Monthly Archive: August, 2019

Should Scrum Teams Include a Stretch Goal In Their Sprints?

Introduction Some teams use something called stretch goals or stretch stories to highlight product backlog products they will accomplish if they finish their sprint commitments early. Stretch goals are frequently used as a way to satisfy stakeholders without fully committing to the work. In some ways, it’s more real to call it out as a “stretch goal” than saying we didn’t...

An Iterative Waterfall Isn’t Agile

Introduction The success of a software development project is closely tied to the chosen development approach. Waterfall and Agile are two of the most popular SDLC methodologies in the present. As such, development teams might find themselves asking the question, which one to choose? Both Agile and Waterfall methodologies are mature approaches to software development. Although the two share a few similarities,...

Can the Scrum Master also be the Product Owner?

Introduction If you’ve experimented with scrum, you’re likely familiar with the Product Owner and Scrum Master roles. But just in case you’re not, here’s a quick breakdown: The Scrum Master is responsible for ensuring that the team follows the Scrum process, while the Product Owner ensures that the team spends time building things that bring the most value to the organization. These...

The most common Scrum mistakes and How to avoid them

INTRODUCTION Today, companies are becoming a part of the massive technological leapfrogging through some of the popular agile methodologies. When we talk about Agile, people think of “Scrum” naturally. Scrum is the most widely used framework among the popular organizations. These organizations leverage Agile and Scrum methods for a disciplined project management practice, as Agile encourages continual feedback, iterative development,...

The Definitive Guide to Agile Framework

Introduction Agile is an umbrella term for several iterative and incremental software development approaches, with each of those variations being its own agile framework. The most popular agile frameworks include Crystal, Scrum, Dynamic Systems Development Method, and Feature-Driven Development. Mendix, in particular, subscribes to the Scrum methodology. While each agile methodology type has its own unique qualities, they all incorporate elements...

Think Big – Act Small: A New Way For Agile Teams?

INTRODUCTION An Agile team is a cross-functional group of people that is self-contained to the point that the people in the group can deliver the product without needing to draw on skills outside the group. It’s almost easier to think of agile teams by virtue of what they are not. Agile teams aren’t simply a project team made up of...

Agile Leadership — A Brief Overview of Concepts and Ideas

INTRODUCTION Agile Leadership is associated with mode four leaders who have the ability (and agility) to operate in any mode (system of thinking) and most importantly see from the perspectives of the other modes. It is this ability to think in a number of different ways that gives such leaders their agility. This is also introduced within the concepts of...

Scrum vs. Kanban: Deciding the New Agile Benchmark

Introduction Today in the quickly changing market, software development is changing its list of requirement every now and then. As we all know, Agile is one form of software development methodology which mainly focuses on continuous delivery of project with client satisfaction. Agile always accepts the change and works on complete statements to turn the project into a deliverable product....

Top 5 Career Paths for Scrum Masters

Introduction Scrum is an agile framework that provides the facility of easy implementation. Perks by scrum are not only for the organization but also for the customers and team members. A professional scrum master provides a more enjoyable place for his team to work. As he knows when people enjoy what they do, the quality of the product will be...