Agile Projects



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Agile projects with OrganisedMinds


INTRODUCTION

Scrum is an agile, iterative and incremental software development method for managing product or application development projects. The term scrum comes from the english game of rugby, where it is a means to restart play after a minor infraction, as an organised method for both teams to engage. In software development, scrum refers to a holistic project management process which is performed by one cross-functional team across multiple overlapping phases. A product owner represents the voice of the customer and defines and prioritizes features (typically in user stories) that are then added to the product backlog. The development team then implements the chosen features in short, precise cycles: the so called sprints. The result of every sprint is a functioning product.

93 percent of IT-departments have organisational reservations when it comes to agile methods like scrum. Do you belong to this category? If so, we’ve got good news for you! With OrganisedMinds, you now have a tool to simply and quickly manage your agile projects.


WHAT IS ORGANISEDMINDS?

OrganisedMinds is a “Business Management & Collaboration” solution for companies and teams which runs in the cloud. OrganisedMinds is focused on coordinating activities within an organisation, to allow users to collaborate easily, quickly but still according to their own needs.

SETTING UP A SCRUM-PROJECT IN 10 MINUTES WITH ORGANISEDMINDS

Create workspace – For each project, you can create an individual workspace, to orchestrate the respective project-tasks.

Create / Rename Stacks - You can set up the stacks to represent your company’s project phases, for example: name the stacks – Backlog, Waiting, In Progress, For Approval.

Put the team together – Either Per Drag & Drop or by individual invitation, you can add the corresponding team members to the workspace, thus giving them access to the project data.

Populate the Backlog – Use the Backlog stack to document the features and specifications (e.g. user stories). We recommend you use the brain-dump mode (click the plus sign when creating activities) to quickly create the features and that you then prioritise by changing the vertical order of the features on the stack. Most important items at the top..

Choose Features – After the features for the current sprint have been identified, drag them from the Backlog stack onto the Waiting stack. In the next step you can delegate the individual features to the developers responsible for implementation.

Get on with the Sprint – You can track the progress of the sprint by the number of features on the stacks: Waiting, In Progress, For Approval. At the end of the sprint, all implemented features are delegated to the product owner. The approved features are saved in the project-archive and can be retrieved at any time.

CONCLUSION

Now you should be able to answer the question: “what is Scrum?” and with OrganisedMinds, you have the ability to execute projects in an agile manner like in scrum. The members of the development team have the freedom to effectively collaborate and organise themselves, and the project sponsor can always follow the progress by looking at the workload on the stacks.

Managing agile projects can be very easy with the right know how and the right tools! Sign-up for OrganisedMinds today for free and please let us know should you have any questions regarding how to manage agile projects in your organisation.


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