Scrum

Prioritized Product Backlog – the Backbone of a Scrum Project

November 6, 2013
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The Prioritized Product Backlog is the basis on which the direction of the project proceeds. If the project is a film, the Prioritized Product Backlog is like the Script. So what does the Prioritized Product Backlog contain and how is it made? The Product Owner develops a Prioritized Product Backlog after developing Epic(s) and Personas.…

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Challenges faced by a Scrum Master

November 6, 2013
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Role of a Scrum Master includes facilitating a conducive work environment for the Scrum Team, guiding and teaching Scrum practices to everyone involved in the project and clearing impediments for the team. Apart from this he /she also ensure that Scrum processes are being followed. The Scrum Master role is very different from the role…

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Why is Empirical Process Control So Important in Scrum Projects?

November 5, 2013
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In the traditional Waterfall model, all the planning needs to be done before any execution and the customer does not review product components till the end of the entire project. Although the PMBOK may write eloquent poems about how elegantly this works, in the real world things go down completely haywire. This method presents huge…

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Can Scrum be used in any type of project and in any industry?

November 5, 2013
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Probably this is one of the most frequently asked questions in relation to implementation of Scrum and still baffles everyone. The old school of Scrum was very apprehensive about Scrum being used beyond software development. No prize in guessing that the inventors and early followers were from software development background and they never thought of…

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Scrum boards: An effective tool to maintain transparency in Scrum

November 5, 2013
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Scrum boards: An effective tool to maintain transparency in Scrum

Scrum boards are an important and effective way to maintain transparency on Scrum projects. Scrum boards depict the progress of the team during a particular sprint. By using Scrum boards, all team members can concentrate on their tasks. Each task is represented by a card or post-it notes. A Scrum board contains four columns to…

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10 Successful Keys to Adopting Scrum

November 2, 2013
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One of the most common adopted agile approaches in industry today is SCRUM, more so for agile software development.  In order to adopt the approach, core principles of SCRUM have to be implemented.  Various organizations have implemented agile approach including SCRUM. Ten keys that help a company identify changes that have to be implemented for…

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Estimation using Planning Poker

November 1, 2013
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Estimation by definition is choosing a value using the best information available. The value needs to take into account the uncertainty involved. Keeping in line with the principle of Self Organization, the Guide to Scrum Body of Knowledge™ recommends the usage of Planning Poker to estimate tasks and other items. The usage of Planning Poker…

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Need for SBOK™

October 31, 2013
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Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland played a key role in elaborating the Scrum concept and its applicability to software development in a presentation at the Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages & Applications (OOPSLA) conference held in 1995 in Austin, Texas. After that time, several Scrum practitioners, experts and authors have continued to improve the Scrum conceptualization…

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Additions to Sprint in Progress

October 30, 2013
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Scrum is a simple framework which believes in responding quickly to changes in business environment and the ability to respond to changes is one of the reasons that made Scrum popular. The Product Owner is responsible for getting the Product Backlog ready and prioritizing the items in the Product Backlog. The Scrum Master and the…

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Cultural Challenges in adopting SCRUM Methodology

October 30, 2013
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Scrum methodology is being used as a successful Project Management or Product Management process in many organizations. It’s been gaining in popularity over the last 15 years, as more and more organizations realize the benefits of Scrum. But before a particular team/organization embraces Scrum or any other Agile process, the biggest hindrance comes from the…

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