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Agile Myth: “Agile Means No Planning and No Documentation”

August 6, 2018
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Agile Myth: “Agile Means No Planning and No Documentation”

It is widely known in the software development industry that Agile values “working software” over “extensive documentation.” This leads to the common misconception that Agile does not believe in documentation. It is true that documentation in Agile does not always mean typing code descriptions or lengthy time consuming information that may come in handy sometime…

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Dependency Determination in SCRUM Project

August 2, 2018
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Dependency Determination in SCRUM Project

Once the Scrum Team has selected User Stories for a given Sprint, they should then consider any dependencies, including those related to the availability of people as well as any technical dependencies. Properly documenting dependencies helps the Scrum Teams determine the relative order in which Tasks should be executed to create the Sprint Deliverables. Dependencies…

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Role of the Project Manager on an Agile Project

July 30, 2018
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Role of the Project Manager on an Agile Project

As companies progressively adopt Scrum as the preferred project management method over traditional waterfall method, the subject of ‘role-mapping’ becomes more critical. Perhaps, one of the biggest challenges that organizations face when they move to Scrum is where does a Project Manager fit in Scrum? We are so used to the role of a Project…

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What are the methods to handle change requests in Scrum?

July 24, 2018
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What are the methods to handle change requests in Scrum?

Any change that arises in either the programs or portfolios may have a cascading effect on all dependent projects and Sprints. Therefore, it is advisable to minimize changes at these higher levels. If a change is required and all stakeholders are in agreement to make the change at these levels, the following should be kept…

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Sprint Retrospective Meeting

June 6, 2018
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Sprint Retrospective Meeting

  Retrospect Sprint In this process, the Scrum Master and Scrum Team meet to discuss the lessons learned throughout the Sprint. This information is documented as lessons learned, which can be applied to future Sprints. As a result of this discussion, there may be Agreed Actionable Improvements or Updated Scrum Guidance Body Recommendations. Agreed Actionable…

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Personas in SCRUM

June 1, 2018
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Personas in SCRUM

Personas are highly detailed fictional characters, representative of the majority of users and of other stakeholders who may not directly use the end product. Personas are created to identify the needs of the target user base. Creating specific Personas can help the team better understand users and their requirements and goals. Based on a Persona,…

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Business Justification and the Project Lifecycle

May 26, 2018
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Business Justification and the Project Lifecycle

Business justification demonstrates the reasons for undertaking a project. It answers the question “Why is this project needed?” Business justification drives all decision making related to a project. So, it is important to assess the viability and achievability of a project not only before committing to significant expenditures or investment at initial stages of the…

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Earned Value Analysis for Justification of Continuous Value

May 20, 2018
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Earned Value Analysis for Justification of Continuous Value

Business justification demonstrates the reasons for undertaking a project. It answers the question “Why is this project needed?” Business justification drives all decision making related to a project. So, it is important to assess the viability and achievability of a project not only before committing to significant expenditures or investment at initial stages of the…

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Distributed Teams & its Impact in Scrum Project

April 13, 2018
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Distributed Teams & its Impact in Scrum Project

Agile principle states, “The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.”This is why Scrum recommends co-located teams. But with the changing business realities and globalization, co-located teams are becoming more and more difficult and are slowly being replaced with distributed teams. You might ask, what…

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Risk Management in Program and Portfolio

April 9, 2018
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Risk Management in Program and Portfolio

Managing risk must be done proactively, and it is an iterative process that should begin at project inception and continue throughout the life of the project. The process of managing risk should follow some standardized steps to ensure that risks are identified, evaluated, and a proper course of action is determined and acted upon accordingly.…

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