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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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Code Review tools - to use or not? [closed]

On my dev team, we're doing code reviews, however not in a proper way i believe. The issues our process suffers from: Not enough time is allocated for proper code review. Doing reviews is not ...
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Why is there a 20 and not 21 in some versions of Planning Poker?

In Planning Poker, cards usually contain numbers of the Fibonacci sequence, which is 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55 etc. However, you can see on the Wikipedia page (and this has been confirmed to me by ...
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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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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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Can a team that uses Scrum achieve Co-Dev and domain expertise if it handles many SW domains?

I've worked in a team that developed and gave support for SW practices tools. Those tools were written (and will be written) in many programming languages. According to Scrum, a given story, can be ...
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What is the best way to estimate when using Agile with Scrum? Hours or Story Points? [closed]

I was at a company that switched us over from Hours to Story Points for our estimations. I remember it being difficult to understand it, and we all chaffed against the idea. However, once we figured ...
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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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Do we need a weekly project status meeting in Agile?

I am working in a small company with around 15 people (dev and qa). We are trying to practice Agile in our company. We are doing daily stand-up meetings. We are also doing a weekly project status ...
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How to approach scrum task burn down when tasks have multiple peoples involvement?

In my company, a single task can never be completed by one individual. There is going to be a separate person to QA and Code Review each task. What this means is that each individual will give their ...
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What are common categories for Kanban and Scrum JIRA boards?

One minimal Kanban-like system has three places for cards: "To do", "In progress", "Done". As I've seen Scrum and Kanban on the web, it is maybe five or six categories. What are some of the common ...
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Is a large increase in velocity realistic in a Scrum environment?

My manager has recently really been pushing to use velocity as a target and measure of productivity. We are currently working at an average velocity of 50 story points. My manager wants us to increase ...
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Level of detail of a user story

I am about to start User story sessions in my team. It's quite new for them and I am also wrestling with certain things. For the current project we have some well worked out wireframes. I read a lot ...
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As a senior project manager, should I still keep learning new skill in programming? [closed]

If I'm a senior project manager, should I still keep learning new technology? For example, every month every year, most language updates themselves, and a lot of new programming concepts become ...
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Is Pair Programming also used to train less experienced developers and bring them up to speed? [duplicate]

I am familiar with Agile and Pair Programming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pair_programming). I thought Pair Programming was used if there was a complex requirement i.e. two sets of eyes is better ...
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What is the purpose of the stand-up and its duration in agile methodologies? [closed]

I used to work in a waterfall methodology and now I am in a team that is following an agile methodology. It seems they are doing it wrong. For example, we have stand-ups that last 25+ minutes daily, ...
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How do you validate need for documentation?

I once was on a project where a non-tech manager had the team spending half of every hour documenting what they just did so that someone with zero understanding of the tech would be able to understand ...
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Is seniority/paygrade an important factor for effective QA members? [duplicate]

As a member of our company's QA team, I frequently get entirely unenthusiastic feedback from developers in their responses to test results in our agile, web-based software-as-a-service shop. Most of ...
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Is it common to run out of work towards the end of a sprint? [duplicate]

My current team operates under the Scrum approach to agile development. We do it properly, adhering to the guidelines and roles of a Scrum team, with a sprint length of 9 days and a team of 7. We go ...
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Can a daily scrum meeting be replaced by a status email?

If an agile team has members like Developers, Testers, and Automation Testers from different geographical regions, how can the daily scrum meeting can happen? Obviously they have to work in different ...
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What do you do to estimates for agile stories where developers are pair programming?

If it was a 2-point story for one person, would you double it if people are pairing? Pairing isn't always necessarily done 100% of a dev task, so it seems that doubling the story points seems ...
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Disillusioned with agile; how do you prepare for life after release 1.1? [closed]

My company is going full steam with the agile process, with multiple agile projects in work. The first agile team, the proof of concept, carried the product through release and the first post ...
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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 much time should be spent with use cases?

I'm starting to work with agile iterative approach to software development and this question seems quite natural. After gathering the requirements I should write a few use cases to describe how the ...
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What's the best way to scale and split an agile team building a web app?

I've recently joined a company where I'm working as the scrum master on an agile development project building a web app. The team is just about to be the maximum size for an agile team (expecting 9 ...
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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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Organising staggered user story in Scrum

How would you organise a backlog item that is planned to change in future releases? I've got a requirement that states that: In release 1 users can open content from local machines. In future ...
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Can you apply agile/TDD in all circumstances?

I'm not against agile/TDD and use it under most circumstances. However, in some circumstances I feel it doesn't work well. For example, the other day I was building a fairly complex data processing ...
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When to act on impediments?

During the meeting, each team member answers three questions: What have you done since yesterday? What are you planning to do today? Any impediments/stumbling blocks? Any impediment/stumbling block ...
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How can I use JIRA for project management with Green Hopper

I am thinking of using JIRA + GreenHopper for my project management. I have seen that Green Hopper is for making User stories, sprints. I am not able to find how do i need to add tasks, or how to ...
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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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Agile in a multidisciplinary environment

I work for an engineering consultancy who do a combination of industrial design, mechanics, electronics and software. By their nature - or perhaps simply by history - the overall development ...
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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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Are “Clean Code” practices really that clean and useful? [closed]

I am currently doing an internship in a large corporation and they are undergoing many changes in software delivery structure (moving to Agile). In the past couple of months I have noticed this ...
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Are bugs part of technical debt?

Our Scrum Master keeps referring to bugs as technical debt. Is he right, are bugs considered to be technical debt in the world of Agile?
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How to practice ATDD if design is not yet emerged from TDD?

Despite being very stakeholders friendly, ATDD aimed to provide a "stop" line when a feature has just been done. This avoids wasting time to add non-focused (and sometimes useless) code. That's why ...
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TDD / one test representing the whole scenario ? or should I split it? [duplicate]

While practicing TDD, I came across this specification: A user should be created with its password hashed, be persisted and an activation token should be returned. Should my first unit test, (aiming ...
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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 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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How to make sprint planning fun

Not only are our sprint planning meetings not fun, they're downright dreadful. The meetings are tedious, and boring, and take forever (a day, but it feels like a lot longer). The developers complain ...
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Multiple scrum teams moving to single backlog

We currently have 5 scrum teams that work off their own product backlog for the past year. Each team works on their own dedicated system but underlying technology is the same .Net. There has been a ...
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TFS - 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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Enforcing a uniform Scrum approach to all teams within a department

Where I work we recently switched the Agile development using Scrum. We went through the typical growing pains but have reached an approach that seems to work for now (whether it'll work in the long ...
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Software Design Stability , YAGNI and Agile [duplicate]

I've met the criterion of good system desing as its stability relative to requirements change. Small req. changes should raise small changes in design. Yet I have gut feeling that almost for any ...
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Must-have tools and practices for an agile start-up

I've been working in the software industry for a few years now. I've seen Waterfall in practice, and I've seen several projects attempt Agile with varying degrees of success... which got me thinking. ...
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Backend devs put down by user stories

I planned to slice in backend development into to the user stories vertically. But a backend guy on our team started to complain that this makes their work invisible. My answer was that at the ...
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Agile bug fixing - what's the preferred process for testing?

When a bug is fixed, the dev set its status to "resolved" and the bug is reassigned back to the person that created it. In our case this is usually the product owner - we don't have dedicated testers. ...
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Does Agile (scrum) require one server environment? [closed]

Is it necessary/recommend/best practice/any other positive to use only one server environment to perform all development, unit testing and QA? If so, is it then wise/part of Agile to then have only ...
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What does “extreme” in “extreme programming” (XP) refers to?

"Extreme" suggests that it has very different from normal, very aggressive, exceeding limits, but in my opinion regular releases, pair programming, unit testing, collaboration with customers are quite ...
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How do I explain the value of refactoring to stakeholders? [duplicate]

How do I convince project managers, product owners, business analysts, clients and various other stakeholders that refactoring is a worthwhile and productive part of the development process? As ...
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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 ...