Agile HR
Agile HR by Fabiola Eyholzer

Agile HR

Check out the video below of Fabiola Eyholzer presenting on "Agile HR" at the Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Fabiola explores how transforming your organization into an agile enterprise is no small deed. And it does not matter where you are on your way towards embracing agility on all levels. There will be a time…

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Top 5 Techniques for Splitting a User Story

When splitting user stories, we should always split them vertically as if we are slicing a piece of cake. The whole cake is a cake and each vertical slice is a piece of cake with all it’s layers. A horizontal slice might just have the icing, or maybe just the filling, or just the crust and…

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Agile Leadership
Agile Learsheip by JJ Sutherland

Agile Leadership

Check out the video below of JJ Sutherland presenting on "Agile Leadership" at the Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). JJ explores how Agile requires major changes in organization, management philosophy, and operations. In our modern moment Agile and Scrum are tossed around by leaders as the newest management fad. What leadership has to recognize is…

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What’s the Right Size for a User Story

Product Backlog Items (PBIs) or user stories should be small. Small stories provide focus for the team and gives members the flexibility to adjust and adapt to changes. The larger the story, the higher the risk of team members getting lost in the details and creating bottlenecks as members are busy and unavailable to collaborate and…

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7 Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives
7 Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives by David Horowitz

7 Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives

Check out the video below of David Horowitz presenting on "7 Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives" at the Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). David reveals seven secrets that lead to effective retrospectives including the best way to ensure your retrospectives lead to real change, the "pledge" everyone on your team must take before participating, how…

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Top 3 Reasons to Split a User Story

Here are the top 3 reasons to split a user story: Size – Large user stories need further refinement to break them down into more manageable pieces. Key indicators that a user story is too large are if the estimate is greater than the Sprint duration, or if the estimate is greater than the remaining time…

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The Agile PMO by Art Moore
Agile PMO by Art Moore

The Agile PMO by Art Moore

Check out the video below of Art Moore presenting on "The Agile PMO" at the Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). Art looks at Program Management Offices (PMOs) in the new (and not so new) Agile world. Art explores if they are needed, what exactly do they do, the fundamental differences with today’s PMOs and how…

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The 6 Attributes of Effective User Stories – INVEST

Bill Wake came up with the INVEST acronym to help us remember guidelines for writing effective user stories: Independent, Negotiable, Valuable, Estimatable, Small, and Testable. Independent: As much as possible, try to make sure that stories are not interdependent as this might lead to prioritization and planning problems. Independent is different from logical order of developing…

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Top 5 Advantages of User Stories

Before we look at why use user stories, let’s first start by looking at other common requirement gathering techniques. 1st, there is the IEEE 830 with “The system shall… “, The system shall do this…, the system shall do that, and my favorite, the system shall be bug free 😊. We typically start out with an…

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What is a User Story?

A user story is one way of representing requirements in a Product Backlog. Mike Cohn defines a user story as a simple, clear and short description of customer valued functionality. It is composed of 3 parts: a written description used for planning, conversation to flesh out the details, and tests to determine completeness. Similarly, Ron Jefferies…

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