Agile software development is a group of software development methodologies based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams.

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Agile User Stories for Deep Thought Machine

If You've seen Hitchiker's guide to the Galaxy, you know that Deep Thought (pictured below) is a machine that was built to compute the meaning of life: Let's imagine that we were tasked with ...
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Is fixed-scope, fixed-time really impossible to deliver in agile? Or what else use?

I have been reading some similar questions here but they are not the same. The project we have inherited from our partner has fixed scope and a fixed deadline to deliver. We are now thinking about way ...
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How to get started with Scrum when the team is bad at generating ideas?

I have a bit of a problem regarding implementing Scrum into a project. The team I'm working with is generally just very bad at coming up with ideas. I'm not sure if it's a matter of them not feeling ...
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Is having fixed delivery dates for elements an “Agile” way of working?

We keep being told we are going to be working in an agile way on a new project by senior management. They have set up stand-ups, sprint planning, retrospectives etc. etc. However, they have now come ...
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How to do error management in a web development team?

What are some good practices to do error management in a web application of about 30 people divided into 5 people team, where each team is responsible of a specific part of the application? I am ...
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Are agile user story acceptance criteria the same as traditional functional requirements?

Let's take a traditional functional requirement: The system shall allow the user to create an account with an email address and password A user story that covers this requirement might be: ...
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How to avoid code duplication or cascaded changes and major refactoring in business logic layer?

Let's say, I have created a business logic layer service (or a handler in Command/Query pattern) with a method DoSomething which processes a bunch of entities and stores them in database. Later on, ...
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Should I consider microservice as an epic or a project in TFS?

When using tools such as TFS or JIRA to plan an application made of 10+ microservices, I am concerned should I consider microservice as an epic or as an new project? In TFS when splitting ...
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Scrum: Product Backlogs and Tasks

Recently I have been reading the book, Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners by Ilan Goldstein. Goldstein mentions that when practicing scrum, you will write user stories and you will write task for ...
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Definition of Done for many Scrum teams

We've recently started to use the Scrum framework and we gradually went from 1 team to 5. I am doing the Scrum Master role. In the last months, each Development Teams worked on their Definition of ...
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Scrum and swarming non-parallelizable tasks

My current scrum master is a true believer who is not willing to budge on the official forms of scrum. I don't want this to sound ranty, I am really asking about the orthodox solution to this issue ...
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How long does PI planning session in agile methodology actually plan for?

Does PI planning actually plan for only a few sprints ahead or does it plan for the whole project(all sprints until production)?
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Can a website get user details if the site is using facebook account kit to log in?

Is it possible to for a website to get my number and email id if they are using facebook account kit to verify users without facebook accounts.And how to collect the user details accessing this ...
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Should the developer help customer to write the user stories? [duplicate]

Recently, two guys contacted me and asked me to build their mobile app. They have a brand new concept and want an app quickly. I told them that I need some user stories and some specifications by ...
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Agile without unit tests

Does it make sense to talk about "agile development" or claiming that you are applying an "agile methodology" if the code base you are working on has 0% unit test coverage? (And you, as a team, are ...
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How to handle defects from production (older version) in SCRUM

We are moving to SCRUM - in our sprints, we work on a version 1.1, while version 1.0 is being in production. However, ocassional bug from version 1.0 is reported and have to be fixed. I found no ...
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How to decompose a sprint in scrum?

I´m struggling how to decompose a sprint in SCRUM. I know in many cases SCRUM is used only for the developing part in the software process, but I want to use it for the whole project (in our case: ...
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Is there a reason beyond Fibonacci why Planning Poker doesn't involve a 4?

During our sprint planning meetings, we use a planning poker deck to reach a consensus on estimates, with the cards indicating how many days we estimate to need. We then use these estimates combined ...
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Should Continous integration make the code deploy to an environment?

I got inspired by a similar question on the Stackoverflow.com and after reading what Martin Fowler has written (and Jez Humble, of course at http://continuousdelivery.com/), I still struggle to ...
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How should we quote differing sized contracts in a SCRUM environment

I am trying to implement an agile-ish approach to our firm. Right now we have a very much waterfall like approach to designing, coding, testing, and releasing. One major issue we haven't found an ...
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Should stories be usable?

I'm new to Agile as a methodology, although I believe a have a basic grasp on its principles. My team is currently building a framework that will support our client's application in the future. As an ...
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How to make Scrum work for a team with defined roles?

Some background information I'm part of an in-house software dev team. It consists of 5 developers (with experiences ranging from 2 to 5 years, I'm one of them) 3 implementation staff (they do the ...
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How the time of Agile Sprint is calculated?

have a query in my mind that how the time estimation is made in sprint meeting for agile work flow? Lets say for example: In a team there are 4 developers and the first sprint is designed for about ...
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When Agile becomes a bit slugish [closed]

So, we have started trying to work to Agile/scrum in our business to run the software dev team and it's not (in my eyes as a humble dev) working very well. Its getting to the point now where the team (...
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Dev and Tester separated team AND single sprint

First a bit of background : Previously in V cycle process, we have a dev team and a product definition/tester team (we'll call them testers). We moved to agile few months ago with still this ...
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Capacity Planning for a solo developer - Activities?

I'm having trouble seeing the benefit of setting the Activity field on Tasks for use in Capacity Planning (I'm using the Scrum Template). In fact, doing so seems to make things more cumbersome. Why ...
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Determining the optimal amount of unit tests?

I think I may be writing -too- many unit tests. For example, say I was doing a coursework management system, and I coded a feature for submitting coursework on behalf of a student. If invalid ...
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Frustrating on time tracking

Our agile sprint lasts three weeks. Say 40*3 = 120 hours. Our boss requires us must to log at least 8 hours every day. We use JIRA to record time. However my current story in the sprint estimated time ...
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Agile methodology and capacity planning

I'm trying to figure out the best method to address this issue. We have a pool of resources that would on projects, BAU, and Prod Support. PMs utilize these resources in an agile methodology and ...
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Scrum - Dealing with hotfixes

Say you finished a sprint, successfully deployed your application to the production environment and started another 2-week-long sprint. But then you find a critical bug in the version you just shipped,...
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How do you handle Performance tasks in Agile?

How is the Agile process affected if a stakeholder requests that a specific operation in the software need to perform better? This could mean that it runs very slow for a customer's needs (even with ...
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Development Methodology for Many Projects

Twice now I have encountered an office where there are many projects being done simultaneously. The two different approaches I've seen to this is splitting people up into very small (1-2 people) ...
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How to get a good overview of an Agile backlog?

We are using Visual Studio Team Services to host our code in a Git repository and to manage our Agile planning through iterations (sprints), user stories in a backlog, a taskboard for the current ...
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How to record changes to tasks in sprint backlog?

We are using Scrum for more than a year now for a mobile game project. We use a printed Excel sheet pinned on cork board almost similar to one here on mountaingoatsoftware website. During the sprint ...
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Should we factor time in for UAT fixes & deployments as part of a sprint?

We're a relatively small team and we are trying to implement an 'agile' scrum methodology around here for our projects. All of our work is project based (i.e. we do not have a particular product ...
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How to handle huge necessary internal processes in user stories?

I'm looking at eXtreme Programming and its release iterations based on User Stories. But I wonder how to integrate huge internal processes into this particular mind-set. For example, the Google ...
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How to deal with (or account for) time lost in waiting for other things in an Agile environment?

We use Scrum. We have a month long sprint. In the beginning of the sprint we estimate tasks from the backlog and then depending on what capacity we have, we add tasks to the current sprint. However, ...
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Scrum - What are team members busy with during a sprint

So, a scrum sprint is a fixed time period during which a specific set of features should be implemented. And a scrum team consists of all the people committed to delivering those features, the ...
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Scrum - Dealing with failed sprints and deadlines

Many Scrum books and articles say that a failed sprint (when the team fails to complete some features from the Sprint Backlog) is not something that bad, it happens from time to time, and it can ...
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Relational databases and iterative development

In many approaches to software development like agile methodologies, Domain-Driven Design and Object Oriented Analysis and Design, we are encouraged to take one iterative approach to development. So ...
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“I'm done with my coding” from Agile perspective

Scenario: I'm working in an Agile environment. The dev environment has not been configured yet, and I'm told to code a piece of an application. I code the module and write appropriate unit tests for ...
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How to improve our source control process

Background: We are using agile project management and follow sprints to do development. We are using a single repository in bitbucket.org that uses mercurial. Repository is hosting 3-4 products. ...
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Extreme Programming: how long are iterations supposed to be?

I was researching about Extreme Programming, and started reading a book by Kent Beck called Extreme Programming Explained. There he mentioned practices and principles one of which confused me. It said ...
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Is agile a good fit when bidding against other vendors? [duplicate]

We're looking into agile increasingly at my company but I think it works better for some projects than others. We have one product that is all ours and we control the roadmap. This is obviously ...
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What happens if Sprint Goal is not met?

I've been reading Scrum Guide and one part is missing for me. What happens if Sprint Goal is not met at all? Let's say the Sprint Goal is a big part of a functionality which cannot be broken into ...
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What is a good way to make estimates clear to the customer?

So me and my team have been doing estimates for a new project but we have been getting the feeling lately that the customer has trouble understanding not the estimates in itself but what the stories ...
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Should defects be raised during sprints or just noted in the stories and assigned to developers?

I have heard that when testing stories developed in the current sprint, no issues are raised they are not completed (i.e. definition of done was not fulfilled) and that you should only raise issues ...
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Requirements and Documentation in Agile

My company has recently started to take on smaller software development projects. Typically small web applications to be used on a client's intranet. They are usually 3-5 months work in total. ...
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In Scrum, are story points assigned at different planning poker sessions worth the same?

As far as I understand, a planning poker session usually is started by picking one item and assigning it a value (say, 1). This item will then serve as a reference for the rest of the session. From ...
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How can we only include ready-to-be-released features in our production releases every other week?

I'm a software developer on a fairly large agile team (we have eight developers actively making changes to a single code repository). Every two weeks, we push a new version of our software to ...