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Scrum (development)

The 2015 State of Scrum Report is Out!

The 2015 State of Scrum Report is out and you can also download it here. From the survey results, we see that Scrum is becoming an increasingly popular and in-demand framework. There are no surprises here as most of the… Continue Reading →

A Scrum Master Is Not a Project Manager by Another Name

Contrary to popular belief, the ScrumMaster and project manager roles are highly different and shouldn’t be confused. As more companies migrate their project management to Agile, many do so without a proper understanding of what they’re aiming for. In particular, there are incorrect… Continue Reading →

10 Tips for Writing Good User Stories

User stories are probably the most popular agile technique to capture product functionality: Working with user stories is easy. But writing good stories can be hard. The following ten tips help you create good stories: Start with the Users: As its name… Continue Reading →

Sprint Retrospective Meeting

The Sprint retrospective meeting is time-boxed to 3 hours. It is attended only by the Team, the ScrumMaster, and the Product Owner. The Product Owner is optional. Start the meeting by having all Team members answer two questions: What went… Continue Reading →

Sprint Review Meeting

The Sprint review meeting is time-boxed to 4 hours. The Team should not spend more than 1 hour preparing for the Sprint review. The purpose of the Sprint review is for the Team to present to the Product Owner and… Continue Reading →


The Sprint is time-boxed to 30 consecutive calendar days. Aside from other factors, this is the amount of time required for a Team to build something of significant interest to the Product Owner and stakeholders and bring it to a state… Continue Reading →

Daily Scrum Meeting

The Daily Scrum meeting is time-boxed to 15 minutes regardless of the number of Team members. Hold the Daily Scrum in the same place at the same time every work day. The Daily Scrum is best held first thing in… Continue Reading →

Sprint Planning Meeting

The Sprint planning meeting is time-boxed to 8 hours and consists of two segments that are time-boxed to 4 hours each. The first segment is for selecting Product Backlog; the second segment is for preparing a Sprint Backlog. The attendees are… Continue Reading →

Abnormal Termination of a Sprint

Agile development is all about adapting to change. It is explicitly called out in the second principle behind the Agile Manifesto, “Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.” This is why, in Scrum, the Product… Continue Reading →

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