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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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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In agile environment, how is bug tracking and iteration tracking consolidated.

This topic stemmed from my other question about management-imposed waterfall-like schedule. From the responses in the other thread, I gathered this much about what is generally advised: Each story ...
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Changing requirements mid-sprint

I am in the middle of an agile sprint. Midway we realize that the requirement that we were working upon, could have been done in an easier fashion in a totally different way. The development work done ...
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PHP Open Source Tools for Agile Development [closed]

Hello Everyone, There are so many Questions on Stackoverflow about Agile tools, but I haven't seen a tool which can be installed on a PHP Server. I'm just looking for an Open Source Scrum Tool or ...
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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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Is there a software methodology newer than Agile? [closed]

Is there a software development process out there newer than agile? I mean, waterfall, then agile, then what?
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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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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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What roles do people take after scrum master/technical lead? [closed]

What roles do people take after scrum master/technical lead? EDIT: My current role is a mix of a technical lead and scrum master role, but that's how we do it in my company :) )
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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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Semantic versioning in Agile

Let's say I have 14 days sprint iterations where I have several stories for new features, few improvements and some bugs to fix. I also deploy those changes when they are ready, I'm not waiting for ...
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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 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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Who should set the goal for a retrospective?

I am the SM of a team and would like to know who should set the goal for the retrospectives
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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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Implementing scrum-but for first time: how to deal with technical pre-requisites?

After working Scrum(ish) in a previous workplace, I am trying to implement it in my new place of work for a brand new project (I am no scrum expert). We have some pre-requisites to code before we can ...
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How to properly document functionality in an agile project?

So recently, we've just finished the first phase of our project. We used agile with fortnightly sprints. And whilst the application turned out well, we're now turning our eyes on some of the ...
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Point estimates scale skewed

When using planning poker for estimates, we've ended up with effectively a non-linear points scale. By that I mean that point value is inconsistent for one-pointers and, say, eight-pointers. Couple ...
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How to measure team productivity over time using consistent story sizes?

How do I measure team productivity over time using consistent story sizes? To take a simple example, if I can do a story every two days, then I can do five stories in a two-week sprint. By definition ...
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Recommended sprint length when adopting Agile?

I'm new to a small development company (half a dozen programmers and should grow to possibly a dozen eventually). We also have a few external contractors working with us (just to add a bit of ...
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How to accurately predict release items? [duplicate]

We are having a disconnect between development and business needs. Business is asking me to produce an accurate list of deliverables for a fixed date and development being difficult to predict is ...
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What to do when there are no logical user stories but separate development tasks?

We need to generate a release in 3 weeks, and for the planning we are doing today we don't have coherent logical user stories from the backlog tasks. Is valid to match say each development task is ...
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Finishing an iteration early

I'd like some input on this on those working with agile methodologies... A current project is finding that development on our planned user stories is finishing some time before the end of the ...
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How to implement a software development process in an existing project?

My question involves setting up a Software Development process. If you came in to an existing project that had no formal methodology or process set up, and then were asked to set one up yourself, how ...
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Should points of tech debt be counted in a team's velocity?

Tech debt doesn't have a direct business value until the improvements are seen against other stories being delivered quicker. Achieving or failing sprints affects morale and delivery in the long run ...
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In general, should an organization adopt a single methodology or decide on a per-project basis?

I work for a company that, in my opinion, should be doing all of it's web development work in a fully agile manner. We have vague, competing ideas about the product at any given time. And we have ...
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Branching and CI Builds with Agile

We follow many agile processes, including automated tests, continuous integration, sprint reviews, etc... We're currently having a debate about how often we should branch release builds. We've been ...