Managing the Product Backlog

There was a question from Dave Froslie on what we use to store our Product Backlog.  We use an internal wiki page.  Wiki’s are nice because they’re easy to view, easy to edit (not only for the Product Owner but also for people with suggestions who can add them in a suggestion section at the…

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Question about Scrum, waterfall, and more

Hi all –   A reader named Steve Henke writes with some questions:   First, you mentioned your concern about waterfall being used in the next major division release but with even more centralized control than before. Why do you expect more centralized control? Because of results from your team’s Scrum efforts or other external…

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Scrum and development methods

I got a question from René Landgrebe about what development methods we use along with Scrum.  He writes: “I wonder what developing method you use in combination with SCRUM. I read about combining XP and SCRUM is very reasonable. So, what combination do you use? XP, Test-driven development, feature-driven… ???” Scrum doesn’t dictate much about your…

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Sprint 5 complete

Greetings all –               Well, sprint 5 ended and yesterday we had the sprint review.  Overall the sprint was successful, although we did have one work item bleed over (which we of course disclosed to the stakeholders at the sprint review).   We had small turnout from stakeholders & management.  We had one manager…

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Too little sleep, too much caffeine

It seems like forever since I got eight hours of decent sleep.  I love my kids, but it sure would be nice if they would sleep past 6am!  My wife is on me for drinking too much pop — she thinks 4 a day is too many (if only she knew it was more like…

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Trying to tame our estimates

Greetings all –  It would seem that our estimates are slowly getting better with time.  When I compare the burndown chart for sprint 5 with the prior three charts, it’s quite good.  The first three look like a silhouette of the Olympic mountain range, whereas sprint 5 trends downward fairly nicely.  Sprint 5 is showing…

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