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How Can You Justify Your Project?

September 19, 2017
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How Can You Justify Your Project?

A routine question before starting a project is “Why is this needed?” Such a question might be posed by primary school students who are assigned to create a diorama about the water cycle. But the question is just as likely to be raised when dealing with large projects in the corporate world. The answer to…

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How are Changes to a Sprint Managed in Scrum?

August 10, 2017
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How are Changes to a Sprint Managed in Scrum?

In Scrum, all requirements related to an ongoing Sprint are frozen during the Sprint. No change is introduced until the Sprint ends, unless a change is deemed to be significant enough to stop the Sprint. In the case of an urgent change, the Sprint is terminated and the team meets to plan a new Sprint.…

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What is a Persona?

July 6, 2017
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What is a Persona?

Personas are highly detailed fictional characters, representative of the majority of users and of other stakeholders who may not directly use the end product. Personas are created to identify the needs of the target user base. Creating specific Personas can help the team better understand users and their requirements and goals. Based on a Persona,…

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How to Estimate Project Value

June 29, 2017
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How to Estimate Project Value

Business justification is first assessed prior to a project being initiated and is continuously verified throughout the project lifecycle. This is a very important step in Scrum framework. The project should make business sense in each and every part of its lifecycle. Estimation of the project value is a major way of establishing business justification.…

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Characteristics of a Great Scrum Team

June 28, 2017
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Characteristics of a Great Scrum Team

In a Scrum project, it is the Scrum Team members who are responsible for delivering the desired product or service and not the Scrum. Hence, we should be careful in forming the Scrum Teams. The Scrum Team is sometimes referred to as Development Team since they are responsible for developing the product, service or other…

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Value-based Prioritization in SCRUM

June 27, 2017
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Value-based Prioritization in SCRUM

The Scrum framework is driven by the goal of delivering maximum business value in a minimum time span. One of the most effective tools for delivering the greatest value in the shortest amount of time is prioritization. Prioritizing can be defined as determining the order and separating what must be done now, from what needs…

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Selecting appropriate Scrum Master(s) and identifying relevant Stakeholder(s)

June 26, 2017
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Selecting appropriate Scrum Master(s) and identifying relevant Stakeholder(s)

Selecting appropriate Scrum Master(s) and identifying relevant Stakeholder(s) is crucial to the success of any project. In some projects, there may have been pre-conditions stipulating certain team members and their roles. When there is flexibility in choosing the Scrum Master(s), the following are important Selection Criteria: Problem-solving skills—This is one of the primary criteria to…

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Management of Risks in a Scrum Environment

June 22, 2017
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Management of Risks in a Scrum Environment

Risk is defined as an uncertain event that can affect the objectives of a project and may contribute to its success or failure. Risks with a potential for positive impact on the project are called opportunities, whereas threats are risks that could negatively impact a project. In a Scrum environment, risks are generally minimized, largely due…

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Explaining the Cumulative Flow Diagram

June 21, 2017
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Explaining the Cumulative Flow Diagram

A Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD) is a useful tool for reporting and tracking project performance. It provides a simple, visual representation of project progress at a particular point in time. It is usually used to provide a higher level status of the overall project and not daily updates for individual Sprints. The image above is an…

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Backlog Grooming Session and Techniques

June 15, 2017
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Backlog Grooming Session and Techniques

A typical Prioritized Product Backlog will contain all User Stories, their time estimates (including any revised estimates), and the status of higher priority requirements. Any new or revised User Stories resulting from changes to business requirements, customer requests, external market conditions, and/or lessons learned from previous Sprints are also incorporated. Backlog Grooming Session The Product…

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