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Appologies for the long delay… a lot has been going on recently… but time to continue with our journey through the way we do agile in our distributed team.

The previous posts in this series can be found here: 1, 2 and 3.


Sprint end


That’s the time for the team to celebrate their successes during the sprint (or to excuse the failures, which also happens). While virtual parties tend to be less happy then real ones, we try to still keep a happy atmosphere and not let the meetings get too boring.

During the meeting we go over all the tickets that were part of the sprint, whether completed or not. Whenever possible we insist on having a live demo, on our QA system, and also allow time for the Product owner and other team members to ask questions. The Demos and participation of all the team keep things more lively. To avoid the meeting being all virtual, we try to have team members who are collocated joining the meeting from a meeting room, though this doesn’t always work well for us.


In order not to lose team member’s attention, I try to keep the discussions focused. I also do not allow too much time to discuss a particular ticket, since we only dedicate 2 hours for a 2 week sprint.

Having team members also using webcams or cameras in the meeting rooms helps a lot in improving the team spirit and familiarity, and also helps significantly not having team members slowly shifting attention from the meeting. That’s really individual, not everybody likes the concept of showing themselves in video and I respect that. Luckily in our team, people are really cool and happy about it.



Retrospective, or letting all the dirty juice out


Separated from the sprint Review meeting, and only a few days after the sprint has ended, I conduct a retrospective meeting for the team. That’s a chance for team members to raise and talk about what bothers them, what can and should be improved in the way we work, technologies we use, our tools, our products and so on.

But retrospectives are definitely not only about negative things, constructive as this might be. It’s also a great chance to talk about good things and see if they could even improve more, or just to praise a colleague or thank for support or advice you got.


To support the meeting conduct and since we are not all sitting together against a board, I use a great free tool called Trello, which allows dynamic virtual boards.


Per sprint, I open a board which is open for all team members throughout the entire sprint. In this board, they can enter their feedback, thoughts and ideas, divided to five columns:


Start DoingKeep DoingMore ofLess ofStop doing
New ideas, new concepts to cosniderthings we do great and want to continuethings we do well and want to intensifynegative things we need to minimize, but could also be some practices we simply do inefficientlyMostly bad habits that needs to be kicked


I also add a 6th column, titled Shortlist. Since we only dedicate 45 minutes per sprint for a retrospective, and sometimes there are many cards added, we use the voting option in Trello to shortlist the topics we would discuss.


During the meeting I share my screen, and we start discussing the cards added. Whomever raised the topic introduces it shortly and then we open up for discussion. As a Scrum Master I try to keep my opinion for last, in order not to influence others and not making it seem like there is a right or wrong answer. Some people are less talkative by nature, but in many cases it’s these people who have the most brilliant insights or ideas, and I try to make sure everybody is involved in the discussion. Another important thing is to try and keep the discussion constructive and action-items oriented. In some cases we take decisions, in others we agree about experiments or try-outs we are going to conduct for a limited time.


I track all the decisions and action items in a wiki page, where I detail out what was agreed and who is in charge. I normally take the first few minutes of each retrospective to follow up on action items from previous meetings, update the status and also remind of things that got forgotten or neglected.


One of the most important principles of a good retrospective is to keep an open and respectful environment that encourages people to freely say what’s on their mind. I am never sure if we being distributed over different locations helps that or not. Sometimes it’s easier to say things over the phone rather when you are in person with someone else. In any case, it is currently my feeling that we have good meetings and that it works pretty well for us, at least for now.  


Another one is coming


By that, we pretty much completed our Agile cycle. In my next and probably last blog post in this series, I will talk more generally about ways to improve the atmosphere and team spirit for a distributed agile team. Looking forward for any questions or comments you might have.

When I launched Blog It Forward in August 2012, I didn't imagine what impact it would have on SCN. For those of you who are not familiar with it, it's a community challenge that passes from one community member to another, encouraging them to share fun and interesting facts about themselves.


Blog It Forward had an incredible impact on SCN. It enabled us to get to know each other beyond our SAP interests. We learned about the things that are most important in life: What makes us happy, the people we love, things we enjoy and more. It was also a great opportunity to travel around the world via stories, pictures, culinary recommendations and other interesting facts about different cultures.


As we prepare to launch the next level of community in 2016 it's time to close the Blog it Forward mission. However we want to give you one last opportunity to be a part of this program and earn your BIF badge. If you are interested in joining Blog It Forward please be sure to do so by 25th of December. On December 26th we will close the Blog It Forward initiative and I will compile a Blog It Forward farewell/summary blog. It will include statistics, the story behind it, glimpse at significant BIFs (Blog It Forward blogs) and more. Stay tuned!



Until then here are some of the statistics I've gathered so far:



To BIF or not BIF, that is the question.

Mariano Cabalen is an industrial engineer specializing in supply chain management and production planning, and the SCN Member of the Month for November 2015. Mariano is based in Buenos Aires, where he is a partner in his own consultancy, as well as a husband, father of three boys and soccer fan. He helps his customers achieve process improvements and business transformations using SAP products and solutions.


Some highlights from our talk (video will be posted soon due to processing delay; sorry!):

  • Regarding finding time for SCN, he told me he enjoys helping others, because it not only feels good to help, but participating in the discussion forum allows him to keep his skills fresh and learn
  • Regarding keeping SCN content quality high, he thinks rejecting basic questions through moderation is essential
  • Regarding SAP product improvement, he wants SAP products to be made available on every mobile device; hopes for better reporting; and wants the SAP GUI for JAVA to catch up to the version available for Windows


Tell us a bit about yourself, where you live, what kind of work you do, and other things you would like to share with the community (hobbies, fun facts)?


  Family Vacation


  World Cup, Brazil, 2014

I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am married and have three kids. I started working in SAP in 2003, most of the time as a freelance consultant. I have been working in different processes and modules: PM, QM, MM, WM but I am stronger in PP and SCM. During all these years I played different roles: consultant implementing a template in different countries, or defining the template for a multinational company, or supporting process and modules, working in assessment and redesign of processes and SAP, etc. I would say that my favorite role is when I am involved in the designing of processes and SAP to improve business indicators.



  With colleagues in South Africa


  In South Africa

When did you become a member of SCN and which areas are you most active in?
I became a member in July 2014. I am most active in SAP ERP Manufacturing - Production Planning (SAP PP) and SAP APO - Demand and Supply Network Planning.


What motivates you to keep coming back to SCN and help members get answers to their questions?
I have written a blog about this...  [In July] I decided to return what I had received during so many yesrs...I understood that I was not only trying to help others, the SCN community was also helping me again. Spending my free time in SCN is the best thing that I have decided to do for me. This is a win win case...


I noticed your post Script Recording & Playback for Dummies has been quite popular. To what do your attribute its popularity?

I really love the SAP recording & playback. It allows the automation in SAP. In my professional experience I always saw how useful was the use of this tool for the users, this is why I decided to make a simple document to introduce this tool to everyone.

SCN Community a Free HelpDesk? also created quite a spark. What do you think can help limit the posting (and answering) of basic questions?
I think the only option is to be stricter in the moderation. Sometimes people reply to basic questions because they want to help others or because they want to get some points or because they don't think it is a basic question. Now if we do so, then people will always attempt to post their questions in the community, since you can get a response without making any effort. This is not good for them, it is not good for the contributors and it is not good for everyone that will need to use the community to search for a solution to a problem.


So in my perspective the moderators should reject these posts and not only send warnings.



What’s your advice to newer members? Top 3 mistakes to avoid?

  1. Search before open a thread. Most of the responses to the problems have been already posted.
  2. Read and follow the SCN Rules of Engagement.
  3. If the issue was resolved or the response was helpful, mark the answer as "helpful” or “correct”. Mark the discussion as “answered,” so other members can find the answers more easily.

You’ve been working with SAP technology since 2003. What’s the most important thing SAP needs to do to keep you enthusiastic about its products in the future?

I think it is time to improve the reporting aspect of SAP. It is also time to be accessible from every mobile equipment. The SAP GUI java is not good and cannot be compared with SAP GUI for windows.

Is there an SCN member you admire (OK… you can name a few)? And for what reason?

  • Caetano Almeida: He is very good in the PP space. He is very clear and has a very good technical background.
  • Jürgen L: He is the best! He knows everything in his space.
  • Dogboy 49: I like the way in which he reacts when someone posts a basic question. I also like that he always explains the technical aspects knowing the implications in the process.

Are you on Twitter?
I am on Twitter, but I am not an active user. My account is: @mcabalen


Every month, a member of the SAP Community Network is recognized for exemplary behavior: sharing knowledge with peers, being helpful and taking on additional tasks to support community engagement. See the list of previous members recognized on the SCN Member of The Month Hall of Fame.

Hi All,


Before starting my blog, I would like to thank Loed Despuig who blogged it forward to me. You can see his blog here Blog It Forward - Loed Despuig.

I would also like to mention that Blog It Forward chain is a very good initiative where we can learn, connect and know about our SAP colleagues.



I wish to introduce myself as Saurabh Raheja.I completed my B.E. graduation in Computer Sciences from University Institute of Engg. & Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh. I was passed out from my college in 2012. I was placed for Infosys Limited during our placements in college. When I was waiting for Infosys Joining , I got fascinated from SAP. I cleared my first SAP certification of SAP ABAP in the month of March 2013. After that I joined Infosys Mysore Campus where we had intensive training programme. We had objective as well as hands on exams on regular intervals which we had to clear. I managed to clear the training and joined production unit of Infosys in Chandigarh on 1st August 2013.


I started my career in SAP BI BO and tried to develop strong technical knowledge in the field of Analytics.


I appeared for my Second SAP certification on Apr 17, 2015 and cleared SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence 4.0 certification.


I also appeared for my Third SAP certification on Sept 22,2015 and cleared SAP HANA Application Associate (Edition 2014) certification.


With God grace I have been performing well in my professional career so far.


I will try to keep the momentum going and will try my level best to give a best shot with perfection in every work


Lets see some of pictures of my hometown.


1) Open Hand Monument

A great place for pictures, the area is equally good to spot peacocks and other exotic migratory birds, especially in the winters. A nice spot to spend a few hours in the peace which the area offers.



2) My Alma-Mater - Spent four years of B.E studying Computer Science Engineering.(2008-2012)


3) Famous Tourist Spot of Chandigarh - Sukhna Lake


4) Panjab University - You need not be a student at the University. PU, as we like to call it.


5) Horse Riding




And now lets answers some of the quick questions.


Answers of the questions which were blog it forwarded to me:



How do you think the way you were raised affects your Career?

I think the way I am raised has definately affected my Career in a good way. I was given proper guidance and comfortable life by my parents. Without having to struggle I was just to keep hard working and gain knowledge in the field of SAP to shape my career.


Describe in one short sentence: "what SAP solution benefit you and your organisation"

I am working in the SAP Business Objects Portfolio which comprises of front end reporting tools. So if any business or partner wants to examine, analysis data one can develop reports on that. So Analytics Space of SAP is benefiting me and my organisation for quicker responses and analysis of data.

What is the best lesson your parents taught you?

Though Parents keep on teaching lessons, the one best lesson I would like to share is that "Quality of Living " or we can say "health package" . They say if health is gone everything is gone and then there is no benefit of earning lots and lots of bucks which will ultimately going to get drained in recovery of your health. So I always try to keep myself fit by indulging in various sports, yoga and gymnastics.

What do you enjoy most in your work and why?

Working in the SAP field was always my dream. So its dream come true for me which my organisation has gifted to me . Now I happily try to work in every contests and events( hate when I miss a single event) of SAP. I think one should always do what he/she is having interest into. I always had interest in SAP and I thorougly enjoy working for its various solutions and products which has even led me grow professionally so well in my organisation too.


What do you imagine or predict is the future of your topic

I can imagine and predict that in future there will be lots of data in every organisation which it has to deal with. Therefore to analyse, understand and make it more manageable its very important to make use of Analytics solution of SAP. SAP Business Intelligence Business Objects is one of the offerings from SAP which will help any organisation grow and manage well.

Name the person who affected you most in your career/ way of thinking and why?

I would like to mention here two names which has groomed me well not only professionally but also "All Round Development"

First person would be my mentor Siddharth Agarwal who initially guided me, taught me and make me understand the world of SAP and how interesting it is to be in it. I was able to clear my SAP ABAP certification only because of his guidance.

Second would be my elder brother Gaurav Raheja who taught me how to communicate well within organisation and also outside organisation,


I would like to keep my blog short otherwise people may get offended how boring I write. Being honest I don`t have much of experience in writing blogs.

Last question I would like to share here

Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?

I would like to jot down 5 points which I wante to achieve in my life in sequence.


1) Stay fit and remain healthy throughout life with the motto  " Simple Living High Thinking"

2) Have a decent earning so that I can take care of my family and near and dear ones well.

3) Atleast once in a life time go for an Euro Trip with my dear ones for holidays.

4) Maintain a good tempo socially and make good friends.

5) Be good to those who are good to me and be more bad to those who are bad to me.


Tell us something about your hobbies?


I love to play Lawn Tennis and sometimes in free time also like to play musical Keyboard.


With this I would like to end my blog . If you like it please don`t forget to Like/Share and Comment.


Please do provide your feedback so that I am be able to learn and improve in coming blogs writing


Once Again Thanking you so much for sparing time and reading my blog.

Signing off as of now.

Thanks & Regards,

Saurabh Raheja

In late February I shared the launch of an important program for our community, and I committed to communicate transparently throughout the project, keeping you informed every step of the way.

Since then we have achieved some solid results:

·       Established a beta site that includes blogging, moderation and Q&A.

·       Included 25 community members (customers, partners, developers and SAP employees) as active participants in the beta.

·       Developed a custom aggregator that connects blogs, moderation, and Q&A to support the future reputation program.

·       Created the first version of the new user profile.

We also kept our promise to keep you informed.

·       Since February we’ve provided a total of 19 blogs that have been viewed 61,000 times.

·       We launched the “In the Know” mission, which 2000 of you have completed, alerting you to all new project communications.

·       We conducted a roadshow with more than 300 stakeholders, sharing the latest updates.

In the spirit of telling it like it is, we have decided that we will not launch the new community in November. The reasons for this are simple:

  1. SAP runs SAP. We have already concluded that we will use SAP Relay for direct messaging. We are now exploring the latest releases of SAP Gamification Service and SAP Jam Communities to be part of the platform.
  2. Minimum viable product – While we’ve delivered a lot of great functionality in beta, we agree with our Strategic Advisory Council that we don’t have enough to enhance what we have today. The community is far too important for us to launch anything less than an improvement.

So what is the new go live date? We are in discussions on that topic right now, and should have a decision by the end of November. Once we agree on that date, we will share it with you, here on SCN.

We are committed to delivering an improved community experience as quickly as possible, and when we put the needs of our customers and community first, this is the right decision.

Please continue to watch for updates. If you complete the “In the Know” mission, you will have access to all relevant communications collected in a single place.

I’m excited about the work that I’ve seen so far, and even more excited about bringing a best-in-breed, industry-leading community to you in the near future!

Hello Community!


SCN has evolved a lot over the past 11 years and will continue to grow and change to meet your needs in the future. As most of you know, the community will be transformed again in 2016 as we move toward an easier to use, more modern website that will include improved search with Search on HANA to make it easier to find the content you need, SAP Q&A with voting on answers to questions to ensure that the best answers get the most attention, SAP Blogs on an easier to use platform, and a new and improved reputation program that encourages quality contribution and appropriate community behaviors*.


Before we make these changes, we want to see how we are doing in the current environment. This is your chance to give us your feedback on what works well, what needs improving and what should be prioritized.  Please respond to this survey no later than November 15, 2015. Note that only the first 1500 responses will be collected and then we will close the survey. I challenge you to beat the November 15 date and respond now!

Note to SAP employees: Your feedback is also valuable, however this survey is for customers, partners and developers who do not work for SAP.  We will run a separate survey internally for you, so that you can share your thoughts. Please curb your enthusiasm until the internal survey is launched.


Thank you in advance for your participation!


Kind regards,




* All communications related to the upcoming changes to community are listed here.

Hi Everyone


Thanks a lot Loed Despuig for including me in your BIF. You can visit his blog here Blog It Forward - Loed Despuig.

My name is Ajay Goel born in Shamli a small town(Now district) in U.P. (India). After my schooling i had taken the admission in College for my graduation and after my graduation I had done my MCA from GJU University Hissar.

I started my career as computer lecturer to teach the students of BCA and after a long 3 years journey, In 2006,  I had joined Chenab Textile Mills Ltd (A group company of Sutlej Textiles & Industries Ltd.) Textile unit in Katha (J&K) India, as Computer Programmer in Oracle PL/SQL and develop In-house ERP with Material Management, Production planning and sames and distribution modules.

in 2007 company had decided to implement SAP at group level and this was my first experience with SAP.

in 2008 we got the "Best Implementation Award" by PC Quest. I was there till April 2011 and in May' 2011 I had got the offer from KDDL Ltd. (A Watch components manufacturing unit) Chandigarh. In KDDL, SAP was implemented in 2006 but not at all plants and they were using SAP 4.6. So in 2011 Company had decided to upgrade and implement SAP at all plants (8 Plants). 

Since then I am here and working on SAP Support, New scenario testing , User training etc in MM, SD and FI modules.

Facts about my Place (Shamli):

The area was prominent during the first struggle for freedom against the East India Company in 1857, but the British army later recaptured the area. The town also witnessed important wars such as the First, Second and third Battles of Panipat, and the battles during the rise of the Sikhs.

The district was also at the centre of the successful Green Revolution that helped India become self-sufficient in Food production and gave the country confidence during the years after the end of British occupation.

The district was carved out of Muzaffarnagar District in September 2011 and named Prabudh Nagar. It was renamed Shamli in July 2012 by the Uttar Pradesh government.

It is around 99 km from Delhi and 6km from Saharanpur. It lies to the east of the Yamuna River, which marks the borders of two Indian states of India, Haryana and Utter Pradesh.




Facts about my country (India)

1. A floating post office

India has the largest postal network in the world with over 1, 55,015 post offices. A single post office on an average serves a population of 7,175 people. The floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar, was inaugurated in August 2011.



2. Kumbh Mela gathering visible from space

The 2011 Kumbh Mela was the largest gathering of people with over 75 million pilgrims. The gathering was so huge that the crowd was visible from space.


3. Largest number of vegetarians in the world

Be it because of religious reasons or personal choices or both, around 20-40% of Indians are vegetarians, making it the largest vegetarian-friendly country in the world.


4. Rabindranath Tagore also wrote the national anthem for Bangladesh

Rabindranath Tagore is credited not only for writing the Indian national anthem,  Jana Gana Mana,but the Bangladeshi national anthem,  Amar Sonar Bangla, as well. He was also offered knighthood by the British but refused the honour after the Jalianwala Bagh massacre.


5. Havell's is purely an Indian brand & named after its first owner

Though the company was bought for just 10 lakh Rupees a long time ago and is now a multi-billion electrical goods company, it's an Indian company and is still named after its original owner, Haveli Ram Gupta.



Answers for the questions in BIF by by Loed Despuig

1. What do you usually do when you are at home?

-- I spent my quality time with my family and play indoor games with my son and daughter.

2. Which do you prefer: (A) jack of all trades, master of none, or (B) jill of all trades (kidding..) - master of one?

-- I prefer to be master of one.

3. What is/are your favorite sport(s) or online game(s) which you are addicted to?

--Not like to play online games.


I like to BLOG IT FORWARD the members I look up to in this forum (if they didn't create one yet):

Vikas Puri

My questions for the members:


1. What is the first in your wish list?

2. How can you define yourself in a single word?

3. What is the most important thing(other than your family) in your life?




I hope you will like my BIF and enjoy it.


Ajay Goel


Paul Bakker is an expert SAP Technical Consultant, entrepreneur, author, travel enthusiast and SCN's Member of the Month, October 2015. Paul shares his expertise about SAP Workflow and SAP Certification on SCN by contribution best practice blog posts and by answering questions. We appreciate his wit, humor and community spirit. Paul has had a diverse career, having earned his PhD and working in artificial intelligence before getting turned onto SAP. I am glad to welcome him as the newest SCN Member of the Month!

Some highlights from our talk:

  • SCN is like a cocktail party, best to hang-back rather than barging in
  • It's also addictive, like dark chocolate
  • Paul and his twin brother, Rick may be on opposite sides of the world, but still find ways to co-collaborate for a good cause like Doctors Without Borders, read more to learn how and where...

Tell us a bit about yourself, where you live, what kind of work you do, and other things you would like to share with the community (hobbies, fun facts)?
I am an Aussie. I was born in Brisbane (Queensland) and I live and work in Brisbane. Pretty boring, huh?


There’s a bit more to tell. From the age of 12, I spent 6 years– those formative teenage years - attending high school in Amsterdam. I loved all the great food & culture & languages. It gave me a travel bug which I haven’t been able to shake since.



   Paul & Rick in Africa with old Russian truck

   Do you know who is who?


    My favourite place on earth: the sunny Gold Coast

    Just south of Brisbane ~ City on Stilts

I returned to Australia to attend university/college. I became one of those ‘eternal students’, bumming around campus for almost 10 years. Back then it was all government-funded, so I wasn’t worried.


But once I got married, bought a house, and turned 30, I (or perhaps, my wife) decided it was time to get a real job. After stints in Japan and Africa, I found SAP. I came to it quite late in life, so it almost feels like a second career for me. I still love it!


I’m now an SAP contractor with my own small business. For the last few years I’ve been working for the Queensland tax department. I deal mostly in the TRM and CRM modules, and do SAP workflow, ABAP, webdynpro, interfaces and so on.


Here are some fun facts:

  • I have a twin on SCN (Rick Bakker) who is also into SAP workflow
  • Rick and I were lucky enough to contribute to the ‘Practical Workflow for SAP’ book last year
  • We are now writing an e-book on SAP ABAP certification (I work occasionally as a ‘certification coach’ for SAP)
  • We also co-presented at SAPPHIRE 2014 in Orlando
  • I’m very keen on trivia and quizzes. Last week I went to Melbourne to film an episode of ‘The Chase’ (a popular TV quiz show)
  • I’ve now been to about 50 countries, on 6 continents. My goal is to live and work a year on each continent…. But Antarctica is going to be tricky.


   An echidna in our backyard.

   These guys are very unusual: mammals that lay eggs.


   A koala in our backyard.

When did you become a member of SCN and which areas are you most active in?
I actually joined it when it first started (back in the SDN days) but dropped out again. I got back into it around 2009, I think. I had become obsessed with SAP workflow and wanted to share some blogs. As a gag, I announced a 72-part series on workflow. It petered out after 5 instalments, unfortunately.

What motivates you to keep coming back to SCN and help members find answers to their questions?
It’s addictive, like 85% pure dark chocolate... I log in every day and look through my favourite forums (ABAP Development, SAP Business Workflow, SAP Certification, SAP for Utilities.). I am constantly surprised by the questions. Both in a negative way (lazy people trying to offload their work) and a positive way (really interesting issues I had never considered before).


When you’re working at just one SAP site, you can only experience a tiny slice of the SAP world. SCN is a window to much, much more. You learn heaps from considering other peoples’ issues, reading answers, and perhaps posting something yourself. It really is very valuable.

Your series on Workflow tips is quite popular. I noticed some differences in opinions around customization requests. What are some of the dangers in customizations? Has the presentation flexibility of UI5 helped in recent years?
Thanks for the compliment! I haven’t really kept track of how those old blogs are going. Occasionally you still see a kind comment. Unfortunately I don’t recall that discussion on customization, and we haven’t had a chance to use UI5 at the tax office yet.  But I’m keen to try it!

You show a lot of care for the community, advocating to keep content quality high. What’s your advice to newer members? Top 3 mistakes to avoid?
New members should try to spend some time reading the posts and getting a feel for the forums. Too often you see newbies posting in the wrong place, not phrasing their questions properly, or treading on some toes.


It’s like a cocktail party: you don’t just barge in and start talking! You hover around the edges first, waiting for your chance to ask / say something interesting. SCN is not an exclusive club – everyone is welcome – but please take the time to present yourself in the best light possible. Your reputation will be very much enhanced by a bit of care.

Have you been following the plans around the upcoming changes to the community (#1DXCOMMDEST - http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-63650)? What are your hopes and dreams associated with the upcoming redesign? What do you hope gets better? What is working well that you doesn’t get broken?
I hadn’t actually heard of this initiative (until now) but what I’ve seen so far looks good. Anything that lightens the load of the poor Moderators – the unsung heroes of SCN -  has my vote.


I hope that we can improve the quality of the questions and answers, and thereby massively increase participation in SCN. An improved search engine would also be neat.

We have something in common – we are both identical twins. It looks like you are both running Hanabi, is that right? What’s it like being so close to someone, personally and professionally?
Get out of here! You’re a monozygote as well? That’s so rare. What does your twin do?


Rick and I are pretty close. We work in the same company, run into each other on SCN, and email every day. We physically live at opposite ends of the world, but that doesn’t really matter.


I feel a bit sorry for ‘singletons’, actually. It’s so great working with someone you can trust completely, and who shares your interests and sense of humour.



    Paul's pets, Daisy & Lulu

Are you on Twitter?

I am!  But I mainly use it to harangue local politicians: @xxPaulBakkerxx


Is there an SCN member you admire (OK… you can name a few)? And for what reason?

I admire two big players in the ABAP Development space: Matthew Billingham and Jelena Perfiljeva. Both of them are amazingly active, and they can be pretty amusing too. Rick Bakker also rates a grudging mention because (as he always tells me) he's been a Workflow topic leader for the last 5 years straight.


Note from Caroleigh: I was really fun for me to meet Paul since he and I both share the special gift of being identical twins. I was happy to connect with another SCN member that maintains that special bond across different locations. We bother wondered, are there any other twins on SCN?  We would love to hear from you if there are.


Every month, a member of the SAP Community Network is recognized for exemplary behavior: sharing knowledge with peers, being helpful and taking on additional tasks to support community engagement. See the list of previous members recognized on the SCN Member of The Month Hall of Fame.

As a UX designer working within an Agile environment has provided both challenges and rewards. Coming from a traditional design background and having moved into UI/ UX design from print design.  I had learned and followed the traditional UX deliverables approach.  Conducting research, defining requirements with customers, building prototypes and wireframes, testing with end users, and then defining the "Final" UI and UX in a design specification document, which was delivered to the development team for implementation.

This Blog will provide and overview of what this has involved and I will follow up with additional Blogs that expand on the key points discussed in this Blog.


The process typically resulted in repeated feedback and questions from developers regarding details of the design, implementations that were not as I had initially intended, then feedback from Stake holders and end users on finished features that resulted in changes to either the work that the developers had already implemented or to the detailed design document that was then sent back to the development team. This process would often lead to frustration and at the best an extended development cycle that resulted in missed deadlines.


The adoption of Agile while providing some challenges for insuring that the finished application has a good UX ,  has ultimately enabled the UX and UI designs that I work on to be more effectively implemented and ultimately more successful. This has involved changing:


- How the UX/ UI is defined and communicated to the development team

- How I communicate and work with developers and the business stakeholders.

- How the UX is tested and validated.



Accomplishing this has generally involved the following.


Replacing design specifications with user stories, wireframes and just in in time mockups as needed.


As a UX designer working within an agile process I have found Agile emphasis on communication and collaboration between stakeholders, developers and users as a replacement for detail specifications to have streamlined the design process and ultimately help ensured that the final product better meets end user needs.


Working within an agile development environment replaces the typical UX design deliverables consisting of hundreds of pages of specifications with a more inclusive and responsive approach to communicating UX/UI design to the team and the stakeholders. It has also allowed me to abandon the need to attempt to develop comprehensive design documents that conveyed the design of all features and functionality to the developers.  Instead by being part of the development team, Attending daily’s, planning meetings, grooming sessions, etc I am able to more effectively convey feature and UI requirements to the team. It has helped avoid misinterpretation of design and feature functionality and has allowed the entire team to be more responsive to changing requirements or to respond to feedback from users.


To appreciate the value of doing UX within an Agile environment it is important to accept that the traditional wireframe and design specification document is insufficient for capturing the reality of an interactive product. Despite the best research and carefully planned out design specifications and requirement blueprints, there is almost always a need to modify initial designs during the development process. This is natural as a project develops we discover new requirements and a different understanding about end User needs. The advantages of an agile process is that it acknowledges this upfront and with its short iterative development cycles provides us the opportunity to quickly adjust designs as the application is developed. Overarching "final" design blueprints only create a roadblock that makes it more difficult for Stakeholders and developers to get past, as the design requirements of a project shifts.


In my own work I have found it useful to separate the UX and UI in terms of how they are documented and communicate to developers. By using User stories to convey the UX through describing the expected interaction patterns that a user will engage the developers do not get getting trapped in UI details while developing the feature and functionality.  When required, this is supported when needed with mockups and wireframes that focus on the specific feature being implemented. This means they are able to focus on how a specific feature works from an end users perspective and worrying about the UI details once this is completed.


Include the entire team in the design process.

By recognising that everyone can provide valuable insight into the User Experience I have been able to expand my feedback channels and improved the UX. This has meant engaging not only with the customers, end users and marketing teams but also with the developers, Architects, testers, scrum masters as well as the Product Owner and business throughout the entire project development. This has involved communicating with the product owner and business stakeholders to initially identify requirements and at the same time discussing requirements and design ideas with the development team and using their experience and input to help improve the final product.


This has meant being more integrated with the development team then is traditional. Realising this within the project lifecycle has meant attending daily standups, review meetings and planning meetings. In short being an active part of the development process and team. While this has increased the meetings I attend, the payoff in terms of the quality of the end UX and the efficiency of the UI development phase of the project has been worth it.


Working as part of the development team has proved immensely valuable and has helped to streamline and improve the design process. Be being more closely integrated within the development team I have been able to minimise the time I spend creating design documentation that ends up being thrown away, and am able to respond more quickly to changing requirements or technical limitations.



Moving away from prototypes to test and validate designs and towards live code.


Additionally we should also use the advantages that continuous delivery provides us to adjust and test our design ideas with end users. While interactive prototypes can be useful having end users testing actual products can provide even more accurate and useful feedback. It is a moving target that cannot be accurately captured in a design deliverable than we are in a better position to adapt to end user feedback and changing requirements. Working within a Continuous delivery environment has been key to accomplishing this.

Additionally defining a group of expert end users who understand the needs to end users for the application to test and provide feedback on new features and functionality allows users to respond more quickly to changes. It also of course provides far more accurate feedback then is possible with static mockups or even prototypes.


Transitioning UX and UI design towards an Agile model has ultimately allowed for a more responsive UX design and implementation process. In following blogs I will outline in more detail the three main changes involved in doing UX design within an agile environment.

In my previous blog posts, I introduced you with the team I am proudly part of, and started describing the challenges of working SCRUM in a geographically distributed team. I wrote about our virtual planning meetings and how we try to make it a bit more personal and inclusive for remote team members. In my post today, I will continue by describing our daily "Stand up" meetings and some other tools that support us in our day-to-day work.


Virtual daily Stand Up meeting? Seriousely?


Yes, but… One of the most famous symbols of SCRUM is the short daily meeting, where all team members gather in the same room for a 10-15 minutes meeting. All are standing around the team board, moving cards around the board, discussing what they work on and the current impediments and blockers people are facing and how they can be solved.


So quite early we realized we are not going to fly everyone every day just for a 15 minutes meeting, and we set up our own morning time slot (luckily we are all located in pretty close time zones). Everybody dials in to my virtual meeting room, where I share my screen and show our project's JIRA agile board (more about how we use JIRA later).


The pace of this call is really speedy, and I try to move the virtual ball from one to the other quickly and smoothly. Team members also know they need to give a good summary of what they are on and what they intend to do later that day, and most importantly, clearly say if they face any impediment or require any help from within the team or from the outside.


If we see there is any topic that requires additional discussion, we instantly name the relevant team members and ask them to remain online after the official call ends, and we then continue the discussion is a smaller crowd with only those relevant for the topic. This way the daily itself would almost never last more than 15 minutes, unless there are important updates that requires everyone's attention.


JIRA and us


To replace the real physical board other SCRUM teams use, we use JIRA's agile boards. These serve us not only for the daily but during the entire sprint lifecycle and that's how we actually manage all our backlogs, prioritize the sprint tickets, follow our progress during the sprint and also identifying what's pending testing.


We mainly use two boards: the "Backlog" board serves the Product Owner to keep a prioritized backlog, from the top of which we pick the tickets for the upcoming sprint during the planning meeting.

During the sprint itself, the board mostly in use is the "Active Sprint", which looks pretty much like physical boards "normal" teams use.



[Image intentionally blurred]


In order to serve our needs better, we made some tweaks and modifications to the default boards (they are widely configureable).  For example we added the "In verification" column for tickets with status "Resolved". This helps us identify tickets that are pending testing. We also added some filters to allow team members see their own tickets, or tickets in specific topics.

We also use what's called "swim lanes" to separate development tickets from others sprint tickets (performance, UI, operations).


The boards are really flexible, and also allow dragging and dropping tickets between different columns, so it feels as close to a real board as possible. And we always know that we all see the exact same board all the time, so it's almost like the real thing. Our permissions scheme allows all team member handle all sprint tickets, as we felt that's the "Agile" thing to do. However, we are all committed to not changing the Product Owners prioritization.


Trying to make JIRA as friendly and familiar as possible, we use team member's pictures and lively colours for tickets.


Still not done…


In the next blog posts to come, I will talk about our review meetings, virtual retrospective and a great tool we use for that, and also share some tips from my experience about how to keep a good team spirit in a virtual team.

Will also be happy to answer any questions you might have, so elaborate more on specific related topics, so please share your thoughts with me.

Since the most recent SCN Topic Leader contest came to a close on July 31, the SCN team has been enthusiastically working in the background to bring you the list of winners. For those of you who are new to the community: the SCN Topic Leader contest is a way of highlighting the most active experts in certain topics in the community.


To find out more about the 2014-2015 contest and its rules, check out this blog post by Caroleigh Deneen: Updates to SCN Topic Leader Contest | SCN.


As Caroleigh explains in that post, the first criterion for winner selection is that you be one of the top three members in a topic space in terms of points earned in that space during the 12 months of the contest period (in this case, August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015).


Like last year, we included a point threshold as one of the criteria as well: this year the threshold is 480 points. And as was the case in the past, we applied this criterion to select active and meaningful areas of expertise—certain areas such as Getting Started or Events are not included.


It’s All About Recognition

What do the winners of this contest earn? Topic Leaders will receive an Acknowledgement of Achievement per e-mail (please be patient, it will still take some time to get those out). And of course, there will be a nice badge to post in your Me-in-3 selection on SCN!


If you are listed below as a Topic Leader, and you will be coming to SAP TechEd in Las Vegas or Barcelona (this year’s remaining venues), we would like to hear about it, as we plan to give you the opportunity to meet some folks like SAP Mentors there. Note that, unfortunately, we cannot give Topic Leaders a free pass to SAP TechEd. (We have not done that in the past either.)


A Final Word Before We Get to the List

A lot of hard work goes on in the background to prepare this list, and I want to give a shout-out to a few folks who deserve it here. Bunchball and SAP IT had a hand in providing us with the report we needed to start with, and Caroleigh Deneen and Sajid Amir were instrumental in moving the vetting process along. All of this under the unwavering support and guidance of Jeanne Carboni.


And of course, we could not have finalized the list without the SCN Moderators and Space Editors, who gave their time to help review it.


Thank you to all of you, and to other SAP employees who work unwaveringly to support this community. We could not run it without you!


And now… Join me (and Bill McDermott)  in congratulating our winners, the 2014-2015 SCN Topic Leaders!  BillClapping2.jpg


The List


ABAP Development

http://scn.sap.com/people/raymond.giuseppi/avatar/35.png Raymond Giuseppi

http://scn.sap.com/people/horst.keller/avatar/35.png Horst Keller

http://scn.sap.com/people/rosenberg.eitan/avatar/35.png Eitan Rosenberg


http://scn.sap.com/people/jasmin.gruschke/avatar/35.pngJasmin Gruschke

http://scn.sap.com/people/carine.tchoutouodjomo/avatar/35.pngCarine Tchoutouo Djomo

ABAP in Eclipse

http://scn.sap.com/people/olga.dolinskaja/avatar/35.png Olga Dolinskaja

http://scn.sap.com/people/thomasfiedler/avatar/35.png Thomas Fiedler

Aplicações do SAP Business Suite (SAP Business Suite Applications)

http://scn.sap.com/people/eduardo.chagas/avatar/35.png Eduardo Chagas


B2B Integration with SAP Process Orchestration

http://scn.sap.com/people/dsannen/avatar/35.png Dimitri Sannen

BI Platform

http://scn.sap.com/people/jawahar.konduru2/avatar/35.png Jawahar Konduru

http://scn.sap.com/people/manikandan.elumalai2/avatar/35.png Manikandan Elumalai

http://scn.sap.com/people/toby.johnston/avatar/35.png Toby Johnston

Business Content and Extractors

http://scn.sap.com/people/kr.ch/avatar/35.png Raman KV

Business Intelligence

http://scn.sap.com/people/tammy.powlas3/avatar/35.png Tammy Powlas


Career Center

http://scn.sap.com/people/m.lee/avatar/35.png Colleen Hebbert

http://scn.sap.com/people/ravisankar.venna/avatar/35.png Ravi Sankar Venna

Comunidad SAP en Español (Spanish Language Community)

http://scn.sap.com/people/joseantonio.martinez/avatar/35.png Jose Antonio Martinez


Comunidade SAP em Português (Portuguese Language Community)

http://scn.sap.com/people/karen.rodrigues/avatar/35.png Karen Rodrigues

Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/christophe.sturzel/avatar/35.png Christophe Sturzel

Data Services and Data Quality

http://scn.sap.com/people/dirk.venken/avatar/35.png Dirk Venken

http://scn.sap.com/people/msansari/avatar/35.png Mohammad Shahanshah Ansari

http://scn.sap.com/people/daya.jha/avatar/35.pngDaya Jha


Enterprise Asset Management (SAP EAM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/jogeswararao.kavala/avatar/35.png Jogeswara Rao Kavala

http://scn.sap.com/people/terry.boy/avatar/35.png Maria Terence

http://scn.sap.com/people/sebastian.lenartowicz/avatar/35.png Sebastian Lenartowicz

ERP SCM Logistics Execution

http://scn.sap.com/people/manish.kumar17/avatar/35.png Manish Kumar

http://scn.sap.com/people/jrgen.lins/avatar/35.pngJürgen L

Floorplan Manager for Web Dynpro ABAP

http://scn.sap.com/people/jens.boeckenhauer/avatar/35.png Jens Boeckenhauer


Governance, Risk and Compliance (SAP GRC)

http://scn.sap.com/people/alessandr0/avatar/35.png Alessandro Banzer

http://scn.sap.com/people/madhusap/avatar/35.png Madhu Babu

http://scn.sap.com/people/m.lee/avatar/35.png Colleen Lee

Java SDK Application Development

http://scn.sap.com/people/prithviraj.shekhawat2/avatar/35.png Prithviraj Shekhawat


PowerBuilder Developer Center

http://scn.sap.com/people/chris.pollach/avatar/35.png Chris Pollach

http://scn.sap.com/people/bruce_armstrong/avatar/35.png Bruce Armstrong

Process Integration (PI) & SOA Middleware

http://scn.sap.com/people/iaki.vila/avatar/35.png Iñaki Vila

http://scn.sap.com/people/hareesh.gampa/avatar/35.png Hareesh Gampa

http://scn.sap.com/people/engswee.yeoh/avatar/35.png Eng Swee Yeoh


Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/christoph.hopf/avatar/35.png Christoph Hopf


RESTful Web Services SDK

http://scn.sap.com/people/daniel.paulsen/avatar/35.png Daniel Paulsen


SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE) for Custom Applications

http://scn.sap.com/people/bret.halford/avatar/35.png Bret Halford


SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise Developer Center

http://scn.sap.com/people/bret.halford/avatar/35.png Bret Halford


SAP APO - Production Planning, Interfaces and Global ATP

http://scn.sap.com/people/marius.talos/avatar/35.png Marius Talos

SAP Business ByDesign

http://scn.sap.com/people/harshal/avatar/35.png Harshal Vakil

SAP Business Explorer (SAP BEx)

http://scn.sap.com/people/yasemin.kilinc/avatar/35.png Yasemin ULUTURK

http://scn.sap.com/people/striker_wbb/avatar/35.png Loed Despuig

http://scn.sap.com/people/sapna.jgurudutt/avatar/35.png Sapna J Kini


SAP Business One (Español)

http://scn.sap.com/people/felipe.loyolarodriguez/avatar/35.png Felipe Loyola

http://scn.sap.com/people/gerardo.mendez/avatar/35.pngGerardo Mendez

SAP Business One (Português)

http://scn.sap.com/people/rodrigofeula/avatar/35.png Rodrigo da Costa Feula


SAP Business One Application

http://scn.sap.com/people/kothandaraman.nagarajan/avatar/35.png Nagarajan K

http://scn.sap.com/people/kennedy.t/avatar/35.png Kennedy T

http://scn.sap.com/people/balaji.sampath2/avatar/35.png Balaji Sampath

SAP Business One SDK

http://scn.sap.com/people/edy.simon/avatar/35.png Edy Simon

http://scn.sap.com/people/pedro.magueija/avatar/35.png Pedro Magueija

http://scn.sap.com/people/ankit.chauhan/avatar/35.png Ankit Chauhan

SAP Business Rules Management

http://scn.sap.com/people/christian.lechner/avatar/35.png Christian Lechner


SAP Business Trends

http://scn.sap.com/people/susan.galer3/avatar/35.png Susan Galer

http://scn.sap.com/people/sarhan.polatates2/avatar/35.png Sarhan Polatates

http://scn.sap.com/people/derek.klobucher/avatar/35.png Derek Klobucher


SAP Business Warehouse

http://scn.sap.com/people/kr.ch/avatar/35.png Ramanjaneyulu Korrapati

http://scn.sap.com/people/peter.stockinger/avatar/35.pngpeter stockinger

http://scn.sap.com/people/gajesh.nagesh/avatar/35.pngGajesh Nagesh

SAP Business Workflow

http://scn.sap.com/people/karri.kemppi/avatar/35.png Karri Kemppi

http://scn.sap.com/people/sandy.singh5/avatar/35.png Sandy !

http://scn.sap.com/people/rick.bakker/avatar/35.png Rick Bakker


SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office

http://scn.sap.com/people/tammy.powlas3/avatar/35.png Tammy Powlas

http://scn.sap.com/people/subhashbabu/avatar/35.png Venkata Subhash Babu M


SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards

http://scn.sap.com/people/suman.thangad/avatar/35.png Suman Thangadurai

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio

http://scn.sap.com/people/karol.kalisz/avatar/35.png Karol Kalisz

http://scn.sap.com/people/tammy.powlas3/avatar/35.png Tammy Powlas

http://scn.sap.com/people/mike.howles4/avatar/35.png Mike Howles


SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

http://scn.sap.com/people/rogerplankgoulart1234/avatar/35.png Rogerio Plank

http://scn.sap.com/people/arijit.das/avatar/35.png Arijit Das

http://scn.sap.com/people/bosateesh@gmail.com/avatar/35.png Sateesh Kumar

SAP BW Powered by SAP HANA

http://scn.sap.com/people/prabhith.prabhakaran/avatar/35.png prabhith prabhakaran


SAP Certification

http://scn.sap.com/people/ravisankar.venna/avatar/35.png Ravi Sankar Venna

SAP Cloud Appliance Library (CAL)

http://scn.sap.com/people/hannes.kuehnemund/avatar/35.png Hannes Kuehnemund


SAP Cloud Applications Studio

http://scn.sap.com/people/horst.schaude/avatar/35.png Horst Schaude

http://scn.sap.com/people/alessandro.iannacci/avatar/35.png Alessandro Iannacci


SAP Cloud for Customer

http://scn.sap.com/people/felipe.fraga/avatar/35.png Felipe Fraga

http://scn.sap.com/people/ginger.gatling/avatar/35.png Ginger Gatling

http://scn.sap.com/people/chandan.bankar/avatar/35.png Chandan Bankar


SAP CRM: Marketing

http://scn.sap.com/people/johannes.voglsam/avatar/35.png Johannes Voglsam


SAP CRM: Webclient UI - Framework

http://scn.sap.com/people/deepika.chandrasekar/avatar/35.pngDeepika Chandrasekar

http://scn.sap.com/people/dharmakasi/avatar/35.png Dharmakasi Thotakura


SAP Crystal Reports

http://scn.sap.com/people/abhilash.kumar/avatar/35.png Abhilash Kumar

http://scn.sap.com/people/(See Audrey about name)/avatar/35.png Dell Stinnett-Christy

http://scn.sap.com/people/ludek.uher/avatar/35.png Ludek Uher

SAP Crystal Reports, version for Visual Studio

http://scn.sap.com/people/don.williams/avatar/35.png Don Williams

http://scn.sap.com/people/ludek.uher/avatar/35.png Ludek Uher

http://scn.sap.com/people/(See Audrey about name)/avatar/35.png Dell Stinnett-Christy


SAP Enterprise Portal

http://scn.sap.com/people/vera.gutbrod/avatar/35.png Vera Gutbrod

http://scn.sap.com/people/maya.amit/avatar/35.png Maya Amit


SAP Environment, Health, and Safety Management (SAP EHS Management)

http://scn.sap.com/people/christoph.bergemann/avatar/35.pngChristoph Bergemann

SAP ERP - Logistics Materials Management (SAP MM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/jrgen.lins/avatar/35.png Jürgen L

http://scn.sap.com/people/dev.patra/avatar/35.png Dibyendu Patra

http://scn.sap.com/people/akpt.777/avatar/35.png PRASOON AK


SAP ERP Financials

http://scn.sap.com/people/ahil/avatar/35.png Mukthar Ali Ahamed N

http://scn.sap.com/people/ravisankar.venna/avatar/35.png Ravi Sankar Venna

http://scn.sap.com/people/dev.patra/avatar/35.png Dibyendu Patra


SAP ERP Financials - Asset Accounting

http://scn.sap.com/people/ahil/avatar/35.png Mukthar Ali Ahamed N

SAP ERP Financials - Controlling

http://scn.sap.com/people/kamalkumar.biswas2/avatar/35.png Kamal Kumar SAP Consultant/Trainer

http://scn.sap.com/people/ahil/avatar/35.png Mukthar Ali Ahamed N

http://scn.sap.com/people/ajay.maheshwari/avatar/35.png Ajay Maheshwari SAP Trainer

SAP ERP Financials - Treasury Applications

http://scn.sap.com/people/grigoriy.babitskiy/avatar/35.png Grigoriy Babitskiy

http://scn.sap.com/people/jain.varghese/avatar/35.pngJain Varghese

SAP ERP HCM Employee Self-Service

http://scn.sap.com/people/siddharth.rajora/avatar/35.png Siddharth Rajora

http://scn.sap.com/people/sapmegapower.star/avatar/35.png Jwala ESS MSS

SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/vivek.barnwal2/avatar/35.png Vivek Barnwal

http://scn.sap.com/people/soumyasanto.sen/avatar/35.png Soumyasanto Sen

http://scn.sap.com/people/sankarsan.dey/avatar/35.png Sankarsan Dey


SAP ERP Manufacturing - Production Planning (SAP PP)

http://scn.sap.com/people/caetano.almeida/avatar/35.png Caetano Almeida

http://scn.sap.com/people/rupesh.brahmankar3/avatar/35.pngR Brahmankar

http://scn.sap.com/people/kiran.kumar179/avatar/35.png Kiran Kumar

SAP ERP Operations - Quality Management (SAP QM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/nitin.jinagal/avatar/35.png Nitin Jinagal

http://scn.sap.com/people/busyaban7/avatar/35.png Arijit Banerjee

http://scn.sap.com/people/anand.rao3/avatar/35.png Anand Rao

SAP ERP PLM - Classification and Variant Configuration

http://scn.sap.com/people/ritesh.dube/avatar/35.png Ritesh Dube

SAP ERP Sales and Distribution (SAP SD)

http://scn.sap.com/people/lakshmipathi.ganesan/avatar/35.png G Lakshmipathi

http://scn.sap.com/people/moazzam.ali/avatar/35.png ' MoazzaM '

http://scn.sap.com/people/noel.connolly/avatar/35.png Noel Connolly


SAP Event Management

http://scn.sap.com/people/gopi.chandrakesan/avatar/35.png Gopi Chandrakesan

http://scn.sap.com/people/steffengeorg.butschbacher/avatar/35.png Steffen Georg Butschbacher

SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/juergen.pitz/avatar/35.png Juergen Pitz

http://scn.sap.com/people/suraj.tatpallalliwar/avatar/35.png Suraj Tatpalliwar

SAP Fiori

http://scn.sap.com/people/masayuki.sekihara/avatar/35.png Masayuki Sekihara

http://scn.sap.com/people/tejas.chouhan/avatar/35.png Tejas Chouhan

http://scn.sap.com/people/krishnakishor.kammaje2/avatar/35.png Krishna Kishor Kammaje


SAP for Mill Products & Mining

http://scn.sap.com/people/jennifer.scholze/avatar/35.png Jennifer Scholze


SAP for Mobile

http://scn.sap.com/people/masayuki.sekihara/avatar/35.png Masayuki Sekihara

http://scn.sap.com/people/bill.froelich/avatar/35.png Bill Froelich

http://scn.sap.com/people/stephen.streeter/avatar/35.png Stephen Streeter

SAP for Public Sector

http://scn.sap.com/people/eli.klovski/avatar/35.png Eli Klovski


SAP for Utilities

http://scn.sap.com/people/amlan.banerjee/avatar/35.png Amlan Banerjee

http://scn.sap.com/people/william.eastman/avatar/35.png William Eastman


SAP Gateway

http://scn.sap.com/people/ashwindutt.r/avatar/35.png Ashwin Dutt R

http://scn.sap.com/people/krishnakishor.kammaje2/avatar/35.png Krishna Kishor Kammaje

http://scn.sap.com/people/andre.fischer/avatar/35.png Andre Fischer


SAP Global Trade Services (GTS)

http://scn.sap.com/people/dave.willis/avatar/35.png Dave Willis


http://scn.sap.com/people/peter.spielvogel/avatar/35.png Peter Spielvogel

http://scn.sap.com/people/steve.rumsby/avatar/35.png Steve Rumsby

http://scn.sap.com/people/tamas.hoznek/avatar/35.png Tamas Hoznek


SAP HANA and In-Memory Computing

http://scn.sap.com/people/lars.breddemann/avatar/35.png Lars Breddemann

http://scn.sap.com/people/applebyj/avatar/35.png John Appleby

http://scn.sap.com/people/denys.kempen/avatar/35.png Denys van Kempen


SAP HANA Cloud Platform Developer Center

http://scn.sap.com/people/rui.nogueira/avatar/35.png Rui Nogueira

http://scn.sap.com/people/vladimir.pavlov/avatar/35.png Vladimir Pavlov

SAP HANA Cloud Portal

http://scn.sap.com/people/vera.gutbrod/avatar/35.png Vera Gutbrod

SAP HANA Developer Center

http://scn.sap.com/people/jun.wan2/avatar/35.png Jun Wan

http://scn.sap.com/people/thomas.jung/avatar/35.png Thomas Jung

http://scn.sap.com/people/lars.breddemann/avatar/35.pngLars Breddemann

SAP Identity Management

http://scn.sap.com/people/matt.pollicove/avatar/35.png Matt Pollicove

http://scn.sap.com/people/jaisuryan/avatar/35.png Jai Suryan

SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC)

http://scn.sap.com/people/chiranjivi.rd/avatar/35.png Chiranjivi R D

SAP Lumira

http://scn.sap.com/people/tammy.powlas3/avatar/35.pngTammy Powlas

http://scn.sap.com/people/shankarsgs/avatar/35.png Shankar Narayanan SGS

http://scn.sap.com/people/henry.banks/avatar/35.png Henry Banks


SAP Manufacturing

http://scn.sap.com/people/sergiy.katerinich/avatar/35.png Sergiy Katerinich


SAP NetWeaver Administrator

http://scn.sap.com/people/divyanshu.srivastava3/avatar/35.png Divyanshu Srivastava

http://scn.sap.com/people/reagan.benjamin/avatar/35.png Reagan Benjamin

http://scn.sap.com/people/s.sriram/avatar/35.png S Sriram

http://scn.sap.com/people/gaurav.rana/avatar/35.png Gaurav Rana


SAP NetWeaver Application Server

http://scn.sap.com/people/divyanshu.srivastava3/avatar/35.png Divyanshu Srivastava


SAP NetWeaver Business Client

http://scn.sap.com/people/julie.plummer/avatar/35.png Julie Plummer


SAP Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver

http://scn.sap.com/people/vadim.kalinin/avatar/35.png Vadim Kalinin

http://scn.sap.com/people/energie.sa/avatar/35.png Andy Xu

http://scn.sap.com/people/jshrikant89/avatar/35.png Shrikant Jadhav

SAP Planning and Consolidation, version for the Microsoft platform

http://scn.sap.com/people/roberto.vidotti/avatar/35.png Roberto Vidotti

SAP Project Systems (SAP PS)

http://scn.sap.com/people/paulo.vitoriano/avatar/35.png Paulo Vitoriano

http://scn.sap.com/people/sammar81/avatar/35.png Sammar Razdhan

http://scn.sap.com/people/terry.boy/avatar/35.png Maria Terence

SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions

http://scn.sap.com/people/bobcaswell/avatar/35.png Bob Caswell

SAP Solution Manager

http://scn.sap.com/people/divyanshu.srivastava3/avatar/35.png Divyanshu Srivastava

http://scn.sap.com/people/prakhar_saxena/avatar/35.png Prakhar Saxena

http://scn.sap.com/people/rishav54/avatar/35.png Rishav Garg

http://scn.sap.com/people/dolores.correa/avatar/35.png Dolores Correa

SAP SQL Anywhere

http://scn.sap.com/people/jason.hinsperger/avatar/35.png Jason Hinsperger


SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/marcus.zahn/avatar/35.png Marcus Zahn

SAP Travel Management

http://scn.sap.com/people/lukas.weigelt/avatar/35.png Lukas Weigelt


SAPUI5 Developer Center

http://scn.sap.com/people/maksim.rashchynski/avatar/35.png Maksim Rashchynski

http://scn.sap.com/people/robin.vanhethof/avatar/35.png Robin van het Hof

http://scn.sap.com/people/dennis.seah/avatar/35.png Dennis Seah

SCN Support

http://scn.sap.com/people/dev.patra/avatar/35.png Dibyendu Patra

http://scn.sap.com/people/jason.lax/avatar/35.png Jason Lax


Scripting Languages

http://scn.sap.com/people/stefan.schnell/avatar/35.png Stefan Schnell


SMP Developer Center

http://scn.sap.com/people/jitendrakumar.kansal/avatar/35.pngJitendra Kansal

http://scn.sap.com/people/midhun.vp/avatar/35.png Midhun VP

http://scn.sap.com/people/daniel.vanleeuwen/avatar/35.png Daniel Van Leeuwen

Software Logistics

http://scn.sap.com/people/boris.rubarth/avatar/35.png Boris Rubarth



http://scn.sap.com/people/renan.correa/avatar/35.png Renan Correa

http://scn.sap.com/people/eduardo.chagas/avatar/35.png Eduardo Chagas

http://scn.sap.com/people/jose.nunes/avatar/35.png Jose Nunes


Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/ivy.li/avatar/35.png Ivy Li

http://scn.sap.com/people/tamas.koban/avatar/35.png Tamas Koban

http://scn.sap.com/people/laszlo.haladin/avatar/35.png Laszlo Haladin


User Interface Technology

http://scn.sap.com/people/graham.robinson/avatar/35.png Graham Robinson


Web Dynpro ABAP

http://scn.sap.com/people/kirankumar.valluru/avatar/35.png Kiran Kumar Valluru

http://scn.sap.com/people/ramakrishnappa/avatar/35.png Ramakrishnappa Gangappa

http://scn.sap.com/people/gabor.cseh/avatar/35.png Gabor Cseh

After introducing you with the wonderful and talented people that form our team in my previous post, I would like to share with you a bit more about our day-to-day work and development practices and more particularly how we do Agile in a distributed team.


Agile in geographically distributed team – Can that work?


In fact, it does! It's not always optimal, and I'm not sure that's what people had in mind when Agile and SCRUM were first thought of, but we found our ways and tools to make it work for us. And we are not the only ones, in recent years I read more and more about teams and companies working with this kind of set ups, and I also start hearing more about it in conferences and trainings I attend.


So how does our sprint look like?


It's actually not very different from any other SCRUM team. After some trying and adjustments, we realized that a 2 week sprint is the right size for us.

Our sprints start on a Monday morning with a Sprint Planning meeting. I guess it might be hard to imagine a planning meeting where people are not in the same room, but we actually are. We all join in my virtual meeting room, where each of us can share his or her screen, talk and collaborate.




To make sure team members do not fall asleep, play computer games or pick their nose, I strongly encourage everyone to use their webcams. This helps ensuring that team members are attentive, involved in the call, and makes the atmosphere much more familiar and friendly. We can also see how Jane did here hair that day and what T-Shirt Oliver is wearing.


During the call Michael, our Product Owner, introduces the tickets and stories he would like us to work on during the upcoming sprint. That's normally some cocktail between new user Stories to be developed, Bug fixes and some technical tasks.


The planning meeting normally follows a few grooming meetings, in which Michael discusses particular tickets with a smaller crowd of team members (experienced developers and/or Operations, UI or performance people whenever that's relevant), so the ticket should meet some standard of readiness to be included in the sprint. And not to forget that all user Stories we work on are extensively discussed and prioritized between Michael and our "Business" beforehand.


In the meeting itself, we discuss each ticket separately, giving the chance for each team member to ask questions and raise potential concerns. I don't like time boxing but always on the watch that discussion doesn't get too long, as we only have 2 hours to discuss all tickets for the 2 week sprint.


Another method we use during Planning meetings is estimations. But unlike other teams that use it to determine sprint capacity, we use estimations more as a basis for discussions between team members and making sure there are no big gaps in the way we understand tickets and what is required to complete them. For each story and for complicated tasks we run a cycle of planning poker, if we see the gaps between team members' estimations are too big – this definitely is a reason for concern and we then try to understand where these understanding gaps come from.


A great and free tool we use for estimations is www.planningpoker.com. They are now in Beta for their new UX, and we really enjoy using it. This also keeps all team members active during the call.




As we work very closely with our Product owner and enjoy great trust and support from him, we do not use story points to determine capacity for the sprint. We rely on our gut feeling to say stop when we feel we committed for enough for the sprint. We always know that if we have some more capacity later, there are some smaller tickets waiting for us.


In the next posts…


I will describe a bit more about how our sprints go, virtual daily meetings, how we use JIRA agile boards to manage our work and replace physical boards, how to do a virtual review meeting and keep your team from falling asleep and show you a great tool to hold virtual retrospective meetings. 

The SAP Community Network is a great place to build reputation and earn recognition for expertise in SAP-related topics. SCN’s long standing Reputation Program is devoted to continually improving how topic expertise is acquired and recognized within the community.


One of the much anticipated and important parts of our Reputation Program is the annual SCN Topic Leader Contest. The purpose of this contest is to recognize the most active experts in certain topics/spaces in the community. Historically, we have recognized top contributors in point categories, and most recently, in topic spaces. The Topic Leader contest winners from past years have received a certificate of achievement and had their names recognized through official blogs. In addition, SCN Topic Leaders attending SAP TechEd were acknowledged at the event for their hard work and contributions to the community.

During the 2012/2013 contest, in order to keep the Topic Leader list meaningful in light of the large number of topic spaces on SCN, we introduced a point threshold. Since then, in addition to being one of the top three members in a topic space in terms of points earned in that space over the contest period, one also has to get a certain minimum number of points in that space within the contest period to qualify as a Topic Leader.


This year we are continuing with the same idea, but the point threshold has been adjusted—it is now set at 480 points.


The table below summarizes the changes to the Topic Leader contest this year:


Contest PeriodAUG 1, 2013 to JUL 31 2014AUG 1, 2014 to JUL 31 2015No change
Threshold of Points500 points within the contest period480 points within the contest periodNew point threshold is applied to select active and meaningful areas of expertise (a space audit was conducted to determine the appropriate threshold)
Area of Expertise112 Spaces~ 100 Spaces (to be announced)No change in approximate number of areas of expertise (topic spaces)
Topic Leaders

Top 3 in each space

(with minimum 500 points)

Top 3 in each space

(with minimum 480 points)

No change. As was the case last year, in some areas there maybe be just 1 or 2 Topic Leaders meeting the "480 points minimum" requirement
Recognition Activiteis
  • Blog
  • Email acknowledgement
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • SCN badge
  • SAP TechEd recognition
  • Blog
  • Email acknowledgement
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • SCN badge


(SAP TechEd recognition still to be determined)

No change, except recognition at SAP TechEd, which is still being defined (the event is changing, and so are aspects of it such as Topic Leader recognition)

Members not meeting the threshold of 480 points in a specific space will not be considered for recognition as Topic Leader. However, please do note that this contest is not the only way that we recognize member achievements. All contributions and engagement are being continually recognized through many missions and badges. In addition, valuable members among the top 10 members in a space (points-wise) in the past 12 months are showcased in the leaderboard for that space. Members are highly encouraged to participate in these forms of recognition that are not tied to a particular contest period.


Following is a the basis of the calculation for this year’s Topic Leader Recognition:


If time frame >= 2014-08-01T00:00:00-08:00 and time frame <= 2015-07-31T23:59:59-08:00 and space ID==XY and user Z.point_total >=480 points and user Z.contribution_ranking in (1,2,3) then user Z=SCN Topic Leader in space XY.


In less techie terms: to qualify as a Topic Leader in a space, you must have earned 480 or more points in that space between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015, AND you must be one of the top 3 contributors in that topic space. (Please note: points in sub-spaces do not roll up into their parent space. Each space is considered a separate entity.)


The announcement for the 2014-2015 Topic Leader Winners will be published within the next week, followed by a certificate of recognition sent via email to each winner. Further plans to recognize SCN Topic Leaders at SAP TechEd 2015 are underway as well.

Having made this announcement, we look forward to sharing this year's list of Topic Leaders with excited anticipation. As always, any feedback on the Reputation Program and the Topic Leader Contest is highly encouraged.

Hello  Everyone,


I was blogged by Arjit Das ,a special thanks to him for including me in it. I'm here today to accept this challenge and create my own Blog-It-Forward blog. its every smart platform to introduce ourself and know others.


Here is my Journey:


My name is Gitesh meaning 'one who learns Gita from eshwar(God) '.


I am from Burhanpur a Historical, Pilgrimage and also the major center for Trade and Textile production.


Burhanpur is situated in the southwestern border of Madhya Pradesh near the banks of Tapti River.



Burhanpur was an important outpost of the Mughals. Shah Jahan spent a considerable time in this city, and helped add to the Shahi Qila. The Shahi Qila is one majestic palace in Burhanpur, located to the east of the Tapti River.The main attraction at the palace is the hamam or the royal bath. It was specifically built for Shah Jahan's wife, Begum Mumtaz Mahal, so that she could enjoy a luxurious bath. It is said that she died here giving birth to her fourteenth child. Even today, the ceiling has many intricate paintings.



Burhanpur occupies a pride of place in Daawat, especially because of Syedi Abdulqadir Hakimuddin. the holy dawoodi bohra saint who is buried in Burhanpur. His grave is visited by pilgrims from all over the world. The tomb complex 'Dargah-e-Hakimi' includes mosques, gardens, and international class accommodation facilities for visitors.Thousands of pilgrims come to Burhanpur with hope and desire in their heart and go back with their wishes fulfilled.


Burhanpur is best known for textile industries. It is the largest hub for Power Loom industry in the state. Also, having one NTC (National Textile Corporation) project 'Tapti Mills' and one private owned spinning mill latest state-of-the-art technology. 30-35 textile companies are best known for interlining cloth, Grey Markin, Bleached Dhoti, Cambric, Power loom Cloth bakram and other types of fabric. 'Texmpo Pipes' is the NSE noted industry, Balaji industry both manufactures pipes and agriculture equipment. Several cotton and oil mills are also there.

Apart from this, it is largest producer of Banana in Madhya pradesh



I have done schooling from St. Theresa Higher secondary School Burhanpur i am always among the top 3 student in the school life. then i moved to pune for doing graduation. i have done Engineering from MMCOE college Pune in Electronics & Telecommunication field.  i am always in the good books of faculty especially for my HOD and that is the reason i am the one who did the final year Project under her guidence.and i remembered my project members Ankit & Ajinkya who worked hard with me to built the Digital voltameter which gives the exact voltage as pressed.

Then after completing my Engg. i have done CDAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) from Pune.In CDAC i learn about Mobile Technology Android and Iphone which i love to learn and started creating the apps. then i got placed in the medium scale IT industry V2 Solution in Vashi Navi Mumbai where i worked on Android & Iphone Automation . 

While working in Mumbai , i came to know about the M-Indicator App which gives the details of local trains timings running in the mumbai. and that hit me the idea of creating my own personal app on the same track but for my own city Burhanpur.then i started my work on it. first and the foremost thing i need to do is collecting important data and facts about Burhanpur.then after my office work i spend  daily 1-2 hours in planing ,designing and coding for the app. after continuing this schedule for 2 and half months i finally done with the Android app and its time to put that app in play store.

Then, I myself started marketing the app in various social media . i know this app will not help me in making money but i am sure this will help me built my image. since it was just a start. and i myself dont belive that the app was so much liked by most of the people in Burhanpur ,they used my app to see the shuttle train timing , PNR check, Pincodes of villages and various other features which i included in my app.

I named my app as Burhanpur Indicator: Burhanpur Indicator - Android Apps on Google Play


The number of downloads from the play store has gone near to 1000. and till today i am getting comments saying suggestion to include some new thing in next version and i really feel good on seeing such comments from the people whom i dont know.

SAP Career :

I joined Infosys and went for the Mysore training. Infosys Mysore training period is one of the most important part in my life time journey which i will never forget. campus is nothing but the 'Heaven on Earth'. here i will not go much in depth explaining about campus. there i completed my training in SAP ABAP module and reach pune again to work in projects.

At Present, i am here in Pune working as a System Engg. in  SAP Security Module. 

Infy started my career in SAP which i liked the most .when i came to know about the SCN i thought this is just the blogger site but when i started searching my colleagues in SCN i saw the 'Discussion'  the place where we can learn and share our knowledge . from that point onwards i use to login in SCN very often.

Ravi Sankar Venna , I learned a lot of things from your blogs.a special to you.

BIF Challenge:

Ask by  Arijit Das,

1) What are the forums I follow other than SCN?

Java Forums, AndroidCentral and Wordpress support forums

2) what i dislike the most inside SCN?

i think the polling part, which is not very much usefull most of the time but helpfull just to increase the lifetime points.

3) How much my college studied help me in my professional life?

i can say that my college study is not that much helpful , but i am sure my CDAC Studies does help me .

Blog Forward:


I would like to blog forward to


Daniel Lippmann

Pramila Nagaraj

Sudhir Sadhu

Deepali Mane

Namita Rathore

Archit Uppot
Sathish Kumar

Ruks Pathirage

Somya Sharma

I would be happy if they could answer below questions:

  1) If given a chance to show your creativity, in which specific field would you make an   attempt?

   2) How can you come to know about SCN and what you enjoy on SCN?

   3) What is your professional life dream?

Thanks a lot for reading my blog. i would appreciate your valuable comments & Feed-backs

Keep Smiling 

This post is the first of a number of posts, in which I intend to introduce to you the technical team working hard on developing the new SCN for you, and how we practice Agile methodologies to make that a reality.


Since it's been a long while since my previous post and so many things changed since then, I would reintroduce myself: My name is Yaniv Bar, working for the Israeli lab of SAP and have been part of different forms of the SCN technical team for the past 9 years already. I currently play a dual role, both as the SCRUM master of our Agile team, as well as Quality Expert in the team.


So who are we?


In this picture below you can see the smart ladies and the handsome boys who actually form our team. The picture was taken last time we all saw each other in person, which was over a year ago! Since then there were some changes and new people joined us, but this also hints that we are mostly a virtual team, spread over quite a number of locations. This indeed is a huge challenge, yet we still manage to work Agile and this works quite well for us!

I will share more about that in the upcoming posts.




Some faces and names you might recognize are our almighty architect and also recently officialy appointed manager, Oliver Kohl. Our Product Owner is Michael Braun. Most of our developers are co-located in Minsk, among them you might recognize Jane, who's also active in the community. The rest are also great and doing amazing work developing new things for you!

We also have team members working on performance, operations, UI & Design and quality, located in Israel and various locations in Germany.


Stay tuned for more in the next post coming soon.


Part II - about Agile in distrubited teams, Virtual planning meetings and a great tool for planning poker estimations.

Part III - about virtual daily meetings, JIRA and use of the Agile boards.

Part IV - about review meetings and Retrospective using Trello boards.


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