The Role of Epics in Agile Project Management
A complex project can derail in so many ways. The software team might hunker down and develop an innovative product, only to discover that it’s not what the user wants. At the other extreme, the team might set out to solve the client’s problem, only to realize mid-way that it doesn’t have the capacity to …
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5 Tips for a Top-Notch Agile Release
Software releases are seeped with dramatic tension. After slogging away over several development sprints, the agile team passes the beta test or completed software on for presentation. How will it be received? Will the team’s hard work end in tragedy, with glitches and malfunctions galore, or in rousing success, with an evening of hearty pats …
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Catching a Cloud, Pinning it Down: How to Capture Non Functional Requirements in Agile
You’ve probably heard the expression that “the best things in life aren’t things at all.” Some of our favorite things, such as nights out at the movies, evening walks in the snow and road trips to national parks, wouldn’t mean a whole lot if they didn’t include “things” like laughter, connection, friendship and love. What …
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How to Make the Most Out of Agile SDLC For Your Project Management Workflow
The Agile methodology is quickly gaining in popularity due to its ability to adapt to changing requirements and fast-paced work environments. Agile SDLC, or Agile Software Development Life Cycle, is a variation of the Agile methodology that is specifically tailored for software development projects. As with any new methodology, there can be a bit of …
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The 12 Agile Principles: Optimizing Your Project Process
It would be to the benefit of you and your team to get acquainted with using Agile and the underlying concepts behind it. Ultimately, it will help you optimize your project process by ensuring that everyone is on the same page and working towards the same goal. The goal of this article is to clear …
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A Snapshot of How Agile Teams Maintain Requirements
Remember your essays for English class back in high school? What about the nerve-racking assignment to compose an outline before writing the essay? Your English teacher perhaps knew nothing about agile project management, but it turns out she was well aware of the fundamental rule – without a thorough outline, your essay is doomed. The …
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Max 6 min read
Is Scrumban Really Scrum 2.0?
Have you ever tried to fix something and found your efforts didn’t do any good at all? Maybe you tried to remove a stain from a carpet, but it only made it worse, or fixed a cupboard in your home, only to have your kids break it again the next day. Sometimes we don’t fix …
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A Complete Summary of the Roles and Responsibilities of a Scrum Team
Have you ever laid out a precise plan for a big project, only to have everything fall apart? Maybe weather threw the timeline off, or resources didn’t arrive in time. Or a critical team member suddenly left. And all your careful plans came to naught. Or else, as it sometimes happens, a team completes a …
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What is The Difference Between Agile and Unified Process Methodology?
When starting a new project, it’s important to consider the type of methodology you will use. There are many different options, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Two of the most popular approaches are Agile and Unified Process. This article will compare and contrast these two methods to help you decide which is right …
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Max 6 min read
Effective Ways to Manage Cost in Agile Project Management
Have you ever tried to make dinner for people with two very different tastes? That’s a delicate tightrope to walk. Managing costs on an agile team can feel similar. Between the team and the leadership, it’s like you’re trying to appeal to two very different palates. First there’s the preferences of leadership (and accounting). Particularly …
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Surefire Ways to Ensure Quality in Agile Projects
The objective of any project is to successfully deliver a product within the given scope, budget, and timeline. Quality is a central component as well. While working within these constraints, every project manager aims to meet, or even exceed, the client’s expectations. To some, the agile method of project management looks like chaos, and spells …
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Mapping Out the Daily Grind: Iteration Planning in Agile
Did you ever get your car repaired, and it ended up taking WAY longer than the person on the phone told you it would? What’s to account for this sort of inaccuracy? Sometimes the job is too huge and complicated to make an accurate estimate. Or else, the person making the estimate isn’t the same …
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7 Common Challenges Faced by Distributed Agile Teams…With Solutions to Boot!
Charting a course for a distributed agile team is no small feat. Practicing agile fundamentals like face-to-face communication is totally outside the realm of possibility. And it’s pretty tough for teams to feel cohesive when most people haven’t even met one another. Any sense of “team” easily breaks down when everyone works from separate locations. …
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Who Wants to Improve Their Agile Fluency? 45 Important Terms Every Team Should Know
Are you new to agile? Just learning the ropes? There’s a whole lot of lingo, huh? Yep, with its own ceremonies, frameworks, artifacts, and even a Manifesto, agile certainly is a world of its own. For someone unfamiliar to the terminology, listening to people throw around phrases like failing-fast, kanban boards, mental agility, and scrum …
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4 Steps Towards Improving Team Velocity in Agile
Team velocity is a metric that upper management and CEOs often want to increase—and that’s totally understandable. Why wouldn’t you want a more productive and efficient team of professionals? Unfortunately, there’s a massive difference between increasing and improving sprint velocity. The former predominantly focuses on growing the amount of work that is executed within a …
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Going Agile? 8 Tips for a Successful Transformation (And 4 Pitfalls to Look Out For)
If you’re taking a trip and you know the destination, packing is pretty simple. A tropical location means you’ll bring shorts, a swimsuit and sandals. Whereas traveling to a wintery climate means you’ll be sure to bring boots and a heavy coat. But what about packing for a trip when the destination is unclear? And …
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The Beginners Guide to Agile Project Management and PMP Certification
Being in charge of a project can be as exciting as it is challenging. If you’re brand new to taking ownership of a project you may be wondering how to even start. Or maybe you’re looking to expand your skillset and get certified in project management so you’ll be first in line for a promotion. …
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How an Agile Coach Creates a Killer Team
Have you ever had the experience of turning your back on a toddler, and in the space of thirty seconds, they’d managed to dump out an entire bag of flour, or spill a gallon of milk across the floor? After one episode like this, you learn to watch them like a hawk. It’s easy to …
Max 9 min read
How To Make a Project Buzz: 7 Qualities of A Good Agile Team
You know that wiggly inflatable guy who floats above car dealerships? One moment, he’s straight as an arrow, then when the wind shifts a moment later, he collapses in half. Then he’s back up again. And he’s smiling the whole time, as though he really enjoys the wild, jerky ride. Flexibility is central to agile …
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