Product owner

How to split user stories? Part 2: By operations

User stories splitting, working with epic, epic splitting into user stories. One great art. In the first part, we have shown you examples for splitting requirements into smaller ones by the process. Although this is the last division step for many Product Owners, this is not enough for a reasoned app. In this part, [...]

How to split user stories? Part 1: By workflow

The examples were created in the form of a user story map using the ScrumDesk app, where you can easily create a backlog from epics to embedded features to user stories. So far, in our consultation with the agile teams, we have always encountered unfamiliarity in each team about how to split the requirements [...]

Ten tips for Product Owner on how to support a daily standup

In your opinion, is Product Owner a member of the team? Usually, the teams answer during agile mentoring is that they are not. Although Product Owner is not familiar with the technical development, their presence on daily stand-ups is very important. However, since they do not participate in the implementation itself, the team can [...]

What is Minimum Viable Product? Do you understand that you do not understand MVP?

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is a frequently used word today in development. For a Product Owner it is one of the foundations of Agile and a successful product. However, are you sure you know what MVP is and how it differs from the minimum marketable product (MMP)? Many people mistake or misuse these terms. Even when [...]

How to substitute the Product Owner or Scrum Master during vacation

It’s finally hot outside, and plane tickets to Spain are cheaper. Relaxing by the sea or relaxing from these heatwaves in Norway means temporarily leaving your team. Even if you only leave for two weeks, it may be challenging for them. Or for you, if during your vacation instead of googling the opening hours [...]

How to write a requirement in a User Story format correctly

A few years ago, Mike Cohn promoted a user-story format of requirements. Since then, every requirement has become accustomed to being a user story in Scrum. Even then, when it is not considered to be a good one and even if it is not written in this format. User Story The User Story format [...]

Don’t look for percentages in a proper Agile product management

Oh, that great idea once again. %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%. Apparently, the feature is 79% done. Round of applause, that’s a nice number. Nicer than 78%. Masturpercentobation. But what Jeff has to do with that, yes, that user Jeff. Team: ‘Ugh nothing we can do now, we have to wait 3 weeks for the next sprint release.’ Product [...]

Requirement ready for implementation

How to save a lot of money on development for little effort. Or, why define requirements properly. The Punkers team The Punkers have been the worse team for a client and their management for several years now. Their requirements are constantly stretched, and even if they can be completed, the client is permanently dissatisfied [...]

Too many requirements. Just too many…

Lots of requirements. Lots and lots and lots A story about what will your ‘Yes’ answer cause in the long run. Lots of work. If it was about fire being once here and once there. But the fire burns always, everywhere and every single day. We develop a number of system customizations and our app [...]

How to build a great agile team when everybody is an expert?

Yet another week of mentoring is over, the next team is ready and another one prepared. This time it was, as always, quite unique and interesting. As I always say. We met a new team of people, working in a successful company and even though they’ve been sat in the same room for more [...]

Objectives and key results plus dependencies with ScrumDesk v6.32

New features in ScrumDesk v. 6.32Objectives and Key ResultsDependencies trackingFaster time trackingFilter improvementsBillable workChange hierarchy in the STORY MAPMeasure spent time vs. capacity plannedRecurring payments Objectives and Key Results (OKR) — track goals with ScrumDeskAgile is a great tool for the company to execute their vision. This set of practices is helpful in different aspects of [...]

ScrumDesk v6.29.1: improved Root Cause Analysis editor, KANBAN style + more!

Root Cause Analysis Editor We are glad to see more and more (and especially experienced) agile teams to use Root Cause Analysis editor to build a shared understanding of reasons for their impediments. This way agile teams can focus on the true cause of the problem instead of solving some indicators. In this version [...]

Product owner. Who?

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.

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.

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.

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 [...]