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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When the current sprint consists of mostly spikes, should the sprint be shortened?

Spikes are mostly quick research tasks aimed at establishing the feasibility or prototyping of some idea. Thus, they are structured so that the tasks either finish-fast or fail-fast. However, when a ...
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What's the best way to estimate story points in scrum?

I like the way planning poker works at the beginning of any project, letting you compare and discuss details of each story with one another. One of the issues I've noticed with this is that through ...
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Are there any surveys regarding Scrum efficiency?

Years passed since Scrum had been widely adopted in software world. I’m wondering if there is any efficiency survey done by more or less independent people/institutes. Obviously scrums gurus who ...
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Scrum and Scrum Master on a global team

I work in a company that runs on a model of using one developer as tech lead (me), with an onshore co-ordinator/developer who co-ordinates the offshore team, and on the offshore team there's an ...
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How can we reduce downtime at the end of an iteration?

Where I work we practice scrum-driven agile with 3-week iterations. Yes, it'd be nice if the iterations were shorter, but changing that isn't an option at the moment. At the end of the iteration, I ...
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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 ...
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Project Closures in Scrum

In a typical software development environment, project closures mark the end of a project. Project records are completed and archived, resources released, issues and lessons are documented, and ...
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Scrum Newbie: Internal Stories

I am trying to implement Scrum and have some basic questions. I understand creating stories to implement end user functionality, but where does a "meta-task" like collecting requirements for the ...
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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 ...
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How does SCRUM manage different projects about the same product with different teams?

It happens in my workplace that when a product is finished, and just some weeks before it is released and the project is closed, some business considerations remain about features that are wanted for ...
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What are the advantages of using eScrum?

Why should I use this software instead of, say, Microsoft Project? What kind of level of familarisation with TFS does it demand? Is there anything similar I could use with SVN instead?
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best practices in creating a product backlog in scrum [closed]

I am new to scrum, project management in general, and i am having problems deciding what to call a feature or a sub-feature (which are tasklists to creating that feature?) especially for the standard ...
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How does a Scrum team account for infrastructure tasks in the planning meeting?

How does a Scrum team account for dev/infrastructure tasks in the planning meeting? At first glance, they do not seem like user stories since they do not deliver end user value. However, attaching ...
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Scrum on very short projects?

I'm using Scrum and really liking it. However, my shop finds itself in projects where the duration of the development effort is two or four weeks. We've already modified the sprint length to two ...
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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 ...
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Is an agile methodology appropriate in this situation?

Imagine a project where the interface to be delivered has been locked down 90%, and you are already in possession of a solid architectural design. Would an agile methodology still offer any value in ...
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ScrumMaster Interview Questions

I have a bunch of ideas around questions I can ask a potential candidate for a ScrumMaster position, but I wanted to reach out to the awesome community as to interview questions/exercises to do for a ...
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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?
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Does SCRUM usually involve massive overtime?

I would like to know if overtime is normal for sprints, or if it is an abuse of this methodology. I feel naive and spineless doing all-nighters if I don't have to. Question is SCRUM specific. ...
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Are there any surveys on to what degree developers like or hate scrum?

Background: During a conference an analyst pointed out in a tweet that developers hate scrum. Myself and another person responded that this was not the case, and started discussing different ...
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good books about Scrum and XP [closed]

I want to know what would you recommend to read for Scrum and XP. I've got Scrum and xp from the Trenches, but I would like to see around some more references that are worthwhile.
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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 ...
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What makes a good Scrum Master? [closed]

How do I identify a good Scrum Master? Here are some possibilities: The person is agile (doesn't just do agile). Indicators: Blog, volunteer activities The person connects well with others at the ...
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Agile development challenges [duplicate]

With Scrum / user story / agile development, how does one handle scheduling out-of-sync tasks that are part of a user story? We are a small gaming company working with a few remote consultants who ...
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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' ...
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What roles do people take after scrum master/technical lead? [closed]

What roles do people take after scrum master/technical lead? EDIT: My current role is a mix of a technical lead and scrum master role, but that's how we do it in my company :) )
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Are project managers useful in Scrum?

There are three roles defined in Scrum: Team, Product Owner and Scrum Master. There is no project manager, instead the project manager job is spread across the three roles. For instance: The Scrum ...
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What makes Agile software development so appealing?

Agile software development is becoming a pretty fun buzzword these days. As a developer, I understand the pragmatic value of iterative development, but (most often) it isn't a developers choice to ...
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Defer items during sprint or at the end of sprint

When tasks take longer than expected, why is it better to defer items during a sprint than to just defer everything you didn't finish on the last day of the sprint?
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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 ...
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Software development process for a part time University project for 1 developer?

I will be doing a part time University project soon and the time frame for it is around 8 months with approximately 10-15 hours a week spent working on it, with a review by a tutor each quarter. My ...
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Support / Maintenance documentation for development team

I'm working in the Development dept (around 40 developers) for a large E-Commerce company. We've grown quickly but have not evolved very well in the field of documenting our work. We work with an ...
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need some concrete examples on user stories, tasks and how they relate to functional and technical specifications

Little heads up, I'm the only lonely dev building/planning/mocking my project as I go. I've come up with a preview release that does only the core aspects of the system, with good business value, and ...
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How do you measure the value of your software?

One of the principles of agile is that you should measure working software: Working software is the primary measure of progress - 12 principles of Agile The thing is, while I can measure my ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why do I need SCRUM vs. a less formal, more lightweight process for my team?

I'd like to begin my question by saying that I understand that SCRUM or some derivative of it is probably a good way to go for managing software development. It seems all the big companies and my ...
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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, ...
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What is the bug workflow on your agile/Scrum team?

What is the bug workflow on your agile/Scrum team? Here is ours: - If the bug is related to a story in the current sprint, we fix it. - If the bug is not related to a story in the current sprint and ...
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Refactoring in domain driven design [closed]

I've just started working on a project and we're using domain-driven design (as defined by Eric Evans in Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software. I believe that our project ...
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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 ...
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A good guide on choosing the point scale to use with Agile/SCRUM?

We're using Pivotal Tracker for our project, which lets us choose from these three point scales: 0,1,2,3 0,2,4,8 0,1,3,5,8 And I'm looking for a resource to help guide our decision. (After using ...
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Should QA file 5 separate bugs or one bug with multiple parts in it?

The question might not be as simple as it sounds, as we have struggled with this a bit. If there are 5 separate bugs, which can be taken care of with a single fix, then it is wasteful to take this ...
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How to support a product built with agile development?

Two of the functions our company provides our customers are: Our Development team of ~10 employees creates software products for businesses in a particular industry. The software is used on hundreds ...
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Managing Production Issues during a Scrum Sprint

The question of managing bugs in production has been a large feature in my mind of late. Sprint's are not meant to have any items added into them, but for critical bugs, this is simply unavoidable. ...
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How is Agile different from XP?

I read few articles on web to find out how Agile, XP, Scrum, pair programming are different from each other / related to each other and I derived the following line: Scrum and XP are almost same. XP ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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Sprint Meetings - What to talk about

In work we have just started using the Scrum methodology, it is working well but I have a question on the daily sprint meetings. We set aside 15 minutes for the meeting (between the three devs and ...
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Is it right to appraise Scrum members according to number of successful user stories completed?

When my Manager told to team that "now onwards successful user stories will be considered for appraisal!" We sat there for while shocked and that was one of the several jaw dropping moments he gave ...