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5/14/2012 by JITENDRA SINGH GOSAIN
Agile processes are gaining in popularity, which means many project managers are following them for the first time. Based on my own experience, I've developed a sort of primer for PMs starting out on Agile projects. The key points are as follows:
5/7/2012 by Jerry Rajamoney
We all understand that Scrum teams should be self-managed and self-organized. Empowered is the commonly used term, because without empowerment it's difficult for self-management and self-organization to happen.
I've worked with many teams that ar...
4/30/2012 by Shweta Darbha
Recently I wrote an article with a rhetorical question for a title: “Are Customers Ready for Agile?” The idea stemmed from the fact that software development organizations have followed Waterfall methodology for so long that they h've ...
4/27/2012 by Eric King
Over the last several years, I've been both a participant and a facilitator in many different stand-ups. As we know, the true value of the stand-up lies in the team's ability to continually strive toward the "commitment" for the current sprint cycle. The stand-up isn't a status report, yet often it becomes easy for team members to slip into a pattern of providing status-related information. I've used the time-honored stand-up approach for a while now, but I've often thought that a mature team could take these 15 minutes to a different level as it continues to evolve using Agile/Scrum.
4/25/2012 by Dr. Sanjeev Raman PMI-ACP SAFe Agilist
We're all familiar with the Waterfall offshore paradigm of software development, in which clients and vendors engage in an asynchronous, sequential model for software development. The client spends money and time to develop a formal project charte...
4/23/2012 by Shylesh Mysore
As Scrum practitioners know, a user story is a high-level requirement of a feature, provided from the perspective of a stakeholder who desires the new capability. These requirements enable the development and testing team to think about a solution...
4/23/2012 by Joe Morgan
In July 2011, the Scrum Alliance website featured an article by Alan E. Cyment entitled "Compasses, Trees and Pains." It posed the question, "Am I doing Scrum or not?" Interestingly, one reader responded, '"Yeah, we're doing Scrum, but we have thr...
4/16/2012 by Ovidiu Pitic
More than a decade ago I was programming as part of enterprise software teams, fairly well protected from everything not related to our planned deliverables. I had a lot of fun.
But then I moved up to become an architect and team manager, and I g...
4/16/2012 by Timothy Korson
Abstract: This article explores how to achieve the productivity benefits of an up-front enabling specification, given the reality that Scrum is an empirical framework in which emergent understanding of the story under development is inherent.
3/29/2012 by Gastón Guillerón
More and more companies and organizations are enthusiastically adopting Agile, defining roles for each project, learning the practices, and entering the world of backlogs and burn-down charts.However, the theoretical simplicity of Scrum is often difficult to apply in real projects. Several organizational factors (assimilation of the methodology, resistance to change, organizational culture) can turn the trip into a nightmare. Luckily, there are ways to mitigate this problem.