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What Is The Point In Estimating?

One technique used by agile development teams is the idea of estimating product features using points. This has a few distinct advantages over estimating in physical units of time. 1. Estimating is very quick because it’s an intuitive estimate of a feature’s size. 2. An estimate in points indicates a feature’s size relative to another, and does not give the

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Implementing Scrum (PowerPoint)

After seeing how popular my last presentation was (10 Key Principles of Agile Software Development) – and following numerous requests to do another one – I’ve created this PowerPoint presentation about ‘Implementing Scrum’. This presentation follows my latest series about How To Implement Scrum in 10 Easy Steps. It goes step by step, with pictures and notes on each slide

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Step 10: Review, Reflect, Repeat

So you’ve got your backlog in order, estimated your backlog, clarified your requirements, planned your sprint and created a collaborative workspace. You’ve sprinted to achieve your sprint goals, run daily stand-up meetings and tracked progress with a daily burndown chart. Now you’ve come to the end of your Sprint and finished when you said you would. All that’s left to

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Step 9: Finish When You Said You Would

So you’ve got your backlog in order, estimated your backlog, clarified your requirements, planned your sprint and created a collaborative workspace. You’re sprinting to achieve your sprint goals, running daily stand-up meetings and you’re tracking progress with a daily burndown chart. Now you just need to finish when you said you would… What a great idea! What an insight! If

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Step 8: Track Progress With A Daily Burndown Chart

So you’ve got your backlog in order, estimated your backlog, clarified your requirements, planned your sprint and created a collaborative workspace. You’re sprinting to achieve your sprint goals and running daily stand-up meetings. Now you’re ready to track progress with a daily burndown chart… “Oh dear, it seemed to be going so well” Often in traditional development projects, everything seems

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Step 7: Stand Up And Be Counted!

So you’ve got your backlog in order, estimated your backlog, clarified your requirements, planned your sprint and created a collaborative workspace. You’re sprinting to achieve your sprint goals; now you’re ready for Step #7 – Stand up and be counted! Hold a daily stand-up meeting. The whole team must be present. It’s not optional. The whole team must be involved.

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Step 6: Sprint!

So you’ve got your backlog in order, estimated your backlog, clarified your requirements, planned your sprint and created a collaborative workspace. Now you’re ready for Step #6 – Sprint! Scrum does not really prescribe how you should go about delivering the tasks in your Sprint. Scrum is an agile management practice and doesn’t really cover agile engineering. XP (Extreme Programming)

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Step 5: Create A Collaborative workspace

So now you’ve got your backlog in order, estimated your backlog, clarified your requirements, and planned your sprint. Now you’re ready for Step #5 – Create a collaborative workspace … I know I called this series, ’10 easy steps’, but the first 4 steps are actually quite hard work! This one’s a breeze. Whiteboard your walls Cover your walls in

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Step 4: Sprint Planning (Tasks)

Once you’ve completed Step #3 and clarified the requirements for all the Product Backlog items targeted for your Sprint, the next step is to plan the Sprint in detail… Sprint Planning Workshop (Part 2) The first part of the Sprint Planning Workshop (in the last step of this series) was focused on clarifying the requirements for the selected Product Backlog.

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Step 3: Sprint Planning (Requirements)

If you’ve followed the first 2 steps in this series, you should now have your product backlog in order and have estimated its size using Fibonacci points. The next step – Step #3 – is to plan your Sprint. Sprint Planning Workshop Call a Sprint Planning meeting. Make sure the meeting is attended by the whole team. Include all roles.

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Step 2: How To Estimate Your Product Backlog

In step 1 – my first article in this series – I described ‘how to get your backlog in order‘. If you’ve completed step 1, congratulations! Because it’s the biggest step. And the foundation for all else that follows. Whether or not you implement Scrum. If you haven’t completed step 1, you must not go any further until you have.

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Step 1: Get Your Backlog In Order!

So you want to implement Scrum? And you like the idea of making it easy? Then listen up. This is step 1 in my series: How to implement Scrum in 10 easy steps. This is not only the 1st step. It’s the most important step. Unless you can take this step, go no further. Do not skip it. I promise

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