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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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Responsibilities of the Product Owner in Scrum Processes

February 20, 2017
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Responsibilities of the Product Owner in Scrum Processes

The Product Owner represents the interests of the stakeholder community to the Scrum Team. The Product Owner is responsible for ensuring clear communication of product or service functionality requirements to the Scrum Team, defining Acceptance Criteria, and ensuring those criteria are met.     In other words, the Product Owner is responsible for ensuring that the…

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What is Dependency Determination?

February 14, 2017
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What is Dependency Determination?

Once the Scrum Team has selected User Stories for a given Sprint, they should then consider any dependencies, including those related to the availability of people as well as any technical dependencies. Properly documenting dependencies helps the Scrum Teams determine the relative order in which Tasks should be executed to create the Sprint Deliverables. Dependencies…

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Importance of Sprint Planning Meeting in Scrum

November 27, 2013
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In a Scrum project, every sprint begins with Sprint Planning Meeting. The main objective should only be planning the sprint. Ensure that the meeting is attended by the all team members including the Product Owner, Scrum Master and the Scrum Team. You can also include part time resources for this meeting. This provides an important…

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Estimating Project Value in Scrum

November 20, 2013
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Business justification is first assessed prior to a project being initiated and is continuously verified throughout the project lifecycle. This is a very important step in Scrum methodology. The project should make business sense in each and every part of its lifecycle. Estimation of the project value is a major way of establishing business justification.…

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What is DSDM all about?

February 4, 2013
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If you have heard of Agile, then you have probably also heard of DSDM, or Dynamic System Development Method. These project management methodologies have a lot in common. But what is DSDM? To answer this question, we will need to talk about birds. I know that may sound silly, but I promise I am not…

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Can you mix different Agile Frameworks and be successful?

February 1, 2013
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Agile process tools such as Scrum, Lean Kanban, Extreme Programming XP and others bring their own characteristics and advantages to the table. For example, Kanban focuses on improving whichever methodology is being used rather than providing its own framework, while Scrum provides a definite framework with essential artifacts. The focus of the Agile method is…

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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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Is it best to just jump in or should the transition to Agile be slow?

January 17, 2013
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A step-by-step transition to Agile presents several advantages over diving in head-first. When Agile is adopted slowly and carefully, teams will be able to see the incremental progress from which they are able to learn and gain Agile experience. Teams will need to develop a shared vision for the project and a collective definition for…

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How will AGILE benefit me?

January 15, 2013
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The software development industry these days is troubled with multiple problems such as fluctuating economies, stringent resources, and tight time schedules. As a result, software professionals worldwide face numerous impediments to successfully executing their projects. In other words, developers are perpetually faced with the option of delivering software that is either high-quality and functional or…

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