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The power of distributed teams in software development

24.05.2017, Author: Software Mind, Categories: Agile Development

There is a reason why so many companies that use software development outsourcing end up working with and managing distributed teams. While some may consider it a necessary evil, more and more companies greatly appreciate the enormous benefits it gives. Of course, that is, as long as they are able to avoid all of the problems that come pre-packed with it. Find out why and when distributed teams are just what you need to develop great software.

Your shiny new software project has started this month. Everything is going very smoothly. Your team of developers consists of skilled and cost-efficient individuals, since you were able to expand your recruitment to pretty much the entire world. Some of them have rare ...

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Timespace management

27.02.2017, Author: Piotr Jachimczak, Categories: Agile Development

SCRUM: the final frontier. This is the voyage of AnythingButEnterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new forms of efficient and pleasant work, to boldly go where no company has gone before.

This post concerns the planning of SCRUM Events. The sponsors of today’s episode are timeboxing, understanding above orthodoxy, and a breather.

Timeboxing

I believe timeboxing to be something more than just the empirical theory of process control and empowerment: it is one of the pillars that SCRUM is standing on. The need of strict keeping to the timeframes simply radiates from the pages of SCRUM Guide describing SCRUM Events. Yet, I noticed that majority of teams beginning their adventure in the galaxy ...

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Board games

24.01.2017, Author: Piotr Jachimczak, Categories: Agile Development

Physical boards rule

Most of us, weathered SCRUM practitioners use SCRUM boards to represent Sprint Backlog. Some use an “analogue” board hung somewhere in the room, others content themselves with digital tools (e.g. JIRA). Personally, I’m a great supporter of the first type, as boards:

  provide a natural “muster point” for the team, when the action plan must be discussed.
  are irreplaceable during daily SCRUMs and provide ideal background for discussion (everyone knows what is being discussed, can point to a note with a specific task, and can review their notes to recall what they’ve recently worked on)
  are close enough to let you take your eyes off the keyboard to learn how the ...

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