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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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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Moving from solo developer to a team [closed]

For the last 5 years I have developed as a lone developer. The business gives me the requirements, timescales etc and I do the rest. I choose which technology best fits the requirements, I decide on ...
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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 ...
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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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How would you get all your expectations done within a user story?

I'm setting up some requirements for a software extension and try to use user stories to describe what I want to achieve. As a creator I want to add a new entry, to let users access it through the ...
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Daily Scrum when the team is just fixing bugs

I understand all the advantages of Daily Scrum and my team does it when we are working on stories. But sometimes we just have bugs to fix for days, while we're waiting for new stories, and when this ...
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how to write user stories when requirements come in a form of traditional spec [closed]

I wonder if anyone was in a similar situation and can advice as to how manage requirements best. I am responsible for user stories writing. However, I receive requirement in form of traditional specs ...
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How do you demo software with No UI in the Sprint Review?

We are doing agile software development, basically following Scrum. We are trying to do sprint reviews but finding it difficult. Our software is doing a lot of data processing and the stories often ...
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Should you reward based on overall project completeness or velocity?

The development team I'm in has been working on a VERY large project for months now and we recently started to implement a kanban board with agile practices into our process. We have seen MASSIVE ...
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Independency and estimation of user stories that rely on shared predecessor

Lest's say I have user stories about using product catalog in shop: As an administrator I can add/modify/delete catalog items (one or more user story, doesn't matter here) As a customer I can search ...
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Determining the cost of impediments (waste)

For some time now our Scrum teams have experienced recurring impediments caused by external factors to the team. The teams have discussed the impediments in their retrospectives and also brought it up ...
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Need help on user story with multiple condition

I have the following user story: As a registered user i can request for a new license key with the following condition When the user request a license key they required to enter some hardware id ...
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Is user story the best form of requirement in agile project?

Statistically speaking, user story maybe the most popular requirement technique in Agile but I am curious to know the alternatives and why.
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Task-based authorization for user stories

My understanding is that the first step of defining user stories is to define roles. The problem with role-based systems is that this form of authorization is often too coarse-grained. Hence, people ...
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Tracking progress via a burndown chart when sprints overlap

Our team has adopted some agile practices to help us develop and deliver our software to our client. We adopted practices as needed (as problems/challenges were identified) rather than jumping ...
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Agile MVP (Most Valuable Player/Programmer)

Recently I've been involved in an agile project (using scrum) where management came up with the idea that the team would nominate a developer 'MVP' as well as a QA 'MVP' at the end of each sprint, ...
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Increasing User Changes/Requirements in Agile Methodology

My question is quite simple. How to handle a situation where the team is applying agile methodology in software projects and there so many iterations and change in requirements, that the schedule is ...
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Why is Feature Driven Development considered an Agile methodology?

In several places Feature Driven Development (FDD) is called an Agile methodogoly - e.g. the Wikipedia entry on FDD. Yet in general, to be considered FDD it seems the following requirements have to ...
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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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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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Functional metrics in Agile methodologies

I'm preparing a presentation about Agile methodology for managers (not programmers) and I'm looking that, from a side, the Agile talks about functional perspective*^ (in Scrum we have planning game) ...
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Agile User Stories and acceptance criteria

I am writing some agile user stories and acceptance stories for the first time, and was hoping for some feedback from an experienced product manager or developer. I only need to capture the main ...
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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 ...