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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Scrum Newbie: Internal Stories

I am trying to implement Scrum and have some basic questions. I understand creating stories to implement end user functionality, but where does a "meta-task" like collecting requirements for the ...
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Estimating scrum points for non cross-functional team

We are working to transition our development team to be more Agile. I have a question about story point estimation and their relationship to an individual's skill. The scenario is that our team ...
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In Agile, what do you do with a severly underpointed story?

Our team is pretty good at planning/pointing, but once in a blue moon, we will have a severely underpointed story. I'm talking something we thought it would take a couple days and we realize its going ...
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Sprint Planning Meetings - determine if a work item is “planned”?

We've been working with Scrum for a while now, generally successfully. However of late, as the pressure has started to mount up we've encountered several situations where items came through planning ...
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How to implement Scrum in a company with three similar web-based products

I am somewhat familiar with the concepts and benefits of Scrum. With that in mind, I am trying to improve the failing Scrum product management structure of a company I'm now working for that has three ...
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Do you keep DONE stories in the physical product backlog?

We have our Product Backlog as a physical Kanban board with TODO & DONE column. Some of the stories are moving from the TODO column to the Sprint backlog during our planning, and then during the ...
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Making big changes incrementally

Currently working on a complete front-end and back-end overhaul of our webapp. We did this because a lot of changes needed to be made to the database schema as well as the user experience. Now we are ...
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What deters developers from using automated refactoring tools? [closed]

I was having a discussion with my colleagues about using the automated refactoring tools in IDEs (Eclipse, NetBeans, IntelliJ, Xcode, Visual Studio, etc) and was surprised that many of them were ...
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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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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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Is 'process debt' a term people work with

As a result of a retrospective we were uncovering worse ways of developing software. We had a idea we though was great and tried it. We stayed with it during the development of a major update which ...
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Example of Terms of Services for Agile contracting?

In my experience as a freelance developper, I've had some difficulties with clients, whom insist on getting an estimate over flimsy requirements. They then expect me to deal with requirements changes, ...
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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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When to have bug triage meetings in SCRUM process?

I was reading an article that explains some solutions to the "unpredictable emergencies" situation during Agile sprints. The article suggests having triage to determine if issues are truly emergencies ...
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Could taking design lightly be a pitfall of agile methodologies causing constant rework or is it a misunderstanding of the methodology?

I've been working for a year now in an agile project to redesign an insurance application. I really like working in an agile environment, although management and analysts I work with still have ...
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A scrum team for tiny projects [closed]

I have been wondering if it would be smart to form a single scrum team for several tiny projects. I am aware that it would be very hard to state a single sprint goal, if a team is working on several ...
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Test planning for an Agile sprint

Can anyone offer any tips or experience on developing a test plan for an Agile sprint? Most of the time our team simply creates a "Test Feature X" task and goes about writing ad-hoc test cases. There ...
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What should we provide to a dev team hired to complete a new project?

We are wanting to have developers build an in-house payroll and time sheet application using symfony2/doctrine2. We are simply at conceptual stage at this point and this will be our first time and ...
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Tools to help Agile team deliver value [closed]

My Agile team is following practices of XP like pair programming(J2EE), 45 work hours/week, TDD etc. Do you have any recommendations of open source tools (dev, test & build integration) and ...
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Developing scalable applications using Agile methods

Maybe someone can share from his experience about developing an application that is meant to scale big time where just throwing more money at better hardware isn't a realistic option using development ...
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How to draw sprint burndown chart?

In my company, there are 3 different development teams, newly started scrum. They mainly follow same path in doing scrum, but when it comes to sprint burndown chart, the act differently. One team, ...
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TFS - My Work or Branch

My team has recently upgraded from VSS to TFS 2013. In the past, there was a hard and fast "no checking in until the Item is complete," rule, but this is being challenging by a couple of newer team ...
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Difference between Unified Process model and agile development [duplicate]

I am confused concerning the unified process model and agile development. When I'm reading about the UP, I'm only understanding that it is an iterative improvement. Can someone please clarify this?
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What is Black Box Testing? Are Functional and Usability Testing its types?

I am writing about testing and I am confused about the following: What exactly is Black-Box testing? Are functional testing and Usability testing two different types of testing and are they types of ...
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What is the correct way to deal with similar but independent features?

Let's say we have a feature request come in and we begin work on it, which we'll call feature-1. It introduces some new logic to the application, which we'll call logic-A and logic-B. A programmer ...
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Requirement gathering in an agile methodology

In the great book User Stories Applied the author specified the following process for trawling requirements in the form of user stories: Create user roles (personas) --> brainstorm user goals for ...
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Good Version Control Guidelines from a Development/Collaboration Perspective?

At our company we have started outsourcing some of our development. This has worked somewhat well. However, we are having a hard time getting them to properly use version control. They are familiar ...
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How to time the sprints in Scrum to allocate time for TDD?

We have sprints of 4 weeks duration. What I have been doing is 3 weeks dev time and 1 week of pure manual/automated testing, stabilization and shipment assurance testing. How to manage TDD within ...
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Increasing User Changes/Requirements in Agile Methodology

My question is quite simple. How to handle a situation where the team is applying agile methodology in software projects and there so many iterations and change in requirements, that the schedule is ...
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Who is responsible to challenge a product owner? [duplicate]

I am relatively new to Scrum and I am not clear on the boundaries of a product owner. The product owner that I am currently working with seems to behave more like a manager than someone who gives ...
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TDD: how to test file outputs?

I'm really new to TDD, so I guess this question is pretty basic. We're building a website, and part of the functionality is generating some files (binary files: Excel, PDF, whatever). How should I ...
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How should we implement Scrum with two projects for one team?

I'm starting at this new company as a scrum master, and they want to dive into Scrum, which is nice and all, but they only have enough people (4) for one team. The road map includes delivering a new ...
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What's a good methodology for a small 2-person project? [closed]

Hello What's a good methodology for a small 2-person project? Ranges from 20-40hr. It's mostly small websites. I want to approach it as a developer, but Agile and other methodologies seems too large ...
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Extreme Programming - documenting implementation?

In extreme programming methodology, what artifacts/ can be used to document the implementation? I have used an activity diagram to document the design steps for each activity. I have read that for ...
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How to handle committed and merged code that has no tests?

When developing an application in a team not everyone on this team will be equally good developers. Some will be skilled in some things and some in others and some not at all. As a team working in an ...
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Requesting quality analysis test cases up front of implementation/change

Recently I have been assigned to work on a major requirement that falls between a change request and an improvement. The previous implementation was done (badly) by a senior developer that left the ...
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Story Point Estimation vs Ideal Days Estimation

In my project we assign 4 hours for 1 story point and estimate based on story point. So in this case one ideal day of work will be done in 2 elapsed days. From an agile standpoint are we doing story ...
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Where is Waterfall failing us and can Scrum help us have success in our projects?

Let me explain our situation. We are small company with about 20+ staff and all the while we have been practicing the standard waterfall model with not much success (due to frequent changes of ...
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Release Planning in Agile/Extreme Programming

I've been studying couple of books of how to exactly implement agile. I am confused about release planning. Our application is a Insurance System consisting of different modules (Quoting, Policy ...
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Is QA or testing a lot of overhead or not utilized properly?

From my experiences in software development (Eg. Waterfall ) I see it that most of the times it is the development team that sweats it out with the BA folk to get requirement clarity. The development ...
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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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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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Should create and edit be two separate user stories?

I often come across situations where creating and editing actions are very similar, but they are not exactly the same story. So should they be handled as separate user stories, or as one? For example, ...
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Should we estimate tasks during backlog grooming?

I was just taken by surprise in a backlog grooming meeting when we assigned time estimates to BA, dev, and QA tasks...but the story is not yet scheduled in any sprint and we are not yet assigning ...
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How do I get a project owner to participate in acceptance testing?

I have started using Pivotal tracker for a project I'm working on. Conceptually, this seems really cool and I'm interested in using the agile model. However, I have one problem with everything talked ...
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Estimating tasks in Scrum

Our team using Scrum three iterations. We successfully estimate PBI in storypoints using poker-planning. But next we cannot do anything because we don't know Who create tasks? PBI is created by ...
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How should I deal with problems with completed stories in agile

I am new to Agile and scrum and want to ask few things. Suppose I havetwo user stories 1, 2 Suppose I finished story 1 in sprint 1 but while doing sprint 2 I did something which breaks something so ...
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What is 'work' in the Pomodoro Technique? [closed]

I have just started to use Pomodoro today and I am trying to work out what I should and should not do during my 25 minute work time. For my 25 minute work stint I started to write some code and ...
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What are the best XP practices?

In "Extreme Programming Explained", Beck lists 13 "primary practices". They are: Sit Together Whole Team Informative Workspace Energized Work Pair Programming Stories Weekly Cycle Quarterly Cycle ...
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Bug fixing in Scrum, at the end of the project

We have a project that is reaching a deadline for the final production release. It's a fixed price project and up till now we've managed to work in 2 week iterations, doing regular releases to our ...