Showing posts with label Free scrum tool. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Free scrum tool. Show all posts

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Salient Features Of Scrum

Agile - The base of Scrum

Agile, and the path to Agility is now becoming a much sought after norm for many businesses across the world. There is a huge demand for understanding, and implementing, Agile based frameworks. Perhaps one of the main reasons why Agile is becoming increasingly popular is because consumer demands are changing radically and people now desire more. And, people are not ready to wait. They want products which offer good value for money, and that too with enhanced features. This has created a need to develop products which are:
  • Competitive
  • Feature rich
  • Quickly available
  • Fulfil specific end user requirements
Agile proposes to satisfy these requirements without adding on to the product costs.
The basic issue with all Agile frameworks is that they are – frameworks. They offer guidelines how the Agile process can and should be implemented in a project. For that, it becomes imperative to understand what a framework is, and how it differs from a methodology. Many individuals still feel Agile is a methodology and they could not be more wrong.

Agile methodology misconception

There is still a misconception regarding Agile – some people still tend to refer to Agile as a methodology. This is not true. A methodology offers a set of rules, principles, tools, or practices that can be used to conduct processes and achieve certain goals. A framework, on the other hand, is a loose structure that leaves enough room for other tools and practices to be included, and only provides the process required. In simple terms, a methodology is like a doctor’s prescription – you have to “take” it as per instructions provided, while a framework is like trying out home remedies – you know what can be done to achieve a particular objective, but it is up to you how to implement the remedy, and when to implement it. An Agile framework has to be implemented in a project to be successful, and there are no specific rules about how to do it. You have to follow certain guidelines and configure your project to function as per the rules specified in the framework. This is very much the case with Agile. Agile is a framework.

Agile Scrum salient features

Of all Agile frameworks, Scrum and Extreme Programming “XP” are the most popular. Even though Scrum framework is more generally used for developing software projects, it can also be used for developing non-IT projects. Scrum constitutes a collection of ideas and rules pertaining to effective project management. The framework supports collaboration and self-organisation. The team members work jointly and develop the project. They collaborate and share their ideas and findings. Scrum teams self-manage their activities. The most important aspect of Scrum is that all activities are time boxed. The client receives working versions of the product features on a continued basis through product incremental cycles – sprints – at regular intervals ranging from a week up to a maximum of one month. Cycles keep on repeating until all product features are developed and the product is ready.  

A unique aspect about Scrum is that the framework has a capability of adapting itself to changing market conditions, and incorporates those changes in the product development cycle even late during the development process. The Scrum process focuses upon responding quickly and efficiently to changing environments and assimilating those changes in the product design. The client benefits though the development of a product that is in tune with the most recent market demands. Moreover, participation from the end users and incorporating their suggestions while developing the product features further ensures that the product developed is most likely to assume a high business value or worth.  
  • Scrum - an agile process – focuses upon delivering high business values to the client in the shortest time possible.
  • It supports rapid and repeated inspection of the actual working software.
  • The product is developed in stages through the product incremental cycles known as sprints.
  • The client benefits from shippable product releases at the end of incremental cycle.
  • Frequent and consistent product increments should be delivered to the client.
  • The client, and the business, sets the priority.
  • The working process responds quickly and efficiently to the changes occurring in the market conditions, and in incorporating those changes into the product features in the least time possible.
  • Scrum teams self-organise and self-manage to determine the most efficient and quick way of delivering high priority features.

Scrum principles

Scrum functions as per certain rules or principles which are very important for its efficient working:
Individuals and interactions over Process and tools
Working software over Comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over Contract negotiation
Responding to change over Following a plan

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Scrum Tool


QuickScrum helps to unlock the power of Agile Scrum into your projects – whether you are 
a “seasoned” Agile professional or a novice - just starting with Scrum – you can get started with 
Scrum implementation and get your projects “going” right away!
The Scrum tool plays an indispensable part in planning and developing your software projects.
It can help you:
  • Create and estimate user stories
  • Effortlessly create and maintain product backlogs
  • Define and design your sprints
  • Identify team progress and velocity through dynamically generated burndown and 
  • velocity charts
  • Visualise the entire team activity on a “single” platform
  • Avail customised reports to get an insight about your project’s status.

QuickScrum Scrum tool advantages

The tool offers many benefits and is a “must have” for all Scrum whiteboard users. The tool 
offers several facilities and features that are not found, and not possible to have while 
using a traditional whiteboard. It offers an “automated” Scrum implementation solution for the 
entire team.

Search anything at your fingertips
A trademark feature of the tool, very few other Scrum tools offer a facility wherein you can 

search for any type of project related information without leaving your current page. Envisioned 
and designed specially to aid the Scrum team, the search features ensure you have quick and 
easy access to any aspect or information pertaining to your ongoing project. Find, check, edit, 
and delete whatever you need to – instantly!  

Manage product backlogs of any size and complexity
Product backlogs form the “heart” of a Scrum based software project. The tool supports creation 

of new user stories, their modification, and removal. It is very easy to create, search, and list 
out user stories based upon your specific searching criteria. The product backlog 
management supports drag-and-drop features which help in the backlog grooming activity. 
It is easy to carry out the backlog refinement sessions with the entire team using the 
backlog management features. What’s more, you can create and maintain product backlogs 
of any size and complexity.  

Plan multiple sprints simultaneously
Multiple sprints can be designed and planned on a single page.

Access Scrum taskboard from anywhere
Very essential for distributed or disjoint development teams, the tool offers a common, shared 
access to all team members. Each member can log on and view instant updates on the taskboard.
 The taskboard helps to foster collaboration through live updates of activity carried out by other 
team members. The taskboard features can be accessed from anywhere.

Live Burndown charts
Generate burndown charts that display the most current team progress. Compare ideal team 

progress with your current team velocity and monitor projects in a dynamic way. An essential tool 
for product owners and scrum masters to keep track of current team activity and progress.

Instant team activity log
Whatever activity you do – whether the tool users create a new user story, add, or update tasks 

– everything is “logged” and displayed “live” in the activity log section of the tool. See what 
other team members are currently up to and “doing” in the tool.

Detailed velocity charts
Informative and visually appealing velocity charts exhibit the current team velocity.

Resources workload and summary
The QuickSCrum tool displays tasks linked to individual resources and their task statuses, in 

terms of time available, associated with each team member. The resource workload summary
 is exhibited, so it can be identified how much additional work can be taken up and completed 
by the programmers.Read more at Scrum tool

Monday, 21 July 2014

Bharti soft tech pvt ltd, India announces to launch Quick scrum tool by 1st July 2014, it will be available to download from http://www.quickscrum.com.