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Solution Architect with nearly 15 years of experience in the software development field. Into ALM, integrations, software architecture, and stopping slapshots.


Aug
5
answered How does requirements management work in the long term with Agile projects?
May
20
answered Should a user story be shared between developers?
May
7
answered Agile retesting
May
5
answered Planning troubleshooting in a sprint
Feb
4
comment Criteria for prioritizing product backlog
It only goes against the paradigm if the system is unusable with the code in place. If you are making changes that can't be stabilized within your sprint or hidden so as not to impact your users, the story is probably too big and needs to be broken into smaller pieces.
Feb
4
awarded  Commentator
Feb
4
comment Criteria for prioritizing product backlog
For risky items we attempt to chunk into more palatable pieces that can be delivered iteratively, and then resolve 'showstopper' bugs that would prevent delivery. Essentially, the story isn't "Done". Other bugs that are lower priority go to the backlog to be prioritized alongside other work.
Feb
4
comment Criteria for prioritizing product backlog
That's why value is also part of the equation. You don't want low-value high-risk items first. If you have high-value or mid-value items with risk, you should do those before high-value low-risk, because you don't have risk in doing those later. Ask your devs: if you have 2 days left in your timeline, do you want to start on some easy stuff, or the riskiest stuff in the project? That's why you raise priority on riskier items: project risk mitigation. With that said, if you can deliver minimum shippable without a risky item, that probably indicates a low business value anyways.
Feb
4
awarded  Editor
Feb
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revised Criteria for prioritizing product backlog
spelling typo
Feb
4
answered Criteria for prioritizing product backlog
Jan
21
comment How to introduce Scrum in a company accustomed to Scrumbutt or Scrumfall?
Well worded PDR, this is exactly what I've had to do in similar situations. Actually, if the managements is already open to 'agile', that makes fixing the problems a little easier because you don't have to sell them on what they've already bought.
Jan
17
answered How to organise the different bits and pieces in an agile environment?
Dec
14
awarded  Yearling
Nov
13
answered How to estimate tasks in scrum?
Oct
31
comment What happens with project backlog if sprint due date is missed?
I think I'm just confused in your use of the term 'velocity report', as it is different than how I use my velocity report. I use the velocity report to track business value delivered, not effort spent, but I can see what you mean. I can definitely see the benefit of you also tracking the effort your team spent in R&D versus maintenance. In my opinion, you still should only recognize the'estimates' that were successfully delivered, but you may want to make your velocity report have multiple bars (hours delivered, hours spent, hours on maintenance).
Oct
30
comment What happens with project backlog if sprint due date is missed?
I guess it comes down to what your velocity report is being used for. Are you tracking how much effort was put in each sprint? Or are you tracking how much business value your team delivered? You can put in a full 40 hours of effort and deliver absolutely no business value. Or you can put in 10 hours of effort and deliver all of the business value for a story. For my own reporting to my clients, the hours spent is only of interest in terms of billing. Otherwise, they just want to know how long until they get what they need.
Oct
29
comment What happens with project backlog if sprint due date is missed?
This is also why most estimates at the story level are usually not in hours. The 'value' you are recognizing is not the same as the hours spent delivering it. If you are running a scrum-like reporting of velocity, you would normally be reporting on points of value delivered, and then also tracking hours remaining on tasks. You may want to track hours spent as well to know about your efficiency on tasks, but I would normally consider that an extra tax on the developers that doesn't really give you much value for the effort put in.
Oct
29
answered What happens with project backlog if sprint due date is missed?
Aug
17
answered Backlog item with preparation for future sprint Scrum