A Webinar on "Starting" Agile Projects

We know, a bunch of Bob related topics in the last few days. Don't worry. Josh is busy too and you'll be hearing more from him soon.

But back to Bob ;-), I have a webinar coming up on Tuesday, May 31 titled Agile Projects: Beginning with the End in Mind. It's free, so join us if you can...

An Interview with Bob on Scaling Agility

Bob did an interview a few weeks ago for the folks at SearchSoftwareQuality.com on various points surrounding the challenges of agile at-scale. More info here...


Bob Keynoting at Agile Development Practices 2011 in June

Our own Bob Galen has been invited to deliver a keynote and several workshops and a track talk. Bob's keynote is focused on the role of Product Owner, which if you've followed us in the Meta-Cast, this is a particular area of passion and interest for me. Here's more information:

The Essential Product Owner: Partnering with the Team
Bob Galen, iContact

While the product owner (PO) role is arguably the most crucial role within agile teams, we often hear horror stories about POs who aren’t available to their teams, change their minds incessantly on business priorities, or ignore quality requirements and technical debt. Even the best POs struggle to meet the demands of their “regular business-focused job” while providing sufficient team guidance. Bob Galen shares real-world situations where he’s observed product owners who deliver truly balanced value for their business stakeholders. Find out how story mapping and release planning set the stage for effective team workflow by establishing a big picture product view for everyone to see. Explore ways to develop shared goals—at both the iteration and release levels—to cement the partnership between the product owner and the rest of the team. Learn from Bob how to set up a tempo of regular, focused backlog grooming sessions to enable the team and the PO to prioritize well-nuanced and high-value backlogs. Leave with ideas for establishing an ecosystem where the PO and the entire team strive to continuously improve their performance. 

There are several other talks I'll be sharing at the conference...

Bob Galen Bob Galen is the director of R&D at iContact and president of RGCG, LLC., a North Carolina-based firm specializing in strategy development, coaching, and training teams making the shift to Scrum and other agile practices. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified ScrumMaster Practicing (CSP), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. In 2009, Bob published Scrum Product Ownership—Balancing Value from the Inside Out. You can reach Bob at bob@rgalen.com or rgalen.com

                                                                                                                                   Keynote: The Essential Product Owner: Partnering with the Team   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 10:15 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial: Releasing Large-scale Agile Projects   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial: Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Teams   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 1:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session: Agile Testing: Challenges Beyond the Easy Contexts   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 12:45 p.m.

I'll be at the conference from Tuesday June 7 through Thursday, June 9. I'll be 'around' at the conference. I'll also be spending some time with my friends at Zenergy in their booth. If you want to chat about agile topics or virtually anything related to the Meta-Cast, please stop and say hello. I'd enjoy meeting you!

Episode 19 - Methodology Mixology

Bob and Josh discuss the various methodologies in use across the agile community and how mixing them together can benefit your teams. We cover numerous use cases in which applying techniques from Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban can help improve your team's performance.

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Episode 18 - Conferences

Bob and Josh discuss technology conferences. With a goal of helping you get the most out of any technology conference you may attend, our topics of discussion include attendee etiquette, how to plan for attending a conference, different conference types, and various speaker styles. Having attended many conferences and spoken at quite a few, we attempt to tackle each subject from both angles (attendee and speaker) in hopes of providing increased insight into each topic.

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