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Various Dimensions of Team Specialization

April 25, 2017
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Various Dimensions of Team Specialization

In a large SCRUM project, Team Specialization may be required. There are three dimensions of Team Specialization. The first dimension is the need for accomplishing specific tasks. For example, one Specialized Team might be an integration team that has specialized knowledge of continuous integration.. That knowledge could be especially important when and if there is…

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How AGILE are you?

April 18, 2017
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How AGILE are you?

To be agile means to be flexible. As simple as that may sound; the Agile framework is little more than an effective way to create business flexibility. Even though the basic Agile concepts are easily understood, one needs high levels of commitment, patience and openness to become a true champion of the Agile philosophy. Some…

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Who is a Product Owner?

April 18, 2017
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Who is a Product Owner?

Before we read about how to be an effective product owner, let us first understand who a product owner is and what he/she does.  A product owner is not a separate title but is a role that can be performed by a business analyst or even a representative of an end user. A product owner…

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory and it’s Relation with SCRUM

April 13, 2017
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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory and it’s Relation with SCRUM

Maslow (1943) presented a need hierarchy which recognizes that different people are at different levels in their needs. Usually people start out looking for physiological needs and then progressively move up the needs hierarchy.   To be successful, a Scrum Team needs both core and non-core team members who have reached the esteem or self-actualization…

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Conflict Management in SCRUM

April 13, 2017
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Conflict Management in SCRUM

Organizations applying the Scrum framework encourage an open environment and dialogue among employees. Conflicts among Scrum Team members are generally resolved independently, with little or no involvement from management or others outside the Scrum Team. Conflict can be healthy when it promotes team discussions and encourages debates, as this usually results in benefits for the…

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Determining Size of a Scrum Team

April 13, 2017
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Determining Size of a Scrum Team

It is important for the Scrum Team to possess all the essential skills required to carry out the work of the project. It is also necessary to have a high level of collaboration to maximize productivity, so that minimal coordination is required to get things done. The optimum size for a Scrum Team is six…

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All about Time-boxing in SCRUM

April 13, 2017
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All about Time-boxing in SCRUM

Scrum treats time as one of the most important constraints in managing a project. To address the constraint of time, Scrum introduces a concept called ‘Time-boxing’ which proposes fixing a certain amount of time for each process and activity in a Scrum project. This ensures that Scrum Team members do not take up too much…

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What does “Quality” means in Scrum?

April 7, 2017
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What does “Quality” means in Scrum?

In Scrum, quality is defined as the ability of the completed product or deliverables to meet the Acceptance Criteria and achieve the business value expected by the customer. There are numerous ways to define quality. To ensure that a project meets quality requirements, Scrum adopts an approach of continuous improvement whereby the team learns from…

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Acceptance Criteria and the Prioritized Product Backlog

April 7, 2017
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Acceptance Criteria and the Prioritized Product Backlog

The Prioritized Product Backlog is a single requirements document that defines the project scope by providing a prioritized list of features of the product or service to be delivered by the project. The required features are described in the form of User Stories. User Stories are specific requirements outlined by various stakeholders as they pertain…

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Quality Management in Scrum

April 7, 2017
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Quality Management in Scrum

The customer is the most important stakeholder for any project. Therefore, it is important to understand the customer’s needs and requirements. The Voice of the Customer (VOC) can be referred to as the explicit and implicit requirements of the customer, which must be understood prior to the designing of a product or service. Generally, in…

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