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.


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.


Scrum for Newbies: How to Use Scrum to Tame Chaos


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.


Scrum Project Management


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 agile principles and is the most popular agile methodology out there. What is Scrum.


How to Talk About Estimates

Herding Cats

What is an estimate? An estimate as a noun is an approximate calculation or judgment of the value, number, quantity, or extent of something. An estimate as a verb is to roughly calculate or judge the value, number, quantity, or extent of. Estimates.

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. .

4 Fallacious Reasons to Estimate and Why Those Are Fallacious

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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.

Agile Estimating Methods and Impact on Project Development Performance Index

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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.

The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum


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.


How to Train a High Performing Team Using Scrum


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.


How to Estimate Any Software Problem

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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.

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.

Story Points are a Signalling Tool

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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

5 Tips for an Effective Agile Product Roadmap


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


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?


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 ?

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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.

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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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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.


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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Process Reduces Agility? Only on De Minimis Projects

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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.

Five Immutable Principles of Project Success

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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.)

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.


Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily


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


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

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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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The Myth of Standish Reports - Update Number 2

Herding Cats

So it's time once more to move beyond the worn out red herrings and start to address how to Increase the Probability of Project Success with processes and tools beyond just applying Scrum to the development team. Three Increasingly Mature Views of Estimate Making in IT Projects.

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The Best 53 Project Management Blogs You Should Be Reading

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What to expect: Mike’s blog helps software development teams improve their work through Agile and Scrum. These will give you the incentive and knowledge to implement Agile and Scrum in your own organization. Ux Runway – How To Incorporate Ux With Agile/Scrum Teams. What is Scrum?

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Releases and Deadlines in Agile

Herding Cats

This is not to say those 5 developers sitting around the table with the Product Owner and the Scrum Master are not working on vitally important code. The other 4 include Bad Estimates for the cost and schedule to reach Done. NoEstimates Capabilities Estimating Planning

In defense of Critical Chain

Kiron Bondale

I was unable to convince team members to provide such aggressive estimates given the organization’s prevailing culture. Estimates are probability distributions – some activities are bound to be late and some will be early.

Top 13 Project Management Methodologies and Styles


By closely analyzing and estimating the amount of time it should take for each event to be completed, the manager can then easily create realistic timelines and budgets for those aspects of the project. 10 – Scrum. Scrum is a derivative of agile project management.

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Psychological Safety

Zen Project Management

They reached the point where one more story met the sprint goal, but put them over their estimated capacity. The scrum master pulled it into the sprint and said he thought they could get the story done. I had an interesting experience recently. I was working with a team as they went thru their sprint planning. They had figured out their capacity based on yesterday's weather and their average amount of interrupt.

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Agile Project Management Methods for Corporate IT Projects

Herding Cats

When Agile development moves beyond a single scrum team and into the Enterprise IT domain, several considerations must be addressed. For Scrum (or most other agile methods) focus on the team is paramount. Estimating Guidance.

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Agile Team Transitions Are Not Always Textbook


Isn’t the Scrum Master the project manager? If you pick up a book on Agile or Scrum, you’ll often read about the best teams are self-organizing, cross-functional, and self-directed. Scrum Master.


Trying New Things

Zen Project Management

In my work environment, we follow an agile process based on Scrum. My team couldn't come up with estimates because they hadn't done anything like the work that faced us, so I decided to throw out the iterations and use Kanban. Over the past weekend I went ice climbing with my son.

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Adopting Agile is an Exercise in Change Management


If you’re fresh out of Certified Scrum Master training, you are likely invigorated to start applying the Agile and SCRUM based techniques to your next project. After all, your two-day training class and one online test later makes you a certified Scrum Master!

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Agile Project Management Methodology Explained


However, all of this should be considered a rough estimate, as part of the Agile method is to adapt to the customer’s response. The most common agile methodologies are Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD).

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