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Points vs Hours

Points vs Hours

Estimation is a fundamental building block in Scrum. Without it Product Owners and Scrum Masters will struggle with securing a release date and showing velocity improvement. When adopting Scrum the tendency is to continue approximating in time. Unfortunately, reams of research shows that humans are inherently horrible at estimating in time. It turns out when ...

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eXtreme Manufacturing

eXtreme Manufacturing

The term eXtreme Manufacturing (XM) was coined by Team WIKISPEED, a non-profit car manufacturer, to describe how it manufactures automobiles combining the Scrum framework, Object-Oriented architecture and eXtreme Programming (XP). Blending these three practices, WIKISPEED invented a new manufacturing process that can shorten time-to-market, reduce labor costs and spur innovation. eXtreme Manufacturing borrows the basic Agile principles ...

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Happiness Metric

Happiness Metric

The Happiness Metric is a simple, fast, and effective way of surfacing the kaizen, or process improvement, during the Sprint Retrospective. Everyone knows instinctively that happy people do higher quality work, delight customers, and contribute to a better workplace. More and more, talented people simply won’t work in command and control environments based ...

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Calculating Value

Calculating Value

Calculating business value effectively and using that insight to prioritize the Product Backlog is one of the most important things an organization can do to drive higher profits and achieve a competitive advantage using Scrum. This is because the Scrum framework helps you to deliver product features independently, allowing you to focus on delivering high ...

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