Agile Groups on FaceBook

FaceBook is an extremely popular social networking site. It is also becoming an effective community collaboration site. The agile community is gradually starting to see the value of this environment. Here are four groups related to agile practices:

Agile and Lean Development Community (589 members)

Agile Project Management (218 members)

Extreme Programming (16 members)

Scrum (7 members)

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Truthfulness in Agile

I believe in Agile. To the best of my knowledge and based on my experience, Agile methods are the best way for teams, organizations and communities to get stuff done. Doesn’t mean it’s easy though! The biggest challenge of Agile is in the need for truthfulness.

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Scrum Rules Cheat Sheet – Updated!

A few weeks ago, after my last update of the Scrum Rules Cheat Sheet, I decided that it might be a good idea to ask Ken Schwaber about what I had developed… He immediately asked if I had checked it against the rules listed in his book Agile Project Management with Scrum. Of course, I hadn’t. In fact, although I’ve read the book, I neglected to read the appendix in which the rules are contained. So, I read it and updated the cheat sheet. I found that there were a few rules that I was “assuming” because I work with Scrum so frequently. As well, there were a few rules that I actually didn’t remember. The cheat sheet is now getting to the point where I would like to break it into two pages, but then it wouldn’t be a cheat sheet anymore… so with smaller font size… presenting, the new and improved Scrum Rules Cheat Sheet. Here is the original article about the Scrum Rules Cheat Sheet.

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Agile Support – Helping You Get Better at Agile

A sister site to Agile Advice has been moved into “pre-official-launch” stage: Agile-Support.com. This is a site for individuals to discuss agile methods, for downloads of various resources, and, if you register, to host blogs and other content development by individuals wishing to do so in an online community setting. Think of this as the “beta” launch: there are probably still many kinks to be worked out.

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Reminder: Agile/Scrum Training – Toronto, Ottawa, Beijing

The Toronto class coming up in one week still has spots, the Ottawa class in November is nearly full, and the Beijing course pre-registration discount is almost over! Please sign up for a course today!

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Agile Learning and Education: The Agile Professor

Well, it’s officially launched: The Agile Professor – Creating an Agile Learning Environment for Classrooms and Schools. This blog, authored primarily by my father, Garry Berteig, is an exploration of the use of agile methods to organize learning environments such as schools, classrooms, seminars, workshops, etc. The material in this blog will include Garry’s experiences over the past two and a half years of experimenting with agile methods in an educational context as well as a record of his continuing exploration of this topic. I might chime in from time to time too :-)

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Beijing Scrum Training

I’m organizing a 3-day ScrumMaster Certification course in Beijing to occur on the 19th-21st of December. I need several more people to express interest in the course before I can confirm it. For those who “Save a Spot” early, there is a 20% discount available. This discount is only available until Oct. 20th. At that time, I will see if the required number of people have signed up and then make the final decision if the course should go ahead. If you or someone you know is interested and would like to receive this training in Beijing, please “Save a Spot” right away so that I can count you towards ensuring that the course does go ahead! Please sign up here!

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Agile Classroom Management

I’m fascinated by the idea of applying agile methods outside of software… be it to business management, family and household, or, as I and my father have been exploring over the last two and a half years… agile classroom management. Here’s how I do it in my Agile Project Management / ScrumMaster Certification courses:

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New Agile Aggregator – Agile Daily

This looks interesting: Agile Daily. This is an aggregator site like technorati or Agile Planet (seemingly defunct now), but with some interesting twists described in more detail at SocialRank.com. Apparently, SocialRank.com is setting up aggregator sites that are meant to also be community sites… maybe a little like InfoQ? Interesting experiment: it’s quite new so we’ll see what happens.

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