Hello again from Cake and our Project Management Team. This is our thirty-fourth edition of “This Week in #Agile”, and this week we’re highlighting articles that we’ve found really useful regarding Velocity, User Stories and their improvement, team happiness, and finally Client Personas. We hope you enjoy them!
Enhancing velocity, and therefore increasing a team’s capability to produce high-quality work, is a main objective for IT companies. This article shows 10 great tips that show how to help improve your team’s velocity.
User Stories are probably the most popular Agile technique to capture product functionality. Working with User Stories is easy, but writing effective stories can be difficult. Roman’s article provides useful tips to help create stories that provide a greater value to the team.
This interesting article explains multiple ways of looking at how to produce User Stories and how we can become better at extracting the required information from the Clients; it also explains the “INVEST model”, and why using these stories is important.
We would all agree that “happy teams create happy results”, but the big piece to the puzzle is how to create both happy and engaged teams. This Webinar outlines how the human brain interacts with Scrum on a psychological level. Going further, it also explains how, by being empathetic and fully understanding the Servant Leadership approach when working with your team, these play huge parts in ensuring team happiness.
Personas can come hand-in-hand when writing User Stories. Mario’s article describes how having an understanding of your Clients needs can help in generating more succinct requirements, which in-turn will add greater business value.
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