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Make Flowers!

Make Flowers!

Have you been hampered by the challenge of explaining how to do story point estimation to people who have for years done estimation using number of hours or man-days? Do you find it difficult to understand story point estimation and release planning in story points? Learn to make flowers with me, and I will teach you story point estimation and release planning!

Agile Emergency Management System

Agile Emergency Management System

This is a test of the Agile Emergency Management System. This is only a test. If this were an actual Agile emergency, this message would be followed by instructions based on the severity of the actual Agile emergency. This is only a test. . . .

Performance Management Using Scrum

Performance Management Using Scrum

Scrum is widely used in the software industry today for the execution of projects. This paper uses the elements of Scrum and gives direction on extending the Scrum framework to conduct performance management. . . .

Can Hours Spent Help You Understand the Efficiency or Productivity of a Team?

Can Hours Spent Help You Understand the Efficiency or Productivity of a Team?

In Scrum, we accept that accurate estimation is not possible on high-level stories, and so we use story points. Yet during sprint planning, most teams break down the story into fine-grained tasks, and then they go right ahead and put hours against these tasks. . . .

ScrumMaster

ScrumMaster

It takes time for a Scrum team to reach the high-performing stage. But you, as ScrumMaster, can compress that time. How?

When a Task or Ticket Is Mature Enough to Leave the Backlog

When a Task or Ticket Is Mature Enough to Leave the Backlog

Every time I talk with product owners or people involved in the development cycle about why we groom the backlog, they always ask me, "What would be the outcome of doing a grooming?"

The Case of Workplace Inertia and Scrum

The Case of Workplace Inertia and Scrum

In the project team of today, your team usually consists of three types of personalities. . . .

Two-Layered Scrum for Large IT Organizations

Two-Layered Scrum for Large IT Organizations

Large IT organizations with several business initiatives and multiple projects being executed in parallel require agility and collaboration at two levels: the project level, which is always where it starts; and the application level, which is often overlooked or at least not well defined. . . .

Accountability in Scrum

Accountability in Scrum

Accountability is a very important concept in Scrum. Most people don't really understand what it is. In fact, there isn't even a word for it in many languages. . . .

Know How Much to Commit to Before Committing

Know How Much to Commit to Before Committing

Which comes first, story point estimation or breaking the user stories into tasks? Normally teams come up with the story points first, followed by tasking the user stories. But I would suggest working the other way around . . .

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