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 ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms

17
votes
4answers
25k views

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?
17
votes
8answers
14k views

How do you deal with design in Scrum?

How do you deal with design in Scrum? Do you still have well written design documents for each scrum iteration? Do you just do design notes featuring UML diagrams? Or do you just have well commented ...
17
votes
4answers
3k views

How to adopt agile methodology for developing firmware/embedded-systems-software?

I've always wondered how to apply agile methods really are in large complex embedded system software (100+ engineers). Firmware development has some unique characteristics that make it difficult to ...
16
votes
11answers
3k views

Can daily reports decrease a developer's productivity? [closed]

In another question, I asked about why developers might don't like daily scrum. We talked to developers and we decided to not hold daily scrum for a while (to give it a try and customized scrum in our ...
16
votes
6answers
4k views

Keeping agile with zero-bug/defect policy

In our project we work in a zero-bug (a.k.a zero-defect) methodology. The basic idea is that bugs are always higher in priority than features. If you're working on a story and it has a bug it must be ...
16
votes
9answers
4k views

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 ...
16
votes
6answers
6k views

Can scrum master allocate tasks?

We are following scrum in our project. I see most of the times the scrum master allocates the tasks for us. However, I read from many scrum books that scrum works the other way around (the 'pull' ...
16
votes
7answers
5k views

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 ...
16
votes
5answers
9k views

How many story points should you allocate in an initial sprint?

When first implementing Scrum within a team, how should you go about determining the amount of story points that are in an initial sprint when you have no idea of the team's velocity? Should you base ...
15
votes
6answers
633 views

Does your team function well without following a work methodology (such as scrum)?

I've worked in a number of small teams over the last 9 years. Each had the obvious good practices, such as short meetings, revision control, continuous integration software, issue tracking and so on. ...
15
votes
5answers
947 views

Does Scrum make sense when implementing a new compiler backend?

I have an existing language that I need to port to a new platform. I'll probably attempt this by changing the backend of the existing compiler. It is a significant amount of work to re-write the ...
15
votes
5answers
4k views

How do you integrate Testing into a Scrum process? [duplicate]

This is really perplexing me. We have a 'definition of done' and it includes dev 'done', unit tests 'done', dev test 'done'. However we also have a user acceptance test that needs to be 'done' but the ...
15
votes
4answers
19k views

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. ...
15
votes
6answers
4k views

Good workflow for software development with scrum and continuous integration

I'm studying an approach to understand better how the continuous integration workflow fits better in a software development company with the scrum method. I'm thinking something like this: Would ...
15
votes
5answers
4k views

When to do Code Review

We have recently moved to a scrum process and are working on tasks and user stories inside of sprints. We would like to do code reviews frequently to make them less daunting. We are thinking that ...
15
votes
7answers
2k views

How can Scrum be adapted to an academic environment?

I'm currently working with a professor at my university to develop new curricula for the Software Engineering and Capstone Design courses offered in my college. Up until recently, both courses used ...
14
votes
5answers
2k views

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 ...
14
votes
10answers
2k views

Skeptic in a Scrum Team

My company has recently switched to an Agile way of working and as a part of it we've started using SCRUM. While I'm very comfortable with it and feel that this way is superior to a traditional one, ...
14
votes
8answers
2k views

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 (...
14
votes
4answers
2k views

How to stop gold-plating and just be content to release working developments [closed]

The development team that I'm a member of has recently adapted to work according to Agile practices. This has personally highlighted the fact that I can't stop myself gold-plating code (and ...
14
votes
16answers
6k views

Weeding out real agile from buzzword agile in an interview [closed]

I've been interviewing for co-ops (paid internships) lately and a large number of the companies I've been interviewing with have been saying they use Scrum or some other agile methodology (scrum being ...
14
votes
5answers
2k views

Can Scrum use technical specifications in the Product Backlog rather than user stories?

At the company I am currently working for we started to do Scrum projects. It was not so hard to convince the managers to move from waterfall to Scrum. We're doing a project where we rebuild our ...
14
votes
6answers
527 views

Peer review for tests just like code reviews

Does anyone practice the "code review" process for functional tests? Do you find it useful? The way that my current employer practices SCRUM we include functional testing as part of our "must have ...
13
votes
5answers
18k views

How long should a sprint planning meeting last?

In your experience, how long should a planning meeting (SCRUM) last? 8 hours? Or should it be shorter (succinct) and further discussions should be planned as part of the sprint (10 days sprint)?
13
votes
8answers
1k views

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 don'...
13
votes
6answers
5k views

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 '...
13
votes
12answers
18k views

With agile, what do when a user story doesn't get completed in an iteration? [duplicate]

Do you just move the story to a new iteration, or delay the next iteration? It gets a bit tricky when you use something like Jira when you have to copy or move around stories between iterations as it ...
13
votes
5answers
3k views

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 ...
13
votes
6answers
1k views

Rewriting software using Agile methodologies

Suppose you have to rewrite an entire application using Agile methodologies, how would you do it? I guess you could write a big bunch of user stories based in the behavior of your current system. And ...
13
votes
5answers
2k views

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 ...
13
votes
7answers
998 views

How does agile work when replacing a working system?

In an ideal Agile world, you quickly build a small, but useful subset of the desired end system, and give it to users. They're excited, because it's useful, they start using it and give feedback. You ...
13
votes
6answers
3k views

How does SCRUM manage an enviroment where team members are shared?

Well, the questions said itself. In my workplace those cases happen, but also, many Agile books promote working in the same workplace and being concentrated in the current project to become faster in ...
13
votes
5answers
990 views

Is it a good idea to appoint one of the scrum team member or scrum master as Product Owner?

Lately we had a project, in which client was busy touring. As usual scrum team was formed, management decided to appoint our analyst as Product owner since Client won’t be able to participate actively....
13
votes
5answers
875 views

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 ...
12
votes
6answers
2k views

In an Agile Environment, who is responsible for software architecture

In an agile team, who is responsible for making high-level architecture and design decisions that affect the entire system, not just the work being done in the current sprint? Maybe product owner, ...
12
votes
6answers
4k views

How to handle 'external' dependencies in scrum?

If you've planned a number of user stories for a sprint and one candidate story is dependent on some external provider delivering something to your team. For example an online service provider adding ...
12
votes
6answers
3k views

Can a freelancer use agile development?

I want to improve the way that I develop software. I want to develop faster and a great code! Today I use the waterfall method as freelancer, writing web stuffs (sites, systems, etc). Is there a way ...
12
votes
5answers
21k views

How to fit testing in Scrum sprints and how to write user stories in Scrum

I am the development team lead of a new project at my company. This is the first project where the company will use Scrum. We have a waterfall/iterative SDLC. The BAs write requirements docs, hands ...
12
votes
3answers
1k views

What makes for a good architect/manager/lead developer?

I am the Lead Developer for a small software company. Over the past two years, my team has grown from one developer (me) to a group of about nine people. Most of us are very capable, senior engineers (...
12
votes
6answers
8k views

Should SCRUM be used for a project with only one person working on it?

At our company we have a team working on 3 different projects at the same time, where typically only one or two people are involved in each project. Project work often involves mastering new ...
12
votes
3answers
21k views

PBI vs User Story

Recently an item has been added to the Product Backlog by product owner which says "When I go to login page from x page, I see an error. I want that error to be removed". It seems to me that this is ...
12
votes
2answers
386 views

Does scrum have any merit in defense contracting?

Overheard at the watercooler yesterday: "Scrum has no place in defense contracting." I tend to disagree in the sense that I believe Scrum can be tailored to work in many scenarios and I can see ...
11
votes
5answers
3k views

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 ...
11
votes
4answers
2k views

Reasons for Pair Programming

I've worked in a few shops where management has passed the idea of pair programming either to me or another manager/developer, and I can't get behind it at all. From a developer stand-point I can't ...
11
votes
6answers
1k views

Scrum: How to work on one story at a time

I was nominated as scrum master in a new formed scrum team. We have already done some sprints. In the beginning I tried to make my team to work on one story at a time. But it didn't work. My team had ...
11
votes
6answers
5k views

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 ...
11
votes
5answers
988 views

Velocity does not plateau over time, why?

I have plotted my team burn up chart and its velocity per iteration. To me it looks really bad (velocity fluctuates a lot). What should I be looking for to diagnose the root cause of this behaviour?
11
votes
6answers
1k views

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 ...
11
votes
4answers
2k views

Is documentation a User Story? [closed]

We need to do some user documentation for a product we have been working on for the past few sprints. We are now starting a new project in the next sprint and the PO is making the documentation for ...
11
votes
5answers
3k views

Agile methods and Databases at the start of the project

New to agile and I'm not sure how to start. The idea is to create small parts of the project in sprints. However the project I'm working of requires a database and the database must be almost ...