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2304, 2018

How to use the Cumulative Flow Diagram to visualize your project workflow

By | April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Agile project management|0 Comments

Do you know how long it takes for a task to go through every stage of your workflow? One of the tools you can use to track the project progress and visualize the team effort is the Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD). This post intend to show you how you will definitely benefit from applying a Cumulative Flow Diagram to your process. Why use the Cumulative Flow Diagram? The Cumulative Flow Diagram is one of the most popular graphs used by Kanban teams. The CFD’s main purpose is to improve [...]

904, 2018

New sprint KPIs, velocity chart, Scrum roles and much more!

By | April 9th, 2018|Categories: Agile project management, What's new?|0 Comments

Nutcache's latest update makes available many improvements and new features that will simplify the way you manage your Kanban and Scrum projects. Here's a quick list of some of the things we’ve been working on at Nutcache and included in our latest release: • Kanban Cumulative Flow Diagram • Kanban WIP limit • New Agile Roles (PO, Scrum master, Flow master, etc.) • Story template and INVEST criteria • Scrum Velocity Chart • Scrum Burn-down by effort • Sprint KPIs • Project duplication • Team assignation • Tax handling [...]

2103, 2018

7 Methods to Keep Sprint Meetings on Point

By | March 21st, 2018|Categories: Agile project management, Scrum project management, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Almost every business around the globe relies on Sprint meetings in order to set a direction for the company, disseminate information, delegate tasks, and review the team’s performance. However, most meetings tend to drag on way longer than required, adversely affecting the productivity and the profitability of the organization. According to an article published in the Harvard Business Review, weekly meetings can cost an organization nearly 300 thousand work hours a year, hindering the staff productivity. Everyone appreciates well-planned and productive Sprint meetings that stick to the agenda and stay [...]

1202, 2018

How to manage and tag your stories with labels

By | February 12th, 2018|Categories: Agile project management, Scrum project management, What's new?|0 Comments

Labels are visual indicators that can be associated with stories from both Agile boards and Scrum sprints. Use labels to organize and improve your board/sprint workflow and keep track of related stories. Thanks to this feature, you will have a better understanding of your project's progress since labels can make certain aspects of your workflow more visible and set apart stories that are blocked or need discussion. How to use labels Labels are specific to a particular project. Therefore, you can create and manage labels from the project itself or through [...]

2901, 2018

A Nerd’s Guide on Sprint Backlog and Product Backlog

By | January 29th, 2018|Categories: Scrum project management|0 Comments

Learning about Agile systems can almost be like learning a new language. There are so many terms, ideologies, and frameworks to remember that it’s easy to get things confused or jumbled up. Whether you are confusing Scrum with Agile, still figuring out how to hold an effective Sprint Planning meeting, or unsuccessfully applying Agile frameworks, it can be frustrating and complicated to implement a system if you are unfamiliar with its practices. There are a lot of steps that need to take place during a Sprint Meeting. Running a [...]

2401, 2018

Introducing GitHub integration, Google sign in, and significant changes to tax management

By | January 24th, 2018|Categories: What's new?|0 Comments

Today, Nutcache makes available its latest update that brings changes to the way taxes are managed in the application but also introduces GitHub integration and Google sign in to help you work smarter and faster. MANAGING SALES TAX MADE EASIER Prior to this update, applicable taxes could be set from either the client file, the product/task file, or from the item type file, which could sometime lead to confusion when billing clients for work done as for which tax to use. Now, Nutcache's latest update removes this potential confusion [...]

1501, 2018

6 Must Have Skills to Become a Notable Scrum Master

By | January 15th, 2018|Categories: Project management|0 Comments

According to the Scrum Alliance, a Scrum Master is “a facilitator for the team and the product owner. Rather than manage the team, the Scrum Master works to assist both.” The Scrum Master is a liaison between the planners and the doers, so to say, and it is up to them to ensure that everyone is on the same page. A great Scrum Master knows exactly what tools and resources a team needs to accomplish their goals and simultaneously removes any barriers or distractions that could slow them down [...]

801, 2018

5 Ways to Improve Teamwork with Scrum Methods

By | January 8th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|0 Comments

It’s a fact that we are able to accomplish more by working together than as individuals. In a large study conducted by Salesforce regarding workplace challenges, 86% of leaders agreed that failing to work together as a team was the leading cause of project failure. Teamwork is an essential element of a successful company. Businesses that struggle in working together as a unified team will quickly fall behind. Scrum is defined as a “team-based approach to delivering value to the business.” This framework promotes effective collaboration between team members [...]

612, 2017

How Scrum Masters Can Keep Their Teams Focused on Goals

By | December 6th, 2017|Categories: Project management|0 Comments

As a Scrum Master, your role is vital to the success of the team, but it certainly comes with a number of requirements. Your list of duties includes implementing the Scrum rules and framework throughout a project, as well as keeping the peace and resolving issues along the way. Even though you are not exclusively a project manager, it is still your responsibility to ensure the team stays on the right track. So how do you keep a team focused and unified without micro-managing or overstepping your authority? Here are the [...]

112, 2017

5 Secret Tactics That Will Boost the Outcome of Your Sprint Planning Meeting

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Tips & tricks, Time management|Tags: , |0 Comments

Sprint planning is absolutely vital to the success of a Scrum team. You wouldn’t expect a sports team to perform well if they never met for practice, so in the same way, you shouldn’t expect a Scrum team to be able to work together without holding consistent meetings to strategize for the next sprint. Evaluate your team’s attitude and readiness to see if there are any areas that could use improvement before the planning meeting. A Scrum team should be self-managing, but sometimes they still need a little help [...]

911, 2017

Confusing Scrum with Agile? Here’s What You Need to Know

By | November 9th, 2017|Categories: Project management|0 Comments

There is a lot of misconception when it comes to Agile and Scrum. Many teams and businesses describe their actions as Scrum or Agile simply because they are buzz-worthy terms in the software development world. While a team can be Agile without practicing Scrum, it cannot practice Scrum and not Agile. Confused yet? What Agile is and What Agile is not Agile is defined as methods that “generally promote a disciplined project management process that encourages frequent inspection and adaptation.” At its core, Agile is a set of ideals [...]

2909, 2017

Nutcache makes project planning and team coordination so much easier!

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: What's new?, Project management|2 Comments

Constantly motivated by the idea of making the best application possible, Nutcache announces the availability of a new update deployed as of September 28, 2017. This new update puts project planning and team coordination at the center of the user experience by introducing a new visual planning tool: the Agile Planner.   A POWERFUL VISUAL TOOL TO BETTER MANAGE YOUR RESOURCES Available from the Projets menu, the Nutcache Agile Planner is a visual project planning tool that allows managers to see at a glance the tasks their team members [...]

1809, 2017

Agile – Scrum Sprint Definition, Roles and Planning

By | September 18th, 2017|Categories: Project management|0 Comments

What is a Sprint in the Agile Approach? How do you define an agile sprint? The definition of an Agile sprint is one that’s pretty straight forward, unlike other parts of the framework that enjoy the occasional debate, such as “Sprint Zero”. The Scrum Guide describes a Sprint as the “the heart of Scrum” and it is one of the major activities within the Scrum framework. It is the core of the Scrum framework because time-bound sprint sessions are the only periods in which potentially, useable increments are made to [...]

408, 2017

Nutcache enhances its Scrum framework

By | August 4th, 2017|Categories: What's new?, Collaboration, Project management|0 Comments

Nutcache is rolling out its latest update which introduces new features that will improve sprint planning and tracking with significant workflow productivity gains.   The burn-down charts When using the Agile/Scrum methodology to manage projects, the burn-down chart is a fundamental metric providing a graphical representation of work left to do in a sprint versus time. Nutcache's new burn-down chart displays the remaining effort for a given period of time by measuring the progress of the 4 following components: By stories By tasks By complexity values By acceptance tests Use [...]

408, 2017

A Simple Guide to Understanding Continuous Integration (CI)

By | August 4th, 2017|Categories: Productivity|0 Comments

In this model, we explain the definition of Continuous Integration and its relationship with Continuous Deployment and Continuous Delivery, and how these processes occur. When we are done with the preliminaries, we explore further the intricacies of these systems and their workflow. What is Continuous Integration? According to Techopedia, Continuous Integration (CI) is… “Continuous integration (CI) is a software development practice in which each member of a development team integrates his work with that produced by others on a continuous basis.” Software developers often work in isolation and therefore [...]

1707, 2017

Leverage Scrum to manage your projects

By | July 17th, 2017|Categories: What's new?, Collaboration, Project management|0 Comments

As announced a few weeks ago, Nutcache is consolidating its Agile shift by adding the Scrum framework to its application. In addition to providing an undeniable advantage to Nutcache, introducing the Agile/Scrum framework will give you faster results and better collaboration and communication among your team members. Agile or Scrum project, which one should I choose? From now on, Nutcache offers you two options when creating a new project: via the Agile-Kanban approach or by using the Scrum framework. The Scrum project The life of a project developed through the [...]

407, 2017

Agile Scrum Development Process Demystified in 5 Minutes [Infographic]

By | July 4th, 2017|Categories: Project management|0 Comments

Although Scrum is used for developing complex projects, it’s important to note that it is not appropriate for any and all projects. So, when is Scrum appropriate? The best time to use the Scrum approach is when working with an end user who is not really clear on exactly what they want. In situations like this, you tend to have a long product development cycle before the project is completed and the product goes through a variety of iterations as the end user develops a clearer vision. Using small [...]

706, 2017

What is Scrum? Methodology and Project Management

By | June 7th, 2017|Categories: Project management|0 Comments

What is Scrum Project Management? Scrum is one of the most popular agile frameworks in use today and rightly so- it is used to develop complex products and systems. The name scrum is originally a rugby term. In rugby, a scrum is a cluster of players trying to get the ball. In the field of project management, “scrum” refers to the brief meetings where team members come together to talk about their successes relating to a project, how far they’ve come, what the next steps are and any future [...]

1004, 2017

How to Engage Employees – A Complete Guide for Managers

By | April 10th, 2017|Categories: Business tips|2 Comments

One of the key factors to running a successful business is knowing how to engage employees. If the leaders of a business or organization understand the level of passion their workforce has for the job, they are a step ahead of the competition. […]

2303, 2017

Why Time Management Matters

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Business tips, Time management|0 Comments

Time is money. There’s no time to lose. Time waits for no one. It’s only a matter of time. We’re in a race against time. There’s a reason that so many expressions in the English language revolve around time. It is our most important non-renewable resource. Time runs our lives in a lot of ways - it forms intangible boundaries of what we can achieve. We only have so many hours in the day to accomplish our goals, and that is why time management is one of, if not [...]