In this short video, Ken Rubin shares his thoughts on product backlog grooming in the Scrum agile project management approach. He wrote in his book “Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process” that “Product backlog grooming is essential for effective sprint planning and the resulting flow of features into a sprint. If the product backlog has been detailed appropriately, the items at the top of the backlog should be clearly described and testable.”
One of the major selling points of Scrum to developers is how much less documentation is involved. Developers worked hard to get where they are: a college degree, nights and weekends at home working through books and exercises trying to learn the latest language, and struggling through their first few projects to get something that works into production. They don’t want to come all that way just to spend most of their day in the word processor. They want to code.
Scrum is a lightweight framework for building complex software in complex environments and Prince2 is a framework for managing projects. Contrary to popular belief, the two work well together with the degree of governance large organisations require.
This article discusses the challenges faced by technical projects like real-time networking applications that involve multiple Scrum teams.
The prioritized product backlog is core to being Agile. A well prioritized backlog allows us to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software at then end of each sprint in Scrum. Lean and Kanban may call it something else, but there too, prioritized work is key.
In this article, Craig Larman and Ahmad Fahmy discuss how long does it take an organization to reorganize in order to adopt Scrum. This article is based on the transition done at Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch Global Securities Operations Technology where the software development teams went from a traditional activity based organisation (business analysts, developers, …) to Scrum.
Soft factors include beliefs, character and attitude of people as well as the way we communicate. This presentation addresses for example: Why are we acting in a certain way? Who must change: Me or the other person? I “want” is better than I “must”. How to find out the true reason behind somebody’s behaviour? How can we win people instead of forcing them?