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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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 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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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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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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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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Scrum - how to carry over a partially complete User Story to the next Sprint without skewing the backlog

We're using Scrum and occasionally find that we can't quite finish a User Story in the sprint in which it was planned. In true Scrum style, we ship the software anyway and consider including the User ...
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What is the role of a product owner in scrum?

I am learning about Scrum and currently have a basic knowledge. I have a few questions about the role of the Product Owner in the Scrum process: What is role of Product Owner in daily Scrum, if he/...
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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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Calculating last Sprint's Focus Factor

We have finished our Sprint in half the expected time and now we want to compute our focus factor to use in the next Sprint. Though, by doing the math by the book, we get an awful number. How are we ...
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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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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 is the best way to approach visualization projects?

I work on several areas related to information visualization, linked data, computer vision and other stuff, so mainly front-end. I am not really happy with the fact that visualizations take lots of ...
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Coding and testing in the same sprint

How is testing handled within the same sprint as coding, if all or most of the coding is not done until the end of the sprint? (I'm referring to the "soup-to-nuts" development and testing of a single ...
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Tracking progress via a burndown chart when sprints overlap

Our team has adopted some agile practices to help us develop and deliver our software to our client. We adopt practices as needed (as problems/challenges were identified) rather than jumping wholesale ...
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Keeping agile with zero-bug/defect policy

In our project we work in a zero-bug (a.k.a zero-defect) methodology. The basic idea is that bugs are always higher in priority than features. If you're working on a story and it has a bug it must be ...
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How do you deal with changing requirements? [closed]

In my current job it feels like we have a lot requirement changes. We are an "Agile" shop, so I get that we are supposed to adjust and what not, but sometime the change is large and nothing trivial. ...
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Office design and layout for agile development

(moved from stackoverflow) I have found lot of discussions here on about which keyboard, desk, light or colored background is best - but I can't find one addressing the layout of the whole office. ...
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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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What does “Increment” in Agile software development mean?

I am reading book "Software Requirements" by Karl Wiegers. And here are such sentence "Project teams that build products incrementally by following an agile development process also need to ...
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What's the difference between “use case”, “User Story” and “Usage Scenario”?

Is there an exact, but simple and understandable defintion of the distinction between "use case", "User Story" and "Usage Scenario"? there are quite a bunch of explanation, but right now, I see no ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should defects have story points in Scrum?

As far as I know, we use story points to measure the complexity of a story in Scrum. But what about Defect? Should Defect have story points? If it does, what does it mean by completing these points, ...
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How to deal with team members writing bad code [duplicate]

Our team consits of junior and senior developers. Problem I am facing is with the code written by seniors. They are not following MINIMUM coding standards. I am also still learning but I wouldn't ...
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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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Who should set the goal for a retrospective? [closed]

I am the SM of a team and would like to know who should set the goal for the retrospectives
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Agile Retrospective Ideas [closed]

I am a Junior at workplace and I have been to a number of our retrospectives over the last year. I have been asked to facilitate a retrospective of my own. So far, we have done "hats (red, green, ...
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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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Evaluating a product owner [closed]

How do you evaluate a product owner? More specifically, how would one conduct a performance review of a product owner? What qualities or characteristics would one look at when reviewing a product ...
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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 ...
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The burndown suffers due to “technical” dependency between tasks - should we focus more on each task, and accept additional overhead?

We have a new piece of functionality coming up. It comprises of 9 different user stories, covering the functions needed. Three of these are listed below: As a user I should be able to add a person ...
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How to include estimating and its effect on prioritization with Kanban?

I've read in several sources about Kanban. Using Atlassian's description as my current main source of information about how it works, I wonder how the effects of estimations on prioritization should ...
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How to use BPMN and use case and other diagrams together

I asked this question on stackoverflow, but it seems this question is not suitable there, so I post here for discussion. BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notations) is used for modeling business ...
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Lean or agile SaaS: deployment / release features during or after sprint

For SaaS (software as a service), when using a lean or agile development process with short sprints/iterations (e.g. 1 to 3 weeks), which approach produces better quality: deploying/releasing features....
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Is it possible to take a flexible agile approach to projects that require estimates of both time taken and time saved?

As someone who's worked effectively with Agile before, I am trying to convince my current employers of its benefits. However, management are insistent that we retain the ability to make upfront ...
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Does RAD allow you changes or modification after the cutover phase without the need to redo the system? [closed]

Like other agile models, that is a close loop where changes after the system development can still be implemented without the need to redo the whole system, is this possible for the RAD model as well? ...
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what is the correct RAD model diagram [closed]

I am trying to use RAD for our school project and i was searching for a model diagram to follow but i found 2 1st is the ladder type found here: 2nd is this one found here: so i'm really ...
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Deployment Environment Responsibility

This might be not technical but rather process driven query. Help me redirect to right forum if this is not the place to ask such question. Typically in a project, we have a deployment environment ...
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When is documentation, unit testing, QA and refactoring meant to be done in a 2 week agile sprint?

The team I am working on is trying to do agile development with 2 week sprints. I think we must be doing something wrong however, as we have to work like madmen to get the features implemented in the ...
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How would you introduce an agile methodology like scrum? [closed]

If you've found agile and walk into a workplace that doesn't particularly follow any methodology and they are resistant to change (as most people usually are), how would you introduce an agile ...
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Moving from a traditional waterfall methodology to an agile one [duplicate]

My development team is in the process of 'going agile' and lot of people are looking at each other blankly, not really too sure what it means. All management are saying is 'start working agile' ...
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are technical user stories allowed in scrum

Are technical user stories allowed in scrum? if yes what is the standard template for writing technical user stories in scrum? Is it the same As a <user> I want to do <task> so that I can ...
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When estimating with a fresh team on a new project, is there a reason not to use default velocity for estimating?

Generally when estimating using an Agile points system on an experienced project team, the points have meaning relative based on past experience - that take into account: understanding of the ...