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Chronicles of a Scrum master #12 : Planning ahead, sprint goals, and tracking stories

Planning ahead Planning the stories and roadmap is usually prepared by the product owner and presented to the team to prep everyone on coming deliverables. Planning ahead means being able to anticipate some of the coming overheads such as holidays and company events that may affect the deliverable timeline. Hence, having a roadmap of features […]

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Chronicles of a Scrum master #11 : What I learnt from certification training

This month marks the second month after I attended training and certified in PSM1. Hence, just wanted to share some of the knowledge which I have learnt from the training and hope this is of use to anyone preparing for the certification examination. Three roles, five events, and three artifacts (3-5-3) Scrum team – product […]

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Chronicles of a Scrum master #10 : Knowledge management and retention

In my previous blog post, there was mention that communication and collaboration is important to agile teams. Not only its because work can get simplified and done faster, but knowledge is also one of the essential components in an effective agile team. Knowledge management and retention is one of the most important part of any […]

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Chronicles of a Scrum master #9 : Communication and Collaboration

Communication is one of the most important practices needed in a agile team regardless of whichever framework (Scrum, SaFE, Spotify). The key to communication is the reason why there are several events such as sprint planning, backlog grooming and daily stand ups. Collaboration within a scrum team is also essential to ensure that there is […]

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Chronicles of a Scrum master #8 : Epics and Release management

What are epics in an agile context ? Epics group or categorize stories into release features. It plays an important role in the organization and release of features for the product. For example, an Epic of “Login based on country” can use to group stories as following : Develop splash page with login User ID […]

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Chronicles of a Scrum master #7 : Testing and defects

Testing in an agile context refers to a team of Quality Assurance (QA) team of tester(s) who perform rigorous and meticulous examination, assessment and verification of each of the completed developed functionalities against the story’s acceptance criteria, which is usually defined by the Product Owner (PO). It will require the tester to have knowledge of […]

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Chronicles of a Scrum master #6 : Story points

What are story points ? Story points are the numbers given in the form of complexity level and usually stated using Fibonacci numbers. The art of story pointing Determining points for a story can be sometimes a daunting task if not done with an experienced team. There maybe often times conflicts and understanding gaps in […]

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Chronicles of a Scrum master #5 : User stories

User stories are the essence of a sprint and are the fundamental building blocks that determines the deliverables and releases of a product. A basic user story should consist of the following : Title Description Acceptance criteria Story points Scrum tasks Status For example, the stories for a mobile calendar app to list all public […]

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Chronicles of a Scrum master #4 : Team dynamics

What makes a scrum team that works well ? In reality, I do not think there is a straight forward one fits all answer. This depends on the organization culture and the standards that has been set. The dynamic nature of such projects and products are very diverse. Each team has its own traits and […]

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Chronicles of a Scrum master #3 : Sprint ceremonies

Daily stand ups – It is essential to have this daily event in the scrum organization which allows the team to discuss what has been progressing and if there are any challenges to overcome. Backlog grooming – This is a sprint ceremony that allows the scrum team to discuss (groom) on the user stories for […]

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