Author: JV Veeraraaghavan

CHOW #113- Tracking Productivity using Story Points Delivered and Effort

KillerApps Solutions is a software products and services provider in the banking, cargo, and travel verticals. Product teams in India have been working for the international market during the last two years. Teams have delivered two releases of products in each of the verticals during the last year but there were major quality issues as well as scope reductions that had to be made to achieve timeline goals for each of the product releases. KillerApps management has implemented Agile/Scrum from the start with an elaborate process to guide the teams on product development and release engineering. Given the challenges...

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Should Story Points (as a size measure) be comparable across teams?

Over the years, story points have been used by Agile teams as a relative size measure for user stories. With a relative measure there is no such thing as a unit and so a story point does not equate to any unit (such as person days of effort).  It is intended purely as a relative measure by individual teams to compare and size stories, to measure their velocities and to see how they improve over time. In this regard, organizations have been advised not to compare velocities across teams, as a story point could mean different things to different...

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CHOW #95- Slipping schedules and poor quality – How do you deal with a seemingly irreparable situation?

EzSupport is CRM Solutions’  web-based portal that is hosted on the cloud to help the firm’s customer support engineers resolve L1 and L2 issues for their flagship healthcare product. A dedicated Scrum team of 9 members (including dev and QA) based in Bangalore is working on this portal. Recently both the Scrum Master and the concerned line manager resigned. The BU head Rita asks the team lead to take over as Scrum Master to run the Scrum ceremonies and report to her on a daily basis since she feels it is a very critical platform supporting a product that...

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The Role of Functional Managers in an Agile/Scrum environment

Agile transformation success stories are not as common as you would expect considering the promise Agile approaches hold. Yet, in my experience in working with many organizations, I have been amazed by how much more they could have achieved if only the various roles involved in the transformation were understood and implemented the way they were intended to be. One of my previous blogs highlighted the role of a Scrum Master in an Agile environment and where the role is headed (http://pm-powerconsulting.com/blog/role-scrum-master-headed/). Management’s role as an enabler was briefly highlighted there. It is a difficult transition for managers from...

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CHOW #81- Wildly fluctuating velocity and incomplete stories…

Wellness For You Inc. is a leading Healthcare solutions provider headquartered in Cambridge, MA with development teams divided between Cambridge and Pune. Their flagship product has most of the development and all of QA happen with a 10-member team in India and some development with 2 developers based in Cambridge. While the QA team does the QA for development happening in India, they are also responsible for final integration and end-to-end testing for work done by the two developers in the US. One of the problems that this team has run into since they moved to Agile 4 months...

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