Monthly Archives: July 2012

What is a Burndown Chart and What Does it Tell Me?

© 2012 William Patrick Swisher Burndown charts are a highly effective tool for monitoring progress during a sprint. There are a variety of ways to create this chart including: Tracking the remaining hours for unfinished tasks. Tracking the number of … Continue reading

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What are Impediments, Really?

© 2012 William Patrick Swisher At the Daily Standup meeting, the Developers answer three simple question: What did you do since the last Daily Standup? What will you do before the next Daily Standup? What impediments are blocking your progress? … Continue reading

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Scrum Master – Beyond the Basic Role

© 2012 William Patrick Swisher The three standard roles of a Scrum Team are fairly well defined. The Product Owner represents the needs of the business, defines backlog items, is the single point of contact for questions, and ultimately accepts/rejects … Continue reading

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Converting Product Concepts into Backlog Items

© 2012 William Patrick Swisher One of the more challenging aspects of Scrum for new Product Owners is the process of creating backlog items from product concepts. While the level of detail necessary is similar to what’s required for Waterfall … Continue reading

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Switching from Waterfall to Scrum – Eight Factors for Success

© 2012 William Patrick Swisher The transformation from Waterfall to Scrum will be both challenging to individuals and disruptive to the organization as whole. There are a number of factors that will improve the chances of a successful switch in … Continue reading

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Waterfall to Scrum Transformations Require Flexibility

© 2012 William Patrick Swisher Mike Cohn of Mountain Goat Software recently posted a blog article titled “The Rules vs Generally Accepted Practices of Scrum” where he asks his readers to comment on various techniques used in their practice of … Continue reading

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