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Margaret A. Menzies        Introduction and   Development Best PracticesThe following is a presentation that I have  used ...
Margaret A. Menzies (MAM)   American, single   Undergraduate and Master’s degree in    Public Administration with a    c...
MAM Continued   Work with smaller software companies       Have led development teams since 1994       Managed co-locat...
Dev Management Guidelines Provide Leadership & Direction Management=Problem Solving Focus Areas     People     Planni...
People   Hire Exceptional Staff   Provide Regular Performance Feedback       Deal with staff issues right away   Provi...
Planning   Create a Product Roadmap       Engineering, Marketing, Tech Support, and Sales        help create it   Defin...
Product Roadmap Example
Product   “Chunkify” - Break Apart Large Projects       Establish interim deliverables   Do Requirements and Functional...
Processes   Establish Centralized        Use Test Automation for    Source Control and            Regression and    Back...
Dev Management Guidelines Provide Leadership & Direction Management=Problem Solving Focus Areas     People     Planni...
Agile/Scrum Introduction     A quick overview and     implementation plan
What is Agile Development?   Emphasizes close collaboration between    the programmer team and business    experts;   St...
Agile Development   An iterative and incremental (evolutionary)    approach to software development   which is performed...
What is Scrum?   Scrum is an agile process for developing software. With Scrum, projects    progress via a series of iter...
Scrum Model
Implementation Schedule   Hold Scrum training workshops – usually while    finishing up other work (Week 1 & 2)       Sc...
Other Improvements   Establish a Team Room   Post user stories and burn down charts   Post the Roadmap   Review the st...
Questions and Wrap-up
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Margaret Menzies Intro & Scrum Overview

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This is a presentation that Margaret Menzies has used to introduce myself to new teams. The last section is an executive summary of Scrum methodology and a basic implementation schedule.

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Margaret Menzies Intro & Scrum Overview

  1. 1. Margaret A. Menzies Introduction and Development Best PracticesThe following is a presentation that I have used to introduce myself to new teams. The last section is an executive summary of Scrum methodology and a basic implementation schedule.
  2. 2. Margaret A. Menzies (MAM) American, single Undergraduate and Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems Have worked in IT/Software Development for over 20 years now  Recently for 3 years in Eindhoven, NL  Previously in Paris FR, Munich DE, Boston MA, Raleigh NC, Providence RI
  3. 3. MAM Continued Work with smaller software companies  Have led development teams since 1994  Managed co-located & remote staff  Launched new & revamped existing B2B products  Sometimes advise other companies through VC contacts Joined the Agile/Scrum Community in 2005  But have worked this way for years…
  4. 4. Dev Management Guidelines Provide Leadership & Direction Management=Problem Solving Focus Areas  People  Planning  Product  Processes
  5. 5. People Hire Exceptional Staff Provide Regular Performance Feedback  Deal with staff issues right away Provide Product Feedback  Direct sales & support feedback to engineering is especially valuable Encourage/Assign Development Staff to Work With Other Departments  Help out with Tech Support  Go on sales calls and work at trade shows Promote Teamwork, Not Individual Heroics Have Fun Whenever Possible!
  6. 6. Planning Create a Product Roadmap  Engineering, Marketing, Tech Support, and Sales help create it Define Each Project’s Scope Up Front  Take time to define what you want to do Focus Engineering Efforts  Don’t take on too many projects at once Get Customer Input Form a Product Management Team  Not necessarily just VP’s or upper management – involve line staff Follow the K.I.S.S. Principle
  7. 7. Product Roadmap Example
  8. 8. Product “Chunkify” - Break Apart Large Projects  Establish interim deliverables Do Requirements and Functional Specs or User Stories Before Coding Repurpose, Re-package & Use Open Source  You don’t always have to work “from scratch” Prototype GUIs and do GUI Iterations  Use web conferencing tools to show off GUI and solicit feedback from customers or prospects Develop Sales Demos and Sales Tools Along with the Product  Put these in your product plan as part of final deliverable
  9. 9. Processes Establish Centralized  Use Test Automation for Source Control and Regression and Back-ups! Acceptance Tests Begin Automated Builds  Hold Company-wide Bug as Early as Possible Hunts and Beta Testing Automate testing  Promote Paired Implement Bug Tracking Programming and Code with a Bug Ownership Reviews and Fix Policy  Establish Involve/Establish QA in Internationalization Project Planning Processes Involve Tech Support in  Hold Meaningful Testing Progress and Status Meetings
  10. 10. Dev Management Guidelines Provide Leadership & Direction Management=Problem Solving Focus Areas  People  Planning  Product  Processes
  11. 11. Agile/Scrum Introduction A quick overview and implementation plan
  12. 12. What is Agile Development? Emphasizes close collaboration between the programmer team and business experts; Stresses face-to-face communication (as more efficient than written documentation); Advocates frequent delivery of new deployable business value; Encourages tight, self-organizing teams Source: Agile Alliance
  13. 13. Agile Development An iterative and incremental (evolutionary) approach to software development which is performed in a highly collaborative manner by self-organizing teams within an effective governance framework with "just enough" ceremony that produces high quality software in a cost effective and timely manner which meets the changing needs of its stakeholders. Source: Scott Ambler
  14. 14. What is Scrum? Scrum is an agile process for developing software. With Scrum, projects progress via a series of iterations called sprints. The work to be done on a Scrum project is listed in the Product Backlog, which is a list of all desired changes to the product. At the start of each sprint a Sprint Planning Meeting is held during which the Product Owner prioritizes the Product Backlog and the Scrum Team selects the tasks they can complete during the coming Sprint. These tasks are then moved from the Product Backlog to the Sprint Backlog. Each day during the sprint conducts a brief daily meeting called the Daily Scrum, which helps the team stay on track. At the end of each sprint the team demonstrates the completed functionality at a Sprint Review Meeting. Source: Mountain Goat Software
  15. 15. Scrum Model
  16. 16. Implementation Schedule Hold Scrum training workshops – usually while finishing up other work (Week 1 & 2)  Scrum Basics – Roles, meetings, artifacts and sprints  User stories – what they are and how to write and use them  The Product Backlog and Scrum Planning (with intro to Planning Poker) – organize user stories into a product backlog and begin using it for sprint and roadmap planning Start daily stand up meetings (Week 3) Organize the product requirements/user stories (Week 3-5 and ongoing) Plan and begin first sprint (Week 4) Establish a more defined product roadmap with next major deliverable (Week 2-5)
  17. 17. Other Improvements Establish a Team Room Post user stories and burn down charts Post the Roadmap Review the state of automated testing and continuous builds Review items in bug tracking system and fit them into a user story/sprint model Inspect and adapt …
  18. 18. Questions and Wrap-up

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