Agile

Role of a Scrum Master

December 4, 2013
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Who is a Scrum Master? The role of a Scrum Master is to ensure that a Scrum team lives by the values and practices of the Scrum Methodology. The ScrumMaster is also often considered as a coach for the team, guiding and helping the team to do the best work they possibly can. The Scrum Master…

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Autonomous Autos, Change and Scrum

December 4, 2013
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Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have committed to building and marketing self-driving cars by the year 2020, according to Popular Science magazine. In October 2013, the BBC reported that Ford was building “a car that takes control of the steering wheel when it detects the risk of a collision” and testing it in Aachen, Germany. “Other manufacturers…

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Scrum, the most popular agile method

December 3, 2013
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Scrum, the most popular agile method

Over the last few years, there has been a paradigm shift on how organizations manage projects. The global market faces increased pressures due to a demand for faster product development from customers, frequent changes in product requirements, and an expectation for development teams to be highly flexible and have cross-functional knowledge. Increased competition, rapid changes…

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Importance of Business Value – Is it enough for Scrum Backlog Prioritization?

December 3, 2013
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Delivering maximum business value in a minimum time span is ingrained in the Scrum framework. Usually, Scrum projects are expected to create business or service value which makes Scrum framework attractive for business stakeholders. But it is not clear if Business Value can be achieved by reducing costs involved, increasing the end revenue, enhancing customer…

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Why story points are better than hours for estimation?

December 3, 2013
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Why story points are better than hours for estimation?

Adaptive planning is a key practice in Scrum methodology. This implies that extensive estimating in terms of hours, which is time consuming at the beginning of a project, is not an ideal practice on Scrum projects. It is a daunting task to estimate at the beginning of a project. To determine the number of hours…

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How to use Planning Poker?

December 2, 2013
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Planning poker is combination of analogy, expert opinion, and disaggregation in a fun way so that it will result quick and reliable estimates. All the team members are included in planning poker. On any agile project, you will have typically ten team members or less. If it does, the team can be split in twos.…

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Point of Story

December 2, 2013
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A lot of doubts regarding Scrum are about estimation in a Dynamic environment. One uses Scrum because the effort underway is Unique. It requires an empirical process control. Desiring a very accurate estimate is a waste of time. Hence, for coarse estimates, we have just one variable called Story point. During the initial meetings, The…

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Scrum vs Traditional Project Management

December 2, 2013
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Traditional project management emphasizes on conducting detailed upfront planning for the project with emphasis on fixing the scope, cost and schedule – and managing those parameters. Whereas, Scrum encourages data-based, iterative decision making in which the primary focus is on delivering products that satisfy customer requirements. To deliver the greatest amount of value in the…

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Agile Development methodology

November 29, 2013
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Agile methodology enables any adjustments in project activities in response to conditions that crop up during the process in project management. One such methodology is SCRUM. Although Scrum is “inspect and adapt” framework used in software development and not a project management methodology, as such , it has uses for many types of projects and…

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Roadblocks in implementing Agile

November 29, 2013
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Even if it’s easier to implement Agile, there are few roadblocks which make it difficult to implement: Inadequacy of Agile knowledge: The first challenge will be to find experts who can help us understand Agile better. If we are lucky enough, we’ll have some level of agile experience within our organisation. However, if that’s not…

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