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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TFS - Explaining the difference between Product Backlog Item and a Task

I've run into this challenge a couple of times and I'm hoping someone can provide some references, training or advice on how to explain the difference between a Product Backlog Item and a Task in TFS. ...
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Handling epics that only provide a shippable product at the end

i am currently evaluating whether SCRUM would be right for our team. One thing that i do not understand so far and have not found a satisfactory response to is how something like "complete ...
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Project structure for overlapping product generations?

Our company is developing 2 generations of a product in parallel. Our product cycle is about 2-3 years. Today we're working on: generation N "production": next product to be released, getting things ...
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Agile tools, can't find any that suits my case or I'm wrong somewhere? [closed]

We have huge modules in our project, each module has a bunch of user-stories, each story contains developer tasks. Actually, we take tasks from multiple modules, since we have some core module ...
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What are work areas used for with the scrum methodology [migrated]

On visual studio online there is an option to configure work areas. I created a project and it uses the "Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 2013.4" process template. I started entering work items into the ...
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Scrum Daily meeting: Punctuality over Full team presence?

My understanding is that a Daily Scrum meeting should be very quick, hosted in a friendly way and that it requires all the team members present. Because it is objective is to have everyone up to date ...
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How to stop / avoid Over Time on a Scrum Team?

Actually, I'm helping a small software shop on their Scrum Implementation. Recently the Scrum Master reported me that he has a problem because the Team is working Over Time to achieve the Scope ...
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Agile: QA without dedicated test resource

I'm currently working in a small internal software development team of four people. Having had a lot of success with Agile in the past (which none of my colleagues have used before), I'm keen to try ...
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Scrum - how to carry over a partially complete User Story to the next Sprint without skewing the backlog

We're using Scrum and occasionally find that we can't quite finish a User Story in the sprint in which it was planned. In true Scrum style, we ship the software anyway and consider including the User ...
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Help, team members out of tasks want to start with future sprints topics

I have this problem, a team with 4 members working under scrum, with specific skills each one of them: Person A) DBA with reporting skills Person B) DBA with stored procedure skills and a very ...
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How to remote Sprint Review in mobile application development

The setup is like so: Product Owner is remote (as usual) and Developers want to show their work after Sprint. So far we use a web cam pointing downwards and sharing video stream out of it to PO but ...
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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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Agile. User stories, Tasks and Reporting

At the moment we are creating tasks based on (pointed) user stories. We then link the tasks to the user story in TFS and move them across the kanban board. Does this sound like a common approach? also ...
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How can I implement scrum if management won't commit resources?

I want to try to apply scrum to a project. For the purposes of my question, let's assume that there are no other problems I'm trying to solve; I just want to practice scrum. Over the summer we're ...
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Big tasks vs short list of small ones at sprint planning meeting

Simply: Sprint planning, we do not have well described user stories and we need to create tasks (since we do PoC-like module, technology remain somewhat unknown). Should a team either: Create big ...
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How can user stories not contain requirements (when written on a card) and still be implementable

I've been told "User Stories are not requirements, it is just a reminder of what customer wants, you cannot put requirements within a story". But let's take for an example that a customer wants a ...
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Who should be allowed to add stories to the product backlog?

What is the best practice for that prevents the backlog from becoming a mess, but also maintaining developer productivity Who should we allow to add stories to the product backlog? And how do you ...
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Product backlog- when do task hours get estimated?

I am wondering if when developing a product backlog do tasks have hours estimated for them. To confirm, i can talking about a product backlog here not a sprint backlog as I know it does have.
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Applying agile methodologies in a fast moving support environment

Do any agile methodologies have a place in the following setting: Small web development team, working on a mixture of frontend, backend, design work, with a mixture of new projects, inherited bad ...
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In SCRUM, should a long tedious task have a large size

Various articles on SCRUM methodology explicitly state that sizing should not focus on time, bur rather on the more abstract "complexity" or "effort needed" of the task. How should a task be sized if ...
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Story points for bug fixing tasks: Is it suitable for Scrum?

I'm just wondering if we should assign story points to bug fixing tasks or not. JIRA, our issues-tracking software, does not have story point field for Bug type issues (it's only for Storys and ...
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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 a scrum team estimate time for the user stories during Sprint Planning, or before it? [duplicate]

I am newbie for scrum. Lets say we have all the user stories for the product, and the product owner gave them the priorities. Now as a team, when we should estimate times for these stories? Should we ...
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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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Fixed scope and resources - but I am being asked for an exact release date [duplicate]

We have a project where the scope and resources are fixed. We have a fully groomed backlog and a velocity, so from this I can work out a rough idea of when we may release. As a team, we feel it is ...
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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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Who is responsible to challenge a product owner?

I am relatively new to Scrum and I am not clear on the boundaries of a product owner. The product owner that I am currently working with seems to behave more like a manager than someone who gives ...
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Scrum: Is it ok for the design/UX of user story to occur in the same sprint as implementation

I am currently in a sprint (two week) where the designer is tasked with defining the requirements and UX of a particular user story. In the same sprint I am to implement this design. During sprint ...
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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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How to express what do do when error occurs in a user story?

How do you express what to do when error occurs in a user story? Should the response to what happen on errors be in a task of the original user story, or should I create another user story that is ...
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Scrum in combination with ad hoc bug fixes [duplicate]

I worked in a company where they tried to use Scrum but in practice it was hard to create a solid sprint backlog because they had a very active userbase, that used the software 8 hours a day, and ...
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Scrum and backlogged issues

I run a development team that recently started using Jira and we began using agile scrum. I'm curious about a certain aspect of backlogged issues. So far I have been marking new issues as unassigned ...
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Who writes the technical 'user stories' in scrum

I know that a product owner should write a user story in scrum. A user story is describing a feature for the end user. But who describes what needs to be technically developed and how it needs to be ...
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How do we provide valid time estimates during Sprint Planning without doing “too much” design?

My team is getting up to speed with Scrum, but most of us are more familiar with non-agile or "pseudo-"agile methodologies. The part that is the biggest hurdle for us is running an efficient Sprint ...
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Scrum: Capacity vs Velocity when planning a sprint

We have completed 11 sprints so far in our current project. In most sprints we have not been burning down well and usually finish with our velocity gradient flattening as we approach the end of the ...
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How should I break this user story into tasks

I am trying to understand how to create user stories and tasks. I have read articles stating that you should create small user stories and they should be a "vertical slice" of functionality instead of ...
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Sprints between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years

What do hardened Scrum folks say about planning Sprints around "Major Holidays" lots of stakeholders have a tendency to take multiple days off and the tendency is that we'll miss sprint goals and ...
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How to work on not User Story related tasks

I'd like to create a developer task collector where I'd put all issues that I see need some work but are not User Story related (e.g. fix some not visible quirks in startup animation, scan code with ...
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Scrum task over estimation

In my current company we're using Scrum with 2 week iterations and a regular planning session. How planning normally works in our company is that we take a predefined , prioritized (by PO before the ...
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is a new change request on a user story a different user story

We have completed a user story for a sprint. Near the end of the sprint there was a new functional addition requested for the same user story. Here the user story will remain the same. ie As a i ...
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In an Agile Environment, who is responsible for software architecture

In an agile team, who is responsible for making high-level architecture and design decisions that affect the entire system, not just the work being done in the current sprint? Maybe product owner, ...
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Scrum: Is it okay for the development manager to be the Product Owner

My company is going through an agile rollout and is currently considering options for what that means. The ScrumMaster role is somewhat straightforward, but Product Owner has many candidates: ...
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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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Planning poker with visually impaired colleague

At the office we just got a new colleague who is visually impaired. I'm in charge of organizing the planning poker sessions and the new colleague must participate as a member of the team. We have ...
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Does scrum involve writing tests before code? [closed]

I just read that in XP, tests are written before code. Scrum is a different Agile Methodology but does scrum also involve writing tests before code?
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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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Is hierarchical product backlog a good idea in TFS 2012-2013?

I'd like to validate I'm not in the wrong way. My team project is using Visual Studio Scrum 2.x. Since each area/product has a lot of kind of requirements (security, user interface, HTTP/REST ...
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How to write tasks in Jira when using Scrum?

I am going to start a new project using Scrum and Jira and I have some questions regarding how to write proper tasks in Jira. From what I understand user stories are small non-technical descriptions ...
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How to fit testing in Scrum sprints and how to write user stories in Scrum

I am the development team lead of a new project at my company. This is the first project where the company will use Scrum. We have a waterfall/iterative SDLC. The BAs write requirements docs, hands ...
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Point estimates scale skewed

When using planning poker for estimates, we've ended up with effectively a non-linear points scale. By that I mean that point value is inconsistent for one-pointers and, say, eight-pointers. Couple ...