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Agile Management and High-Tech Communications

When agile scrum team members work in different places, you need to set up sophisticated, high-tech communication methods to create a sense of connectedness. When determining which types of high-tech communication [more…]

Team Roles within an Agile Management Framework

The scrum framework defines common team roles in an agile-managed development project. The development team, product owner, and scrum master make up the [more…]

How to Create a Physical Environment to Maximize Agile Management Benefits

Agile methodologies flourish when scrum team members, who are central to the success of the agile project, work closely together in an environment that supports the process. Creating the right environment [more…]

How to Apply the Seven Planning Stages of an Agile Project

The seven stages of planning in Agile project management occur up front and throughout the entire project. By planning broadly at first and in detail later, when necessary, you don't waste time on planning [more…]

Ten Online Resources for Agile Project Management

Many organizations, websites, blogs, and companies exist to provide information about and support for agile project management. Use this list of key resources to support your journey to agile project management [more…]

Ten Key Metrics for Agile Project Management

On an agile project, metrics can be powerful tools for planning, inspecting, adapting, and understanding progress over time. The key metrics to pay attention to are [more…]

Defining Roles within an Agile Sprint

In a project using an agile management model, each part of the scrum team — the development team, product owner, and scrum master — has specific daily roles and responsibilities. Any or all of these activities [more…]

Elaborating on Product Features within Agile Management

In an agile-managed project, elaboration is the process of determining the details of a product feature. Whenever the development team tackles a new user story, elaboration ensures that any unanswered [more…]

Product Development within an Agile Management Framework

During the product-development phase of an agile management project, most of the activity naturally falls to the development team. The product owner continues to work with the development team on an as-needed [more…]

How to Verify the Results of an Agile Sprint

The goal of every agile sprint is to produce a usable product, and, as agile was developed as a model for use in software development, most often the usable product is code. Verifying the work done in [more…]

The Agile Scrum Master and Identifying Roadblocks

In an agile managed project, a major part of the scrum master’s roles is to manage and help resolve roadblocks the scrum team identifies. Roadblocks are anything that thwarts a team member from working [more…]

Ten Benefits of Agile Project Management

Agile project management provides numerous benefits to organizations, project teams, and products. Key benefits and how to maximize them: [more…]

Agile Management and the Sprint Retrospective

Part of any agile-managed project, the sprint retrospective is a meeting in which the scrum master, the product owner, and the development team discuss how the sprint went and how to improve the next sprint [more…]

The Four Components of an Agile User Story

The project requirements in a process using agile methodologies can be understood and expressed as user stories. A user story is a simple description of a product requirement in terms of what that requirement [more…]

The Two Key Activities in Planning an Agile Release

In an agile management framework, you periodically release groups of usable product features to production. Planning for these releases requires you to complete two key activities: revising the product [more…]

How to Create an Agile User Story in Three Steps

Create a user story to help keep your agile project and scrum team on point and on target. An agile user story is a simple description of a product requirement in terms of what that requirement must accomplish [more…]

Agile Management and the Daily Scrum Meeting

Agile development teams start each workday with a daily scrum meeting to note completed items, to identify impediments, or roadblocks, requiring scrum master involvement, and to plan their day. In the [more…]

The Agile Management Release Sprint

A release sprint, often part of a project using agile management methodologies, incorporates activities, sometimes not related to creating product features, that the development team can't realistically [more…]

Agile Management and Product Release to the Marketplace

As you prepare to deploy an agile-managed product into the marketplace, the product owner is responsible for working with other departments to ensure that the marketplace is ready for what’s coming. The [more…]

Agile Management and Preparing an Organization for Product Release

When an agile-managed product is ready for release, the product owner and scrum master prepare a sprint backlog for the release sprint to get the organization ready for the new product, recognizing that [more…]

Comparing Agile Development Sprints and Release Sprints

During a project using agile management methodologies, most work is done during the development sprints. The release sprint — often the last sprint before the project is released — can be very different [more…]

How to Assess and Integrate Product Changes in an Agile Project

Welcoming change in an agile project helps you create the best product possible. However, integrating new requirements or suggestions means evaluating and prioritizing those requirements and updating the [more…]

How to Use Agile Artifacts for Scope Management

From the vision statement through the sprint plan, all the artifacts in agile project management support you in your scope management efforts. Decompose requirements progressively as features rise to the [more…]

Agile Management and Procurement Practices

The Agile Manifesto values customer collaboration over contract negotiation which sets an important tone for procurement relationships on agile projects. The Agile Manifesto sets forth the idea that a [more…]

How to Use Agile Velocity in Project Time Management

Agile methodologies support both strategic and tactical schedules and time management. Velocity, the measure of a development team's work speed, is a key factor in time management for any project. [more…]

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