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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Product backlog acceptance criteria

I read on a similar forum http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8117530/examples-for-acceptance-criteria-for-a-user-story about putting in the acceptance criteria for product backlog item. I am working ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is a large increase in velocity realistic in a Scrum environment?

My manager has recently really been pushing to use velocity as a target and measure of productivity. We are currently working at an average velocity of 50 story points. My manager wants us to increase ...