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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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Why has extreme programming (XP) gone out of date in favor of Agile, Kanban etc?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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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, 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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What do you do to estimates for agile stories where developers are pair programming?

If it was a 2-point story for one person, would you double it if people are pairing? Pairing isn't always necessarily done 100% of a dev task, so it seems that doubling the story points seems ...
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Does agile development need a framework in place first?

We are planning a new project and we want to go with a services oriented architecture. Everyone agrees that this is the way to go but how does this fit in with starting the development using agile ...
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Can the customer be a SCRUM Product Owner in a project?

I just had a discussion with a colleague about the Product Owner role: In a project where a customer organization has brought in a sofware developing organization (supplier), can the role of Product ...
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Managing re-usable code in user-centric agile stories?

I work on an agile team at the moment where our stories are written primarily from the user perspective as well as testing. So, for example, we may have a request for a date picker. The story would ...
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Are my novice user stories correctly composed?

Is this user story substantively correct: As a system owner, I want everybody that uses the system to have to log in using a secure password and login system, to prevent unauthorised and ...
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Are there any disadvantages to using the Agile methodology? [duplicate]

It seems most companies are practicing Agile methodologies these days for software development. I'm curious to know if there are any downsides to using Agile, does it have shortcomings, is it always ...
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Should code from an incomplete story be removed from the build?

During the sprint review the product owner may say that a particular story is incomplete or the team itself may not have completed some committed tasks. In what situations do you leave the code in ...
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What is best pratice for user stories containing two roles

I have a number of user stories where the same feature needs to be shared by multiple roles. I have started writing these stories like this: As a Role-A or a Role-B When I perform Action-X ...
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Does following Agile methodology contradict programmers should have quiet working conditions (one of the Joel test)?

My organization is moving to Agile process of software development. As part of it, the developers and quality engineers will sit together with the cubicle walls scaled down. I am just wondering how ...
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Good Practices for development team in large projects

Since I started learning C a few years ago, I have never been a part of a team that worked on a project. I am very interested to know what are the best practices for writing large projects in C. One ...
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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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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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Isn't the Spiral Model/Agile Development essentially just a more rapid and compressed Waterfall Model?

Since I learned about the Spiral Model of software development, I've tried to apply it to the different projects I've been involved in. However, I'm starting to feel like it's really just compressing ...
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How to transfer teams to an Agile programming methodology

My group has recently grown in size with the addition of several teams from different projects. We work using an Agile programming methodology: 2 week sprints, deliverable every sprint, 2-3 pushes to ...
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How does rapid prototyping fit into an agile methodology?

I work for a large company, which dictates the use of agile processes. For example, for our projects, we use cloud-based services that are specifically targeted at managing agile development. The ...
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Version control and project management for freelancing jobs

Are there version control and project management tools which "work well" with freelancing jobs, if I want to keep my customer involved in the project at all times? What concerns me is that repository ...
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Agile (scrum) and UML round-trip tools [closed]

How effective are automated round-trip tools for UML modeling? Do they help in coding quick, clean, efficient code? In what ways do these tools fit into the Agile methodology?
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How can I get my startup working with Agile development?

In our startup, we've worked until now using the traditional waterfall model, but we want to try our next project using Agile Methodology. We are pretty much alien to the entire Agile process, so ...
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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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Large teams with layered application

I work in a fairly large team (~15 developers) which is currently discussing our working methodology. The software we work on is quite feature-rich and expanding rapidly in terms of scope so the ...
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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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How can I use Scrum with a freelance team?

I'm working in a start-up. I have a background with teamwork and management, but I'm currently the only developer. We have a project that will involve a few developers in the form of 2 freelancers. I ...
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What is the best way to handle similar functionlaity in separate user stories / Product back Log Items?

I am using the TFS 2010 SCRUM template. So, let's say I have these user stories: As a user I want the ability to add contacts directly from the Partner page. As a user I want the ability to add ...
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How to deal tasks that are probably not user stories but still need to get done?

We have a number of tasks that need to be completed, but are probably not real user stories, or if they are, they are very developer-centric user stories which will never be visible to the end-users. ...
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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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Deployment in development phase for Agile projects

I'd like to know the Agile stance on the following situation: A contractual, payable milestone states a working version must be installed and run at customer's location; Development is still ...
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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 do you get your product owner more engaged on agile projects?

During iteration retrospectives on agile projects, one of the topics that comes up most often for us is that the product owner is (or product owners are) not available or engaged in the project at a ...
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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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What is a “behavior rich object” and why would it be advantageous?

I am referring to the article Mocks aren't Stubs by Martin Fowler. When naming cases when he think "mockist" TDD will be advantageous, he said It's particularly worth trying if you are having ...
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Do you keep DONE stories in the physical product backlog?

We have our Product Backlog as a physical Kanban board with TODO & DONE column. Some of the stories are moving from the TODO column to the Sprint backlog during our planning, and then during the ...
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Making big changes incrementally

Currently working on a complete front-end and back-end overhaul of our webapp. We did this because a lot of changes needed to be made to the database schema as well as the user experience. Now we are ...
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Scrum Newbie: Internal Stories

I am trying to implement Scrum and have some basic questions. I understand creating stories to implement end user functionality, but where does a "meta-task" like collecting requirements for the ...
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How would you introduce an agile methodology like scrum? [closed]

If you've found agile and walk into a workplace that doesn't particularly follow any methodology and they are resistant to change (as most people usually are), how would you introduce an agile ...
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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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Independency and estimation of user stories that rely on shared predecessor

Lest's say I have user stories about using product catalog in shop: As an administrator I can add/modify/delete catalog items (one or more user story, doesn't matter here) As a customer I can search ...
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How can we avoid creating duplicate or conflicting functionality when working on an agile team?

I'm working in a team where each member is working on an user story. How can we avoid creating duplicate or conflicting functionality? For example, if my user story requires the creation of class A ...
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Is 'process debt' a term people work with

As a result of a retrospective we were uncovering worse ways of developing software. We had a idea we though was great and tried it. We stayed with it during the development of a major update which ...
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In agile environment, how is bug tracking and iteration tracking consolidated.

This topic stemmed from my other question about management-imposed waterfall-like schedule. From the responses in the other thread, I gathered this much about what is generally advised: Each story ...
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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 do you balance documentation requirements with Agile developments [duplicate]

In our development group there is currently discussions around agile and waterfal methodology. No-one has any practical experience with agile, but we are doing some reading. The agile manifesto ...
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Example of Terms of Services for Agile contracting?

In my experience as a freelance developper, I've had some difficulties with clients, whom insist on getting an estimate over flimsy requirements. They then expect me to deal with requirements changes, ...
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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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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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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 ...