Tag Archives: Product Planning

Inside Our Dev Team: The Birth Story of Estimably for Agile Estimation

We seem to reach consensus much faster… In case you missed our Summer 2014 release announcement, Estimably™ is a free, poker-style agile estimation tool (game) within VersionOne TeamRoom™ that allows a team to easily participate in story estimation exercises no matter where they … Continue reading

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The Clarity of Description

The User Story, by intent, is meant to be a short definition – an introduction to a discussion. As a… I can… So that … Simple, short and powerful. We’re all familiar with some variation of this structure and I … Continue reading

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Organizing and Associating Work to an Epic

We have many teams within VersionOne using the Epic functionality heavily to organize their work.  I often get asked questions like: “What if I decide later on that my work is tied to an existing Epic?” “What if I decide that my … Continue reading

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“What’s in a Name? That Which We Call a ‘Project’ by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet”

With apologies to William Shakespeare – couldn’t resist, Bill ol’ chap… So – what is a Project in VersionOne?  Is it a Product, a Project or a Release?  Is it a Portfolio, a Program or a Group?  The answer is … Continue reading

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Charting the Course to Agile Development

I recently discussed some release planning approaches with a customer who had some traditional fixed project-type constraints: contractual relationship with milestones (in the form of multiple releases) and dates built in. Here are some tips on how to get through the smelly part of agile development. Continue reading

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Using Old-School Index Cards with VersionOne

While software-based tools are necessary to overcome the deficiencies that cards have around scaling, reporting and distributed teams, old-school tactile cards can still enrich many of your agile development activities. Continue reading

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Drag-and-Drop Epic Ranking Helps Agile Planning

In larger agile planning efforts, it can be quite helpful to keep your epics well-organized and prioritized. Simple drag-and-drop epic ranking and management is certainly an integral part of agile planning. Continue reading

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Rank And File

All Scrum tools can manage a backlog. There is a great variety in the power of these tools, however. Managing a small list of a few items is one thing. Being able to manage large backlogs is something we’re quite … Continue reading

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