Agile

Managing Changes through Prioritized Product Backlog Grooming

November 25, 2013
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A typical Prioritized Product Backlog will contain all User Stories, their time estimates which also includes any revised estimates, and the status of higher priority requirements. Any new or revised User Stories resulting from changes to business requirements, customer requests, external market conditions, and/or lessons learned from previous Sprints are also incorporated. One of the…

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Benefit Realization in Scrum

November 25, 2013
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Throughout a Scrum project, it is very important to ensure that intended benefits are being realized as originally planned. Strong benefit realization planning and appropriate verification techniques are required to confirm that the project deliverables with benefits and value are being created by the Scrum team members. This ensures full utilization of project resources. Prototype…

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Iterative Development in Scrum

November 25, 2013
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Iterative Development is one of the most important Principles in Scrum and is one of the main concepts to better Return on Investment (RoI). The Scrum framework is driven by the goal of delivering maximum business value in a minimum time span. To achieve this practically, Scrum believes in Iterative Development of Deliverables. In most…

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Managing Conflicts with Scrum

November 22, 2013
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Organizations applying the Scrum framework encourage an open environment and dialogue among employees. Conflicts among Scrum team members are generally resolved independently, with little or no involvement from management or others outside the Scrum Team. Conflict can be healthy when it promotes team discussions and encourages debates, as this usually results in benefits for the…

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How product design teams can benefit from Scrum

November 22, 2013
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Scrum as an Agile methodology is currently most popular in IT development teams. However, that does not mean that it cannot be effectively used in other domains. In fact, as an Agile methodology of managing projects, it can be used wherever people work on projects on a regular basis. It can be used in a…

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Piloting an Agile Project

November 21, 2013
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If you are planning to transition into Agile, and are trying to convince the higher management that going Agile is the way forward, the best option would be to drive a pilot project, which can showcase the benefits to everyone concerned. A pilot project will allow you to experiment all the different Agile principles that…

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Technical Debt

November 18, 2013
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Technical debt — also referred to as design debt or code debt — refers to the work that teams prioritize lower, omit, or do not complete as they work toward creating the primary deliverables associated with the project’s product. Technical debt accrues and must be paid in the future. Some causes of technical debt can…

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Challenges faced by a Scrum Team

November 17, 2013
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Scrum Team, also referred to as the development team, is responsible for developing the product and they possess all the essential skills required to carry out the work of the project. They have a high level of collaboration to maximize productivity, so that minimal coordination is required to get things done. To minimize dependency, team…

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The Product Owner’s role and challenges

November 15, 2013
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The Product Owner represents the interests of the stakeholder community to the Scrum Team. He/she ensures clear communication of product or service functionality requirements to the Scrum Team, maintains a dual view, understands and supports the needs and interests of all stakeholders, while also understanding the needs and workings of the Scrum Team. Product Owner…

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What is User Story?

November 14, 2013
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Well, a User Story is basically what the user is required to perform as a part of his job responsibilities. It gets the data of who, what and why pertaining to a prerequisite in a simple and conscience way on a notecard made of paper. User Stories are written by or for the business user…

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