Organizations of different stripes are discovering that the methodology known as Scrum offers a faster, safer route to quality software development — including Idaho’s Health and Welfare Department and financial management solutions firm Intuit, which both call upon a Scrum-based lifecycle management tool to help them navigate the wide open terrain.
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One popular saying in the agile community is "Scrum exposes dysfunction." In this practitioner's experience, this belief is not only wrong, it’s also a detractor to genuine attempts at transformation.
Few project management practitioners haven’t heard about Scrum by now, but many of those outside the software development arena are still seeking guidance about if and how its core concepts can help them avoid roadblocks and improve project outcomes. Here is a primer on the essence of what makes Scrum tick.
Within the scrum framework, the responsibilities and accountabilities of the scrum team as a whole align to the project management activities defined within the PMBOK® Guide. Understanding how these roles align helps to determine how a traditional project manager can transition into a scrum team on an agile project using the scrum framework.
Expanding on an earlier article, the author details roles within the Scrum framework along with the organizational environment that needs to exist to transition to an agile approach. The benefits of agile and path to adopting agile practices are discussed, including use of a gradual incremental hybrid approach.
There were advantages to being an active software developer functioning as a part-time Scrum Master, but they were outweighed by the conflicts. I’ve come to believe that the Scrum Master role requires a dedicated, full-time person in order to effectively serve as the unbiased glue that holds the team and the Product Owner together.
The easiest solution is not always the best. It is more effective if you choose the best methodology for each single project based on its nature. Scrum doesn’t fit all projects’ needs. Kanban is another agile methodology that, believe it or not, works more smoothly for at least one type of project. But what type?
Scrum can do wonders for team performance, and those lessons translate across all areas. In this article, we look at how to optimize those teams and ensure maximum benefits.
Many project teams implement the Scrum framework without a clear understanding of the five Scrum values: focus, openness, commitment, courage, and respect. The author expounds on the five values of Scrum and highlights how a proper understanding of these values translates into an effective and successful implementation of Scrum in the project.
Today, roles have changed. As a project manager, you must keep your projects (and developers) on the right track. It doesn’t matter how many languages or platforms you know. This seasoned practitioner explores two different approaches and applies them to a complex IT scenario, looking at the best of both worlds.