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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Does anyone else feel Scrum isn't agile?

I am a big fan of agile development and used XP on a very successful project a few years ago. I loved everything about it, the iterative development approach, writing code around a test, pair ...
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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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Why can't we get anything done?

I work on a small team, in a medium-sized company, most of which isn't involved in software development. I'm the newest and least-experienced developer and had no professional or academic background ...
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Who does the UX on a scrum project?

OK. Let's say you're working on a textbook scrum project. You've got a scrum master collaborating with a product owner. The next sprint is UI-heavy - by the time your coders start building screens, ...
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How do I draft user stories as a developer?

I am writing a system where both the system owner and myself are developers, and we are currently the only source of 'requests' or requirements for the system, which I would like to capture in user ...
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What happens between sprints?

I'm working on a project loosely following the scrum model. We're doing two week sprints. Something I'm not clear on (and don't have a book to consult) is exactly what is supposed to happen between ...
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How do you include Support in your Sprint?

Our company moved to Scrum recently on a product that was almost coded by a single person (Joe). We have support to do with our exising customers that we try to integrate in our process. For now we ...
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How do I convince my team that a requirements specification is unnecessary if we adopt user-stories?

We are planning to adopt user-stories to capture stakeholder 'intent' in a lightweight fashion rather than a heavy SRS (software requirements specifications). However, it seems that though they ...
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How to use unit tests as a source of information?

A colleague of mine was once at a seminar about agile development, where he heard it is possible to use unit tests as technical documentation. Something like using unit tests as an example of how to ...
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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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What does a good “definition of done” for a mature team look like?

When looking at examples of definitions of done in various sources, they usually include points like code completed unit tests run code peer-reviewed or paired code checked in documentation updated ...
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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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One-week release cycle: how do I make this feasible?

At my company (3-yr-old web industry startup), we have frequent problems with the product team saying "aaaah this is a crisis patch it now!" (doesn't everybody?) This has an impact on the ...
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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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TDD - what are the short term gains/benefits?

Quite often benefits of using TDD are considered as 'long term' gains - the overall code will be better structured, more testable, overall less bugs reported by customers, etc. However, where are ...
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How to manage Agile developers working with traditional (serial) business persons?

Good afternoon, My work environment has some problems. Our IT team is trying to be more agile, but we're not really getting buy-in from the business. They attend our daily stand-ups and sprint ...
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What is the bug workflow on your agile/Scrum team?

What is the bug workflow on your agile/Scrum team? Here is ours: - If the bug is related to a story in the current sprint, we fix it. - If the bug is not related to a story in the current sprint and ...
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How to create the architecture/design of an application in Agile?

If I am about to develop an Enterprise application, but as far as I understand from agile process, I break features into small chunks and develop them iteratively. I used to create the database and ...
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Using Agile development in a one person team [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Agile for the Solo Developer I am going to be starting a project soon and plan to use as much of agile methods as I can (CI, TDD etc.). What have been people's ...
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eXtreme Programming (XP) Methodology Testing

I am about to undertake a project for university, and given the project scope I have decided to use XP/agile methodology. I have began with developing a use case diagram; gathering user stories for ...
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Scrum for specialists teams

Scrum is best for teams with generalists members, that is teams where 2 people at least can do the same tasks. My main concern is to find good solutions to adapt scrum (what to keep, what to remove, ...
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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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What programming skills does someone in QA need to work effectively in extreme programming projects?

Well, the title really says it all, but to elaborate a bit, can you take a random, typically effective QA department and have them learn to work in an XP environment (with a learning curve to pick up ...
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How do I treat application aspects with regard to features and user stories?

When drawing up a backlog, I have several requirements that apply to a great many user stories, i.e. aspects of the application like error handling and feedback. How do I include these (without using ...
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Any best practices for a distributed agile team? [closed]

Our scrum teams are split geographically (not ideal I know!) due to specific knowledge only being available in certain countries. So one team of say 7 members, has the business person in one city, 2 ...
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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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Software management for 2 programmers [closed]

me and my very good friend do a small bussiness. We have company and we develop web apps using Scala. We have started 3 months ago and we have a lot of work now. We cannot afford to employ another ...
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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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How to introduce Scrum in a company accustomed to Scrumbutt or Scrumfall?

A colleague of mine works as a consultant. He is recently asked to help a software development company to improve their processes. The company is aware of some of the issues, like the number of bugs ...
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How useful is a project log or diary? [closed]

I want to know how difficult/useful it is to keep a project log or diary. I'm worried that keeping track of what I did will eat up too much time...
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Where should code refactoring and optimization fit within both an agile and waterfall process timeline?

There appears to be this notion among the project management team that stating that "it works" means it should then be deemed 100% complete. Most programmers know that isn't always the case. If I'm ...
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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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How to stop gold-plating and just be content to release working developments [closed]

The development team that I'm a member of has recently adapted to work according to Agile practices. This has personally highlighted the fact that I can't stop myself gold-plating code (and ...
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Is it worth it for a developer to be a scrum master? Is it an official designation or?

Is it beneficial for a developer to become a 'scrum master'? Is this an official certification or just someone who specializes? What are the steps towards becoming one?
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What software development process should I learn first for a solo project? [closed]

I want to develop a project on my own (if it is sucessful more people might start working on it too). Also I want to apply some proper software engineering from the first until the last day. On one ...
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Is it possible for a one-man start-up to follow agile methods like Scrum? [duplicate]

For a small start-up with only one or two programmers, is it possible to implement agile methods like Scrum? If NO, what is the minimum team size required? I guess Scrum needs few programmers to be ...
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Do Agile projects use abbreviated defect reporting? [closed]

I'm accustomed to relatively rigid defect reporting, something like this. Steps to reproduce: 1. Access customer manager for user Test01 2. Check "User must change password" and click Apply 3. Access ...
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How do bug reports factor in to a sprint?

I've been reading up on Scrum recently. From my understanding, a meeting is held before the sprint starts, to decide what gets moved from the product backlog to the upcoming sprint backlog. Once a ...
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Does late have any meaning in Agile methodologies?

This came out of some of the answers and comments on another question (this one). I've worked primarily with waterfall projects and while I've worked on ad-hoc projects that have taken on agile ...
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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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Should the number of developers be considered when estimating a task?

I am pretty inexperienced with working in agile projects but I have tried it a few times and I always run into this problem when estimating a task. Do we bring into the estimate the number of ...
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Is it okay to have people with multiple roles in a Scrum team?

I'm evaluating some Agile-style methodologies for possible introduction to my team. With Scrum, is it allowable to have the same person perform multiple roles? We have a small team of four ...
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Sprint Meetings - What to talk about

In work we have just started using the Scrum methodology, it is working well but I have a question on the daily sprint meetings. We set aside 15 minutes for the meeting (between the three devs and ...
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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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What units are story points estimated in?

I am reading about a case study about a team that estimates tasks or "story points" as they call them based on the effort needed to complete them. What the units are these "story points" estimated ...
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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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Is it appropriate to make a User Story for removing small pieces of existing functionality?

For an area of an application that has been developed, the request has come in to remove an item from a menu. I know this is a small thing, but how do you treat it in Scrum? I'm used to using User ...
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In Scrum, how to handle contention/workload at end of sprint

My team started using Scrum a few sprints ago. Our project involves building software interfacing with physical devices (think robots and sensors) and our typical Product backlog usually represent ...
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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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Agile estimation with tech-debt

When estimating (story points) a story that consists on extending a current functionality with a known tech-debt, should we consider the effort that will be spent to refactor the current code or ...