Scrum Posts

How to Choose the Best Approach Among Different Project Management Methodologies?

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The large family of management methodologies consists of many different members like any other large family. Some of them are distinguished by traditional views and approaches, some have very narrow interests and cannot get along with everyone, and some are considered very flexible and open to changes.

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What’s the Difference Between Scrum and Kanban?

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It’s always crucial to learn all details and choose the best solution if you have two equal options. Choosing between the methods of development management is also not an easy thing, especially if it is Scrum or Kanban.

 

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13 Benefits of Kanban for Software Development

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What is Kanban?

Imagine a Toyota center. You liked that Toyota Camry and paid a deposit. There was no car in a color you wanted and therefore your order went to a Toyota factory in Houston. You were notified when your car would be delivered, and the car is being produced for you starting from this moment. So they work according to the “sell first then produce” rule, in other words it’s the “Just In Time” rule. First you come up with the time and goal, then a work plan for achieving the goal. 

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Best Jira Alternative for Agile Software Development

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If you are into in Agile software development, you probably know about Jira. However, not everyone likes Jira and here is why:

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Why I Don’t Use Trello for Software Development

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I have been a fan of Trello for a long time. To make it clear, I’ve been using Trello for agile development since 2011 when it entered the market. In this article, I want to tell you what Trello is missing for software development and what can be done about it.

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Scrum vs Kanban: Pointless Fights All Agile Teams Have

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I saw many Scrum teams that moved to Kanban. They said they got many reasons to do that. Here are the most popular ones:

  • “Scrum doesn’t work for us. Let’s try Kanban.”
  • “Scrum meetings take too much time.”
  • “Scrum retrospectives are so annoying. They look more like a club of anonymous complainers.”
  • “Kanban is simple as ABC. You only need a board with three columns: To Do, Doing, Done.”
    etc…

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Scrum Smells: When Good Goes Bad

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Scrum is used by 66% of all agile companies. But is it really that good or just a tribute to the agile fashion? If you’ve tried to implement Scrum, you’ve likely run into problems. This management framework may look simple to understand but it’s hard to master. Getting dedicated people to support Scrum implementation is even harder. No wonder many teams get it wrong.

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Is Your Backlog a Graveyard of Features?

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My team is a huge fan of sprints and backlogs when it comes to planning projects. But the more we dig into project management, the more negative patterns we observe. One of them relates to the backlog and how it turns into a place where features die. Sounds familiar? Then keep on reading.

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Know the Difference: A Quick Guide to Agile Software Development Methodologies

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From tiny startups to massive Fortune 500 corporations, it seems like everyone these days is interested in making their software development more “agile.” The four main tenets of the Agile Manifesto,” written in 2001, are:

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A Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Sprint Length for Your Project

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Magic comes from the heart, and the heart of Scrum is the sprint. Many teams choose their sprint length without too much thought. And chances are it will works out. In optimism we trust after all.

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Solo Scrumming 101: How to Use Scrum for Personal Productivity

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Bet you had days when you’d go like “Well… I replied to some emails, had lunch, researched the project I’m working on, surfed Facebook, answered some more emails, did some more research… and that’s it”. And by the end of the day, you went nuts trying to do whatever was left.

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Scrum, Lean, Kanban: Choosing a PM Approach that Won’t Screw Up

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Fancy terminology and buzzwords – this is what modern project management is all about. Outsiders may hear words like Scrum, Kanban, Lean and wonder whether they are reading about project management or a notoriously difficult book by another “great” novelist.

When it comes to choosing a project management approach, even profs get confused. The bad news, the wrong framework is a recipe for disaster. And if you screw up, hope for the best but prepare for the worst. The good news, none of these frameworks – Scrum, Lean or Kanban – is actually as complicated as it may sound.

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