Scrum

Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Software Test Life Cycle (STLC) in Agile/Scrum Development Approach.

Tags: software development, Agile, ScrumPosted: 01/31/2017

Software development is difficult and risky as it can result in cost overruns, schedule slippages, low product quality, and project cancellation for non-viability. The maintenance of tighter development models such as the widespread Waterfall is threatened by innovative and more flexible models.…

Application of IV&V on Agile Projects: Part 2

Tags: Agile, IV&V, Execution, Monitoring & Control, Close Out, Scrum, Sprint, INVEST, Test Driven DevelopmentPosted: 12/20/2016

IV&V activities and tasks are performed in accordance with the following four lifecycle phases of Agile project management: Planning, Execution, Monitoring & Control, and Closing. The planning phase of this lifecycle was described in the previous…

Don’t Fear “The Agile”: Incorporating the Project Manager into Scrum

Tags: Agile, Scrum, Project Manager, ScrumMaster, PMIPosted: 11/30/2016

According to a survey conducted by QualSys Solutions, there are three top reasons for adopting Agile in an IT development environment: accelerating time to market, increasing productivity, and allowing for an easily managed priority changes (Korson 2015). As Agile becomes an increasingly accepted…

FISMA Compliance and the Agile Scrum

Tags: Agile, ScrumPosted: 10/31/2016

All teams that build software products for the federal government must make sure that their products meet security requirements mandated by the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). However, teams using Agile Scrum tend to focus on business-related functionality in the form of user…

How I Used Scrum to Get Through School

Tags: ScrumPosted: 09/16/2016

While working toward my associate degree, I had the unique experience of being both a technical consultant and a college student. As a young professional who was still in college, I could learn from work experiences and directly apply those to my academic endeavors. In some cases, I was able to…

The Velocity Trap

Tags: Agile, ScrumPosted: 01/01/2016

Velocity is a part of Agile/Scrum and, when used correctly, is an additional way that teams can monitor their planning and have helpful insight into their work. Unfortunately, in my experience, velocity is one of the areas of Agile most often used incorrectly. Let’s look at the idea behind velocity…

The Five Major Activities to Initiating an Agile Scrum Project

Tags: Agile, ScrumPosted: 08/01/2015

At GovermentCIO, we have spent several years mentoring government project managers on how to move from a Waterfall methodology into an Agile methodology. After conducting many mentoring sessions, we found that government project managers are excited to move into an Agile environment. As with all…

Improvise, Adapt, Overcome!

Tags: Agile, ScrumPosted: 06/01/2015

As a federal Agile mentor, I am expected to guide project teams through successful Agile Scrum implementations. It is interesting work that comes with unique challenges. Some project teams are completely new to Agile Scrum and are very eager to learn about it. Other teams firmly believe they are…

Your Scrum Team Needs To Document More

Tags: Federal IT, documentation, ScrumPosted: 05/01/2014

One of the major selling points of Scrum to developers is how much less documentation is involved. Developers worked hard to get where they are: a college degree, nights and weekends at home working through books and exercises trying to learn the latest language, and struggling through their first…