Projects at Work
  • Agile

    What's Your Story?

    - by Sondra Ashmore, Kristin Runyan (October 8, 2014)

    Requirements in Agile environments are handled very differently than in projects following linear processes. In Scrum, requirements are collected and shared through user stories, which have a precise format that invites conversation and collaboration. Here are some examples and guidelines for writing effective user stories.

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  • Conflict

    The Extra Hours Trap

    - by Andy Jordan (September 22, 2014)

    As leaders we should never lose sight of the welfare of our team members, no matter how tight the deadline or stressful the workload. If our actions threaten their welfare then we need to seriously reassess the situation, or it will cost us in other ways down the line.

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  • Agile

    Agile Anti-Patterns

    - by Bart Gerardi (September 4, 2014)

    In this new series, we look at some common problems that Agile teams face, and the common “solutions” that rarely seem to work and often make things worse. Sometimes we need to avoid the well-worn path. Let’s start with the misguided attempt to directly translate story points to effort hours.

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Scrum

Write Better User Stories

- by Sondra Ashmore, Kristin Runyan (October 22, 2014)

Writing effective user stories on Agile projects requires collaboration between the product owner and team. The effort involves agreeing on the depth of technical detail in the story, ensuring that epics are appropriately broken down, and adding acceptance criteria. Let’s look at some helpful examples for each step.

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Decision-Making

Mind the Decision Gaps

- by Deb Krizmanich and Frank Erschen (October 20, 2014)

The challenges many organizations face when making critical decisions can be grouped into four key areas: constrained resources, process and technology gaps, and cultural issues. But these problems can be overcome with an approach that blends the best of individual and group contributions.

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Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, BigVisible Solutions
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