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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How can I get the business analysts more involved in BDD?

I am a proponent of Behavior Driven Development, mainly with Cucumber and RSpec, and at my current gig (a Microsoft shop) I am introducing SpecFlow as a tool to help with testing. I'd like to get the ...
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Is writing software in the absence of requirements a skill to possess or a situation I should avoid?

I find that some software developers are very adept at this, and often times are praised for their ability to deliver a working concept with abstract requirements. Frankly, this drives me crazy, and I ...
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How should I pitch moving to an agile/iterative development cycle with mandated 3-week deployments?

I'm part of a small team of four, and I'm the unofficial team lead (I'm lead in all but title, basically). We've largely been a "cowboy" environment, with no architecture or structure and everyone ...
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Should we document stand-up meetings?

Another team in my company start to document their stand-up meetings, but I believe it is a waste of time. As far as I know, stand-up meetings are for communication not for status reporting (please, ...
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Agile estimation with tech-debt

When estimating (story points) a story that consists on extending a current functionality with a known tech-debt, should we consider the effort that will be spent to refactor the current code or ...
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What units are story points estimated in?

I am reading about a case study about a team that estimates tasks or "story points" as they call them based on the effort needed to complete them. What the units are these "story points" estimated ...
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Are there any scientific studies done on TDD that use total cost of ownership for a product as the measurement?

When I was reading the summary of previous work in Dogsa T, Batic D. The effectiveness of test-driven development: an industrial case study. Software Quality Journal. 2011;19(4):643-661. it struck me ...
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Are there advantages to agile practices other than having a working build between sprints?

I recently became interested in agile practices in software development and I since have seen a lot of articles point out that these practices allow for reduced overall costs. The logic behind that ...
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What is the difference between Agile Modeling and the Agile Manifesto? [closed]

By searching for the different software development methods I found that there are two AM: Agile Modeling Agile Manifesto The problem is that I can't get the difference between them. If one is a ...
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Multi-project multi-team Scrum

2 teams (A and B) in different geo locations are developing Project P. Both of the teams are also developing few other smaller projects: A has projects PA1 and PA2. B has PB1 and PB2. P is the only ...
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How to choose an agile methodology?

I'm working in a little firm about 10 developpers, we are working a kind of agile way but knowledgeless and without formalism. I think be aware of what are agile method, what can they afford to us, ...
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Scrum for team split between two spoken languages

I have a team that without a single common language among all of the team members. The team is split across two locations (though the geography isn't the main issue). All team members in each location ...
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What do you think of “Planning Poker”? [closed]

Planning Poker Summary, in case you don't want to read the wiki article: Get a list of tasks you want to do for the upcoming iteration For each task: 2.1 Discuss with the group what it entails 2.2 ...
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Agile - Spikes and the Overall Timeline

Team is starting on their first capital-A Agile project, and the project seems like it will fall in line nicely with the methodology (i.e. we can probably just grab an agile book and follow it like a ...
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How can Scrum be adapted to an academic environment?

I'm currently working with a professor at my university to develop new curricula for the Software Engineering and Capstone Design courses offered in my college. Up until recently, both courses used ...
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Which user-story estimation technique is better? [closed]

I found two techniques for estimating user stories: by the size of the story, which is unit-less by the time estimate, which is measured by days The first uses relative comparison between stories ...
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Team work and agile development

I think this question related not only to agile but to teamwork in general. When we are working in a team and each member is working a user story to complete how to avoid creation of duplicate ...
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Can two developers form an agile team?

I am working on a company's project alone at the moment, but the company is getting soon a junior developer whom I will be mentoring. Considering he will be learning a lot in first few days I am ...
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How relaxed (or not) should a sprint be?

What should be the attitude towards getting stories done that are assigned to a sprint? Obviously you want to prioritize getting them done in the sprint, but to me the whole point of agile is to be ...
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How does agile work when replacing a working system?

In an ideal Agile world, you quickly build a small, but useful subset of the desired end system, and give it to users. They're excited, because it's useful, they start using it and give feedback. You ...
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How do you estimate the time required for a “research phase” in agile development?

In the context of agile development, what is the appropriate amount of learning that an engineer should engage in before implementing a solution to a problem? If an engineer knows she is too ignorant ...
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What are the Agile initial conditions?

First let me say that I think that an agile process can work because of the following underlying principles: It brings focus Limits the noise which really brings focus Secondly I am wondering what ...
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Does Agile force developers to spend more time actually working?

Looking at common Agile practices it seems to me that they (intentionally or unintentionally?) force developers to spend more time actually working as opposed to reading blogs/articles, chatting, ...
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How to create the architecture/design of an application in Agile?

If I am about to develop an Enterprise application, but as far as I understand from agile process, I break features into small chunks and develop them iteratively. I used to create the database and ...
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Steps for moving towards continuous delivery? [closed]

Say you have a traditional dev > test > production process say on a monthly release cycle. What are some of the steps you need to take and put into place to move towards a model of continuous ...
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How Do You Estimate Project Hours Using Pivotal Tracker If You Are a Services Firm?

I am new to Pivotal Tracker and trying to learn how best to use it for our business. We are an app development consulting services firm. As you guys know, clients want to have an idea of total time ...
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How do we finish all our stories by the end of the sprint and not after and why is this important?

We are running 2 weeks sprints where the team will just barely finish development by the last day of the sprint but cards are not complete because testing is not finished. The definition of done is ...
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Is there an agile project management technique for developing innovative software systems?

I am involved with the development of innovative software. The development is innovative since we don't know how to develop it and what algorithm should we use to implement and nobody else did it ...
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Agile unified process vs. agile lifecycle process

I wanted to know the difference between agile lifecycle and agile unified process(AUP). I do understand that AUP is a modified version of RUP using agile methodology. Can you please elaborate on the ...
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Can scrum master allocate tasks?

We are following scrum in our project. I see most of the times the scrum master allocates the tasks for us. However, I read from many scrum books that scrum works the other way around (the 'pull' ...
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SDLC approach for small size projects

For small size projects, is it worth following the SDLC? is SCRUM/agile development a better approach? Edit: The project I have in mind is a small change but it will affect multiple layers/parts of ...
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Essential management tools for a small/medium software development shop

I've recently started work with an organisation that is rapidly expanding and is recruiting or growing several development teams (including two web-based products and a data warehouse/BI team). They ...
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How to change documentation expectations from “risk management” to a “project risk”

We are trying to introduce some agile concepts to the business folks but one of our biggest hurdles is their expectations for documentation - the quantity, the authorship/ownership of the documents, ...
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How useful is a project log or diary? [closed]

I want to know how difficult/useful it is to keep a project log or diary. I'm worried that keeping track of what I did will eat up too much time...
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What does it mean to be agile?

We have a project that everyone says we will be doing in a agile way but I doubt we have clearly understood what agile is. In previous projects we had planning meetings, then defined the product back ...
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Maximum project duration for Feature Driven Development Project

Is there a duration limit for FDD Project when those projects are likely to fail due external and internal factors? For example XP projects should kept short due the openess of the concept and ...
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Feature Driven Development in the work place?

Question Please explain Feature Driven Development in a nutshell? Situation My Business Analyst calls their documentation FDD, but it just seems overwhelmed by details. In a Nutshell An 'in a ...
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How to guide stakeholder(s) not to get far from the scrum vision?

Consider this scenario: Stakeholder(s): Let's build a web application to manage user's financial data. Scrum team: Ok, let's do it. . . . After 3 sprints Stakeholder(s): Let's also implement a ...
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Who should be responsible for writing/updating design specifications in an agile team

I work as part of a scrum-like Agile team and a while ago, one thing we identified that the team should do is maintain good set of design documents for our code base. Because we are agile and do have ...
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Peer review for UI Development

I am the only front-end developer in a team composed for 3 .Net devs, 1 QA and 1 PM. Although we have another team from another office halfway around the world, to whom would i do code review with? ...
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Should all developers on a team have equal role/responsibility in writing and updating software design documents

I've asked a very similar question few days ago, but because I presented too much of my company's current situation, most answers focused completely on something that I wasn't looking to answer. So I ...
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Agile,Waterfall and requirement changes

Has anyone had this issue of a project defined as 'Agile' being overrun by requirement changes ? I work on a development project which is run in 4 weeks Sprint but there are always changes in between ...
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Right mix of planning and programming on a new project

I am about to start a new project (a game, but thats unimportant). The basic idea is in my head but not all the details. I don't want to start programming without planning, but I am seriously ...
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How to adopt agile methodology for developing firmware/embedded-systems-software?

I've always wondered how to apply agile methods really are in large complex embedded system software (100+ engineers). Firmware development has some unique characteristics that make it difficult to ...
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Can a freelancer use agile development?

I want to improve the way that I develop software. I want to develop faster and a great code! Today I use the waterfall method as freelancer, writing web stuffs (sites, systems, etc). Is there a way ...
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Is it possible to be agile without use cases and tests?

Rhetoric teaches us that the answer is probably yes. However I feel that we would no longer relate to the vast majority of Agile success stories. I think that my upper management read the benefits ...
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Does agile development need a framework in place first?

We are planning a new project and we want to go with a services oriented architecture. Everyone agrees that this is the way to go but how does this fit in with starting the development using agile ...
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TDD - what are the short term gains/benefits?

Quite often benefits of using TDD are considered as 'long term' gains - the overall code will be better structured, more testable, overall less bugs reported by customers, etc. However, where are ...
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Bug reopen vs. new

A bug was opened, fixed, verified and closed. A month later, it showed up again in a subsequent version after several iterations without any regression. Provided the bug characteristics are the same, ...
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How to measure team productivity in Agile project environment? [duplicate]

Are there any techniques other than velocity? What are pros and cons of using those from your experience?