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Become a Product Owner

The Product Owner acts as the voice of the Customer and they are accountable for delivering Value to the Business. 

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Become a Scrum Master

The Scrum Master is accountable for removing impediments, enabling the Development Team to focus on delivering the Product Goals and deliverable's.

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Become a Scrum Developer

The Development Team is responsible for developing the product. They work on the product requirements defined in the form of User Stories

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The Risk Burndown Chart in Scrum Projects

What is the Risk Burndown Chart and what is it used for? Risks are assessed, categorized and addressed based on severity levels that are established with the following formula: Probability X Impact = Severity. A common way that risks can be managed is with a Cumulative Risk Burndown Chart.  With this chart, the expectation is…

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Scrum Board and the Scrum Team

The Scrum Board The Scrum Board is an important component of the Scrum framework. This board is used by Agile teams to track their development work within time-boxed iterations called Sprints. The Scrum Board shows all backlog items that need to be completed within the current Sprint. Team members use the board by completing work…

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Automated Testing in Scrum Projects

What is Automated Testing and when does it occur in a Scrum project? When changes are made to software that has been previously validated, even the smallest revision has the potential to disrupt the existing code. Software developers implement Regression tests to ensure that modifications or additions to the code didn’t break any of the…

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Impediment Logs in Scrum Projects

Impediments are barricades, hurdles or obstacles and these are recorded in Impediment Logs. In terms of Scrum, they are “blockers” that prevent the Scrum Team from completing work, which in return impacts velocity. Anything that prohibits the team from doing work is considered an impediment and should be included within impediment logs. Examples of Scrum…

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Scrum Programs and Portfolios

Implementing Scrum Programs Scrum Programs represent a collection of related projects. The objective of a program is to produce business results as they have been identified in the Program Vision Statement. The Prioritized Program Backlog includes Product Backlogs for every project within the program. Scrum at the Program level includes five (5) high-level processes. Create…

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User Story Prioritization in Scrum

The purpose of User Story prioritization in Scrum is to determine which user stories deliver the greatest amount of value to the customer. The items that are selected for the Prioritized Product Backlog undergo specific techniques to determine their levels of value. A discussion within the Scrum Team (Scrum Master, Product Owner and Development Team)…

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Release Planning in Agile Projects

Agile Planning Essentials Agile Release Planning involves quantifying the pace that a team can develop user stories into working software. The team’s velocity is the measurement of its throughput which is used to establish expectations regarding future delivery dates. To establish delivery dates, we examine the total amount of work for the project and divide…

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Planning for Uncertainty Within Agile Projects

Planning for Uncertainty How do Agile Projects help when Planning for Uncertainty? Agile projects often have a high degree of uncertainty; namely there are absent features and time estimates that have a high probability of adversely impacting the business. To avoid a negative impact, estimates should be buffered to reflect levels of uncertainty that are…

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Scrum Guidance Body Recommendations

The Scrum Guidance Body (SGB) typically consists of a group of professionals that define the set of standards that pertain to quality, government regulations, and other important organizational considerations. The standards are developed to provide guidance for the Product Owner, Scrum Mater and the Development Team. The Scrum Guidance Body (SGB) is also responsible for…

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Agile Leadership Styles and the Servant Leader

What are the Agile Leadership Styles? With Agile Methods, leadership styles are diverse and based on organizational specific environments, goals and the human resources on the Scrum project. While many of us are fully aware of the term Servant Leadership, there are other leadership styles that are also relevant. A discussion follows on the variations…

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