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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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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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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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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Funding Agile Projects

The company I work within is tentatively moving towards an Agile project management strategy - having experienced the "joys" of waterfall one time to many. Key to this is a shift in emphasis towards ...
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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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How much detail about a user story can a developer expect?

The biggest drawback of agile development I have experienced is that people not involved in development focus on the mantra that a user story (3-10 ideal person days) should not contain more than 1-3 ...
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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, ...
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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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Should I listen to my employer and use CASE tools?

My employer (Not a Developer) thinks that CASE tools will help us improve our development process and documentation. I am not sure about that, we are a small team of 5 developers building mobile ...
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Some team members don't actively participate in Sprint planning

Some team members just wait until the stories they are most likely to work on will be discussed and only then they participate. Otherwise they just play with their phone and don't listen. In some way ...
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How do you make a manager understand Agile?

I have a problem with a senior director who doesn't understand iterative development (much less Agile). He is insistent that our software design specification (SDS) be complete before any line of code ...
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With agile, what do when a user story doesn't get completed in an iteration?

Do you just move the story to a new iteration, or delay the next iteration? It gets a bit tricky when you use something like Jira when you have to copy or move around stories between iterations as it ...
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How to start a development project when there are too many potential stakeholders

I've just taken on a new job at a college as (the sole) Web application developer. The college has a number of disparate but all pretty badly coded legacy systems. Mostly built in PHP they deal with ...
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In an Agile Environment, who is responsible for software architecture

In an agile team, who is responsible for making high-level architecture and design decisions that affect the entire system, not just the work being done in the current sprint? Maybe product owner, ...
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Are there any arguments that can make a contractor reconsider working on fixed price?

I've been working for a contractor who brings in some good projects, but they are all fixed-price and often fixed-time. As a result he always has me making a quote over loose requirements, which ...
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Rewriting software using Agile methodologies

Suppose you have to rewrite an entire application using Agile methodologies, how would you do it? I guess you could write a big bunch of user stories based in the behavior of your current system. And ...
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How to handle 'external' dependencies in scrum?

If you've planned a number of user stories for a sprint and one candidate story is dependent on some external provider delivering something to your team. For example an online service provider adding ...
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How relaxed (or not) should a sprint be?

What should be the attitude towards getting stories done that are assigned to a sprint? Obviously you want to prioritize getting them done in the sprint, but to me the whole point of agile is to be ...
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Code Reviews do they really work in true Agile?

So I started working for a large corp., one of those with 3 letters in the name, and they are trying to become Agile, but have tons of processes, which I don't feel are Agile. The one that has me the ...
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What do you need to succeed with Agile?

Agile adoption can fail in some organizations, I even worked for a company where waterfall was the only (the true) way but only because they tried Agile on a project and failed. When I asked the ...
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Relationship between user story, feature, and epic?

As someone whose still new to agile, I'm not sure I completely understand the relationship or difference between a user story, feature, and epic. According to this question, a feature is a collection ...
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What is a “cross-functional team” actually?

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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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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How can I track quality attributes on my team's Kanban?

My team uses a Kanban system for tracking day-to-day progress and it's worked out really well for understanding progress on features (captured as user stories). We have largely allowed our system ...
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How does SCRUM manage an enviroment where team members are shared?

Well, the questions said itself. In my workplace those cases happen, but also, many Agile books promote working in the same workplace and being concentrated in the current project to become faster in ...
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Is continuous creation and deletion of tables a sign of an architectural flaw?

Recently I had a discussion with a developer who mentioned that during program development, they routinely create and delete tables and columns on a regular basis while working on new features and ...
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What do you do if you reach a design dead-end in evolutionary methods like Agile or XP?

As I was reading Martin Fowler's famous blog post Is Design Dead?, one of the striking impressions I got is that given the fact that in Agile Methodology and Extreme Programming, the design as well as ...
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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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Which programming methodology would be a good fit for us?

Unfortunately, somebody has taught our upper management the word "Agile" and now they want us to move towards it. I have a peripheral understanding of agile (in principle) but have never used it in ...
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Dealing with the customer / developer culture mismatch on an agile project

One of the tenets of agile is ... Customer collaboration over contract negotiation ... another one is ... Individuals and interactions over processes and tools But the way I see it, at least when ...
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Velocity does not plateau over time, why?

I have plotted my team burn up chart and its velocity per iteration. To me it looks really bad (velocity fluctuates a lot). What should I be looking for to diagnose the root cause of this behaviour? ...
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How to handle estimates for programmers joining the team?

Iteration has already started, new programmer joins the team, task X has already been estimated to be 30 hours by a different developer. What is the best practice in this situation? new developer ...
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How do you deal with the costs of too-rapid change?

Like most modern developers I value Agile principals like customer collaboration and responding to change, but what happens when a product-owner (or whoever determines requirements and priorities) ...
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How should we handle extra cosmetic features in Scrum sprints?

I was reading the Scrum documents and it says that the tasks in Sprint should be "potentially shippable". I am confused by what this means. Suppose in Sprint 1 the goal was, "user registration form". ...
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How do you deal with changing requirements?

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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Is it wrong to use Agile when clients' requirements don't change at all?

I have seen a lot of posts recently saying that one of the major reasons why Agile is used is because clients often change the requirements. However, let's say the clients do not change the ...
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Is it a good idea to appoint one of the scrum team member or scrum master as Product Owner?

Lately we had a project, in which client was busy touring. As usual scrum team was formed, management decided to appoint our analyst as Product owner since Client won’t be able to participate ...
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Documentation degrading - how to deal with it?

Important: we have no issues whatsoever with source code documentation. This belongs to regular code audit and is kept up to date. Our problem is with developers documentation (or, "external" if you ...
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Does pair programming remove the need of code reviews in an Extreme Programming (XP) project?

In an extreme programming project, programmers do pair programming most of the time. As these pairs also rotate, that is, you pair program with different people, and there is a sense of collective ...
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What kind of users stories should be written in the initial stages of a project?

When just starting a project, you have nothing---no UI, no data layer, nothing in between. Thus, a single story like "users should be able to view their foos" will entail a lot of work. Once you have ...
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What arguments can I use to “sell” the BDD concept to a team reluctant to adopt it?

I am a bit of a vocal proponent of the Behaviour Driven Development methodology (aka BDD). I've been applying BDD for a couple of years now, and have adopted StoryQ as my framework of choice when ...
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How Do You Handle Non-Functional Work With Scrum in Embedded Systems?

I have two issues with scrum in embedded systems. First, there are many tasks to do, especially in the early stages, which are not demonstrable. We started with a dev board, no OS, no display, no ...
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Are there any scientific studies done on TDD that use total cost of ownership for a product as the measurement?

When I was reading the summary of previous work in Dogsa T, Batic D. The effectiveness of test-driven development: an industrial case study. Software Quality Journal. 2011;19(4):643-661. it struck me ...
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Our version of Agile isn't working. Tips?

I work on a small team of 4 developers. We are implementing a version of Agile that seems to continuously provide us with the same difficulties, week after week, and I'm looking for suggestions that ...
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Does it make me a bad programmer if I dislike the Agile methodology? [closed]

I like the small iterations. I like the unit tests. I like code review. What I don't like is the starting off with little or no documentation. Am I alone in this? Do I simply have a ...
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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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Right mix of planning and programming on a new project

I am about to start a new project (a game, but thats unimportant). The basic idea is in my head but not all the details. I don't want to start programming without planning, but I am seriously ...
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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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What is the difference between user stories and features?

Playing with icescrum, I realised that I do not understand the difference between user stories and user features. Can someone explain the difference?
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What is Continous Integration (CI) and how is it useful? [closed]

Can some one explain to me the concept of Continious Integration, how it works in an easy to understand way? And why should a company adopt CI in their code delivery workflow? I am a developer and my ...