Scrum

Planning on demand

Planning on demand is a method suited for fast paced production planning which has a dynamic, always changing environment. It is based on Scrumban methodology, which combines the flexibility of Kanban and the basic features of Scrum. The key principles of planning on demand are that you don’t plan too much, you control what is being done, your team is always occupied and a team is always aware of the situation.

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Team meetings for agile process

imagesPlanning is a foundation of all works. Especially it’s important for project’s implementation. Team must set the main aim and to plan actions step by step. As Antoine de Saint – Exupery said “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” That is why planning is compulsory if you want to achieve the final result. Scrum teams always optimize the estimation and execution of work. Team uses short periods of time known as sprints. The sprint helps you not only to find the right balance in work but also if team faces with some problems sprint allows to change the scope or direction of the project at any point. Scrum has four kinds of sprint meetings: planning meeting, daily meeting, review meeting and retrospective meeting. Teams who prefer kanban than scrum know well about meetings called kaizen.

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Frequent dilemma: what sprint duration is best for your team

thinking-manEveryone might agree with the fact that Scrum is the most popular methodology in Agile development. Many organizations use Scrum due to its simplicity and flexibility. In Scrum, work is confined to a regular, iterative work cycle, known as a sprint. Most of the time one sprint lasts from one week to 4 weeks, but in some exceptional cases sprint might take up to two months. Each scrum team can face such challenge – decide upon sprint length.

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Estimating in story points compared to hours

Estimations in hoursNowadays you will find less and less people who still haven’t heard anything about Agile framework called Scrum. Those, who already learned about it one of the first things they met was the concept of a “Story point”. Story point is a measure of size of a user story, feature or other piece of work but not equal unit of time.  Story points are used by Scrum teams and provides with forecasts on total effort needed to deliver task.

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Writing Effective User Stories for Scrum

In order to prioritize the development tasks in Scrum, it is very common to use user stories. User stories describe a certain action by the user of the software that has business value, and thereby help the team visualize and strive for the end result as well as prioritize tasks that lead to that result.

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Why should one apply Agile or Lean practices?

Have you ever wondered if Agile or Lean practices are any good? Have you searched through web and read dozens of whitepapers, videos and slide shows? Still not convinced? We challenge you to watch this 3 minute video and get a quick grasp how you can benefit not only by applying agile and lean but also empowering tools for project management.

 

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Involve your team into agile process

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Fear of innovation, lack of mutual goals and organizational skills can drive any team into the ground. Also, it is worth mentioning that in the most common cases gap between great and average professionals in a team can be up to 10 times the difference, while gap between great and average team can be up to 1000 times the difference. That being said, we all can agree that any team there is must consist of a leader and followers. If you are a leader you will be the one who is responsible for the team’s performance. Moreover, you will be responsible for not only keeping everything under control but continuously improving and innovating. There one might encounter rejection and resistance to changes.

“Ability to attract followers is exactly what makes you a leader.” Mary Poppendieck

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Agile Tool Eylean Introduces a Free Personal Edition

Agile Tool Eylean FreeIt is Cyber Monday and there are a lot of deals in the market. But we have something special for you. How about a 100% discount for unlimited time? Yes, you understood it correctly - starting from today Eylean is free for your personal use!

Since our start in 2010, hundreds of companies have chosen Eylean for their enterprise projects, including giants like British Petroleum, Hitachi, Velux and others. Using Eylean helps them implement Scrum, Kanban and Scrumban, and stay agile in the world of ever-changing requirements. We think it is time for everyone to have an opportunity to take advantage of Eylean and make their development process faster, easier, and more transparent. Therefore, we are making a personal edition of Eylean agile task board free of charge.

Personal edition of Eylean includes a fully fledged task board, reporting, and analytics. You will be able to download the software and manage your personal projects with a highly visual, Scrum- and Kanban-optimized task board. Personal edition also includes time-tracking functionality, as well as export to Excel and Outlook, so that you are able to use the agile tool in the most productive way and stay on top of your personal projects.

So get the new Eylean Personal Edition now – and get things done!

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Eylean in Slush – biggest startup conference in Europe

Eylean team traveled to Finland and had a great time in one of the biggest startup events in Europe – “Slush“.
Well, to start with… It was cold, but it took only one day to get a warm cozy feeling as you belong there. Huge number of brightly minded people were met and great ideas were seen. The best part is that we were indeed contributing to the startup ecosystem in Finland and abroad as Eylean board offered free licenses for each company participating in the event. Let us all hope that those licenses will be used to build something big and world changing, like cool medical gadgets that can check your vision and predict diseases (our visions were perfect… this means abusive time spent near PC is not so bad at all, yay) or hologram projecting software. Finally, we want to say thanks to all the Slush organizers and participants who made this event a great time and fun, keep up the good work guys and don’t forget to control your project by using scrum or kanban board in Eylean.

P.S. “Pics or it didn’t happen…” Few images just to prove that we were there and even got kidnapped by ninjas!

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5 Reasons to Adopt Agile in Your Company

The concept of agile is not a new one. Its origins come from the 1990s, but some organizations still have not adopted agile despite its many inherent benefits. Agile believes in the faster adaptation and iterative life cycle, and brings the beauty of constant refinement of the goals, requirements and solutions during the development process.

However, if you are still undecided on whether to choose agile as your preferred method of software development, or if you need a few arguments to convince your colleagues, perhaps these five reasons will help you make a quicker decision:

Agile adapts well to changing priorities. Implementing agile ensures that your software development is up to date. Unlike the traditional software development methods, you do not need to spend a number of years in the development process only to realize that the world has actually moved past the original project requirements. With agile, your company will be better able adapt their portfolio to meet the ever changing business priorities. In agile, working software is delivered on a regular basis. The high value features are prioritized first against lower value features. With Agile you do not have to wait years to discover you have built an obsolete product.

Agile responds quickly to customer needs. Unlike in traditional software methodologies, the customer changing his priority midway does not affect the entire project drastically. Agile makes use of iterations so that the customer can access the progress of the project at any given time. Agile helps the project development team deliver products based on the feedback they receive from the customers.

There are fewer defects with agile. There far fewer defects associated with agile than with traditional methodologies. It is far preferable to test software in smaller installments as it is being developed than develop a whole project and test it at the last stage. Iterations make it possible for the defects and errors to be detected earlier and corrected. This makes it possible to have products with zero defects.

Marketing is faster with agile. It is possible for products made though agile to reach the market faster than those made through traditional methods. Research shows that there is a 37% chance of products developed using agile reaching the market faster than using traditional software development methods. In a competitive environment, it is essential to get the products to the market faster than the competition. Agile leads to better productivity as well as having the right scope delivered at the right time.

There is greater transparency with agile:  The use of agile inherently leads to great transparency between the team members. This is because of the improved communication between team members. Communication can take place daily in which each team members update on deliverables and make commitments to better quality products. Through communication, problems are discovered, discussed and resolved faster, hence bringing higher transparency to the company.

Do you know other ways how agile benefits organizations? Share them in the comments!

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