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Importance Of "done" In Scrum And Why Acceptance Criteria Is So Important   By: mrugesh panchal
The fulfillment of the acceptance criteria linked with the product backlog items, or accepting the user stories as “done” is very important in scrum. When shippable stories are developed through the sprints on a regular and consistent basis the ROI and the profit margins increase. It is important to know why “done” is so important for scrum methodology.(read entire article)
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Category : Hardware/Software

In Scrum, Can A Sprint Be Cancelled? If So, When?    Submitted as:
Sprint is a very important part of scrum implementation, and its activity is carefully planned during the sprint planning meetings. In most cases, sprint process occurs as per plan, and a complete shippable product is delivered to the stakeholders and the product owner eventually. However, in rare circumstances, a sprint may be recalled or stopped due to various reasons.(read entire article)
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Category : General

In Scrum, Can The Development Team Decide What Is "done"? If So, Why?   By: mrugesh panchal
The acceptance criteria is very important in defining which of the user stories can be considered as “done” at the end of the sprint. Scrum advocates shippable user stories to be delivered at the end of each sprint iteration. The definition of “done” decides whether a particular product backlog item is shippable or not after it is developed. Apart from the stakeholders, can the team decide the acceptance criteria and decide what is “done” in scrum?(read entire article)
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In Scrum, Is It Possible To Cancel A Sprint? If So, When?   By: mrugesh panchal
A sprint is an important part of scrum implementation, and it is carefully planned during the sprint planning meeting. In majority of the cases, the sprint process is carried out according to plan, and a shippable product is presented to the stakeholders. However, in certain circumstances, a sprint may be stopped due to reasons.(read entire article)
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Category : Hardware/Software

Introduction About Basic Terms Of Scrum Tool   By: mrugesh panchal
Scrum Tool:- Scrum Tool is a Open source Project management tool with rich graphical interface for agile project development with scrum methodology that provides product backlog , Sprint management, Dashboard, Task board, Burndown chart and much more.(read entire article)
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Is It Possible To Use Scrum For Developing Non It Based Projects? If So, How?    Submitted as:
It is important to look beyond IT development as far as scrum is concerned because there is a lot of potential in the framework. However, since scrum is all about adapting to changes, it becomes necessary to understand scrum in depth, and think positively how the methodology can be implemented for non-IT based projects.(read entire article)
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Category : General

Issues And Problems Likely To Arise While Implementing Scrum With Distributed Or Remote Teams   By: mrugesh panchal
Distributed scrum teams may lead to decreased productivity if the team members are not chosen carefully. It is very important for the product owner to carefully hand pick the correct team members so scrum can be effectively implemented. Moreover, efforts should be made to set up resources in a manner such that the remote team member can easily communicate using online tools.(read entire article)
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Norms For Holding Effective And Fruitful Scrum Meetings   By: mrugesh panchal
Many types of meetings are held while scrum is implanted in a project. Right from sprint planning meeting to the sprint review and the sprint retrospective, other non-conventional meetings can also be arranged in scrum as and when needed to fulfill specific objectives. Following certain norms can help to effective and fruitful meetings. • Scheduling the meeting The best way to schedule a meeting is to consider all the information that needs to be conveyed during the meeting, and assign a proper time and duration for it. Do not try to cram in too many topics so that enough time is not allotted for discussing each topic during the meeting. Ideally, the meeting should last for approximately 30 minutes, so work out an agenda that fits into the time schedule. If the topics to be discussed are more, hold a separate meeting to discuss them. This is very important, since the team members need time to absorb the discussion, and remain perceptive to the plan of action decided for each topic in the agenda at the end of the meeting. The time to hold the meeting should be properly selected too. Choose the time, which is most convenient to all. Ideally, the meeting should be held around 9 AM when everyone is fresh and about to start their day, or if that is not possible, than around 3 PM when everyone has taken the lunch and people are not feeling groggy immediately after having it. • Members attending the meeting Work out the list of attendees who are going to remain present for the meeting. It is mandatory for the product owner and the scrum master to attend the meeting since they play a center role in scrum implementation. Invite only those members who are associated with the topics included in the agenda, and who need to carry out some plan of action based upon the discussions carried out during the meeting. Other members, who are not concerned, or who have no connection with the agenda topics should not be invited so the meeting place is not cluttered up with too many individuals. When the members are less, it becomes possible to have one-to-one discussion, which is more meaningful and effective. • Creating and distributing the agenda Make sure that a proper agenda is created that includes all-important topics. Once the agenda is prepared, send it, or distribute to the concerned individuals well in time so they have enough time to prepare for the meeting. Each attendee should prepare a list of queries or issues concerning his or her work, and present it to the audience during the meeting. If the participants are well prepared, it leads to more fruitful and productive meetings. • Conducting the meeting in the proper manner Start your meeting on time. It is advisable not to wait for participants if they do not make it on time. It is essential to convey a message that the purpose and intent of the meeting is important, and should not be trifled with. The meeting should also not be taken lightly by the attendees. Some organizations even levy a certain penalty if the participants do not show up on time. Another aspect is regarding the discussions to be carried out during the meeting – they should be focused and topic centric. Make sure, only those topics relevant to the agenda are discussed, and the meeting is not emphasized with other trivial or non-related discussions. Utilize the meeting time in a productive way. Appoint one person specially for taking down the minutes of the meeting. This turns out to be very valuable when the participants require to recollect what was discussed during the meeting at a later stage. Many a times, people remember the plan of action immediately after the meeting is completed, but tend to forget, or may get confused in the succeeding days. The minutes can help to freshen up their memory. Work out the possible call-to-actions for each topic or subject included in the agenda. The minutes of the meeting should reflect which person is responsible for doing a particular action based upon the topics in the agenda.(read entire article)
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Category : Hardware/Software

Product Backlog Grooming Issues And What Should An Ideal Grooming Session Include?   By: mrugesh panchal
Properly groomed product backlogs can help to streamline the scrum process and help to deliver shippable user stories having high business values. Lack of proper grooming can lead to several issues and reduced profit margins for the investors. Proper grooming should be carried out using the DEEP method so fruitful product increment can be availed from the scrum project.(read entire article)
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Reasons For Carrying Out The Product Backlog Grooming Activity   By: mrugesh panchal
Periodic backlog grooming sessions can help the sprint planning meetings to become more effective and resulted oriented. The sprints planned after the grooming sessions end up with increased productivity levels. The sessions also help to improve the overall quality of the product backlog, and offer an opportunity to become familiar with the objectives and goals linked with the user stories.(read entire article)
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