Agile Chartering – a summary of key activities teams can use from LiftOff

There is much written about the importance of Vision and Mission for teams and projects. Just searching on the internet will reveal many articles on the subject and many great quotes such as Dee Hock’s: “I believe that purpose and principle, clearly understood and articulated, and commonly shared, are the genetic code of any healthy…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SHARED PURPOSE

In our Kanban training, we present the following from Alice in Wonderland: It’s Certainly not a new concept or idea. Even in the software development field, I know this has been used before. Tom Gilb used it in his 1988 book, Principles of Software Engineering Management.   Ajay Reddy makes further reference to this in…

June Wrap Up 2016

Aging Knowing how long a card took to complete each step is really important, and we’ve added several features around this. The first is a small display on the front of the cards on your board. Those dots each represent one day that the card has spent on your board. Each longer dash represents 2…

ScrumDo – Stacking up against the Competition

by Marc Hughes Recently, we were featured in a head-to-head review against some of the largest project management tool players around including JIRA and Active Collab. And we’re pleased to report that ScrumDo was deemed ideal for use in both Scrum and Kanban projects as well as being called out on a having four major…

Implement the MINIMUM WIP LIMIT

The Sprint planning meeting is one of the foundational ceremonies of Scrum practitioners. The meeting typically runs from 1-3 hour where team members come together, decide what work needs to be done, and commit to user stories they will work on for the next Sprint. The quantity and kind of work committed to is typically…

SAFE (SCALED AGILE FRAMEWORK(TM)) INVITATIONS – GUEST POST

Guest post by Yuval Yeret, Enterprise Lean/Agile Consultant and head of AgileSparks USA This article was originally published as a series of posts at Yuval Yeret on Lean/Agile, a blog post and email featuring thoughts, experiences, tools and best practices. Read more at http://YuvalYeret.com and connect with him and the CodeGenesys team at the upcoming “Leading the…

AGILE TESTING

Testing intends to maintain and improve the quality of software over time. One of the major shifts from traditional/waterfall software development to Agile software development is how testing is conceptualized and implemented. Some common attempts to become more agile include: Adding a dedicated tester to a team Including a “hardening sprint” prior to a release…

NIX YOUR FIXED ITERATIONS WITH MINIMUM WIP LIMITS

A ceremony Scrum practitioners are familiar with is Sprint Planning. It’s an important ceremony for a Scrum team in which the team plans for the next Sprint. It typically is a 1-3 hour meeting when team members come together, understand the work needed to be done, and commit to user stories they will work on…

WHAT DOES “WORKING SOFTWARE OVER COMPREHENSIVE DOCUMENTATION” REALLY MEAN?

Early in the journey of moving toward more Agile ways of creating software, it is a common misconception that somehow either we completely abandon planning efforts, or that we must somehow get to production-ready software impossibly fast. Neither of these are entirely true; rather they are recast within Agile values and principles.  To begin, let’s…

HOW TO DEVELOP CONFIDENCE AS A MANAGER

As you shift into a position of leadership in your career, you might feel the extra responsibility in the form of stress, nerves or doubt. It is completely natural to feel uncomfortable, yet eager, to move up the corporate ladder. Your first time as a manager, especially as a new hire, can be very overwhelming….

SCALED AGILIST (SA) CERTIFICATION FOR LEAD SAFE®

  Attending the Leading SAFe®: Leading the Lean-Agile Software Enterprise with the Scaled Agile Framework® course is essential to preparing yourself to become a Certified Scaled Agilist. We are conducting this 2 day course at the USM in Portland, Maine on May 7 & 8, 2016. The Course This two-day course teaches the Lean-Agile principles and practices of the Scaled Agile…

THE EMPLOYMENT OF SCRUMBAN

“They were always energized by the mind-boggling challenge of how to make the product better”, says Patrick Steyaert, their coach. This consistent commitment to continuous improvement at all levels is a testament to the character of Nemetschek Scia before a poorly implemented Scrum was introduced. Unfortunately, such poor implementations of Scrum are common. The acts…

TWO DAY LEADING SCALED AGILE FRAMEWORK® (SAFE®) COURSE ON MAY 7/8

 I have implemented and adapted the Scrum and SAFe frameworks using The Kanban Method  (Kanban) for catalyzing sustainable improvements. When thinking about the 3 layers of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) from Kanban perspective, I approach SAFe as a suggested framework. Some try to implement SAFe disruptively without paying attention to the context.  Kanban ensures survivability…

Projects, Epics, and More

These are the rest of the updates from the first quarter of 2016 and I hope you are enjoying the upgrades and features. Today’s post will include updates on projects, epics, and more. Keep the feedback coming. We are listening and delivering. Projects When creating a new project, you can now select an existing one…

Playing Our Cards Right

The stories of a project are written on cards. We have quite a number of updates on the “card” which is one of the essentials of the ScrumDo tool. Tagging a card is a great way to signal the whole team on a project. Commenting in the card is an easy way to communicate with…

Updates for Assignees

Here at ScrumDo we are always making improvements to our tool. Many of our users give us great feedback and we are listening and implementing some excellent ideas which is a great contributor to our cultivation of a kaizen culture. Today we want to show what’s new for you as an assignee in your ScrumDo…

Attachment notifications

Attaching a file to a card now generates a news item, email notification, and notifications in chat extras. Card Context Menus Right clicking on a card now opens a menu with options available for that card. This should make it a lot quicker to do some common tasks. Default Report Profile Report tool will now…

Board Editor Improvements

The release that went out this past weekend contained a couple small improvements to the board editor and report profiles features that will make a big impact for some people. Multi Select The first is the ability to multi select cells or headers in the board editor by holding down the shift key when you…

ScrumDo Keyboard Shortcuts

In the past, ScrumDo has been very mouse-centric with minimal support for good keyboard shortcuts. The release that went out this past weekend is the first step of many in changing that.   Now, on most ScrumDo app pages, you can press the “?” key to get a list of available shortcuts. Here’s what I…

Supporting GitHub pull requests in ScrumDo

ScrumDo now support GitHub pull requests. As a reminder, after configuring the integration, adding text like ‘Card #5’ or sd-5 to a commit message will tag that card (#5) with that commit. That same syntax now also works in the title, body, or comments of a pull request. We’ll also detect a reference in any…