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Think cross functional before Iteration

Think cross functional before Iteration

When we talk about agile adoption or implementation of agile in project or work; often, the first thing that comes to our mind is iteration.  And we start to worry about roll out and requirement planning for incremental and iterative development. While, iteration and incremental delivery is an essential aspect of Agile, it should not be the starting point, from agile adoption per se.  First thing, you should be concern about, do I have fully cross functional team(s).  If needed,…

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Acknowledging Anti Patterns

Acknowledging Anti Patterns

Common aspect among Scrum, Kanban, XP, BDD or any other Agile methodology is their main goal.  All such frameworks or models aim to establish Agile mindset in team by adhering to 4 values and 12 principles mentioned in Agile manifesto Among them, Scrum is the most popular one. Simple yet impactful, Scrum is structured framework, with well-defined ceremonies, roles and artifacts, plus ample of opportunity to do-it-the-way-it-suits-you. Often during scrum adoption, team tend to practice / approach the ceremonies in…

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Agile Principles from a non-IT industry standpoint

Agile Principles from a non-IT industry standpoint

Scrum and Agile practices, once the sole domain of software developers, are making significant inroads outside of IT and finding acceptance in industries beyond technology.  2016 State of scrum report emphasized this. The agile mindset was recognized in 2001 at a summit of practitioners who found consensus around core values captured in 12 principles called the “Agile Manifesto. If you closely look at these two statements, there is a problem. The Agile principles were thought and build around software development…

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Identifying Sprint Goal

Identifying Sprint Goal

I have often seen Scrum Teams struggling to come up with a sprint goal during the sprint planning meeting, or they underestimate the importance of having a sprint goal at all. This happens more with teams that are new to Scrum, but it is also the case with experienced Scrum Teams. Multiple factors are behind this anomaly, which is also an antipattern for Scrum Teams. Importance of defining a Sprint Goal: The sprint goal provides the development team with guidance…

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Agile story estimation?- Wait, try to avoid these three things !!!

Agile story estimation?- Wait, try to avoid these three things !!!

Sometime back, I heard someone saying- “My team is not doing that good because it delivers only ‘X’ story points whereas other teams deliver more than that!!!” This is one of the things we witness while working in the agile environment. The team might start comparing user story points delivered other team and this is not the good indication for agile culture. Sometimes this comparison might end up in a.   Motivating the team and deliver more b.    Might end up in discouraging the team…

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Why Managing Shared Responsibilities is Key to Success of Scrum

Why Managing Shared Responsibilities is Key to Success of Scrum

Scrum is the most widely accepted and proven methodology in agile. According to ‘State of Scrum’ report 2016 by Scrum Alliance, 89 percent agile users follow scrum approach.   Scrum has defined three major roles- Scrum Master (SM), Product Owner (PO), and Development Team (DT). Each role as the defined set of responsibilities. In the practical implementation of Scrum, it is very important to share some of the responsibilities amongst these roles. Rightly shared responsibilities will result in the success…

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