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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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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Is remote agile sustainable?

This is somewhat related to another question i just asked, but I'm freelancing solo and remotely for a contractor who is to project management, what big ball of mud is to code, so to speak. I've been ...
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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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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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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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are technical user stories allowed in scrum

Are technical user stories allowed in scrum? if yes what is the standard template for writing technical user stories in scrum? Is it the same As a <user> I want to do <task> so that I can ...
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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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Refactoring C++ [closed]

I know that there are some other questions about C++ refactoring, but none satisfies my needs. I have a background in Java and Python programming, but now I'm approaching C++. I've read (and ...
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What are the boundaries of the product owner in scrum?

In another question, I asked about why I feel scrum turns active developers into passive developers, and it seems that the overall problem is not scrumy (related to scrum), and rather it's related to ...
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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 ...
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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 it right to appraise Scrum members according to number of successful user stories completed?

When my Manager told to team that "now onwards successful user stories will be considered for appraisal!" We sat there for while shocked and that was one of the several jaw dropping moments he gave ...
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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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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 software....
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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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Must-have tools and practices for an agile start-up [closed]

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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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 close(...
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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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Moving from a traditional waterfall methodology to an agile one [duplicate]

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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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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“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 ...
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How to deal with (or account for) time lost in waiting for other things in an Agile environment?

We use Scrum. We have a month long sprint. In the beginning of the sprint we estimate tasks from the backlog and then depending on what capacity we have, we add tasks to the current sprint. However, ...
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How do you prioritize initial sprints to maximise the chance of catching architecture errors early?

I've worked on several projects that have used agile successfully as a means of providing continuous improvement on an already mature piece of software. But I've found it's much harder to be "agile" ...
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Why is there a 20 and not 21 in some versions of Planning Poker?

In Planning Poker, cards usually contain numbers of the Fibonacci sequence, which is 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55 etc. However, you can see on the Wikipedia page (and this has been confirmed to me by ...
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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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How to integrate technical line/functional manager into Scrum team?

We have recently had a new line manager start to manage our Scrum team. He is immensely experienced in our field but is relatively inexperienced at Agile/Scrum. He has extensive technical expertise in ...
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How should I break this user story into tasks

I am trying to understand how to create user stories and tasks. I have read articles stating that you should create small user stories and they should be a "vertical slice" of functionality instead of ...
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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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Is user story the best form of requirement in agile project?

Statistically speaking, user story maybe the most popular requirement technique in Agile but I am curious to know the alternatives and why.
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How do you run a sprint retrospective to maximize participation and honesty? And what about follow up on action items? [closed]

I've seen it done as a free-for-all where the scrum master just asks everyone to throw out comments. Or a time-boxed session where "anonymous" comments are posted on the walls bucketed by category. My ...
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Are “Clean Code” practices really that clean and useful? [closed]

I am currently doing an internship in a large corporation and they are undergoing many changes in software delivery structure (moving to Agile). In the past couple of months I have noticed this ...
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Should you reward based on overall project completeness or velocity?

The development team I'm in has been working on a VERY large project for months now and we recently started to implement a kanban board with agile practices into our process. We have seen MASSIVE ...
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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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How to get the team back on track for SCRUM/Agile?

There was a company developing software product. They had adopted SCRUM as agile method for entire development department incl. programmers, testers and analysts. It had been working grand for them in ...
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Multi-project multi-team Scrum

2 teams (A and B) in different geo locations are developing Project P. Both of the teams are also developing few other smaller projects: A has projects PA1 and PA2. B has PB1 and PB2. P is the only ...
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How do you track existing requirements over time?

I'm a software engineer working on a complex, ongoing website. It has a lot of moving parts and a small team of UI designers and business folks adding new features and tweaking old ones. Over the last ...
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How do you avoid disrupting the flow of work when the Product Owner asks for a release?

My team has been using Scrum for years with a goal to deliver a potentially releasable build each sprint. We recently started using a Kanban board moving away from time-boxed delivery to feature-...
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Should stories be usable?

I'm new to Agile as a methodology, although I believe a have a basic grasp on its principles. My team is currently building a framework that will support our client's application in the future. As an ...
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Can the ScrumMaster and other team members be managed by the Product Owner?

Our team is switching to Scrum. I would be the ScrumMaster (in addition to being a developer), and another developer would become Product Owner (in addition to our product marketing guy). All members ...
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What is the difference from the push and pull development models?

I was reading Extreme Programming Explained, Second Edition and in the chapter 11 "The Theory of Constraints" the authors talk about the old and obsolete "push" development model and the XP way, the "...
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Do payment terms effect project design methodology?

When working on a software project for a client, there are two ways in which this can be billed - fixed fee project, or per hour billing. Does the choice of payment terms effect the design ...
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Differences between a Unified Process and an Agile project plan?

There've been many discussions on SO about the differences between (Rational) Unified Process and the Agile methodology. Can someone please give me an example on how different a project plan would be ...
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How to support a product built with agile development?

Two of the functions our company provides our customers are: Our Development team of ~10 employees creates software products for businesses in a particular industry. The software is used on hundreds ...
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How to change documentation expectations from “risk management” to a “project risk”

We are trying to introduce some agile concepts to the business folks but one of our biggest hurdles is their expectations for documentation - the quantity, the authorship/ownership of the documents, ...
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Agile requirements gathering in embedded project [duplicate]

I am working on a project where we develop an embedded application for a Linux-based device handling data from different sensors and visualizing them to the end user. We try to use Scrum process but ...