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[6 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on Agile Project Managers versus PMPs | ]

In this article, Juan Banda discusses the visions of project management from the PMP and Agile sides. On one side, the traditional project manager follows the PMBok Guide and manage a project trough planning and control. On the other side, Agile project try to empower the team member and produce value. Communication is an important element in all projects and Scrum’s team-centric approach, offers something better than the PMI. However, Juan Banda writes that “As light a framework as it is, Scrum is not equipped to deal with project aspects …

[23 Oct 2012 | Comments Off on Scrum Velocity for Non-Agile Teams | ]

This short article provides an approach to adapt the Scrum concept of velocity to traditional project teams that are working without using the sprints/iterations of Agile project frameworks. In Scrum, velocity is how much product backlog effort a team can handle in one sprint.

[5 Oct 2012 | Comments Off on Improving Lean and Agile, Kanban and Scrum with Metrics | ]

Learn what makes an effective metric, the pitfalls in designing metrics, and the basic principles for using metrics appropriately in Agile, Scrum, Lean and Kanban. You’ll leave with a number of good metrics and how to collect them, and more importantly, with a deepened understanding of why measuring the right things is critical, and how to measure those things.

[25 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on You Should Not Estimate in Hours or Days | ]

In the article “Why You Should Not Estimate in Hours or Days“, author Stephen Walther discusses the apparent conflict between developers that don’t like to provide estimates and managemers that need project management estimates because they want to know how many resources they need to allocate to a project and have a schedule for delivery.

[20 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Story Points or Task Hours | ]

In this article, Chia Wei Cheng discusses the common controversies about story points and task hours during Scrum sprint planning. He defines story point as a high-level estimation of complexity made before sprint planning. On the other hand, he wrote that “the task-hour estimation is a low-level estimation made to represent the actual effort in hours needed to accomplish all the requirements of a story.

[11 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on The Agile Team and the Project Office | ]

In this article, Carlos Eduardo dos Santos Nunes shares some of his experience of situation where an Agile team has to cooperate with a Project Office (PMO). In some situations, you have to take into account the importance of project management, based on the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) and enhanced by the Project Office (PMO) to support software projects. He proposes a matrix based on the degree of maturity of managing IT projects for the two parties involved. One of the quadrant is ideal point where the The …

[11 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Scrumban: Combining Scrum and Kanban | ]

Corey Ladas wrote a classic essay on Scrum-ban where he discusses Scrum and Kanban hybrids. He presents the concept of index card and explains that Kanban is more than just a work request on a card and putting sticky notes on a whiteboard is not enough to implement a pull system. He proposes a few simple practices that move a Scrum approach towards a more recognizably lean workflow. This leads to make the planning process more efficient and more responsive. The first step beyond Scrum is to decouple the planning …

[21 Aug 2012 | Comments Off on Responsibility Matrix in Scrum Projects | ]

In this article, Christophe Le Coent discusses shared responsibilities and clear accountability in software development projects. He proposes a RACI+F matrix where the letters have the following meaning: Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed, Facilitate. This allows to create RACI+F matrix for the Scrum project activities for each Scrum roles. This matrix can helped your team align their thoughts and educate and guide people across the organization.

[20 Aug 2012 | Comments Off on Smarter Management Decisions with Velocity | ]

In this blog post, Steve Andrews discusses the usage of team velocity to plan the next Scrum sprints and how can we use it to make more informed management decisions. Using a quantitative management approach and Agile methods allows us to actually measure the impact of management decisions on the team’s output. He describes the case where the team had a major spike in velocity in one iteration. The cost seems obvious: the team ended up having diminishing returns on velocity in subsequent iterations. It shows that when you work …

[10 Aug 2012 | Comments Off on Wrong Start for Scrum | ]

In this blog post, Johanna Rothman shows some of the common problem of teams that think they start using Scrum but stick to traditional project management planning. Some of the smells of this situation could be the fact that the ScrumMaster keep preparing Gantt charts for the iteration or that he tells the team what they can commit to for stories. Another issue is that teams remain siloed, with testers separated from developers for instance. She recommends to stop trying to predict anything for the teams and move to cross-functional …