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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Agile Use Of Dedicated Teams

When reading the Agile Manifesto, they don't mention anything about dedicated teams. However on some websites (example: this article on agile teams) they claim it's necessary to have a dedicated team ...
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When did Agile Development Life Cycle start taking off? [on hold]

When did the ADLC really start taking off and become "mainstream", ie: more than just a 'few' development teams were working within it?
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TFS - 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 we estimate tasks during backlog grooming?

I was just taken by surprise in a backlog grooming meeting when we assigned time estimates to BA, dev, and QA tasks...but the story is not yet scheduled in any sprint and we are not yet assigning ...
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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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Paired Programming - best approach

There is a new developer starting soon. This person is at an entry level but has worked in app support for a couple of years. I asked this question some time ago just before I started training ...
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Are deadlines Agile?

For clarity, a deadline is: A time limit or deadline is a narrow field of time, or particular point in time, by which an objective or task must be accomplished. From wikipedia My whole software ...
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Agile tools, can't find any that suits my case or I'm wrong somewhere? [closed]

We have huge modules in our project, each module has a bunch of user-stories, each story contains developer tasks. Actually, we take tasks from multiple modules, since we have some core module ...
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What are work areas used for with the scrum methodology [migrated]

On visual studio online there is an option to configure work areas. I created a project and it uses the "Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 2013.4" process template. I started entering work items into the ...
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Scrum Daily meeting: Punctuality over Full team presence?

My understanding is that a Daily Scrum meeting should be very quick, hosted in a friendly way and that it requires all the team members present. Because it is objective is to have everyone up to date ...
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How to stop / avoid Over Time on a Scrum Team?

Actually, I'm helping a small software shop on their Scrum Implementation. Recently the Scrum Master reported me that he has a problem because the Team is working Over Time to achieve the Scope ...
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How do you prioritize initial sprints to maximise the chance of catching architecture errors early?

I've worked on several projects that have used agile successfully as a means of providing continuous improvement on an already mature piece of software. But I've found it's much harder to be "agile" ...
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Agile: QA without dedicated test resource

I'm currently working in a small internal software development team of four people. Having had a lot of success with Agile in the past (which none of my colleagues have used before), I'm keen to try ...
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Pair Rotation in a team for effective pair programming

We follow pair programming in our company and always face the issue of balanced and effective pair rotation within the developers on stories. We follow a simple metrics in which every developer's ...
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Scrum - how to carry over a partially complete User Story to the next Sprint without skewing the backlog

We're using Scrum and occasionally find that we can't quite finish a User Story in the sprint in which it was planned. In true Scrum style, we ship the software anyway and consider including the User ...
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Integrating QA within agile sprints [duplicate]

I've been working in "Agile" for a while and am working to move more towards agile at a new company. One of the problems I have always sort of encountered is effective integration of QA within the ...
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Is TDD the best software development philosophy? [closed]

Question: Why not just use BDD-style acceptance tests and do away with unit tests, integration tests, functional tests and all other tests? I have been doing some research into the differences ...
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When does pair programming work? When to avoid it?

Rather than slavishly pair program all the time, we use pair programming selectively on our team. I think it works best in the following circumstances: Ramping up brand new team members on a project ...
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Working Agile on Mainframe [closed]

Why do teams that work in a mainframe environment barely use an agile working methodology? What are the key factors of not doing this despite all the technology available? If so, which agile ...
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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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Agile. User stories, Tasks and Reporting

At the moment we are creating tasks based on (pointed) user stories. We then link the tasks to the user story in TFS and move them across the kanban board. Does this sound like a common approach? also ...
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What to do with user stories that depend on horizontal integrations?

How do you handle a user story when it depends on horizontal integrations in an application? An example would be a user story such as, "I would like to have audio help on the start screen." Let's say ...
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Big tasks vs short list of small ones at sprint planning meeting

Simply: Sprint planning, we do not have well described user stories and we need to create tasks (since we do PoC-like module, technology remain somewhat unknown). Should a team either: Create big ...
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How can user stories not contain requirements (when written on a card) and still be implementable

I've been told "User Stories are not requirements, it is just a reminder of what customer wants, you cannot put requirements within a story". But let's take for an example that a customer wants a ...
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TFS - My Work or Branch

My team has recently upgraded from VSS to TFS 2013. In the past, there was a hard and fast "no checking in until the Item is complete," rule, but this is being challenging by a couple of newer team ...
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Use Case Diagram. Can a system be its own actor?

Hello I got the definition below for an actor. That means the system cannot be an actor to itself. I was wondering what if the system is supposed to display certain elements on a screeen. In that case ...
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How to setup an agile startup without the customer? [duplicate]

In agile, there is an emphasis on customer involvement. They provide user stories, provide feedback, and a lot of decisions are up to them. There are situations that there is no customer for the ...
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Product backlog- when do task hours get estimated?

I am wondering if when developing a product backlog do tasks have hours estimated for them. To confirm, i can talking about a product backlog here not a sprint backlog as I know it does have.
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Guesstimating multiple Epics

The company I work for is planning a big release. There are multiple teams and each team's Product Manager has come up with multiple Epics (we are using JIRA). Now, we are supposed to guesstimate all ...
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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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Story points for bug fixing tasks: Is it suitable for Scrum?

I'm just wondering if we should assign story points to bug fixing tasks or not. JIRA, our issues-tracking software, does not have story point field for Bug type issues (it's only for Storys and ...
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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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Should a scrum team estimate time for the user stories during Sprint Planning, or before it? [duplicate]

I am newbie for scrum. Lets say we have all the user stories for the product, and the product owner gave them the priorities. Now as a team, when we should estimate times for these stories? Should we ...
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How should I create software requirements for a personal project? [closed]

Let's say I have an idea for the application that I'd like to develop. This application can be used for my startup business or it can just be something I'd like to provide to the world for free. Also, ...
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Fixed scope and resources - but I am being asked for an exact release date [duplicate]

We have a project where the scope and resources are fixed. We have a fully groomed backlog and a velocity, so from this I can work out a rough idea of when we may release. As a team, we feel it is ...
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Develop application works on cloud or on local PC? [closed]

I'm new in Cloud computing, I want to develop an agile development tool. The main goal is to enable remote developers to work (using agile approach and practices) in the same project (SaaS), the ...
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What is the difference between user stories and features?

Playing with icescrum, I realised that I do not understand the difference between user stories and user features. Can someone explain the difference?
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Who is responsible to challenge a product owner?

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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Scrum: Is it ok for the design/UX of user story to occur in the same sprint as implementation

I am currently in a sprint (two week) where the designer is tasked with defining the requirements and UX of a particular user story. In the same sprint I am to implement this design. During sprint ...
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Need an example of a real backlog task or how elaborate must it be? [closed]

I'd like to know whether a task must be self contained. Our tasks mostly contain a couple of sentences. To understand what you are to do you should: Read the requirements document for several ...
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How to express what do do when error occurs in a user story?

How do you express what to do when error occurs in a user story? Should the response to what happen on errors be in a task of the original user story, or should I create another user story that is ...
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How do you track what you and your team are working on day-to-day?

I'm struggling with how to keep track of what myself and people on my team actually do each day. I get a good broad picture by going over completed cards each week and stand-ups help a bit, but I feel ...
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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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Scrum and backlogged issues

I run a development team that recently started using Jira and we began using agile scrum. I'm curious about a certain aspect of backlogged issues. So far I have been marking new issues as unassigned ...
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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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Does pair programming remove the need of code reviews in an Extreme Programming (XP) project?

In an extreme programming project, programmers do pair programming most of the time. As these pairs also rotate, that is, you pair program with different people, and there is a sense of collective ...
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Scrum: Capacity vs Velocity when planning a sprint

We have completed 11 sprints so far in our current project. In most sprints we have not been burning down well and usually finish with our velocity gradient flattening as we approach the end of the ...
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Large internal features on kanban

This days I'm reading some tutorials/advices about Kanban process and Agile methodologies, but I have two big questions about this Kanban methodology. What I understood is user stories are about ...
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Software design by pseudocoding?

Do you know a good way to design (i.e. write down) software with a method based on pseudocode? I'm new to software design and read some information about UML. My humble class hierarchies are good so ...
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How should I break this user story into tasks

I am trying to understand how to create user stories and tasks. I have read articles stating that you should create small user stories and they should be a "vertical slice" of functionality instead of ...