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Why Nonprofits Should Use Story Points and Relative Sizing

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There are many reasons why Scrum teams use story points to estimate user stories. In the 1940s, the Rand Corporation conducted a study that measured the effectiveness of estimation techniques. The conclusion was that humans are poor estimators of the amount of time it will take them to accomplish planned work. This is due to several factors including optimism bias and the planning fallacy which…

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What’s on Your Agile Bookshelf, Continued

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We brought our Product Owner, Diane H Leonard, GPC, LST and our Scrum Trainer Jessica Crowley, LST, SPC together again this week to discuss more Agile and Scrum books and resources to help you as a nonprofit in your Agile journey. (You can view the first video here and read the blog post here if you’d like to also think about reading the 6 books…

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The Value of a Scrum Master in Nonprofits

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According to the results of the 13th annual State of Agile survey, Scrum remains the most widely used Agile framework and reported benefits among Scrum adopters include:   Ability to manage changing priorities,   Increased project visibility,   Business alignment,   Improved team morale and productivity,   Project cost reduction, and   Ability to better manage distributed teams. Scrum is easy to learn but difficult…

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The Value of a Product Owner in Nonprofits

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The Product Owner role is generally considered to be the most challenging role in Scrum. Product Owners architect products and services so that they can easily adapt to change even late in the development cycle. They create a shared understanding of the vision for the services and products their nonprofit provides and connects their team with the big picture. They create and maintain the product…

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