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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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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How do I handle merging code that hasn't been merged in ~3 years in an agile manner? [closed]

Our team has recently adopted agile practices and most of the team is new to agile. In our product, we use some code developed by another team and only they maintain that code. For the last 4-5 ...
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Can a daily scrum meeting be replaced by a status email?

If an agile team has members like Developers, Testers, and Automation Testers from different geographical regions, how can the daily scrum meeting can happen? Obviously they have to work in different ...
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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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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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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 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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Does agile contradict to Open/Closed principle?

O/C principle dictates that production code should not be changed if system behavior augmention is required. Otherwise it becomes hard to trust tests. Following it as a dogma we are going to end with ...
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In Agile, should I create a code-review task?

My team uses Agile as a development approach. Currently, each task has four states which are todo, in progress, testing, and done. We've just started doing code reviews, and I wonder if I need to ...
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Do you rotate agile team members?

I've got long standing developers in my sprint team. They know the domain, they've been with the company 5+ years and as a team we have a pretty good burn down rate. There are other sprint teams, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 roles do people take after scrum master/technical lead? [closed]

What roles do people take after scrum master/technical lead? EDIT: My current role is a mix of a technical lead and scrum master role, but that's how we do it in my company :) )
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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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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 [closed]

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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Agile: How to deal with bottle neck approvals outside of SCRUM?

Is there an Agile term for when there is a stakeholder that acts as a bottleneck by jumping in only occasionally to trump decisions made collectively by the team? (ie, upper management who never ...
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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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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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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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What's a good model for continuous manager <-> programmer feedback?

Is it important for managers to give devs regular feedback on how they're doing and vice versa? I say vice versa because I consider employees to be responsible to their manager, and managers to be ...
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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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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 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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Estimating scrum points for non cross-functional team

We are working to transition our development team to be more Agile. I have a question about story point estimation and their relationship to an individual's skill. The scenario is that our team ...
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In Agile, what do you do with a severly underpointed story?

Our team is pretty good at planning/pointing, but once in a blue moon, we will have a severely underpointed story. I'm talking something we thought it would take a couple days and we realize its going ...
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Managing 'done' but not releasable code in TFS

I am working in an organisation with 11 scrum teams developing on the same code base. Currently, all development is done in trunk, and at the end of a sprint everything MUST be releasable, or it must ...
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Sprint Planning Meetings - determine if a work item is “planned”?

We've been working with Scrum for a while now, generally successfully. However of late, as the pressure has started to mount up we've encountered several situations where items came through planning ...
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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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Finishing an iteration early

I'd like some input on this on those working with agile methodologies... A current project is finding that development on our planned user stories is finishing some time before the end of the ...
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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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What deters developers from using automated refactoring tools? [closed]

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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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 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 ...