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Six Tips for Mastering the Fine Art of Backlog Refinement

  The secret to delivering software projects on-time and on-budget is to make an excellent effort of defining the requirements of the product and to be objective as to which requirements are absolutely necessary. Once the requirements are defined, they should be carefully reviewed at key junctures in the software development process to ensure that

Mastering the Elusive Art of Agile Estimation

In our previous blog, we discussed a practical approach to developing an Agile technical design. Agile design acknowledges that a project is going to be flexible and evolving, and puts processes in place that allow this flexibility.  The use of standardized design tools improves design efficiency and reduces ambiguity.  And, as with Product Requirements Documents,

A Practical Approach for Managing Agile Technical Design

In an earlier blog, we explored some best practices for documenting Agile Product Requirements. Product requirements are the common language between business and engineering that play a vital role because they are the first step in the product development process – where value creation is highest.  In Agile projects, project requirements documentation should evolve and

Delivering Packaged Software Implementations the Agile Way

Packaged Software implementations are major undertakings that transform your organization in a significant way.  Whether you are implementing a CRM system (such as Salesforce.com) or an insurance industry core business system (such as Guidewire), as an organization you probably have been on this journey at some point in time. These are rather large, far-reaching transformative

Practical Approaches for Documenting Agile Requirements

    In an earlier blog, Death By a Thousand Cuts, we discussed the problems associated with using an unstructured approach for documenting product requirements and design. Unfortunately a lot of Agile teams are still following these unstructured approaches using Word and Excel documents for capturing requirements and design information.  In our experience, using visual,

Tools for Scaling Agile in the Enterprise

Agile software development techniques are being increasingly adopted by organizations. Agile usage continues to grow and achieve more universal acceptance. The logical evolution has been to apply Agile methodology to larger projects and organizations.  However, this evolution is fraught with challenges that naturally inhibit agility – such as team communication, technical complexity, organizational complexity (including

The State of Scrum and Our Perspectives

We at DreamCatcher Software read with great interest the 2016 State of Scrum Report, just published by The Scrum Alliance. The report was based on a survey of more than 2,000 respondents from its membership encompassing 76 countries, primarily in North America, Europe and Asia. We cite four major findings of the survey and offer

Where does your team fit on the Agile continuum?

In our previous blogs, we talked about taking on your strategic challenges with an Agile mindset, and the problems with using an unstructured approach for managing product requirements and design.  Before adopting an Agile mindset, we thought it would be a helpful conversation to talk about the various types of Agile methodologies and which one might

Death by a thousand cuts – problems with using unstructured requirements

In our previous blog, we talked about taking on your most strategic challenges at the organization level using an Agile mindset. As the next blog in our series, we will uncover the problems associated with using an unstructured approach for documenting product requirements and design. Product requirements play a critical role in the product delivery

Taking on your strategic challenges with an Agile mindset

Like most companies today, you too are probably facing the ever-present demands of the markets you serve. Your stakeholders (shareholders, employees, customers and partners) demand high growth and better market performance of your products. You have no doubt, a fine-tuned set of market metrics that you track every month, quarter and year. Your industry perhaps

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