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  • Scrum

    07 September 2011

    Scrum is an iterative, incremental approach to project management and a part of the Agile methodology system. The Scrum theory was originally designed for managing product development projects, however it is now commonly used on the management of software development projects. It can also be used to run software maintenance teams or as a general project/program management approach, both IT and non-technical.

    A Scrum project needs a ‘Scrum Master’ or project manager who oversees the whole process, a ‘Product Owner’ who works on behalf of the client and sets the tasks and objectives and a ‘Team’, made up of individuals and organisations who carry out the work to complete the project.

    This Scrum framework runs on a cycle basis. It begins with initial planning stages where objectives and actions are agreed by all those involved with the project and put in the ‘backlog’ and ends with the deployment of the project. In between there are repeated cycles or ‘sprints’ (iterative) made up of the agreed actions from the backlog. There are an infinite number of sprints in the cycle and will continue until the backlog is empty and the project completed.

    The Scrum cycle system allows businesses to take in and assess the development of the project on a step-by-step basis (incremental). By learning from earlier parts of the process the team can modify their approach before deciding on and undertaking the next phase. The Scrum structure allows for changes by the client at any stage of the project. Although sprint actions are frozen in the planning meetings, there is regular opportunity for objectives and actions to be altered at the end of a cycle without affecting the running of the overall project.

    The Scrum Practitioner course offered by Total Training Solutions guides you through the simple Agile approach, from the basic theories to the more complex areas such as Scrum Artefacts and Scaling Scrum. The two day course is designed for all participants of a Scrum project; prospective Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Team members. To find out more about Scrum or any of our other courses email info@tts-uk.com or freephone 0800 612 1299.

  • Agile Scrum Quick Reference App

    16 September 2011

    The Scrum project management system, part of the Agile system can now be found on an app for Android, Blackberry and iOS which allows owners to quickly reference the principles of the system. It is described by its developers, Sulaba, as ‘a memory refreshing tool’ for seasoned project managers or ‘a simple, basic and brief instruction set for accomplishing a specific task by a novice project manager’.

    The app is split into two modules, Agile and Scrum, with both containing overviews of their respective terminology, principles, risks and so on. It also features a glossary section containing formulas and terms.

    The quick reference app makes for a useful, to-hand tool when on the go, in meetings or when other technology (power point and internet connections) fails. The app makes research and project planning a simpler task by providing the user with the key Scrum and Agile application models at the flick of a switch. Working from home or in-transit need not hinder the planning process as information can be accessed instantly through this handy app.

    Of course, thorough prior knowledge of the methodologies are highly recommended and the app shouldn’t be relied upon to solve all your project planning needs. A professional course and qualification, like the ones offered by Total Training Solutions, is strongly advised. The Professional Scrum Master does exactly what it says on the tin and will have you up-to-speed and confident with all the Scrum applications and theologies in just 2 days. The Agile Project Management course will give you a solid and concise understanding of the Agile model and how to apply it to your business sector. To enquire about either of these courses call 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com. Search the Total Training Solutions directory for full course listings.

  • What is Project Management?

    03 April 2012

    Project management is the ‘discipline of planning, organising, securing, and managing resources to achieve specific goals.’ In general terms, a project is a temporary task with a defined beginning and end, usually with time and budgetary constraints. Project management strives to complete the task, whilst meeting these limitations.

    Two of the main players in terms of computer-based and I.T. program Project Management systems are PRINCE2 and Agile.

    PRINCE2, (that’s PRojects IN Controlled Environments 2) is a structured approach with a clearly defined framework. It works by implementing procedures and coordinating people and activities to ensure a project is completed. It provides design and supervising structures and explanations of what to do if a project has to be adjusted. The PRINCE2 method is divided into manageable stages, each with key inputs and outputs to meet specific goals. It allows for ‘efficient control of resources and deviations from the plan.’

    Contrasting with the PRINCE2 is Agile. This approach is based on the principles of ‘human interaction management’ which basically means the Agile system allows for human input. The framework is seen as a series of relatively small tasks conceived and executed as the situation demands. It allows businesses to foresee situations and outcomes through its development cycle thus preparing them for change and to go on and use Agile’s methods to adapt to this change in a flexible and timely manner.

    Taking this human interaction approach to the next level is Scrum, an incremental part of the Agile methodology system. Key features are the cycle system which allows for changes by the client at any stage of the project. The step-by-step approach means rather than planning the entire project at the beginning, you to learn from earlier parts of the process, adjust and continue.

    Total Training Solutions offer courses in Project Management:

    To book on any of these courses, please call Total Training Solutions on 0800 612 1299 or email the team at info@tts-uk.com.

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