Picking the right Product Owner

For a lot of our customers working with Made is their first exposure to Agile. As part of any project, we’ll ask them to nominate a Product Owner to work closely with us throughout. Picking the right person for the job can make or break the project – so how do you make sure you choose correctly?

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Lessons from the Trenches

I’ve worked with organisations at various stages of their Agile transition, during which I’ve seen Agile implemented well, but I’ve also seen it done terribly. In a break from my usual tradition of myth-busting, I wanted to share some hard won lessons from my years as a Scrum Master, and give you some tips to help your Agile transformation succeed where many fail.

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Busting Agile Myths: Story Points

Of all the tools in the Agile developer’s toolbox, the most often misunderstood is the Story Point. Some people will tell you a story point is a measure of time, others will emphatically argue that a Story Point measures complexity, difficulty or effort (anything except time!). I’ll tackle that particular can of worms in a future post, first I want to outline what Story Points are, and why they are useful.

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Why a Single Source of Truth Matters

With many of our clients, we see issues of data fragmentation: data that is duplicated in many places, often updated on a casual basis, and with little clarity as to which copy of the data is the most current. This data could be anything from product stock levels, through to customer contact information or retail sales figures.

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