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Scrum in Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

Scrum in Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

SOA enables agility as compared to a monolithic software solution or other tightly coupled approaches. . . .

Reorganizing for Agility I

Reorganizing for Agility I

Waterfall probably came about with all good intentions. In some ways it mimics layered software architecture: Interface between the adjacent layers is clearly defined. There is clean delineation of responsibility. . . .

Dealing with Bugs in the Product Backlog

Dealing with Bugs in the Product Backlog

How do we deal with bugs in Scrum? Do we size them? Do we add them to a separate backlog? Or do we assign them to a different team running Kanban?

Debugging Scrum Implementations

Debugging Scrum Implementations

Scrum is easy to learn but difficult to implement, as has often been said. Everyone I have met has had tons of issues, from how to size a story to "Oh, we have a constant stream of bugs." Let's examine broad categories of issues.

The Case Against Task Hours Reporting for a Sprint Burn-Down

The Case Against Task Hours Reporting for a Sprint Burn-Down

Teams new to Scrum frequently push back on the Scrum rituals and the updates. The most painful of these is updating hours left. . . .

What Is Sprint Zero?

What Is Sprint Zero?

The idea of Sprint Zero, like a lot of other things, has been used and abused. . . .

The Need to Include Design Topics During Agile Transformation

The Need to Include Design Topics During Agile Transformation

For effective Scrumming, stories should have the desirable INVEST characteristics: They should be independent, negotiable, valuable, estimable, sized, and testable). We'll assume that the product owner is trained in Scrum and creates clean stories...