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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

1
vote
2answers
271 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
218 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Software for prioritising issues / tasks in an ordered list/queue (ideally in Github)? [closed]

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. ...
2
votes
5answers
614 views

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 ...
7
votes
6answers
941 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
324 views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
6k views

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 ...
19
votes
9answers
2k views

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 ...
11
votes
5answers
916 views

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? ...
-1
votes
1answer
174 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
16
votes
1answer
18k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
198 views

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?) ...
19
votes
2answers
427 views

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 ...
15
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
28
votes
6answers
3k views

Pair programming when driver and observer have different skill level and experience

I know pair programming is an agile software development technique in which two programmers work together at one workstation. One, the driver, writes code while the other, the observer, reviews each ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
166 views

How to write stories for internal projects

I'm working on a project which runs as a process, on a regular basis. The results of the projects daily run are used by other projects. This brings me to question how our team writes stories. The ...
19
votes
10answers
34k views

Relationship between user story, feature, and epic?

As someone whose still new to agile, I'm not sure I completely understand the relationship or difference between a user story, feature, and epic. According to this question, a feature is a collection ...
87
votes
15answers
52k views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
301 views

Does the use of personas in Agile have any value during implementation?

This is about the use of personas, primarily in the agile development realm. What value, if any, do personas give during implementation? On agile modeling, the discussion about personas remains in ...
6
votes
3answers
335 views

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 ...
16
votes
1answer
2k views

What is Developer Anarchy?

I've been reading about Developer (or Programmer) Anarchy, which seems to be billed as a post-Agile development methodology. I found a few resources on it (1, 2) but it doesn't seem to be a lot out ...
10
votes
2answers
4k views

Is Agile a variant of RAD?

Wikipedia says that Agile is a type of "RAD" which I guess is incorrect. From what I know, Agile was developed becasue RAD itself was not that sucessfull in 90'S (too rigid for changes). Or am I ...
3
votes
2answers
148 views

Requesting quality analysis test cases up front of implementation/change

Recently I have been assigned to work on a major requirement that falls between a change request and an improvement. The previous implementation was done (badly) by a senior developer that left the ...
4
votes
3answers
258 views

How to implement Scrum in a company with three similar web-based products

I am somewhat familiar with the concepts and benefits of Scrum. With that in mind, I am trying to improve the failing Scrum product management structure of a company I'm now working for that has three ...
4
votes
2answers
698 views

Behavior-Driven Development / Use case diagram

Regarding growing of Behavior-Driven Development imposing acceptance testing, are use cases diagram useful or do they lead to an "over-documentation"? Indeed, acceptance tests representing ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
191 views

Link between tests and user stories

I have not see these links explicitly stated in the Agile literature I have read. So, I was wondering if this approach was correct: Let a story be defined as "In order to [RESULT], [ROLE] needs to ...
8
votes
6answers
972 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
466 views

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 ...
5
votes
5answers
530 views

Test driven vs Business requirements constant changing

One of the new requirement of our dev team set by the CTO/CIO is to become test driven development, however I don't think the rest of the business is going to help because they have no sense of ...
17
votes
5answers
9k views

How do you keep track of a requirements document on an agile team?

I understand that User Stories dominate the agile world, but how are these artifacts stored, so that new developers who join the team can come up to speed with the requirements? What if the User ...
0
votes
2answers
218 views

Project Dashboards [closed]

I'm attempting to create a dashboard so that people not intimately involved with the project can get an indication of project's health. I'm struggling with determining what to put on said dashboard. I ...
1
vote
2answers
191 views

Is it appropriate to run a complex enterprise-system configuration and migration project in a similar way to a Scrum development project?

I'm just starting out on the implementation of a large enterprise-wide system, which has complex requirements and many stakeholders. The company has been through high-level evaluation and tender ...
1
vote
2answers
181 views

Agile project management, agile development: early integration

I believe that agile works if everything is agile. In software development area, in my opinion, if team members' code is integrated early, code will be more in sync and this has a lot of pros: ...
2
votes
1answer
224 views

Agile and different facet of software development

It is said that the Kanban methodology is suited for software maintenance and support areas, whereas Scrum is more suited for new product development. No process or methods are complete. Using the ...
2
votes
3answers
148 views

What level/format of access should be given to a client to the issue tracking system?

So, I used to think that it would be a good idea to give the customer access to the issue tracking system, but now I've seen that it creates less than ideal situations, like: Customer judging ...
1
vote
3answers
180 views

Agile product backlogs

We are starting an Agile project, and the product owner has made a start adding user stories to the product backlog (mostly epics at this stage). Who would be responsible for breaking down epics into ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

How to manage product backlog/user stories

We're about to start a new project using Agile (using TFS), and I have a couple of "good practice" questions regarding the product backlog:- When we first start adding users stories, is it a good ...
5
votes
1answer
131 views

Overview of the agile process that I can apply to a startup

I need to provide a quote to an external client for some software. I'm looking to use agile just for initial requirements building (which I'm experienced in from a developer perspective) but I need to ...
7
votes
5answers
503 views

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 ...
5
votes
5answers
2k views

Should you ever re-estimate user stories?

My current project is having a 'discussion' which is split down the middle- "this story is more complex than we originally thought, we should re-estimate" vs "you should never re-estimate as you only ...
0
votes
2answers
145 views

Solutions for Project management [closed]

The team consists of 3 people. The method of development is Scrum. The language of the project is C++. The project will be under the control of the git system. The start up budget is 0. The ...
12
votes
6answers
806 views

Rewriting software using Agile methodologies

Suppose you have to rewrite an entire application using Agile methodologies, how would you do it? I guess you could write a big bunch of user stories based in the behavior of your current system. And ...
2
votes
3answers
829 views

What methods of requirements elicitation are suitable when I do not have direct access to the user base?

I am working on an application to create invoices. There are some features that are required based on the type of the application and are common to all invoice applications. However, we still need to ...
2
votes
2answers
234 views

Using Completed User Stories to Estimate Future User Stories

In Scrum/Agile, the complexity of a user story can be estimated in story points. After completing some user stories, a programmer or team of programmers can use those experiences to better estimate ...
3
votes
3answers
318 views

What to do when there are no logical user stories but separate development tasks?

We need to generate a release in 3 weeks, and for the planning we are doing today we don't have coherent logical user stories from the backlog tasks. Is valid to match say each development task is ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

“Agile Principles, Patterns, and Practices in C#”: Is this just a .NET-translation of the popular Uncle Bob book? [closed]

I found this book sold on Amazon Agile Principles, Patterns, and Practices in C#, written by Robert C Martin and Micah Martin. Is it merely a .NET port of the older, more popular Agile Software ...