Definition of Ready & Definition of Done: the difference

'Athletic', made with love by Ryan McGuier (CC-0) Projects, software or otherwise suffer from the common problem of miscommunication. While the client expects something else, the product owner has a different understanding. Then there are developers who at times have different understanding of work to be done. With Agile, many of such concerns are addressed, thanks to daily standups and clear goals set before a sprint. Still there are some areas that are generally looked upon during the beginning of the project and are only relevant when sprints approach completion. One of those is the clear difference between done criteria and the ready criteria. Generally people use these terms interchangeably causing avoidable confusion. In this post, I will try to clear the air on the definition of done and the definition of ready.

Kanban vs Scrum - How to choose?

Matrix - Red pell scene We’re always in pursuit of the best tool or technique or methodology that we think will almost magically set us on the path to be super productive, super fast and super cool people who can fix bugs in minutes if not seconds, who can estimate stuff correct upto two decimal places and who can foresee any possible upcoming roadblocks. But, till that happens, we’ll have to make use of the current tools and techniques. Kanban vs scrum, and how to choose between them, seems like the battle these days.

Difference between user stories and tasks

'Matrioskes' by Miquel Bohigas Costabella Though they sound similar in a functional manner, user stories and tasks are quite different aspects of agile methodology. Still, many of us use the terms user story and tasks interchangeably. Not only this causes confusion, but also keeps you from reaping the full benefits of your agile work culture. Until and unless you clearly know the terms and their meanings, you will not be able to follow the best practices. So, let’s try to clearly understand the difference between user stories and tasks.

Priority and severity: What’s the difference?

stone and pen Filing bugs is a mundane task - everyone does it, from developers to testers, and sometimes even the end users. But many of us don’t understand one of the most important concepts while filing a bug, the difference between priority and severity. While some use these terms interchangeably, others use them with opposite meaning. Let us today clear the misconceptions about these two terms, so that teams can make the full use of their bug management tools.

Personal Kanban using Taiga

'Grey Felt Journal TO DO LIST on a white desk' by Karolina Grabowska One of the best productivity hacks is to always keep a to-do list handy. This helps you keep a track of what needs to be done and what is accomplished. As it may sound very simple, almost all of us have struggled while trying to keep a to-do list updated and keeping ourselves on track to follow the list. We either get too busy and forget to update the list itself or take it too casually to stay on course and finish the tasks on the list. Either way, this is a failure. So, what is the solution?

Manage your remote team well with these 4 simple tips

Working outside Remote working is one of the biggest advantages of this cloud era - facilitated by cloud based infrastructure and the high internet penetration, more and more people are opting to working remotely. Rightly so, as an employee you get to see your family more, get to work in an environment you create yourself, 100% cut on office travel time and expenses - the list is long. Remote work has advantages for employers too - no real estate costs, no hardware, infrastructure costs and increased employee productivity!

GitHub: A beginner's guide, Part II

'The Github Kegerator' by Tim Lucas This is the second post in the series on GitHub: A beginner’s guide. In the previous post we learnt about Git basics and some of its most important commands. Now, we will take a look at steps to create your own repo on a Linux box (with the master on GitHub). I assume you already have your GitHub account and a repo created. If not, you can do that using the steps mentioned here. Note that if you are on Mac or Windows machines, GitHub has desktop applications for both. After you download the desktop application, you can push code to your repo using the steps mentioned here. But if you are on a Linux box, you will need to install Git and then configure it to use your GitHub repo.

GitHub: A beginner's guide, Part I

'GitHub office' by Dave Fayram Today GitHub is world’s favorite place to host code - whether your software is open source or proprietary, you can host it on GitHub, choose who gets to see and contribute to your repository and be rest assured that you will have access to your software anytime anywhere. And why only code, you can even host and collaborate on other stuff like text files with GitHub. But, to the uninitiated, this looks like a huge maze with so many commands. There is also the obvious fear of doing something wrong and screwing everything up (more so because of there are others watching). In this two article series, lets take a close look at various GitHub features and when to use them in real world scenarios.

Create to-do lists that actually get done

Man Jumping by Joshua Earle Daily stand up calls in the office are almost mainstream now, everyone does it and everyone knows about it. But, on the personal front, we often struggle to manage our tasks and to-dos. It has happened to almost all of us - you forget to do something important one day and decide to create a to-do list to keep a track of all such tasks. You download the shiniest app out there, list out all the tasks, and then close the app. After a few days, you suddenly recollect - what happened to my to-do list, you flip open the app and then see that some of the tasks listed are already obsolete and it has almost become a task to update the task list itself. How do you make sure your to-do list is updated with your day to day activities? How do you ensure the tool you use complements your day to day life and is not an obtrusive addition to your already hectic schedule? How do you make sure the to-do lists actually help you clear your mind and improve your productivity?

6 excellent continuous integration tools

Noria by Siyan Ren Continuous integration is an integral part of an agile setup. Sprint after sprint teams strive to “not break the build” while delivering incremental features. But, while developers focus completely on adding features, it happens sometimes that code errors creep in and render the software unusable. To stop such errors from being integrated to the SCM, a CI server is the gatekeeper that helps keep a tab on code quality. Even if the code is integrated to SCM, a CI server can very quickly tell you what went wrong.