TDD Inside, Outside, Upside Down

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By: David Laribee   Test-Driven Development: Really, It’s a Design Technique Test-driven Development (TDD) is by now an established technique for delivering better software faster and sustainably over time. TDD is based on a simple idea: write a failing test before you write production code itself. Need new behavior? Write a failing test. However, this “simple” idea takes skill and …

Anne’s End of Year Letter

Krista Trapani DevJam News

Anne, thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. Let’s look back at this momentous year. What are some of the highlights you’d like to share with us? It’s been a rollercoaster of a year with good times and some hard times. All in all, I’m glad we’re still here, getting to do the things we do …

Dojo Discovery Sprint

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In the spirit of continuous improvement, we saw an opportunity to improve our dojo experience for teams that want to test their product ideas (and their designs) before committing to building them. The Thomson Reuters Litigation Analytics team wanted to validate that their ideas (and their designs) resonated with customers before implementing them. After discussing options for how to do …

There’s a Gap in Your Agile Methodology No One Talks About

Krista Trapani DevJam News, News

Agile methodologies rock at outlining process and mechanics. We learn the rules, the ceremonies, and the boxes we need to check to obtain a predictable, repeatable process. Additionally, many methodologies these days (and the Xtreme Programming methodology in the old days) emphasize the technical practices required to inject and fuel agility within your codebase. One thing, however, is glaringly missing, …

Measuring Product Impact & Doing Something About It…Like For Realz

Krista Trapani DevJam News, Front Page News, Jam Sessions

These days everyone is talking about the importance of measuring product impact, but are we really doing it? In cases where we are really doing it, are we really learning and making adjustments based on it? For the November Jam Session, we’ll get real about acting on product learning. Mary Poppendieck, Kurt Schmidt, and Esra Kucukciftci share three different perspectives …

Jam Session: Artificial Intelligence in the Real World

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AI delivers value when it moves out of the sand box. In our next Jam Session, we’ll explore pragmatic and accessible AI, with some exciting examples of applied deep learning and how data science is driving the next generation of tools in animation, science, and business. Presentations: Scott Ernst, Chief Data Scientist at When I Work explores real-world examples of …

Agile Day Twin Cities 2018

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Agile Day is a one-day conference established to create a forum for agile practitioners in the Twin Cities area to join together to share their experiences, challenge their thinking, grow their skills and learn from others. Smarter Agile Scaling We are proud to announce Agile Day Twin Cities 2018. This year our theme is ‘smarter scaling’. We’ll delve into smart …

Agile Day Chicago 2018

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Agile Day Chicago is a one-day conference established to create a forum for agile practitioners in the Chicago area to join together to share their experiences, challenge their thinking, grow their skills and learn from others. Smarter Agile Scaling We are proud to announce Agile Day Chicago 2018. This year our theme is ‘smarter scaling’. We’ll delve into smart approaches …

Product Discovery & Product Delivery Public Training

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You’ve been asking, and we’ve been listening. We’re stoked to announce that we’ll be offering two public sessions of DevJam’s Product Discovery and Product Delivery course (Minneapolis & San Francisco) This course is for anyone interested in learning to question and explore customers and products. It immerses students in hands on product discovery with lean UX practices and product design …

A Day in the Life: Thoughts Thought By an Agile Coach

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By: Sharon Peterson Misgen This month, DevJam Agile Coach Sharon Peterson Misgen provides a lucid and candid account of a day-in-the-life of an agile coach. From the initial meeting with the team (in this specific case – a team underwhelmed by previous attempts at agile), through the various implementation phases with their different ceremonies, processes, deliverables and challenges, all to …

Software and Construction – No, It’s Not the Same

Krista Trapani DevJam News, News

Nearly everyday someone compares building software to building a house, and nearly every day that analogy proves to be a poor one. “Well you see first you have to dig the basement and then…” Although clear and easy to explain, I believe this analogy is doing our industry a disservice. Software is not like construction; what we are doing is …

Innovations in User Experience

Krista Trapani DevJam News, Jam Sessions

As the field of UX (User Experience) expands its reach to CX (Customer Experience) and is inevitably impacted by EX (Employee Experience), it can be a struggle simply to sift through all of the acronyms being bandied about. During the August Jam Session, we’ll explore innovations in the user experience space, hear about what is working in the wild, and …

Anne Featured on Schmidt List Podcast

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Anne Steiner joins Kurt Schmidt on the Schmidt list talking Product Management. The Schmidt List is a weekly show made to inspire people who manage projects, build digital products and lead teams in design and technology hosted by Kurt Schmidt. This episode Anne Steiner joins the discussion to talk about why being wrong can sometimes be right and how to …

June Jam Session – JIRA: Does it suck or rock?

Krista Trapani DevJam News, Jam Sessions

For our June Jam Session, we explored a question that’s been perplexing humankind for… well, at least a few years now. Does Jira suck or does it rock? DevJam tools dude, Brandon Huff, joined us for an audience choice, round robin of topics related to all things Jira. Check out the deck from the session below: And the SAFe 4.5 …

Anne Steiner at Agile2018: Building the Wrong Thing Faster

Krista Trapani DevJam News, News

Our very own Anne Steiner will be presenting at this year’s Agile Alliance conference, Agile 2018, taking place in San Diego August 6-10th. Here is a preview of her talk (August 8th, 2018). Building the Wrong Thing Faster: Two Delivery Successes That Led to Product Failure Abstract: We’re often led to believe that a repeatable process and engineering talent are …

How NLM Reduced Time-to-Market!

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In the spring of 2017, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) set out to rebuild its DOCLINE product. DOCLINE, NLM’s automated interlibrary loan request routing and referral system, enables the efficient sharing of medical literature resources among over 2,100 libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. More than 1,000,000 requests flow through the system annually. Working on a …

Twin Cities Product Conf 2018

Mandy Simpson Conferences, DevJam News

Join us Monday, May 7th, at the Minnesota History Center, where we’ll be exploring the question: How Wrong Are You Willing To Be? For years, we struggled to GSD (get stuff done). This has changed in the recent past, and we are getting more done. Instead of worrying about progress, we need to start engaging more people in validating product …

Thomson Reuters Development Excellence: A Peek Inside The Dojo

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In our previous newsletter, we shared the story of how Thomson Reuters is working to transform product delivery teams using the dojo teaching method. The following will provide further insight into what actually happens inside the dojo. Each team spends a total of six weeks inside the dojo. However, their journey begins a week or two before. During Intake, the …

Jam Session – Deep Learning & Robotics

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Following our mid-February Jam Session, David Frenk kindly provided further resource material related to his brilliant presentation. Vito Carleone uses some basic C++ for the embedded programming and a lot of bash scripting for smoothing out the pipeline. I’ll be putting up that code (along with the deep learning code) on GitHub soon (by the end of March is the plan). The base robot kit actually …

Code Freeze 2018: Microservice Architectures

Mandy Simpson Conferences, DevJam News

Once again, we're teaming up with UMSEC to bring you Code Freeze, a one-day conference tailored to our software engineering community.  Join us Thursday, January 11th, for a day of keynotes, presentations, and conversations focused on microservice architectures. Head over to the Code Freeze 2018 site for more information on keynotes, breakout sessions, speakers, and schedule.     Register - Code ...

Thomson Reuters Development Excellence Dojo: The Journey Begins

Mandy Simpson Coaching, DevJam News, News

There’s a grand experiment in learning going on in the lower level of the Thomson Reuter’s Eagan campus. For context, last year, a group at Thomson Reuters was tasked with identifying best practices for software product development. They called themselves “Development Excellence”. Simply coming up with those best practices wasn’t enough. They also needed to develop a way to efficiently …

Hitting the Product Groove with SPS Commerce

Mandy Simpson Coaching, Coaching Page News, Courses News, Cutting an Agile Groove, DevJam News

Have you ever felt like you are finally getting the flywheel spinning, hitting a groove, checking things off the list and getting pretty good at delivery? Have you even then wondered, where are we going? Is our backlog just a glorified to-do list? Are we building the right thing? How would we know? The SPS Commerce Agile Coaching team recently …

Value over Process: Contextual Agility at Bluebeam

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Bluebeam is a rapidly growing Pasadena-based software company constantly looking to improve. The leaders at Bluebeam understand that while their teams are doing well with the mechanics of iterative development, their recent growth has led to challenges that lie outside the iterative delivery cadence. Jason Cepeda, Orientation Program Manager, was tasked with finding a partner to help Bluebeam take the …

ChChChChChanges: The cPrime Purchase and More

David Hussman DevJam News, News

As you may or may not now know, I recently sold DevJam to cPrime. I’m staying with DevJam for the near term, but I’m stepping back from leading the day to day work so I can focus on publishing thoughts and ideas that have been banging around in my head for awhile. I’ll be working in Mpls but available for coaching …

Making the Move to Product

Mandy Simpson DevJam News, News, Practical Agility

Join us October 11th for the next Product Agility Session – Making the Move to Product: Avoiding the Landmines and Steering Towards Successful Patterns – which focuses on people and companies wanting to adopt “a product approach”. The talks will share experiences from companies in the Twin Cities and beyond, discussing experiences at digital product companies as well as companies trying …

Product Agility 0.2.0

David Hussman Coaching, DevJam News

Product Agility 0.2.0It was nice to be in a room full of people sharing ideas and experience during the second Product Agility gathering. Where the first gathering addressed principles, or How We Think, this session was about practices, or How We Work. The evening was a mix of presentation, discussion and processing of the various practices outline on productagilty.org Feedback …

Cynefin Masterclass

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Dave Snowden, creator of the Cynefin framework, along with consultants from nuCognitive are offering a 2-day workshop on applying the Cynefin model in an agile world.  This course will guide attendees through some challenging questions – including how do you actually scale agile, how do we influence systems we do not own, and how we measure culture change. Agile Day …

There’s No Time Like Face Time: A 3-day Code Sprint with Boundless

Mandy Simpson DevJam News, News

By: Hannah Bristol There’s something about face-to-face interaction with co-workers that can’t be matched through an email, Slack message, or video chat. Although we thrive as a distributed company, the times the Boundless team can get together in-person are invaluable, and the right environment is key to making use of that time. DevJam provided the Boundless team with a setting …

Experience Change Workshop

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Ahead of Agile Day Chicago, Mark Graban is offering his Experience Change Workshop at a discounted rate.  This hands-on, innovative workshop takes attendees through ‘a year of change’ in a one-day workshop. You will learn and apply change techniques while challenging your perception of what works. 

Kotlin: A JVM Language You Should Know

Mandy Simpson DevJam News, Jam Sessions

Our September 6th Jam Session will focus on Kotlin, the JVM language that has recently overtaken Groovy on the TIOBE language popularity index. DevJammer, Tom Wadzinski has been following Kotlin for several years and has created Spring Boot and Android applications using Kotlin. Tom will be giving a fast-paced talk on Kotlin with live code examples. He will demonstrate the …

Agile Day Twin Cities 2017

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Riffing off the feedback from last year AntiFrAgile Day, sessions will focus on measurable impact supported by the pragmatic use of lightweight processes. The conference will be a dogma-free event, accelerating learning through story telling and intentional diversity. All conference profits will go to help people in Bolivia via Mano a Mano (manoamano.org). We’re looking for speakers for our local track. …

Agile Day Chicago 2017

Mandy Simpson Conferences, DevJam News

After five years, Agile Day Chicago is still growing and improving. This year we again lean toward an AntiFrAgile theme.  We’ve gathered international and national speakers to speak on complexity, product thinking, responsive engineering, and more. The morning sessions will once again spark lively open space discussions in the afternoon.  We are also proud to announce that all profits this …

Improving Data Warehousing with Pragmatic Agility

Mandy Simpson DevJam News

To help Children’s Minnesota tap into a new way of thinking about data warehouse work, Kevin Burns worked with Laura Madsen to pragmatically use agile methods with her team. In Laura’s own word, “My goal was simple; I needed more repeatable and predictable ways to work. The team needed the ability to understand who was doing what and when they …

Better Microservices through Product Discovery

Mandy Simpson DevJam News

As products, microservices can be messy and difficult to get right. Joel Tosi tackled the issue head on in his recent standing room only talk at Open Source North as he explored using product thinking, story mapping, and user journeys as a tool to help organizations better connect microservices to product domains. In Joel’s words, “With more companies building APIs now as …

Product Agility 2.0

Mandy Simpson DevJam News, News, Practical Agility

Riffing off the ideas from our last session, this Product Agility discussion will reference the principles but focus on the practices. From building product communities to continuously blending discovery and delivery, we will explore ideas and experiences as we work out how to learn to learn outside the code as well as live in production. Please show up ready to …

David Hussman at Agile 2017

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David Hussman will be speaking at the Agile2017 conference in Orlando, FL. David’s Stalwarts session, “Product Ownership, Planning & Learning: Growing Product Oriented Teams & Companies“, is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9th, at 10:45 am. For more information, including the schedule and how to register, please visit the Agile Alliance site.

David Hussman at AgileDev West

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David will be speaking Friday, June 9th, at the Agile Leadership Summit during AgileDev West in Las Vegas. His talk, Impact over Progress: Learning from Evidence over Following the Process, is scheduled from 8:45-10:15. For more information, including David’s abstract and how to register, click here.

Joel Tosi at Open Source North

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Join Joel Tosi on June 8th at Open Source North (OSN). Joel will be speaking on Visualizing Boundaries with Microservices. Tickets are limited, so make sure to get yours now!  You can find more information including tickets and schedule here.

Anne Steiner at Music City Agile

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May 31st, Anne will be speaking at Music City Agile. Her talk will be: Building the Wrong Thing Faster: Two Delivery Successes That Led to Product Failure. For more information about this event, please click here.

Virtual Reality

Andy McGrath DevJam News, Jam Sessions, News

April’s Jam Session (Wednesday the 5th) will be Virtual Reality 101 and Beyond.  Speakers will help attendees establish a solid understanding of virtual reality, augmented reality and their differences.  Virtual reality is more than just an advancement in technology for gamers; for more information, this evolving experience is beginning to improve the lives of anyone, from individuals with intense fears …

Product Conf 2017

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Product Chemistry – Making the Connections May 8, 2017 @ Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN Elevated user demands, heightened technical complexity and the expectation of rapid delivery are pulling product teams in opposite directions. More and more, product leaders are forced to unify these interests in the name of getting something out the door. During this year’s Product Conference, …

Blockchain & Ethereum

Andy McGrath DevJam News, Jam Sessions, News

Our next jam session will be about Blockchain and Ethereum. Join the discussion about an autonomous database in which no trusted authorities and central servers are needed! Lightning Talkers for the Evening David Duccini –Blockchain Technology: Bitcoins and Beyond – Digital Currencies got a boost in late 2008 when the mysterious and heretofore unknown “Satoshi Nakamoto” released the seminal whitepaper and …

MN Gov IT Symposium 2016

Andy McGrath DevJam News, News

In this session, attendees learned why Products and Platforms matter more than Programs, Projects and Processes. The session included hands-on exercises to challenge how we think and included concepts related to Lean, Agile, XP, Scrum and Kanban. A majority of attendees agreed that this session was useful to them and met their expectations.  They also said the keynote speaker, Kevin Burns, …

Docker Jam Session 12/7/16

Andy McGrath DevJam News, News

What a great evening! We hope to see you at one of our next events. Lightning Talkers for the Evening John Engelman–End-To-End Docker: Using Docker Based Tools to Build Continuous Delivery Platforms: Containers are the future and not just for deploying application code. Many tools have found success in creating extensible products where plugins are provided via Docker application containers. This …

The Uncertainty Movement

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I wonder if in many ways some of the process stuff gets a little bit too in the forefront, we lose sight that the idea is to figure out what we don’t know sooner. – David Hussman nfoQ recently posted an interview with David Hussman, where David speaks to how he’s seen the evolution of product thinking in software, and along that …