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Agile User Stories

May 18, 2017
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Agile User Stories

User Stories adhere to a specific, predefined structure and are a simplistic way of documenting the requirements and desired end-user functionality. A User Story tells you three things about the requirement: Who, What, and Why. The requirements expressed in User Stories are short, simple, and easy-to-understand statements. The predefined, standard format results in enhanced communication…

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How to Choose Scrum Master(s) and Stakeholder(s)?

May 12, 2017
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How to Choose Scrum Master(s) and Stakeholder(s)?

Selecting appropriate Scrum Master(s) and identifying relevant Stakeholder(s) is crucial to the success of any project. In some projects, there may have been pre-conditions stipulating certain team members and their roles. When there is flexibility in choosing the Scrum Master(s), the following are important Selection Criteria: Problem-solving skills—This is one of the primary criteria to…

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Integrating Scrum and Kanban

January 24, 2013
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Scrum and Kanban are the offspring of the agile methodology. The two methods may have different approaches, but are both rooted in the agile philosophy of software development. Scrum is useful in projects in which there will be periodic releases and Kanban comes handy in projects in which there will be frequent releases. Scrum is…

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What is Crystal?

January 21, 2013
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What is the “Crystal methodology”? Introduced by Alistair Cockburn, Crystal Methods, which is a collection of Agile software development approaches, focuses primarily on people and the interaction among them while they work on a software development project. There is also a focus on business-criticality and business-priority of the system under development. Unlike traditional development methods,…

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Is an Agile/Scrum certification necessary?

January 7, 2013
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The process of being certified as an Scrum/Agile Master involves attending  two and three-day classroom sessions(respectively), at the end of which the certificate is awarded. The certification is not awarded based on any formal exam conducted to evaluate how proficiently you have grasped the concepts of scrum/ agile. You might admittedly be skeptical about how…

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Scrum Components: User Stories Acceptance Criteria

December 27, 2012
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Scrum Components: User Stories Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance Criteria The second half of the User Story is the Acceptance criteria.  Defined by the Product Owner (the voice of the customer) during User Story decomposition, acceptance criteria sets the expected functionality that each intended task is to provide.  It details the requirements that must be met for each story to be completed and…

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Scrum Components: User Stories

December 17, 2012
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Scrum Components: User Stories

The primary method of communication used by Product Owners to convey requirements to the scrum team are User Stories, which in my opinion, are the single most important component in SCRUM.  They express desired end-user functionality, clarify and facilitate the execution of necessary steps to accomplish early and continuous delivery of value and attain customer…

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