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Scrum User Cheat Sheet

Cheat-Sheet-bannerJust started applying Scrum and still find it difficult to understand all of the different terms and rules? The two different backlogs, roles, meetings and everything else is quite confusing at first. However, there is no need to worry as I am here to help!

Grab this handy cheat sheet and enjoy quick Scrum facts for your convenience.

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Most common project management myths

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“Project management” is a well known concept that defines planning, organizing and managing the effort to accomplish a successful project. Simply put, project management is the job of overseeing a project to ensure it meets its goals, time line and budget. However, despite it’s wide use and knowledge, there are some myths about the practice that just don’t go away. One of the most popular ones is that best project managers are certified, however, even when an individual has a project management professional certification, there’s no guarantee a project will succeed.

Below is our take on the 6 biggest myths about project management.

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Project Management FAQ

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There are certain questions about project management that we seem to hear time and time again. Whether its new users or experienced ones there are just some things that always seem to come up. So instead of having you search for the truth all over the internet, here are the most common questions about project management and their answers!

What is Project Management?

Project Management is a term used to describe activities aimed at controlling and guiding the project from the initial phases to the finish line. It includes all actions of planning, organizing and delivering the result to the client and is usually performed by one or a couple people on the team that are solely responsible for managing the project and are not part of the actual product creation.

Why should We use Project Management?

Project management is usually necessary to control all of the moving parts in the project. The project manager helps coordinate the various teams to make sure everyone stays on path, communicates with the clients to get their requirements and make sure the result fits their vision and informs stakeholders of the project progress and value. So it is a great way to make sure you deliver the project the right way and on time.

What is the best Project Management Method?

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Top 10 Questions About Scrum and Their Answers

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Undoubtedly, there is no lack of information about Scrum and how it should be used. Articles, to do lists, mistakes, user cases and anything else you might think of can be reached in minutes. However, when you are just coming into a new approach and learning its ways, you will most likely have certain questions and struggle to find the answers.

To help you out in this situation, here are the most common questions new users have about Scrum and their answers.

Is Scrum Agile?

This is one of the most frequent questions from new practitioners and one that cannot be answered with a single yes or no. Scrum is part of the Agile family, as it is one of the frameworks used to realize Agile rules and principles in real life projects. Other Agile applications, such as Kanban, XP and others are simply other frameworks used to bring Agile values to life. So yes, Scrum is Agile but Agile is not just Scrum, it is much more.

Should I choose Scrum?

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All You Need To Know About: Kanban

All About Kanban

In the spirit of continuing with the article roundup, this week I present to you everything related to Kanban. If you are still wondering how push and pull differs or what does WIP limit stand for, this one is for you. So take a look and dive into the world of self-organization and progress.

The Basics

Just starting with one of the more flexible Agile approaches? No worries we’ve got you covered. Learn the basics with 5 steps to start doing Kanban, configure your work space after reading Setting Up a Kanban Board and start adding work items with the knowledge of 5 Ways to Execute Kanban Task Cards.

Once your process is all set up and running, learn to measure the progress with two most popular Kanban reports:

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All You Need To Know About: Scrum

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This week I continue with our article roundup – an effort to provide you with all our knowledge in one convenient place. After the two previous posts on project management and agile, I thought it would be time to go a little deeper and this time we are talking about Scrum. Yup, the basics, roles, estimations and anything else you might be looking for, I’ve got it right here.

Basics

No Scrum project can be started without knowing what you are doing and while you may have already read all that goes into the practice, actually doing it is different. Check out Getting Started With Scrum Task Board to set up your first board, read Frequent dilemma: what sprint duration is best for your team to figure out what sort of a sprint duration to choose and pick out the scrum cards for you with The 4 Scrum Cards To Consider.

Once you are all set up and the actual work begins, learn how to write your first user stories with the help of Writing Effective User Stories for Scrum and choose the best way to estimate work by Estimating in story points compared to hours.

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All You Need To Know About: Agile

The Ultimate Agile GuideOver the years, we have written a lot about Agile. Whether you’re just looking for fundamentals or want to know what’s coming next, you will most certainly find it in this blog. However, you would in fact have to look and we don’t want to bother you, so instead here is a list of our Agile articles. Hope you enjoy!

Agile Basics

No blog could call itself Agile without talking about the basics and we certainly know it. Check out these when starting out to learn more about the transition – Transitioning to Agile: Understanding the Methods and Transitioning to Agile: Running Effective Meetings, dive deeper into the Agile structure with Agile Hierarchy – How Are The Methods Related? and Scrum vs. Kanban vs. Scrumban – What’s the difference? and successfully lead the change with the help of Becoming A True Agile Leader.

Want to read all of that in one place? Check out this – The Ultimate Agile Guide, for the basics as well as our inside view and knowledge.

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All You Need To Know About: Project Management

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Over the years we at Eylean have written a substantial amount of articles about project management, teams and tasks, time tracking and various other topics. However, you might have just joined us recently and instead of scrolling through should be able to find everything in one place. This is exactly what that is – your Eylean guide into the world of project management.

Leadership

First things first – no project could go ahead without a great leader. But what does it actually mean? Should you be strict or lenient, control the team in every step or let it find its own way? We get deeper into these topics with – The Many Hats of a Project Manager: Daily Struggles and Solutions and Becoming A True Agile Leader.

Team

Sorting out your team is often the next tough job you have to face a PM. So check out 5 Ways Of Getting There With Your Team to see how to motivate your employees and get them on the same page towards the goal. If you have started employing a younger generation but struggle to understand their ways Millennials In Your Team will be worth a while. Lastly the cautionary tale Amazon: The Story Of Productivity Taken Too Far should help you draw a nice line between team motivation and overworking them.

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Building Your Next Sprint With Eylean Board

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Building a sprint is not only a difficult but also a very important task. You need to identify the priorities and set realistic goals for the whole team at the same time providing a meaningful result in the end. So there is no surprise many struggle in the beginning and even the most experienced Scrum Masters sometimes run into trouble.

While there are no definite guarantees against anything in this world it is always better to face uncertainty prepared and sure in your processes. This is exactly what Eylean Board goal is and here are 5 ways planning your next sprint with our tool will make you not only more sure of your process, but also happier.

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Agile vs. Hybrid Approaches – Which Will Stay On Top

Agile-vs-hybridLast week I introduced you to the hybrid WaterScrumFall model that merges the Waterfall and Scrum practices in order to create a happy medium of both worlds. While it is not the likeliest of merges, many companies out there find it to be a viable option for their situation and happily use it. However, there are also those that claim this model is ineffective and faulty therefore this week I want to dive into their side of the story.

According to a recent study by TechBeacon, Agile projects are more successful than hybrid ones. This is a bold statement to be made, especially when keeping in mind that most companies deal with different processes, situations and in general are very diverse. However, the study focused on development and IT professionals show substantial results in favor of Agile.

Amongst the interviewed companies, both Agile and hybrid approaches are widely used as project management practices. The difference between their numbers is not really significant Agile taking the first and Hybrid approaches the second place. Where a difference does come in though is the satisfaction level. Agile users are generally happy with the project outcomes all around, while the hybrid users seem to have issues with six important metrics – Quality and performance, Time to market, Speed of delivery, Scope, Security & Cost and use of resources.

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