Grow with Agile

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Comfort zone

How easy isn’t it in life to get comfortable at work, in your life and career?  We are creatures of habit that prefers the familiar. Even as babies we are kept in a strict routine to sleep and eat better. 

We get stuck in the usual and forget to innovate and shut our minds to thinking out of the box. That’s the way we have been doing it ...

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Definitions of common Jira & Agile terms

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Heard about sprints, kanban, story points and workflow, but have no clue what they mean? In this post, we breakdown some of the common agile terms used in Jira and Agile methodology.

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  • Sprint – A sprint is a 2 week work focus cycle that is used for all client projects at Client A.
  • Backlog – A backlog is a prioritized list of work / stories.
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Remember to celebrate

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I have recently read about how important it is to reward yourself when you achieve a goal. During our childhood years we have parents, if we are lucky, that teach us about good and bad behaviour through rewards or punishment. A lot of the time in projects, and even in life, we set out goals for ourselves to achieve and when we reach them we start focusing immediately on the next goal.

Take the ...

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Building Healthy Agile Teams

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It is not easy to build a relationship. And it is even more difficult to maintain a good and healthy one.

Some people say the key is in simply spending time together. Others say it is about spending quality time together. But how do you ensure that the relationships you are building within an agile environment are healthy, resulting in healthy agile teams?

Agile teams

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The Role of the Product Owner

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The Role of the Product Owner

As Agile Scrum Masters, we are typically faced with many questions. Here we are focusing on the questions asked around the Product Owner’s role. Following this, we will be addressing a few of the most frequently asked questions in a series of posts related to other topics when implementing agile.

Question:

What is the role of the Product Owner in the sprint ...

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Jira Plugin Development – Making sense of the Jira Technical Ecosystem

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This is the first in a series of articles dealing with Jira plugin development.

Overview

Jira is a project tracker web application built by Atlassian in Java, and is used for agile software development by thousands of project teams. Jira can either be used as a hosted application (Jira OnDemand), or can be installed on a local server. Jira OnDemand is ideal for smaller companies that do not want to take ...

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Discovering Agile

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I have heard a lot about agile over the past few years but never really understood it as that stage; it was not a part of my life. A few months ago I came face to face with agile and started to dig deeper into this new methodology that is changing the world by discover agile.

After a lot of learning and discovering, I came to a few conclusions – Agile is common ...

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Using lists in Trello for Agile software development

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Introduction

Trello is a so-called horizontal product, meaning that it can be used by a wide variety of people, solving a wide range of problems. It is also well-suited for smaller agile software development projects. 

Lists

One of the key features of Trello is the ability to create custom lists (swimlanes). Cards (which can typically contain user stories) can then be attached to custom lists.

Examples of lists

The flexibility of ...

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Measuring Agile readiness throughout the Scrum Delivery Life Cycle

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At Agileware Studios we have 3 definitions we use to measure agile readiness and work as it passes through an agile scrum delivery life cycle. This assists in measuring agile readiness and ensuring that the right quality of work is delivered throughout the agile life cycle for delivery.

Ready for development

For requirements to be moved into a sprint for implementation we need to ensure that the requirements apply to a certain ...

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Can Agile overcome cultural barriers

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In the end we are all different and unique human beings with our own beliefs and cultural backgrounds. So can agile overcome some of these barriers?

Agile in practise

I have had the privilege these past couple of months to experience the difference agile can make in different cultures. In the Indian culture it is custom to have a representative or a spokesperson. It was a challenge to get the whole team ...

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Tips for networking effectively

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Networking is a vitally important marketing tool for every business, whether big or small. Creating valuable and engaging contacts could be the single most important thing that you do for your business. Most chambers of commerce offer networking events to encourage businesses to get to know one another. In addition, there are many business associations that facilitate networking events with their members such as the BNI network, the Business Women’s Association and many more. So start ...

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Best computer programming language to learn how to code

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With today’s rapid pace of technological advances it is becoming more and more important to understand computers beyond typing letters in Word and playing Solitaire instead of working. But where does a complete stranger to programming start?

Introduction

I can only imagine how confusing it must be for a person with no background in computing to figure out how to start programming. The web is scattered with blogs and articles written by ...

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The roles within agile

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One of the biggest challenges in any industry is finding the right people for a particular vacancy. Within agile we have two very important roles that will ensure agile survives at your company.

The Product Owner

The product owner is responsible for a product and thus must know his product thoroughly.  Ideally it should also be someone that will be comfortable in a client facing role.  A common mistake that is made ...

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Online Agile Project Management Tools

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There are a number of online agile applications to assist with the management of agile software development projects. We’ll focus on agile tools that we’ve used on internal and external projects, namely Jira/Greenhopper, Pivotal Tracker and Trello.

Jira with Greenhopper

Greenhopper Agile tool

At Infoware Studios, we use Jira for all our projects. Jira is ...

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