Prioritizing a backlog with multi-attribute utility analysis (MAUA)

One of the most important things a product owner should do is to prioritize. What should we do now? Where should we put all our efforts, money and brains?. Inside a product team there are internal and external inputs that vary from opportunities, experiments and outcomes to risks, debts or defects. While different sub-teams can come up with a number of features or stories that come out of specific artefacts like dependency graphs, user story maps or metric optimization items, with enough amount of inputs the putting-all-together backlog can be hard to prioritize. If I have framed your situation please keep reading.

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Database migrations with node db-migrate

To continue with the research on database migrations started with the post about liquibase I will provide a small tutorial for node’s db-migrate on how to database migrations with node db-migrate

I am much more used to this kind of tool in which the developer’s responsibility of providing migrations is done in the same language of development. The fundamentals are the same. It seems to me that liquibase can be a bit more powerful when handling severe branching, but the simplicity of these kind of framework tools makes them desirable

I will use the same schema and setup as on the previous post, please check it out there on the post about liquibase

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Managing database schema changes with liquibase on an existing database tutorial

If you have had a project with several developers working at a high velocity on different branches you are probably aware of the amount of trouble that a theoretically simple task such as managing the db schema changes can provoke. The main issues occur on a daily-basis at development, less DRY, less agile; also the production deployments and merges can be severly affected

Database migration tools

Luckily most frameworks come with migration tools, rails, django, sequelize or yii as it is an important tool to ensure some agility. Today I will be taking a look at liquibase which you may find interesting

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Dividing scrum user stories into dummy tasks is evil

One of the keypoints of the scrum sprint planning meeting is the division of the user stories into tasks

  • it leaves less questions unclear to anyone, by dividing you find out more about the task
  • it helps provide better estimations
  • it gives all the team the same understanding of the user story scope, affecting at the sprint scope
  • it allows a better parallel work to happen, particularly on highly vertically specialized teams
  • team does it, team adapts it to the way to work (TDD, design mockups…)
  • the stories come up with their own roadmap which also serves as feedback for the PO
  • … I could add more stuff here

At the same time sprint planning meetings are considered a nightmare by some teams (quite hard yep). Earlier than later someone comes up with some sort of copy & paste candidate of a generic list of tasks as a solution to make the meeting lighter, for example

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