Open Space Notes

The SG10ZA Open Space Notes (small) are accessible from this link.

Thank you to all participants and conveners for making the Open Space such a success

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SG10ZA Gallery

A heartfelt thank you to all delegates at the recent South Africa Scrum Gathering 2010. Your participation and contribution are what made this such a successful event. Below are some pictures of the event
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SUGSA aeroplane factory photos

Some pictures from the July SUGSA Event; a lesson in the benefits of limiting work-in-progress

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Technical Debt

When: 3 June 2010, 6PM

Venue: Allan Gray Portswood office in the Presentation Room on the third floor. You can download a map here. Everyone parking in the Portswood parking area will have to pay for their own parking tickets. There is also parking available in Beach road.

Cost: Free

Sign up for this exciting event here.

Topic: Turning Technical Debt into a Reasonable Cost for Software

Most people like the predictable nature of time-boxed delivery of software. However, a situation that I see far too often is that the box starts feeling tighter as the software grows bigger. Sure, you can get a bigger box, but that feels like going up a trouser size. Often the decision is to “chunk up” the software and roll out more teams. Great, but the volume has not changed; it’s just spread out. It’s now costing more than before. It’s actually worse. Each chunk is simultaneously growing inside it’s own box. Better get a few more trousers that are one size up.

Yes, some people call it technical debt. I just call it broken software, and broken things left alone cause more problems. The simple truth is that overweight software costs money. In this session, we explore what it means to establish a reasonable cost of software, and what it takes to keep it at a reasonable level. Note that the names of classes, variables and namespaces have been altered to avoid association with those that are lying in various version control repositories many, many commits ago.

About the Speaker

Aslam Khan has spent more than half his life creating software. He still believes the truth is in the code that gets executed, but that belief is soberly balanced by his other core perspective that people write code for others. As a software master at factor10, Aslam spends his time helping teams build software better, while having fun doing it, and making worthwhile friendships. He is also an editor for the architecture community at DZone.com. You can read his blog at http://aslamkhan.net.

Aslam Khan

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Slides for “Software Testing – How has agile changed the game?”

Slides from the “Software Testing – How has agile changed the game? with Karen Greaves” are available for download here.

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Agile Testing

When: 6 May 2010, 6PM

Venue: Allan Gray Portswood office in the Presentation Room on the third floor. You can download a map here. Everyone parking in the Portswood parking area will have to pay for their own parking tickets. There is also parking available in Beach road.

Cost: Free

Sign up for this exciting event here.

Topic: Software Testing – How has agile changed the game?

Karen goes back to the core of why we test and what we know about testing from research data. She will explorer the implications of agile software development on testing: what has to change in our approach to testing in an agile environment; and what can we still use from traditional testing techniques. She will cover some automation tips, defect tracking, test reporting and finally some technical things testers really need to understand.

About the Speaker

Karen started out her career as a Software Tester for Microsoft on Windows 2000. She learned a great deal about testing in this complex environment with about 3000 people working on a single product. She was fortunate enough to be trained in testing fundamentals by Cem Kaner. It’s 10 years later and Karen been working with agile teams for 5 years, she is still passionate about testing and as a Scrum Coach is interested in how the discipline of testing has been affected by agile.

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This event’s catering is kindly sponsored by Hetzner

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