Definition of Ready in Scrum

In Scrum, the Product Backlog Items are refined, during the activity of “Backlog Refinement”, until they are “Ready” for selection in Sprint Planning. To determine the items that are ready it is important that Scrum teams consider “Definition of Ready”. In fact, the Definition of Ready helps Product Owners to …

Nexus increases Scrum slightly

There are companies that use Nexus to scale their software and product development. Nexus is a framework based on Scrum that uses an iterative and incremental approach to develop products. Nexus is based on the Scrum Framework and increases Scrum slightly. Let’s see why Nexus is based on Scrum and …

Software companies deal with Technical Debt

Many companies in the software industry have to often deal with the concept of “technical debt”. Technical debt is also known as design debt or code debt. Let’s analyze this concept in depth. What is technical debt? Technical debt happens when development teams take actions to expedite the delivery of …

Nexus Sprint Review and Retrospective

The Nexus framework is based on Scrum. It helps companies to scale software and product development. In fact, it helps organizations to develop products in a faster way by reducing costs. Let’s analyze in depth two Nexus events: Nexus Sprint Review and Retrospective. What is the Nexus Sprint Review? The …

Use Kanban to organise project work

Many Scrum teams use Kanban to organise their project work. In fact, these teams use Kanban as a visual management tool to deliver work faster and more often. Let’s see what is Kanban and how it is evolving over time. What is Kanban? Kanban is a lean method that aims …

The characteristics of Nexus Daily Scrum

Nexus helps companies to scale software and product development. In fact, thanks to this framework organizations are able to develop products in a faster way by reducing costs. As the Nexus framework is based on Scrum, it can be useful to understand what are the differences between Scrum and Nexus. …

Scrum, the risk-reduction framework

Scrum does not clearly define any controls. As Scrum is a risk-reduction framework it already contains various risk controls. In fact it is important to remember that Scrum aims at solving complicated issues to reach project success. Here is a list of controls that can reduce the risk of project …

Sprint Planning event in Nexus

Nexus is a framework, based on Scrum, that helps companies to scale software and product development. In fact, thanks to this framework organizations can plan, launch, scale and manage large product and software development projects. In addition, they are able to develop products in a faster way by reducing costs. …

Scrum requires practice and experiments

Scrum is a framework that implements an empirical process. In general, empiricism is a principle that states that to obtain knowledge people should depend on practice and experiments, rather than on theories. In fact, thanks to this process, progress is based on observations of reality and not on imaginary plans. …

Estimate Product Backlog items

To estimate Product Backlog items Scrum does not require a specific technique. The objective of estimation Estimations should allow discussion to obtain more information about the product backlog items. Estimations help to create a shared agreement about the solutions. In fact, it is important that the team is commitment on …

Develop better products faster with Nexus

Today, more than ever, organizations need to build products that add higher value to customers and the business. To be more competitive companies need to develop products in a faster way by reducing costs. To accomplish this goal organizations can use the Nexus framework to scale software and product development. …

How to keep up with technology with Scrum

Today technology moves at light speed. Let’s see how to keep up with technology with Scrum. The waterfall method In the past, the standard way to manage software development was by using the “waterfall method”, basically the process was to execute activities sequentially. In fact, in waterfall, the development starts …

Scrum relies on transparency

Scrum relies on transparency. It is important to notice that transparency does not occur overnight, but is a path. The importance of transparency Transparency makes visible the progress of work and team. As a result, when the team achieves its goal, people who are responsible for it can be identified …

Scrum, the risk-reduction framework

Scrum does not clearly define any controls. As Scrum is a risk-reduction framework it already contains various risk controls. In fact it is important to remember that Scrum aims at solving complicated issues to reach project success. Here is a list of controls that can reduce the risk of project …

Business agility to maintain a competitive edge

Business agility is a very important ability for a company. In fact, it helps companies to maintain a competitive edge over competitors over time. Business agility helps organization to adapt and succeed in the digital era by providing customers with innovative and  technical solutions. Evolving gradually To implement an agile …

Agile processes have tranformed PMOs

Agile processes have created new ways of thinking about Project Management, which impact Project Management Organizations in various ways. Traditionally, a PMO focuses on implementing basic project management processes, introducing basic tools, and supporting the professional growth of competent project managers. Moreover, the PMO can support management to make decisions …

How to predict the future marketplace

Today, the business world is changing at a fast rate. For this reason, it will be increasingly difficult to predict the future marketplace. Moreover, companies should expect this trend to continue in the future. The Strategy concept Companies have always used strategy to reach organizational objectives by using their resources. …

Impediments can influence Sprints

In Scrum, development teams have the objective to reach Sprint goals. Impediments can jeopardize the achievement of the Sprint‘s objectives. What is an impediment? In Scrum, an impediment refers to anything that holds a development team back from being productive. Basically, it is any problem that blocks the team from …

The organizational context can influence projects

All projects live in an organizational context. All organizational characteristics can influence the execution and the outcome of a project. These characteristics can challenge project managers. In fact, to be successful they should be able to operate under those conditions. Be ready to change To support agility a company should …

A daily meeting: the Daily Scrum

One of the five Scrum events The Daily Scrum is one of the Scrum events. During this meeting the team members synchronize their progress with each other. They create a plan for the next 24 hours. The Daily Scrum is held every day of the Sprint and lasts at most …

How to perform work in Scrum

The team decides about the work In Scrum, after the Sprint Planning, the Development Team starts to work on the Sprint Backlog items. In fact, each member of the team analyzes the items in the Sprint Backlog. Afterwards, the team decides who will work on what tasks. Even if team …

How to evaluate project performance

Project performance by using the traditional approach In traditional project management, project managers can use Earned Value Management (EVM) to evaluate project performance. EVM is a structured project management process which finds variances in projects based on the comparison of worked performed and work planned. This process is used to …

The Sprint Backlog elements and traits

Increase the level of transparency The Sprint Backlog increases the transparency of information about what is the work planned and accomplished for the next Sprint by the Development Team. In fact, the Sprint Backlog is a highly visible, it represents a snapshot of the work that the Development Team plans …

The best way to determine the project status

The importance of status report It is a common practice to use status reports to monitor project’s progress. Status reports are part of the project management basics. In fact, they are part of the project documentation. Status reports quantify the project’s progress. This helps you to make informed decisions. In …

Sprint Planning kicks off the Sprint

Sprint planning is one of the events of the Scrum Framework. This event kicks off the Sprint. It can last a maximum of eight hours for a one-month Sprint. For shorter Sprints, the event can be shorter. The purpose of this meeting is to determine the Sprint plan and set …

The building blocks of Agile: Iterations

Agile approaches are characterized by sequence of iterations. In fact, iterations are the building blocks of Agile methods. Each iteration is a fixed-length timebox. Usually the length of iteration can vary between a week and a month. The development team works to deliver a potentially releasable Increment of “Done” product …

Start from the framework and go beyond

Scrum is a lightweight framework which helps organizations to develop and sustain complex products. The Scrum framework has: Roles: Scrum Master, Product Owner, Development Team Artifacts: Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog, Increment Events: Sprint, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review and Retrospective Scrum addresses complexity by making information transparent. So that, …

Stand-up Meetings and Agile Teams

Agile teams have daily meetings called stand-up meetings. Teams usually have the meeting in the morning which lasts no more than 15 minutes. Stand-up meetings are important to keep the development team on the same page. In other words, teams use these meetings to uncover problems, and ensure the work …

Sprint planning produces a Sprint Backlog

In Scrum, the definition of what is to be built is created during Sprint planning. Sprint Planning answers the following: What can be delivered in the Increment resulting from the upcoming Sprint? How will the work needed to deliver the Increment be achieved? Sprint planning produces a Sprint Backlog, a …

To adopt Scrum you should have guidelines

Organizations who want to adopt Scrum should have guidelines about how to structure the Development Team. The Scrum Master coaches the employees about Scrum and empirical product development and the organization about Scrum values and principles. He/She collaborates with other Scrum Master for organization-wide Scrum adoption. The organization should also …

To start with Agile you should start by forming a team

Companies which want to start with Agile should start by forming a team. An Agile team is cross functional with all of the skills necessary to analyze, architect, design, build, test and deploy the solution. Cross functional teams help organizations put their customers first, by encouraging effective communication across teams. …

Companies are investing money to create open work environments

Companies today are investing money to create open and collaborative work environments. Studies reveal that the benefits of teamwork and collaboration are different across industries, businesses and even generations. In general, a collaborative environment offers companies and workers several benefits. Project team members who work in a collaborative environment can …

In Scrum, there are no managers for team members

The Development Team manages how the development work is planned, performed and controlled. Whereas, the people aspects of the Scrum Team like hiring, firing, compensation and other aspects are handled by HR authority in the organization. It is only the Development Team that decides how to get the development work …

Multitasking is neurologically impossible

Some researchers have renamed it switch tasking, that means juggling from one task to another. Multitasking affects your performance and the quality of your work.  Indeed, performing several decisive tasks in parallel reduces your overall performance by 20 to 50% while extending the completion time from 30% to 200% and …

The Voice of the Customer

The Scrum Product Owner is the Voice of the Customer. The ideal Product Owner is the person paying for the product and generally speaking it is a business-facing person. It is important that he/she understands the market, product, business and any constraints involved. The role requires strong inclination towards a …

Agile approaches use servant leadership

Agile approaches use servant leadership to get the most out of project teams. In general, a servant leader works tirelessly to develop his or her team and is focused on what they can do for others. A servant leader thinks in terms of the needs of the team rather than …

The Value Maximizer in Scrum

The Product Owner maximizes the value of the product by constantly collaborating with stakeholders. He/She is responsible for maintaining the product backlog order by sequencing the items to best achieve company goals. Product backlog items are constantly updated by the Product Owner who looks for the latest insights and market …