Agile Palooza on May 7, 2010

What: Agile Palooza
When: May 7, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Marriott City Center, Minneapolis MN
Cost: $89

Click here to learn more and register.

Scrum Experience Group event on Tue, April 27, 2010

What: Scrum / Agile Tools
When: Tuesday, April 27, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: University of St. Thomas, Murray Herrick, room 155
Cost: Free

Click here for more information.

David Hussman speaks at OTUG on Tue, May 26, 2009

David Hussman will be speaking at OTUG on Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Do not miss it!

Who: David Hussman
What: The Black Swans of Big A Agile
When: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 6-8pm
Where: 3M Auditorium Owens Science Hall - University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Cost: Free

No RSVP is need. See you there!

April book review: Collaboration Explained

When I started this column in January 2008, I wanted to share my book recommendations with a wider audience and solicit feedback from our blog readers. Let me first say that I am very happy and grateful for all your insightful questions and suggestions. Thank you for subscribing to our blog and reading books featured in our monthly column!

Based on your comments, the books that are going to be discussed over the next several months are closely related to the books already reviewed in 2008 and 2009. This month, we will continue the theme of collaboration culture and facilitative leadership started in February: "Facilitate with Ease!" by Ingrid Bens.

Jean Tabaka
Collaboration Explained. Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders.

In this book, Jean Tabaka describes the benefits of a consensus-based leadership approach and participatory decision-making. She explains how we can usefully share ideas, information, and decisions among project team members and demonstrates organizing tools and techniques for many project events. Jean offers guidelines and practical advice to project leaders and agile practitioners on how to manage complex team dynamics and foster and maintain collaboration in their teams.

What makes this book different from Ingrid Berns' Facilitate with Ease! is the context of agile software development projects. Jean provides detailed advice and even includes sample agendas for many relevant project meetings:

Generic Project

  • Status Meeting
  • Strategic Action Planning
  • Process Change Workshop
  • Project Start-up Meeting
  • Project Retrospective


  • Scrum Planning
  • Daily Scrum
  • Sprint Demo and Review


  • Project Chartering
  • Release Planning
  • Iteration Planning
  • Daily Stand-up
  • Iteration Demo and Review
  • Release Retrospective

Crystal Clear

  • Methodology Shaping
  • Blitz Planning
  • Reflection Workshop

Having read this book cover to cover, I often find myself referring to Jean's sample agendas when preparing for a meeting. I believe you will find this book valuable as well.

Happy reading!

Practical Agility conference on Fri, March 27, 2009

Practical Agility, a local conference for agile practitioners, is scheduled for Fri, March 27, 2009.

What: Practical Agility conference
When: Friday March 27, 8:00am-5:00pm.
Where: University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus, McNeely Hall 100 Great Room
Cost: $50

Registration is required: The space is limited to the first 200 people. I plan on attending. See you there!

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