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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Criteria for prioritizing product backlog [closed]

My list of the most important criteria is below. What do you think? The value to the user - naturally features that are more important to the user must come first Implementation time - the faster it ...
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Scrum: Writing the time it took to complete a task

In my organization when we move a task to the "Done" column we write the number of hours it took to complete the task. It can be useful when during retrospective the team tries to understand why ...
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Benefits of a leaderless team in Scrum

Scrum advocates assume that a team without a designated team leader (as it is in Scrum) is more effective than a team with a designated leader (as in traditional hierarchy). Although I can understand ...
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In Scrum, who verifies “Done”?

I am a QA/Test manager in my organization and until today I verified the quality of the software (tests written and executed and bugs fixed). Who will verify this in Scrum? How do I know that the team ...
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Decision making process within a Scrum team

Two questions: I assume that when Scrum coaches say "the team should decide" they mean there has to be a consensus decision process usually facilitated by the Scrum Master? What if there is a ...
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The value of potential shippability when the product is not minimally viable yet

The main benefit of having a potentially shippable product at the end of each Sprint is the ability to release the product quickly in case market conditions change. However, usually in the first half ...
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Potentially Shippable Product Increment - what if users don't like the latest increment?

In our company we do usability test at the end of each Sprint. Many times we discover that the users don't like the implemented feature, so we either completely change it or scrap it in the next ...
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Valve-style management for all consumer software projects

Valve is one of the more successful software companies in the world and one can argue that a major part of their success is due to their lack of management structure. So why is it then agile, kanban, ...
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Certified Scrum Master Course prerequisites [closed]

My employeer suggested it would be good to make Certified Scrum Master Course because clients are asking about SCRUM process knowledge (prooved by certificates). My question is, are there any ...
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Spending a good fortune on a certificate holding Scrum Master or a Veteran XP coach?

There is a very prestigious company that delivers a well-sold software about financial systems. It has more that 20 years of history, and is staffed with about 20 programmers and much larger number ...
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How to organise the different bits and pieces in an agile environment?

Trying to make our shop an agile environment, we struggle with some bits and pieces of that world. While not making it waterfally, we do have to have some sort of agreement on what a new feature needs ...
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What semantics should be used when referring to waterfall and agile methodologies [closed]

I've just been involved in a debate regarding semantics of how to define approaches to the software development lifecycle. As far as I have been concerned, waterfall and agile are not methodologies, ...
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Do Scrum sprints mean to work at the fastest pace possible?

I recently interviewed with some companies that do Agile, Scrum to be more precise and there are some things that don't quite seem like Agile to me. I'll take one case that particularly interests me ...
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best practices in creating a product backlog in scrum [closed]

I am new to scrum, project management in general, and i am having problems deciding what to call a feature or a sub-feature (which are tasklists to creating that feature?) especially for the standard ...
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In scrum, how do you give an estimate for a backlog item that is primarily research?

A few sprints ago I was assigned a task that was primarily research. I had to figure out how to get our product to interoperate with a very complex black box that we did not develop. I couldn't ...
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Should you write down a list of issues, or fix issues as they arise? [closed]

I have observed a strange trend in the company I work at. There are people who insist that there should be a list of tasks. They estimate those tasks, implement them, and try to meet their ...
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How to introduce Scrum in a company accustomed to Scrumbutt or Scrumfall?

A colleague of mine works as a consultant. He is recently asked to help a software development company to improve their processes. The company is aware of some of the issues, like the number of bugs ...
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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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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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Continuous Delivery: Kanban, SCRUM, or other?

I was wondering if there was an SDLC (software development lifecycle) or methodology (Kanban, SCRUM, waterfall, otherwise, etc.) that was particularly well-suited for continuous delivery systems, and ...
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Does Agile (scrum) require one server environment? [closed]

Is it necessary/recommend/best practice/any other positive to use only one server environment to perform all development, unit testing and QA? If so, is it then wise/part of Agile to then have only ...
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Are my novice user stories correctly composed?

Is this user story substantively correct: As a system owner, I want everybody that uses the system to have to log in using a secure password and login system, to prevent unauthorised and ...
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Scrum decision making versus maintainability and development time? [closed]

I appreciate that this question may be controversial. In a sense, it is the flip-side of the question "Business trying to make technical decisions". In Scrum, the development team is supposed to be ...
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Is the Product Owner also a developer on your team?

I'm confused about the PO's responsibility here. I was a developer on a Game Feature Team, but also a PO. The daily work of the developer is almost full time, so I have to work over time to take care ...
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If another team haven't done a requested task, are we supposed to mention it in every Daily Scrum as an Impediment until they do?

Is it really necessary to mention the same impediment (blocking issue) in every daily standup, if the whole Scrum team already know about it because it's been mentioned at previous daily standups?
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How is Agile different from XP?

I read few articles on web to find out how Agile, XP, Scrum, pair programming are different from each other / related to each other and I derived the following line: Scrum and XP are almost same. XP ...
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Scrum is methodology or framework? [closed]

I am confuse about scrum .it is methodology or Framework?. I want to use scrum for development but i want to develop scrum tool but i am confuse scrum is methodology or framework?
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Multiple scrum teams moving to single backlog

We currently have 5 scrum teams that work off their own product backlog for the past year. Each team works on their own dedicated system but underlying technology is the same .Net. There has been a ...
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What does Scrum say about tech demos?

I'm sometimes suppsed to demo work and I wonder if the Scrum methods have specified something about how demos should be done? I've done quick demos and I've been asked to demo on-the fly while it's ...
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Confused about modifying the sprint backlog during a sprint

I've been reading a lot about scrum lately, and I've found what seem to me to be conflicting information about whether or not it's ok to change the sprint backlog during a sprint. The Wikipedia ...
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Split skilled Scrum team

A Scrum team has been forced together and is feeling very uncomfortable. They are constantly saying that it is not working for them and that they are fed up with hearing the words Agile and Scrum. ...
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How does the Scrum Master participate in Daily Stand-Ups?

We have a professional Scrum Master consultant [*] who recently joined our project. Unfortunately, we don't know her name (she never introduced herself to us, she just came in one day and said "we are ...
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Sprint item takes longer then expected to be completed. What should we do?

What should we do if a item in scrum takes longer then expected? i am asking this because i have been noticing items that developers is struggling to complete as it is much tougher then initially ...
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How to make sprint planning fun

Not only are our sprint planning meetings not fun, they're downright dreadful. The meetings are tedious, and boring, and take forever (a day, but it feels like a lot longer). The developers complain ...
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How to approach scrum task burn down when tasks have multiple peoples involvement?

In my company, a single task can never be completed by one individual. There is going to be a separate person to QA and Code Review each task. What this means is that each individual will give their ...
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How to estimate tasks in scrum?

Let's say we have a backlog of User Stories, each with an estimated number of Story Points, and now we're doing the Sprint Planning. Now, the Stories should be broken down into tasks and many Scrum ...
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How can architects work with self-organizing Scrum teams?

An organization with a number of agile Scrum teams also has a small group of people appointed as "enterprise architects". The EA group acts as control and gatekeeper for quality and adherence to ...
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Why does the Scrum guide say no testers?

I have been reading the Scrum Guide from scrum.org and it says: Development Teams do not contain sub-teams dedicated to particular domains like testing or business analysis. In its literal ...
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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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What happens with project backlog if sprint due date is missed?

Suppose that I have project backlog item with effort of 40 hours. My sprint is 40 hours (1 week) and I have one developer in team. So developer creates child task to pending backlog and estimates ...
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need some concrete examples on user stories, tasks and how they relate to functional and technical specifications

Little heads up, I'm the only lonely dev building/planning/mocking my project as I go. I've come up with a preview release that does only the core aspects of the system, with good business value, and ...
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What should a tester (Quality Assurance) person do on a scrum team?

Coming from a scrum environment with no integrated testing support and an independent minded QA staff, how is a tester (QA person) best integrated with a scrum team? What should they do? For ...
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Can a team that uses Scrum achieve Co-Dev and domain expertise if it handles many SW domains?

I've worked in a team that developed and gave support for SW practices tools. Those tools were written (and will be written) in many programming languages. According to Scrum, a given story, can be ...
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What are the negatives of Development Managers as Scrum Masters?

It is commonly agreed that team managers should not be scrum masters, but I am struggling to see why. For context, I am an Application Development Manager with 4 devs in a Scrum Team. I come from a ...
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What is the best way to estimate when using Agile with Scrum? Hours or Story Points? [closed]

I was at a company that switched us over from Hours to Story Points for our estimations. I remember it being difficult to understand it, and we all chaffed against the idea. However, once we figured ...
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Issue with scrum adaptation by team

I have been playing with Scrum methodology since year and half. I am using VersionOne as scrum tool. I have tried to follow most of the scrum principles. Sometimes, I feel like there is an issue with ...
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What are common categories for Kanban and Scrum JIRA boards?

One minimal Kanban-like system has three places for cards: "To do", "In progress", "Done". As I've seen Scrum and Kanban on the web, it is maybe five or six categories. What are some of the common ...
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Sprint planning and accommodating slack

After reading Tom DeMarco's Slack, I'm wondering how to factor slack into sprints. For those who haven't read the book, TDM describes 'slack' as providing time for innovation and other good things. ...
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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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Is a large increase in velocity realistic in a Scrum environment?

We have an average velocity of 50 story points. Recently my manager has really got into the idea of using velocity as a measure of productivity and as a target. I have been asked to increase it by 40% ...