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Handling Change Requests at Portfolio and Program Level

December 12, 2017
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Handling Change Requests at Portfolio and Program Level

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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Agile Feasibility – Feasibility Phase Requirements and Investigation

December 7, 2017
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Agile Feasibility – Feasibility Phase Requirements and Investigation

Familiarizing the feasibility team with known requirements: While working on an agile project, especially one with volatile requirements or one that has a strict deadline, you won’t have deep requirements when you begin the Feasibility phase. A request or idea has been approved for a feasibility investigation, and no one has documented detailed requirements to…

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Scrum Team Organization

December 4, 2017
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Scrum Team Organization

Scrum teams often referred to as development teams, responsible for the development of products and services, consist of a group of individuals who work on the customer requirements to create deliverables for the project. It is important for the team to possess all the essential skills to carry out the work in the project. The…

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Misconceptions about the Scrum Framework

November 21, 2017
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Misconceptions about the Scrum Framework

“We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.” This is how the Agile Manifesto starts. In simple words, the way people have learnt better ways of implementing Agile is by doing it and trying out things. As such practitioners have tried out multiple things and some of…

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When Co-location is not an Option

November 21, 2017
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When Co-location is not an Option

One of the Agile principles is, “The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.” This is taken by most practitioners as the rationale for collocated teams. There have been several debates around the possibility of teams which are distributed and how that would work in…

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Measuring Performance in a Self-Organized Team

November 1, 2017
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Measuring Performance in a Self-Organized Team

Scrum supports the doctrine of cross-functional, self-managed teams in which individuals help each other in completing the tasks to deliver value. The Scrum Book of knowledge says that employees “deliver much greater value when self-organized.” Self-Organization leads to the team members taking ownership, being entrepreneurial, contributing the best that they genuinely can. So Scrum proscribes appraisal methods…

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Scrum: Avoiding Pitfalls in Delivering Projects Successfully using Scrum

October 24, 2017
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Scrum: Avoiding Pitfalls in Delivering Projects Successfully using Scrum

Every project is uncertain. To deliver projects successfully using Scrum, one needs to avoid the pitfalls in implementation of the Scrum framework. One of the more important ceremonies in Scrum is “Sprint Planning Meeting”. Not giving due importance to this ceremony can be detrimental not just to the concerned Sprint but also to the entire…

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Scrum: Removing Sprint Planning Impediments

October 24, 2017
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Scrum: Removing Sprint Planning Impediments

Scrum Masters are responsible for ensuring a conducive environment for the Scrum Team to develop products at high velocity. Prior to Sprint planning, the Product Owner needs to prioritize the User Stories in the Prioritized Product Backlog. Once the User Stories are prioritized, the Product Owner and the Scrum Master need to determine if the…

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Agile Transition: What and How?

October 13, 2017
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Agile Transition: What and How?

We need to answer the following questions to find out if we are prepared for Agile Transition: What extent of agility are you prepared for today? What extent of agility can you increase tomorrow? To what extents can you continuously adapt to your ever-changing business climate? We’re confident that you can boost your current advancement…

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Daily Scrum: Meeting Tips

October 11, 2017
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Daily Scrum: Meeting Tips

The daily Stand-up or Scrum meeting is a daily meeting which provides a status update to all the team members. Every member focuses on answering three statements: Task Completed Task to be done Road Blocks It’s very powerful tool and it keeps the project moving in the planned direction. If the team does not follow…

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