about some better practices in software development and get moving. Pick and choose some facets of Agile that make sense. Wash, rinse, repeat. Iterate, take another Agile principle, implement, find the value, go again. Take small steps.

Time is awastin’! Get to it!

Failed Agile Program a Crime?

You know, I’ve thought about this before:

Is it corporate crime for a consulting company to work with a client and fail to implement their full service agreements? Or does it simply amount to scope creep and contract negotiations? I know for the government, it equates to contract negotiations…

With plenty of examples fill our newspapers of failed businesses and corporate scandals, one has to wonder how it all gets started. John Steen asserts that:

“[The most] fundamental importance is the revisiting of the business model and understanding what the key factors are that make it work.”

If you understand and revisit the business plan, model, and strategy for a client you will always be able to re-orient yourself to what the goal of a product or service is.

There are enough consistencies here to identify three links between all of the companies that ended in corporate fraud cases.
1) Strong orientation towards growth
2) Useage of mergers and acqusitions to accelerate growth
3) Reliance on debt finance

The fraud usually creeps in when the strategy fails to generate returns and the debt gets bigger. In these cases the temptation to ‘cook the books’ just long enough to let the turnaround happen is almost overwhelming. Small adjustments to reports become bigger and bigger until the receivers reveal the full horror of the failure.

I’m sure you can look at this an see where I’m going with all of this:

As more companies are turning to Agile to help “fix” their software development process, Agile consultancies need to be ever so careful at creating an Agile Adoption Plan that really works for the client. I have personally run into so many companies and clients who have “implemented Agile” but fail to understand its true value. Why? Because the predecessors and vendors that came before have just dropped an “Agile Bomb” and then left. Leaving the client without the pragmatic steps to implement Agile in their particular environment.

So what am I saying here? Know your Agile. Know the client’s environment well. Implement incrementally. Implement focusing on highest value. Start small. And please have a solid Agile strategy!

[HT: Tim Kastelle]

Go Agile Go! – Race to win!

Jim Highsmith, one of the signers of the Agile Manifesto looked back at the last 10 years of Agile and tells us to continue on. Agile will grow through these 10 years and move into the teenage years. Any parent of a teenager will tell you that this is a time for a teenager to grow, change, and make many mistakes. This is exactly what Agile will do in the next ten years.

Innovators, Imitators, Idiots

“First come the innovators, who see opportunities and create genuine value. Then come the imitators, who copy what the innovators have done. Sometimes they improve on the original idea; often they tarnish it. Last come the idiots, whose avarice undermines the innovations they are trying to exploit.” – Warren Buffet on the American financial meltdown

So how does Jim Highsmith suggest we make sure we’re not surrounded by idiots in the next coming years? He suggests four things:

  • Innovate. I’m encouraged by the continuous innovation I see in Agile: DevOps, continuous delivery, the conversations over technical debt, Lean, Kanban, Agile/Adaptive Leadership, and more.
  • Idealism vs. Practicality. As Agile permeates into larger organizations; we have to focus on both idealism and practicality. Many people don’t care much about esoteric arguments — they care about results. Idealism and innovation are absolutely necessary for a vibrant movement, but they need to be balanced with a dose of practicality in organizational transitions. Continue reading “Go Agile Go! – Race to win!”

Not Scrum Certified and Staying that Way

“We believe that Scrum certification is of limited value.”

[Not April Fools] – This was stated by the guys over at a new site, promoting the growth and registration of those that have taken the vow of non-CSM-status. If you never want to become a CSM, or you’re interested in joining (a small group of less than 10 people) that will not become CSM, then join up! Why not.

Their values per the site:

  • Practical agile experience over attendance at a classroom based course
  • Practical agile experience over meaningless certificates
  • Practical agile experience over references from other certified individuals

We hereby renounce any Scrum certification we may already have and declare our intention to remain “Not Scrum Certified.”

Are people taking this denouncing your Certified ScrumMaster-issue way too seriously?

Continue reading “Not Scrum Certified and Staying that Way”

[Tool Review] Agile Soup – Simple Web Program with Android App

[We review Agile tools. Have you seen our Agile tools list?]

We found out about this cool little app while we were browsing for android applications. It seems that we may have found another addition to our growing list of Agile tools that has a bit of ‘flavour’ to it.

[Enter]: Agile SoupAgile Project Management on the Go

Load this baby up, and you have a simple tabbed interface with:

  • Dashboard
  • Projects
  • Stories
  • Tasks
  • Agile Wall
  • Reports
  • Users

Continue reading “[Tool Review] Agile Soup – Simple Web Program with Android App”

Retrospective 29 – Tiger Blood and Agile Chicken Guns

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How to Be Agile NOW! – With Tomatoes

[Guest Post: Paul Boos serves as the software maintenance lead for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP).  His team currently uses Kanban and Scrum to maintain the OPP legacy code base.  Prior to that he implemented Scrum as the Branch Chief for the National Development Branch within USDA/Rural Development. Follow him on twitter: @paul_boos]

How to be Agile NOW! No Matter what… or rather… how a tomato learns to be effective in Japanese

As someone who has been basically thrust err… given a chance to coach Government teams trying to adopt Agile, I have frequently pondered what it would take to get an entire organization to ready itself for the change.  I think I have determined a possible cultural change approach as it anchors it in the smallest possible, but still relevant scale for anyone from the executive manager down to the developer.  That is the individual.

In the Government environment, there are a myriad of excuses why Agile can’t be adopted.  From the specified Waterfall SDLC controlled by another group, to Independent Verification and Validation shops, to managers that love detailed Gantt charts, to contractors that want to remain opaque; all of these supposed collusions can’t stop you individually from being Agile.  You, on your own, can become more responsive and effective.

I’m also here to tell you that this is something that with some work, you could get ‘management’ to adopt; which will in turn help them understand the concepts behind Agile.  What’s the secret sauce?

Tomato sauce.  Huh?

Personal Kanban + the Pomodoro technique

Continue reading “How to Be Agile NOW! – With Tomatoes”

Agile Chicken Gun

Sometimes even Agile coaches and Agile practitioners don’t take their own advice and don’t practice what they preach.

“Sometimes even, you can put a bunch of Agile coaches together and they don’t even prescribe to their own medicine!” – Don Gray

Confession: I’ve been pounding my head against a wall for weeks in regards to a certain process that I was undertaking for a client. Something wasn’t working… obviously.

Well, fortunately for me, I work with another awesome Agile coach @donaldegray and he helped me out big time. Hey, nobodies perfect!

Donald reminded me of the simple adage: “FAIL FAST.” – Filter out the unnecessary and get yourself to the point already! He used the example of chickens and the chicken gun (wikipedia link)… have you heard of them? So many airplanes used to fail because they’d fly through flocks of birds. So, what did the airlines do? They build an engine, and then immediately tested it by shooting chickens at it to see whether it would fail or not. FAIL FAST! Know exactly what works and what doesn’t work!

Agile Chicken Gun = Fail Fast

Thanks Don. Because of you I have been reminded about failing fast in your own work is living by what I teach. Remember your chicken guns and create ways for you to fail fast, iterate, improve, and go forward!

Watch some chickens in action:

Continue reading “Agile Chicken Gun”

PMI – Agile Certification Examination Outline Launched!

Looks like the PMI-Agile doors have swung open!

Dear Agile Certification Pilot Candidates:

We are following up to let you know that we are releasing the Agile Certification Examination Outline, as well as key reference texts—now both available for downloading on the PMI.org/Agile web page.

Excitement around the PMI Agile Certification continues to grow.  The response to PMI’s announcement about the launch of the certification resulted in positive market reaction as well as a large number of interested applicants—including you. In fact, we have heard from over 5,000 interested individuals who want to know more about the Agile Certification pilot and how they can participate.

Now that you have access to the Examination Content Outline and list of key reference texts, don’t delay in preparing for the PMI Agile certification.  As you know, you will be able to submit an application for the pilot starting in late May 2011. And, testing will begin in September 2011.

To stay up-to-date on the PMI Agile Certification, please go to PMI.org/Agile.  If you have questions that cannot be answered by the information on PMI.org/Agile, please contact PMI Customer Care at customercare@pmi.org.

Sincerely,

PMI Agile Certification Project Team

E-mail: agilepilot@pmi.org

#PMIAgileCert

Some of the books they recommend to study up and a non-“.ashx” version of the document for all those struggling with conversion/pdf issues. 🙂

Continue reading “PMI – Agile Certification Examination Outline Launched!”

Paradoxes in Program Management: 5 Contradictions in Managing a Productive Scrum Team

[Guest Post: John R. Reigart III is the Senior Program Manager and Scrum Master for the WhitePages Business Search team. Prior to WhitePages, he worked at RealNetworks as the Lead Web Developer for Rhapsody.com where he specialized in building the user interface and presentation layer for the site. Before that John was a Tech Lead and Development Manager at MTV.com and ComedyCentral.com for 6 years.  He is a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master and has a Degree in Music Technology from New York University.  Follow John on twitter: @johnreigartWP]

As the Senior Program Manager and Scrum Master for the Business Search team at WhitePages, I am tasked with ensuring the execution of a wide variety of features in a fast-moving and ruthlessly competitive space. Nimble execution and minimal waste is paramount, as is a highly functioning and unified team. Ample resources exist for maximizing process with a wide variety of Project Management methodologies (Scrum, Kanban, Waterfall). The nuances of maintaining productivity in a diverse team of carbon based life forms require an ever evolving secret sauce of interpersonal skills.  I’ve distilled down my observations into a group of paradoxes that have occurred to me over the years of managing engineers at MTV Networks, RealNetworks, and most recently at WhitePages.

Communication: Allow freedom of speech but insist on respectful treatment of teammates

Teams need to develop their own dynamic. Do not try to impose your last job’s chemistry or a recommendation from your favorite blog (including this one) on a team. An edgy, clubhouse dynamic may be as appropriate for a team as a buttoned up investment bank vibe. Where a PGM must absolutely insert himself is when communication turns negative. Do not let a team member go to bed angry. Pull conflicting parties together when there is conflict and do not stand for destructive discourse. Chastising words or a hurtful email can have long lasting effects from which some teammates may never recover.

Project Definition: Be specific but don’t spoon feed

Nothing is more frustrating to an engineer than working in a vacuum of direction. Clear goals and demonstrable business benefits need to be clearly communicated. To ensure the most rapid delivery of value to the customer, a substantial degree of ambiguity is necessary and even encouraged. I have found that there are other benefits to leaving some ends open.

Engineers always ask the best questions. They know better than anyone where the business logic will fall apart. In a highly functioning team, they will know as well as anyone how to best serve the consumer. Give your leads and your developers the opportunity to wear their product hats. Let them communicate directly with the stakeholders or external partners to impact the product. Take them off the production line and empower them to contribute to the project goals and you will be rewarded with a more engaged team that has a paternal relationship with their codebase.

Continue reading “Paradoxes in Program Management: 5 Contradictions in Managing a Productive Scrum Team”

Are You an Agile “Guru?”

I’ve heard “Agile Guru” thrown around before. Really? It just makes me wonder.

What do you think about when you hear about a “Guru?”

Funny, we queued this post up weeks ago, but recently found a great post on calling BS on Guru’s on Herding Cats. Good stuff.

  • By the way… if you’re a Doctor, are you considered a guru? [Agile Doctor]
  • Agile Guru list from Scrumology
  • Scott Ambler – Considered “the Agile guru” of all the world

[VIA: Unguru.me]

Real Agile Teams Drink Tiger Blood – #winning

As an Enterprise Agile coach, I really love having fun with my teams. Part of that is breaking up the daily grind with something new.

What would happen if you gave all your Agile teams a bit of super-sauce… call it… TIGER BLOOD?

Well, I bought a couple packs and gave a couple of teams the option of trying it. Some teams said “NO.” But some team members… they were all for it!

Yes. Tiger Blood for me please. I like to #win!
  • Are your Product Owners a bore? Boost them up with TIGER BLOOD!
  • Do your ScrumMasters need to take a leap of faith with their teams? – TIGER BLOOD!
  • What if your Scrum/Agile teams needed an extra boost? – TIGER BLOOD!
  • How do you add #winning to your development teams? – TIGER BLOOD!
  • How can you personally #win at life? – TIGER BLOOD!

Get your Tiger Blood for your development team [here]!

#pwning n00bs sheen style

Week Retrospective 28 – Lazy Scrum, Wallboards, Coach Camp

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Leadership Philosophy with Seth Godin – Very Much Agile!

There is a difference between management and leadership and Seth Godin nails it on the head.

“Practical everyday management. I’m not interested in that, leadership is not practical and it’s not everyday. Management and leadership are totally different things.”

“What is essential is leadership. Leadership is about finding the right people, agreeing where you want to go, and getting out of the way.”

“Leadership means, not knowing what is going to happen tomorrow, just knowing it’s going to take you where you want to go.”

“Do remarkable work that people can’t live without.”

“Do something scarier…”

“Say what you believe and see who follows.”

Lazy Developers Hate Agile and Scrum

@dparnas and Twan van den Broek got together to discuss the issues behind why developers may or may not hate Agile and Scrum.

“Lazy developers cannot hide specific problems for weeks. Every day you have to explain your progress.”

“Lazy developers hate Scrum because they have to report progress everyday.”

“It’s really a team effort, the team has the responsibility to deliver together.”

“Lazy developer are often the ones that now have to show what they’ve been hiding before from a customer.”

“In sum we do believe lazy developers hate Scrum and Agile because they have to change, they have to be much more visible to what they are doing and cannot hide.”

It sounds to me that it’s not that developers hate Scrum… but rather lazy developers hate Scrum… and lazy developers don’t like to be transparent about what they are working on…

Are they really lazy? Or are they just in self-preservation mode… [Not that I agree…]

[HT: Elsewhat]

Need Wallboard – IdeaPaint can Help!

Looking to make your office or home-office wall a surface for ideas? Look no further, IdeaPaint might just be the best home-office decision you’ve made in a long time.
 

  • Larger dry-erase surface for less $
  • Just one coat
  • Warranty-guaranteed
  • No cracking, peeling, staining or yellowing
  • No costly removal – just paint over it
  • Uses fewer raw materials
  • 60 lbs less than other whiteboards its size
  • Least expensive to ship and install
  • Erases effortlessly
  • As smooth as the surface you paint
  • No seams

Office Wallboard

Other uses? Home-office, schools, your office-that-doesn’t-allow-anything-to-be-posted-up-on-the-walls-due-to-terrible-office-policies?
Continue reading “Need Wallboard – IdeaPaint can Help!”

Agile Coach? Go to Agile Coach Camp 2011

US Agile Coach Camp + Games Day

Sign Up starting today!

The 2011 US Agile Coach Camp will have tickets go live starting tomorrow, 12 April 2011 – hurry and sign-up.  This nominal cost event will ensure our bills are covered and will also help out some great charities including Haiti Partners and Mano a Mano.  Whether you have been to a Coach Camp before or this is your first time, this will be a not to miss event if you do coaching.  Space is limited to 75, so don’t miss out!

We are actively looking for our final Games day presenters and seeking donations for a silent auction to benefit our charities.  Please contact Paul Boos (boos dot paul at EPA dot gov) for either of these items.  If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact Siraj Sirajuddin (siraj @ sirajuddin dot com).

[HT: Agile Coach Camp]

[Misc Tools] – CageApp – Design Sharing Made Easy

Simple apps are the best by far. This app makes sharing designs and comps easy and free.

Simply put, you create a project, upload what you want to share, and then share it! What is nice is you create a vanity url of sorts, we created agilescout.cageapp.com. Very simple.

  • Find the project you’re looking for – We track your project history and make it easier for you to access your most recent work.
  • Collaborate where it makes sense – Eliminate the need for lengthy emails and meetings and collect feedback right on top of your designs.
  • Privacy options your clients will appreciate – Flexibility to add or customize passwords to protect your projects, so that your work stays private.
  • Web-based presentation, nothing to download – The freedom to access your presentation from anywhere you can connect to the web.
  • Share your work with a simple link – No need for user accounts or logins, share a unique URL to your presentation for review and feedback.
  • Quick, inline editing couldn’t be easier – Edit, preview, and rearrange your designs with drag/drop and inline editing.

Before I forget, currently this is a closed beta… but you can join by using the unlock code: “john.”

Jump on it!

[VIA: CageApp]


ScrumMaster’s Retrospective with Management Agenda

If your company has multiple teams with multiple ScrumMasters, how would you hold a ScrumMaster retrospective?

Remember: The purpose of the Retrospective is to take the opportunity to examine the past release and identify opportunities for improvement.

I’ve found that the following agenda has been useful for holding these types of ScrumMaster retrospectives (timeboxed to an hour).

The agenda for the Management Retrospective will be:

  1. Establish focus for the retrospective and share the plan for the meeting
  2. Review data from the ScrumMasters and identify important events that happened
  3. Generate insights through understanding root causes of events and build awareness to the group
  4. Focus on root causes and identify things that the management team can accomplish and improve
  5. Re-iteration of issues and follow-up commitment by management

ScrumMasters need to come prepared with:

  1. A printed out burndown chart of your team (large print out preferred)
  2. One (1) team specific event that needs escalation or focus from the management team
  3. One (1) enterprise issue that needs management visibility
  4. Each ScrumMaster will be given a 8 minute timebox to present on issues.

The main purpose of using the burndown chart is to make sure that the issues the ScrumMaster’s face are backed up by data. Conjecture and ambiguity has no place here. During the retrospective, we’ll go through each of the ScrumMasters and use stickies posted to where the burndown shows issues.

What else would you add to this ScrumMaster’s retrospective agenda?

[Fun] – The “Boss” Button

This past week I watched the worst NCAA Championship game of all time. While I was watching online I noticed this button at the top called “Boss Button.” Have I been living under a rock or something? How did I not notice this before?

I clicked it…

Boom. I was instantly transported to a fake “work email” screen. ZOMG!

Talk about 1-click agility. Whomever came up with this button gets a +10 to charisma +10 to intelligence, and +10 to wisdom.

So, bringing this back to Agile. Is this not the most “agile” 1-click button of all time? I seriously think so. It’s a 1-click save!

Week Retrospective 27 – Podcast and Perfect Workshop Crafting

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TalkingWork Podcast with Peter Saddington and Ramona Abbot

Ty Kiisel and Raechel Logan from TalkingWork interviewed your very own @agilescout for their TalkingWork Podcast.

Talking Work with Peter Saddington – [mp3 download]

A couple take aways from Ty’s podcast as well as a couple bullet points from the speakers.

Introduction:

Does the process ever get in the way of getting work done?

  • The process doesn’t get in the way, but rather the way we execute the process.
  • Part of a PM role is to lead people and build relationships with team members.
  • Work together with your team members! – The relationships matter the most.
  • Get out of the way! – No more micro-management. Hire the right people and then get out of their way.
  • Share the success! – It’s not all about you. Take the focus off yourself and treat other people like equals. Team success is team success for everyone.

Ramona Abbott in Project Management Minute:

  • Many project managers became PM’s through technical rank promotion, but usually didn’t have the soft skills necessary to be successful. The soft-side skills make a big difference.
  • The odds of being an outstanding PM is 1/100. The commonalities between the best PM’s are their people skills: listening, go talk with the people on  your team (get out of your chair!), “projecting quiet confidence” – no micromanagement and confidence in yourself and team.

If you can’t stand hearing Peter Saddington‘s voice, here are a couple bullet points on what he blabbered on about:

Thanks a bunch Ty and Raechel!

[HT: TalkingWork]

 

Programming!!! DO YOU SPEAK IT?!

As a developer I am acutely aware of the struggles between development and management. Sometimes, even in Agile environments, we (developers) just want management to go away and let us build good products.

There are many manifestos out there, we here at Agile Scout even have our own [here].

So what about Samuel L. Jackson’s Programming Manifesto? If you’re  fan of his work, you may absolutely love Zed A. Shaw‘s depiction of what Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction would say (language changed below because we are a family friendly site):

We are a community of $%*#@&* programmers who have been humiliated by software development methodologies for years.

We are tired of XP, Scrum, Kanban, Waterfall, Software Craftsmanship (aka XP-Lite) and anything else getting in the way of…Programming, $%*#@&*.

We are tired of being told we’re autistic idiots who need to be manipulated to work in a Forced Pair Programming chain gang without any time to be creative because none of the 10 managers on the project can do…Programming, $%*#@&*.

We must destroy these methodologies that get in the way of…Programming, $%*#@&*.

We think the sh*t on the left, is really just the con in the middle, and that we really need to just do the thing on the right…Programming, $%*#@&*.

This literally made me LOL in my seat.

I hope this makes you LOL as well.

[HT: Programming $%*#@&*]

[Tool Review] – ScrumDo – Free and Sweet Open Source Scrum

[We review Agile tools. Have you seen our Agile tools list?]

“Isn’t it time that everyone benefitted from the time-tested Agile methodologies without the cost of training and expensive ‘experts?'” – Peter Saddington

“Over here at ScrumDo, we totally agree with you.  Most of the tools out there are stupid-expensive or they don’t make it easy enough to succeed with scrum.  It’s one of the reasons we decided to make our software open source and free for everyone.” – Marc Hughs (Developer at ScrumDo.com)

We’re all about free open source lean tools that just work. If the tools are pretty and run quick then it’s a plus too. Some will say that you get what you pay for, right? In many cases that is very true. Sometimes, you may just be surprised when you come across a Scrum tool that is open source and awesome at the same time.

[Enter]: ScrumDoThe Open Source Scrum tool with powerful results

When you get started you’ll be greeted with a couple of options: Create a new project or create a new organization. We started out with an AgileScout organization and kept on moving. The tool tips are readily available and it’s a snap to get started:

Continue reading “[Tool Review] – ScrumDo – Free and Sweet Open Source Scrum”

[Guide] – Create the Perfect Agile Workshop

So much of my job as an enterprise Agile coach is crafting fun and engaging workshops for clients. I was asked recently by another Agile fellow about how to build the right workshop for engaging the audience.

“Great question!” I responded.

“It all begins with crafting the content and experience for the attendees.”

Creating the Perfect Agile Workshop

1. Crafting the Workshop in [10 Steps]

2. Crafting the Experience in [5 Steps] +1 Extra

Crafting the Workshop

  1. Set the Stage – Begin crafting the workshop content by setting the stage for the workshop. What is the focus of the workshop? Who is the audience? What are the types of questions that your audience will most likely have? If you were a participant, what questions would you have? What material makes sense for this particular client or environment? By setting the stage for yourself, you will have a greater understanding of how to present the workshop to the specific audience.
  2. Define the Content Goal – What is the main purpose for this workshop? Is it an informative workshop, and educational workshop, seminar, working session? Create a goal statement that you will share with your audience so they know exactly where you are headed. Let them know what the workshop will entail and give them a brief synopsis of what lies ahead. Get them excited about whats going to happen.
  3. Give Away Free Stuff/Swag – I love giving away free stuff. Not only is it fun, but it gets your audience engaged! I always give away something pertinent to the audience and it usually is in the form of a couple books, work-related material, or even just free technology! *Notice how this is plural. Give away something at the beginning and at the end. The more the merrier! Continue reading “[Guide] – Create the Perfect Agile Workshop”

[Tool Review] – Freedcamp – Free Project Management, FOREVER

[We review Agile tools. Have you seen our Agile tools list?]

“For many years the web has lacked a solution to free project management – specifically for small businesses, start-ups, students, or people who just love to collaborate on ideas. With Freedcamp we offer an unlimited user and unlimited project solution for everyone, completely free, forever.”

While this tool does NOT have all the facets that an Agile tool would have, we just had to cover it because of it’s outrageous claim: To be FREE FOREVER. That caught our eye and we decided to dive in and see what was up. From the enavu.com network comes this newest tool.

[Enter]: FreedcampFree Project Management, Forever!

Continue reading “[Tool Review] – Freedcamp – Free Project Management, FOREVER”

Week Retrospective 26 – Product Owner Essentials and AOL

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AOL Acquires AgileScout.com – Adds Awesomeness to Media Giant

AOL ACQUIRES AGILE SCOUT IN BUY-OUT

Acquisition Will Solidify AOL’s Strategy of Creating a Premier Content Network With Local, National and International Reach with AgileScout’s BBQ-Roasting Ability to Pwn Noobs.

Atlanta, GA – April 1, 2011 – AOL Inc. [NYSE: AOL] announced today that it has entered into a tentative agreement to acquire AgileScout.com, the influential and rapidly growing news, analysis, and software development website founded in 1910, which now counts nearly 1 trillion unique monthly visitors per day*. The acquisition will come at a sweet-old-southern-tune of $850M.

The transaction will create the most awesome combination of awesome-sauce ever seen in the Agile software development community. The combination of AOL’s infrastructure and scale with Agile Scout’s awesome approach to Agile news will mark a seminal moment in the evolution of digital journalism, online engagement, and sweet tea.

The new group will have a combined base of 1 trillion unique visitors per day in the United States and 7 trillion around the world**.

As part of the transaction, Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post’s co-founder and editor-in-chief, of the recent acquisition between AOL and The Huffington Post, will now be named Uber Scout Master of the Universe. She will continue to reign supreme over Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone, MapQuest, Black Voices, PopEater, AOL Music, AOL Latino, AutoBlog, Patch, StyleList, and more.

“The acquisition of Agile Scout will create a next-generation of awesomeness. Period. Need I say more?” said Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO of AOL. “Together, with our powers combined, I will become, essentially, the Captain Planet of the internet.”

Peter Saddington, Executive Editor and Scout Master of AgileScout.com will continue his slave-like editorial duties in the newly renovated dungeons of the AOL building in New York. Peter, brimming with enthusiasm stated:

“I am so happy that AOL has decided to pick us up, and now we can rule the interwebs together! Either way, it’s nice to know that I now have Tim Armstrong’s cell phone number. I’ve always wanted to call him and ask him waaazzzuuuuuup?!”

The deal is said to close quickly, by the end of the day, April 1, 2011.

  • *1 trillion view per day is an average
  • **7 trillion views per day is every person in the world on the internet viewing AgileScout.com at the same time