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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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 ...
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When the ScrumMaster is a technical leader, it's a good or a bad practice? [closed]

I know that the ScrumMaster should be a leader, but it's a good practice to have a technical leader as a ScrumMaster. For example: a coordinator.
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Does limiting commitment in Scrum lead to complacency?

In my organization Scrum teams almost never finish all of their stories 100%. I suggested that we commit to fewer stories each Sprint, but the R&D manager says if we do that people will still not ...
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Single product owner for multiple Scrum teams

Is that a common practice to have a single product owner for more than one Scrum team, or usually you have a product owner for each team (even if multiple teams work on the same product). Thanks
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Some team members don't actively participate in Sprint planning

Some team members just wait until the stories they are most likely to work on will be discussed and only then they participate. Otherwise they just play with their phone and don't listen. In some way ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 anyone else feel Scrum isn't agile?

I am a big fan of agile development and used XP on a very successful project a few years ago. I loved everything about it, the iterative development approach, writing code around a test, pair ...
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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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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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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 ...