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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Do your stories include tasks across disciplines? How do you do capacity planning?

My organization does web projects and employs a handful of disciplines like backend dev, frontend, BA, UX, graphic design, QA. We've been pushing to have tasks for every discipline in our sprints with ...
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Scrum: What to do with epics once the stories are clear?

When working on a backlog, you define epics and break them down into user stories. Epics are estimated and kept on the backlog as epics until they become important enough to be planned into one of the ...
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How to start a development project when there are too many potential stakeholders

I've just taken on a new job at a college as (the sole) Web application developer. The college has a number of disparate but all pretty badly coded legacy systems. Mostly built in PHP they deal with ...
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Test planning for an Agile sprint

Can anyone offer any tips or experience on developing a test plan for an Agile sprint? Most of the time our team simply creates a "Test Feature X" task and goes about writing ad-hoc test cases. There ...
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Scrum Master in the organization

I'm wondering how to set up the organization with Scrum Masters. I would prefer to see real examples of where the scrum masters are located in the organization's hierarchy and how report-to / ...
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Can we pull future user stories in current sprint?

Suppose we have estimated 5 user stories to complete in a sprint and completed all of them with testing, buffer time and for expected bugs. Still we have 2-3 days left for one of the developer. Can ...
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Shared QA responsibilities on an Agile team

For many years our IT development group subscribed to the waterfall software development methodology with segregated pods of programmers specializing in database development, logic layer and ...
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Extreme Programming Daily Commits [closed]

Isn't daily commits (committing all changes before going home) an XP practice? What are the benefits of following this? What are the risks of not following this?
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Development methodologies when hundred of developers are working on one single solution?

We are an organisation consisting of around 200 developers that are working continuously on one single product (using the revision control Git) which is planned to be released at a certain date. Due ...
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How can architects work with self-organizing Scrum teams?

An organization with a number of agile Scrum teams also has a small group of people appointed as "enterprise architects". The EA group acts as control and gatekeeper for quality and adherence to ...
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How to write user stories for a framework API

I need help understanding what user stories should look like for a web testing framework we are building for our organization's QA department. We are trying to run this project using Scrum. The ...
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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 ...
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How could I deal with conflicting personalities in a Scrum/Agile based team? [closed]

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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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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 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 ...
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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?) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...