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Product ower. Who?

By |November 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Chooses the right things. Many customers of our consultancy services ask us for some brief and practical description of the role of the Product Owner. Here is our attempt to provide not just some theory, but some additional practical tips for this role as well. The Product Owner The Product Owner role is key [...]

Epical epic. How to write epics in Agile.

By |November 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

What is an epic, what to use it for and foremost how? Requirements. Small, large, technical, business, operational, researchable. And above all, plenty of them. During four years of ScrumDesk development, we have more than 800 requirements in our backlog. And these are only requirements that we have decided to implement without any further [...]

De-bugize! How to plan fixing of bugs in Scrum.

By |November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Are you distressed by the huge amount of defects in the product? In this article, you will learn about what practical possibilities you have in agile teams and managing error correction. One of the first questions that pop up whilst introducing agile is how to deal with errors. Too often I hear an immediate answer: [...]

Hey ScrumMaster and Product Owner! Do not overdo it with perfectionism.

By |October 31st, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Story A: Joe I’ve known ever since high school. Incredibly nice, funny guy. The one you’d like to have in a team. Scrum was always an interesting topic for Joe and he’d read many books about it and showed a lot of interest. When I asked the team who'd wanted to be a [...]

Training Lean Change Agent in Bratislava, 11-12 December 2017

By |October 24th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Consulting|Tags: , |

In today’s environment, change managers are under increasing pressure to deliver change at speed. They’re having to adapt how IT and Digital projects are being delivered around them. Senior stakeholders are looking to change managers to provide novel approaches to make change happen. Time to change how we do change What do we need [...]

Forty advantages of Agile vs. traditional approaches

By |October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Last year many people asked us about advantages of Agile comparing to traditional ways of creating products. Because of that we had a short brainstorming session and came up with this list of forty advantages of Agile: A customer gets value regularly even during the first weeks of development. Products are usable after first two weeks. [...]

Drugs and team spirit

By |October 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Teamwork is a part of my professional life for last 20 years. In roles from a team member, team leader, to manager and mentor I had an opportunity to observe different team setups as well as different team dynamics and how it influences the final result. I always  has been curious about these hidden [...]

Course Certified Product Owner, November 2017, Bratislava

By |October 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Events|Tags: , , |

Trainer: Zuzi Šochová Date: 6-7 November, 2017 Location: Bratislava, Slovakia Regular Price: 1200 EUR excluding VAT NOTE: Please note that this training will be in English. CSPO - Certified Scrum Product Owner Course - is trained by Scrum Alliance certified trainer CST and you will definitely enjoy it. We look at Scrum from the Product Owner point of view, covering several concepts [...]

Course Certified Scrum Master, 23-24.10.2017, Bratislava

By |October 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Events|Tags: , , |

Trainer: Zuzi Šochová Date: 23-24 November, 2017 Location: Bratislava, Slovakia Regular Price: 1200 EUR excluding VAT Early Price: 1000 EUR excluding VAT expires 23 October, 2017 NOTE: Please note that this training will be in English. CSM - Certified Scrum Master course is unique opportunity to look at Scrum from the ScrumMaster point of view. You will definitely enjoy [...]

If I were you, I would attend sprint review. Make your sprint review great.

By |August 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

In the last week, I attended a couple of sprint review sessions. Some of you maybe call them sprint demo. Ok, simply to say, the meeting at the end of the sprint where you are supposed to show your sprint's achievements. In my case, all sprint review sessions had something in common. People were [...]

Version 5.27.2 – Archive epic, bring transparency into the backlog

By |August 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Releases|Tags: , , |

Archive epic From this version, you can archive not just release, but epics as well. ScrumDesk is used by customers in multiple ways. Some customers prefer epics as long-term containers of user stories. This is especially useful for product development where epics represent bigger functionality. Some other customers prefer however epics as project phases [...]

Version 5.27.1 – free guest accounts

By |August 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Guest accounts for free Do you want to play fair & transparently in front of your clients, stakeholders, or managers? Invite them to your organization account and then assign them to projects as guests. Guests are able: to read everything, to actively comment tasks, be mentioned and notified via ScrumDesk. To invite guest just [...]

Business and technology requirements leveled

By |August 9th, 2017|Categories: Agile Knowledge Hub, Blog|Tags: , , , , |

How to balance business and technology requirements in a product backlog to build a successful product in long-term. A product ownership is hard stuff. Very often you feel a schizophrenia. Often you play for a customer, but later, suddenly, you have to protect your team. Sometimes you are pushed by the business, later by [...]

When to accept user story

By |August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Agile Knowledge Hub, Blog|Tags: , , , |

When is the best to accept user story which is finished and who should accept them? In our Agile and Scrum Fundamentals training, people are (surprisingly) surprised when we present our approach of the acceptance of finished work. At the begging we often observe disagreements, but after few minutes of an explanation why we found [...]

The checklist for your daily standup, part IV.- People & Company

By |July 28th, 2017|Categories: Agile Knowledge Hub, Blog|Tags: , , , |

This article is the continuation of The Daily Stand-up Checklist for ScrumMasters, part III. The aim of this series of articles is to help ScrumMasters to prepare better for daily stand-up so it is efficient, productive and engaging. These tips are based on our observation of 100+ agile teams in their agile transformations. Daily standup and People Sickness? Vacation? ScrumMaster [...]

How to prepare for Sprint planning well

By |July 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Sprint planning is one of the most important ceremonies in Scrum project management method. Why run it and how? Even the Sprint planning ceremony doesn't seem to be complex, many Agile teams consider it as a waste of time. "Let's develop something instead of loosing so much time in the sprint planning." This is [...]

Storypoints, hours or #noestimate?

By |July 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

How to choose the best estimation unit in an appropriate time. Should it be storypoints or hours? Or even #noestimates at all? In Agile meetups, we often hear very strong opinions about estimation units. From some perspective, it even sounds like a religion. I. Religion: Storypoints Most of the people express an opinion that [...]

Kanban or Scrumban?

By |July 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

The Agile company can be recognized by a presence of Kanban boards with index cards of user stories which are put into multiple columns based on their status. Such board looks simple and easy to handle. For agile teams, this is very welcome due to a low level of bureaucracy, high transparency, and easiness of [...]

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ScrumDesk v.5.26 – Roadmap editor improvements ++

By |July 5th, 2017|Categories: Blog, ScrumDesk|Tags: , , |

Roadmaps Editor Real start and end These fields are calculated based on the progress of nested backlog items once their subtask  were started. New Delta fields They indicate how much late or earlier the feature has been developed comparing to plans specified in a roadmap. Other changes of the roadmap editor Even ScrumMaster can see [...]

Daily stand-up checklist, part III. – Agreements, Definitions of Done & Ready

By |June 28th, 2017|Categories: Agile Knowledge Hub, Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

This article is the continuation of The Daily Stand-up Checklist for ScrumMasters, part II. The aim of this series of articles is to help ScrumMasters to prepare better for daily stand-up so it is efficient, productive and engaging. These tips are based on our observation of 100+ agile teams in their agile transformations. Agreements To get things working fast, regular [...]

The checklist for your daily standup, part II.

By |June 26th, 2017|Categories: Agile Knowledge Hub, Blog|Tags: , , , |

This article is the continuation of The Daily Stand-up Checklist for ScrumMasters, part I. The aim of this series of articles is to help ScrumMasters to prepare better for daily stand-up so it is efficient, productive and engaging. These tips are based on our observation of 100+ agile teams in their agile transformations. In the first part, we covered [...]

The checklist for your daily standups, part I.

By |June 21st, 2017|Categories: Agile Knowledge Hub, Blog|Tags: , , , |

The daily standup meeting is a fundamental ceremony in Scrum. Even if you do not follow Scrum, it has a huge impact due to the transparency it brings. Most of the Agile teams and ScrumMasters think the daily standup ceremony is the easiest part of Scrum. Well, should it brings you a value, you want to do [...]

10 ScrumMaster’s failures

By |June 17th, 2017|Categories: Agile Knowledge Hub, Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

We see ScrumMasters fail very often while supporting agile teams in their agile transformations. Based on stories of more than one hundred of ScrumMasters we think that following 10 ScrumMaster's failures are the top most important for agile teams. 1. Because of Agile People do not care about Agile or Scrum. They want a [...]

Roadmaps are here!

By |June 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Releases, ScrumDesk|Tags: , , , , , , |

Do you take care of the complex agile project developed with one or more scrum teams?  Are your teams dislocated? Or do you manage product portfolio with the help of ScrumDesk? Now you can do scheduling of the project in ScrumDesk not just with releases or sprints. ScrumDesk Roadmaps are an easy way to plan and schedule [...]

Agile Estimation: Reference stories

By |June 4th, 2017|Categories: Agile Knowledge Hub, Blog|

In the first part about agile estimation, we explained fundamental principles of the estimation. Now it is time to think how to implement them in real life. Reference stories For estimation, we will need to have 'the catalog of references' so we can compare all new requirements fast & accurate enough. In our first post, we [...]

Agile Estimation: Principles

By |June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Agile Knowledge Hub, Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

An estimation is questioned in software development for many years. How to estimate accurately & fast? And, is an estimation even necessary? Well, that is the question for thousands of bucks. Because estimation might be expensive. Especially in the age of changes. Time as an estimation unit is wrong! In our agile training, we [...]

ScrumDesk v5.25.1 – Archive old releases

By |May 26th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Releases, ScrumDesk|Tags: , |

ScrumDesk is available for more than three years already and many customers finished dozens of releases and sprints. Now is the best time to forget them! With this version, you can archive release, its sprints, and backlog items so they are not loaded anymore in BACKLOG, PLAN or WORK views. This will significantly increase performance. [...]

How to build product: Let’s start with the business

By |May 16th, 2017|Categories: Agile Knowledge Hub, Blog, Consulting|Tags: , , , |

Agile development works very well in product development area. But to build successful product is much more work than just gather requirements and implement them.  One of the most tricky thing in agile development is how to prepare requirements which are ready for incremental development while still delivering some value for the customers. Businesses [...]

How to prioritize in Agile II.: Business value prioritization

By |May 6th, 2017|Categories: Agile Knowledge Hub, Blog, Consulting, ScrumDesk|Tags: , , , , |

The first blog post about prioritization was focused on MoSCoW - prioritization of the backlog from the perspective of customers. This is not enough for the commercial company. You need to survive, to pay bills, to pay the next sprints. You have to think about features from the perspective of the company as well. Business perspective This [...]