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How can a Scrum team work with a Waterfall team

Pretend the Waterfall team is an outside contractor Since you're interfacing with the Waterfall team's code solely via an API, just pretend you're hiring an outside contractor to create that code for ...
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How can a Scrum team work with a Waterfall team

First of all, make it known to your stakeholders that there is a project risk in your project. The waterfall team is asking for things (final, unchanging requirements) that you don't have at the start ...
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Designing for the future in an agile environment

Really good question. Really hard to answer. Here is my two cents contribution. Agile showed up as a response to the practices of the late nineties for building software, practices that assumed you ...
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Designing for the future in an agile environment

TL;DR Trying to "future proof" your data is done by making your tools, processes, and data structures flexible, not by fixing them for eternity. You do this by embracing test-first database ...
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Designing for the future in an agile environment

The agile approach does not necessarily imply shortsightedness. Depending on the problem domain, you may have a very complete understanding (in your example, the industry exists for quite some time, ...
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Big 4 scrum consultant giving bad advice - correct or let fail?

I have been in a similar situation (in a retail bank), with consultants offering what they call 'enterprise Agile'. The result was waterfall and highly problematic. The consultancies are typically ...
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Designing for the future in an agile environment

How should a PM reconcile the wish to deliver something quickly, which may require extensive rework to add functionality in the future, versus doing extensive design up front then being able to ...
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Why did our process cause us to miss our release date?

Both Developers and Executives Broke the Agile Contract It was due for a release tomorrow but, as a result of a review by management, needs reworking. This will undoubtedly add a lot of time onto ...
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Are there differences in Test plans for an agile model and a traditional model?

My in-Sprint testplans always try to cover the area's defined in Brian Maricks described Agile testing quadrants. We look at each area at the beginning of the story and defined what effort we are ...
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Why did our process cause us to miss our release date?

I think the crux of your question may actually lie in questions you posed in a comment, rather than in the question itself: Do you find it acceptable that release dates are not met? The answer is.....
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Big 4 scrum consultant giving bad advice - correct or let fail?

There is nothing agile about the consultant's approach and certainly not use of the Scrum framework. That is waterfall with some modern software development terms being misused. Allowing an internal ...
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Why do Water-Scrum-Fall. What does it offer over Waterfall?

"Water-Scrum-Fall" is counter-productive Looks like "Water-Scrum-Fall" is a name coined by analyst firm Forrester Research to describe the reality of Agile found in many organizations. I would say ...
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How can a professional services / custom solutions company adopt agile and be successful?

Using an Agile approach while contrained by traditional contracts and customer attitudes can be very challenging. However, there are many aspects of Agile that should still be of value: Transparency ...
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An agile approach with a waterfall delivery and the QA impact

The sprint timebox offers you iterations, which are a convenient pace-setting mechanism. For your question, we want to look at the idea of adding incremental development into the process. In ...
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Last minute changes by the client

This is an unenviable position. I'm not sure there are any good/easy answers. Who is accountable in this scenario? Who approves the changes? Changes (last minute or not) have a financial impact on ...
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How can a Scrum team work with a Waterfall team

For what it's worth, APIs and protocols are an area you often do need things fixed. This has to be very deliberately and explicitly designed because if you need to change it later, every consumer will ...
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Transition from waterfall to agile

I would recommend you guys hire an Agile Coach or Scrum Master, at least for a six months period. One of the four parts of the agile manifesto is Individuals and interactions over processes and tools ...
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How to leverage Agile development benefits in a fixed-cost project?

Scrum is an agile framework that is focused on adapting to change and delivering business value. It encourages feedback and looks to deliver what is needed, which is often not the same as what was ...
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What are the steps for an agile coach when he starts with a new team?

I've spent a lot of time on this subject. I've been in a year-long collaboration with the online magazine AgileConnection.com on rolling out agile transformations. If you go to their website and ...
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software development through collaboration of waterfall and agile methods

It's impossible. All agile methodologies should be iterative. Otherwise, they will not correspond to the first and third principles of the manifesto: Our highest priority is to satisfy the ...
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Is there a difference between the terms phase and sprint

Phase The Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) provides a section for the term phase. Organizations performing projects will usually divide each project into several project phases to ...
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Last minute changes by the client

There are two parts to your question: Do the clients really need to make changes at very short notice If this is a real need, what do we have to do to respond to changes very quickly I would start ...
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How can I prevent this software outsourcing project from failing?

Practically everything you've said is a cause for concern but the project should be salvageable. I suggest you concentrate on two things. Firstly, as Mark also suggested, it seems from your ...
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How can a Scrum team work with a Waterfall team

I have been in this situation a couple of times and it is very challenging. Things that can help: Spend some time with the waterfall team explaining how you work. Even if you can't resolve the ...
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Project Management predictions vs Agile/Scrum flexibility

[...] how do you balance the business' desire for some type of estimation for overall effort, and the desire to remain iteratively agile. Educate them on why a big upfront estimation can be ...
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What methodology to choose for rewriting an existing software, incremental or waterfall?

The safest answer for any software development work is to start and continue incrementally (doesn't have to be Scrum though). There are some bigger questions implied by what you have said. It's ...
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What methodology to choose for rewriting an existing software, incremental or waterfall?

You are building an entirely new application. The fact that you have access to an existing application which serves the same purposes using different technology will benefit you only to the extent ...
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Feasability report and the kickoff meeting

You're correct in that the feasibility study would be completed before the project formally begins. It's the document that evaluates whether the project can be successful and whether it should be ...
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Is it possible to use agile on infrastructure projects where scope is known upfront?

Agile/Scrum is not suitable for predictable work Please see my answer to a similar question earlier. Agile methodologies and frameworks are better suited where requirements either cannot be stated ...
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software development through collaboration of waterfall and agile methods

There is a term for such a thing, Wagile: Wagile software development is a group of software development methodologies that result from slipping from agile back into waterfall, doing a lot of ...
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