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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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What is Risk Attitude of Stakeholders?

April 4, 2018
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What is Risk Attitude of Stakeholders?

Stakeholder(s) is a collective term that includes customers, users, and sponsors, who frequently interface with the Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Scrum Team to provide them with inputs and facilitate creation of the project’s product, service, or other result. Stakeholder(s) influence the project throughout the project’s development. Thus it is important to understand the risk…

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What Makes AGILE So Flexible?

March 30, 2018
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What Makes AGILE So Flexible?

The Agile methodology is a popular project management approach for software development and implementation. Many software development companies are adopting one or more of the methods included under the Agile canopy, because of its numerous advantages. The Agile methodology has flexibility of scale; it can be used for small as well as large projects. This…

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Understanding the Common Pitfalls in Scrum – Part 2

March 25, 2018
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Understanding the Common Pitfalls in Scrum – Part 2

In part 1 of this series, we discussed some of the common pitfalls that a Scrum team can fall into.  Scrum is a highly viable software development methodology used by organizations looking for methods to advance their complex development practices. As a concept, Scrum is easy to understand and simple. However, when it comes to…

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Understanding the Common Pitfalls in Scrum – Part 1

March 20, 2018
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Understanding the Common Pitfalls in Scrum – Part 1

Scrum is a highly viable software development methodology, and the teams implementing Scrum seldom experience failure. However, it would be wrong to assume that Scrum is a panacea for all sorts of problems and impediments surfacing during the development process. As a matter of fact, if the team implementing Scrum fails to deliver, Scrum is…

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Key Skills of an effective Product Owner

March 16, 2018
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Key Skills of an effective Product Owner

Before we read about how to be an effective product owner, let us first understand who a product owner is and what he/she does.  A product owner is not a separate title but is a role that can be performed by a business analyst or even a representative of an end user. A product owner…

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Is SCRUM the Right Approach For Your Project?

March 12, 2018
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Is SCRUM the Right Approach For Your Project?

Being an Agile approach, Scrum is highly flexible (pun, probably intended); that is, it can be stretched and bent to fit any project’s requirements. It is best suited for projects that require splitting a huge and an unplanned project into manageable chunks of work based on business priorities. As such, it can be used for…

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How Well Does Agile Function for Large Organizations

March 7, 2018
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How Well Does Agile Function for Large Organizations

The success of today’s organizations depends on how well they can adapt to the hurricane of changes sweeping across their industry. How can they do this? Many organizations are looking to Agile as the answer. In spite of its popularity, Agile has not been warmly embraced by large organizations. One of the obvious reasons for…

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