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Contracts Based on Story Points

Contracts Based on Story Points

Contracts have deep consequences for every enterprise's budget. When writing a contract, what units can we use that easily extrapolate to ROI?

The Thin Line Between Changing and Adapting and Scope Creep

The Thin Line Between Changing and Adapting and Scope Creep

What I have experienced is that there is a very thin line between changing requirements versus lack of proper definition of stories and acceptance criteria that can lead to scope creep, even in an Agile environment.

Adopt Scrum for Competitive Advantage

Adopt Scrum for Competitive Advantage

Everything is moving faster, so agility is needed now more than ever. In this article, I’ll dive into the best and most important reasons for implementing Scrum.

User Stories Versus Use Cases

User Stories Versus Use Cases

The difference between user stories and use cases can be challenging to understand and explain, especially if your team is making a transition from a Waterfall software development environment to Agile and Scrum.

No Silos, Please!

No Silos, Please!

Our formerly high-performing team had drifted into silos. Now the question was, how to break out again?

Being Agile in an Outsourcing Environment

Being Agile in an Outsourcing Environment

Having been in the outsourcing industry for several years, the most challenging issue I have encountered is formalizing service level agreements (SLAs) or key performance indicators (KPIs) as part of the contractual agreement for adopting Agile.

Culturing Innovation Within a Scrum Team

Culturing Innovation Within a Scrum Team

To remain competitive, we must innovate. A product owner is always challenged to satisfy innovation needs while simultaneously handling current requirements. Can innovation become another item in the product owner's backlog?

Build a Self-Organizing Team

Build a Self-Organizing Team

A self-organizing Scrum team is really a great team. In fact, it is an ideal condition that not every team reaches -- so it is no wonder that some people call it a myth. What are some keys to making it a reality?  

Transition from Process Groups to Scrum

Transition from Process Groups to Scrum

Organizations transitioning or planning to transition from the Waterfall process to Agile need to have a transition framework in place.

Can a Traditional Project Manager Become a ScrumMaster?

Can a Traditional Project Manager Become a ScrumMaster?

At some point, all project managers think about this question once they've been introduced to Agile methods such as Scrum.

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