Agile development practice consisting of having a short cycle known as a sprint to build functionality. Product owners prioritize a list of work items known as a backlog that the team selects which items to commit to finishing during a sprint. Daily stand-up meetings called scrums are held and ...

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Split work item into prototype and main work item?

During grooming, we usually have work items which get approved based upon the team understanding that what needs to be done? The product owner does not discuss the details of how it will be done and ...
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why the terms used in Scrum are so strange?

I'm not a native English speaker, currently I'm reading some articles about Scrum. I was wondering if the English terms used in Scrum seem strange to you? For example, backlog instead of todo; ...
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Programmer Analyst vs Software Engineer [closed]

So I've heard the job title "programmer analyst" and "business analyst" thrown around for software jobs recently. How do the responsibilities of Programmer Analysts, Business Analysts and Software ...
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Coding and testing in the same sprint

How is testing handled within the same sprint as coding, if all or most of the coding is not done until the end of the sprint? (I'm referring to the "soup-to-nuts" development and testing of a single ...
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Responsibility for delegation of stories in agile

I've recently worked on a project where the Team lead was commenting he needed to figure out which stories we are going to be working on in a scrum. It was my understanding that stories are ...
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Enforcing organizational standards for software in Scrum

Organizations, especially organizations with a recognized brand, have various standards for software. This includes things like security, usability, code quality and readability, UI design, test ...
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User Story or User Stories for this specific requirement

I have to write a user story for a requirement that involves passing search filters to the same URI and retrieving corresponding results. I have 5 filters. I plan to write 5 different stories of ...
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Reporting defects in Agile

I am working in sprint. At the end of sprint I need to send a defect report per sprint. Considering the below scenario please let me know your views. Two teams(A & B) are working at different ...
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Follow the deadlines vs Do it right [duplicate]

I have been given a huge task of migrating few functionalities from jQuery to AngularJS. I have been pretty good at Angular by now. But I want to dive deep and create futuristic, sound architecture. ...
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Bug fixing in Scrum, at the end of the project

We have a project that is reaching a deadline for the final production release. It's a fixed price project and up till now we've managed to work in 2 week iterations, doing regular releases to our ...
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How to compute scrum burndown chart when projects overlap?

In my team we have a multiple projects, some short term and some long term. The team is required to deliver these projects on different dates and the effort to deliver these is run in parallel with ...
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Should a user story be shared between developers? [closed]

I commonly see stories that have back-end and front-end development. For example, consider a large dialog with a few tables and some dynamic controls. We'll make several stories (maybe one for each ...
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how can we have a person to allot and track tasks in agile development

I understand that Agile team should be self organized and self driven, but is there a provision that I can have someone who will allot tasks to developers and ensure that all user stories will be ...
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How to use Subversion in conjunction with DTAP with several Scrum teams?

I've read How Do You Pull Something from a Release?, but it doesn't solve our problems, as our case is more complex. Our situation is as follows. We're developing an application for an internal ...
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Fixing bugs generated by another team

I'm facing the following situation: There are 2 different teams working on the same project using Scrum, and every now and then, bugs related to user stories developed by team "A" are being assigned ...
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What are some effective ways of making scrum more dynamic earlier in a sprint?

My team does 2-week sprints, and the trend we've identified (which we want to move away from) is that our daily standup scrums are relatively straightforward early in the sprint, but then transform ...
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Product Owner Role in Scrum

I am learning about Agile Methodology i.e. Scrum. I have a very basic knowledge of Scrum. Please guide following: What is role of Product Owner in daily Scrum, if he/she is part of this meeting? ...
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Planning poker with visually impaired colleague

At the office we just got a new colleague who is visually impaired. I'm in charge of organizing the planning poker sessions and the new colleague must participate as a member of the team. We have ...
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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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What should I do when I get stuck with a task for so long?

My team are using Scrum and we are new to this methodology. I use Essential Scrum as our guideline but I haven't finished it yet. On a chapter, it says the team should focus on idle tasks, not idle ...
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What is the role of the lead developer in an agile team?

In a non-agile development team a lead developer generally: Sets the standard (coding and otherwise) Researches new technologies for the team Sets the technical direction for the team Has the final ...
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How to measure team productivity over time using consistent story sizes?

How do I measure team productivity over time using consistent story sizes? To take a simple example, if I can do a story every two days, then I can do five stories in a two-week sprint. By definition ...
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How do you explain agile process tool (like Scrum or Kanban) to a (traditional) project manager? [closed]

I am sure many people involved in the software development projects came up with this question, but I could not actually come up with satisfying answer. How to explain to a manager used to having a ...
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Scrum task over estimation

In my current company we're using Scrum with 2 week iterations and a regular planning session. How planning normally works in our company is that we take a predefined , prioritized (by PO before the ...
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Sprint pressure causes quality issues? [closed]

The burn down chart displays a clear deadline and the progress towards the deadline. When the progress is slow and the completion of the committed work is at risk, people start to get sloppy on design ...
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UX designers working one Sprint ahead

Our UX designers usually have a story in Sprint X that the developers will implement in Sprint X+1 (The UX designers and the devs/testers are on one team). I think this makes sense because if you ...
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How can Scrum be adapted to allow for support obligations?

Scrum's great for new development and proactive tasks. But I've never been sure how to use it when the department's obligations also include analyzing/answering/fixing customer support questions, ...
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How often should a Scrum team meet its Sprint commitment? [closed]

Commitment is a promise, and we all have been taught that you need to keep your promises. But is it realistic to keep the commitment for each Sprint? Sometimes people get sick, sometimes the ...
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Visual Design implementation timing in Agile

We work in Scrum with the caveat that we don't have a potentially shippable product at the end of each Sprint, instead requiring several hardening/stabilization Sprints before release. One of the ...
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Is hierarchical product backlog a good idea in TFS 2012-2013?

I'd like to validate I'm not in the wrong way. My team project is using Visual Studio Scrum 2.x. Since each area/product has a lot of kind of requirements (security, user interface, HTTP/REST ...
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Self-organization during Sprint Planning

During Sprint Planning there are a lot of decisions to be made: How many PBIs should the team commit to? Which tasks should constitute each PBI? How much time should each task take? With no team ...
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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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Scrum: relaxing “done” or using spikes?

Consider what it takes to completely finish a story in our organization. Demo requirements were met UI design finalized (layout, styles, fonts, controls, colors, etc...) User text finalized and ...
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Doing localization each Sprint

We need to support 5 languages for our product. This means that in order to have a potentially shippable product we need to translate all text new to the Sprint to all these languages. It doesn't ...
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Scrum: Baseline story for point estimation

To estimate PBIs you need to choose an average story and assign it a number of points (for example 5). Then you compare all other stories to that story and assign points accordingly. My question is, ...
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Giving team members more decision-making power led to very long arguments, blocking progress since there is no one with the final say [closed]

Currently we use Scrum with the exception that our Scrum Masters sometimes act as project managers rather than facilitators of the Scrum process. About half of the time team members pull tasks on ...
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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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Does producing potentially shippable product make you less agile?

The cost of developing a feature in Agile is very high because it needs to be ready for shipment. It includes: Significant bug fixing Writing/updating and executing tests Writing/updating the user ...
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How can Scrum be adapted to a Volunteer setting?

I have recently joined a young hackerspace still in the process of setting itself up. We're fortunate because the space has a few internal projects that need working on and no shortage of volunteers ...
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Using Scrum on small projects where Owner doesn't want to be involved

Recently I've been reading and learning quite a lot about scrum and I like it a lot. However, I do have a couple of likely scenarios in my head to which I don't know the solution. So let's say that I ...
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Scrum for Embedded system devices

In our company, we are going to deliver a new product which will be used for mass notification, so it is an embedded software project and we are going to use the SCRUM as a framework for the product. ...
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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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Our flavor of Scrum [closed]

In my organization we almost never finish all the stories in the Sprint, and most of the stories are finished about 80%. One reason for this, is that many times testers don't have enough time to test ...
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Scrum: requirements clarification vs changing scope [duplicate]

So we estimate the story and put tasks on the board. Then during the Sprint the UX guy comes up with a user experience for the story that is more complicated than what we originally thought. So on one ...
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Code ownership with multiple Scrum teams

If two Scrum teams use the same software component, who is responsible for providing a clear architectural vision of that component and maintain/develop this vision as the code base evolves? In Scrum ...
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Difficulties for functional managers in Scrum

I am a Test/QA manager in an organization that gradually moves to Scrum. I don't appear in daily Scrum meetings because I don't want to interfere with the self-organization of the team. The problem ...
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Potentially shippable product requires automating tests [closed]

To always have a potentially shippable product at the end of each 2-week Sprint, we need to rerun a lot of regression tests at the end of each Sprint. This is very repetitive and time consuming, so ...
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Fixing bugs may lead to delayed feedback [closed]

I worked in a group in Microsoft that developed the upgrade to the Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus. For a year we worked on the next version of the product. We had 6 milestones (milestone each ...
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How does the product owner decide how successful a Sprint was? [closed]

Obviously if the product owner judges solely based on whether the committed stories were done, it wouldn't be good, because then the team will just commit to fewer stories next Sprint. On the other ...
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Quality Assurance (Testing) in Scrum

I just had a Release Retrospective for my scrum team. We talked a lot about our release process. I pointed out that because our company is not able to tolerate bugs in our production environment ...