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  • Liked Zaheerabbas Contractor

    Applying Agile Practices in the Refurbishment/Modernization of my housing society

    Zaheerabbas Contractor
    Zaheerabbas Contractor
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Case Study

    In the rush to be a proud owner of a large independent penthouse apartment in a huge housing society I did not realize (or did not want to) the actual reason behind this good bargain!

    I ended up being party to the following list (product backlog) of pain areas (or business needs) of the society members:

    • 1.Need of Generator backup to cater to the frequent power cuts at least for the common areas and lifts (I had bought my condominium on the top floor and could realize the pain!) – Must have and High Cost
    • 2.Modernization of the ageing lifts across 18 buildings (thanks to the substandard quality lifts which I realized when I started staying there L ) – Must have due to high risk however huge Cost
    • 3.Need for the CCTV Camera – Must have considering the frequent untoward incidents
    • 4.Seepage and septic tank upgrade
    • 5.Pavements, speed breakers
    • 6. And the list goes on….

    This resulted into the society being least valued in that area and no ROI for the members who had invested in the society.

    The society committee members were clueless on where to start (prioritizing with business value) with the given evolving budget and how to manage the timeline.

     Through this report, I intend to share how I utilized following Agile practices to overcome the challenges faced by the society members for its refurbishment and converted the society into one of the most sought out society over the period of few milestones (releases)!

    • 1.Prioritization(MoSCoW) of the backlog by agreeing up urgent need of the society in the given budget
    • 2.Continuous planning and re-prioritization of product backlog
    • 3.Outcome(Value) based agreement with various vendors
    • 4.Managing discipline in the acceptance criteria and retrospection (i.e. PWD lift inspection and approval for lifts functioning with the given municipality specifications and taking learning to replicate the same for future enhancements)
    • 5.Delivering end to end(INVEST) in the production in short releases ( i.e. one lift modernization end to end and commissioning of Diesel Genset end to end through incremental approach)
  • Dipesh Pala
    Dipesh Pala
    schedule 3 years ago
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    90 mins

    Breaking up User Stories can sometimes be as painful as a relationship break up - but it does not have to be like that!

    Our experience has shown us that the key to getting full benefit from introducing Agile is in how the project work is broken up. When it gets difficult to see how to write small enough user stories, teams often resort to technical story cards. While this can give the team visibility of the work that is being done, the business is not seeing potentially implementable product, or early delivery of business value.

    This talk will dig a lot deeper to expose the real reasons for splitting up user stories and not just talk about doing it as a good practice - we must BE Agile not just DO Agile!

    Using real-world examples, this talk will also offer a set of guidelines and some unconventional ways for breaking up larger chunks of work into valuable user stories that can help Agile teams become more successful.

  • Prajakta Thakur
    Prajakta Thakur
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins

     Prioritization, Accountability, Inspect-and-adapt, Rhythm, Feedback, Collaboration, Self-Organization, Focus form the key principles of Scrum Methodology. And it is the Scrum Ceremonies which help ensure that this essence of Scrum remains intact through following of the above principles. Scrum Ceremonies give project teams a wholistic framework to ensure smooth Scrum implementation and effective project delivery.

    The key Scrum Ceremonies are as listed below

    • Release Planning & Sprint Planning ( consisting of Backlog creations and grooming and Estimation )
    • Daily Scrum
    • Sprint Review
    • Sprint Retrospective

    The scope of this presentation is to share:

    • Deeper understanding of objectives behind each ceremony
    • Benefits of each ceremony
    • Challenges and Common Mistakes related to each ceremony
    • Effective techniques of conducting the ceremony to get best advantage out of it
  • Liked Hameet

    Different Ways to Product Backlog Grooming

    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins


    Product backlog contains list of desired functionalities of an envisioned end product. It provides the bigger picture than the sprint/iteration backlog. If product backlog is neglected and treated as a dumping ground, it can distort the bigger picture and impact the iteration/sprint planning. In essence, a well-groomed product backlog is a prerequisite for a successful sprint planning meeting. As part of product backlog grooming exercise:

    - New items are discovered and described.

    - Existing items are changed or removed as appropriate.

    - Items are prioritized. The most important items being at the top.

    - High-priority items are decomposed and refined for upcoming sprint planning meeting. 


    But this poses few questions:

    - How much time should be spent in product backlog grooming?

    - How frequently product backlog grooming should happen?

    - What are different ways to product backlog grooming?

    - How product backlog grooming exercise can be made efficient over time?


    In this session, we will touch base on 

    - the factors resulting in growing product backlog

    - the indicators of unhealthy product backlog

    - the impact of unhealthy product backlog on the product development

    - the various approaches to take control of the product backlog 

    - the tips for maintaing a healthy product backlog