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What is DSDM all about?

February 4, 2013
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If you have heard of Agile, then you have probably also heard of DSDM, or Dynamic System Development Method. These project management methodologies have a lot in common. But what is DSDM? To answer this question, we will need to talk about birds. I know that may sound silly, but I promise I am not…

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Can you mix different Agile Frameworks and be successful?

February 1, 2013
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Agile process tools such as Scrum, Lean Kanban, Extreme Programming XP and others bring their own characteristics and advantages to the table. For example, Kanban focuses on improving whichever methodology is being used rather than providing its own framework, while Scrum provides a definite framework with essential artifacts. The focus of the Agile method is…

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Integrating Scrum and Kanban

January 24, 2013
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Scrum and Kanban are the offspring of the agile methodology. The two methods may have different approaches, but are both rooted in the agile philosophy of software development. Scrum is useful in projects in which there will be periodic releases and Kanban comes handy in projects in which there will be frequent releases. Scrum is…

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What is Crystal?

January 21, 2013
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What is the “Crystal methodology”? Introduced by Alistair Cockburn, Crystal Methods, which is a collection of Agile software development approaches, focuses primarily on people and the interaction among them while they work on a software development project. There is also a focus on business-criticality and business-priority of the system under development. Unlike traditional development methods,…

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Is it best to just jump in or should the transition to Agile be slow?

January 17, 2013
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A step-by-step transition to Agile presents several advantages over diving in head-first. When Agile is adopted slowly and carefully, teams will be able to see the incremental progress from which they are able to learn and gain Agile experience. Teams will need to develop a shared vision for the project and a collective definition for…

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How will AGILE benefit me?

January 15, 2013
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The software development industry these days is troubled with multiple problems such as fluctuating economies, stringent resources, and tight time schedules. As a result, software professionals worldwide face numerous impediments to successfully executing their projects. In other words, developers are perpetually faced with the option of delivering software that is either high-quality and functional or…

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Who can use AGILE?

January 11, 2013
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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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What is AGILE?

January 10, 2013
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Agile methodology is a dynamic project management approach to software development and implementation. Within a few years of its inception, Agile methodology has become popular because it is both developer and customer friendly. This is because—unlike the traditional Waterfall approach—Agile methodology is an adaptive approach that permits changes and modifications to be incorporated into the…

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Is an Agile/Scrum certification necessary?

January 7, 2013
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The process of being certified as an Scrum/Agile Master involves attending  two and three-day classroom sessions(respectively), at the end of which the certificate is awarded. The certification is not awarded based on any formal exam conducted to evaluate how proficiently you have grasped the concepts of scrum/ agile. You might admittedly be skeptical about how…

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Being an effective Product Owner

January 4, 2013
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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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