Release planning for a Scrum project is a tricky proposition, especially when crammed into a single up-front session that forces teams to make guess-timates. More informed estimates can be derived from shorter, incremental planning sessions facilitated by a field-tested visual technique. Here’s how it works.
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Agile approaches are now mainstream and distributed projects are becoming the norm. A recent ProjectsAtWork research report explored issues and benchmarked actions taken by organizations at the center of the distributed agile movement. This infographic highlights a few key findings.
While self-organized teams are valuable and shared responsibility is the way to manage any project, it seems like a project manager is needed to steer things in the right direction--just make sure you allow them to adapt.
The Pomodoro Technique is a popular approach to time management, and it shares obvious similarities with some ubiquitous concepts in Agile, Lean and Scrum such as timeboxing and sprints. But is it really a good fit for teams working in Agile environments, or is it better employed as a personal productivity tool?
A more nuanced approach to agile and waterfall has started gaining traction. Once referred to as “structured agile,” more practitioners are combining both methodologies. This article provides a framework for how ScrumMasters and project managers can work together using hybrid principles.
In its popular, standard form, the Daily Scrum (“the Standup”) hurts teamwork. Follow this PM to understand how and why the meeting causes that--and discover alternatives that work better.
Consider these key points if you're trying to decide whether you — and your organization — are prepared to implement Scrum.
In agile projects, most requirements start out as epics, which are too big to be addressed in a single sprint. Let’s look at some examples of how epics are broken down into manageable stories through team and user collaboration, and how acceptance criteria add important details.