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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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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Do you estimate all user stories in iteration zero?

After our product backlog is created and prioritized, are we meant to briefly estimate all the stories in the product backlog? I assume they have to be in order to create a product burndown chart, ...
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Can testers peer review the developers' design and code?

I am a junior developer for a small business using scrum / agile development. A long-term goal of ours is to be appraised at CMMI lvl 2. We have a team of 3 senior developers who implement user ...
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Documentation degrading - how to deal with it?

Important: we have no issues whatsoever with source code documentation. This belongs to regular code audit and is kept up to date. Our problem is with developers documentation (or, "external" if you ...
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Product owners with more than one product?

Is it normal and still proper (in agile/SCRUM-based software development) for a product owner to be in charge of more than one product?
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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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Cannot understand a certain point in Agile Manifesto Principles

I was reading Agile Manifesto Principles. Everything seems clear and reasonable except for one point: Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential. I dont ...
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How to get good design when using agile methods?

I have been using an agile methodology (SCRUM) for about three years now and I see certain advantages to it, especially in the short-term feedback at many levels (from customers having early access to ...
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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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Dealing with Upgrade Lists [closed]

I'm curious to how others deal with upgrade lists and feature suggestions for developments (ie popular community driven websites) At the moment, when a user makes a suggestions for an ...
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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 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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What is the best way to approach visualization projects?

I work on several areas related to information visualization, linked data, computer vision and other stuff, so mainly front-end. I am not really happy with the fact that visualizations take lots of ...
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Scrum - how to carry over a partially complete User Story to the next Sprint without skewing the backlog

We're using Scrum and occasionally find that we can't quite finish a User Story in the sprint in which it was planned. In true Scrum style, we ship the software anyway and consider including the User ...
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Advice on SCRUM for the solitary developer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Agile for the Solo Developer I am looking for advice on the SCRUM process for a solitary developer. Most SCRUM resources I see focus on its use in a team environment, ...
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Who should be the architect in an agile project?

We are developing the agile way for a few months now and I have some troubles understanding the agile manifesto as interpreted by my colleagues. The project we are developing is a framework for future ...
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how to change the sequence used in planning poker

Is it possible to change the used sequence in Planning Poker, for some stories, it is thought that when the stories gets larger it contains more uncertainty but stories have nearly exact time ...
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How to properly document functionality in an agile project?

So recently, we've just finished the first phase of our project. We used agile with fortnightly sprints. And whilst the application turned out well, we're now turning our eyes on some of the ...
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How to handle estimates for programmers joining the team?

Iteration has already started, new programmer joins the team, task X has already been estimated to be 30 hours by a different developer. What is the best practice in this situation? new developer ...
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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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How do I know if I am using Scrum methodologies?

When I first started at my current job, my purpose was to rewrite a massive excel-VBA workbook-application to C# Winforms because it was thought that the new C# app will fix all existing problems and ...
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Scrum in a consulting environment?

Is it possible to introduce scrum to a consulting environment? On any given week I might belong to 4 different teams, each with a different PM, BA and dev team (I am a designer). It doesn't seem ...
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Should we document stand-up meetings?

Another team in my company start to document their stand-up meetings, but I believe it is a waste of time. As far as I know, stand-up meetings are for communication not for status reporting (please, ...
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Is writing software in the absence of requirements a skill to possess or a situation I should avoid?

I find that some software developers are very adept at this, and often times are praised for their ability to deliver a working concept with abstract requirements. Frankly, this drives me crazy, and I ...
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How should I pitch moving to an agile/iterative development cycle with mandated 3-week deployments?

I'm part of a small team of four, and I'm the unofficial team lead (I'm lead in all but title, basically). We've largely been a "cowboy" environment, with no architecture or structure and everyone ...
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Requirements/issue tracker similar to online spreadsheet [closed]

Is there a requirements/issue tracker software which is similar to Google spreadsheet? We have Fogbugz but I find it more heavyweight and slow than a simple spreadsheet. Is there a Fogbugz ...
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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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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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Are there any scientific studies done on TDD that use total cost of ownership for a product as the measurement?

When I was reading the summary of previous work in Dogsa T, Batic D. The effectiveness of test-driven development: an industrial case study. Software Quality Journal. 2011;19(4):643-661. it struck me ...
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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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What is the difference between Agile Modeling and the Agile Manifesto? [closed]

By searching for the different software development methods I found that there are two AM: Agile Modeling Agile Manifesto The problem is that I can't get the difference between them. If one is a ...
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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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Are there advantages to agile practices other than having a working build between sprints?

I recently became interested in agile practices in software development and I since have seen a lot of articles point out that these practices allow for reduced overall costs. The logic behind that ...
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Agile - Spikes and the Overall Timeline

Team is starting on their first capital-A Agile project, and the project seems like it will fall in line nicely with the methodology (i.e. we can probably just grab an agile book and follow it like a ...
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How much detail about a user story can a developer expect?

The biggest drawback of agile development I have experienced is that people not involved in development focus on the mantra that a user story (3-10 ideal person days) should not contain more than 1-3 ...
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Which user-story estimation technique is better? [closed]

I found two techniques for estimating user stories: by the size of the story, which is unit-less by the time estimate, which is measured by days The first uses relative comparison between stories ...
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What is “swarming”?

I've heard swarming mentioned in the context of Agile or Extreme Programming. It seems to be a complement to pairing. What exactly is it? When should it be applied? How do you do it well?
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How can Scrum be adapted to an academic environment?

I'm currently working with a professor at my university to develop new curricula for the Software Engineering and Capstone Design courses offered in my college. Up until recently, both courses used ...
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Can two developers form an agile team?

I am working on a company's project alone at the moment, but the company is getting soon a junior developer whom I will be mentoring. Considering he will be learning a lot in first few days I am ...
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Parallel Testing options in Agile Development?

I've read through some very good resources on the internet trying to find out if my initial proposed testing process is a valid option. So please any advice or recommendations are appreciated. ...
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How does agile work when replacing a working system?

In an ideal Agile world, you quickly build a small, but useful subset of the desired end system, and give it to users. They're excited, because it's useful, they start using it and give feedback. You ...
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How relaxed (or not) should a sprint be?

What should be the attitude towards getting stories done that are assigned to a sprint? Obviously you want to prioritize getting them done in the sprint, but to me the whole point of agile is to be ...
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What are the Agile initial conditions?

First let me say that I think that an agile process can work because of the following underlying principles: It brings focus Limits the noise which really brings focus Secondly I am wondering what ...
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Steps for moving towards continuous delivery? [closed]

Say you have a traditional dev > test > production process say on a monthly release cycle. What are some of the steps you need to take and put into place to move towards a model of continuous ...
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How do you estimate the time required for a “research phase” in agile development?

In the context of agile development, what is the appropriate amount of learning that an engineer should engage in before implementing a solution to a problem? If an engineer knows she is too ignorant ...
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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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Scrum for team split between two spoken languages

I have a team that without a single common language among all of the team members. The team is split across two locations (though the geography isn't the main issue). All team members in each location ...
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How do we finish all our stories by the end of the sprint and not after and why is this important?

We are running 2 weeks sprints where the team will just barely finish development by the last day of the sprint but cards are not complete because testing is not finished. The definition of done is ...
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SDLC approach for small size projects

For small size projects, is it worth following the SDLC? is SCRUM/agile development a better approach? Edit: The project I have in mind is a small change but it will affect multiple layers/parts of ...
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Essential management tools for a small/medium software development shop

I've recently started work with an organisation that is rapidly expanding and is recruiting or growing several development teams (including two web-based products and a data warehouse/BI team). They ...