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Cross-functional teams

November 7, 2013
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Creating effective teams is the most powerful tool for improving processes and every framework depends on it. Processes are not executed in silos and it is best done by groups of people. Teams can be defined as groups of individuals combined together to achieve a common goal and according to Scrum every approach benefits from…

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Scrum and Project Management

November 7, 2013
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A role such as that of a project manager doesn’t exist in Scrum. But, in the organization there are project managers. Then, what is the role of the project manager in the event of the team migrating to Scrum. Well this question has been asked so many times, however the answers are different and are…

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Advantages of SCRUM and ITIL

November 6, 2013
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In recent times, additional certifications such as ITIL, PRINCE2, COBIT, PMP and SCRUM have been sought both by professionals and organizations in order for modifying an existing service or for designing a new service  to the required business standards. Now let us see the advantages of SCRUM and ITIL: ITIL can be described as a…

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Prioritized Product Backlog – the Backbone of a Scrum Project

November 6, 2013
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The Prioritized Product Backlog is the basis on which the direction of the project proceeds. If the project is a film, the Prioritized Product Backlog is like the Script. So what does the Prioritized Product Backlog contain and how is it made? The Product Owner develops a Prioritized Product Backlog after developing Epic(s) and Personas.…

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Challenges faced by a Scrum Master

November 6, 2013
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Role of a Scrum Master includes facilitating a conducive work environment for the Scrum Team, guiding and teaching Scrum practices to everyone involved in the project and clearing impediments for the team. Apart from this he /she also ensure that Scrum processes are being followed. The Scrum Master role is very different from the role…

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Why is Empirical Process Control So Important in Scrum Projects?

November 5, 2013
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In the traditional Waterfall model, all the planning needs to be done before any execution and the customer does not review product components till the end of the entire project. Although the PMBOK may write eloquent poems about how elegantly this works, in the real world things go down completely haywire. This method presents huge…

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Can Scrum be used in any type of project and in any industry?

November 5, 2013
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Probably this is one of the most frequently asked questions in relation to implementation of Scrum and still baffles everyone. The old school of Scrum was very apprehensive about Scrum being used beyond software development. No prize in guessing that the inventors and early followers were from software development background and they never thought of…

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Scrum boards: An effective tool to maintain transparency in Scrum

November 5, 2013
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Scrum boards: An effective tool to maintain transparency in Scrum

Scrum boards are an important and effective way to maintain transparency on Scrum projects. Scrum boards depict the progress of the team during a particular sprint. By using Scrum boards, all team members can concentrate on their tasks. Each task is represented by a card or post-it notes. A Scrum board contains four columns to…

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10 Successful Keys to Adopting Scrum

November 2, 2013
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One of the most common adopted agile approaches in industry today is SCRUM, more so for agile software development.  In order to adopt the approach, core principles of SCRUM have to be implemented.  Various organizations have implemented agile approach including SCRUM. Ten keys that help a company identify changes that have to be implemented for…

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Estimation using Planning Poker

November 1, 2013
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Estimation by definition is choosing a value using the best information available. The value needs to take into account the uncertainty involved. Keeping in line with the principle of Self Organization, the Guide to Scrum Body of Knowledge™ recommends the usage of Planning Poker to estimate tasks and other items. The usage of Planning Poker…

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