Mario Cardinal

"The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes" – Marcel Proust

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“Rough Cuts” version of my book on Safari

My book Executable Specifications with Scrum will be officially release by the end of July. These days with my publisher Addison Wesley, we are finalizing the last copyediting tasks.

For those who can not wait for the final version, in the meantime, if you are a subscriber of Safari Books Online Service, a “rough cuts” version of my book is available here. Happy reading.

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Workshop in Toronto

Learn about a 2 for 1 promotion on my upcoming Devteach workshop in Toronto.

Monday, May 27th, I will be doing a full day workshop during DevTeach conference. This pre-conference workshop is a cover (in english) of my french Team Foundation Tour. This training is entitled “Adopting Agile with Microsoft Tooling”. It has been conceived to give you a head start in adopting the Scrum framework with Microsoft Team Foundation Server. Throughout the day, we will examine how to customize your Team Foundation Server to effectively adopt an agile process that lead to continuous improvement.

The Devteach organizers just announce a 2 for 1 promotion for all the pre-conference and post-conference workshops. Buy one entry for a workshop and get another free entry for one of your friends or teammates.

Click here to learn more.

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Speaking at the Ottawa IT Community

For those of you living in the Ottawa area, Monday night (May 13th), I will make a presentation at the Ottawa IT Community.  This event is free and takes place at the Ottawa Microsoft Office. I am speaking at 17h45.

I will do a talk about “Agile Practices for Requirements Discovery”.  In addition to explaining how to groom efficiently the product backlog, I will demonstrate how to use a slingboard to track backlog grooming.

Agile Practices for Requirements Discovery
A recurring challenge with software development is how to respond efficiently to the constantly changing requirements. Throughout this session we will examine efficient practices for backlog grooming. Come learn how to improve your existing process using visual aids inspired by Kanban boards. Walk away with proven practices to organize and structure the collaboration. We will explore well-known practices such as expressing desirements with user stories, illustrating stories with storyboards and sizing stories using planning poker. Armed with tools and skills acquired, you can expect to see significant improvements in your ability to manage your product backlog.