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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Calculating last Sprint's Focus Factor

We have finished our Sprint in half the expected time and now we want to compute our focus factor to use in the next Sprint. Though, by doing the math by the book, we get an awful number. How are we ...
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How do you name sprints in your projects? [closed]

Some Scrum software management tools give you this option to explicitly name your sprints. Do you have a preferred way of naming your sprints or do you just use a simple scheme like 1, 2, 3, ...?
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Scrum overestimation and replanning

We are in the middle of our first Sprint and something dawn on us: we over estimated! We had planned 114 ideal hours for this 2 weeks iteration and at the end of the first week we finished the whole ...
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Assigning effective complexity ratings to tasks

I want to make excellent estimations about, how much effort is required for a particular task. The constraint is, that I have already solved the problem and written down steps required to solve it. ...
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How can we make agile enjoyable for developers that like to personally, independently own large chunks from start to finish

We’re roughly midway through our transition from waterfall to agile using scrum; we’ve changed from large teams in technology/discipline silos to smaller cross-functional teams. As expected, the ...
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Who does the UX on a scrum project?

OK. Let's say you're working on a textbook scrum project. You've got a scrum master collaborating with a product owner. The next sprint is UI-heavy - by the time your coders start building screens, ...
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In Agilefant tool for Scrum, what are “Leaf Stories”?

I'm just starting as a Scrum Master, and I am looking for a good web based tool for a story board. I am trying Agilefant, and they have something called "leaf stories". I wonder what do they mean by ...
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Dominant team members in a Scrum team

What would you do in a situation where a team member tries to take responsibilities are not initially assigned to him but to the Scrum Master?
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Is timing exactly how much time each team member spends on a story useful in Scrum?

One of my colleagues has suggested timing how much time each team member spends on each user story. This seems to me likely confusing for the dev team during the iteration, and misleading as a metric ...
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Is Scrum based on 'daily reporting'?

Google translates '早请示晚汇报' as 'Consult early and late reporting' or 'Ask for instructions to report back later'. Bing translates as 'Early and late reporting'. Some translated content: The politics ...
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How Do You Handle Non-Functional Work With Scrum in Embedded Systems?

I have two issues with scrum in embedded systems. First, there are many tasks to do, especially in the early stages, which are not demonstrable. We started with a dev board, no OS, no display, no ...
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What have you seen go wrong when introducing SCRUM?

What was the single point of failure encountered when your company decided to replace the current processes with SCRUM? Can you give me some examples of things that have gone really wrong when a ...
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A scrum team for tiny projects

I have been wondering if it would be smart to form a single scrum team for several tiny projects. I am aware that it would be very hard to state a single sprint goal, if a team is working on several ...
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Thoughts on Agile / Scrum Certifications - Worth it? [duplicate]

For those involved with the Agile community (either as developers or management) you've all probably heard about the Certified ScrumMaster designation as well as Certified Product Owner, and Certified ...
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Is it bad to do more than one story at a time in scrum?

Scrum's definition says that it should be done one story at a time. But, if the team is big enough (say 6+), there are some times where taking just one story is kind of questionable, and it is even ...
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How do you handle dependant stories in scrum?

In the company I currently work on, we've noticed that sometimes, some stories are bound to each other (as in too coupled). This might be that they belong to the same overall feature, or that they're ...
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Is it possible for a one-man start-up to follow agile methods like Scrum? [duplicate]

For a small start-up with only one or two programmers, is it possible to implement agile methods like Scrum? If NO, what is the minimum team size required? I guess Scrum needs few programmers to be ...
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What's the ideal length of the sprint review/retrospective based on the length of the iteration?

I've been in several projects using scrum now. The length of the sprint review and/or retrospective has varied from client to client, from project to project. Some of the reviews became too long (2 ...
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Scrum for a single programmer?

I'm billed as the "Windows Expert" in my very small company, which consists of myself, a mechanical engineer working in a sales and training role, and the company's president, working in a design, ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...