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Speakers for the LAS Conference

The focus of this year's Lean Agile Conference is on bridging the gap from the first agile projects to achieving a truly 'Lean' Enterprise.

To that end, the LAS organizing committee selected a group of speakers from Switzerland and abroad who can illuminate this chanllenge from as many different perspectives as possible.

You can choose from experience reports from the management perspective from mobile.de, Baloise Insurance and Nokia Siemens Networks, and from the staff perspective at SIX Card Solutions.

Three tutorials guide you in Scrum, Scaling Scrum, and Agile Project Governance. A tutorial and a presentation address the technical challenges: Acceptance Test Driven Development (so the customer gets what he wants) and Architecture in an agile context.

An interactive workshop with the keynote speakers (space limited) and an expert to expert coaching sessions 'the doctor is IN' give you a chance to bring home the answers you need to the challenges you are facing!

Scrum Breakfast/June: Scrum and CMMI

We are once again privileged to welcome an international speaker to the Scrum Breakfast. I met Kent Johnson in Orlando where he shared the Keynote Address to the Scrum Gathering with Jeff Sutherland. Kent CTO of AgileDigm, Incorporated and has been looking at Scrum in very large organizations and the co-existance of Scrum and CMMI in particular.

Scrum and CMMI are often considered at odds with each other. What does each approach bring to the table? Scrum promotes the idea of focusing on the most important product issues first and supports frequent communication. CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) is a reference model that helps organizations to improve their performance. CMMI brings a structure that promotes consistency and discipline to avoid waste and rework. So, why should we try to combine both approaches? Is this combination a good idea?

In this talk Kent will describe work that he has done with organizations around the world and with Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of S…

Using affinity estimating to choose the Sessions for the Lean Agile Scrum Conference in Zurich

The LAS Conference Organizing Committee met last night to select the sessions for the LAS Conference in September. We had some 26 proposals from 19 speakers from Europe, North America and Asia. Everyone is under time pressure. How do we get through the task of sifting through all the proposals and agreeing on a program quickly and effectively?

While co-teaching a CSM Course with Peter Hundermark, I saw a new estimating technique (well, new for me ;-) 'affinity estimating' as an alternative to planning poker. I thought this would be useful for selecting the talks and tutorials, so we decided to give it a try.

Preparation
Everybody read all the submissions (46 pages!)For each Submission, I created a card with the title of the submission. I used yellow cards for talks, blue cards for tutorials and green cards for submissions that could go either way. (Next time, I would also put on the page number of the submission in the printout)I created column headers (white) Great, Good, Maybe…