An agile framework within which a Product Owner (PO), Development Team (DT) of 3-9 Developers and a Scrum Master (SM) work as the Scrum Team (ST) to build and sustain complex products of the highest, possible value. They do this work within a timebox called a Sprint; Sprints may be shorter, but may ...

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How do you handle a pressing question in your head while someone is in the middle of explaining something to you? [migrated]

As a junior developer working on a rather complex system, I find myself in this situation constantly. A colleague at work or a friend over a beer is explaining a topic that is relatively complex but I ...
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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 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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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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Who in scrum has the responsibility to determine how design/branding is done

We have shipped our application. Now we have to do internationalization of the application shipping to 15 countries each country its own branded site. We have many email templates and landing pages ...
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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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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 ...
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Are bargaining and beat down attempts on Scrum estimations legitimate parts of the process?

I noticed in scrum meetings, that developers often give realistic estimations on stories. However, even rather simple stories need a lot efforts for configuration, setting up third party components, ...
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Team constantly fails to meet sprint goals

We are a small software company with one product. We use scrum, and our developers choose the features they want to include in each sprint. Unfortunately over the past 18 month period, the team ...
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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) ...
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Why doesn't team size affect scrum time-boxing for meetings?

Although most time-boxed meetings take the amount of weeks in a sprint into consideration, none of them seems to include the number of team members when calculating the max duration. What I mean by ...
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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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Should we factor time in for UAT fixes & deployments as part of a sprint?

We're a relatively small team and we are trying to implement an 'agile' scrum methodology around here for our projects. All of our work is project based (i.e. we do not have a particular product ...
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How to deal with (or account for) time lost in waiting for other things in an Agile environment?

We use Scrum. We have a month long sprint. In the beginning of the sprint we estimate tasks from the backlog and then depending on what capacity we have, we add tasks to the current sprint. However, ...
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Scrum - What are team members busy with during a sprint

So, a scrum sprint is a fixed time period during which a specific set of features should be implemented. And a scrum team consists of all the people committed to delivering those features, the ...
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Scrum - Dealing with failed sprints and deadlines

Many Scrum books and articles say that a failed sprint (when the team fails to complete some features from the Sprint Backlog) is not something that bad, it happens from time to time, and it can ...
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Where in scrum methodology do you define the approach/concept for a certain task

We have a sprint planning every sprint which takes 2 hours. In this little time we discuss 10 user stories, write them down and estimate them. Very often after the estimation (during sprint) I ...
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How do you integrate separate projects into a single solution?

Background I'm a technical lead on a small team of three developers who work at a community college. Because of the nature of our environment, our projects are typically related (since the core set ...
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What happens if Sprint Goal is not met?

I've been reading Scrum Guide and one part is missing for me. What happens if Sprint Goal is not met at all? Let's say the Sprint Goal is a big part of a functionality which cannot be broken into ...
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Should defects be raised during sprints or just noted in the stories and assigned to developers?

I have heard that when testing stories developed in the current sprint, no issues are raised they are not completed (i.e. definition of done was not fulfilled) and that you should only raise issues ...
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What are the possible/likely pitfalls of having async scrum teams?

In our game project we currently have 2 teams that work in 2 week iterations. In the past we've repeatedly had issues with larger features (bad planning/estimates, unforseen issues before code freeze ...
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Should I use scrum for big projects? [closed]

I've been working on a project designed for generic software for gas stations (to be redistributed for many customers) for 18 months. The project is big. Today we have around 150 tables. We haven't ...
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In Scrum, are story points assigned at different planning poker sessions worth the same?

As far as I understand, a planning poker session usually is started by picking one item and assigning it a value (say, 1). This item will then serve as a reference for the rest of the session. From ...
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In Scrum, should developers talk directly to customers (bypassing the PO)?

How should a product owner in scrum deal with very detailed questions from the team regarding the features they are implementing that he cannot instantly answer himself? When it would clearly be the ...
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Include Testers inside the Team or Create a Tests Area? [closed]

I've become a leader of a group of 30 developers. We run Scrum and we have different teams for each Product Backlog. We have no testers across the teams and I'd like add them. My main question is: ...
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Should defects have story points in Scrum?

As far as I know, we use story points to measure the complexity of a story in Scrum. But what about Defect? Should Defect have story points? If it does, what does it mean by completing these points, ...
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Semantic versioning in Agile

Let's say I have 14 days sprint iterations where I have several stories for new features, few improvements and some bugs to fix. I also deploy those changes when they are ready, I'm not waiting for ...
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When to have bug triage meetings in SCRUM process?

I was reading an article that explains some solutions to the "unpredictable emergencies" situation during Agile sprints. The article suggests having triage to determine if issues are truly emergencies ...
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are technical user stories allowed in scrum

Are technical user stories allowed in scrum? if yes what is the standard template for writing technical user stories in scrum? Is it the same As a <user> I want to do <task> so that I can ...
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Should the story points of stories created after splitting a story add up to the number of story points of that story?

Suppose I have a user story of size 20 that can be split in other 2 user stories, making the original story an epic. Should the sum of these user stories add up to 20? What's the best practice in this ...
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Is there a practical way to manage a physical task board if one or more scrum team members works remotely?

I've convinced a few colleagues to try scrum with me, but one of them works remotely. We'd like to try using a physical task board. I think we might be able to pull it off by snapping a photo and ...
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Are case-studies an effective way of getting efficiency-focused team members to be willing to trade some efficiency for quality? [closed]

Firstly, this does not suggest that efficiency and quality are in conflict... only that some methods prioritize them differently. Secondly, this is not a question of whether you agree with Scrum ...
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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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When to Assign the Scrum Tasks

Our Scrum Scenario: We have two Sprint Planning Meetings (Part 1 and Part 2). Part 1: What should be done during the Sprint? Part 2: How should these things be done? I guess there are some ...
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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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ScrumMaster rotation with multiple scrum masters and teams

I'm currently working in a project where we discuss the question whether it is a good idea or not to rotate the scrum masters through all teams. We have different teams for ONE project. The context ...
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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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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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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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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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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 handle 50% of worse than average sprints?

If I understand Scrum correctly, this is how I determine the work my team can take on in the next sprint: I average the number of completed points for the past several sprints. This quantity is our ...
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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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How does the result of Product Backlog revision during Sprint Review influence the next Sprint's Backlog?

On scrumguides.org, the following is said about the result of a Sprint Review: The result of the Sprint Review is a revised Product Backlog that defines the probable Product Backlog items for the ...
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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 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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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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Defining acceptance criteria for a user story

I have been given a user story / epic which is display a web-page giving details about a retail store for a company. Simply put, if the url was mywebsite.com/newyork it would display the new york ...