Brief introduction to Agile Project Management and Scrum covering user stories, story points, use of Fibonacci sequence values for story points, release planning, sprints, capacity, velocity, sprint commit meetings, sprint review meetings, and burndown charts. Explains the importance of returning the product to a potentially shippable state at the end of each sprint to reduce the accumulation of technical debt and keep the assessment of project progress realistic. Summarizes the roles in Scrum of the Product Owner (who writes or facilitates the writing by customers of user stories), the ScrumMaster (who manages the Scrum), and the Team (who do the work). Discusses values and best practices in Agile/Extreme Programming ("XP") values. Explains daily standup meeting in which people share what they did yesterday, what they’re doing today, and any blocking issues they’re encountering. Summarizes common problems with waterfall project management including a serialized process, longer time to market, isolation of developers from customer needs, plans falling out of synch with reality, lack of visibility into rate of progress, features being slashed late in the development cycle to bring in release dates, long time to project completion, late feedback from customers, projects falling behind schedule, and projects missing their market window or being killed before launch. Summaries problems with monolithic product requirements documents including length, lack of readability, disconnection from customer needs, and lack of clarity about which features are for which customers.
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