Scrum

Scrum is an agile framework that focuses on project management aspects of development

User stories are more important than epics and themes

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Wed, 30/01/2019 - 17:18

Waterfall

Scrum teams take user stories into sprints.

For many teams that is the end of the conversation. They do not need anything else to describe the work they are doing and the requirements they plan to do in the future.

For other teams, particularly those with a long product backlog, it may be beneficial to use other terms for requirements. Terms like 'epic' and 'theme'.

Scrum myths

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Fri, 27/02/2015 - 11:33

 

The following are some common Scrum myths.

 

Velocity is a measure of performance

Isn't a higher velocity a sign of a more productive team?

The Scrum guide is very clear that velocity is purely about establishing the likely capacity of a team for future sprints. The actual value is irrelevant, it is the predictability that is important.

 

What are Story Points?

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Sun, 30/12/2012 - 11:03

Nothing else in Scrum generates more confusion than story points. So what are they and just as importantly, what are they not? Here is my definition:

Story points represent the relative difficulty in completing development tasks that produce business value

Sprint showcase discipline

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Tue, 24/07/2012 - 14:34

The showcase is a critical part of Scrum. It is a window in to the project for the business users and will often determine their attitude and approach to the Scrum team. Done badly, a showcase will alienate stakeholders and disrupt the team's progress.

The Daily Scrum

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Tue, 14/12/2010 - 20:55

The Daily Scrum is one of the Scrum ceremonies. It is also often called the daily stand-up or just the stand-up.

What is a stand-up?

The idea in holding a daily stand-up is to get the Scrum Team members talking to each other. The stand-up is there to coordinate dependencies, to identify issues and to fascilitate team members helping each other out.

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