Change for Free | Glossary

Definition:

Companies now prefer to deliver high value features. Company commits to deliver high quality product defined by the agreed upon Definition of Done. Customer participates actively with Scrum team, keep himself available and engaged during the entire project.

Customer shall be able to make changes to the Scope without incurring any additional cost if total Scope of contracted work is not changed. New features may be added for free at Sprint boundaries if items of equal scope are removed from the contract.

The customer is expected to be active in the project prioritizing features by business value and get it implemented in order to get maximum value, participate in each sprint planning by discussing selected features with team answering question to provide clarification. Participate in writing conditions of satisfaction for each feature so that the team has the clear definition of done. At sprint reavie provide feedback for both work-in-progress and completed work. He also participate responsibly in grooming the backlog where high value items are swapped with comparative low value items.

Further Reading:

Book: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland
Book: Succeeding with Agile, Software development using Scrum

Burn Down Chart | Glossary

Definition

A ‘Burn Down Chart’  is a graphical representation of the amount of work left to do, and the time available to do it in. The work remaining( or backlog) is placed on the vertical axis, with the time left, along the horizontal axis. So in simple terms, it can be defined as a run chart of outstanding work. Whilst often used in Agile Software Development methodologies such as Scrum, they can be applied to any project that contain measurable progress over time.

The chart is usually displayed at a place on the wall of a project room. Adopting this practice results in up-to-date project status being visible to each member of the team. As a result, it encourages the team members to confront any and all difficulties, both ahead of schedule, and in a more decisive manner. Their simplicity is another reason why they’re so effective.

Further Reading

  •  “The Art of Agile Development”(book), by James Shore