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How is Scrum Related to Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Process?

How is Scrum Related to Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Process? The concepts behind Scrum go even further back in time. In the 1950s, a management consultant by the name of W. Edwards Deming created the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle as a framework for continuous improvement. PDCA, also known as the Deming or Shewhart cycle, had an early influence on Toyota's lean [...]

What is Story Map

What is Story Map? (More about the Story Map Feature) (Watch Live Demos) Story Maps were first introduced by Jeff Patton in this 2005 article. The main idea behind Story Maps is that single-list product backlogs are a terrible way to organize and prioritize the work that needs to be done. A richer structure is [...]

Project initiator vs project sponsor in Project Management

Project initiator vs project sponsor in Project Management Some project management references suggest that project initiator and project sponsor are the same, but strictly speaking the two roles are quite different. While the role of project sponsor is clearer, the role of project initiator is not commonly mentioned. So who is the project initiator? What [...]

User Story Estimation – Affinity Table

How to Estimate User Stories For Agile Development Estimating a user story is hard! How can we get the best estimation of a story size? Some people said the best size should be estimated in terms of story point, and the other prefer they are estimated in terms of hours or days. Well estimating is definitely [...]

How to create a User Story Map

How to create a User Story Map User story mapping is becoming a popular technique through the efforts of Jeff Patton and others that allows you to add a second dimension to your backlog. Here are a few reasons you should consider using this technique: It allows you to see the big picture in your [...]

Is there a Best Approach for Software Development?

Is there a Best Approach for Software Development? Curtis Tsang   August 4, 2016   0 Comments “工欲善其事, 必先利其器” 《論語.魏靈公》 “To do a good job, an artisan needs the best tools” 《Confucian Analects》 Software approach is the practice of using selected process techniques to improve the quality of a software development effort resulting fewer defects and, therefore, [...]

Lean Agile Approach in Action

Lean Agile Approach in Action Curtis Tsang   August 4, 2016   1 Comment Student Portal Example A community college want to develop a student portal for providing online services for the students. They invited a student representative, staff from department and the members of the portal administrator to form a team to participate in the student [...]

How to Estimate User Story Using Automated Affinity Table

Story Estimation and Eliminating Spike Story Points or Days, or Both? People often argue whether to use story points or story hours (or days) in story estimation. Some people believe that we don't need to calculate story points and team velocity at all. Well, different teams may have different opinions, but nevertheless, most of the [...]

Resources, References and Articles for User Story Mapping

Resources, Books and Articles for User Story Mapping Start From Here: Book from the Author:    Jeff Patton & Associates - Story Mapping is a better way to work with Agile User Stories User Story Mapping Articles: Creating an Agile Road Map Using Story Mapping,  by Andrea Gigante, Published on 28 August 2013 Story Mapping, Visual Way of Building Product [...]

How to Structure Product Backlog into a User Story Map

How to Structure Product Backlog into a User Story Map To facilitate agile development, Story Map can receive user features identified from different sources. As mentioned above, it could be the requirements derived from EA contracts, work packages from project management initiatives or ad-hoc analysis such as-is and to-be analysis, use cases in a use [...]

What is User Story Mapping?

Structure Your Product Backlog into User Story Map Requirements always change as teams and customers learn more about the system as the project progresses. It’s not exactly realistic to expect project teams to work off a static requirements list and then deliver functional software months later. There has to be a better way—a more Agile [...]

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