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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SDLC approach for small size projects

For small size projects, is it worth following the SDLC? is SCRUM/agile development a better approach? Edit: The project I have in mind is a small change but it will affect multiple layers/parts of ...
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Scaling Scrum within a group of 100s of programmers

Most Scrum teams lean toward 7-15 people **, though it's not clear how to scale Scrum among 100s of people, or how the effectiveness of a given team might be compared to another team within the group; ...
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How can a single developer make use of Agile Methods? [duplicate]

I am a freelancer and work as a single developer. In all cases, I am the person wearing different hats. I am the Scrum Master and I am the only person in the development. What I am not is the Product ...
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Is unit testing or test-driven development worthwhile?

My team at work is moving to Scrum and other teams are starting to do test-driven development using unit tests and user acceptance tests. I like the UATs, but I'm not sold on unit testing for ...
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What's the role of a Project Manager in Scrum?

What's the role of a Project Manager in Scrum? I have heard that it is not advisable for the PM to be a SCRUM Master which I can see as making sense as the PM oversees the project whereas the SCRUM ...
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SCRUM from scratch, with no base framework established?

We are a small group of 5 people that is about to start a new project. This is the first project where we will go all-in on scrum. We are struggling a bit with how we are going to establish a base ...
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Scrum for specialists teams

Scrum is best for teams with generalists members, that is teams where 2 people at least can do the same tasks. My main concern is to find good solutions to adapt scrum (what to keep, what to remove, ...
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Why is it suggested stories be sized to 2-3 days?

If sprints are on average 10 days, why is it often suggested stories be sized to 2-3 days? Related Question: How to handle backlog-items that are longer than one sprint?
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How many user stories per person should be completed per sprint? [closed]

Just ran across this figure, and wondering if there's another well know source than would help confirm these numbers: Based on data I analyzed on successfully finished sprints, I determined that ...
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Scrum: Handling lack of motivation

According to this, "Scrum highly relies on a highly motivated, closely collaborating, cross-functional and self-organized teams." So how do you handle co-workers who may not be as motivated to take ...
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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 ...
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Sprint Backlog Task Estimates - What Are the Hours Made Of?

For the sprint backlog, I read that the stories are broken into tasks, and estimated. Are these estimates typically development hours only, or development + QA? What are these hours typically ...
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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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In Scrum, should tasks such as development environment set-up and capability development be managed as subtasks within actual user stories?

Sometimes in projects we need to spend time on tasks such as: exploring alternate frameworks and tools learning the framework and tools selected for the project setting up the servers and project ...
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How to estimate sprint velocity with varying team capacity?

We are a small team of 4 devs rather green in Scrum. Coming from all over the country, we often take odd days off or whole weeks off to go home. Therefore our team capacity changes dramatically from ...
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How to estimate a timeboxed spike using story points?

So my team and I are quite new to Scrum and today moved from estimating in Ideal Hours to Story Points. All seems sound rationale, BUT with timeboxed activities. Here is the case, we have an ...
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In scrum, how do you use “usability testing” in team?

I am currently reading some material by Jeff Patton regarding Agile and UX. http://www.agileproductdesign.com/presentations/index.html I was interested to find out from the community what UX design ...
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What issues should we be aware of converting to Agile/Scrum with a project that's underway? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What have you seen go wrong when introducing SCRUM? Let me preface the question by telling you that our company doesn't have any formal "thou shalt..." processes in ...
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When to stop writing user stories, and start coding?

When discovering stories for the first sprint, how do you know when to stop writing and move forward? I've asked a few people I know, and basically the response I've gotten is, it depends on the ...
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Scientific evaluation of programming methodologies [closed]

There are now a a variety of programming methodologies: Scrum, Extreme Programming, Kanban to just name a few. Most of them combine several more basic techniques (for example frequent iterations). ...
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Expected sprint completion rate and load in scrum? [closed]

Recently at work there have been increased focus on completion rate and load on the developers in our sprints. With completion rate I mean, if we plan 20 user stories for a sprint, what percentage of ...
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CFO's Expectations and Scrum Development

When it comes to financial topics, I'm admittedly not well versed. I'm trying to lead my organization in our software development effort using a Scrum based development life-cycle. I am often ...
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What types of positions might involve improving processes using CMMI and Scrum?

I'm an IT student and have been working on team based projects for several years. I've read some papers about CMMI and Scrum; this is really interesting to me and I would like to know what kind of ...
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User story does not fit in a sprint [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Scrum: how to handle backlog-items that are longer than one sprint I have a project with complex user stories which take way longer to implement than spring length. For ...
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Is documentation a User Story?

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 ...
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What to do with estimation of incomplete story?

I am part of a development team that is relatively new to Scrum, suppose that at the end of the sprint a few large stories are either in progress or were not accepted by the PO. Firstly, what ...
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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 ...
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Pair Programming with Scrum

I'm on a team that is currently using Scrum, and we're considering adding pair programming to help improve the cross-functional skills of the team, as well as help reduce defects with a "two heads are ...
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How do I create a potential shippable product (PSP) at the end of a sprint?

I'm running a team of 4 developers and 2 testers and trying to abide by the Scrum principle of creating a PSP with every sprint. That means I need to create a potential release with all the user ...
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Using Scrum/agile with multiple customers

I am a big believer in agile development. I just changed jobs, and I am now working for a company that coordinates big development projects for (rather large) groups of customer organizations. My job ...
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What happens between sprints?

I'm working on a project loosely following the scrum model. We're doing two week sprints. Something I'm not clear on (and don't have a book to consult) is exactly what is supposed to happen between ...
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Do you keep DONE stories in the physical product backlog?

We have our Product Backlog as a physical Kanban board with TODO & DONE column. Some of the stories are moving from the TODO column to the Sprint backlog during our planning, and then during the ...
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Scrum Sprint Optimization

Looking for a systematic method for estimating and comparing the success factors of sprint configurations based on: Team Size Sprint Duration Number of Stories
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How do you include Support in your Sprint?

Our company moved to Scrum recently on a product that was almost coded by a single person (Joe). We have support to do with our exising customers that we try to integrate in our process. For now we ...
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Scrum - What and How meetings

My team and I are struggling with the what and how meetings. It's hard for us to choose what to work on when we don't know how it is going to be done. Our estimations may be way off when pointing ...
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How do you determine velocity when the previous sprint was half User Stories and half Defects?

The following scenario often happens with my team at the office. Let's say we decided to plan our Sprint this way: 50% new features 50% bug fixing (they are high priority AND unestimated as the ...
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How to properly shield a Product Owner from outside?

Update: We are a very small team (3 people) and thus I (Scrum Master) and the Product Owner are also developers doing some coding. We are aware of this situation and we are actively trying to ...
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Getting from a user-story to code while using TDD (scrum)

I'm getting into scrum and TDD and I think I have some confusion which I'd like to get your feedback about. Let's assume I have a user-story in my backlog, in order for me to start developing it as ...
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Agile (scrum) and UML round-trip tools [closed]

How effective are automated round-trip tools for UML modeling? Do they help in coding quick, clean, efficient code? In what ways do these tools fit into the Agile methodology?
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Can the customer be a SCRUM Product Owner in a project?

I just had a discussion with a colleague about the Product Owner role: In a project where a customer organization has brought in a sofware developing organization (supplier), can the role of Product ...
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What to do with unfinished stories and tasks in SCRUM sprint?

We have unfinished tasks which are part of stories in sprint. They are not accepted by the PO. They must be included for the next planning of sprint. Obviously the stories must be moved, but what ...
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What, if anything, to do about bow-shaped burndowns?

I've started to notice a recurring pattern to our team's burndown charts, which I call a "bowstring" pattern. The ideal line is the "string" and the actual line starts out relatively flat, then ...
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Detail of acceptance criteria in user story

I have the following example for a user story with acceptance criteria. I would like to know if I am allowed to describe how the GUI must be changed to support the new feature. How much detail can ...
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Where do you put scenarios on a scrum board?

So traditional scrum board looks something like this Backlog | Story notStarted inprogress Done story 1 Story1 tasks Story 2 Story2 tasks ...
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What are the common mistakes in 'tailored Scrum approaches'?

I have seen this before. Management wants to be agile and be scrummified, but does not want to step out of the status quo. My latest observation is no different; here, the Scrum is 'tailored' to the ...
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As the team leader/manager, what kind of role should I seek when we switch to Scrum?

My company wants to start using Scrum, and in real scrum there is no place for a real team leader (manager). What is the next step for the dev team leader? Should I be a (chief) system architect/tech ...
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How do you run a sprint retrospective to maximize participation and honesty? And what about follow up on action items? [closed]

I've seen it done as a free-for-all where the scrum master just asks everyone to throw out comments. Or a time-boxed session where "anonymous" comments are posted on the walls bucketed by category. My ...
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In Scrum, what to do when story points and task hours don't roughly correlate?

Our development team is pretty new to the scrum process, so I would like to help refine our methods to make better use of it. In particular, I noticed that the correlation between story points and ...
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Does a time estimate equal a promise in Scrum?

If an estimate is not a promise then as a product owner how can I deliver my projects without knowing how long it will take? Does a Scrum team work more efficiently if we treat time estimates as a ...
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How can I provide guidance on technology choices through user stories?

I'm a project manager for a team of firmware engineers making the transition to adopting Scrum and I'm moving to support the team in a Product Owner role. We've just gone through Scrum training and ...