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Do We Really Need a ScrumMaster?

Do We Really Need a ScrumMaster?

In the six years that I have worked as a ScrumMaster, I've often been asked if my role is truly essential, and why it should be considered an independent role within the Scrum team. "Why can't the dev manager also perform as the ScrumMaster? Or one of the developers? Or a QA tech?"

Retrospectives

Retrospectives

When it comes to personal improvement, we impulsively and subconsciously follow the process to change and to improve; but when it comes to teams, we struggle to put it all together. . . . It takes a good ScrumMaster and a collaborative team to conduct effective retrospectives.

Be Patient, Be Persistent

Be Patient, Be Persistent

I read this quote again today: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." . . . This statement has impacted me very deeply.

Agile and Scrum as threats to the project manager’s fiefdom?

Agile and Scrum as threats to the project manager’s fiefdom?

With the advent of Agile/Scrum methods in project execution, many of the . . . key skills that a project manager was singularly proud of have gradually become less crucial.

Order Your Product Backlog

Order Your Product Backlog

Here are some guidelines I would like to recommend for when you are ordering your backlog.

Distributed Agile Development in the Indian IT Service Industry

Distributed Agile Development in the Indian IT Service Industry

Traditional approaches to offshore development are based on plan-driven methods with big-bang deliveries. Now, in the new age of Agile development practices, this needs to be adjusted to support faster delivery cycles and enable a highly collaborative environment for multi-site, multi-vendor development teams -- a big challenge.

Do We Need a Hardening Sprint?

Do We Need a Hardening Sprint?

While executing Agile projects, many Scrum teams use a "hardening sprint." . . . This article maintains that a hardening sprint is not a good idea and highlights why.

Rapid Deployment in an ERP Environment

Rapid Deployment in an ERP Environment

This paper suggests different approaches to speed up ERP implementations and support based on scope of work, standard package fit, and organization readiness.

Agile Test Automation

Agile Test Automation

Agile test automation is the application of the Agile development principles to test automation. Accordingly, there are some principles of Agile test automation. . . .

Is User Role Modeling Really Required?

Is User Role Modeling Really Required?

Any business requirement that needs to be formulated in user stories can be best justified if the writer knows the user roles for which the requirement will be mapped. To identify users, user role modeling is important.

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