Five-Point Guide to Effective Agile and Scrum Project Management

  1. Implement Scrum Framework: Scrum is a popular Agile framework that provides a structured approach to project management. Implement Scrum by forming self-organizing cross-functional teams, appointing a Scrum Master to facilitate the process, and defining clear roles and responsibilities (Product Owner, Scrum Master, Development Team). Utilize Scrum ceremonies like Sprint Planning, Daily Standups, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective to ensure transparency and alignment.
  2. Iterative Development with Sprints: Break down the project into smaller, manageable chunks called Sprints, typically 1-4 weeks long. Prioritize features and tasks in a Product Backlog, and select items for each Sprint during Sprint Planning. Focus on delivering a potentially shippable product increment at the end of each Sprint. Encourage collaboration and adaptability within the team to respond to changes and feedback quickly.
  3. Embrace Agile Principles: Agile project management prioritizes flexibility, collaboration, and delivering value to customers. Embrace the core Agile principles, such as responding to change over following a plan, customer collaboration over contract negotiation, and delivering working software frequently. Ensure the team understands and embodies these principles throughout the project.
  4. Continuous Improvement through Feedback: Foster a culture of continuous improvement by encouraging feedback and reflection at every stage of the project. Conduct regular Sprint Retrospectives to reflect on what went well, what could be improved, and actionable items for the next Sprint. Use feedback from stakeholders and end-users to refine the product backlog and prioritize future work effectively.
  5. Transparent Communication and Collaboration: Communication and collaboration are essential in Agile and Scrum. Maintain transparency by making project information visible to the team through tools like Scrum boards, burn-down charts, and task boards. Encourage open communication during Daily Standups to share progress, identify blockers, and coordinate efforts. Foster a collaborative environment where team members feel empowered to contribute ideas and solutions.

By adopting Agile principles and leveraging the Scrum framework, teams can effectively manage software projects with greater flexibility, collaboration, and focus on delivering value to customers iteratively and incrementally.

Free Learning for Technical Team Members: What You Need To Know About .NET 5.0 And Microsoft’s Accelerated Release Schedule!

It’s easy to delay adopting new technologies, even when the stakes are high. In so many cases, the energy is spent on improving business strategies (building more widgets, increasing quality, refining services). At the same time, technology updates take a back seat when it comes to corporate reinvestment, even when security is a priority, and using older technologies is often the weak link when it comes to protection and slower performance. As your business grows and to maintain a competitive edge, you should watch and consider the latest tools and frameworks for your current technology stack.

If You Work With A .NET Framework, You Can’t Afford To Miss This Presentation!

Enter .NET 5.0, Microsoft’s new version of the .NET framework scheduled for release in November 2020. Prerelease versions of .NET 5.0 are available now. The .NET 5.0 release is a fully encompassing version of .NET that includes almost all of the other development libraries (Xamarin, etc.) that sprouted around the original .NET framework, which makes it impossible for developers to ignore new releases of .NET. The past lack of urgency in keeping up with .NET updates (only seven major releases since 2002) is a thing of the past.

Take a look at Microsoft’s new release schedule:

As you can see, Microsoft is changing its release strategy for .NET. After .NET 5.0 is released, they will continue to release a new major version every year in November. Microsoft is also changing its support strategy for .NET with Long Term Support (LTS) versions. Specifically, going forward, even-numbered version releases will be LTS versions with odd-numbered releases being General Availability (GA) releases. This new rapid release schedule can easily be overlooked by teams maintaining software solutions. It’s a significant shift in the release strategy for .NET by Microsoft. Software using the .NET framework will need to be updated to maintain security and performance.

You can’t afford to miss this one-hour presentation by Davin Mickelson of Intertech, Inc. if your company is on the .NET framework!

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Executive Brief: Machine Learning, What You Need to Know Now

This Executive Brief highlights some prominent industries effectively using machine learning today, along with some guidelines for evaluating the potential usefulness of machine learning in your organization. Specifically, this Brief covers specific examples where machine learning is categorizing people or things, predicting likely outcomes, identifying new patterns, and detecting unexpected behaviors.

View the Executive Brief, Machine Learning, What You Need to Know Now.

Executive Brief: Finding and Retaining Stellar IT Employees

Retaining great employees also helps your bottom line. A study by the Center for American Progress found that “very highly paid jobs and those at the senior or executive levels tend to have disproportionately high turnover costs as a percentage of salary (up to 213 percent!).”1 Replacing highly paid people is expensive, not to mention the negative impact of turnover on production, training and employee morale.

How big of an issue is employee retention in the IT industry? Based on LinkedIn member data from 2017, there is a worldwide turnover rate of 10.9 percent; the tech sector (software, not hardware) showing the most volatility with 13.2 percent turnover rate.

What does this look like on a day-to-day basis in your IT workplace? Committed employees:  

  • Care deeply
  • Understand company goals
  • Support and embody company values
  • Feel challenged by their work
  • Use a broad range of skills
  • Practice autonomous problem solving and decision making
  • Take responsibility for whole processes
  • Receive clear and consistent feedback

To learn practical, implementable ideas for each of the above to up your game in hiring and retaining, read our Executive Brief: Finding and Retaining Stellar IT Employees.