Risk Burn Down Chart

Risk Burn Down Chart Risk Burndown graphs are very useful Communication Tool for seeing if the total project risk is increasing or decreasing over time. It allows stakeholders to see instantly if we are reducing project risk. There are two key pieces of information which the Risk Burndown Graph shows immediately: Whether the overall level of risk in the project or program is decreasing over time (are we reducing project…

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Risk Boards

Risk Boards Risk Boards is another powerful Information Radiator used to Communicate the status of Risks in a Agile Project   This is used to make the Risks transparent to the Stakeholders. In the illustration shown here, The Risk Board indicates The Identified Risks Their Probability Impacts Planned Risk Responses This board could be reviewed on a daily basis during the standup meeting or during the end of sprint or…

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Burn Up Chart

Burn Up Chart A burn up chart tracks progress towards a projects completion. In the simplest form of burn up chart there are two lines on the chart: A total work line (the project scope line) A work completed line A burnup chart clearly shows both completed work and project scope. The project will be completed when the lines meet. The vertical axis is amount of work, and is measured…

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Kanban Boards or Task Boards

Kanban Boards or Task Boards In its most basic form, a task board can be drawn on a whiteboard or even a section of wall. Using electrical tape or a dry erase pen, the board is divided into three columns labeled “To Do”, “In Progress” and “Done”. Sticky notes or index cards, one for each task the team is working on, are placed in the columns reflecting the current status…

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Cumulative Flow Diagram

Cumulative Flow Diagram Cumulative Flow Diagrams are a wonderful tool to see trends and find bottlenecks in your delivery process. They are often used in Agile environments. Consider the example of a Website Development Project below. You will see a graph below. It shows the number of user stories in each of you status categories, for the time period you have selected. If you draw a horizontal line at any point…

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Burn Down Chart

Burn Down Charts Burndown chart is a good information Radiator which represents data quickly in a chart format. A sample burn down chart for a completed sprint, showing remaining effort and tasks for each of the sprint is shown below. The sprint burndown chart is a publicly displayed chart showing remaining work in the sprint backlog. Updated every day, it gives a simple view of the sprint progress. It also…

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Information Radiators

Information radiators are meant to display information at a public place so that the information can be noticed by as many people as possible without making a conscious effort to do so. The idea of information radiator was invented by Alister Cockburn, who was a big believer in effective and timely communication. Information Radiators should display the current information about the project whatever is critical for the team to learn….

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Defined vs Empirical

Defined vs Empirical Defined Processes Every piece of work is completely understood Defined process can be started and allowed to run with same results every time They provide repeatability and predictability Empirical Processes Expects the unexpected Because the processes are imperfectly defined, generate unpredictable and unrepeatable output Control is exercised thru inspection and adaptation Scrum and Empirical Process Control Scrum is founded on Empirical Process control theory (Empiricism) Empirical processes…

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What is a Timebox?

What is a Timebox? Scrum relies heavily on the concept of Timebox. Timebox is setting a fixed time limit to any activity and letting other characteristics such as Scope vary. A time box could be A Meeting A Sprint A Test activity Development Activity Or Practically anything such as you chatting with your friend on social networking site The fact about timebox is that the time is limited. You can…

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Is Planning required in Scrum?

Is Planning required in Scrum? Scrum infact advocates planning. However, the plan does not need to be a humungous up-front plan. Progressively Elaborate the planning in Scrum Plan at multiple levels (strategic, release, iteration daily etc) creating appropriate detail using rolling wave planning and progressive elaboration to support the necessary level of understanding. Engage the team and customer in planning activities to create practical plans that balance priorities and team…

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