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A Practical Guide: Story Points-Based Estimation

A Practical Guide: Story Points-Based Estimation

I imagine you have read many articles about story points-based estimation. Hence, instead of going over how it all works, I will try here to provide a practical guide for how to achieve it. . . .

3 C's of Agile

3 C's of Agile

When you think of Agile, there are a couple of questions -- myths, in fact -- that repeat frequently with just a verbiage change. It is important not only to know about the Agile framework but also to resolve open questions in order to embrace it fully. . . .

Retrospective Wall Board

Retrospective Wall Board

It is common to see people getting bored in sprint retrospective meetings, or to bring only a few positive or negative issues to the meeting. I am going to present here an approach that has been working for me and for the team I have been part of. . . .

Risk Estimation During Agile Project Planning

Risk Estimation During Agile Project Planning

Recently we performed a workshop to estimate the total number of sprints that a specific software implementation will take us. At the end of this session, I asked myself how we could estimate the risk percentage, to add it to the actual estimation. . . .

Scrum Lessons from the Trenches

Scrum Lessons from the Trenches

Scrum, by design, does not come with prescriptive details on how to address some of the challenges project teams face, or the challenges introduced when using Scrum. This article looks at some of these challenges, and example solutions, in the light of experience working with different Scrum teams around the world. . . .

Capturing Business Value Delivered by Scrum Teams

Capturing Business Value Delivered by Scrum Teams

As part of my job working with different teams, the biggest challenge I see is how the team's work can be measured in terms of business value delivered. . . .

Agile Failure Patterns

Agile Failure Patterns

Many teams try Agile methods, or rather techniques. Some of them fail, and they suffer from this failure later on because it induces resistance in the rest of the organization and makes later attempts at Agile adoption much more difficult. The following are five patterns of immature Agile implementations. . . .

Why Splitting Stories Is Helpful for Scrum Teams

Why Splitting Stories Is Helpful for Scrum Teams

When we started our project a few years ago, the team's velocity was around 40 points per two-week sprint, and we were accepting 20- and 40-point stories in a sprint. We learned a lesson. . . .

Prescriptive Scrum

Prescriptive Scrum

If you practice Agile, you must have come across the ever-new demon called "Prescriptive Scrum." What is this, actually? What are its symptoms?

Success Story: Transition from Agile-cum-Waterfall to Scrum

Success Story: Transition from Agile-cum-Waterfall to Scrum

I was not a Certified ScrumMaster when this story began. I had about 13 years of experience in software services. . . .

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