How to: online backlog refinement

Online meetings are the new reality of our everyday lives. Most of us have already been to an online meeting with a difficult agenda or maybe you’re just planning one. But achieving demanding goals in the online world is not easy. Working from home means more distractions when you’re already trying to concentrate on [...]

Track OKR progress with ScrumDesk v. 8.44

Objectives & Key Results Overview - track OKR interactively An understanding of the current status and progress of objectives and key results is quite tricky. Especially if you have multiple OKRs. With new Objectives and Key Results overview interactive chart you can play to understand which goal and key results currently add the [...]

Why every product needs an elevator statement

Previously, we’ve shown you how to write a great elevator statement and some real-life examples. In this post, we’ll show you why you should start writing an elevator statement right now and how it can help you not just create a valuable product for the customer, but also make the development easier. An elevator [...]

Elevator statement: Real-life examples and similar tools

Start writing... We focused the second part of our elevator statement series on working with real-life examples and showing you similar tools. Learn how to make an elevator statement better by using our tips and asking the question we talked about in the first post. The first elevator statement Let’s take a look at [...]

How to write a great elevator statement

What value your product brings? Can you explain in 30 seconds? You want to build a meaningful product that brings value to customers. But how can you do your best to stay on the right track? To focus on the features that matter or create a product that customers want to buy? Start with [...]

How to split user stories? Part 3: By business rules variation

How to split user stories properly? In previous articles you could read more on the split by workflow steps and by operations. This article brings examples on the user stories splitting by business rules variation. Business rules The business works in very complex environment. Complex technologies, global competition, complex design of [...]

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 Scrum Master 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 [...]

Course Certified Product Owner, November 2017, Bratislava

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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