Business and technology requirements leveled

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

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 [...]

How to prepare for Sprint planning well

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 [...]

Kanban or Scrumban?

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 [...]

By |July 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Kanban or Scrumban?

ScrumDesk v.5.26 – Roadmap editor improvements ++

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 [...]

Roadmaps are here!

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 [...]

How to prioritize in Agile II.: Business value prioritization

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 [...]

How to prioritize in Agile I.: Customer’s perspective with MoSCoW

Prioritization is probably the most discussed part of development processes. Product backlogs are often quite complex with hundreds of requirements. How to find user stories in your story map which you should start developing first? Traditional approach The approach of traditional processes is simple. You have high, medium, low priorities. Ok, for some organizations [...]

How To: Business Model and the Product Strategy

Agile works very well in the product-oriented environment. It’s understandable, as Agile Manifesto as a key document of whole Agile stresses the functional product as one of the most important values. When implementing agile practices, Product development is very often reduced to: Description of responsibilities for Product Owner role, Request recording, Maintenance of backlogs, and, [...]

Version 3.7 – story template + performance

Performance improvements We continued with performance improvements targeting the second(s) goal to instead of minutes for large backlogs. We are happy to share we were successful, but also that doesn't mean we have ended. As  Backlog and Work views are the most used parts of the application, we have chosen them for performance improvements of back-end service calls and [...]

Release planning with ScrumDesk

Planning in Agile Our aim is to create a tool very similar to the physical board on which team members are working with cards in different corners of the planning board. The board that can be split into more panes  and swim lines representing either backlog, different releases or sprints. The board on which you can see customer's stories. Product owners [...]

By |September 18th, 2014|Categories: Blog, FAQ|Tags: , |0 Comments

Agile product backlog management with ScrumDesk

An index card for user story Fundamental XP practice is to keep requirements written on an index card. The index card should be: small, therefore requirement has to be written clearly, movable, so the product backlog is visually clean, resizable, so the size of cards can help to organize backlog, colored, so teams can categorize [...]

How Kano model helps to agile product backlog prioritization

Product management is about searching for the most important requirement that needs to be delivered as the next. There are different prioritization practices. One such dimension that product owner should be aware of is expected customer satisfaction. Satisfaction with developed feature or story. Mr. Noriaki Kano developed Kano model as valuable technique helping to recognize that. Applying this [...]

Is business value enough for product backlog agile prioritization?

Agile coaches teach teams to develop a  business value that is delivered at the end of the sprint. But should be a value an indicator of the priority? Yes, but not the only one. There are many other attributes we often forget to consider. We suggest applying a different approach. We would like to have [...]

Step 4: Planning releases in agile project

In this step product owner and development team will try to plan project releases. Who Product Owner Scrum Master Planning in SCRUM SCRUM is based on development in time boxes called Sprint. Sprint is a time needed to complete selected stories (features, bugs, requirements, tasks,...). Length of the sprint is typically 30 days, but it depends on a development strategy [...]

By |September 28th, 2010|Categories: Blog, ScrumDesk for Windows (retired)|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Step 4: Planning releases in agile project

Step 5: Plan sprints

In this step product owner and development team will try to plan project sprints. Who Product Owner Scrum Master Planning in SCRUM In Step 4 Planning product releases we defined sprint as time box for developers to complete selected stories. Product Development Product Backlog Release A Release B Sprint 1 Sprint 2 Sprint 3 ScrumDesk: Planning [...]

By |September 28th, 2010|Categories: Blog, ScrumDesk for Windows (retired)|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Step 5: Plan sprints

Step 6: Backlog Stories

In this step product owner and development team are going to plan project sprints. Who Product Owner Creating stories Target for this step is to create backlog stories. Product Development Product Backlog Stories in scrum are mainly created by product owner. As a first step let's log in as product owner. Product owner is responsible for requirements specification and prioritization. [...]

By |September 28th, 2010|Categories: Blog, ScrumDesk for Windows (retired)|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Step 6: Backlog Stories

Step 7: Planning Poker®

In this step development team is going to estimate stories. Who Scrum Master Developers Planning Poker® Our backlog contains all known stories which has to be developed for product. Team sits down together around the table and they starts to discuss size of each story. Product Development Product Backlog Every developer will get cards [...]

By |September 28th, 2010|Categories: ScrumDesk for Windows (retired)|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Step 7: Planning Poker®

Step 8: Sprint planning meeting

In this step product owner and development team will plan sprint. Who Product Owner Scrum Master Developers Visitors Sprint planning meeting Development team meats with product owner on sprint planning meeting. Product owner shows the team his plan for first sprint. Product owner chose stories by top importance (priority). Product Development Product Backlog Release A [...]

By |September 28th, 2010|Categories: ScrumDesk for Windows (retired)|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Step 8: Sprint planning meeting