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Angela Johnson, Certified Scrum Trainer and Coach asks, “What’s all the fuss about scaling Agile and Scrum”?  Is it just me or has the word “scaling” become a buzz word in the Agile community in the last 5 years? Thinking … Continue reading

Earlier versions of Scrum described prioritizing the Product Backlog based on development priority, but the current Scrum Guide just says that it is ordered in order to “best achieve goals and missions” (Scrum Guide, July 2013). Ordering the backlog is the … Continue reading

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In mid-September, Mike Stuedemann, Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach, hosted a webinar entitled, “Why Should the Business Care About Agile?” To listen to the webinar, please click here. While a number of questions were addressed during the webinar, the … Continue reading

“Ready” is a Scrum concept that applies to making sure that the Team has enough information about user stories to be able to implement them in an upcoming sprint. Roman Pilcher says that a “ready” story should be clear, feasible, … Continue reading

The Benefits of Short Iterations, or Why Time is Like Closet Space I’ve always used the maxim that time is like closet space – the more you have, the more you fill it up with stuff! (I recently moved to … Continue reading

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Agile, as a philosophy, has “crossed the chasm” as organizations seek to respond to dynamic market conditions and fickle, quality-focused customers. While every organization has certainly explored Agile methods to some extent, many continue to struggle with their application and … Continue reading

Three Agile Planning Horizons Agile estimating and planning involves three “horizons” : Release Plan, around 2-6 months Iteration Plan,  2-4 weeks Daily Plan, every day Below is a brief overview of these horizons, as explained in our latest Watermark Learning webinar: Agile … Continue reading

Key Components of Scrum What do product backlog, story points, and velocity have in common? They are all components of Scrum, an Agile framework, that allow us to estimate how much can be delivered in any given time frame. First, … Continue reading

By Elizabeth Larson, PMP, CBAP, CSM and Richard Larson PMP, CBAP The close of one year tends to make one reflect on what has occurred in the past year and ponder the future. Here we ponder some trends in the … Continue reading

Someone at a recent conference asked me how to respond to project stakeholders when they say that Use Cases take too long in an agile environment.  I was presenting a talk on “BA Toolkit for an Agile Project (or any … Continue reading