Monthly Archives: November 2012

What are “Story Time” Meetings for?

Invariably, when I introduce the concept of a “Story Time” meeting to a Scrum Team, there’s always one or two members who give me a puzzled look. My explanation typically includes an acknowledgement that it’s a silly name but one … Continue reading

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Four Factors that Define a “Healthy” Product Backlog

I’ve been creating a product backlog for a new initiative recently and the exercise got me thinking about how you assess how good it is. After all, a product backlog isn’t a static set of requirements in the traditional sense. … Continue reading

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5 Signs Scrum is Working in Your Organization

An organization’s switch to Scrum is really a journey, not a destination, so it’s hard to tell when you’ve arrived. In the beginning there will be many dramatic changes and over time the pace of process improvements will slow but … Continue reading

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Managing Defects Found During a Sprint

Under the Waterfall software development methodology the typical lifecycle includes Design, Coding, Testing, and Deployment where the separate stages occur in sequence with some parallelization of work depending on the project and organization. As the name implies and process diagram … Continue reading

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When are Backlog Items “Sprint Ready”?

In Scrum, the Product Owner creates and maintains the Product Backlog which represents business needs in the form of backlog items. These items can be at various stages of refinement, generally with the vaguest ideas at the bottom and the … Continue reading

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