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Taking on a Project in Difficulties

Taking on a Project in Difficulties

Introduction Absent ScrumMaster, poorly defined requirements, inexperienced team, absent product owner, impossible goals. Sometimes things go wrong even with Scrum projects. This article describes my professional experience in replacing the Scrum...

Noise: The Need for Having It . . . and the Need to Remove It

Noise: The Need for Having It . . . and the Need to Remove It

Noise is something that we usually associate with a sound, especially a strong or unexpected one. Truly, it's much more than that, and it can be felt in different forms and shapes. It can be as simple as just mentioned, a louder sound that emerge...

You May Be a Scrum-But

You May Be a Scrum-But

Organizations that are trying to implement Agile may turn to Scrum. But unless you make the shift and become Agile, implementing Scrum won't let you achieve the success that Agile is known for. I call organizations that implement Scrum without ma...

From Domestic Helpers to Committed Teams

From Domestic Helpers to Committed Teams

As my life responsibilities started growing, I began to feel the need to hire a domestic helper. The triple constraints of time, money, and relationships in life were what I was fighting through. Keeping myself busy on trivial issues that I was ...

The Estimation Net

The Estimation Net

"Scrum is easy; implementation is hard" — probably you've already heard that many times. The same goes for some particular tools, like planning poker. The practice itself is very straightforward, but how to use it productively over a long pe...

Agile Architecture: How Much Is Just Enough?

Agile Architecture: How Much Is Just Enough?

Agile has been here for some time, but confusion still floats around when we discuss Agile architecture. We hear, "Don't do up-front design" — which is often counteracted by the fact that if we don't do the design early, how can we proceed w...

Greenfield and Scrum: A Recipe for Great Success or Colossal Failure

Greenfield and Scrum: A Recipe for Great Success or Colossal Failure

Over the course of the last 20 years, I have been both a participant and a leader on multiple programs that started from the ground up. They were called different things at different times, yet they can all be classified as Greenfield programs. Fo...

Scrum Project Management for IT Data Center and Infrastructure Teams

Scrum Project Management for IT Data Center and Infrastructure Teams

Introduction What are the plausible steps and best practices for incorporating a Scrum project management framework into the data center and infrastructure teamwork at a model organization? The Enterprise Web Reporting pilot project goal was to ...

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. . . .

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