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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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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Where in scrum methodology do you define the approach/concept for a certain task

We have a sprint planning every sprint which takes 2 hours. In this little time we discuss 10 user stories, write them down and estimate them. Very often after the estimation (during sprint) I ...
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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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Coding and testing in the same sprint

How is testing handled within the same sprint as coding, if all or most of the coding is not done until the end of the sprint? (I'm referring to the "soup-to-nuts" development and testing of a single ...
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How do you integrate separate projects into a single solution?

Background I'm a technical lead on a small team of three developers who work at a community college. Because of the nature of our environment, our projects are typically related (since the core set ...
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Keeping agile with zero-bug/defect policy

In our project we work in a zero-bug (a.k.a zero-defect) methodology. The basic idea is that bugs are always higher in priority than features. If you're working on a story and it has a bug it must be ...
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How to handle 50% of worse than average sprints?

If I understand Scrum correctly, this is how I determine the work my team can take on in the next sprint: I average the number of completed points for the past several sprints. This quantity is our ...
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What is the purpose of planning poker in a sprint?

Our business analyst and project leads tell us the client's requirement as Stories. Every Sprint planning, we (developers) are asked to play planning poker. They asked all of us to consider the ...
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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, are story points assigned at different planning poker sessions worth the same?

As far as I understand, a planning poker session usually is started by picking one item and assigning it a value (say, 1). This item will then serve as a reference for the rest of the session. From ...
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Should defects be raised during sprints or just noted in the stories and assigned to developers?

I have heard that when testing stories developed in the current sprint, no issues are raised they are not completed (i.e. definition of done was not fulfilled) and that you should only raise issues ...
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What happens if Sprint Goal is not met?

I've been reading Scrum Guide and one part is missing for me. What happens if Sprint Goal is not met at all? Let's say the Sprint Goal is a big part of a functionality which cannot be broken into ...
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Participants in Agile retrospective

Who should be the participants in retrospective? Will it be only the team members OR should the Product manager, all the stakeholders and dependent teams also participate. I am of the opinion that ...
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Should defects have story points in Scrum?

As far as I know, we use story points to measure the complexity of a story in Scrum. But what about Defect? Should Defect have story points? If it does, what does it mean by completing these points, ...
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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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What are the possible/likely pitfalls of having async scrum teams?

In our game project we currently have 2 teams that work in 2 week iterations. In the past we've repeatedly had issues with larger features (bad planning/estimates, unforseen issues before code freeze ...
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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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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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Evaluating a product owner [closed]

How do you evaluate a product owner? More specifically, how would one conduct a performance review of a product owner? What qualities or characteristics would one look at when reviewing a product ...
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Include Testers inside the Team or Create a Tests Area? [closed]

I've become a leader of a group of 30 developers. We run Scrum and we have different teams for each Product Backlog. We have no testers across the teams and I'd like add them. My main question is: ...
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Should I use scrum for big projects? [closed]

I've been working on a project designed for generic software for gas stations (to be redistributed for many customers) for 18 months. The project is big. Today we have around 150 tables. We haven't ...
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In Scrum, should developers talk directly to customers (bypassing the PO)?

How should a product owner in scrum deal with very detailed questions from the team regarding the features they are implementing that he cannot instantly answer himself? When it would clearly be the ...
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UX designers working one Sprint ahead

Our UX designers usually have a story in Sprint X that the developers will implement in Sprint X+1 (The UX designers and the devs/testers are on one team). I think this makes sense because if you ...
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are technical user stories allowed in scrum

Are technical user stories allowed in scrum? if yes what is the standard template for writing technical user stories in scrum? Is it the same As a <user> I want to do <task> so that I can ...
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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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How does the Scrum Master participate in Daily Stand-Ups?

We have a professional Scrum Master consultant [*] who recently joined our project. Unfortunately, we don't know her name (she never introduced herself to us, she just came in one day and said "we are ...
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Semantic versioning in Agile

Let's say I have 14 days sprint iterations where I have several stories for new features, few improvements and some bugs to fix. I also deploy those changes when they are ready, I'm not waiting for ...
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Scrum for Embedded system devices

In our company, we are going to deliver a new product which will be used for mass notification, so it is an embedded software project and we are going to use the SCRUM as a framework for the product. ...
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When to have bug triage meetings in SCRUM process?

I was reading an article that explains some solutions to the "unpredictable emergencies" situation during Agile sprints. The article suggests having triage to determine if issues are truly emergencies ...
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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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ScrumMaster rotation with multiple scrum masters and teams

I'm currently working in a project where we discuss the question whether it is a good idea or not to rotate the scrum masters through all teams. We have different teams for ONE project. The context ...
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Should the story points of stories created after splitting a story add up to the number of story points of that story?

Suppose I have a user story of size 20 that can be split in other 2 user stories, making the original story an epic. Should the sum of these user stories add up to 20? What's the best practice in this ...
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When to Assign the Scrum Tasks

Our Scrum Scenario: We have two Sprint Planning Meetings (Part 1 and Part 2). Part 1: What should be done during the Sprint? Part 2: How should these things be done? I guess there are some ...
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Are case-studies an effective way of getting efficiency-focused team members to be willing to trade some efficiency for quality? [closed]

Firstly, this does not suggest that efficiency and quality are in conflict... only that some methods prioritize them differently. Secondly, this is not a question of whether you agree with Scrum ...
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Is there a practical way to manage a physical task board if one or more scrum team members works remotely?

I've convinced a few colleagues to try scrum with me, but one of them works remotely. We'd like to try using a physical task board. I think we might be able to pull it off by snapping a photo and ...
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Changing requirements mid-sprint

I am in the middle of an agile sprint. Midway we realize that the requirement that we were working upon, could have been done in an easier fashion in a totally different way. The development work done ...
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Why do we use the word “sprint”?

One of the founding principles of the Agile Manifesto is Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace ...
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How do we finish all our stories by the end of the sprint and not after and why is this important?

We are running 2 weeks sprints where the team will just barely finish development by the last day of the sprint but cards are not complete because testing is not finished. The definition of done is ...
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In Agile, what do you do with a severly underpointed story?

Our team is pretty good at planning/pointing, but once in a blue moon, we will have a severely underpointed story. I'm talking something we thought it would take a couple days and we realize its going ...
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Early subtasking at the beginning of each sprint

I have joined a new team which is using Agile/Scrum, and their development process is as follows: 1) developers review each story before each sprint to make sure it doesn't miss anything critical. ...
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Agile requirements gathering in embedded project [duplicate]

I am working on a project where we develop an embedded application for a Linux-based device handling data from different sensors and visualizing them to the end user. We try to use Scrum process but ...
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Agile development where customer collaboration is difficult

The agile manifesto states Customer collaboration over contract negotiation My question is how do you make this work effectively when there is distance between the developers and the users? ...
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How can a team apply the Scrum methodology without a clear customer? [duplicate]

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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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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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 ...
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How to handle short notice (but high priority) maintenance tasks in SCRUM

currently shifting to SCRUM, we wonder what should be done exactly in the specific case : Our analytics team need some script to be updated on the site we're managing. It occurs on a regular basis ...
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What are the negatives of Development Managers as Scrum Masters?

It is commonly agreed that team managers should not be scrum masters, but I am struggling to see why. For context, I am an Application Development Manager with 4 devs in a Scrum Team. I come from a ...
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Scrum: how to integrate work done by an overachieving developer out of band?

We have a "typical" SCRUM team and we commit to work for a sprint, and also maintain a backlog. Recently we have run into a problem of trying to integrate/handle the work of an overachieving developer ...
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How to quantify the work perfomed by a developer/programmer? [duplicate]

I know the best four naive ways of achieving this. Commit count: In the code repository count the number of commits done by a user. However this is just what the name says, counting the commits. It ...
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Estimating scrum points for non cross-functional team

We are working to transition our development team to be more Agile. I have a question about story point estimation and their relationship to an individual's skill. The scenario is that our team ...