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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Do Scrum sprints mean to work at the fastest pace possible?

I recently interviewed with some companies that do Agile, Scrum to be more precise and there are some things that don't quite seem like Agile to me. I'll take one case that particularly interests me ...
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Difficulties With TDD & Refactoring (Or - Why Is This More Painful Than It Should Be?)

I wanted to teach myself to use the TDD approach and I had a project I had been wanting to work on for a while. It wasn't a large project so I thought it would be a good candidate for TDD. However, I ...
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How do you research while pair programming?

I've recently started at a new job and pairing has helped me become effective there very quickly. I am, however, having a hard time when we must do brief joint research during our workflow, covering ...
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Advice/guidelines for managing a distributed development team [duplicate]

What are some strategies, methodologies and best-practices for managing a distributed team? What can be done to encourage and enforce communication between the various team members? Is it possible ...
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Has research been done on the effectiveness of Planning Poker as an estimation technique?

Although it is a commonly held opinion that planning poker improves the accuracy of project estimations (a small sample of which demonstrated on this question), has any defined research been done on ...
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What electronic user-story-mapping tools can you recommend? [closed]

Agile software development relies heavily on a work item type called user stories. For example, you have a backlog full of user stories and you can select a few of them to work on during the next ...
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Development methodologies when hundred of developers are working on one single solution?

We are an organisation consisting of around 200 developers that are working continuously on one single product (using the revision control Git) which is planned to be released at a certain date. Due ...
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TDD/Tests too much an overhead/maintenance burden?

So you've heard it many times from those who do not truly understand the values of testing. Just to start things out, I'm a follower of Agile and Testing... I recently had a discussion about ...
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Challenges to the Agile approach on government projects

A previous Agile discussion here had good answers specifying what is critical to the success of implementing Agile methodology in software development. Most of the points were the typical ...
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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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Does a mature agile team requires any management?

After a recent heated debate over Scrum, I realized my problem is that I think of management as a quite unnecessary and redundant activity in a fully agile team. I believe a mature Agile team does not ...
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Should I accept a job if pair programming is required? [closed]

I have been offered an interesting job, but there's a big caveat for me: they use pair programming. I hate the idea of pair programming, and I'm probably not suited for it: I like to do frequent ...
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At what point would you drop some of your principles of software development for the sake of more money?

I'd like to throw this question out there to interestingly see where the medium is. I'm going to admit that in my last 12 months, I picked up TDD and a lot of the Agile values in software ...
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What makes Agile software development so appealing?

Agile software development is becoming a pretty fun buzzword these days. As a developer, I understand the pragmatic value of iterative development, but (most often) it isn't a developers choice to ...
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How can architects work with self-organizing Scrum teams?

An organization with a number of agile Scrum teams also has a small group of people appointed as "enterprise architects". The EA group acts as control and gatekeeper for quality and adherence to ...
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Is it normal for developers to suggest feature ideas to product owners? [closed]

I've started working as a developer fairly recently, having worked as a systems administrator before. My understanding of how a software development team using Agile functions is that the "what we ...
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Are project managers useful in Scrum?

There are three roles defined in Scrum: Team, Product Owner and Scrum Master. There is no project manager, instead the project manager job is spread across the three roles. For instance: The Scrum ...
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How to promote an open-source project?

First of all, I apologize if this is the wrong section of network to post this question. If it is, please feel free to move it to more appropriate location... Question: I would like to hear your ...
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Is agile more than just small waterfalls?

I've mostly used the waterfall methodology on my projects, but now I'm expanding my horizons into agile methodologies. From what I've read so far, and maybe I've read the wrong things, agile means ...
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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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What programming language and framework has best support for agile web development? [closed]

If I would like to quickly set up a modern website, what programming language + framework has best support for this? E.g. short and easy to understand code for a beginner and a framework with support ...
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Are there any studies on the Efficiency/Effectiveness of Agile vs Waterfall

In a meeting the other day a claim was made that agile was only 60% as efficient in development time when compared to waterfall. I am not looking to validate or refute this claim. I am interesting ...
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A backlog of “bite-size” tasks in parallel to the “main” feature backlog?

After over two years of working in a highly siloed, "lone-wolf" development department structure, we're adopting Agile SCRUM. Great. I like Agile; as a dev it keeps you focused, busy, and productive ...
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How do you keep track of a requirements document on an agile team?

I understand that User Stories dominate the agile world, but how are these artifacts stored, so that new developers who join the team can come up to speed with the requirements? What if the User ...
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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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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 fixed scope + fixed deadline + fixed price contract ever be made to work with “agile”?

Some projects we run internally using scrum, whilst still being "fixed everything" to the customer. Mixed success on our part (the customer likes the visibility of the burndown chart). Any ...
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Weeding out real agile from buzzword agile in an interview

I've been interviewing for co-ops (paid internships) lately and a large number of the companies I've been interviewing with have been saying they use Scrum or some other agile methodology (scrum being ...
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What is Developer Anarchy?

I've been reading about Developer (or Programmer) Anarchy, which seems to be billed as a post-Agile development methodology. I found a few resources on it (1, 2) but it doesn't seem to be a lot out ...
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How to introduce Agile to a team that uses rigid non-Agile methods?

Consider a company that is proudly certified for some non-Agile methodology, uses it as a selling point to its customers to demonstrate accountability. How do you go about introducing Kanban or ...
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How should I validate code when there is no one to do code review? [duplicate]

I'm used to working in a large development environment where code is peer reviewed and tested by the client, who is usually an IT person themselves. I am now working at a very small company where I'm ...
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Pair Swapping: What are the Pros and Cons?

The general idea that is espoused by most Agile / XP theorists seems to be that pairs should swap regularly. For example each programmer should swap pairs once per day; half the people swap at the ...
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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 Agile software development be used in projects defined by a contract?

I recently had a conversation with a fellow developer about Agile Software Development. While I understand the principle, it seems that continuously changing requirements creates the potential for the ...
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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 to get good design when using agile methods?

I have been using an agile methodology (SCRUM) for about three years now and I see certain advantages to it, especially in the short-term feedback at many levels (from customers having early access 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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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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When to do Code Review

We have recently moved to a scrum process and are working on tasks and user stories inside of sprints. We would like to do code reviews frequently to make them less daunting. We are thinking that ...
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How does the Scrum Master participate in Daily Stand-Ups?

We have a professional Scrum Master consultant [*] who recently joined our project. Unfortunately, we don't know her name (she never introduced herself to us, she just came in one day and said "we are ...
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Is fixing bugs made by other people a good approach?

Let's assume the situation where a team of four developers is building an application. During the testing phase, bugs are reported by users. Who should fix them? The person who committed the erroneous ...
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How to stop / avoid Over Time on a Scrum Team?

Actually, I'm helping a small software shop on their Scrum Implementation. Recently the Scrum Master reported me that he has a problem because the Team is working Over Time to achieve the Scope ...
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Does your team function well without following a work methodology (such as scrum)?

I've worked in a number of small teams over the last 9 years. Each had the obvious good practices, such as short meetings, revision control, continuous integration software, issue tracking and so on. ...
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Should technical debt be scheduled as a feature or a chore (or a bug)?

I've added a couple of user stories that address some technical debt to my Pivotal Tracker board. Should I consider them as features (keeping my velocity level) or as chores/bugs (lowering my ...
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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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Dilemma of QA vs. iterations

In my company, we successfully working with agile practices - but without using iterations. The main reason is that we can't find a clean way to fit in QA in an iteration cycle. We understand QA as ...
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Long term planning and agile?

My team recently went through the process of laying out a nearly one year plan for our work. We separated the plan into three phases. Each phase will include a couple of launches. I wonder, from an ...
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How to handle technological “Dogmatism”

I left a job (to relocate to another country) where I programmed in Javascript and Haskell (some python) most of the time. I really liked it because people were objective, positive, mathematical, and ...
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Is it Ok to change estimates in the middle of an iteration?

We have started using Agile/Scrum in a team of 4 developers. We did our story estimations and ordered the stories Primed stories in the product backlog. We started with the point based estimation on ...
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Design documents as part of Agile

At my workplace, we face a challenge in that "agile" too often has meant "vague requirements, bad acceptance criteria, good luck!" We're trying to address that, as a general improvement effort. So, ...