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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How to add a new developer to the team

I run a small company composed of only 2 developers. We are building a very big application for one of our clients. Development on this project has gone on for 1.5 years. Now this client has secured ...
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How to handle short notice (but high priority) maintenance tasks in SCRUM

currently shifting to SCRUM, we wonder what should be done exactly in the specific case : Our analytics team need some script to be updated on the site we're managing. It occurs on a regular basis ...
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Scrum: how to integrate work done by an overachieving developer out of band?

We have a "typical" SCRUM team and we commit to work for a sprint, and also maintain a backlog. Recently we have run into a problem of trying to integrate/handle the work of an overachieving developer ...
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How to quantify the work perfomed by a developer/programmer? [duplicate]

I know the best four naive ways of achieving this. Commit count: In the code repository count the number of commits done by a user. However this is just what the name says, counting the commits. It ...
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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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Will giving new recruits a separate subproject from experienced developers help the newbies ramp up more quickly?

We have 7 developers in a team and need to double our development pace in a short period of time (around one month). I know there is a common sense rule that "if you hire more developers, you only ...
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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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Can fixed scope + fixed deadline + fixed price contract ever be made to work with “agile”?

Some projects we run internally using are Scrum, while still being "fixed everything" to the customer. We're experiencing mixed success on our part (the customer likes the visibility of the burndown ...
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Pair programming when driver and observer have different skill level and experience

I know pair programming is an agile software development technique in which two programmers work together at one workstation. One, the driver, writes code while the other, the observer, reviews each ...
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Explaining the difference between Product Backlog Item and a Task

I've run into this challenge a couple of times and I'm hoping someone can provide some references, training or advice on how to explain the difference between a Product Backlog Item and a Task in TFS. ...
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Where should my team start with becoming “modern”? [closed]

I'm a relatively new developer, fresh from college. While in college and during subsequent job-seeking, I realized that there were a lot of "modern" software development methodologies that my ...
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How to manage Agile developers working with traditional (serial) business persons? [closed]

Good afternoon, My work environment has some problems. Our IT team is trying to be more agile, but we're not really getting buy-in from the business. They attend our daily stand-ups and sprint ...
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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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Should we document stand-up meetings?

Another team in my company start to document their stand-up meetings, but I believe it is a waste of time. As far as I know, stand-up meetings are for communication not for status reporting (please, ...
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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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Should I include the research time in a agile task? [duplicate]

I was given a project for a logging framework. It has many tasks of course. One of them is "Create a Class that can Log to a nLog Target"(6 hours). However I am not familiar with Nlog. I guess that I ...
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Reasons for Pair Programming

I've worked in a few shops where management has passed the idea of pair programming either to me or another manager/developer, and I can't get behind it at all. From a developer stand-point I can't ...
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How to write “SMART” Objectives as an agile developer?

Like many corporations the company I work for is transitioning to a performance review system based on SMART objectives. My team is a high functioning agile development team employing practices from ...
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Is this a user story or a bug?

Consider the following user story(ies) for a manufacturing management system I am building: As a shipper/receiver I need to be able to create work orders So that we can begin tracking jobs ...
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In Agile SCRUM, how do you handle even distribution of work in a sprint between “experts”?

Where I work, we have a lot of silos of knowledge. Basically each member of the development team is the expert (and sometimes the only one that knows a thing) on certain pieces of the overall ...
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Is physical Agile board “always” better than electronic tool?

Whenever the question comes up on which Agile tool to use use there always some people that answer "don't use an electronic tool because you will lose the big-visible-board advantage which better ...
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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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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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Agile Scrum - Importance of requirement gathering and documentation and suggestions to improve

We are using agile scrum methodologies for developing and maintaining a product. Since we are a product company, we do not work with customer directly on day to day basis, but instead communicate with ...
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What options does a disciplined developer have when joining a team of undisciplined developers as a regular member, not a lead? [closed]

What options does a disciplined developer have when joining a team of undisciplined developers? Based on an environment of bad developers and a lack of software development infrastructure to guide ...
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How much refactoring is acceptable? [duplicate]

I am currently in a project where one of my developer colleagues constantly refactors stuff on every ticket he's doing. We are using agile methodologies. I know that refactoring is a good thing to do ...
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Refactoring C++ [closed]

I know that there are some other questions about C++ refactoring, but none satisfies my needs. I have a background in Java and Python programming, but now I'm approaching C++. I've read (and ...
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Software for prioritising issues / tasks in an ordered list/queue (ideally in Github)? [closed]

It seems to me that the best way to manage priority for programming tasks in a backlog is to simply put them in order. Do the top task first, second one next. If priority changes, re-order the queue. ...
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Planning troubleshooting in a sprint

From time to time we face difficult problems which are hard to reproduce. Creating a planning for solving such an issue is (nearly) undoable. What we do at the moment is break these up in ...
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What is a “cross-functional team” actually? [closed]

The general meaning of "cross-functional team" is a team which combines specialists in different fields that are required to reach the goal. But it looks like in Agile cross-functionality means not ...
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Defining acceptance criteria for a user story

I have been given a user story / epic which is display a web-page giving details about a retail store for a company. Simply put, if the url was mywebsite.com/newyork it would display the new york ...
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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 Agile the new micromanagement?

This question has been cooking in my head for a while so I wanted to ask those who are following agile/scrum practices in their development environments. My company has finally ventured into ...
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Agile: How to deal with bottle neck approvals outside of SCRUM?

Is there an Agile term for when there is a stakeholder that acts as a bottleneck by jumping in only occasionally to trump decisions made collectively by the team? (ie, upper management who never ...
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Handling the end of sprint cycle between testers and developers [duplicate]

I've convinced our organization to move to a full-team definition of "Done", i.e. one that includes the QA testing and not just code completion. As a result, we can now more accurately tell where the ...
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Does anyone else feel Scrum isn't agile?

I am a big fan of agile development and used XP on a very successful project a few years ago. I loved everything about it, the iterative development approach, writing code around a test, pair ...
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How to perform MoSCoW prioritization in Scrum?

In Scrum, if the requirements are gather throughout the software development life cycle (SDLC), then when and how can you perform MoSCoW prioritization?
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Requirements Gathering in SCRUM. Acceptable to talk about High Level requirements in first sprint?

In Scrum at what stage the requirements are gathered? I am writing a report about my project but I am having trouble deciding where to put the High Level requirements. I am thinking of having a ...
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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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Agile Use Of Dedicated Teams [closed]

When reading the Agile Manifesto, they don't mention anything about dedicated teams. However on some websites (example: this article on agile teams) they claim it's necessary to have a dedicated team ...
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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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Paired Programming - best approach

There is a new developer starting soon. This person is at an entry level but has worked in app support for a couple of years. I asked this question some time ago just before I started training ...
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Are deadlines Agile?

For clarity, a deadline is: A time limit or deadline is a narrow field of time, or particular point in time, by which an objective or task must be accomplished. From wikipedia My whole software ...
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Agile tools, can't find any that suits my case or I'm wrong somewhere? [closed]

We have huge modules in our project, each module has a bunch of user-stories, each story contains developer tasks. Actually, we take tasks from multiple modules, since we have some core module ...
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Scrum Daily meeting: Punctuality over Full team presence?

My understanding is that a Daily Scrum meeting should be very quick, hosted in a friendly way and that it requires all the team members present. Because it is objective is to have everyone up to date ...
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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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How do you prioritize initial sprints to maximise the chance of catching architecture errors early?

I've worked on several projects that have used agile successfully as a means of providing continuous improvement on an already mature piece of software. But I've found it's much harder to be "agile" ...
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Agile: QA without dedicated test resource

I'm currently working in a small internal software development team of four people. Having had a lot of success with Agile in the past (which none of my colleagues have used before), I'm keen to try ...
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Pair Rotation in a team for effective pair programming

We follow pair programming in our company and always face the issue of balanced and effective pair rotation within the developers on stories. We follow a simple metrics in which every developer's ...
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Integrating QA within agile sprints [duplicate]

I've been working in "Agile" for a while and am working to move more towards agile at a new company. One of the problems I have always sort of encountered is effective integration of QA within the ...