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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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 ...
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How to account for a bug fixing iteration?

We have implemented Scrum quite successfully for the past 5 months. Though, we are 3 weeks away from PROD without ever doing any end-to-end integration test. OUCH! I need help. Without tackling the ...
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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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How do you avoid disrupting the flow of work when the Product Owner asks for a release?

My team has been using Scrum for years with a goal to deliver a potentially releasable build each sprint. We recently started using a Kanban board moving away from time-boxed delivery to ...
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How often to release in Scrum sprint

How often to you release during a sprint. Only at the end of the sprint or every time a feature is ready. And how to you handle bugfix releases?
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How can I get my startup working with Agile development?

In our startup, we've worked until now using the traditional waterfall model, but we want to try our next project using Agile Methodology. We are pretty much alien to the entire Agile process, so ...
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Scrum tool for Product Backlog management [closed]

My team and I are very keen on doing Scrum "manual"-style (with paper and scissors). Though, we are struggling to find a tool to manage our backlog. The main requirements are: To be able to print ...
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Scrum taskboard with QA stage

I've been reading this article by Mike Cohn about Scrum task boards. One query I have is how this fits into a workflow where there is QA stage performed by testers who aren't developers. It seems ...
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How should we implement Scrum with two projects for one team?

I'm starting at this new company as a scrum master, and they want to dive into Scrum, which is nice and all, but they only have enough people (4) for one team. The road map includes delivering a new ...
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Developing scalable applications using Agile methods

Maybe someone can share from his experience about developing an application that is meant to scale big time where just throwing more money at better hardware isn't a realistic option using development ...
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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 ...
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What should I do if Scrum member leave half way?

Due to health condition of one of the scrum member, he has to leave the team. My question is, do I need to start a sprint planning session again? or change the burn-down chart? or ask all the team ...
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What metrics do you use on your Scrum project? [closed]

We are starting a new project and the board/stakeholders are asking for metrics to check the team performance. As a junior ScrumMaster I told them: about the Velocity and BurndownChart that we can ...
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How can a team apply the Scrum methodology without a clear customer?

Our team is trying to understand and adapt Scrum and other agile practices, but we can not figure out how to deal with customer feedback when there is no customer. Every document about the subject ...
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Is it worth it for a developer to be a scrum master? Is it an official designation or?

Is it beneficial for a developer to become a 'scrum master'? Is this an official certification or just someone who specializes? What are the steps towards becoming one?
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Scheduling dependent tasks in a scrum sprint

I'm on a project right now that is using the scrum methodology with 2 week sprints. Here's what our team looks like: 1 business analyst 1 tester 1 user experience designer 2 developers (1 for the ...
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Couple of questions about sprint in scrum methodology

Its a general title for the question but I have a couple of questions for the Sprint in a SCRUM methodology. What happens if a HOTFIX comes in the middle of a sprint. e.g - The website crashes or ...
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Scrum, is there a Critical Path for release planning?

Mike Cohn in Agile Estimating and Planning, page 154, defines a "natural order" for implementing user stories - this, according to him, is a intuitive sequence that makes sense to both developers and ...
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Product Owner introduces ungroomed (unfamiliar, not estimated) User Story(s) into the Sprint Planning meeting

A problem that I am facing and would like some input into is; a Product Owner introduces ungroomed (unfamiliar, not estimated) User Story(s) into the Sprint Planning meeting. The issue that this has ...
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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)?
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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 ...
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With agile, what do when a user story doesn't get completed in an iteration?

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 ...
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How do you determine a 'release' date when a team uses Scrum

I'm new to scrum and using it on a project. We do 3 week iterations, estimate at the beginning and then collect the points at the end. We have a product back log (probably not complete). If you ...
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In Scrum, why shouldn't the Product Owner and ScrumMaster roles be combined?

In the more traditional projects that I've worked on, the project manager (and, on larger projects, there might be associate/deputy/assistant project managers should one person be unavailable) is the ...
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How do you handle regular latecomers at the stand-up meetings? [closed]

We have our daily stand-up meeting at 8:45 while the workday starts at 8:30. Even with the 15 minutes slack people keep coming too late, on a regular basis. This results in our meetings being small, ...
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Why and for what reasons developers may not like “daily scrum”? [closed]

There are advantages in holding daily scrum, like: Team get coordinated with each other Everyone knows what amount of task has been done Burndown chart gets more and more complete Task board is ...
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How can I use Scrum with a freelance team?

I'm working in a start-up. I have a background with teamwork and management, but I'm currently the only developer. We have a project that will involve a few developers in the form of 2 freelancers. I ...
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SCRUM technical artifacts

My company is introducing SCRUM for new software development. I'm currently both Product Owner and a product manager responsible for the technical aspects of the software. The technical manager role ...
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How do I tell if a Company is really serious about Agile and Scrum? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Weeding out real agile from buzzword agile in an interview I went for an interview. The company really wants to take me on. However my sticking point is that I have not ...
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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 ...
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Daily Scrum Meeting (Burndown chart)

Here is an example: early in the morning of the second day of the Sprint (during the stand up) I go to the board and see that the story I worked the previous day (first day of Sprint) contains a big ...
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Scrum roles mixed up

Here at the office our Scrum roles are a bit mixed up, so I would appreciate any advice on how to improve it. We are a small team of 4 developers (one of which is a de facto scrum master) and we also ...
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Reestimation (ideal hours + elapsed time)

At the beginning of every iteration our whiteboard is covered with "not started" stories estimated in IDEAL HOURS. On a daily basis we update these estimates to keep track of each task's progress. I ...
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Any best practices for a distributed agile team? [closed]

Our scrum teams are split geographically (not ideal I know!) due to specific knowledge only being available in certain countries. So one team of say 7 members, has the business person in one city, 2 ...
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Scrum: how to handle backlog-items that are longer than one sprint

I'm starting with SCRUM and I have a problem understanding one thing. How does SCRUM handle backlog items that take longer than one sprint?
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Is this agile? Scrum? How to improve agility?

Is this agile? Scrum? Any suggestions on how this can be made more agile under the circumstances? Which points are positives and which can be improved? The product is developed for a customer who ...
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Who becomes the product owner?

A business has five requirements streams, with a "stream leader" (called Product Manager, but this is an in-house term) per-stream and a backlog per-stream. If we wanted to follow Scrum more closely, ...
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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 ...