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Agile Architecture

A key practice in Scrum is to deliver small slices of functionality each Sprint. These slices need to encompass every layer of a system, from what the customer sees to the darkest corners of the backend. This even includes the architecture itself. ...

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Agile Contracts

As Scrum and Agile practices become mainstream and fundamentally change the way companies work internally, it is only natural that the way companies work with each other will also change. Unfortunately, many procurement departments are ill equipped to contract in a manner friendly to incremental ...

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Agile Defense

Agile Defense applies from the battlefield to the boardroom:  In 2010 the Defense Acquisitions Act made Agile software development the law of the land for Defense Contractors. But both the DoD and the contractor community are struggling to figure out how to make it work in an ossified system that ...

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Backlog Item (PBI)

Product Backlog Items (PBIs) are the elements that make up the Product Backlog. They can range from specifications and requirements, to use cases, epics, User Stories, or even bugs and chores. Each PBI must have these qualities: Description: What ...

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Backlog Refinement

A crucial guideline in Scrum is that five to ten percent of every Sprint must be dedicated to Backlog Refinement. As the slides illustrate, this includes: detailed requirements analysis splitting large items into smaller ones (epics to User Stories) estimation of new items re-estimation of ...

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Burndown Chart

The Sprint Burndown Chart makes the work of the Team visible. It is a graphic representation that shows the rate at which work is completed and how much work remains to be done. The chart slopes downward over Sprint duration and across ...

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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 ...

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Definition of Done

Each Scrum Team has its own Definition of Done. What matters is that each Team has a shared definition that every one understands. The Team's Definition of Done is used to assess when work on a User Story has been completed.Here’s ...

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Definition of Ready

Having a Definition of Ready means that stories must be immediately actionable. The Team must be able to determine what needs to be done and the amount of work required to complete the User Story or

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Distributed Scrum

Distributed Scrum Teams are inherently less efficient than Teams located in the same place. The reason for this performance difference is that people working far away and at different times creates a complex array of communication Impediments. Distributed Teams almost always deliver ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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Hyper Metrics

Hyper-Productive metrics are designed to help Scrum Masters carefully tune their teams into a hyper-productive state. Hyper-Productivity is defined as a 400% increase in Velocity over the baseline Velocity with corresponding quality. The best Scrum Teams average 750% gains ...

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Impediments

An Impediment is anything that keeps the Team from getting work Done and slowing Velocity. Impediments come in many different forms: a sick team member, a missing resource, lack of management support or even a cold team room. If it's ...

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Innovate or Die

Innovation is increasingly the key to commercial success, with leading companies producing new products and new features at an ever faster rate. How many people still tote around a BlackBerry? Take print photographs? Enter an actual bank? Yet innovation is often seen as uncontrollable – the unexpected ...

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Leadership Dashboard

How can Agile leaders use Scrum’s ability to make work visible to support informed business decisions and efficiently coordinate teams toward a focused goal? The key is getting the right information at the right time with Scrum Inc.'s Leadership Dashboard. What should Leadership be looking ...

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Mapping Value

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a tool that helps analyze the system of how a product or service is delivered, from inception to the end user, and provides insights for designing a better, more efficient system. VSM allows your Team to visualize and ...

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Pattern Language: Finish Early, Accelerate Fast

Finish Early, Accelerate Faster (FEAF) is a Scrum pattern language composed of  a number of Scrum Patterns used together. FEAF is an incredibly powerful pattern language because it will help new Teams establish good practices and take experienced Teams  

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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 ...

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Potentially Shippable Product

Potentially Shippable Product is the sum of the Product Backlog Items delivered each Sprint. Delivering Potentially Shippable Product each Sprint is fundamental to the Scrum framework because when work is divided into simple pieces it can be finished in ...

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Product Backlog

The Product Backlog is a prioritized list of everything that might be included in a product. The Product Owner creates, maintains, and regularly re-orders the Product Backlog. The Product Owner uses the Product Backlog to adapt to emerging requirements, customer feedback, and market ...

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Product Owner

The Product Owner is the Team member who knows what the customer wants and the relative Business Value of those wants. He can then translate the customer's wants and values back to the Scrum team. The Product Owner must know the business ...

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Release Planning

The key question everyone wants answered in any project is “When will it be done?” From a business perspective knowing the best time to release a product is crucial to success. In Scrum, the Team strives to create a

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Scaling Scrum

Scaling Scrum is a challenge that many large organizations face as they implement Teams across more and more of their operations. Coordinating multiple Teams that are working on multiple projects can seem daunting. But Scrum was designed to scale because it is fractal in nature ...

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Scrum and Management

The question is always the same: "How do I deliver the best product for the lowest cost and the highest profit?" Scrum has repeatedly answered these questions, but often management still has a hard time grasping the business case for Scrum. This hour-long online course gives a data ...

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Scrum at Scale Part I

Scrum Inc.'s Alex Brown and Jeff Sutherland present Scrum at Scale Part I - an object-oriented model for scaling Scrum across the business. The modular approach allows for the overall system to work together even if individual modules aren't agile. This allows the framework to support many different ...

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Scrum at Scale Part II

Scrum Inc.'s Alex Brown and Jeff Sutherland present Scrum at Scale Part II - an object-oriented model for scaling Scrum across the business. The modular approach allows for the overall system to work together even if individual modules aren't agile. This allows the framework to support many different ...

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Scrum Board

A Scrum Board is a tool that helps Teams make Sprint Backlog items visible. The board can take many physical and virtual forms but it performs the same function regardless of how it looks. The board is updated by the ...

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Scrum for Full-Scale Manufacturing

Scrum for full-scaling manufacturing is a groundbreaking agile discipline that combines Scrum with modular architecture and Lean/XP practices. This framework enables those who work with hardware to enjoy the same benefits that agile software teams have enjoyed for decades. R&D shops consistently ...

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Scrum Fundamentals

Solid Scrum fundamentals will increase your productivity and help management see how Scrum is working for them. How is your Velocity trending? What is your kaizen? What makes the top item in your Product Backlog so important? No matter how strong your Scrum ...

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Scrum Master

The Scrum Master is tasked with making Scrum work. They work intimately with the Team, sometimes as a member. Their primary task is to remove Impediments and guide the team in Scrum practices. The Scrum Master does whatever it takes to help the team ...

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Scrum Pitfalls Part I

The iterative nature of Scrum is a risk management mechanism that, even when poorly implemented, usually results in at least a 30% improvement in productivity. The rules of Scrum are simple and straightforward, and the underlying principles are intuitive. That is not to say, however, ...

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Scrum Pitfalls Part II

Scrum Pitfalls Part II continues the conversation from Part I and dives deeper into the missteps we see Agile organizations commonly make. This episode will examine the role of leadership in Scrum and the importance of removing the right Impediments. These ...

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Sprint Backlog

The Sprint Backlog is an ordered list of Product Backlog Items, preferably User Stories, that the Team believes it can complete during the coming Sprint. These items are pulled from the top of the Product Backlog during ...

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Sprint Planning

Sprint Planning opens each sprint. The Product Owner discusses the sprint goal with the team and the Scrum Master. They then collaborate to reach a mutual understanding of the sprint goal and the work needed to achieve it. The Team then estimates ...

Sprint Retrospective

The Sprint Retrospective is the last ceremony in the Sprint. The Sprint Retrospective takes place after the Sprint Review and before the next Sprint Planning. The meeting should be time-boxed to no more than an hour per ...

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Sprint Review

The Sprint Review takes place at the end of the Sprint and is designed to gather actionable feedback on what the Team has completed. This ceremony, also known as the "Demo", is an exciting opportunity for the team to showcase its work and to inspect ...

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The Daily Scrum

After Sprint Planning, the Team gets to work and meets every day for the Daily Scrum. All team members working on the Sprint Backlog need to attend and should standup to help keep the meeting short (no longer than ...

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The Future of Work

Scrum has reached a tipping point. It has become clear it is the future of work. The dramatic productivity gains are just too great and companies large and small are turning to Scrum either to innovate, or to keep up with ...

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The Scrum Team

The Scrum Team is made up of the people who actually work on Product Backlog Items during a Sprint. In a software context, this group is most often called the Development Team. In other contexts, the simple term Team ...

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The Sprint

The Sprint is the heart of Scrum. It is a short, consistent cycle no longer than four weeks. The goal is to have an iteration short enough to keep the team focused but long enough to deliver a meaningful ...

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Velocity

Velocity is a measure of the amount of work a Team can tackle during a single Sprint and is the key metric in Scrum. Velocity is calculated at the end of the Sprint by totaling the Points for all fully completed ...

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Visualizing Customers

Visualizing your customers is the first step in making your best customers the top priority. A well-executed Scrum can help your Team build products and services that delight quickly. But how do you know who your customers really are and what they want from ...

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Writing User Stories

User Stories are Product Backlog Items that are concise and clear descriptions of functionality in terms of its value to the end user. The User Story always takes the form: "As a ______ I want to ___________ so that I can ______." Our experience has shown that when a ...

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Yesterday’s Weather

Yesterday’s Weather is a Scrum pattern that helps Teams quickly calculate how many Points they will likely complete in the upcoming Sprint. The name comes from the fact that the best predictor of today’s weather is ...

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