Story Points vs. Man-Hours For Project Estimation

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When a new project is about to start, the project sponsors definitely want to know how much time it will take to complete it. If, on the contrary, you’re already involved in an ongoing project, project stakeholders probably are eager to know what amount of work you as a team will be able to complete during each subsequent iteration. We usually use different estimation techniques to provide the mentioned information to the project sponsor or stakeholders in both cases.… [ Read the rest...]

How to Turn the Floor Over to the Next Person on Daily Scrum Meeting

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If you use Scrum methodology on your projects, you definitely know how the Daily Scrum Meeting goes. If not, here is a quick walk-thru. People take their turns and provide their status updates one at a time. The status is short but informative, and its purpose is to answer three main questions: “What I did yesterday”, “What I’m going to do today”, “What impediments or blockers I`m having at the moment”.… [ Read the rest...]

Mission Impossible: Can a Project Manager Be a Scrum Master at the Same Time?

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There are a lot of hot topics around Scrum since this framework was introduced in the late 20th century. One of them is the differences between scrum master`s and project manager`s roles, and whether it is possible to combine both roles in one and the same person. The supporters or Scrum usually try to decouple a project manager from the team.… [ Read the rest...]

10 arguments why daily scrum meeting is important (infographic)

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It happens that engineers call into question the importance of daily scrum meeting, especially those ones who have a lack of experience of working in a team. Their most common argument against this meeting is that it distracts them from the actual work, and it is just a waste of time. If you as a project manager faces this issue, you should find the right words and arguments to explain your team mates the usefulness of a daily scrum meeting and to persuade them not only to attend it but also to be an active participant at it.… [ Read the rest...]