Scrum Agile Project Management

Effective Retrospectives and Reviews

May 24, 2010 0

In his article “Effective Retrospectives & Reviews” Marco Mulder illustrates how Scrum teams can continuously improve by using a combination of their definition of done, working agreements and the product backlog.

Agile Project Leadership Network

May 18, 2010 0

The Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) is a 501(c)6 non profit organization that is focused on making people great project leaders by focusing on the following:

Writing the Product Backlog Just in Time and Just Enough

May 5, 2010 0

Some people want to take the stance that no work should be done in advance of the sprint. That is clearly untenable. To see why, let’s take that view to its extreme: If we did nothing in advance to understand what we’re building, we’d show up at the planning meeting and say, “Hey, what should we build this sprint? We were working on an eCommerce site yesterday, but I think maybe we should switch to writing a word processor…” The team would literally have nothing written down—no product backlog / user stories / prioritized feature list at all.

Getting Dirty with Scrum

April 23, 2010 0

Scrum teams just look different. From their faded whiteboards to their discarded post-it notes, Scrum teams make their mark just by doing their job. Read one CSPs story of how his team’s space tells the story of their struggles and their triumphs.

Distributed Scrum: Agile Project Management with Outsourced Development Teams

April 16, 2010 0

Written by Jeff Sutherland, Anton Victorov, and Jack Blount, “Distributed Scrum: Agile Project Management with Outsourced Development Teams” analyzes and recommends new best practices for globally distributed agile teams. Toyota routinely achieves four times the productivity and twelve times the quality of competitors. Can Scrum do the same for globally distributed teams? Two agile companies, SirsiDynix using Scrum, and StarSoft Development Labs using Scrum with some XP engineering practices, achieved comparable performance developing a Java application with over 1,000,000 lines of code. SirsiDynix best practices are similar to those observed on distributed Scrum teams at IDX Systems, radically different than those promoted by PMBOK, and counterintuitive to some practices advocated by the Scrum Alliance.

Managing Risk on Agile Projects with the Risk Burndown Chart

April 8, 2010 0

Risk management is a central part of traditional project management and is included as one of the knowledge areas in the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) body of knowledge. In many of my classes, participants ask how Scrum and agile address risk management. Some are concerned that agile or Scrum ignore risk management completely. This post explains how to manage risk on agile projects with the risk burndown chart.

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