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6/1/2011 by Bachan Anand
The daily stand-up is a 15-minute meeting for Scrum teams. It provides an opportunity to touch base on progress toward daily commitments and sprint goals. The ScrumMaster, product owner, and all team members participate in this daily meeting. To k...
6/1/2011 by Paul Dupuy
The short short story: How long does it have to be?
Scrum teams often use user stories for backlog items. Unfortunately, one of the most important aspects of a story—its extremely short length—has been subtly transformed over time, an...
6/1/2011 by Pam Dyer
I was very excited to attend my first Scrum Gathering in Seattle. I wore two hats: Marketing Communications Manager for SolutionsIQ, the platinum sponsor of the event, and Official Tweeter (if there is such a title) for the Scrum Alliance. Bryan S...
5/16/2011 by Vinay Krishna
I started my IT journey as a coder, although I was called a developer. I worked on small and medium-sized software projects and products, and for the first few years I put most of my effort into writing code and implementing required functionality. I tried my best, of course, but usually...
5/9/2011 by Martin Alaimo
I often find that teams implementing Scrum have questions about how best to track progress. There are several different commonly used options. Some teams divide each story into tasks of one-day duration. Well, they try to; actually, I've seen...
5/2/2011 by Skip Angel
Many people associate Scrum with a complete methodology. However, Scrum is only a framework and as such does not provide the details found in other methodologies. It provides a basic definition of the roles, major activities, and basic artifacts around the ultimate goal of producing a “potentially shippable product increment” within a fixed time box called a Sprint. For example, Scrum does not tell you how to best develop a product backlog, it just tells you that you need a prioritized list of backlog items to determine what should go into each of the sprints.
5/2/2011 by Alan Shalloway
After years of helping organizations large and small to transition to become more Agile, I have learned one thing: The larger the organization, the more Lean thinking helps to be effective while using Scrum. Lean is not as necessary for smaller organizations with independent teams; however, it is vital for larger development organizations, say of 100 or more. If you work in a larger organization, this article is for you.
5/1/2011 by Manoj Vadakkan
Most of the time, “selling” Agile is easy these days. Everyone agrees that iterative and incremental development is a better alternative; more user interaction is better; so on and so forth. At some point, I will talk about the import...
5/1/2011 by Tom Mellor
I owe the title of this piece to Alistair Cockburn, who several years ago wrote a favorite article of mine for Cutter IT Journal entitled “What Can We Do About Our Project Managers?”# I think it remains a relevant read today. In it, Al...
5/1/2011 by Alston Hodge
When my son joined Troop 19 in Normal, Illinois, I also joined as an Assistant Scoutmaster. The Scoutmaster, Fred, has over 40 years of teaching and coaching Boy Scouts - - and mentoring new assistant scoutmasters like me.
When the ...