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How will SCRUM benefit me?

January 2, 2013
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How will SCRUM benefit me?

Scrum is a hugely beneficial approach to managing software development projects; however, for the team to be successful it must adhere to the core values and principles enshrined in the Agile Manifesto. If Scrum processes are followed properly, then the team will experience the “Enabling Eight.” The team is more likely to produce functional, high-quality…

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Common Scrum Pitfalls

December 28, 2012
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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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Scrum Components: User Stories Acceptance Criteria

December 27, 2012
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Scrum Components: User Stories Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance Criteria The second half of the User Story is the Acceptance criteria.  Defined by the Product Owner (the voice of the customer) during User Story decomposition, acceptance criteria sets the expected functionality that each intended task is to provide.  It details the requirements that must be met for each story to be completed and…

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Being an effective Scrum Master

December 24, 2012
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Being an effective Scrum Master

A Scrum master plays a crucial role in the implementation of Scrum on software development projects. Click here for the Challenges faced by a Scrum Master A Scrum master is like a leg in the tripod of the Scrum team, with the other two being the product owner and the development team. The relationship of the…

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Scrum Components: User Stories

December 17, 2012
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Scrum Components: User Stories

The primary method of communication used by Product Owners to convey requirements to the scrum team are User Stories, which in my opinion, are the single most important component in SCRUM.  They express desired end-user functionality, clarify and facilitate the execution of necessary steps to accomplish early and continuous delivery of value and attain customer…

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Scrumstudy CSM Toronto Class

December 14, 2012
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Agile is a tool, not a solution!

December 13, 2012
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There is no doubt that the Agile methodology is focused on consistently delivering high value to the customer and, at the same time, adapting to emerging situations and continuously improving performance. Be it Scrum, Extreme programming or Kanban, every effort has been made to design methods to accomplish exactly this. Agile is not just about…

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Who can use Scrum?

December 13, 2012
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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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What is Scrum?

December 13, 2012
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Scrum is the most widely used Agile framework for developing and managing complex software and product applications. In its simplest terms, Scrum is characterized by its core values of Plan ahead and Inspect and Adapt. Therefore, Scrum successfully manages projects in which there is marked uncertainty and ambiguity at the early stages of the project.…

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Can Agile work in large organizations?

December 13, 2012
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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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