Idea behind User Stories in Scrum

userStoriesThis video presentation is about User Stories in Scrum which is one of the most known Agile methodologies used in software development. Please sit down and relax. I am going to go back to the philosophy that stays behind User Stories. You will hear about User Stories prioritization, how to write them and you will understand the difference to Waterfall tasks.

 

Do not estimate bugs in Scrum!

bugEstimating in Scrum is a broad subject but it has already been well described and I think it is also well understood. However, there are some areas where I still observe tendencies to do it wrong. One of them is estimating bugs.

 

 

Sprint anti-patterns in Scrum

ScrumSprintsDo you feel your Scrum team does not work as it should? Do you have an impression that practicing Agile should be easier according to books and trainings but for some reasons your case is special? I have read a good article that lists some popular anti-patterns of doing Scrum sprints. Check it out. Probably you do some of them too. Locate them, educate yourself and fix them.

 

lowMediumHigh smallEstimating in IT has been a difficult activity for a long time and actually it still is. Sometimes or even very often development of features is estimated based on a few sentences of requirements. There are no doubts that demanding an accurate estimate in such case is ridiculous. Actually, estimates are never accurate. But if everybody agrees that guesstimates are good enough and only very high level numbers are needed for each feature being estimated, why not to provide them? This article describes a way of marking features with low/medium/high cost markers when normal estimating cannot be done.

tireAlthough empowerment is not a new concept, it is still not common. There are multiple companies where the idea of giving power of making decisions to low-level employees is so abstract that people do not even hope for it. For a long time I had thought that the employers had been the blockers. And they probably still are, but some time ago I had an interesting chat with my colleague about it. I would like to share it with you because it shed some light on possible difficulties during empowerment introduction.