Absolutely! They even wear the finest shoes that exist. Over the past 10 years, Pyxis has been helping development teams to adopt Agility and perfect their Agile development practices. In doing so, some people might think we’re in the business of “showing” not “doing”. The truth is we’re in both. Pyxis really started as a software development company before we had any interest in showing and talking about Agility. Ever since we started to promote Agility around us and we never stopped doing what we were showing. Wearing our own shoes so to speak!
Category : Urban Turtle
Two weeks ago, Urban Turtle announced its brand new partnership program. The partners are a select group of consulting firms who mastered the ins and outs of Scrum and are friends of the “Turtle”.
To provide more details on each of our partners, I follow the series of blog posts with the firm Readify.
Founded in 1999, Readify has established itself as certified experts on the .NET Application Development Platform within Australia. They have office in Melbourne and Sydney and provide expertise around system architecture, application lifecycle management and user experience design using the latest Microsoft platform technologies.
In 2009 Readify introduced its projects offering known as DevPods. DevPods are based on a team-orientated project delivery capability which combines a high performance development team using an agile methodology (specifically Scrum) and focuses on close customer involvement to successfully deliver projects.
Readify is one of Australia’s young and savvy IT business success stories. This year they received the Australia’s 2010 ‘Best Places to Work’ award.
Mitch Denny, Chief Technology Officer at Readify explains why they appreciate Urban Turtle:
“If you plan to use Scrum with TFS, we recommend Urban Turtle instead of Excel-based planning workbooks”
Some members of the Urban Turtle team (Francois, Dominic and Mario) are at the Agile 2010 conference this week. If you attend the conference, please come see us Wednesday or Thursday at booth 128 in the exhibit area. We will be more than happy to discuss and to demonstrate the latest cool features of Urban Turtle such as the real-time burndown chart.
Aujourd ***, l’équipe Urban Turtle est fière de proposer une nouvelle version de son outil de gestion agile avec Team Foundation Server.
Cette dernière version propose aux équipes travaillant avec le dernier modèle de processus Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 un graphique d’avancement temps réel (donc pas de warehouse, d’analysis services etc…).
La dernière version est téléchargeable à l’endroit habituel : Download URBAN TURTLE
Urban Turtle is pleased to announce it is partnering with a select group of training organizations offering the Professional Scrum Developer (PSD) program. These organizations are Accentient, Pluralsight, Pyxis and SSW. Partnership involves a credit promotion for Urban Turtle and visibility of partner’s classes.
Professional Scrum Developer courses teach students how to turn product requirements into potentially shippable increments of software. Scrum traditionally avoids providing guidance for engineering practices. This course fills that void by addressing what developers do with the remaining 7 hours and 45 minutes of their day after the daily Scrum meeting. Classes are exercise-driven, where students work in teams and develop “done” increments from product backlog items. Each class is five days long, and classes can be either public or private.
All Professional Scrum Developer courses cover three main topics:
- Scrum. PSD courses cover Scrum Fundamentals like Scrum roles, artifacts, and timeboxes. The course simulates being part of a Scrum team to expose students to these concepts in action. Students learn how to work as part of a Scrum team, which requires them to understand techniques for self-organization. At the end of the course students develop skills in identifying and eliminate typical types of Scrum team dysfunction.
- Tools. PSD courses teach students how to leverage different development tools to employ Scrum practices. PSD .NET courses are taught in the context of Visual Studio 2010 using the Microsoft Scrum process template and add-ins such as Urban Turtle. Students learn how to map specific tool features and functions to the general Scrum practices they must use to be effective team members.
- Practices. PSD courses cover all of the technical practices that team members need to successfully implement and ship functionality. These include coding practices like test-driven development, continuous integration, and refactoring; architecture practices such as emergent architecture and evolutionary database development; release management practices like planning, requirements definition, and deploying, and quality assurance practices from defining “done” to pair programming to version control to acceptance testing.
Aaron Skonnard, founder of Pluralsight explains why they joined this Urban Turtle initiative:
“Any initiatives that eases adoption of proven engineering practices with Microsoft technologies will always gain support from Pluralsight”
We asked Adam Cogan, Chief Architect for SSW and Microsoft Regional Director, who teaches the PSD .NET course all around the globe, what his thoughts on Urban Turtle were. He said:
“Mario one of the high value take-aways the students tell me they get, is seeing some of the great third party TFS tools in action. That’s why I ensure I demonstrate Urban Turtle, so they see Team Web Access providing awesome value, and it eases adoption of Scrum with the Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum process template”
Then we have Richard Hundhausen, Accentient’s president, who in cooperation with Microsoft and Ken schwaber, created the Professional Scrum Developer .NET training course says
“I has not yet met a certified PSD trainer who did not want to be listed as a friend of the Turtle”
When registering students for a PSD .NET course to get up to 100% off your Urban Turtle license cost, all you have to do is register for one of the training sessions listed here http://urbanturtle.com/?item=professional-scrum-developer. Make sure to mention your Urban Turtle license when registering. Your discount will be applied to your training fees. For more information on the curriculum of the Professional Scrum Developer program visit http://www.scrum.org/psd-net-syllabus/
Prise sur l’autoroute de la livraison, à la poursuite d’un modèle de processus qui venait de sortir. La tortue est désormais recherchée. Elle risque des années de travaux d’intérêts généraux, notamment dans le rôle d’accélératrice de solution pour les projets Scrum avec Team Foundation Server.
One of the main orientations is to build Urban Turtle into TFS (as opposed to integrate with). All our design decisions are made to bring as much value-added as possible while creating a seamless experience for existing TFS users and grow with TFS as Microsoft adds new features.
If you are interested about the details of the three releases we have made since the Visual Studio 2010 launch in April, please read the following posts:
- April 30th – Urban Turtle 3.0 RTM is now available!
- June 4th – Urban Turtle 3.1 now available!
- July 8th – Urban Turtle 3.2 now available! – Support Visual Studio Scrum 1.0
We believe this orientation is what allows us to have a product that installs on the server in less than two minutes and gets a team to use it right away. We are very interested in hearing your stories and get your feedback about how we can further improve the experience.
Help us make our Urban Turtle a Chameleon
Also, our tight integration in the Web Access user interface makes the user feel at home and perceive TFS with new capabilities (as opposed to using an extra product). This is a big plus to have a smooth user adoption. We know that adopting scrum is already an interesting challenge; you do not need tools to get in your way but be a possible accelerator.
Again, give Urban Turtle a try and let us know how we succeeded in turning it into a Chameleon.
Another blog from Microsoft (Aaron Bjork) about Urban Turtle http://bit.ly/b1dh5c . Thank you!
In Urban Turtle’s Next Destination we listed the features that the team intended to produce for the first sprint of the release scheduled for June 2nd. I am as very happy product owner because the team delivered everything that was intended for the sprint and we have more killer features in the next and final sprint of this release.
The main feature is the integration of areas in the planning board. We were not pleased with the way we had develop this feature in our TFS 2008 version. We think we have a better design that will please all users. We are eager to release it on June 2nd to have your feedback.
As always, feedback is greatly appreciated as comments here or on the forum.
Team Urban Turtle is proud to announce that Urban Turtle 3.0 has sim-shipped alongside Team Foundation Server 2010 and is now available for download. During the last two weeks, we’ve been hard at work to fully support the RTM version of TFS 2010. We also manage to squeeze in several UI changes to correct various graphical glitches. We firmly believe this is by far the best version ever of Urban Turtle. We look forward to hearing from everyone about this release!