New Book: Forecasting and Simulating Software Development Projects

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We have just published our first book on the techniques we use and encourage other professionals to use in modeling and simulating Kanban and Scrum software projects. For more information see the Books and Publications page.

Available on Amazon soon, at the moment you can buy it from our publishing partner, and for a limited time, get a 25% discount.

Special offer: 25% off use code: AF7T4YMY ($18.71 after discount)
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Beta Testers Wanted for Kanban Simulator

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We are looking for beta testers for our Kanban simulation product. This beta trial will be on the installed version of our product, with an online beta coming soon. If you are interested please email Troy Magennis at troy.magennis@focusedobjective.com
We are finalizing the initial release now, and welcome all comments and suggestions. Take some time to look at the features, and let us know if you want to help.
Troy.
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SimML – Modeling Language for Kanban and Scrum Teams and Projects

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We would like to introduce an XML specification for defining teams and projects that use Scrum and Kanban development processes. This file format is called SimML which is short for Simulation Modeling Language.

You can view the draft specification here.

SimML has the following features for modelling team and project data:

  • Specify Kanban columns (wip limits, cycle-time confidence intervals, names, etc)
  • Specify Defect categories (occurrence rate and override column cycle times)
  • Blocking Events (occurrence rate and cycle time confidence intervals)
  • Added Scope (occurrence and category. For example, scope-creep and refactoring)
  • Backlog

The file format also contains all of the information required for simulation, for example, what types of simulations to execute and how to format the results.

We will be announcing more features in this extensible file format over-time, and welcome other companies supporting the format as an input or export when needing to represent Kanban or Scrum teams and projects.

SimulationModelingLanguageforKanbanprojects.pdf

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