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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Using Scrum/agile with multiple customers

I am a big believer in agile development. I just changed jobs, and I am now working for a company that coordinates big development projects for (rather large) groups of customer organizations. My job ...
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The business and architecture challenge behind creating effective user stories

A friend of mine in another department had a problem and came to me with a question that I wasn't sure how to help him with. He recently became promoted to architect and he was put in charge of ...
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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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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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How do I deal with a problem that will pop up in a later iteration

This is an Agile development project and I do not have the ability to change that. The design that will be the fastest and most obvious for the first phase of our project will not be compatible with ...
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What does “extreme” in “extreme programming” (XP) refers to?

"Extreme" suggests that it has very different from normal, very aggressive, exceeding limits, but in my opinion regular releases, pair programming, unit testing, collaboration with customers are quite ...
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Is it possible to be agile without use cases and tests?

Rhetoric teaches us that the answer is probably yes. However I feel that we would no longer relate to the vast majority of Agile success stories. I think that my upper management read the benefits ...
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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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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 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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In agile (scrum), how do you go about breaking down a user story?

In agile (scrum), how should one ideally break down things into a user story. The team size is about 6 developers if that makes a difference, and iterations are 3 weeks. Is breaking a user story ...
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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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What 's the essential difference between agile developing and plan based developing?

In agile process, the product owner put the unformal ideas/user story/backlog items to the sprint/iteration. Sprint/iteration is like a plan for a short term and it is drived by daily meeting. ...
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How can I influence my team to become more agile [on hold]

I consider myself an agile developer, I have set up CI in the last three teams I have worked with, and in my previous role worked in a style which revolved around writing failing tests before fixing ...
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Many user stories share the same technical tasks: what to do?

A little introduction to my case: As part of a bigger product, my team is asked to realize a small IDE for a DSL. The user of this product will be able to make function calls in the code and we are ...
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In a team practicing Domain Driven Design, should the whole team participate in Stakeholder meetings?

In my experience, a Software Development Team that comprises: 1 Project Manager 1 Tech Lead 1 - 2 Senior Dev 2 - 3 Junior Dev (Fresh grad) Only the Tech Lead & PM (and/or Senor Dev/s) will ...
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How does agile estimate the time required for a “research phase”?

According to canonical 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 ...
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CFO's Expectations and Scrum Development

When it comes to financial topics, I'm admittedly not well versed. I'm trying to lead my organization in our software development effort using a Scrum based development life-cycle. I am often ...
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What deters developers from using automated refactoring tools?

I was having a discussion with my colleagues about using the automated refactoring tools in IDEs (Eclipse, NetBeans, IntelliJ, Xcode, Visual Studio, etc) and was surprised that many of them were ...
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Scrum on very short projects?

I'm using Scrum and really liking it. However, my shop finds itself in projects where the duration of the development effort is two or four weeks. We've already modified the sprint length to two ...
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How to conciliate OOAD and Database Design?

Recently I've studied object oriented analysis and design and I liked a lot about it. In every place I've read people say that the idea is to start with the minimum set of requirements and go ...
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design in agile process

Recently I had an interview with dev team in a company. The team uses agile + TDD. The code exercise implements a video rental store which generates statement to calc total rental fee for each type ...
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What are common categories for Kanban and Scrum JIRA boards?

One minimal Kanban-like system has three places for cards: "To do", "In progress", "Done". As I've seen Scrum and Kanban on the web, it is maybe five or six categories. What are some of the common ...
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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 ...
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How to keep a project easy to understand and intutive?

I am working on this project, which will soon contain loads of packages, projects etc. (Java). So, from the start I need to keep track of the high level package and class structure, monitor which ...
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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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Applying agile methodologies in a fast moving support environment

Do any agile methodologies have a place in the following setting: Small web development team, working on a mixture of frontend, backend, design work, with a mixture of new projects, inherited bad ...
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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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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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How to measure team productivity in Agile project environment? [duplicate]

Are there any techniques other than velocity? What are pros and cons of using those from your experience?
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Can agile be effectively used for initial development on a substantial project?

I think the short answer to this question is probably "yes", but I thought I'd ask anyway! We are in the process of taking a number of existing similar-but-different applications and, as part of what ...
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How often should you change pairs?

In the company I'm currently working on, we've been doing pair programming for a while now. In the current project, for the last couple of days, we've been trying to make our pair programming a little ...
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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 learn & introduce scrum in small startup?

In a few months, a friend will establish his startup software company, and I will be the software architect with one additional developer. Though we have no real day-to-day experience with agile ...
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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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Right Tools For The Job? One Location vs Multiple?

I'm currently using Codebase for all my project management (where I'm learning Agile). I use it for tracking bugs, user stories (via tickets), wikis, files and git hosting. However, I'm looking to ...
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Project Management Techniques (high level)

Our software dev team is currently using kanban for our development lifecycles, and, from the reasonably short experience of a few months, I think it's going quite well (certainly compared to a few ...
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Adoption of Lean methods

Are there any studies on the adoption of agile methods based on Lean principles? Some of the stats I'm looking for: How widely is Lean used? In terms of Agile methods, how does the adoption of Lean ...
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Determining the cost of impediments (waste)

For some time now our Scrum teams have experienced recurring impediments caused by external factors to the team. The teams have discussed the impediments in their retrospectives and also brought it up ...
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I would like to improve in writing goal-oriented user stories/features

I would like to improve my user stories writing abilities so I need your experience and guidance. I think that each variable part of a user story can be improved by following certain guidelines. 1. ...
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Is it better to spend resources on a skilled team or good process practice? [closed]

Which one of these is of more importance? Skilled team or good process practice? When I say skilled, I mean logical, creative members with good coding and testing skills. Good process would be the ...
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Should we create a story for vacation?

We have had a situation with a scrum sprint where a team member went on vacation for a few days at the beginning of the sprint. This led to us being behind the ideal trend on the burndown chart at the ...
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Is this agile? Scrum? How to improve agility?

Is this agile? Scrum? Any suggestions on how this can be made more agile under the circumstances? Which points are positives and which can be improved? The product is developed for a customer who ...
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Potentially Shippable Product Increment - what if users don't like the latest increment?

In our company we do usability test at the end of each Sprint. Many times we discover that the users don't like the implemented feature, so we either completely change it or scrap it in the next ...
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Why has extreme programming (XP) gone out of date in favor of Agile, Kanban etc?

I like XP (extreme programming) especially the part where there are 2 programmers at the same screen since often a problem's solution gets closer if only you explain what you're doing and pair ...
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What, if anything, to do about bow-shaped burndowns?

I've started to notice a recurring pattern to our team's burndown charts, which I call a "bowstring" pattern. The ideal line is the "string" and the actual line starts out relatively flat, then ...
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Is it true: use Agile methodology results less planning?

I am kind of new in agile environment since I always participated in projects before which was only said to be agile while it wasn't. Now I am really in an agile project and I see a setback - if it ...
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If this isn't a user story, what is it?

I'm with an org that is trying to transition to Agile. One thing that I've been struggling with is what they call user stories. In my experience, a user story would be this: Use should be able to ...
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Pair programming and unit testing

My team follows the Scrum development cycle. We have received feedback that our unit testing coverage is not very good. A team member is suggesting the addition of an external testing team to assist ...
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What is the purpose of the stand-up and its duration in agile methodologies? [closed]

I used to work in a waterfall methodology and now I am in a team that is following an agile methodology. It seems they are doing it wrong. For example, we have stand-ups that last 25+ minutes daily, ...