Benefits of Good User Stories

Last updated Sep 18, 2017 | Published on Sep 16, 2017 by in Product Development

In previous two articles, we discssed: Becoming user centric with User Stories and How to write good User Stories In this article, lets understand the benefits of writing good User Stories and how you can turn it in to competitive advantage? Highest Value Delivery: User Stories help deliver highest value by focusing on the small and immediate customer needs. The traditional product development teams may spend months on a single function such as analysis, design, implementation etc, carrying a significant amount of work in progress without deliverying anything that is directly valuable to the customer immediately. Agile Teams break down user needs in to features or tasks...

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Essential Building Blocks of an Agile Organization

Published on Sep 7, 2017 by in Product Development

Creating cross-functional and self-organizing Teams is one of the essential element of building an Agile Organization. Both aspects require significant effort & focus. These also don’t happen naturally, particularly in organizations led with Industrial Age style of organizational structure and management. Scrum identifies these as essential aspects and recognizes a specific role – Scrum Master to be responsible for helping the teams and organization achieve Self Organization and improve cross-functionality. In fact, Scrum Guide specifies it as the first aspect of the Scrum Master’s service towards the Development  Team. The existence of...

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How to write Good User Stories

Last updated Sep 5, 2017 | Published on Sep 4, 2017 by in Product Development

Why care for writing good User Stories? Good User Stories are easy to understand and implement. Crafting valuable and small user stories could in most cases solve the biggest challenge of Scrum Teams – delivering shippable product increment every Sprint. Mastering the art of crafting good user stories isn’t easy. When crafted well, good User Stories form the building blocks of a successful product envisioned by the Product Owner and desired by the customer. In traditional product development environment, the Product Owner / Business Team would write a requirement they want to be implemented and the team would simply implement it, to the extent they...

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Agile Assessment – Check How Agile is your Team? Fast!!

Last updated Sep 14, 2017 | Published on Aug 29, 2017 by in Agile Team

Agile Assessment – Check How Agile is your Team? Fast!!
At one point during agile transformation, you may look at your practices, your team, and the organization and may want to assess the Agility of your team and the Organization. Taking the Agile Assessment may help you explore – > How Agile are we? > Are we really Agile? > Are we doing it right? etc. Well, the benefits you reap from Agile Transformation should actually give you the indication of how Agile you are. What are the typical benefits you should see if your teams have improved their agility? What are the typical benefits you should see if your teams have become Agile and improved their agility? Improved ability to respond to changing customer needs...

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Becoming User centric with User Stories

Last updated Sep 1, 2017 | Published on Jul 27, 2017 by in Product Development

Traditional product development creates functional barriers that separate the product developers from the users of the product. The reason user stories were used in the Extreme Programming was to connect the product developers with the real-world stories of the customers and users. Stories help the developers understand the pain areas of the users and the opportunities of delighting the users and making them feel awesome. Today, for most of the teams, User Stories have just become a form in an electronic tool which someone should fill in so that it can enter the Sprint planning, get developed and shipped. Instead of learning the art of storytelling, Product Owners and...

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7 Tips for writing Acceptance Criteria

Last updated Sep 12, 2017 | Published on May 1, 2017 by in Product Development

7 Tips for writing Acceptance Criteria
Acceptance Criteria Acceptance Criteria defines from an end user’s perspective, how a particular feature could be used. It focuses on business value, establishes the boundary of the feature’s scope and guides development. Acceptance criteria form the basis of acceptance testing which establishes the condition of success. When the product owner verifies particular acceptance criteria and the developed feature passes the criteria, the development is considered a success. Tips for writing Acceptance Criteria Writing good acceptance criteria is the key to effectively testing the developed functionality. It allows the team members writing tests to understand the...

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Scrum Master Focus Survey

Last updated Mar 20, 2017 | Published on Feb 15, 2017 by in Scrum Master

The survey aims to compare the Scrum Master's role as described in the Scrum Guide with the reality in organizations. With that aim, I'm set out to collect the real world insights from practicing Scrum Masters, about the Scrum Master role and the focus of Scrum Masters. If you are currently performing the Scrum Master role, please answer this survey to maintain a high relevance of the answers collected. We value candid answers based on real world facts over answers based on future aspirations or...

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What is a Scrum Master, How to Become a Certified ScrumMaster?

Last updated Jun 22, 2017 | Published on Feb 13, 2017 by in Scrum Master

What is a Scrum Master Scrum Master is one of the three roles that make up the Scrum Team as described by the Scrum Framework. The Scrum Master role is specific to Scrum and is a critical aspect in achieving the ambitious goals of helping the team and the organization be adaptable to rapidly changing customer needs through continuous inspect and adapt. To be adaptable the organization must develop the capability to continuously seek feedback from the customers about their needs and adapt their approach to meet these needs gracefully. The Scrum Master acts as a catalyst to this capability development within the team and the organization. Scrum Master achieves this by...

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Living without TechDebt

Last updated Sep 4, 2017 | Published on Jan 9, 2017 by in Product Development

Living without TechDebt
I grew up in an educated middle-class family and was taught to #Save rather accrue #Debt. I don’t remember my family applying for a loan to buy an expensive house hold appliance or to go for a luxury vacation abroad. I guess most parents teach their kids to manage their spending and live within means. I saw my parents live debt free. That encouraged me to think what was really important to buy. It forced me to make sound choices. The need to live without debt taught me to say No. No to unwanted stuff. No to things that were not urgent. No to things that were appealing on the surface but didn’t fit into the bigger scheme of my world. If you’ve read...

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