Matthias Jouan
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Scrum with highly specialized developers
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A scrum team can very well be composed of more-or-less specialized members. This is the situation of almost every team and this can be a good thing IMO, as long as the team can self-organize itself to ...

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How to improve and facilitate prioritization of bug fixes?
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With my team we recently adopted a new bug-tracking tool based on a criticality matrix. This is a physical board representing a 4x4 matrix on which we stick notes according to two criteria: Columns ...

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Is Scrum a status report meeting or a developer meeting?
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The daily stand-up meeting (called daily scrum in Scrum) "is not a status update meeting in which a boss is collecting information about who is behind schedule". In my opinion this is tempting to ...

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How to split developers/QA into smaller teams?
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You should definitely choose cross-functional teams instead of pools. There are lots of articles and studies about the cross-functional-teams-vs-silos dilemma. For example, you might want to have a ...

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How do I improve the development process when the only 'spec' is a "slogan" from management
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As far as I understand the question, and if you allow me some humor, you want to know if it is ok to change a pseudo-chaotic (non-)process into a highly bureaucratic PMBOKful one at once. Based on my ...

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Is it correct to refer to a 'post mortem' session even for successful projects?
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In my experience, we should distinguish post mortem meetings from regular retrospective meetings. But I do not agree with the other answers as I don't think it only applies to a failed project. In ...

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Is WIFO a good project management method?
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I'd like to point out a major risk that lies behind your question. Let's call it good-bad dualism. Your question includes terms like "always", "worst", "most negative", etc. Unfortunately a project ...

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What should a project manager do to on-board remote team members efficiently?
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Short answer : the most efficient way that I know to train and integrate a new team member is Pairing (pair-programming, I don't know to what extend this can be applied testers etc.). With pair-...

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Tools, templates or techniques to facilitate defining project vision?
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The first steps of an Inception Deck might be a good way to define a project vision. In particular the four first questions are dedicated to make sure that everybody is on the same page about what the ...

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Best way to divide & assign development work on projects?
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As already mentioned in another answer there is no Holy Grail answer to this question, but let me give you some food for thought: Issues happen This is not a real eye-opener, is it? Bugs, issues, ...

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How to manage projects/to-do lists efficiently?
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I think the real problem might not be the e-mail thing, but the fact that work / change requests come in an unordered manner. Indeed, as far as I understand your question, it seems that the team ...

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Is there a good model for choosing an agile approach?
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Not really an answer so to speak, but I'd suggest you watch this very interesting talk by Yuval Yeret : "Good and bad ways to kickstart agile the Kanban way". He presents how to drive Agile adoption ...

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In Kanban, what should we do about an urgent task?
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If you are facing a business-critical bug that needs to be fixed, you definitely have to break any kind of rules you have, including WIP limits. You are not going to jeopardize the whole business for ...

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In an Agile environment, how should a developer update team members and managers when there's no "visible" progress?
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A late answer that might only be relevant if you split projects into User Stories or equivalent. the developer is working on building a product on top of the new API's. First let me summarize my ...

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Managing a Product Owner in a not-yet-agile organization
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Agile Common Understanding In short, agile methodologies like Scrum or XP usually split responsibilities into 3 parts: the cross-functional team : all the people (developers, testers, integrators...)...

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Software to help estimate effort and record effort for timeline purposes (one man team)
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There are lots of software products that could fit your needs, as what you need is basically the ABC of a project management software. Maybe you should first have a look at this Wikipedia article: ...

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How can I improve measurement of Sprint Goals that are based on soft skills or communication processes?
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Disclaimer : I am not a Scrum expert, and I do not have any experience with non-dev teams. Thus my answer is both theoretical and imbued with Lean/Kanban thinking On goal-related metrics and ...

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