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Standuply as a Tool to Make Your Scrum Processes 100% Effective

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Scrum is probably the most popular software development methodology. What is it? What is special about this approach? This is a kind of framework that allows you to successfully solve the problems of software development of high complexity and importance. Taking into account all the features and work specs, Scrum has remarkable functionality flexibility. The software distribution kits installed on computers of different developers can be completely different from each other but this fact won't stop fine tuning. Scrum is also accessible and understandable even for those who do not have any experience in the IT niche. However, it is difficult to master this methodology deeply. Scrum has been used quite successfully in project management for the last several years.

What Can Standuply Do for You?

Information spreads very fast in the modern world. Consequently the methods of project running are constantly changing. There fore, the most important success indicator for an online company is the quality of team communication. No matter you lead a remote team or in-house specialists, you are to run all the internal processes in such a way that none of your employees should ask what he has to do and why he needs to work on a particular task. Planning sprint retrospective with Standuply Slack bot can be a great solution for you.

It turns out that Slack and the applications developed for it can satisfy almost all the needs of the product manager. There are still a lot of high-quality and useful products specifically for Slack. And Standuply is one of them. The solution is designed for holding online meetings, sharing inputs and analyzing results the team has achieved during the sprint.

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App developers have invested much time and a lot of efforts making the solution highly functional and easy to use. Here are some of the unique benefits of Standuply:

  • multi-admin access rights;
  • asynchronous video and voice standups;
  • integrations with Jira, Trello, Github,
  • functionality for backlog grooming and sprint planning;
  • the possibility to adjust Slack bot features to particular needs of the project;
  • the possibility to access standups history at any point of time;
  • sending standups summary to email;
  • sprint board analyze feature.

It is easy to lead a team and run a project effectively when you have an appropriate tool at hand. Thus, you will never forget about a meeting and will hold it in such a way that every teammate will understand what has to be improved in the next sprint. Invest minimum resources and run successful projects, and motivate every team member to invest maximum efforts in the collective goal.

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When There's Room To Fly, Women Soar: Why We Should Invest In Women Entrepreneurs

I think we can all agree that we are living in unprecedented times, and many of us are experiencing challenges in both our personal and professional lives. But it is important to remember that often, challenging moments present opportunities for change. Right now, companies and individuals are using this time to rethink how they conduct their business, the resources critical to their success, and how they go about their daily activities. And what we are seeing is that more and more people, especially women, are taking control of their lives by starting their own businesses.

While it is estimated that the number of women-owned businesses is one-quarter to one-third of all enterprises worldwide, there are still many women who aspire to make entrepreneurship a reality. A new Herbalife Nutrition survey conducted by OnePoll of 9,000 women across 15 countries, including 2,000 women in the U.S., found that globally, 72% of women want to open their own business. Of those, 50% don't yet have a business and 22% have one but would like to open another.

Women want to have more control over their future, but they are committed to helping future generations by being a role model for younger women; 80% believe this is a strong motivating factor.

The second annual survey, which explores women and entrepreneurship globally, revealed the overwhelming challenges women experience in the traditional workplace compared to their male colleagues. In fact, more than 60% of women said they would like to start a business due to unfair treatment in previous job roles. Of the women surveyed, 7 in 10 believe that women must work harder to have the same opportunities as men in the workforce. Results also revealed that 43% of women have delayed having children because they thought it would negatively affect their career, and 25% said they had faced pregnancy discrimination. 42% believe they've been unfairly overlooked for a raise or promotion because of their gender — and of those, the average respondents had it happen three separate times. These are a few of the challenges that have been a catalyst for the surge in entrepreneurship among women.

The irony is that startups founded and cofounded by women performed better than their men counterparts: on average women-owned firms generated 10% higher cumulative revenue over five years, compared with men.

With the barriers and negative experiences women cited in the workforce, it is not surprising that across the globe, the top motivation for starting a business is to run it themselves (61%). Women want to have more control over their future, but they are committed to helping future generations by being a role model for younger women; 80% believe this is a strong motivating factor.

But the women surveyed don't expect entrepreneurship to be smooth sailing: one-third of women with plans for entrepreneurship are "very worried" about their business — or future business — failing in the next five years. The top three challenges when starting a business center around finances — earning enough money to offset costs, having enough budget to grow, and financing their business. And when it comes to financing, women face stark disparities in the capital they often need to fund their business. Boston Consulting Group found that women entrepreneurs averaged $935,000 in investments, which is less than half the average of $2.1 million invested in companies founded by men entrepreneurs. The irony is that startups founded and cofounded by women performed better than their men counterparts: on average women-owned firms generated 10% higher cumulative revenue over five years, compared with men.

Women entrepreneurs create a source of income for themselves and their families. They are a vital part of our world's economic engine that society needs to support with flexible opportunities, mentorship, and access to capital. Herbalife Nutrition is proud that more than half of our independent distributors worldwide are women who set up their businesses and decide when and where they work and do so on their terms. We need to invest in women entrepreneurs, not only to help one generation, but to offer role models for the next.