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Tools to Create Project Vision

June 23, 2017
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Tools to Create Project Vision

A Guide to the Scrum Body of Knowledge (SBOK™) suggests four tools for the Create Project Vision process: Project Vision Meeting, JAD sessions, SWOT Analysis and Gap Analysis. With some soft skills and reliance on the dozen or more inputs possible for this process, you can keep the statement focused and usable. The Project Vision Meeting This meeting…

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Management of Risks in a Scrum Environment

June 22, 2017
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Management of Risks in a Scrum Environment

Risk is defined as an uncertain event that can affect the objectives of a project and may contribute to its success or failure. Risks with a potential for positive impact on the project are called opportunities, whereas threats are risks that could negatively impact a project. In a Scrum environment, risks are generally minimized, largely due…

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What is Epic in Agile Methodology?

June 21, 2017
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What is Epic in Agile Methodology?

What are Epics? User Stories may have to be written constantly throughout the duration of the project. In the initial stages of writing, most User Stories are high-level functionalities. These User Stories are known as Epic(s). Epic(s) are usually too large for teams to complete in a single Sprint. Therefore, they are broken down into…

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Explaining the Cumulative Flow Diagram

June 21, 2017
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Explaining the Cumulative Flow Diagram

A Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD) is a useful tool for reporting and tracking project performance. It provides a simple, visual representation of project progress at a particular point in time. It is usually used to provide a higher level status of the overall project and not daily updates for individual Sprints. The image above is an…

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Responsibilities of the Product Owner in Business Justification

June 20, 2017
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Responsibilities of the Product Owner in Business Justification

The responsibility of prioritizing and delivering business value in an organization for projects lies primarily with the Product Owner. For programs and portfolios, the responsibility lies with the Program Product Owner and Portfolio Product Owner, respectively. Their role is to act as effective representatives of the customer and/or sponsor. The guidelines for evaluating and measuring…

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Scrum Principles: Iterative Delivery

June 16, 2017
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Scrum Principles: Iterative Delivery

A project is a temporary endeavor that involves a collaborative effort to create a new product, service, or other result as defined in the Project Vision Statement. Every project is affected by the constraints of time, cost, scope, quality, risks, benefits, resources, and other limitations. For a successful project delivery, it is important to choose…

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What is Agile methodology?

June 13, 2017
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What is Agile methodology?

The term “agile” generally refers to being able to move or respond quickly and easily; being nimble. In any kind of management discipline, agile as a quality should therefore be a good thing to aim for. Agile project management specifically, involves being adaptive during the creation of a product, service, or other result. A number…

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A Few Insights on the Role of Chief Scrum Master in Large Projects

June 13, 2017
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A Few Insights on the Role of Chief Scrum Master in Large Projects

The role of a Chief Scrum Master is necessary to ensure proper collaboration among the Scrum Teams. Coordination across various Scrum Teams working on a project is typically done through the Scrum of Scrums (SoS) Meeting. There is no hierarchy between the Scrum Masters: they are all peers. The Chief Scrum Master just works on…

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What is Self-Organizing?

June 12, 2017
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What is Self-Organizing?

Scrum believes that employees are self-motivated and seek to accept greater responsibility. So, they deliver much greater value when self-organized. The preferred leadership style in Scrum is “servant leadership”, which emphasizes achieving results by focusing on the needs of the Scrum Team. Self-organization does not mean that team members are allowed to act in any…

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An Introduction to SCRUM Framework

June 12, 2017
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An Introduction to SCRUM Framework

A Scrum project involves a collaborative effort to create a new product, service, or other result as defined in the Project Vision Statement. Projects are impacted by constraints of time, cost, scope, quality, resources, organizational capabilities, and other limitations that make them difficult to plan, execute, manage, and ultimately succeed. However, successful implementation of the results…

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