Agile & Employee Satisfaction

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Agile in ICT

In recent years, Agile has become one of the most highly used methodologies in the ICT industry. It’s being implemented by many companies to improve their end product on time and involves every team member.

However with agile, many questions arise concerning employee satisfaction in the execution of such a methodology. As company CEOs tend to be excited about the implementation of new methodologies knowing that it will ...

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How to create a dashboard in Jira

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Ever wondered how to create a dashboard in Jira? You can create your own dashboard or share a dashboard with your team by adding permissions for specific users, groups or project roles to access your dashboard. The first step will be to create a filter. The filter will be specific information you may require. Dashboards work well if you need a specific view or information on a certain project.

Step 1

Click on the Issue dropdown and select search for ...

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The Agile Creative

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Creative people are strange

Their brains are like spaghetti at times, and in and amongst those noodles are nuggets of brilliance. Creative people like to dictate their own hours. Well that makes sense, because flashes of brilliance don’t always exist from 9-5. Sometimes ideas will come at odd hours. So how do you introduce a creative person to an Agile tool such as Jira without making them feel like you’re trying ...

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Creating your own MultiSelect Customfield

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MultiSelect on the .vm file

There might be other ways to create your own MultiSelect customfield, however one of the easiest ways is to extend the MultiSelectCFType and then Override the methods which you might need depending on what you want to achieve.

How to

In order to populate the options for the MultiSelectCFType/SelectCFType there is a mandatory function/method to @Override, which is public Object getValueFromIssue (CustomField field, Issue issue). This is because you want ...

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How to import a jira plugin project in intellji idea

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There is some documentation on the Atlassian SDK web site on how to import a JIRA plugin project into Intellji IDEA, but I’ve found that the described steps are lacking some important details.

Creating a jira plugin

First of all, create the plugin with the normal command line command:

atlas-create-jira-plugin

 We can now import the project ...

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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

As a ...

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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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