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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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Lessons Learned Managing Outsourced Scrum Teams

After an organization has successfully switched to Scrum and it needs to engage an outsourced Vendor for technical work, the Client will generally prefer that the Vendor also use Scrum. Scrum’s main benefits of transparency and repeated incremental delivery of … Continue reading

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Book: “Switching to Scrum” is now available!

I’m very pleased to announce that my latest book: Switching to Scrum How to Implement Scrum in your Software Development Organization is finally available for purchase at! Topics in this book include: Making key decisions and organizational messaging Utilizing … Continue reading

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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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