Who Is – Peter Saddington

Yes. I'm an artist with my bow...

I’ve been following Yves Hanoulle – Who Is Series for a while now. It’s great stuff.

[Reblogged]:

What is something people usually don’t know about you but has influenced you in who you are?

The biggest influences in my life are good books and education.

First off, good books: People may look at my copious amounts of writing and think that I tend to be very light-hearted (which I am) and somewhat surface level (which I am), but I’ve spent more of my adult life in education than many people that I know. I’m a HUGE consumer of books. Books on technology, social media, and software development are my daily reads. Frankly, one of the reasons I wrote a book “The Scrum Pocket Guide is really a response to the plethora of 300+ page management and software development books that line my bookshelf. I wanted to write something pragmatic, useful, and easy to consume. It’s only 50 pages after all. I’m a huge consumer of philosophy, social science, and even theology books. They bring the rest of the human issues to light and round out the technological slant that I generally have. Continue reading “Who Is – Peter Saddington”

[Agile Tool Review] – Moovia – Team Collaboration Network

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In the highly populated space of project management applications, a lot of them have features that support the team-community, collaboration, and communication. For some tools, this is part of the service offering. For others, it’s the driving factor of their tool.

[Enter]: MooviaTeam Collaboration Network that Focuses on The Team and People

I had a chance to speak with the founders about this tool. MOOVIA is a free application and they explain that their initial “dream” was to develop a project management tool that would be easy-to-use, and put the people in a more important level than the project. Meaning, the team and people working are the basis for creating good software. Ok. Cool. Got it. I can believe that.

Rodrigo tells me that they realized it should have 3 main aspects:

  1. It must be built on a social network environment,
  2. It should be based on agile methods, but not limited to it,
  3. And it has to be FREE for the user. Continue reading “[Agile Tool Review] – Moovia – Team Collaboration Network”

[Agile Tool Review] – AgileWrap – No Bloat, Just Scrum Toolin’

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The AgileScout covers a lot of ground when it comes to Agile and Scrum tools. He also likes to speak of himself in the 3rd person. Sometimes, he likes to be surprised. He was.

I was pleasantly surprised to find an easy-to-use, intuitive yet feature rich and enterprise-class agile tool. No bloat, just the basics. Sometimes, isn’t that enough?

[Enter]: AgileWrapNo bloat, just agile and scrum tools

AgileWrap has comprehensive list of features to plan and track agile projects effectively in a SaaS based system yet there is no learning curve for the end-users. AgileWrap supports agile methodologies including scrum, XP and hybrid.

I signed up for 5 users free account, and received an email with account information. Within few minutes I logged into AgileWrap got started. Not to shabby.

The user interface and look-n-feel of AgileWrap has a somewhat… ‘easy’ feel to it. I mean, it just seems pleasant to stare at. No harsh colors, links are easy to see. I felt somewhat at ease staring at this tool. Seriously.

Quick Links menu (in dark blue) on left provides instant access to frequently used pages and views – Active Sprint, Active Release, Taskboard, ToDo etc. You can also access User guides, video tutorials and FAQ from Quick Links menu. Quick Help provides context sensitive help and video for the page on screen.

Continue reading “[Agile Tool Review] – AgileWrap – No Bloat, Just Scrum Toolin’”

Retrospective 69 – #Agile Controversy Week

WEEKLY COMMENTERS:

ScrumMaster Manifesto?

So a ScrumMaster Manifesto has come out. The details of it are below:

“WE BELIEVE THE SCRUMMASTER IS A FULL-TIME POSITION FOR ONE PERSON ON ONE SCRUM TEAM”

  1. Dedicated Delivery Improver
  2. Foster Continuous Improvement
  3. Help Continuous Improvement
  4. Empower Coach Deliver
  5. Nurtures The Team
  6. Transparent Team Helper
  7. Commitment To Excellence
  8. Empathetic Evangelistic Guide
  9. Resistant Persistent Dedicated
  10. Help The Team
  11. Awareness Then Improvement
  12. Agile Driving Force

Top 10 things a ScrumMaster usually forgets to focus on (but is not SOLELY responsible for)

  1. Redefining career paths and goals to be more scrum focussed
  2. Missing Product Backlog items
  3. Team issues aren’t being discussed because they are too uncomfortable
  4. Appropriate balance between end-to-end system test and unit tests
  5. Playing back the team’s progress against the proposed release plan
  6. All tests roll up into the continuous integration results
  7. Team members realize the benefits of refactoring
  8. Code is regularly peer reviewed
  9. Pair programming is being utilized
  10. Definition of done is being expanded
Seems pretty solid… what I find interesting are the following about this ‘manifesto.’
  • No ability to comment on the site
  • Doesn’t seem open to the community for edits. How can we continuously improve it?
  • How often does it get updated?
Seems like a good place to start for ScrumMasters.

Jeff Sutherland Responds to the Internet about Frequency Foundation

Jeff Sutherland has recently had some of his extracurricular activities looked into, namely the Frequency Foundation (blogged about on AgileForest, Software Architecture Blog, and reported on AgileScout and InfoQ). This initiative has had years of research behind it, and I reached out to Jeff to discuss it a bit.

Needless to day, after our discussion, I learned a lot. I asked Jeff if I could republish one of his emails to me.  Details below:

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Jeff Sutherland <jeff.sutherland@scruminc.com> Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 11:13 AM
To: Peter Saddington <me@peter.ps>

 

Peter,

My stated goal for 20 years has been to change the world of medicine
just as we have changed the world of software development. I have also
repeatedly stated publicly that the medical device technology I have
worked with for two decades will be the basis of my next company
sometime in the next 20 years when the FDA supports deployment.

I’m working with medical device companies with Scrum. One of them is
building a 50 ton
proton beam excelerator for next generation treatment of cancer. They
are already doing Scrum in software and want to move their hardware
teams to Scrum. Their product is approved by the FDA and costs 25M which
is 10% of the cost of a similar device at Mass General. The price is
dropping radically for these technologies.

My goal is to do the same thing with a device that costs about the
same as a personal computer (and has no radiation exposure). We need a
young version of Bill Gates to lead the charge.

I have a Ph.D. in this area, 11 years on the faculty of the Univ. of
Colorado Medical School funded by the National Cancer Institute, much
published research, and am still, the last time I checked, one of only
300 scientists in the U.S. authorized to lead grants funded by NCI.
Everything I’ve done has been public on the web for more than a decade
to assist other researchers in this area at MIT and elsewhere.

Regards,
Jeff


Jeff Sutherland, Ph.D.
CEO, Scrum, Inc.
www.scruminc.com

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Mr. Sutherland  is not ashamed nor hiding his years of work and service in this area. It is quite apparent that Jeff is working diligently to help the world, regardless of detractors, naysayers, and the like. For this, we can hope that he succeeds.

Being Opaque and “Agile” Doesn’t Work in the Agile Community

Writing is Hard, Receiving Criticism is Harder, IMPROVING is Hardest

This past week has been enough to retrospect on for a month, at least! I spent the weekend seriously considering the net effects of writing and blogging in the Agile community. It has seriously been the biggest pleasure to write in one of the most (personally) rewarding markets and environments in the world. Agile-folk, by-and-large, are some of the best, brightest, and nicest people I have ever met in my entire life. When I started out as a developer in the mid-90’s, I never knew I would evolve and work in such an open, supportive, and fellowship-y community. I wouldn’t change that for the world. I feel blessed to be part of such a community.

Sometimes though, writing takes it’s toll. I’m not green when it comes to this. I’m an independent Agile-journalist after all, and you take your hits.

Some of the biggest contributions of AgileScout.com that people have really enjoyed are the reviews of “Agile stuff,” whether it be a Agile tools, a conference or event, a book, ‘breaking’ news stories, writing about and providing the most comprehensive list of Top Agile Bloggers in the World as well as highlighting some of the best and brightest Women in Agile.

Some of the more ‘edgy’ writing is around somewhat controversial topics, like: Denouncing your CSMAgile is NOT a methodology, and Project Managers Living a Lie? Staying in line with the FTC Ruling for Bloggers and our Disclosure Policy, my reviews of Agile tools and Agile stuff, and pretty much anything under the sun, can never be guaranteed as positive. I do, however, promise to be as fair as possible.

Most of the Email I Receive is Very Positive

People have come to know and enjoy the Agile Guide section of our website which I’ve received plenty of emails about. This section covers guides to ScrumMastering, being a Great Product Owner, understanding the human side of software development, and tons more on other cool stuff. Agile is all about helping people, and helping businesses thrive. There is something so unique about that, you can’t even put it into words. One would almost feel privileged to say they are part of such an awesome community.  Continue reading “Being Opaque and “Agile” Doesn’t Work in the Agile Community”