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Introduction To Scrum

This post is an introduction to Scrum, one of the Agile methods to drive software application implementation. Reading this post is a prerequisite to this post. Concepts Scrum projects deliver software application features iteratively. Each iteration is called a sprint. Scrum projects have 4 stages: Planning – Definition of the vision, budget, and expectations. The first version of the product backlog should ...

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What Scrum, Kanban, RUP, and ITIL All Have In Common (which causes them to fail)

Putting aside the considerable differences in these methods, RUP, CMMI, Scrum, etc are foremost all products, built using a traditional product development approach. This means they have users. Coaches, Managers, Developers, and other knowledge workers who desperately want to achieve better outcomes delivering business technology solutions. These folks read the case studies that accompany these methods and dream of emulating ...

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Product-Burndown-Charts and Sprint-Burndown-Charts in SCRUM Projects

Product-Backlog-Charts and Sprint-Backlog-Charts are used in almost all Agile approaches. In the following article the terminology of SCRUM is used, e.g. User Stories, Product Owner, Product Backlog, Sprint and Sprint Planning Meeting. The described Backlog-Charts are also useful in other agile methodologies and even in non-agile settings. Actually, they are a general technique to estimate efforts in situations where other ...

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Why an Agile Project Manager is Not a Scrum Master

A reader asked why the lifecycle in Agile Lifecycles for Geographically Distributed Teams, Part 1 is not Scrum. It’s not Scrum for these reasons: The project manager and product owner start the release planning and ask the team if the release planning is ok. The team does not generate the initial draft of release planning itself. In Scrum, the team ...

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Software Engineering needs leaders, not ScrumMasters!

I recently reflected on SCRUM and the role of the ScrumMaster. We know that a ScrumMaster should act as a servant-leader; she should provide guidance but not decisions, removing impediments yet empowering the team: in a word, the ScrumMaster should act as a facilitator within the team, shielding the team from the outside world, ensuring that the team follows SCRUM ...

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