Scrum Master Responsibilities: What Does a Scrum Master Do?

Project Bliss

Are you thinking of taking on a Scrum Master role? Do you know what the Scrum Master responsibilities are? To make sure you’re ready to carry out Scrum Master responsibilities, ensure that you have a good understanding of what’s involved. The Scrum Master can help.

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Scrum Master vs Project Manager: What’s the Difference?

Project Bliss

You’ve also heard that teams are going Agile and that Scrum Master might be a good option. Or maybe you’re already a Project Manager, and you’re wondering if a Scrum Master job might be a good move. Difference between a Project Manager and Scrum Master.

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Project Estimation: Master the Tools and Techniques

Online PM Courses

There are two reasons why Project Estimation is a big deal for project managers. And second, poor estimates are often a primary reason for a project cost or schedule over-run. What is Project Estimation? Why is Project Estimation so hard? The Estimation Knife Edge.

Scrum for Newbies: How to Use Scrum to Tame Chaos

Wrike

More specifically, we chose to get our work done using a Scrum framework. How Scrum Helps With the Chaos. We’ve written about Scrum before. Scrum helped us manage that project and maintain my sanity as well. The Elements of Scrum. How to Make Scrum Work.

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INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

Herding Cats

In the presence of uncertainty, estimates is needed to make decisions. NoEstimates Decision Making Estimating Governance Management Planning Principles Product Management Project Management Requirements Strategy Systems Theory Technical Performance Measures

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Agile Project Management With Scrum or Kanban (2018 Guide)

PM Basics

Scrum or Kanban on its own is not an Agile Project Management approach. Scrum and Kanban are separate and self-sufficient frameworks. Main execution phase is done with Scrum. Without Agile Manifesto and marketing buzz around Scrum and Kanban – these are just frameworks.

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Basis of Estimating Software Development

Herding Cats

The estimating of software development is both straightforward and complex. When it is suggested that estimating is hard, of no value, and unnecessary, always ask what principle is used to support that claim? Here are some resources that will provide guidance to produce credible software development estimates, in both traditional and agile domains. Software Sizing and Estimating: Mk II FPA , Charles Symons, John Wiley & Sons, 1991.

Scrum Project Management

ActiveCollab

Scrum is a project management framework that helps small, close-knit teams develop complex products incrementally. Scrum focuses on how people work instead of what they do. Scrum relies on agile principles and is the most popular agile methodology out there. What is Scrum.

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Full Time Scrum Master experiment part 3 – Who’s doing the testing?

Growing Agile

I, as a full time tester, quit that to be the scrum master, right? I don’t recommend dropping your tester in favour of a scrum master, a tester is a vital part of the team and they have experience, training and knowledge that you can’t just spread over the team. Risk estimation. The post Full Time Scrum Master experiment part 3 – Who’s doing the testing? Guest Posts agile experiment scrum master team testing

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Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

Estimating is a learned skill, used for any purpose from every-day life to management of projects. When I left for the airport this morning to catch my flight to a customer site I estimated, given the conditions, how much time I need to get to my favorite parking spot at DIA. The same process for estimating is applied to multi-billion dollar projects we work. And the same process is applied to the Scrum development processes on those projects. . Do Estimators Learn?

Agile Estimating Methods and Impact on Project Development Performance Index

Herding Cats

The presentation " Quantifying the Impact of Agile Practices ," Larry MacCherone at the RallyOn 2013 Conference, presents some results on estimating impacts. Teams doing Full Scrum have 250% better Quality than teams doing No Estimating. How to Estimate Software Development.

4 Fallacious Reasons to Estimate and Why Those Are Fallacious

Herding Cats

There's a recent post titled Four Fallacious Reasons to Estimate. It lists the usual suspects for why those spending the money think they don't have to estimate how much they plan to spend when they'll be done producing the value they've been assigned to produce for that expenditure.

The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum

Digite

A question that I often get while speaking with people is: What is the difference between Kanban and Scrum? Scrum. Scrum is primarily influenced by the Agile Manifesto which describes the “Agile” value system. Scrum strives to “protect” the development team from the influences of “traditional” project management tactics. In Scrum this is primarily achieved through the retrospective tactic which is an Inspect and Adapt-based tactic. Introduction.

Story Points are a Signalling Tool

The Clever PM

I was called into a meeting with a team here in the office a couple weeks ago because they told me they had a “question” about the estimations that they were doing. As we started talking, it became immediately apparent what the problem was, they were getting into arguments about whether their estimates were “too […]. Product Management Agile Backlog Culture Definitions Developers Development Facilitation Good PM Learning Planning Scrum Tools User Stories

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The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control

Herding Cats

Scrum is) more defined rather than empirical process. scrum, not agile. not as it was prior to scrum. Scrum is prescriptive and defined rather than empirical. No need to explain why OODA is the basis of Scrum, here's a much better post - OODA: The Mindset of Scrum. .

How to Train a High Performing Team Using Scrum

ActiveCollab

The fact of SCRUM: It’s lightweight, easy to learn, but tough to master. To increase the efficiency of the process, and get the most out of the team, every Scrum Master has to inspect and adapt their approach constantly. Highly performing Scrum teams do not happen overnight.

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How to Estimate Any Software Problem

Herding Cats

ways to make decisions with No Estimates. can we make a decision in the presence of Uncertainty without making an estimate of the impact or outcome of that decision? What would be the evidence that we could make decisions in the presence of uncertanty without estimating the impacts and outcomes of those decisions? . The Myths of No Estimates and the busting of them is one purpose of this blog post. Before we start, let's look with the notion of estimation.

Closed Loop Control and Granularity of the Estimating Process

Herding Cats

The estimate of Desired (or even contractual ) schedule, cost, or technical performance of the software project. The granularity of these estimates determining the dynamic behavior of the system ‒ the software project. When we hear the question at what level of an agile project do we estimate – Vision, Theme, Release, Feature, Story, or even Task ‒ the first question is again ­. Herding Cats: The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control.

Effectively Using Product Roadmaps for Agile

The IIL Blog

A good roadmap process helps teams manage expectations, facilitate decision making, and most importantly, estimate and deliver valuable solutions. Learn more about Betsy Kauffman’s Agile & Scrum conference presentation “Developing Predictable Agile Roadmaps” Learn More.

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How Agile and Scrum Changed the Way We Do Marketing

Function Point

but we needed something that created both flexibility and accountability – enter Agile mindset with Scrum methodology. Previous to Scrum and Agile. Making the Shift to Scrum. First off, we broke down our work into two-week sprints using a Scrum-type methodology. The points are meant to act as estimations to give accountability and an understanding of the complexity involved with each task. Here’s a few: Scrum Effort Estimation and Story Points.

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Scrum Team has stabilized- what next?

Stepping Into Project Management

Estimations - If in every sprint more than 20 percent of stories remain not done, along with other factors you might want to have a look at the way estimation is being done by the team. Bottom-line, under estimating doesn’t help as much as over estimating doesn't.

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How Agile and Scrum Changed the Way We Do Marketing

Function Point

but we needed something that created both flexibility and accountability – enter Agile mindset with Scrum methodology. Previous to Scrum and Agile. Making the Shift to Scrum. First off, we broke down our work into two-week sprints using a Scrum-type methodology. The points are meant to act as estimations to give accountability and an understanding of the complexity involved with each task. Here’s a few: Scrum Effort Estimation and Story Points.

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Forecasting versus Estimating - are they Different or are they the Same

Herding Cats

One of the escape clauses of #Noestimates is to re-label Forecasting as NOT Estimating , It is forecasting, based on empirical data. This is in comparison for estimating purpose for a theoretical model that produces data, parametric from empirical or theoretical models that produce data.

5 Tips for an Effective Agile Product Roadmap

Backlog

Timeline: The estimated timeframe needed to complete the goal. Backlog Agile methodology product roadmap ScrumWhile many teams struggle to decide if a product roadmap is even necessary when working in an Agile context , we can assure you that it absolutely is.

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Running Your First Sprint Planning Meeting

Backlog

At the beginning of each Sprint, the Product Owner, Scrum Team, and Scrum Master get together to organize the workload that will be done during the upcoming Sprint. Next, the Scrum Team selects the number of items from the Product Backlog that they want to commit to completing by the end of the Sprint. Because the Backlog is organized in order of importance according to the Product Owner, the Scrum Team must choose items from the top of the Backlog.

How do you “do” Scrumban?

Digite

You are a Scrum team with well established Scrum tools and practices. Implicit in these questions perhaps is the worry – will my Scrum practices and results get diluted or vitiated in some way? Moving from Scrum ?

Software Intensive System of Systems

Herding Cats

The development of the software and sometimes the development of the hardware is done in an agile manner, using one of several Agile development methods - SAFe, Scrum for example. NoEstimates Agile Decision Making Estimating Governance Principles

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Software Intensive System of Systems

Herding Cats

The development of the software and sometimes the development of the hardware is done in an agile manner, using one of several Agile development methods - SAFe, Scrum for example. NoEstimates Agile Decision Making Estimating Governance Principles

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Fallacy of the Week

Herding Cats

Five Different Decision-Making Strategies That Don't Need Estimates. How can you know what is strategic without estimating the strategic value to those paying? In the presence of uncertainty, these means making estimates of both the intangible assets and the tangible outcomes. No Estimate needed. Then you'll need to estimate the Value, the Cost to produce that Value, the Time when that Value is needed. Herding Cats: Principles of Cost and Schedule Estimating.

The #NoEstimates Paradigm and Response

Herding Cats

This is a good starting point for answering the mail on the notion that decisions can be made in the presence of uncertainty without estimating the impact of those decisions. But his conjecture starts with estimates are a waste , not saying for whom they are a waste for.

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The Flaw of Average (Mean) and Its Cousin Mode and Median

Herding Cats

Finally, before moving to the need for Median and Mode, Stories, Story Points, and Velocity are NOT Units of Performance outside a single Scrum Team, which has calibrated Story Points to their own usage and need. Why Guessing is not Estimating and Estimating is not Guessing.

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Modeling the Future Using Empirical Data from the Past

Herding Cats

Build a prototype, run a test, buy two in case one breaks, sample the produced work on fine-grained boundaries to see if we're making progress to plan - Scrum. This is a common excuse used by anti-estimating advocates to not learn how to estimate.

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Five Immutable Principles of Project Success

Herding Cats

Estimating how much is the starting point. Since all risks come from uncertainty, we have to estimate those uncertainties, their impacts, their residual risks after mitigation. Estimating is part of risk management. No Estimating? No matter the size of the project.

Definition of Done

Herding Cats

The common definition of the Definition of Done in agile software development is (mostly from the Scrum Alliance and other official Scrum sites): A simple list of activities (coding, comments, unit testing, integration, release notes, design documents, etc.)

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Process Reduces Agility? Only on De Minimis Projects

Herding Cats

Scrum, Kanban, even eXtreme Programming are used, guided by higher level directives like the National Defense Authorization Act Section 804 which says. When managing any project as Risk Managers as Tim Lister suggested, we need to make estimates in the presence of these uncertainties as well.

The Trouble with Charts

Herding Cats

The other statistical issue is the chart showing #Noestimates versus other types of estimates. The Performance Index of #Noestimates in the chart above shows differences from Scrum and Lightweight Scrum. Estimating Processes in Support of Economic Analysis.

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Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily

Digite

On the one hand, the delivery team is not able to precisely estimate when it can deliver a release. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Management Release Management ScrumHere’s is a question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My

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Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

What happens if you shift focus from "accurate estimation" to "reliably shipping by a date"? . If your project has no uncertainty, there is no need to estimate. All estimates have precision and accuracy. Accuracy - how close is the estimate to the actual value?

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Team using “Waiting for Release” column on their kanban board

Digite

On the one hand, the delivery team is not able to precisely estimate when it can deliver a release. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Management Release Management ScrumHere’s is another question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My My team is using Kanban board but they seem to prefer to collate a couple of tickets then ‘do a release’ as appose to releasing each ticket.

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A Wrap Up of the #NoEstimating Conjecture Analysis to Date

Herding Cats

The conjecture that we can make decisions in the presence of uncertainty without estimating the impacts of those decisions is without any principles that can be tested beyond personal anecdotes of I know people who spend other peoples money without providing estimates. Estimating

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