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 - 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 much detail about a user story can a developer expect?

The biggest drawback of agile development I have experienced is that people not involved in development focus on the mantra that a user story (3-10 ideal person days) should not contain more than 1-3 ...
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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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What is “swarming”?

I've heard swarming mentioned in the context of Agile or Extreme Programming. It seems to be a complement to pairing. What exactly is it? When should it be applied? How do you do it well?
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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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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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Parallel Testing options in Agile Development?

I've read through some very good resources on the internet trying to find out if my initial proposed testing process is a valid option. So please any advice or recommendations are appreciated. ...
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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 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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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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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 does agile estimate the time required for a “research phase”?

According to canonical 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 ...
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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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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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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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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 [closed]

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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Introducing Agile development after traditional project inception

About a year and a half ago, I entered a workplace that claimed to do Agile development. What I learned was that this place has adopted several agile practices (such as daily standups, sprint ...
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When Agile goes wrong [closed]

I'm writing an Agile course for some of the new guys we are on-boarding recently, and I want to add a cautionary tale so they understand that Agile is not meant for all projects. My problem is that, ...
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Is it better to spend resources on a skilled team or good process practice? [closed]

Which one of these is of more importance? Skilled team or good process practice? When I say skilled, I mean logical, creative members with good coding and testing skills. Good process would be the ...
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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?
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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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Facing quality issues

A workforce management software has complex GUI (for example values in a page depends on the status (closed or open) of other pages). Only latest and near past development has test coverage. During ...
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How can a single developer make use of Agile Methods? [duplicate]

I am a freelancer and work as a single developer. In all cases, I am the person wearing different hats. I am the Scrum Master and I am the only person in the development. What I am not is the Product ...
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Handling “related” work within a single agile work item

I'm on a project team of 4 devs, myself included. We've been having a long discussion on how to handle extra work that comes up in the course of a single work item. This extra work is usually things ...
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What arguments can I use to “sell” the BDD concept to a team reluctant to adopt it?

I am a bit of a vocal proponent of the Behaviour Driven Development methodology (aka BDD). I've been applying BDD for a couple of years now, and have adopted StoryQ as my framework of choice when ...
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Dealing with the customer / developer culture mismatch on an agile project

One of the tenets of agile is ... Customer collaboration over contract negotiation ... another one is ... Individuals and interactions over processes and tools But the way I see it, at least when ...
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How do you track existing requirements over time?

I'm a software engineer working on a complex, ongoing website. It has a lot of moving parts and a small team of UI designers and business folks adding new features and tweaking old ones. Over the last ...
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What is the difference from the push and pull development models?

I was reading Extreme Programming Explained, Second Edition and in the chapter 11 "The Theory of Constraints" the authors talk about the old and obsolete "push" development model and the XP way, the ...
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Should there be more scientific study of the effectiveness of various hyped-up ideas in software development?

Everyone seems to implicitly assume that the free market of ideas will eventually converge on the "right" solutions in software development. We don't assume that in medicine - we recognise that ...
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Is it proper to have Investigation task in sprint

I have been practicing agile for more than a year now. As part of our sprint, some times we will have Investigation Tasks. We skip poker planning for theses tasks, and adds blanket numbers. Theses ...
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Agile development : How to design your code for an iteration / Sprint?

In Agile development you work on small user stories and produce a working iteration. But what happens when the next user story comes in and affects the design for the already done iteration? ...
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What's the role of a Project Manager in Scrum?

What's the role of a Project Manager in Scrum? I have heard that it is not advisable for the PM to be a SCRUM Master which I can see as making sense as the PM oversees the project whereas the SCRUM ...
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How to deal with bad code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Techniques to re-factor garbage and maintain sanity? Code maintenance: keeping a bad pattern when extending new code for being consistent, or not? I was hired about ...
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Is it a good idea to write requirements specifications by stories?

We're using agile methods in my current project at the moment, and we have heaps of stories like these: As an assistant, I want to pay a customer a refund so that they can get some money when they ...
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Scrum for specialists teams

Scrum is best for teams with generalists members, that is teams where 2 people at least can do the same tasks. My main concern is to find good solutions to adapt scrum (what to keep, what to remove, ...
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What are the monetary benefits of going agile? [closed]

Why go agile? This is the first question that comes to my mind when I think of going agile. What are the possible financial benefits one can achieve from going agile? Most of us certainly like to ...
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Agile software development: How do you react *financially* to changing user requirements?

There's one thing I've always wondered when reading about all this "agile development" stuff here on SE and other sites: In "traditional" software engineering, you collect the user's requirements, ...
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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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Is continuous creation and deletion of tables a sign of an architectural flaw?

Recently I had a discussion with a developer who mentioned that during program development, they routinely create and delete tables and columns on a regular basis while working on new features and ...
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Do gantt charts have a role in agile software development?

I've heard it said that gantt charts are a relic of waterfall project management techniques. I typically use an agile-like approach to project planning and tracking progress which provides good ...
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Our version of Agile isn't working. Tips?

I work on a small team of 4 developers. We are implementing a version of Agile that seems to continuously provide us with the same difficulties, week after week, and I'm looking for suggestions that ...
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Are High Level Design and Low Level Design documents needed to follow Agile development process?

Our team is developing a project using an Agile development process. All of our requirements are converted into product backlog items and task are broken down based on that. One of my team member ...
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Can Agile be accomplished without client involvement?

I couldn't write a book on Agile. I have worked in several shops that call their process Agile. One of the main points of Agile development is regular client involvement. After a sprint, the work ...
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Collaboratively working with a WebDesigner - Best practices

I'm a programmer. I have always worked by myself. I usually do only back-end, but now I have a webproject that I want to hand the "View" part to a designer to make it beautiful. What I'm looking for ...
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In Scrum, should tasks such as development environment set-up and capability development be managed as subtasks within actual user stories?

Sometimes in projects we need to spend time on tasks such as: exploring alternate frameworks and tools learning the framework and tools selected for the project setting up the servers and project ...
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How can we avoid creating duplicate or conflicting functionality when working on an agile team?

I'm working in a team where each member is working on an user story. How can we avoid creating duplicate or conflicting functionality? For example, if my user story requires the creation of class A ...
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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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Sharing knowledge in activity-based working

My workplace will soon be shifting to the concept of 'activity based working', which moves from the idea of IT teams, BA teams, PM teams, etc to project-based work where people from across all facets ...