15
Sep

Sprint Planning in Distributed Scrum Team

In the mid 80’s and early 90’s when Information technology revolution started in India, IT engineer were providing service to a vendor in North America, Europe, etc. During this period, we use to see team providing services located across multiple geographical locations on the globe. Whether we were using Waterfall model, PRINCE 2, ITIL, Agile Software Development, Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban, XP etc. process/mythologies/frameworks for software development or software services we all were used to work in distributed team. Except few,...Read More

3
Sep

What Scrum Master does as per Scrum Framework?

I am not going to write answer for this but will have many questions that probably will help you to understand what Scrum Masters do in Scrum. Some of the questions may be controversial or not applicable to your organization but these do come up during PSM training. Question – Who will help management to understand what’s the meaning of self-organized and cross-functional? Specially, when developers report to engineering managers and testers to test manager? Question – Who will help...Read More

28
Aug

Why Agile Software Development?

  This is the common question which I hear during my agile training that why we need to shift from waterfall to agile software development.  Agile Software Development enables organization to respond quickly to market needs and sustain in competitive environment.  It helps to increase the agility of organization and plan quickly as market changes. Agile Software development is only possible when whole organization understand the benefits and adopt the mindset. To answer this question, below are some major benefits,...Read More

1
Jan

Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) example – Gherkin, SpecFlow and Nunit for Microsoft Platform (.Net/C#)

What is Acceptance Test Driven Development? ATDD is development methodology which promote good collaboration between business and technology group. There are many similar methodologies which works more or less same way like Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Example Driven Development (EDD) and Specification by Examples etc. ATDD is extended on TDD that emphasis on developers, testers and business collaboration. ATDD encompasses acceptance testing, but highlights writing acceptance tests before writing code. Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) is a test first approach....Read More

13
Oct

Role of manager in LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum)

Why we have so many managers in our organization. You don’t know? Let’s explore why? One of the biggest reason is merger and acquisition. Company not only acquire business but also acquire people. We can’t do much about it. What else? 2nd reason to resolve dependencies, conflict and help team to stay focused on commitment. Seriously? I usually see four kind of bottlenecks in software development life cycle and organization hire managers to resolve those bottlenecks. Requirement management and prioritization...Read More

12
Oct

Perfect plan to execute agile software project

Finally I got a perfect plan to execute agile software project.  I was looking for long and finally found after lots of hard work and great inputs from Agile EXPERTS (over social networking sites). Don’t laugh. Let’s see what exactly our plan look like. I will run through each word to ensure I have understood it well (like an expert). What is agile? Still confused? Methodology, Framework or Mindset? I don't know but why should I care as long as...Read More

29
Sep

Anti-patterns of Sprint Planning – Task Creation

We often see team create tasks for product backlog items during sprint planning but those tasks are skill-based task like coding, testing, documentations etc. Is it a right way to do? What all can go wrong if we keep creating tasks like this? I was in meeting with a team and one of team member asked question related to daily scrum. Question was - why to have daily scrum? We all know daily scrum is an important inspect-adapt event but...Read More

3
Aug

Agile assessment metrics for organization

Why assessment needed? Assessment is important to design approach for agile adoption and helpful for organization to measure effectiveness. Purpose should be to identify improvement areas and should evolve over the period. But many time organizations have to prepare budget for agile adoption in advance to get approval for expenses from board. They engage vendors to perform assessment to estimate cost. There is no harm in doing it as long as vendor act as facilitator than judge. Although I personally believe...Read More

1
Aug

What is all about Scrum framework?

What is Scrum? Scrum is a lightweight software development framework but how much light? I often see people add too many things and make it monster. I usually ask participants in my Scrum Developer workshop to write down all those keywords, elements and buzzword that comes in mind or you have heard so far. What they write is always mind-blowing. Who is teaching/promoting those keywords? They start writing things like user story, planning poker, story points, agile estimation, release train,...Read More

26
Jul

How to design agile metrics for my organization?

Almost every organizations keep looking for more and more metrics to control something or especially organizations that I visit for work as agile coach/consultant.  Need for metrics arises during discussion with management but many time management fails to explain objective behind asking so many metrics. I feel these metrics sometime trigger poor communication, set wrong objective and create absence of trust within team. Organization should focus more on building practices and better innovative processes to meet stated objective. Metrics needed...Read More