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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Agile retesting

I wrote some code about two years ago, which was deployed to the production environment. The code deletes information that is six years old from a system. When it was first deployed there were only ...
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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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How to measure team productivity over time using consistent story sizes?

How do I measure team productivity over time using consistent story sizes? To take a simple example, if I can do a story every two days, then I can do five stories in a two-week sprint. By definition ...
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How long do you spend on analysis? Is this analysis paralysis? [duplicate]

I am not very good at estimating how long a piece of work will take to complete. I am guilty of putting my finger in the air and guessing. Usually things are later than expected, however sometimes ...
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How to estimate sprint velocity with varying team capacity?

We are a small team of 4 devs rather green in Scrum. Coming from all over the country, we often take odd days off or whole weeks off to go home. Therefore our team capacity changes dramatically from ...
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Is there a viable alternative to the agile development methodology?

The two predominant software-development methodologies are waterfall and agile. When discussing these two, there is often much focus on the particular practices that distinguish them (pair ...
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What is the role of the lead developer in an agile team?

In a non-agile development team a lead developer generally: Sets the standard (coding and otherwise) Researches new technologies for the team Sets the technical direction for the team Has the final ...
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How does rapid prototyping fit into an agile methodology?

I work for a large company, which dictates the use of agile processes. For example, for our projects, we use cloud-based services that are specifically targeted at managing agile development. The ...
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How do you explain agile process tool (like Scrum or Kanban) to a (traditional) project manager? [closed]

I am sure many people involved in the software development projects came up with this question, but I could not actually come up with satisfying answer. How to explain to a manager used to having a ...
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Does agile approach support taking a task from a team?

Can customer take one of tasks during the planning meeting, which was already assigned to this team, and put it to another team? For example because a customer think that the other team will be faster ...
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What is the difference between use case, user requirements and user stories? [closed]

I'm wondering what the difference is, and at what stage these different terms are used within the Agile/Scrum methodology? use case, user requirements and user stories Am I right in thinking they ...
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Can I use “user stories” for process improvement tasks?

We currently use JIRA to track our development work. My management wants to format and categorize everything as "User Stories," including non-software development related tasks. For example: "As a ...
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How should the database schema be migrated?

I am using a bunch of freelance programmers to develop a web application. We are in the early stages of development, meaning that we are making many changes to our database schema. We have one test ...
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As an lone, Agile (PXP/PSP) developer what is the proper structure for a formal project post-mortem? [closed]

Question: As an lone, Agile (PXP/PSP) developer what is the proper structure for a formal project post-mortem? Scenario I'm using a PXP methodology (which is a blend of extreme programming and the ...
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How should we draw the release burndown chart?

I have been in various Agile projects and seen many release burndown chart styles. Most of them were handled manually since somehow all the tools that I have run across don't produce really useful ...
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Why can't a User Story be attached to more than one Feature?

I'm using Features to document the features as we originally communicated them to our client at proposal stage. I now want to create User Stories that relate to the features so that I can easily map ...
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The place of UI design when estimating and elaborating user stories

Our company is trying to follow Agile methodologies when it comes to estimating and prioritizing any new development work. The reading I've done makes this concept appear great so we are trying to ...
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What is “train” based development?

I ran across yet another new term in development methodology, and I haven't been able to find a definition for it. Specifically, it's called "train based development." Here are some examples of ...
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Can Agile and ISO 9001 interact well?

There are few academic papers addressing the relationship between lean software development and the practices covered by ISO 9001. Most articles says that the divergence between these approaches is ...
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Pair Swapping: What are the Pros and Cons?

The general idea that is espoused by most Agile / XP theorists seems to be that pairs should swap regularly. For example each programmer should swap pairs once per day; half the people swap at the ...
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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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Next steps for developing new product [duplicate]

I was hired about a year ago as the lead (well, really the only) developer on a new project/product we will call product "B". Product B was designed to pursue a new market for the company. This ...
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How to reuse spaghetti code

We're working on a new firmware for our new V2 device. The company has an older V1 firmware (and hardware). Hardwares are similar to each other (but there are some differences) so basically we could ...
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Coordinating between developers on common resources [closed]

In our organization some of the resources (such as QA machines etc) are shared. Different folks get done at different times and some tests have to be run (during dev and QA) on these machines. Right ...
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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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Iteratively improve software architecture & quality in an agile process?

Or to put it another way how to ensure that architecture or quality doesn't suffer, doing agile. Some of the understandings in handling architecture in agile are below(generally applies to testing as ...
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How to get good design when using agile methods?

I have been using an agile methodology (SCRUM) for about three years now and I see certain advantages to it, especially in the short-term feedback at many levels (from customers having early access to ...
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Difficulty understanding difference between Project Manager (Business Analyst) and Software Architect and Scrum Master [closed]

From what I've gathered: Project Manager (PM)(or Business Analyst (BA)): Decides EVERYTHING. Capable of solving problems. This means he or she will have the skills necessary to look at data and other ...
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How do I handle merging code that hasn't been merged in ~3 years in an agile manner? [closed]

Our team has recently adopted agile practices and most of the team is new to agile. In our product, we use some code developed by another team and only they maintain that code. For the last 4-5 ...
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Is this agile? Scrum? How to improve agility?

Is this agile? Scrum? Any suggestions on how this can be made more agile under the circumstances? Which points are positives and which can be improved? The product is developed for a customer who ...
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Visual Design implementation timing in Agile

We work in Scrum with the caveat that we don't have a potentially shippable product at the end of each Sprint, instead requiring several hardening/stabilization Sprints before release. One of the ...
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Is there a minimum team size required to see a benefit from Agile?

I work at a company that has repeatedly cut the sizes of its development team, to the point that previous 10-man teams are now down to one developer per product (and a couple of testers shared between ...
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Calculating last Sprint's Focus Factor

We have finished our Sprint in half the expected time and now we want to compute our focus factor to use in the next Sprint. Though, by doing the math by the book, we get an awful number. How are we ...
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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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Viability of a Development Team with no *dedicated* Tester role [closed]

I've been thinking a lot lately about how to build a lean development team. Ultimately, I'd like to open up my own little software house with a small number of like-minded people. The goal won't be ...
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Does producing potentially shippable product make you less agile?

The cost of developing a feature in Agile is very high because it needs to be ready for shipment. It includes: Significant bug fixing Writing/updating and executing tests Writing/updating the user ...
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Feedback on a Kanban Board for Solution Architectects [closed]

Before I get started I need to issue a pre-emptive apology: It is very likely that some of the terminology / vocabulary I use in this post is plain wrong there is also a good chance I have ...
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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 is architectural design done in an agile environment?

I have read Principles for the Agile Architect, where they defined next principles : Principle #1 The teams that code the system design the system. Principle #2 Build the simplest architecture ...
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What modelling technique do you use for your continuous design? [closed]

Together with my teammates, I'm trying to self-learn XP and apply its principles. We're successfully working in TDD and happily refactoring our code and design. However we're having problems with the ...
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How to deal tasks that are probably not user stories but still need to get done?

We have a number of tasks that need to be completed, but are probably not real user stories, or if they are, they are very developer-centric user stories which will never be visible to the end-users. ...
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Should we create a story for vacation?

We have had a situation with a scrum sprint where a team member went on vacation for a few days at the beginning of the sprint. This led to us being behind the ideal trend on the burndown chart at the ...
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Why do we use story points instead of man days when estimating user stories?

In agile methodologies (e.g. SCRUM), the complexity/effort needed for user stories are measured in Story points. Story points are used to calculate how many user stories a team can take in an ...
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Estimation of your backlog

How far in advance should you estimate stories in your backlog? My concern is that estimates that are 6 months out will become out of date as you develop features in the current sprint. I thought ...
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How does the product owner decide how successful a Sprint was? [closed]

Obviously if the product owner judges solely based on whether the committed stories were done, it wouldn't be good, because then the team will just commit to fewer stories next Sprint. On the other ...
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Is it normal for developers to suggest feature ideas to product owners? [closed]

I've started working as a developer fairly recently, having worked as a systems administrator before. My understanding of how a software development team using Agile functions is that the "what we ...
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When the ScrumMaster is a technical leader, it's a good or a bad practice? [closed]

I know that the ScrumMaster should be a leader, but it's a good practice to have a technical leader as a ScrumMaster. For example: a coordinator.
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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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Acceptance tests done first…how can this be accomplished?

The basic gist of most Agile methods is that a feature is not "done" until it's been developed, tested, and in many cases released. This is supposed to happen in quick turnaround chunks of time such ...
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Disadvantages of vertical user stories

The agile approach is to structure the work into vertical user stories and deliver a focused but fully functioning piece of the application from end-to-end. Because this is the new approach to ...