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 fixed-scope, fixed-time really impossible to deliver in agile? Or what else use?

I have been reading some similar questions here but they are not the same. The project we have inherited from our partner has fixed scope and a fixed deadline to deliver. We are now thinking about way ...
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Is having fixed delivery dates for elements an “Agile” way of working?

We keep being told we are going to be working in an agile way on a new project by senior management. They have set up stand-ups, sprint planning, retrospectives etc. etc. However, they have now come ...
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How to get started with Scrum when the team is bad at generating ideas?

I have a bit of a problem regarding implementing Scrum into a project. The team I'm working with is generally just very bad at coming up with ideas. I'm not sure if it's a matter of them not feeling ...
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How do you explain to an “agile” team that they still need to plan the software they write?

This week at work I got agiled yet again. Having gone through the standard agile, TDD, shared ownership, ad hoc development methodology of never planning anything beyond a few user stories on a piece ...
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How to do error management in a web development team?

What are some good practices to do error management in a web application of about 30 people divided into 5 people team, where each team is responsible of a specific part of the application? I am ...
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Are agile user story acceptance criteria the same as traditional functional requirements?

Let's take a traditional functional requirement: The system shall allow the user to create an account with an email address and password A user story that covers this requirement might be: ...
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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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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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Should Continous integration make the code deploy to an environment?

I got inspired by a similar question on the Stackoverflow.com and after reading what Martin Fowler has written (and Jez Humble, of course at http://continuousdelivery.com/), I still struggle to ...
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Should I consider microservice as an epic or a project in TFS?

When using tools such as TFS or JIRA to plan an application made of 10+ microservices, I am concerned should I consider microservice as an epic or as an new project? In TFS when splitting ...
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How to avoid code duplication or cascaded changes and major refactoring in business logic layer?

Let's say, I have created a business logic layer service (or a handler in Command/Query pattern) with a method DoSomething which processes a bunch of entities and stores them in database. Later on, ...
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How should we quote differing sized contracts in a SCRUM environment

I am trying to implement an agile-ish approach to our firm. Right now we have a very much waterfall like approach to designing, coding, testing, and releasing. One major issue we haven't found an ...
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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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Scrum: Product Backlogs and Tasks

Recently I have been reading the book, Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners by Ilan Goldstein. Goldstein mentions that when practicing scrum, you will write user stories and you will write task for ...
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Enforcing a uniform Scrum approach to all teams within a department

Where I work we recently switched the Agile development using Scrum. We went through the typical growing pains but have reached an approach that seems to work for now (whether it'll work in the long ...
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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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Scrum and swarming non-parallelizable tasks

My current scrum master is a true believer who is not willing to budge on the official forms of scrum. I don't want this to sound ranty, I am really asking about the orthodox solution to this issue ...
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Definition of Done for many Scrum teams

We've recently started to use the Scrum framework and we gradually went from 1 team to 5. I am doing the Scrum Master role. In the last months, each Development Teams worked on their Definition of ...
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Selecting the (right?) technology and environment

We are two developers on the edge of starting new web product development. We are both fans of lean start-up approach and would like to practice continuous deployment. Here comes the dilemma - we ...
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Can 'Agile' be applied to Healthcare IT teams?

Can Agile be employed in a field like Healthcare IT, where so much of patient care depends on the quality and timely delivery of systems?
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Does late have any meaning in Agile methodologies?

This came out of some of the answers and comments on another question (this one). I've worked primarily with waterfall projects and while I've worked on ad-hoc projects that have taken on agile ...
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How long does PI planning session in agile methodology actually plan for?

Does PI planning actually plan for only a few sprints ahead or does it plan for the whole project(all sprints until production)?
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Can a website get user details if the site is using facebook account kit to log in?

Is it possible to for a website to get my number and email id if they are using facebook account kit to verify users without facebook accounts.And how to collect the user details accessing this ...
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Agile without unit tests

Does it make sense to talk about "agile development" or claiming that you are applying an "agile methodology" if the code base you are working on has 0% unit test coverage? (And you, as a team, are ...
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Should the developer help customer to write the user stories? [duplicate]

Recently, two guys contacted me and asked me to build their mobile app. They have a brand new concept and want an app quickly. I told them that I need some user stories and some specifications by ...
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How to handle defects from production (older version) in SCRUM

We are moving to SCRUM - in our sprints, we work on a version 1.1, while version 1.0 is being in production. However, ocassional bug from version 1.0 is reported and have to be fixed. I found no ...
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Are dynamic languages at disadvantage for agile development?

From what I've read agile development often involves refactoring or reverse engineering code into diagrams. Of course there is much more than that, but if we consider the practices that rely on these ...
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How to decompose a sprint in scrum?

I´m struggling how to decompose a sprint in SCRUM. I know in many cases SCRUM is used only for the developing part in the software process, but I want to use it for the whole project (in our case: ...
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How do you keep track of a requirements document on an agile team?

I understand that User Stories dominate the agile world, but how are these artifacts stored, so that new developers who join the team can come up to speed with the requirements? What if the User ...
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Is there a reason beyond Fibonacci why Planning Poker doesn't involve a 4?

During our sprint planning meetings, we use a planning poker deck to reach a consensus on estimates, with the cards indicating how many days we estimate to need. We then use these estimates combined ...
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Should stories be usable?

I'm new to Agile as a methodology, although I believe a have a basic grasp on its principles. My team is currently building a framework that will support our client's application in the future. As an ...
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How to record changes to tasks in sprint backlog?

We are using Scrum for more than a year now for a mobile game project. We use a printed Excel sheet pinned on cork board almost similar to one here on mountaingoatsoftware website. During the sprint ...
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Has research been done on the effectiveness of Planning Poker as an estimation technique?

Although it is a commonly held opinion that planning poker improves the accuracy of project estimations (a small sample of which demonstrated on this question), has any defined research been done on ...
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Is the agile approach too much of a convenient excuse for cowboys

I believe that an agile approach is best for projects where the requirements are fuzzy and a lot of interaction is required to help shape the end user's ideas. However... In my professional work, I ...
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How to make Scrum work for a team with defined roles?

Some background information I'm part of an in-house software dev team. It consists of 5 developers (with experiences ranging from 2 to 5 years, I'm one of them) 3 implementation staff (they do the ...
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Participants in Agile retrospective

Who should be the participants in retrospective? Will it be only the team members OR should the Product manager, all the stakeholders and dependent teams also participate. I am of the opinion that ...
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How the time of Agile Sprint is calculated?

have a query in my mind that how the time estimation is made in sprint meeting for agile work flow? Lets say for example: In a team there are 4 developers and the first sprint is designed for about ...
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When Agile becomes a bit slugish [closed]

So, we have started trying to work to Agile/scrum in our business to run the software dev team and it's not (in my eyes as a humble dev) working very well. Its getting to the point now where the team (...
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Dev and Tester separated team AND single sprint

First a bit of background : Previously in V cycle process, we have a dev team and a product definition/tester team (we'll call them testers). We moved to agile few months ago with still this ...
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Capacity Planning for a solo developer - Activities?

I'm having trouble seeing the benefit of setting the Activity field on Tasks for use in Capacity Planning (I'm using the Scrum Template). In fact, doing so seems to make things more cumbersome. Why ...
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Determining the optimal amount of unit tests?

I think I may be writing -too- many unit tests. For example, say I was doing a coursework management system, and I coded a feature for submitting coursework on behalf of a student. If invalid ...
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Scrum - Dealing with hotfixes

Say you finished a sprint, successfully deployed your application to the production environment and started another 2-week-long sprint. But then you find a critical bug in the version you just shipped,...
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Frustrating on time tracking

Our agile sprint lasts three weeks. Say 40*3 = 120 hours. Our boss requires us must to log at least 8 hours every day. We use JIRA to record time. However my current story in the sprint estimated time ...
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How to manage product backlog/user stories

We're about to start a new project using Agile (using TFS), and I have a couple of "good practice" questions regarding the product backlog:- When we first start adding users stories, is it a good ...
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How to handle huge necessary internal processes in user stories?

I'm looking at eXtreme Programming and its release iterations based on User Stories. But I wonder how to integrate huge internal processes into this particular mind-set. For example, the Google ...
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Agile methodology and capacity planning

I'm trying to figure out the best method to address this issue. We have a pool of resources that would on projects, BAU, and Prod Support. PMs utilize these resources in an agile methodology and ...
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What is the purpose of planning poker in a sprint?

Our business analyst and project leads tell us the client's requirement as Stories. Every Sprint planning, we (developers) are asked to play planning poker. They asked all of us to consider the '...
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Iteratively improve software architecture & quality in an agile process?

Or to put it another way how to ensure that architecture or quality doesn't suffer, doing agile. Some of the understandings in handling architecture in agile are below(generally applies to testing as ...
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How do you handle Performance tasks in Agile?

How is the Agile process affected if a stakeholder requests that a specific operation in the software need to perform better? This could mean that it runs very slow for a customer's needs (even with ...
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Development Methodology for Many Projects

Twice now I have encountered an office where there are many projects being done simultaneously. The two different approaches I've seen to this is splitting people up into very small (1-2 people) ...