Tagged: agile

Balancing Agility and Discipline

In this blog post, Bill Nichols discusses the fact that the engineering disciplines needed to apply agility to mission-critical software systems are not as well defined or practiced. His posts gets its title from a from book written by Barry Boehm and Richard Turner in 2003. He summarizes a talk...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Retrospective Velocity

In this article, Brian Tarbox and Heather Mardis try to answer the classical question: “how long is this going to take?” They discuss the notion of velocity in Scrum and how to use it to estimate future sprints. But not all projects use the Scrum framework and people rarely record...

Agile Project Manager Should Keep the PMBOK

In this article, Robert Galen argues that traditional project managers DO need to reframe themselves and their approaches in an agile context. They must become context-based and situational in your approaches. However, “traditional” principles and techniques from the PMBOK shouldn’t be “thrown away” in agile projects.

Applying Agile in a Mixed Team

This article is based on a Scrum Alliance Google groups thread called “How to apply scrum in a mixed feature development and SLA-bound bug fixing team.” It compiles most of the solutions that were provided in the thread.