Do you know who your stakeholders are?

Whatever role you have in your company, you need to know exactly who your stakeholders are.

Stakeholders are an intrinsic part of the problem-solving and decision-making processes in all organisations. And once you understand who the stakeholders are, the next step is to find out their needs.

It can be useful to identify the level of interest, power, and influence of your different stakeholders. Each stakeholder group will have its own expectations of the business and level of power and influence. Therefore, conflict between stakeholders can occur.

For example, paying staff higher wages could result in dividends to shareholders. Stakeholders can disrupt or cause uncertainty in the plans of an organisation if they’re not on board with the decisions you choose to make.


Your stakeholders touch many significant aspects of the business or organisation so your decisions as a manager or leader will always affects someone or some group. Being aware of the interest and expectations and power and influence over business decisions that stakeholders have is a basic requirement placed on all managers.

R. Edward Freeman said, “Stakeholders are about the business. And the business is about the stakeholders.”

Maybe it’s time you audited your own stakeholder relationships and evaluate what you can do to improve them.


The Scrum Methodology and Scrum Masters


Here are some of the top skills of Scrum Master:

  1. Scrum master is responsible to facilitating daily scrum, sprint planning, sprint demo and retrospective meetings.
  2. Possesses conflict resolution, does conversation by focusing on scrum values of openness, honesty and respect.
  3. Should be a friendly communicative person, because when team is moving fast in Agile, communication is the effective force which holds the team together.
  4. Needs to forecast the numbers of deliverables possible in an iteration, which is based on evidence and reliable source.
  5. Needs to be expert in estimation and planning. He knows how to create useful, reliable and practical plans for software development projects.
  6. Should be a good coach in Agile practices. S/he can coach individuals and interactions over processes and tools.
  7. Help team or individual to clarify goals and actions to achieve them.
  8. Ability to shield his team from outside distractions and interference.
  9. Ability to ensure the correct use of scrum process.
  10. Ability to track and remove impediments.
  11. Scrum master is a servant first, who serves his team members before considering about himself

Duties of Scrum Master

  • Facilitate his team for better creativity and tries to improve the efficiency of the development team.
  • Responsible for managing the scrum process with the coordination of scrum team in Agile methodology.
  • Responsible to remove the impediments for the scrum team.
  • Arranged daily stand-up meetings, facilitate meetings, schedule meetings, demo and decision-making processes in order to ensure quick inspection and proper use of adaptation process.
  • Helps product owner to make the product backlogs in good shape and make them ready for the next sprint.
  • Responsible to Conduct retrospective meetings.
  • Organizes and facilitates the sprint planning meeting.
  • Acts as safeguard for his team.

How Well Does Agile Function for Large Organizations

Agile has not been warmly embraced by large organizations.

One of the obvious reasons for this is that large organizations do not undertake major changes unless absolutely necessary. Another reason is related to the fact that Agile is different from traditional project management philosophies from the roots to the leaves. Large organizations are quite orthodox when it comes to their organizational structures and management.

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What is the “Crystal methodology”?

Alistair Cockburn

Introduced by Alistair Cockburn, Crystal Methods, which is a collection of Agile software development approaches, focuses primarily on people and the interaction among them while they work on a software development project. There is also a focus on business-criticality and business-priority of the system under development. Unlike traditional development methods, Crystal doesn’t fix the tools and techniques of development, but keeps people and processes at the core of the development process. However, it is not only the people or the processes that are important, rather the interaction between the two that is most important.

“Crystal is a family of human-powered, adaptive, ultra light, ‘stretch-to-fit’ software development methodologies.” (Alistair Cockburn;

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Cisco Certification: Making A Good Impression In Your Job Interview

People who pass the CCNA exam fall into one of three categories. You may be just entering the IT field you may be working on the LAN side and want to move to the WAN side (that’s where I was when I passed the CCNA), or you may already work on the WAN side of the network, and you want to move up the ladder. Continue reading “Cisco Certification: Making A Good Impression In Your Job Interview”

Phishing with a Net

Being hacked or being cracked makes little difference to those on the receiving end. Understandably, their first impulses are to get mad and want to vent. The Cyberiter’s contention is that, most of the time, they’re lashing out in the wrong direction. After all, crooks are crooks; that’s their job. Prevention is your job, so know the fundamentals of diligence.

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What are browser hijackers?

If you are one of the millions of people who have suffered a browser hijacking, you likely know it, and you clearly remember what you were doing when it happened. The best known form of browser hijacking is when a sudden flood of pop-ups, many of them obscene, explode over your screen and you are forced to use the CTRL-ATL-DEL sequence to close your browser and regain control of your computer.

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