"A picture is worth thousand words" -- this proverb triggered me to come up with a simple pictorial view to depict the Scrum framework in a funny yet meaningful way . . .
The Scrum framework does not recognize the role of business analyst (BA). However, this should not be seen as a conspiracy against BAs. . . .
When people are distributed geographically across various locations, doing the inspect-and-adapt cycle, i.e., the retrospective ceremony of the sprint, becomes a bit challenging. . . .
There are various project management methods, such as PMP, Prince2, Lean, Lean Six Sigma (DMAIC), Agile, etc. . . . This article outlines the similarities and potential linkages between the methods at a high level so that a project can deliver the best output (and outcome).
The Scrum framework is perfect for communication agencies, and after becoming a Certified ScrumMaster, I now feel it as my duty to tell everyone about it . . .
A dream for every ScrumMaster is to turn his or her team into a self-managed and self-organized team. Here are a few important steps to help you do it.
The quest of transitioning away from traditional, plan-driven development may prove one of the most challenging commitments an organization will make. The "Ghosts of Processes Past" will creep up at the most inconvenient moments, but far worse are the monsters that lie in wait.
I am making an attempt here to map the Scrum model into ITTOs for anyone's understanding and easy implementation.
A poem for Agile practitioners. . . .
The transformation to Agile has to be done. We can take a softer or harder method, but it is the business need. Our prime focus points must be . . .
Poka-yoke means "mistake-proofing" in Japanese. Poka-yoke is also a development technique, one that helps avoid mistakes. . . .
High-performing Scrum teams run like a hot knife through butter. They move so fast that job titles become a blur, and last week's impediments seem like a distant, faded memory. I want to focus for a moment, though, on an impediment that many teams oversimplify . . .
Most package software vendors have their own implementation methods, which are generally aligned with Waterfall principles. Here comes the question: Do we need to look again at Waterfall-based implementation methods?
Historically, distributed teams were considered for cost-saving (financial) reasons only. But now organizations have started realizing other benefits of distributed teams. . . .
While making a decision about investing in an IT project, one of the key elements in the business that a sponsor would look for is the effort estimate. Typically, the expectation would be that the effort is estimated in terms of number of person hours. . . .
Agile coaches must be involved in the client's Agile process. Those who have the impression that Agile coaching can be done from the sidelines are mistaken . . .
Recently we found that, whatever changes you make in your process to deliver a quality product within a reasonably short stipulated time, those changes are related to core principles of Agile. How did I come to this statement?
While a strong statement of support from the CEO will pave the way for successful change efforts, significant work is required to make those change efforts both effective and sustainable. A well-planned approach has to factor in organizational dynamics along with both product and technical management considerations. . . .
There are several typical challenges and notions that commonly arise during a transition to Scrum. . . .
Multi-vendor and cultural nuances pose a challenge to assimilating and digesting Scrum values and principles. . . . The fundamental Agile values of openness and transparency take a hit.