Why Agile Spikes?

Learn what are spikes in Agile and how Scrum teams use Agile Spikes to estimate the product backlog.

What are Spikes in Agile?

A spike is a user story for which the team cannot estimate the effort needed. In such a case, it is better to run time-boxed research, exploration to learn about the issue or the possible solutions. As a result of the spike, the team can break down the features into stories and estimate them.

Scrum team uses Agile spikes as a time box to research on a user story for the purpose of estimating the agile user story.
Agile Spikes and how to use Spikes in Scrum

The term comes from the meaning of the object — a spike allows you to go deep on a problem. A common analogy used is rock climbing. When you cannot go any further, you drive a spike in the rock. It doesn’t allow you to…


Agile Features 101. Real-life examples included.

Every Agile feature description must show the business value it will bring to the customers and what are the criteria to consider the Agile feature done?

Agile Futures are big product functionalities. The role of the features is in managing product development from a macro level.Learn how to Features in Agile methodologies — Scrum Features, Jira Features.
Learn to write Features in Agile Methodology

What is a feature in Agile methodologies?

In Agile methodologies, the features represent a chunk of functionality that delivers considerable business value and fulfills a stakeholder need. Features are a collection of user stories.

“A Feature is a service that fulfills a stakeholder need. Each feature includes a benefit hypothesis and acceptance criteria.” source: © Scaled Agile, Inc. https://www.scaledagileframework.com/features-and-capabilities/

Who writes the Features in Scrum?

The Scrum Guide doesn’t provide any reference to Features. As the products became more and more complex and more and more teams adopt Agile methodologies, there are indications of who defines the Features.

In the Scaled Agile Framework, the Product Manager owns the Features. That doesn’t mean that…


Data Science Projects in real life

Learn 5 tips to make more time in your busy agenda for Data Science projects

As a Data Scientist in any organization, you need to process data, extract insights, build models, and train them. All these tasks are a time-suck! Big data sheets and codes might drain any emerging innovative ideas you may have.

Are you juggling work and wondering how you can take some time out of your busy schedule to work on some real-world, challenging Data Science projects?

As the “hottest job of the 21st century,” Data Science is a trending field with a vast scope. The growth in this field is unparalleled. …


Learn the journey and the books you need to read to build a great Scrum Master career

The Scrum Master accountabilities look simple from the outside. Still, when you start performing your function as a Scrum Master, you will quickly realize that it is more complex than anticipated. You have a huge responsibility to help the product team using the Scrum framework that enables the team to provide customer value, especially when organizations and people tend to be resistant to change.

Reading books is cool, but I like to get some professional benefits while putting my time into reading them. A book should help me with my day-to-day work. In this article, I will share with you…


Start today with BDD.

Learn what is Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) is and how to get started today in your team.

This tutorial is the perfect starting point for product owners, QA, and developers who want to learn the fundamentals of behavior-driven development (BDD) in Agile.

By the end of this tutorial, you’ll know how to:

  • What is BDD?
  • What are the various steps involved in initiating and executing BDD?
  • What are the various phases of BDD?

So let’s get started.

1. What is BDD (Behaviour Driven Development) in Agile?

BDD stands for Behaviour Driven Development. You can think of it as a framework that can improve the collaboration between business teams and technical teams in an organization.

It helps you build a shared understanding of the behavior of the…


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10 steps plan with workbook and cheat sheet for Marketing teams to get started now with Agile and make the most out of it.

If you landed in this article, you want your action plan to implement Agile in your Marketing team. There are many articles out there on roles and what to do, but there is no actual step-by-step plan you can follow with your teams.

Agile Marketing: 10 steps to go from zero to hero on Agile in your Marketing team.
Agile Marketing: The Master plan to start right now

Here are the 10 steps you need to follow to adopt Agile in your Marketing team:

  1. Get familiar with the basics (10 min)
  2. Setup the meetings (20 min)
  3. Create your first backlog (1h)
  4. Decide your workflow to complete a story (15min)
  5. Do you first planning (45min)
  6. Do your first daily stand-ups (15 min)
  7. Do the first demo of your completed work. (45 min)
  8. Do your first retrospective (30 min)
  9. Do your first backlog…


Project Management in Discord

Learn how to do project management in Discord with Orli Scrum bot for Discord

Discord Project management sounds like an impossible goal. We have many sophisticated tools for project management. But sometimes, we need to get things done and stay focused. How do we keep project management simple and focused on the actual work directly in Discord?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many teams migrate from Slack to Discord as their team communication tool.

And even if you are just by yourself, keeping your work structure and focus is vital for the success of your career.

Photo by Clique Images on Unsplash

Here’s how the Orli Scrum bot helps with Project Management directly in Discord:

  • Orli connects to the project management of your choice: Trello, Notion.so, …


Do you do bad practice Scrum or you Scrumban?

Learn that doing “Bad Scrum” might be a new best practice.

What is Scrumban?

Scrumban is an Agile methodology that mixes principles from Scrum and Kanban.

Scrumban or bad agile practice of Scrum and Kanban?
Scrumban or bad agile practice of Scrum and Kanban?

The main principles Scrumban takes from Scrum are:

  • Short Iterations
  • Sprint Planning
  • Sprint Review

The main principles Scrumban has from Kanban are:

  • Limit work in progress
  • Take always the highest priority task and get it done
  • Flexible scope

Are you actually using Scrumban without knowing?

Here a list of 5 signs that should raise you some questions:

  1. Keep on moving the meetings as the sprint progresses
  2. You adapt to change in your backlog
  3. The scrum metrics don’t tell much to you
  4. Tight deadlines rather than when it can be done
  5. There is no specific Product…


Agile in Data Science

Learn what are spikes and user stories in Agile Data Science teams and how to use them to become a predictable team

Agile in Data Science it’s like no other. Data Science Teams are very different than the other Scrum teams because:

  • the result is hard to describe as you never know what’s technologically possible
  • the work is always innovative. You haven’t done it before
  • the timelines are unpredictable as it’s hard to know how long and how much data you’ll need to reach stakeholders’ expectations.

But also, the Data Science teams are expected to be Agile.

How do we do Agile in Data Science?

Decomposing the scope into research and operational is key in your success of the Agile in Data Science teams.

Agile Methodology in Data Science — how to decompose Machine Learning User Stories
Agile Methodology in Data Science — how to decompose Machine Learning User Stories

The data science workflow is a mix between waterfall and iterative:

  • Data exploration
  • Algorithm research
  • more…


Agile in practice

How to build a usable product from Sprint 1 and a 4 sprints plan

Every day, I hear: when you start building an Agile Product, we need to create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to give it to our beta testers, get feedback, and then have a first version that we’ll commercialize.

How to build Products with Agile from sprint 1
How to build usable products with Agile

The Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is the very first version of a product. It has just enough features to be usable by early customers who can then provide feedback for future product development. When working on the MVP means that the scrum team must avoid any unnecessary work. …

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