Author: Hugh Touchai

How to Transition to Agile Story Points

In this article, I’ll cover how a newly formed Scrum team can transition from estimating in days to estimating in points and velocity. In Waterfall projects, the cost of development is estimated in days using the following formula so that the estimated cost of the project can be provided upfront to the business to justify the ROI. Project Cost = Number of days to implement the project x Cost of resources per day x Uncertainty The demand for predictability of the cost is met by the development team as part of upfront project planning during the requirement analysis phase. Development...

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Scrum in a Nutshell

Scrum framework Scrum was founded by Ken Shwabber and Jeff Sutherland (co-founders of agile manifesto) as a framework to develop and deliver a working software using a light weight and collaborative methods via a continuous delivery stream called sprint. Incremental delivery approach in Scrum reduces the project risks as scrum team members work in a highly collaborative manner to deliver a set of predefined backlog in each sprint. Transparency, inspection and adoptability Scrum teams must follow a common and transparent standard to ensure all cross functional team members have the same understanding, inspect their deliverables frequently to adjust variation...

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Emergence of Agile

Agile software development methods emerged as an alternative to traditional software development in 2001 by a group of practitioners to address the shortcoming of traditional software development methods. Unlike traditional process driven methods, Agile emphasises on team relationship and role of people over institutionalised processes, contracts and detailed documentation encapsulated in Agile Manifesto: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan Working software over comprehensive documentation The primary objective of agile methods is to deliver a working software that delights the customer using a just enough documentation and...

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Midsize Companies Growth vs Scaling

Where a midsize company should focus? This article shade lights on how midsize companies should achieve growth. Most management writing focuses on startups or large companies, but if recent performance is any indicator, midcap companies are the place to be. U.S. organizations with $10 million$1 billion in revenue make up the fourth largest global economy in the world, with $3.8 trillion in private sector GDP. Over 200,000 midcap businesses collectively employ 34% of the U.S. workforce. During the 2008 recession, midcap companies proved surprisingly tough: Fully 82% of them survived to see the recovery (only 57% of small businesses made...

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