An agile framework within which a Product Owner (PO), Development Team (DT) of 3-9 Developers and a Scrum Master (SM) work as the Scrum Team (ST) to build and sustain complex products of the highest, possible value. They do this work within a timebox called a Sprint; Sprints may be shorter, but may ...

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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 ...
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Should a developer also act as a tester? [closed]

We're a scrum team of 3 developers, 1 designer, the scrum master, and the product owner. However, we don't have official tester in our team. A problem that is always with us, is that, testing the ...
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Scrum re-estimation of stories

Every day, after the stand-up, my team and I update our estimates for each story. I have a feeling that there is something wrong with the way we do it, so I need your help. This is how we do: Story ...
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What are the boundaries of the product owner in scrum?

In another question, I asked about why I feel scrum turns active developers into passive developers, and it seems that the overall problem is not scrumy (related to scrum), and rather it's related to ...
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Is SCRUM Methodology a good technique to go with in crucial deadline project?

I am just join a firm and they are working in a (their called) SCRUM methodology, They have very sharp deadline and the project development doesnt seems to have any direction or neither it is looking ...
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Does Scrum turn active developers into passive developers?

I'm a web developer working in a team of three developers and one designer. It's now about five months that we've implemented the agile scrum software development methodology. But I have a weird ...
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Does scrum have any merit in defense contracting?

Overheard at the watercooler yesterday: "Scrum has no place in defense contracting." I tend to disagree in the sense that I believe Scrum can be tailored to work in many scenarios and I can see ...
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If a story is de-scoped during the iteration then what to do with its estimate/size?

Sometimes we change user story scope to complete it during the iteration. For example, Original story (8 points): As a user i want to save my data as PDF. De-Scoped story: As a user i want to save ...
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Is a Scrum Master needed on a high performing team?

My understanding of the duties of the scrum master are as follows: Enforce the process Remove impediments (that the developers cannot remove themselves) Prevent interruption from outside Facilitate ...
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How Do You Pull Something from a Release?

Let's say your team is working on 10 features/fixes for a sprint. At the end of the sprint, there are one or two things that the product owner does not accept. But, they would really like the other 8 ...
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Agile Retrospective Ideas [closed]

I am a Junior at workplace and I have been to a number of our retrospectives over the last year. I have been asked to facilitate a retrospective of my own. So far, we have done "hats (red, green, ...
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Who should define, assign, implement, and follow the tasks in Scrum?

Roles in scrum are Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Scrum Team. A user story should also break down into smaller pieces called tasks. A task seems to have four phases, namely, definition, assignment, ...
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When to mark a user story as done in scrum?

There is a notion in scrum that emphasizes delivery of workable units at the end of each sprint. Each workable unit also maps directly of indirectly to a user story and when in new sprint PO ...
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How to guide stakeholder(s) not to get far from the scrum vision?

Consider this scenario: Stakeholder(s): Let's build a web application to manage user's financial data. Scrum team: Ok, let's do it. . . . After 3 sprints Stakeholder(s): Let's also implement a ...
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What to do if a team member misses a sprint planning?

Lets say a team member is on an annual leave. He won't be attending sprint planning but he will be back by mid of iteration/sprint. Lets say he has 50% capacity i.e. as he will be available for later ...
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How to get the team back on track for SCRUM/Agile?

There was a company developing software product. They had adopted SCRUM as agile method for entire development department incl. programmers, testers and analysts. It had been working grand for them in ...
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Parallel teams and scrum/agile

My company has grown seriously over the last years. Until a few years ago we could work with 1 agile team and everything went quite smooth. Now we have multiple teams, all working agile and things ...
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In Scrum, how to handle contention/workload at end of sprint

My team started using Scrum a few sprints ago. Our project involves building software interfacing with physical devices (think robots and sensors) and our typical Product backlog usually represent ...
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Confusion about the first day of a burn down chart

I built a simple burn down chart with Google Spreadsheet, as shown below. The project consists of 99 tasks. And the user finished 5 tasks on the first day. So the "Actual Tasks Remaining" point is ...
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What is the best way to handle similar functionlaity in separate user stories / Product back Log Items?

I am using the TFS 2010 SCRUM template. So, let's say I have these user stories: As a user I want the ability to add contacts directly from the Partner page. As a user I want the ability to add ...
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When defining Product Backlog items, is it s a bad idea to describe what will be part of the user experience?

First, I am using the TFS 2010 SCRUM template. I am wondering if this is a bad idea... I started defining a PBI for User Interface Elements. Basically, this will hold all the tasks that developers ...
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Should SCRUM be used for a project with only one person working on it?

At our company we have a team working on 3 different projects at the same time, where typically only one or two people are involved in each project. Project work often involves mastering new ...
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Is collective code ownership mandatory in Scrum?

Is is an absolute must when following the Scrum methodology to practice collective code ownership, instead of for example weak code ownership?
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PHP Open Source Tools for Agile Development [closed]

Hello Everyone, There are so many Questions on Stackoverflow about Agile tools, but I haven't seen a tool which can be installed on a PHP Server. I'm just looking for an Open Source Scrum Tool or ...
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What is a clean Agile (Scrum) Sprint Presentation?

Suppose someone of your development team is presenting a sprint to the customer but he is having web connection problems such that a complete story cannot be presented. For the sake of the cleanness ...
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Steps to take to create the Product Backlog for starting our project with Scrum

A small team (3 or 4) are working on a fairly big project that might take 1 year to complete. We are basically re-designing an existing software (that had been developer over 5-6 years while being ...
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Learning Agile & Scrum [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a canonical book on Agile? I'm looking for a good book on learning Agile and Scrum for web application development. Can anyone suggest a good resource that ...
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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 [closed]

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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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? [closed]

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 ...