We establish development processes and optimize tools and infrastructure that best cater the specific needs of each corporation we work with.
Agile methodologies and Scrum framework are what we believe in and pursue at Axon Active Vietnam. In our ODC & OTC approaches our developers & testers work in teams in the most customer-oriented methods (Team + Scrum Master). And at every step (Sprint) our Teams communicate directly with Customer (Product Owner).
In common practice, User Stories are estimated only by a couple of senior executives such as Project Managers, Architecture Designers, and Business Analysts. With Scrum, we rely on Planning Poker, which uses relative base number (Fibonacci-like) and participation of all members in the development team. With everyone in the team involved, estimation results prove to be faster and more reliable.
The Team are those who develop the product. They know best about the working schedule. Their estimation, therefore, is the most accurate. But, of course, it only serves as a forecast.
Online Planning Poker is designed for the Team, especially the Distribution Team, to make optimal estimation with their electronic devices. Additionally, Online Planning Poker facilitates the Team's agreement on other sizing decisions.
Amongst the most important innovations in Scrum is Time Box. Time Box helps the Scrum Team organize and manage their meetings effectively as well as optimize meeting outputs.
Scrum itself is all about Time Box: Sprint length cannot be changed once committed; planning for a meeting must be two-hour long at most for two-week Sprint; and Daily Scrum is limited to 15 minutes. Time Box helps the Team optimize their discussions by focusing on the most important issues, and deliver the best output in the shortest time.
In order to make sure everyone follows Time Box, there is Cash-Clock. Cash-Clock is a tool built on "Time is Money" idea. It calculates and converts lateness and extension into financial figures i.e money. This conversion helps the Team visualize the cost of Time Box violations, and understand the importance of timeliness.
Time Box's timer keeps discussions on track and keeps track of meetings and event's timing. It can also be used in silent mode when a speech is given.
To ensure that things are going on the right track, it is essential to maintain communications on expectations of the stakeholders. Success Slider is designed for that purpose.
Success Slider helps the Team understand better what really matter to Product Owner and Stakeholders. At the same time it helps Product Owner and Stakeholders understand the limitations in their expectations.
By default, there are six sliders, each of which reflects a dimension by which Agile project success can be determined. Each slider starts at the average level 3, and can be adjusted Product Owner and Stakeholders. Of course, due to limitations, it is impossible for all the sliders to be moved at level 5, and vice versa.
If you would like to learn more about ODC & OTC, or to participate in our Agile processes, to work with our offshore development teams, or keen to set up your own Team, please contact us:
*Project Success Slider was first mentioned in the book "Radical Project Management" by Rob Thomsett, 2002.
**Planning Poker (R) is a reg. Trademark of Mountain Goat Software, LCC.
ScrumTotal makes collaboration, teamwork easy across geographies enabling you to do Scrum efficiently thereby significantly reducing the overhead.
Organize your projects
· Create projects, teams, Sprints, backlog with user stories, and juggle user stories on the move.
· Quickly see the Burndown and Velocity chart.
· ScrumTotal shows you the latest information on each project.
Connect with the team
· Now you can connect with the team anywhere in the world.
· Create tasks, bugs, impediments, log hours and communicate with your team.
· Also see some intuitive reports, history with a click of a button.
Learn to be agile
· A lightweight 100% agile tool with all the features you would absolutely require to be agile.
· Totally based on the fundamentals of Scrum it significantly reduces the overhead.
· So the tool is also a guide to teach you Scrum the right way.
· Least restrictive, easy to learn, a very simple design and one pricing
Integrates with Dropbox
· Import users and user stories on the phone from Dropbox to save you time.
It brings the team together and makes project planning a real fun. While being multiplayer, it is a serverless tool which does not require any configuration.
How does it work?
1. Gather a team
2. Run the app all together
3. Type your name
4. Choose your vote card
5. See everyone's votes
Multiplayer Planning Poker makes project planning faster and more fun. It shows all the votes on the list which is a great help to choose the final vote.
It works in any local network out of the box. When you run the app it will automatically discover other players present in the same local network.
Just give it a try. It is as simple as pressing the button.
If you have any ideas for the product please contact us at email@example.com
Each estimator is holding a deck of Planning Poker cards with values like 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40 and 100, which is the sequence we recommend. The values represent the number of story points, ideal days, or other units in which the team estimates.
This application was developed to promote the use of the Agile software development methodology, both internal within TEKsystems and also worldwide. We hope that you will find this application useful and that it will help you in adopting Agile in your day-to-day life.
What is in the toolbox.
- A JIRA client application, that lets you connect to your favorite JIRA server and browse your projects.
- Timer, to time-box your meetings and daily scrum.
- A planning poker cards deck.
- Notes, to take some notes.
Agile Toolbox was developed by the eMetrix team and sponsored by TEKsystems®.
Albert YEGHIKIAN - Architect and Business Analyst.
Nicolas RICHARD - Design and Lead Java Developer.
Rolland I. ORGONAS - UI Software Developer.
Gurumurty BASAVAN - Quality Assurance.
TEKsystems® is a leading provider of IT staffing, IT talent management expertise and IT services.
Combining a proven track record of superior performance, a quality-focused approach to service delivery and the highest-caliber technical professionals in the market, TEKsystems helps our clients successfully plan, build and run their critical technology initiatives.
With more than 30 years of experience, we annually deploy 70,000 technical professionals from 100 locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
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