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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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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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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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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What is the difference between requirements and acceptance criteria?

I am trying to understand the difference a little better as it seem like they are the same thing. I have work in projects with no use of the requirements and everything is an acceptance criteria, and ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Moving from a traditional waterfall methodology to an agile one

My development team is in the process of 'going agile' and lot of people are looking at each other blankly, not really too sure what it means. All management are saying is 'start working agile' ...
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Should we adopt an agile methodology when rewriting an existing application from scratch?

I work for a small product based company. We are about to re-write our existing product from scratch. We are planing to adopt Agile methodology for our development. Now my question is as we have all ...
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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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Real world Agile practices and estimates

In a perfect world, we tell the client we follow an agile methodology where we allow the scope to increase/decrease as the requirements change and we bill per hour for each iteration. In reality, ...
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How do I handle a user story that I complete, but with compromise and need to revisit?

I have just fulfilled (is that a good term?) two user stories out of a new project backlog I have just built. These are user registration and password reset, both requiring mail. I need to implement a ...
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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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Evaluating a product owner

How do you evaluate a product owner? More specifically, how would one conduct a performance review of a product owner? What qualities or characteristics would one look at when reviewing a product ...
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need some concrete examples on user stories, tasks and how they relate to functional and technical specifications

Little heads up, I'm the only lonely dev building/planning/mocking my project as I go. I've come up with a preview release that does only the core aspects of the system, with good business value, and ...
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What is the difference between Acceptance Test-Driven Planning and Acceptance Test-Driven Development?

What is the difference between Acceptance Test--Driven Planning and Acceptance Test--Driven Development? Are they the same?
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How can you plan long range resources and budgets when using Agile methodology?

Agile does not encourage a lot of up-front design. This is good from a requirements management and software development standpoint, and allows the project to adapt to changing business needs. ...
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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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Should all developers on a team have equal role/responsibility in writing and updating software design documents

I've asked a very similar question few days ago, but because I presented too much of my company's current situation, most answers focused completely on something that I wasn't looking to answer. So I ...
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How to represent an agile project to people focused on waterfall [closed]

Our team has been asked to represent our development efforts in a project plan. No one is unhappy with our work or questioning our ability to deliver, we are just participating in an IT cattle call ...
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IEEE SRS documents: lightweight version when working with outside contractors?

Typically we follow an Agile development process that tends not to put an emphasis on writing requirements and technical documents that nobody will read. We tend to focus our limited manpower to ...
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Do story points have a direct relation with task estimates?

In my current team, where we run multiple scrums, the Story points are usually based on the effort required to complete the User Story. For example if an User Story has 2 tasks, both needing 5 days ...
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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 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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Product Owner introduces ungroomed (unfamiliar, not estimated) User Story(s) into the Sprint Planning meeting

A problem that I am facing and would like some input into is; a Product Owner introduces ungroomed (unfamiliar, not estimated) User Story(s) into the Sprint Planning meeting. The issue that this has ...
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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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What's the best way to estimate story points in scrum?

I like the way planning poker works at the beginning of any project, letting you compare and discuss details of each story with one another. One of the issues I've noticed with this is that through ...
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Customer relations in agile development

My management just asked an unprecedented question in my (admittedly brief) history with the organization: "What can we do to help you?" Simultaneously, we're working several big projects for a ...
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Looking for statistics on automated testing, continuous integration and refactoring usage

Are there any credible sources of information on the adoption of agile techniques like automated testing, continuous integration and refactoring? Of those that are using unit testing, how many ...
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Spending a good fortune on a certificate holding Scrum Master or a Veteran XP coach?

There is a very prestigious company that delivers a well-sold software about financial systems. It has more that 20 years of history, and is staffed with about 20 programmers and much larger number ...
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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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Dealing with selfish team member(s) [closed]

My team is facing a difficult quandary, a couple of team members are essentially selfish (not to be confused with dominant!) and are cherry-picking stories/tasks that will give them the most ...
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Is it proper to have Investigation task in sprint

I have been practicing agile for more than a year now. As part of our sprint, some times we will have Investigation Tasks. We skip poker planning for theses tasks, and adds blanket numbers. Theses ...
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Is Agile applicable in product development companies as well? [closed]

The following principles of Agile development makes it look like Agile is mostly suited for services companies: Customer satisfaction by rapid delivery of useful software Welcome changing ...
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Do you track progress during a agile sprint (iteration)

We have recently adopted (or are trying) to adopt managing our projects in an Agile manner. During our first sprint I asked our Scrum master (who also happens to be our primary resident Agile go-to ...
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Handling unexpected features during sprint

Our team is going to adopt scrum and agile technics. We've got a product, which we develop for multiple customers. This customers supplied us with necessary requirements, so everithing is fine to ...
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Is performing a Waterfall every 2 weeks considered agile development?

I've been wondering if one can still classify a Waterfall type development approach, where the length of the waterfall cycle is 1-2 weeks, as Agile.
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When to mark a user story as done in scrum?

There is a notion in scrum that emphasizes delivery of workable units at the end of each sprint. Each workable unit also maps directly of indirectly to a user story and when in new sprint PO ...
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Is an agile methodology appropriate in this situation?

Imagine a project where the interface to be delivered has been locked down 90%, and you are already in possession of a solid architectural design. Would an agile methodology still offer any value in ...
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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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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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How to estimate the length of a project based on another project?

I was wondering whether there were any estimating models for projects which use the results of previous projects. For example, imagine I want to develop an application for a phone based on a web app ...
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ScrumMaster Interview Questions

I have a bunch of ideas around questions I can ask a potential candidate for a ScrumMaster position, but I wanted to reach out to the awesome community as to interview questions/exercises to do for a ...
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Split skilled Scrum team

A Scrum team has been forced together and is feeling very uncomfortable. They are constantly saying that it is not working for them and that they are fed up with hearing the words Agile and Scrum. ...
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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 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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In Agile SCRUM, how do you handle even distribution of work in a sprint between “experts”?

Where I work, we have a lot of silos of knowledge. Basically each member of the development team is the expert (and sometimes the only one that knows a thing) on certain pieces of the overall ...
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BDD in .NET - Chicken or Egg or..?

Predicate: I'm brand new to BDD / TDD, but I've done my homework. I'm trying to put everything I've read / learned into practice with VS2010, SpecFlow and NUnit. Things are working, but it's quickly ...
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“Release Early Release Often” for Android and iPhone Apps

I wanted to know the experiences others have about doing the Agile way of "Release Early, Release Often" with iPhone and Android Apps. Its not a problem with webapps as the update happens at the ...