The Lean UX that eliminate the contractual obligations inherent with specification documents and other deliverables is presented by Jeff Gothelf in this podcast. He defines Lean UX as “a rethinking of the software design philosophies and methodologies, moving away from the contractual obligations of spec documents and focusing really more on validating your designs through building products and experiments.
The Agile Karlskrona test is a simple self-assesement test that tries to answer the “How agile are you?” question. With 11 questions, this test should help you find where “on the road” from waterfall to agile your software development team is at the moment.
Analyzing the bottleneck faced by a Scrum team, Mark Levison introduces in this blog post the concept of Skills Matrix. The Skill Matrix is a visual management tool that shows at a glance how much cross-training you have in your organization between different people and different tasks.
Learn how you can improve your business analysis with Agile story mapping, a technique that maps your stories back to business value. Thus you will be able to know if they make or save the company money and you will learn the benefits of bi-directional requirements traceability .
In this article, Elton Gao starts by giving us the definition of a good ScrumMaster: someone who knows Scrum well. He or she understands the do’s and don’ts and is familiar with related artifacts and tools. He or she knows how to run a daily Scrum, a planning/review/retrospective meeting and how to take advantages of related tools and so on. But is this enough?
The Scrum checklist is a simple tool that provides guidelines to assess your current implementation of Scrum or help you adopting it. Created by Henrik Kniberg, the author of “Scrum from the Trenches”, they incorporate his experience gained during years helping companies getting started with Scrum and many meetings with other practitioners, trainers and Scrum coaches.
The “rightsizing” of user stories occurring during the planning of the next sprint in Scrum is not always an easy task to perform. Inexperienced teams have difficulties to split user stories into smaller chunks that still deliver business value and would rather use technical criteria. In this blog post, “Specifications by Example” author Gojko Adzic provides a new approach to achieve this goal using the hamburger as a reference. You identify the tasks making up a user story. Then you use this breakdown to identify different levels of quality for each step and create vertical slices to identify smaller deliverables, thus creating your next sprint’s hamburger.