What is the key to high productivity via Scrum? According to Alex Brown, Chief Operating Officer at Scrum Inc., it all comes down to the retrospective and the “happiness metric.”
“We find that Scrum teams that aren’t making dramatic velocity increases each sprint are usually not devoting enough time to the retrospective at the end of each sprint,” Brown explains in this short video. Retrospectives are crucial in allowing the team to review their processes and identify the single improvement that would most benefit the productivity of the team.
A better product, right from the start: that’s what you can expect from user experience ROI. Save your development time for new work instead of costly, tedious rework.
Dr. Susan Weinschenk, founder of the Weinschenk Institute, explains the value of user experience ROI in this animated video. Drawing on data from an IEEE report, Weinschenk says that the “amount of money that is spent worldwide in information technology is estimated at one trillion dollars a year,” but the “amount of time that programmers spend on rework that is actually avoidable is 50 percent of their time.”
In their attempt to walk the righteous path toward expansion and growth, many software companies can find themselves led astray by temptation.
“Companies today are often so focused on growth that they commit one (or several) software development sins,” writes Magne Land, scrum master and tech lead at RightScale, a provider of multi-cloud management.
For all its benefits, some argue there may also be flaws and risks to following a system originally designed to produce a million Toyotas.
It sounds like a simple plan for startup success: Launch a minimum viable product, test it, learn from it, and rework it accordingly. But “as trendy and popular as ‘lean’ is these days,” argues Jon Burgstone, co-founder of SupplierMarket and author of Breakthrough Entrepreneurship, “launching lean can be a really, really bad idea.” In a guest post for Inc., Burgstone takes on two tenets of the lean startup concept: releasing minimum viable products and adopting “innovation accounting.”