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DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper: it’s all about community – join a community or user group today!

Well, here I am eight days after the event itself finding the time to blog about it. Many others have got in before me, namely:

Benjamin Mitchell
Simon Software Stuff over at
BizTalk Benjy otherwise known as Santosh Benjamin (it might be the other way around!)
Charles Cook
Ian Cooper
Mike Pelton (ok, so it’s a pre-event post, but I liked Mike’s writing style!)
Ian Smith
Barry Dorrans
Jon Rowett – thanks for the positive feedback!
Dave Oliver – thanks for the positive feedback!
.net mobile blogs – thanks for the positive feedback!
And of course, the Channel 9 forum has some feedback that I’ll pick up on for next time!

I was very pleased with the day. I was especially pleased with all the support that Jonathan Hodgson provided – Jonathan set up the DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper web-site in record time (if I didn’t know better, I’d think Jonathan had too much time on his hands!) Incidentally, Jonathan gets married in the summer – congrats! Also worthy of a special mention are Sarah Brown, Melita Walton, Karen Allen and a whole host of backroom folks who rarely get thanked: chefs, security, audio-visual folks and hosts/hostesses.

Out of 250 registered attendees, 170+ turned up: to the other 70 or so who didn’t turn up, we know who you are!! (See you all at the next one!)

Volunteer to speak!
Whilst I didn’t actually make it to any sessions, except my own (which was kind of fortunate for the other attendees!), the feedback has been excellent. A follow-up event looks like it will happen (although I can’t tell you when just yet).

In preparation for a follow-up event, I will be happy to receive e-mails from “would-be speakers”, volunteer speakers, or any community member wishing to speak at a similar event. And if you happen to live in Scotland, I’m sure ScottishDevelopers will provide you with an equally relaxed and friendly speaking environment!

In both cases, drop me an e-mail to register your interest – let me know what topics you would be interested in speaking about. (My e-mail address can be found via here.)

Managing Iterative Development Using Scrum – slides and backlog
A lot of folks asked me (either in my session or afterwards) about tool support for Scrum. My slide deck made mention that most tools were either web-based, still in development or were rather expensive. So here’s an update:

VersionOne – VersionOne, built from the ground up to support iterative development, is the leading project planning and management tool designed specifically for agile software development. Enabling today’s most popular agile methodologies – Extreme Programming (XP), Scrum, DSDM, etc. – VersionOne has been helping teams simplify the process of planning, tracking, analyzing, and scaling their agile software development efforts since January 2003.

ScrumWorks – ScrumWorks™ is an Agile process automation tool that enables teams to self-organize and maximize productivity. ScrumWorks™ is based on the Scrum process, a leading Agile development method, and can be applied across industries including engineering, marketing and sales, new product development, and software development.

Older Scrum stuff.

Linda Rising had an excellent article in IEEE Software called The Scrum Software Development Process for Small Teams. She also had an article in STQE magazine about the Daily Scrum Meeting.