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Agile and HR management

March 7, 2013
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When you’re Agile, you’re nimble. You’re flexible and can adapt quickly. Companies will often need to adapt to sudden change. They should be capable of boosting efficiency, productivity and innovation. Adopting the Agile approach can help any organization do this. Agile is a popular methodology in industries such as information technology, manufacturing, supply chain management…

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The Need for a Sustainable Pace.

March 5, 2013
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Imagine you are participating in a marathon. For most of the race you maintain a steady pace, conserving energy and stamina for the last leg when you push for the finish line. What if you were expected to run the entire race like you were running a 100 meter sprint? Not only would it be…

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Why story points are better than hours for estimation

February 27, 2013
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Story point estimates are a way of estimating Agile projects. Story points are calculated using known tasks as a frame of reference to estimate other tasks. For example, if a task such as creating an input screen, for which we already know the amount of effort required to complete, has been assigned 3 points, we…

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SCRUMstudy SCRUM MASTER class – Phoenix

February 27, 2013
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Scrum Master Class – New York

February 21, 2013
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Cumulative flow diagrams versus burn down charts

February 6, 2013
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Cumulative flow diagrams versus burn down charts

A burn down chart is a simple graph used to track a team’s progress and help estimate how much time is required to complete the project. The number of tasks remaining in the project is usually plotted on the y-axis, while time is plotted on the x-axis. An advantage of a burn down chart is…

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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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