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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Agile Estimation: Principles

An estimation has been 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, [...]

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

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

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 [...]

ScrumDesk v4.16.3 – user story readiness

Use what you need! Some of our clients are keen to use retrospectives, while they do not use Scrum because they prefer physical boards. Some other prefer simple backlog and not the story map. So now account administrator can activate selected modules which will make theirs functionality available to all organization team members. To activate, or [...]

ScrumDesk 3.14.1 – User stories mapping improvements

User Stories Mapping We are proud to say we finalized user story map, the new feature of ScrumDesk. At least up to the level, we think that usability and performance are perfect. But that doesn't mean we do not want to improve it. We have a couple of additional ideas as well, so be ready [...]

ScrumDesk v3.10 – sprint review report. What has been finished?

Sprint review reportDo you want to be prepared for sprint review session with all information necessary to review your commitments and status of the outcome? Sprint report is the document that summarizes:Sprint title and goalsSprint start and end datesInformation about the team who worked on sprint itemsInformation about work spent vs. capacity per team memberStatistics of planned [...]

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, [...]

ScrumDesk v3.8 – print backlog, filters and mentions

Print backlog Finally! Printing has appeared in ScrumDesk. As we have great planning experience with physical cards, we decided for card layout that we suggest to clients of our consultancy team. Printed card layout provides fundamental information necessary for proper release  or sprint planning. Print is available in Backlog and Plan view. Printed are just visible cards so filter [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Certified Product Owner course in Bratislava by Robin Dymond

The next event in our Become Agile Leader serie is certification of product owners that will be provided by Robin Dymond. The course will be held in Bratislava (Slovakia) on May 7-8th. About course In this two-day class we cover your role in creating a successful product using Scrum. The Product Owner creates the [...]

Grow your product backlog – the tree of requirements

You know that probably. Requirements are coming, coming and coming.  There is no time to stop and think about them. There is no time to organize them. There is no time to analyze your backlog so you know which requirements should be developed as next. Even more, many customers ask you of new functionality or defect fixes. In [...]

Free Scrum Guidelines

While being in agile transition, teams look for information how to do agile correctly. Often the question sounds 'How to DO agile?' We prepared Scrum Guideline that we hope might be helpful to shorten your Agile transformation and stabilize agile environment sooner. The paper describes all Scrum ceremonies with a focus on Why, What, Who, Where and [...]

Are user stories relations necessary?

One customer asked us an interesting question regarding relations of stories in ScrumDesk. What ScrumDesk supports now is simple relations tracking solution. Very simple and basic functionality - possibility to track, see and print out it in documents. For the first look, some basic functionality in ScrumDesk is missing. Functionality similar to Gantt chart way [...]

Scrum Glossary – Scrum Roles

Pig & chicken Metaphor that helps to distinguish people actively involved in development of the product and people who should not interrupt the team in an iteration. Product Owner Father of the product. Responsible for product success. Provides a vision to the team. Communication channel between the team, stakeholders and customers. Responsible for: product [...]