Agile PM experience with ScopeMaster

We recently offered ScopeMaster to Freelance Agile Project Manager, Mike Sanders, to assess how it might have helped on a couple of recent projects.  He tried it out and was very impressed with the results, then offered some suggestions on how it fits with the Agile process: "I moved from technical [...]

Story Points vs Function Points

Story points vs function points, what's the difference and why does it matter?  Story points are arbitrary indicators of effort expected.  They are inconsistent and unsuitable for use as the primary metric on software projects.  We recommend that you switch to ISO standard COSMIC function points and give 14 reasons why. Story points vs function [...]

ScopeMaster Integrates with Jira – for better User Stories

ScopeMaster Ltd, UK - 5th November 2018 authors of the innovative AI-powered analyser of written software requirements, are pleased to announce integration with Atlassian's Jira.  "With this integration, Jira cloud users can benefit from ScopeMaster's analyser from inside Jira, avoiding the need to maintain user requirements in two places.  Agile teams can now conveniently enjoy the "ultimate [...]

Better User stories – Software Integration

User stories for API integration How to write a better user story for integration.  This is one of several short articles on writing better user stories with ScopeMaster®. A large amount of software nowadays involves integrating different component-applications to create a new system.  Consequently the software requirements will often refer to one system linking to another.  [...]

More Effective PMO Stage Gates

Introduction to Stage Gates A stage gates process (also known as phase gate) is a common control mechanism associated with IT projects in corporate IT departments.  A series of conceptual checklists are defined, such that unless all of the component activities have taken place, the project may not be allowed to proceed to the next stage. [...]

Better User Stories in Half a Day

Learn how to write better user stories with Dr Simon Wright, and get 30 days free access to ScopeMaster for £95. Book now - Just £95 What you will learn What is a User Story? The role of User Stories in Agile software development Components and structure of a good User Story Common misunderstandings from User [...]

BDD – to the next level

Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) enhanced with ScopeMaster An overview of BDD BDD is a development methodology (and tooling) designed to improve the communication between business and software technical community, in particular it addresses the challenge of simplifying scenario testing. The foundation behind BDD is the Gherkin feature file. The feature file has a predefined structure and [...]

Reward From Early Delivery

When considering the cost of software delay, or equivalently, the value of early delivery, you need to revert to the business case.   If the software gives the organisation a first-mover competitive advantage in a market place, this will come with considerable rewards.  If a delay means being second rather than first to market, then being [...]

10 Defects an hour, found and fixed!

(150/16 , nearly 10) It's a real delight to see a genuine testimonial from a highly experienced IT professional such as Lonnie. Extract from a discussion on LinkedIn that can be found here     I wrote my first commercial program in 1968 and have worked in software engineering and software engineering management most of the time [...]

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