Scrum_Roles_Stakeholders

About Scrum Teams

In Scrum, it’s the Product Owner‘s responsibility to manage the project’s budget, therefore we could assume s/he assigns the appropriate resources to the team. However it’s quite usual in organisations to have a Department’s manager who builds teams according to project needs. This situation is not opposite to Scrum best practices but decisions should be…

pigchicken

Chickens and pigs

Once upon a time… A chicken and a pig were talking about opening a restaurant together and the chicken suggested to call it “Ham-n-eggs”. After consideration, the pig exclaimed: No thanks. I’d be committed, but you’d only be involved! This fable was included some years ago in ‘The Scrum Guide‘ but due to wrong usage…

Product Management

Product Manager Vs Product Owner

Scrum frameworks require the role of a Product Owner, which differs a little with the traditional Product Manager’s role. Usually, responsibilities of both overlap but they are indeed different positions. Let me clarify a bit: Product Manager Product Owner Business. Important stakeholder. Bridge between business and engineering. Always thinking of the product ‘outwards’ (focusing on…

Chihuahua

This user story is a Chihuahua!

Estimations are always difficult and only experience may help you provide proper ones. During sprint plannings user stories are estimated according to its difficulty or expected effort. A good technique to estimate a story is by comparing it to another one that you did previously. If it’s more difficult, you add points. If it’s less…

Scrum of scrums

Scrum of Scrums

If Scrum is supposed to be a good framework for teams of 5 to 9 people, what happens when we work in a big project that requires several teams? Can we still use Scrum? Of course. However, you may need to divide the whole group of people into smaller teams that can work under Scrum…

Pros

What’s right with SCRUM?

Last week I wrote about disadvantages of using scrum, but what are the advantages? Continuous delivery: Time-to-market is critical in business, specially in start-ups. Scrum, as an agile framework, provides deliverables after finishing any sprint, so you may have a real product in the market every month. Then, it is the perfect opportunity to refine…

Cons

What’s wrong with SCRUM?

I am a big fan of Scrum, but I know it is not perfect. Let me tell you a few negative considerations I have on this agile framework: Scope creep: When a project is not defined completely, it’s unlikely you’ll cover all your goals, both in scope, budget and time. Besides, Scrum gives the impression…