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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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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Does Scrum turn active developers into passive developers?

I'm a web developer working in a team of three developers and one designer. It's now about five months that we've implemented the agile scrum software development methodology. But I have a weird ...
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What is the right testing strategy in Agile Scrum/Kanban teams?

The problem is: The team , I am working in has 10 developers to 2 testers ratio which means we are going to churn out code more quickly than it is "Test" done. So, What should be the right approach ...
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Changing requirements mid-sprint

I am in the middle of an agile sprint. Midway we realize that the requirement that we were working upon, could have been done in an easier fashion in a totally different way. The development work done ...
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Why do we use the word “sprint”?

One of the founding principles of the Agile Manifesto is Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace ...
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Is feature ownership a good practice?

Recently in my company it has been suggested that one developer should focus (and only one) in one feature. That would mean something like setting the developer aside of the normal team routine, ...
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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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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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Early subtasking at the beginning of each sprint

I have joined a new team which is using Agile/Scrum, and their development process is as follows: 1) developers review each story before each sprint to make sure it doesn't miss anything critical. ...
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How to plan your software project if you are work depend on required deliverable with unexpected delivery date

I have worked for many software projects where I am developing software solution to the customer where I need to integrate with the customer back-end using web service provided by the customer in ...
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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 ...
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Agile development where customer collaboration is difficult

The agile manifesto states Customer collaboration over contract negotiation My question is how do you make this work effectively when there is distance between the developers and the users? ...
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Is there a canonical book on Agile?

As a solo developer, I think I'm using an Agile-like process, but I'd like to compare what I'm doing to real Agile and see if I can improve my own process. Is there a book out there that's the ...
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How can a team apply the Scrum methodology without a clear customer? [duplicate]

Our team is trying to understand and adapt Scrum and other agile practices, but we can not figure out how to deal with customer feedback when there is no customer. Every document about the subject ...
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Relationship between user story, feature, and epic?

As someone whose still new to agile, I'm not sure I completely understand the relationship or difference between a user story, feature, and epic. According to this question, a feature is a collection ...
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How long should a sprint planning meeting last?

In your experience, how long should a planning meeting (SCRUM) last? 8 hours? Or should it be shorter (succinct) and further discussions should be planned as part of the sprint (10 days sprint)?
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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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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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Does it affect the burn down chart?

We finished the development and closed the sprint(two weeks). But the code has not been reviewed. So in the third week we don't start a new sprint and keep clean up(refactor) the code. The scrum ...
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How to add a new developer to the team

I run a small company composed of only 2 developers. We are building a very big application for one of our clients. Development on this project has gone on for 1.5 years. Now this client has secured ...
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How to handle short notice (but high priority) maintenance tasks in SCRUM

currently shifting to SCRUM, we wonder what should be done exactly in the specific case : Our analytics team need some script to be updated on the site we're managing. It occurs on a regular basis ...
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Scrum: how to integrate work done by an overachieving developer out of band?

We have a "typical" SCRUM team and we commit to work for a sprint, and also maintain a backlog. Recently we have run into a problem of trying to integrate/handle the work of an overachieving developer ...
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How to quantify the work perfomed by a developer/programmer? [duplicate]

I know the best four naive ways of achieving this. Commit count: In the code repository count the number of commits done by a user. However this is just what the name says, counting the commits. It ...
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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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Will giving new recruits a separate subproject from experienced developers help the newbies ramp up more quickly?

We have 7 developers in a team and need to double our development pace in a short period of time (around one month). I know there is a common sense rule that "if you hire more developers, you only ...
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Who is responsible to challenge a product owner? [duplicate]

I am relatively new to Scrum and I am not clear on the boundaries of a product owner. The product owner that I am currently working with seems to behave more like a manager than someone who gives ...
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Can fixed scope + fixed deadline + fixed price contract ever be made to work with “agile”?

Some projects we run internally using are Scrum, while still being "fixed everything" to the customer. We're experiencing mixed success on our part (the customer likes the visibility of the burndown ...
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Pair programming when driver and observer have different skill level and experience

I know pair programming is an agile software development technique in which two programmers work together at one workstation. One, the driver, writes code while the other, the observer, reviews each ...
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Explaining the difference between Product Backlog Item and a Task

I've run into this challenge a couple of times and I'm hoping someone can provide some references, training or advice on how to explain the difference between a Product Backlog Item and a Task in TFS. ...
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Where should my team start with becoming “modern”? [closed]

I'm a relatively new developer, fresh from college. While in college and during subsequent job-seeking, I realized that there were a lot of "modern" software development methodologies that my ...
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How to manage Agile developers working with traditional (serial) business persons? [closed]

Good afternoon, My work environment has some problems. Our IT team is trying to be more agile, but we're not really getting buy-in from the business. They attend our daily stand-ups and sprint ...
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Should points of tech debt be counted in a team's velocity?

Tech debt doesn't have a direct business value until the improvements are seen against other stories being delivered quicker. Achieving or failing sprints affects morale and delivery in the long run ...
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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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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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Should I include the research time in a agile task? [duplicate]

I was given a project for a logging framework. It has many tasks of course. One of them is "Create a Class that can Log to a nLog Target"(6 hours). However I am not familiar with Nlog. I guess that I ...
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Reasons for Pair Programming

I've worked in a few shops where management has passed the idea of pair programming either to me or another manager/developer, and I can't get behind it at all. From a developer stand-point I can't ...
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How to write “SMART” Objectives as an agile developer?

Like many corporations the company I work for is transitioning to a performance review system based on SMART objectives. My team is a high functioning agile development team employing practices from ...
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Is this a user story or a bug?

Consider the following user story(ies) for a manufacturing management system I am building: As a shipper/receiver I need to be able to create work orders So that we can begin tracking jobs ...
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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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Is physical Agile board “always” better than electronic tool?

Whenever the question comes up on which Agile tool to use use there always some people that answer "don't use an electronic tool because you will lose the big-visible-board advantage which better ...
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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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How to draw sprint burndown chart?

In my company, there are 3 different development teams, newly started scrum. They mainly follow same path in doing scrum, but when it comes to sprint burndown chart, the act differently. One team, ...
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Agile Scrum - Importance of requirement gathering and documentation and suggestions to improve

We are using agile scrum methodologies for developing and maintaining a product. Since we are a product company, we do not work with customer directly on day to day basis, but instead communicate with ...
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What options does a disciplined developer have when joining a team of undisciplined developers as a regular member, not a lead? [closed]

What options does a disciplined developer have when joining a team of undisciplined developers? Based on an environment of bad developers and a lack of software development infrastructure to guide ...
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How much refactoring is acceptable? [duplicate]

I am currently in a project where one of my developer colleagues constantly refactors stuff on every ticket he's doing. We are using agile methodologies. I know that refactoring is a good thing to do ...
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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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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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Planning troubleshooting in a sprint

From time to time we face difficult problems which are hard to reproduce. Creating a planning for solving such an issue is (nearly) undoable. What we do at the moment is break these up in ...
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What is a “cross-functional team” actually? [closed]

The general meaning of "cross-functional team" is a team which combines specialists in different fields that are required to reach the goal. But it looks like in Agile cross-functionality means not ...
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Is there a way to track user stories in Jira when using Scrum? [closed]

We are adapting Scrum using JIRA. We want to use the following hierarchy: Epic -> Story -> SubTask Stories are requirement specs and decomposed by developers into tasks. My manager asked me if it ...