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Acceptance Criteria;

This is NOT acceptable!!! screamed Mr. Johnson as he stared down at my first High School English essay. “You’ve hardly used any adverbs or adjectives, the passive voice is non-existent and it has been written in pencil, not pen!” Having hoped for an A grade, I stood there shivering with fear, going crimson red in…

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What is the Traditional Waterfall Model and Why does it Fail?

Oscar Wilde, the celebrated Irish poet and playwright, wrote: “Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the results”. But how can we really gauge success and in this case its opposite; failure? As abstracts, they are both interpreted subjectively by each and every one of us but, in terms of the…

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What can you tell from your Daily Scrum Reports?

Your Daily Scrum is over; that crucial 15 minute face-to-face every 24 hours which should prepare all the team for a better planned and more logically structured workday. To reduce the risk of drifting aimlessly through your project towards its final destination, surely even this short meeting needs some sort of reporting. Or, does it?…

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What is a Sprint Retrospective and How to Run it?

Final whistle of the football game and the teams gather in the changing rooms. The team’s coach will have to take a logical view and gather the team to discuss areas of improvement. Similar to this, whether you are new to Agile or a ‘player’ for years, there are high chances you have already heard…

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How Did The Agile Method Develop?

History Flashbacks So, you’re still reading? The question had to be asked because maybe 90% of the population would see the word “history” in a title and automatically switch their minds off. Most of us can remember our high school days and those oh so boring history lessons in which we were bombarded with a…

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How to Score Your Stories

Imagine you work for a restaurant company and the Acquisitions Department has found what they think is a perfect site for their next restaurant. The premises have been purchased and now the place needs to be renovated, fitted-out and opened. But, just how difficult is the whole job going to be, approximately how much will…

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Scrum Events: Sprint Planning & 5 Useful Tips on How to Run it

Technology runs, market complexities increase and this results to the rise of interactions required by a business in order to adapt to its environmental changes. It has been multiple times explained how a better agile methodology can assist you into dealing with complexity and what are the benefits of Scrum into a business. To wrap…

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What is “Done” in Scrum?

The past particle “done” as understood in literal English means; “Completed, accepted and ready”. Not to be confused with the adjective ‘done’ as often used in colloquial English meaning; “tired out and half-finished”. However simplistic, perhaps by stressing the literal definition in the context of Agile Project Management, particularly within the field of software development,…

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Agile vs Scrum

So, you want to reinvent how your company operates. You need something new, innovative, fun and something that actually works. What do you turn to? There’re heaps of buzzwords being thrown around that sound great, but making your company agile, or using scrum techniques can be daunting. The words aren’t just buzzwords, but they often…

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What is the Sprint Review That we Often Skip?

If you are going agile, you probably have decided to go by the book (as you should) and implement the process of the four major meetings that take part within a sprint. You have started with the planning of what would you like to achieve and how will you do it, you are attending the…

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