24 May

SCRUM Series

In last few days I have compiled some information on SCRUM in separate articles. Here is the consolidation of all the links:

  1. Scrum: An Introduction to this simple-powerful agile methodology
  2. Scrum: Characteristics and what is sprint?
  3. SCRUM: What are the different Roles?
  4. SCRUM: All the different Meetings
  5. SCRUM: Artifacts
  6. SCRUM: Scalability by SCRUM OF SCRUMS
  7. SCRUM:Some facts and resources

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20 May


Scrum has been successfully used for projects with 500+ team members lots of time. As SCRUM can only last for 15 minutes and some other similar rules hence in order to scale the SCRUM for bigger team we can use SCRUM OF SCRUMS. Based on the type of work the scrum team is constituted for every 7 to 10 team members having a Scrum master and the Product Owner. After the first lever team SCRUMS we have SCRUM of SCRUMS and there could also be more level of SCRUM OF SCRUMS.

18 May

Software Development Methodologies

As these days I am writing about Scrum which is one of the agile methodologies, I though it could be nice if I can also list the other popular software development methodologies.

Three software development patterns mashed tog...
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I have listed all these and also linked them to wiki as it has one of the very good definitions and details about every agile methodology.

Once I am done with the Scrum series I will touch the other ones. Hope this helps!

  1. Agile
  2. Cleanroom
  3. Iterative
  4. RAD
  5. RUP
  6. Spiral
  7. Waterfall
  8. Lean
  9. V-Model
  10. TDD
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17 May

SCRUM:Some facts and resources

Other facts about Scrum

13 May

SCRUM: All the different Meetings

Saturday Scrum Sprint 03
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Sprint Planning Meeting

  • Planning must be done at the beginning of every sprint cycle.
  • Team selects items from the product backlog they can commit to completing
  • Sprint backlog is created by the entire team.
  • Tasks are identified and each is estimated (1-16 hours)
  • Collaboratively, not done alone by the ScrumMaster
  • An Eight hour limit applies to this meeting. During the 1st 4 hrs The Product owner and team prioritizes the product backlog and later only team plans the sprint and creates the Sprint Backlog.
  • Time limit: 8 hrs

Daily Scrum (Daily Standup) Meeting

Daily Scrum is more like a daily project status meeting which is very short and nothing other than the status can be discussed. The following are the key characteristics of Scrum.

  • Daily and starts precisely on time.
  • Daily Scrum must happen at same location and every working day at same time
  • Only Scrum Master and Team members can speak (anyone can join)
  • Not for problem solving (no discussions on reasons/approach etc.)
  • Everyone answers 3 questions and the Scrum Master documents this:
    • What have you done since yesterday?
    • What are you planning to do today?
    • Anything in the way (issues/concerns). The resolution cannot be discussed in the Scrum. It should be discussed after.
  • Time limit: 15-minutes

The Sprint Review Meeting

  • Outcome of the sprint is reviewed. What is completed and what is left.
  • A demo is provided of the completed work only.
  • Team and anyone from outside can participate (Open House)
  • Time limit: 4 hours.

Sprint Retrospective Meeting

  • This meeting is for identifying and implementing continuous process improvements
  • Two questions are asked:
    • What went well in the Sprint?
    • What could be improved in next Sprint?
  • The outcome is what to Start / Stop / Continue.
  • This is attended by team, ScrumMaster and Product Owner.
  • Time limit: 3 hrs
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