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Traditional and Agile Methods: An Interpretation

Traditional and Agile Methods: An Interpretation

Introduction The systems development life cycle (SDLC) is a conceptual model used to develop information systems with well-defined phases. The phases are: user requirements definition, system requirements definition, analysis and system design, s...

History Lesson: Using Core Elements of Scrum in 1961?

History Lesson: Using Core Elements of Scrum in 1961?

This article looks at a project that had nothing to do with software development but that practiced core elements of the Scrum framework in 1961, a quarter-century before Scrum was first described in 1986. . . .

Let's Try to Do an Experiment

Let's Try to Do an Experiment

The distributed stakeholders in and complexities of my large e-Governance projects regularly led to delays in the agreed schedules. Business problems tended to delay schedules for implementing e-Governance solutions, in particular software develop...

Estimation and Self-Organization

Estimation and Self-Organization

In Scrum, we depend on the team for estimation. It is the team that estimates the efforts and time for each product backlog item; it is the team that, in the sprint planning meeting, breaks down each item into tasks and estimates efforts for each;...

Agile Support to Testing

Agile Support to Testing

January 5, 2012, 1030 hours (10:30 a.m.): A government test organization's data management Scrum team was asked to support a testing effort a day after we had started our two-week sprint. We were asked to set up a website/fresh data management too...

Am I Agile? An Introspection

Am I Agile? An Introspection

When we introduce an Agile framework (like Scrum or XP) to a team that follows traditional development methodologies, we are usually hit by a big block of resistance from the team. Each role has its own peculiar question: From the software deve...

Managing Future Bugs (Known Unknowns) in the Sprint

Managing Future Bugs (Known Unknowns) in the Sprint

As ScrumMaster, there are different situations we have to deal with. Here I'd like to address the following topic: how to deal with future bugs that can arrive at highest-level priority during the sprint (in other words, we must treat them). This...

Trust

Trust

I often encounter mature Agile teams, well trained in Scrum, some of them doing Scrum of Scrums and having already participated in several releases. These teams' retrospectives frequently bring in opportunities for improvement in a number of areas...

Scaling the Sprint Review: The Fair

Scaling the Sprint Review: The Fair

In Scrum, the sprint review is used to showcase the work of the previous sprint in the form of potentially deliverable software. Besides the opportunity to try the software, the main goal is to receive feedback on the product: How does the product...

Quality Is Free

Quality Is Free

I still meet a lot of Agile software developers and teams who are not applying proper test automation practices, such as micro-testing, automated integration testing, and continuous integration. There are three reasons for this: 1. Developers don...

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