During my time on the VersionOne Services team, one of the features I always tried to highlight with larger customers was subscriptions. Such a simple feature can provide a huge impact in larger enterprises. Team members can use subscriptions to alert them when they have been assigned to a task or test. A product owner can subscribe to be notified when a story is set to the done status for approval. And now with the Spring 2016 Release VersionOne can also support subscriptions for Portfolio Items. There are several good uses for Portfolio Item Subscriptions. First, it will be quite useful for users involved […]
As a ScrumMaster I’ve had the opportunity to participate and facilitate many daily standup meetings – 6 years’ worth. There have been excellent standup meetings and conversations – many led to useful and valuable collaborative sessions in which real work was accomplished. Many were fun; some were tense; and still some were a bit… uninspiring. It happens to the best of teams – don’t worry. Some patterns are easy to recognize and provide room for adapting. The goal of the daily standup is to share meaningful information that involves the team, and that quite likely leads to ACTION. So, let’s […]
If you are a Product Owner, a Project Manager, or a Business Analyst, you have heard the following before; I’m sure: “It’s not a defect; it’s a feature.” “It’s not an issue; it’s an enhancement.” “It’s not a bug; it ‘works-as-designed’.” The statements themselves underscore ambiguity between perception and (possibly) reality. What is certain – particularly in the delivery of value, whether addressing missed functionality, feature requests, or bugs – is that items such as these should not be immediately lumped in with a well-defined, well-groomed backlog. They may be user stories, defects, blocking issues, or even larger business cases […]
The product owner and the team lead had a lively conversation over lunch; much was discussed about the development in-progress of a very cool feature during the present sprint, and both agreed that certain changes had to be made to the original definition and implementation – nothing too drastic, but certainly something noticeable. The team lead took a snapshot of the scribblings on a napkin for reference. After lunch, the team lead went right to work. Code was re-factored and checked-in and the status of the story was updated to Done, waiting for the product owner to review once again […]
Agile Communication: How Can Agile Teams Collaborate in VersionOne When Face-to-Face is Limited or Not an Option?
We all know that being collocated is one of the keys to having a successful agile team, but in reality it’s not always possible. There are several ways to facilitate agile communication among teams within VersionOne when you cannot have the face-to-face conversations.