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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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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Large teams with layered application

I work in a fairly large team (~15 developers) which is currently discussing our working methodology. The software we work on is quite feature-rich and expanding rapidly in terms of scope so the ...
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Scrum: Short VS long sprint

We were trying to figure out the optimal sprint length for our project. After working on a 3-weeks basis we thought that cutting the sprint to 2-weeks would provide better velocity. The advantages ...
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balancing old cases with agile practices

My team is just getting started integrating agile practices (we've chosen kanban) into our dev, test and design teams, but we have a lot of bug cases and feature cases not written in user stories left ...
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Task Planning on an Agile Team

At the beginning of each sprint our team will pull in a handful of user stories and then, one by one, write slightly more detailed tasks for them as well as assign specific hours to each task. ...
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Where to put details about the acceptance criteria of a user story?

In this blog post about acceptance criteria the author explains that good acceptance criteria should: State an intent not a solution (e.g. “The user can choose an account” rather than “The user can ...
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What exactly is DevOps Engineering? [closed]

If someone were to work as a DevOps Engineer, what sort of things would he/she do on a daily basis and what would their responsibilities entail?
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Does following Agile methodology contradict programmers should have quiet working conditions (one of the Joel test)?

My organization is moving to Agile process of software development. As part of it, the developers and quality engineers will sit together with the cubicle walls scaled down. I am just wondering how ...
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how to convince team and project manager that post-launch deployments are okay for new features

We have a site that launched and is "feature-complete", we've done all that the client has asked for and fixed a few bugs post-launch. However, I noticed that our site's home page is using 100 SQL ...
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Requirement gathering in an agile methodology

In the great book User Stories Applied the author specified the following process for trawling requirements in the form of user stories: Create user roles (personas) --> brainstorm user goals for ...
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How to word user stories which have been split from a larger epic

I have an epic which involves creating a mobile application which retrieves a user's data they have previously created in a web application and act on it locally. It seems logical to split the epic as ...
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Formal study about trends and prevalence of agile vs traditional methodology in the industry

Has there been a formal study about the prevalence of agile vs traditional (e.g. waterfall) software development methodology in the IT industry? And how fast the agile share is growing (assuming it ...
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Extreme Programming practices make an application more error prone? [closed]

I am conducting academic research on the topic of Extreme Programming and whether its practices lead to creating space for more errors and bugs in applications. From the experiences I gathered from ...
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Which Agile methodology could my small team use? [duplicate]

I have a question related to Agile and small teams.. I'm currently working in a small company (25 people) which main goal is to develop computer software products. However, I'm part of small team ...
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Good Version Control Guidelines from a Development/Collaboration Perspective?

At our company we have started outsourcing some of our development. This has worked somewhat well. However, we are having a hard time getting them to properly use version control. They are familiar ...
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Understanding the meaning of “multiple lifecycles application development”?

Some Agile job posts have a requirement "strong understanding of multiple lifecycles application development", what does it means ? So my question would be: what's that field for, and what would I ...
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Are there any disadvantages to using the Agile methodology? [duplicate]

It seems most companies are practicing Agile methodologies these days for software development. I'm curious to know if there are any downsides to using Agile, does it have shortcomings, is it always ...
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Agile: When to re-factor and when to extend while accruing technical debt? [duplicate]

Consider the following scenario. You currently have a feature set A you wish to extend to include feature set B. In the near feature there's a high possibility that you wish to extend this even ...
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How to time the sprints in Scrum to allocate time for TDD?

We have sprints of 4 weeks duration. What I have been doing is 3 weeks dev time and 1 week of pure manual/automated testing, stabilization and shipment assurance testing. How to manage TDD within ...
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How to deal with user interface design and respective feature support in Agile development?

In an Agile development process usually the main focus is on User stories, but sometimes a single requirement may span several user stories. For example, the client may request a search page for all ...
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Is the following diagrams correct for RAD and Agile methodologies?

I do not know if this would be the right stack exchange site to ask this question but I have been researching on RAD (Rapid Application Development) and Agile methodologies and was trying to find ...
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Splitting user stories into smaller stories

I've been reading various techniques for splitting large user stories in helpful ways, such as by user workflow through the system etc. What I'm struggling with is how to word these smaller stories if ...
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Do your stories include tasks across disciplines? How do you do capacity planning?

My organization does web projects and employs a handful of disciplines like backend dev, frontend, BA, UX, graphic design, QA. We've been pushing to have tasks for every discipline in our sprints with ...
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Scrum: What to do with epics once the stories are clear?

When working on a backlog, you define epics and break them down into user stories. Epics are estimated and kept on the backlog as epics until they become important enough to be planned into one of the ...
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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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Test planning for an Agile sprint

Can anyone offer any tips or experience on developing a test plan for an Agile sprint? Most of the time our team simply creates a "Test Feature X" task and goes about writing ad-hoc test cases. There ...
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Scrum Master in the organization

I'm wondering how to set up the organization with Scrum Masters. I would prefer to see real examples of where the scrum masters are located in the organization's hierarchy and how report-to / ...
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Can we pull future user stories in current sprint?

Suppose we have estimated 5 user stories to complete in a sprint and completed all of them with testing, buffer time and for expected bugs. Still we have 2-3 days left for one of the developer. Can ...
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Shared QA responsibilities on an Agile team

For many years our IT development group subscribed to the waterfall software development methodology with segregated pods of programmers specializing in database development, logic layer and ...
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Extreme Programming Daily Commits [closed]

Isn't daily commits (committing all changes before going home) an XP practice? What are the benefits of following this? What are the risks of not following this?
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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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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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How to write user stories for a framework API

I need help understanding what user stories should look like for a web testing framework we are building for our organization's QA department. We are trying to run this project using Scrum. The ...
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I want to adopt an agile methodology - in a company that has NO process at all? [closed]

I'm in a team of two developers and currently we have no formal processes for software development and testing - I'd like to adopt one solo initially. Where I need some opinions is really on the ...
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How could I deal with conflicting personalities in a Scrum/Agile based team?

We apply Scrum/Agile and we have two teams. The other team has a conflict of interest (or rather personalities) between two developers. I would like to help resolve this and would like to know how to ...
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How to handle committed and merged code that has no tests?

When developing an application in a team not everyone on this team will be equally good developers. Some will be skilled in some things and some in others and some not at all. As a team working in an ...
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Software for prioritising issues / tasks in an ordered list/queue (ideally in Github)?

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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Should programmers talk with customers / users according to MSF / agile methods?

I've just read two statements that seem to be very different: Des Weiteren ist mangelnde Kommunikation zwischen Programmierern und Nutzern eine nicht zu vernachlässigende Quelle von unzureichenden ...
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In Agile development, who owns the software “features” and how to you manage the development?

Some development teams in my company are switching to Agile development practices and their developers' work seem to be diminishing to discuss and program minutia about trivial software features ...
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In good Scrum, when and how should the ideation and story writing occur? [closed]

It seems like most of the Scrum articles and books that I've read as well as the lectures I've heard have very little to say about the process of creating the items on the backlog. How should a team ...
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How to write tasks in Jira when using Scrum?

I am going to start a new project using Scrum and Jira and I have some questions regarding how to write proper tasks in Jira. From what I understand user stories are small non-technical descriptions ...
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In agile development, should I try persistence in flat file before database?

Somebody explained to me that since in agile development, policy and the application logic should be more important than details such as persistence method, persistence decision should be taken at the ...
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Undergrad internship career path [closed]

I am a CS student currently searching internship positions that are important to my future career. I am passionate about web design and development and it is really what I think my niche is in the ...
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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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When should user stories be combined and separated? [closed]

As a school project, we are rolling out our initial set of user stories. Should a user story record the original idea from a user, without combining them or separate them? For example, John added ...
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agile / scrum and functional specs

I work in a small team of four devs, one domain expert and one manager. We are looking to move to using scrum to try and formalise our processes. From what I understand of agile, it seems to be ...
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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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Unforeseen Spike in a Sprint… what to do?

I did a look around and couldn't find a question that addresses my case, so I figured I would post. I have a situation where as a new team, we ran into 2 unforseen spikes (is there a better term?) ...
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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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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 ...