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JHB Event February 2012: Tools for Scrum

It has been quite a start to the year alright and we missed our ordinary last Tues of the month event for the JHB Scrum usergroup.

We have pinned down our next topic though which is sure to be a catalyst for some heavy debates.


The use of Pivotal Tracker and Jira in Scrum development teams.

Speaker 1: How we use Pivotal Tracker for scrum at IS

In this talk, I’ll walk you through some of PT’s fundamental features, and how we use them at IS to keep the scrum process ticking over. I’ll also talk about some of the untapped potential that PT offers, and give a sneak peek of an an important upcoming feature that’s currently in beta.

Bio of Gabriel Fortuna

I started working at Internet Solutions 10 years ago as a support technician, and since then have done software development, network management, and various other things to keep me out of mischief. Currently, I am a team manager running a small, but diverse team of software developers at Internet Solutions. We rely on scrum to understand to Get Things Done, and to maintain our sanity.

Speaker 2: There are pro’s and cons to JIRA so it’s important to know what you are getting into. I would like to present JIRA its strengths and weaknesses.

Bio of Kevin Shine

I have been in the software development industry for over 10 years, I have worked in various languages but spent most of my career working with Java. I worked as a system analyst for a few years and decided to move into a development manager position to try and facilitate change around the way developmentwas approached. I have been using scrum for software development for over 5 years. In terms of agile certification and I have a CSM and Scrum master I certificate.

I find a popular question with scrum is should we use a tool or not?

Most of my experience with scrum involves doing things manually, but this has presented some problems of its own and therefore the search for a tool to solve these problems. I believe selecting the wrong tool is worse than having no tool. That said I have tried a number of tools and approaches and would like to present JIRA as a tool I recommend for scrum.

Discovery Sandton
155 West Street
South Africa

When? 28 February 2012

To register go to: here

Jo’burg: SUGSA Kickoff

When: 25 January 2011, 5:30PM

Venue: Discovery Health, 155 West Street, Sandton, Ground Floor 155 West Auditorium, Johannesburg


The presenters, Kevin Shine & Tania van Wyk de Vries (also members of the SUGSA commitee), will have a discussion about the basics of the scrum framework and some lessons they have learned while implementing SCRUM at the organisations they work in.

Kevin, is a scrum master at PruProtect a division of Discovery. Former Java developer and agile enthusiast, Kevin has been a certified scrum master for 2 years and has completed the Professional Scrum Master 1 certification. Kevin has had a lot of experience in moving a waterfall company to a scrum approach and has encounterd many of the resistance factors and challenges that can be associated to this.

Tania has played the role of both SCRUM Master and Product Owner on other projects, and are at the moment doing new product development, using the SCRUM framework in a very small team.

Come and share time with other like minded individuals.

To register visit: SUGSA JHB

January 2011 Events

SUGSA Johannesburg

When: 25 January 2011, 5:45PM

VenueDiscovery Health, 155 West Street, Sandton, Ground Floor 155 West Auditorium, Johannesburg

Topic: To be announced

This event is the second chapter of SUGSA JHB event. We have collected input from all who attended the launch on 2 November 2010 and we are planning to select 1-2 of the most popular interests and knock out some detail on these items during the session.

Come and share time with other like minded individuals.

Watch this space for more detail.

Please help us to cater for this event by signing up

This event sponsored by Discovery


Event Report: SUGSA launch in Johannesburg

The 1st official SUGSA Johannesburg scrum gathering was held last night at Discovery Health in Sandton.

Marius gave an excellent talk on agile and the various flavours available, such as kanban and scrum. The talk focused on the tools at your disposal in the various agile approaches and stressed not getting tangled in wondering which one is the best. Depending on where you and your organisation are in the agile transition process, you need to choose the tools that is best suited to your maturity level of agile adoption. Then as a group we interacted with each other and discussed what we expect to get out of the scrum group in future meetings.

The free gifts where much appreciated.

It was excellent chatting to like minded people.

It was a huge success!!!

Looking forward to Jan! 🙂

The next event will be on 25 January 2011.

From an attendee in the meeting:

“I would define last nights SUGSA JHB initialize meeting as a success. While the audience initially seemed reserved as a whole, maybe not knowing what to expect, the energy quickly mounted once we broke into the small murmur groups. Every person I spoke to in the group session and after the event formalities during networking said that they would definitely attend the next meeting. The venue, food, presentation topic and SCRUMM Alliance gift packs presented a very high and professional level of presentation, which I think impressed all who attended. Personally I’m very excited about this group and already have learned a lot just from the presentation and talking to people I met at the group!

I think that people are hungry to hear success case studies and would love to see this as a small part of every gathering.”

See the presentation slides: Navigating the Agile Flame Wars

Photos of the event: