Learning Scrum

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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Scrum and Kanban: Alike or Different?

June 22, 2017
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Scrum and Kanban: Alike or Different?

One of the criteria for selecting an agile tool in terms of Kanban or Scrum can be the time required. One of these methodology works well when there is a shortage of time in terms of deadlines; the other one works well in situations where more time is required to carry out tasks when a diminutive iteration…

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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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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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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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How are decisions made in Scrum?

May 24, 2017
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How are decisions made in Scrum?

How are decisions made in Scrum? In Scrum, decisions are made based on observation and experimentation rather than on detailed upfront planning. Empirical process control relies on the three main ideas of transparency, inspection, and adaptation.   Transparency Transparency allows all facets of any Scrum process to be observed by anyone. This promotes an easy…

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What is Empirical Process Control?

May 24, 2017
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What is Empirical Process Control?

When we talk about any process control, we talk about three elements: Input Process (structured set of activities designed to accomplish a specific objective) Output   If inputs and processes are in control and are reliable, we can get reliable outputs (which are generally the case with Waterfall model). The problem arises when inputs and…

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