Scrum

How I Use Earned Value Management (EVM) to Track Agile Scrum Projects Part 2

In my first blog post (How I Use Earned Value Management (EVM) to Track Agile Scrum Projects), I showed how I use some EVM concepts to track agile projects.  One of the comments from that post criticized the model because it did not incorporate SPI and CPI.  As a result, I expanded on the model …

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Book Review: Essential Skills for the Agile Developer

I am a big fan of NetObjectives training and their books.  Their website offers a plethora of resources surrounding lean, agile, kanban and plenty of technical topics to support these frameworks and methodologies. I was introduced to this book through a 1 hour free webinar that they held – Essential Skills for the Agile Developer …

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How I Use Earned Value Management (EVM) to Track Agile Scrum Projects

Earned Value Management (EVM) is a technique that can be used on project to monitor the performance and progress of projects.  It is typically associated with traditional project management.  According to PMP Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, Earned Value Management “compares what you’ve received or produced to what you’ve spent… EVM looks at schedule, …

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Release Burndown + Cone of Uncertainty = Release Uncertainty Burndown?

One of the artifacts used to track work on an agile project is the release burndown chart. This chart plots functionality along the y-axis and time along the x-axis.  A line is then drawn from the size of the desired functionality over to the correct time, labeled the “ideal” line.  This is the line that …

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IBM Innovate 2013 Presentation – Case Study of Using Jazz ALM

I’m excited to announce that a co-worker and myself will be presenting at IBM Innovate 2013 in Orlando.  The conference runs from June 2nd – 6th and contains a ton of different sessions.  Our session is titled “Paychex Case Study: Successfully Deploying a Jazz ALM Solution to In-flight Projects with Minimal Disruption and Immediate Benefits.”  …

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Simple Game to Demonstrate Agile Concepts: Test Small, Test Often (Jenga)

Description: The below game is a simple but powerful one that is used to show the benefit of tighter feedback loops that come from frameworks such as using agile. Thanks to Nanda Lankalapalli for introducing this game to me.  The original description can be found on his blog.  I first played this game when I took a …

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