Agile

Sprint Events

Sprint Events Summary   Sprint Planning Daily Scrum Sprint Review Sprint Retrospective Goal Create the Sprint goal & Plan to reach the goal (Sprint Backlog) Inspect & Adapt towards sprint goal & Plan for the day Inspect and Adapt on usable product increment developed Inspect & Adapt to be Effective / Efficient & Continous Improvement Input Ready Product Backlog Items Current State of the work Useable & “Done” Increment Observations, Patterns, Ideas, Metrics & Issues Output Sprint Goal & Sprint Backlog Plan for the day & Identification of impediments Acceptance,…

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Agile Scrum

Don’t Freeze Sprint Backlog

Don’t Freeze Sprint Backlog I commonly get to hear one statement very commonly, “Sprint backlog should not be changed and be freezed” Yes, one mistake that management force the team to do is FREEZE their sprint backlog, while the sprint backlog is the development team’s plan to achieve the sprint goal, it is just sufficient and just in time elaborated to focus on one item at the time implementing the functionality and marching towards sprint goal.  Sprint backlog is like your route map, it creates transparency for everyone to understand what…

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Agile Product Management

Product Life Cycle

Product Life Cycle Philip Kotler divides product life cycle into 5 stages Research & Development Introduction Growth Maturity Decline product life cycle stages & product strategy Understanding product life cycle and product strategy help us get the best out of market and products.  Development : This is the stage where the product is conceptualized and development activities starts keep look forward for quick entry into the market to show the key differentiators. During this stage of product life cycle, product strategy should focus on product feasibility, viability and business benefits.…

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Agile Product Management

Product Strategy

Product Strategy Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right. A Strategic plan that accounts & focus on the vision, goals, purpose of the product, product differentiators, business goals and investment by company, is referred as product strategy. Product Strategy is not only influenced, it’s also is inline with product vision and business strategy.  Elements of product strategy. 3 elements where Product Strategy is derived from are  The market & customer needs. The key features &  differentiators,  The business goals. The market & customer needs : Every…

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Agile

12 Principles behind Agile Manifesto

12 Principles Behind The Agile Manifesto Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. This agile principle has three focus areas Releasing software early Delivering value continuously Satisfying the customer. Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage. While this agile principle actually focus on process adaptability to change. But unfortunately it is often interpreted as people should adapt to change or complain the team is not agile.   Deliver working software frequently, from a…

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Agile

Agile Manifesto & Scrum

Manifesto for Agile Software Development *Reference : Core Scrum, Scrum Alliance. Agile Manifesto Agile Manifesto & Scrum Individuals & interactions over processes & tools. The Scrum framework promotes effective interaction between team members so the team delivers value to the business. Scrum team self-organize to deliver the business value.  Scrum encourages the team members to work together to achieve the single goal by valuing individuals and interactions over process and tools. Working software over comprehensive documentation. Scrum Team focus their actions towards the goal, build winning product.  Scrum encourages the…

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Agile

Engineering Practices

XP: Engineering Practices Extreme Programming (XP) has listed a few engineering practices that helps the team to develop high quality product, focus on simplicity, reduce risks, better designs & deliver early and incrementally. Even though these practices were originally practiced in XP, over time these practices are being found used in many frameworks. In the recent trend teams developing products with Scrum framework are using extensively & find it tremendously useful to achieve their goals.  Some of the well-known engineering practices are listed below.   Pair Programming Pair Programming mimics driver…

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Agile

Definition of Ready & Done

Definition of ReadyDefinition of Ready (DoR) is one of the tools/techniques for product backlog management. DoR is mutually agreed just sufficient and just in time information required for the teams to start working towards the product increment. If you observe these symptoms in the team, then DoR might help the team to over come the root cause issue 1. Lots of feedback during the sprint review 2. uncertainty during the sprint and team members are waiting for clarifications 3. delay in clarifications / decision making 4. huge rework during or after…

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Agile

Best CSM trainer in India

When someone invests money they always look forward for the best, you would be wondering who is the Best CSM trainer in India? Firstly all Certified Scrum Master training are done by qualified and well respected Certified Scrum Trainers from Scrum Alliance. it’s not question about the best CSM trainer, it’s more of is the trainer able to connect with you and their examples, experiences and style enables your style of learning. CSM training is very common these days, and many Indian and non-Indian trainers conduct CSM training, one has…

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Agile

Cancel Sprint

Cancel Sprint Though Cancelling the sprint isn’t a frequent situation. In Scrum framework it’s at the discretion of the Product Owner(PO) to cancel the sprint if PO realize that the sprint goal and plan isn’t adding value to the product. In Scrum only PO has the authority to cancel sprint. After cancelling the sprint, product backlog is updated with latest priorities and value for the product, any work done during the sprint if valuable is reviewed and rest is thrashed or pushed back to product backlog and the next sprint starts…

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