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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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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Why do we use story points instead of man days when estimating user stories?

In agile methodologies (e.g. SCRUM), the complexity/effort needed for user stories are measured in Story points. Story points are used to calculate how many user stories a team can take in an ...
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Is a large increase in velocity realistic in a Scrum environment?

My manager has recently really been pushing to use velocity as a target and measure of productivity. We are currently working at an average velocity of 50 story points. My manager wants us to increase ...
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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 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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Can Agile/Scrum be used by 1 or 2 developers?

Everything I've been reading and researching up to this point describes how Agile/Scrum works great with teams of about 4 to 6 members, maybe even more. In my current shop, we have about 8 developers ...
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How to make sprint planning fun

Not only are our sprint planning meetings not fun, they're downright dreadful. The meetings are tedious, and boring, and take forever (a day, but it feels like a lot longer). The developers complain ...
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Should a developer also act as a tester?

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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Is unit testing or test-driven development worthwhile?

My team at work is moving to Scrum and other teams are starting to do test-driven development using unit tests and user acceptance tests. I like the UATs, but I'm not sold on unit testing for ...
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Why and for what reasons developers may not like “daily scrum”? [closed]

There are advantages in holding daily scrum, like: Team get coordinated with each other Everyone knows what amount of task has been done Burndown chart gets more and more complete Task board is ...
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Daily standups- yea or nay? [closed]

How valuable (or not) do you think daily stand-up meetings are? If you're not familiar with it, this refers to a daily meeting that is part of Scrum adherents (and some other agile methodologies). ...
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Should Agile teams deliver new features daily?

My company is in the midst of a transition from waterfall-style development to Agile/Scrum. Among other things, we're told that the expectation is for us to have new working, testable (by QA) ...
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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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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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How do you handle regular latecomers at the stand-up meetings? [closed]

We have our daily stand-up meeting at 8:45 while the workday starts at 8:30. Even with the 15 minutes slack people keep coming too late, on a regular basis. This results in our meetings being small, ...
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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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What tools do you use to manage requests from users? [closed]

I'm drowning in user emails and I'd like to implement a better way to manage all these requests I get and put them in a queue where those people on a team, as well as users, have access to them and ...
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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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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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How can a single developer make use of Agile Methods? [duplicate]

I am a freelancer and work as a single developer. In all cases, I am the person wearing different hats. I am the Scrum Master and I am the only person in the development. What I am not is the Product ...
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I just started a job with Scrum and something seems to be missing. I am new to Scrum

The code is a complete mess of a combination of classic ASP/ASP.NET. The scrum consist of us patching up the big mess or making additions to it. We are all too busy doing that to start a rewrite so I ...
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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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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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What is the role of the lead developer in an agile team?

In a non-agile development team a lead developer generally: Sets the standard (coding and otherwise) Researches new technologies for the team Sets the technical direction for the team Has the final ...
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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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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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Do Scrum sprints mean to work at the fastest pace possible?

I recently interviewed with some companies that do Agile, Scrum to be more precise and there are some things that don't quite seem like Agile to me. I'll take one case that particularly interests me ...
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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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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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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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Advantages of Scrum for the developers themselves?

Scrum being a project management methodology, how would you 'sell' it to the developers in a team that is reasonably happy with its current situation? It seems easy to me to explain to our Product ...
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Scrum: how to handle backlog-items that are longer than one sprint

I'm starting with SCRUM and I have a problem understanding one thing. How does SCRUM handle backlog items that take longer than one sprint?
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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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Does a mature agile team requires any management?

After a recent heated debate over Scrum, I realized my problem is that I think of management as a quite unnecessary and redundant activity in a fully agile team. I believe a mature Agile team does not ...
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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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How can architects work with self-organizing Scrum teams?

An organization with a number of agile Scrum teams also has a small group of people appointed as "enterprise architects". The EA group acts as control and gatekeeper for quality and adherence to ...
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Is randomly refactoring code allowed in scrum

Background My team uses scrum I have currently no task assigned There are no more pending task in the backlog Today is Labor Day for my client. Not having many things to do today I wanted to start ...
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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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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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In Scrum, should tasks such as development environment set-up and capability development be managed as subtasks within actual user stories?

Sometimes in projects we need to spend time on tasks such as: exploring alternate frameworks and tools learning the framework and tools selected for the project setting up the servers and project ...
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Can fixed scope + fixed deadline + fixed price contract ever be made to work with “agile”?

Some projects we run internally using scrum, whilst still being "fixed everything" to the customer. Mixed success on our part (the customer likes the visibility of the burndown chart). Any ...
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How do you keep track of a requirements document on an agile team?

I understand that User Stories dominate the agile world, but how are these artifacts stored, so that new developers who join the team can come up to speed with the requirements? What if the User ...
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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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Does Scrum make sense when implementing a new compiler backend?

I have an existing language that I need to port to a new platform. I'll probably attempt this by changing the backend of the existing compiler. It is a significant amount of work to re-write the ...
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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 can Scrum be adapted to a Volunteer setting?

I have recently joined a young hackerspace still in the process of setting itself up. We're fortunate because the space has a few internal projects that need working on and no shortage of volunteers ...
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How do you integrate Testing into a Scrum process? [duplicate]

This is really perplexing me. We have a 'definition of done' and it includes dev 'done', unit tests 'done', dev test 'done'. However we also have a user acceptance test that needs to be 'done' but the ...
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Good workflow for software development with scrum and continuous integration

I'm studying an approach to understand better how the continuous integration workflow fits better in a software development company with the scrum method. I'm thinking something like this: Would ...
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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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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 ...