Agile

How Consulting Teams can benefit from Scrum

November 11, 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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Integrating CMMI® and Agile : An Introduction

November 11, 2013
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The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) for development is a process enhancement model which was developed by the SEI, mainly focussing on products and services. There is no single prescribed best way to use the CMMI model. Mostly, “Imposition” method is used. This is the method that “imposes” a documented process for each of the…

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Introduction to Agile Application Lifecycle Management

November 8, 2013
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Agile Application Lifecycle management, known as Agile ALM, is a relatively new concept, and can be defined as a marriage of Agile methodology with Software Configuration Management to develop and release software in a coherent and integrated way. The best part about Agile ALM is that it can be customized to be used with any…

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Agile vs Waterfall

November 8, 2013
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Is there any definite winner between Agile and Waterfall? Agile and Waterfall are two different methods used in managing a project. Both the methods have their own pros and cons and choosing one mong is based on many project-centric factors. • Waterfall Method The Waterfall model is a progressive design process which in the software…

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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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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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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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Need for SBOK™

October 31, 2013
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Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland played a key role in elaborating the Scrum concept and its applicability to software development in a presentation at the Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages & Applications (OOPSLA) conference held in 1995 in Austin, Texas. After that time, several Scrum practitioners, experts and authors have continued to improve the Scrum conceptualization…

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Cultural Challenges in adopting SCRUM Methodology

October 30, 2013
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Scrum methodology is being used as a successful Project Management or Product Management process in many organizations. It’s been gaining in popularity over the last 15 years, as more and more organizations realize the benefits of Scrum. But before a particular team/organization embraces Scrum or any other Agile process, the biggest hindrance comes from the…

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