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April 16, register now!

Hear ye, hear ye – after a short break Agile Saturday is back and it’s almost here!

So clean your schedule for April 16th and see you at the Agile Saturday XII at Hotel Euroopa!

Register at Eventbrite

To all the newcomers – come and see what the fuss around Agile is all about; to all the oldies  – come and hear what your peers and colleagues have to say about recent developments and news in the Agile scene.

So here is what we have for you on the XII Agile Saturday:

The first Keynote is Brendan Marsh from Spotify talking about “Spotify Running: Lessons learned from building a ‘Lean Startup’ inside a big tech company”

In the management track we have:

Hanno Jarvet from Jarvet Consulting talking about “Defining and executing a portfolio strategy”

Kristjan-Hans Sillmann and Alek Kozlov talking about “The agile journey of Telia Estonia: experiments and discoveries.”

Ari Tikka from Gosei OY talking about “From Tayloristic to Agile organization”.

In the technical track we have:

Björn Kimminich from Kuehne + Nagel talking about “#NoComments /* about the worthlessness of comments in clean code *.”

Jaan Pullerits from CyberCat Creations talking about “Building microservices with Esticade framework.”

But this is not all- we also have:

Jaanus Soots from Skype talking about “My personal experience with innovation in product team.”

Filips Jelisejevs talking about “What are they hiding from you – dark(er) side of SCRUM and Building Xanadu.”

Priit Kaasik from FlowHow talking about “Too many ways to improve Scrum? Take them all!”

And of course there is going to be an afterparty as well so you can mingle some more with all the great people you met during the day.

Sounds good so far? Well this is still not all- we have more speakers coming, so stay tuned for more updates about the agenda and speakers!

You may also check our FB page for updates.

See you already on the 16th of April!

Agile vs Agility

I stumbled upon a blog of Dave Thomas, a signer of the Agile Manifestor, where he very reasonably complains about the misuse of the word “agile” and misuse of the whole concept.

According to him, here is what it is all about:

What to do:

Find out where you are
Take a small step towards your goal
Adjust your understanding based on what you learned
Repeat

How to do it:

When faced with two of more alternatives that deliver roughly the same value, take the path that makes future change easier.

A good read:
http://pragdave.me/blog/2014/03/04/time-to-kill-agile/

Filipp Keks

How to make automated test bots play 3D games

When playing a video game have you ever wondered how its tests can be automated? Or how agile principles can be applied to big scale game development?

Expect to see less dull talking and more real stuff and coding with Unity3d engine.

Codeborne Software School

How to get non-IT people to start coding

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It is quite hard to find software developers with agile mindset on the market, or even any software developers at all as demand for professionals in this industry is higher than what the market can provide. And it seems to be as true in Estonia as in most other countries.

So, last summer we at Codeborne decided to do an experiment. Many companies have tried organizing summer schools for IT students in the past in order to get new employees, but we decided to try it another way: what if there are people having different education and working in other fields, but willing to learn software development? We didn’t have a clue, but still decided to start the application process. Demand was high and a bit later we had a new team of 6 working in our office on a real project from scratch.

Speakers: Aho Augasmägi, and graduates – Annika Tammik, Elina Matvejeva.

Anton Keks

Right tools matter: why not to use JIRA, but PivotalTracker

When you are (at least thinking of) doing your project in the Agile way, you need the right tools to help you.

Of course, traditional understanding is that you need to have a physical board and put sticky notes on it. That’s probably is the best option when your team is co-located.

When you team is spread (or at least your customer has their own office), you need to have your user stories online, so you can collaborate remotely. However, people tend to choose incorrect software for that, which makes their story telling and tracking harder and less transparent instead. Remember, Agile story tracker is very different from a bug tracker.

Come to the session to learn how a proper tool can really get out of the way and let you work on your project effectively. I will also talk about proper story telling in general.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the tool vendors that will be mentioned.

Keynote from previous Agile Saturday: From Buzz to Reality: Online bank from scratch in 5 months

Agile Saturday X on 15th February!

Stay tuned for our biggest ever – 10th anniversary of Agile Saturday on 15th February!

If you have something interesting to talk about, then please let us know heldin.rikk@agile.ee !

Speakers (preliminary):

  • Chris Matts (UK)
  • Björn Kimminich (DE)
  • Anton Keks (EE)
  • Hanno Jarvet (EE)
  • Alek Kozlov (EE)
  • Marko Alas (EE)
  • Marko Taippale (FI)
  • Ari Tanninen (FI)
  • Jacopo Romei (IT)
  • Jaan Pullerits (EE)
  • Mitchell Rankin (US)
  • Tarkvara Kool (EE)
  • Heldin Rikk (EE)
You will hear
  • Codeborne’s Software school – students will share how to go from zero to coding
  • Product ownership – collaborative product/project charter –  2 days that saved months
  • Jira vs Pivotal Tracker – right tools are important
  • Agile Contracting
  • TDD
  • Technical topics

 

Online bank from scratch in 5 months

As a teaser, here is the blog post from Codeborne, on how we created an online bank in Russia in 5 months. The same article is also available in Russian.

Of course, great deal of this success is because of the Agile methods that were applied right from the beginning, both managerial and technical. The second part is, of course, the people. From both sides: developers and customer’s representatives.

During the upcoming Agile Saturday I am going to share some “secrets” of how it was possible, especially in Russia. For now, read the blog post and have your questions ready!

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Agile mentioned in a TED talk

Watch a TED talk about using Agile for your family, also contains nice simple explanation of what agile is a about:

Bruce Feiler: Agile programming for your family

See you next time!

Agile Saturday VIII is over and was the biggest event so far.

Big thanks to all the speakers, organizers and the attendees!

We are already thinking about organizing a next event, but this time we would benefit from some help.

WANTED: Volunteers, Track hosts and Speakers!

Please let us know if you would like to either help with the small things during the event, ready to keep track of some track (and at one point we had as many as 6 last time!) or have an experience to share with the community.

And, last but not least, let us know if you could sponsor our future events. Venue, coffee, prizes, etc are not cheap, but we would like to keep the event free of charge!

Together we can make it even better, keep in touch!

Announcing Agile Saturday VII

It’s been a while since we had our last Agile Saturday last autumn.

The wait is over, Agile Saturday VII is scheduled for 12th of May!

Book it in your calendars and stay in touch for more announcements!

— Agile Estonia crew

 

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