A sprints in Scrum, or otherwise known as an iteration, is the heartbeat of the Scrum cycle.

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How to record changes to tasks in sprint backlog?

We are using Scrum for more than a year now for a mobile game project. We use a printed Excel sheet pinned on cork board almost similar to one here on mountaingoatsoftware website. During the sprint ...
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How the time of Agile Sprint is calculated?

have a query in my mind that how the time estimation is made in sprint meeting for agile work flow? Lets say for example: In a team there are 4 developers and the first sprint is designed for about ...
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Are bargaining and beat down attempts on Scrum estimations legitimate parts of the process?

I noticed in scrum meetings, that developers often give realistic estimations on stories. However, even rather simple stories need a lot efforts for configuration, setting up third party components, ...
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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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Scrum - What are team members busy with during a sprint

So, a scrum sprint is a fixed time period during which a specific set of features should be implemented. And a scrum team consists of all the people committed to delivering those features, the ...
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Scrum - Dealing with failed sprints and deadlines

Many Scrum books and articles say that a failed sprint (when the team fails to complete some features from the Sprint Backlog) is not something that bad, it happens from time to time, and it can ...
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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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Tracking progress via a burndown chart when sprints overlap

Our team has adopted some agile practices to help us develop and deliver our software to our client. We adopt practices as needed (as problems/challenges were identified) rather than jumping wholesale ...
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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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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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How to deal with outlier programmers during sprint planning?

It is generally accepted that the best programmers produce at least an order of magnitude more than average ones. This seems like it would cause problems with the usual approaches to sprint planning ...
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How does the result of Product Backlog revision during Sprint Review influence the next Sprint's Backlog?

On scrumguides.org, the following is said about the result of a Sprint Review: The result of the Sprint Review is a revised Product Backlog that defines the probable Product Backlog items for the ...
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In Agile SCRUM, how do you handle even distribution of work in a sprint between “experts”?

Where I work, we have a lot of silos of knowledge. Basically each member of the development team is the expert (and sometimes the only one that knows a thing) on certain pieces of the overall ...
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Planning troubleshooting in a sprint

From time to time we face difficult problems which are hard to reproduce. Creating a planning for solving such an issue is (nearly) undoable. What we do at the moment is break these up in ...
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Handling the end of sprint cycle between testers and developers [duplicate]

I've convinced our organization to move to a full-team definition of "Done", i.e. one that includes the QA testing and not just code completion. As a result, we can now more accurately tell where the ...
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Integrating QA within agile sprints [duplicate]

I've been working in "Agile" for a while and am working to move more towards agile at a new company. One of the problems I have always sort of encountered is effective integration of QA within the ...
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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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Best way to offer team member help? [duplicate]

I've been having a problem recently. In my recent sprints, I have found myself finishing my work well before the sprint ends (several hours in a 2 week sprint). I am left with a lot of time and ...
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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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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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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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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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Which one is better?Change sprint dates or one team member is not attend sprint plans for 4 months [closed]

We have an agile team and nearly running 80. sprint.Our sprint starts wednesday and finish Tuesday 10 days after.One of our team member,developer, will attend to a university course every Wednesday ...
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How to write a user story specific to tasks in this case [duplicate]

We have planned to take up an user story say As a player I want to view the game map to know current standings of my team The sprint is for two weeks. We will be able to complete only HTML in ...
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Scrum: Short VS long sprint

We were trying to figure out the optimal sprint length for our project. After working on a 3-weeks basis we thought that cutting the sprint to 2-weeks would provide better velocity. The advantages ...
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Split work item into prototype and main work item?

During grooming, we usually have work items which get approved based upon the team understanding that what needs to be done? The product owner does not discuss the details of how it will be done and ...
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Is it reasonable for programmers to be sprinting the whole year round? [duplicate]

It feels like it is not enough for working programmers just to "walk" 5 to 8 hours a day, and "quick walk" is not enough, but they have to "sprint", every day, year after year. For the company, it ...
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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 we create a story for vacation?

We have had a situation with a scrum sprint where a team member went on vacation for a few days at the beginning of the sprint. This led to us being behind the ideal trend on the burndown chart at the ...
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How does the product owner decide how successful a Sprint was? [closed]

Obviously if the product owner judges solely based on whether the committed stories were done, it wouldn't be good, because then the team will just commit to fewer stories next Sprint. On the other ...
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Confused about modifying the sprint backlog during a sprint

I've been reading a lot about scrum lately, and I've found what seem to me to be conflicting information about whether or not it's ok to change the sprint backlog during a sprint. The Wikipedia ...
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Sprint item takes longer then expected to be completed. What should we do?

What should we do if a item in scrum takes longer then expected? i am asking this because i have been noticing items that developers is struggling to complete as it is much tougher then initially ...
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Do you track progress during a agile sprint (iteration)

We have recently adopted (or are trying) to adopt managing our projects in an Agile manner. During our first sprint I asked our Scrum master (who also happens to be our primary resident Agile go-to ...
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Recommended sprint length when adopting Agile?

I'm new to a small development company (half a dozen programmers and should grow to possibly a dozen eventually). We also have a few external contractors working with us (just to add a bit of ...
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What should a proper Ready for Sprint definition contain?

Teams in our company deal with Product Owners who are in such a position that they cannot spend as much time with us, as we would like, to do proper Backlog Grooming. Thus in order to alleviate some ...
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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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How do you demo software with No UI in the Sprint Review?

We are doing agile software development, basically following Scrum. We are trying to do sprint reviews but finding it difficult. Our software is doing a lot of data processing and the stories often ...
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Can we pull future user stories in current sprint?

Suppose we have estimated 5 user stories to complete in a sprint and completed all of them with testing, buffer time and for expected bugs. Still we have 2-3 days left for one of the developer. Can ...
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Is it possible to shuffle team in between a sprint?

We are working on scrum framework. Now a situation arise that we have to shuffle 2-3 scrum team members in between sprints. Is it possible to shuffle sprint team members in between a sprint? What ...
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How to time the sprints in Scrum to allocate time for TDD?

We have sprints of 4 weeks duration. What I have been doing is 3 weeks dev time and 1 week of pure manual/automated testing, stabilization and shipment assurance testing. How to manage TDD within ...
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How to handle User Story at end of sprint if users want changes?

We just adopted Scrum and completed our first sprint (yeah!) At the Sprint Review, we demoed a User Story for feature X. This feature X worked exactly how described in the User Story from initial ...
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Handling unexpected features during sprint

Our team is going to adopt scrum and agile technics. We've got a product, which we develop for multiple customers. This customers supplied us with necessary requirements, so everithing is fine to ...
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What to do when a sprint is finished early?

What to do when a sprint is finished early? At the moment our Scrum team works off stories from the backlog, if the sprint is finished early. What happens with stories taken from the backlog? Will ...
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Finishing an iteration early

I'd like some input on this on those working with agile methodologies... A current project is finding that development on our planned user stories is finishing some time before the end of the ...
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What happens between sprints?

I'm working on a project loosely following the scrum model. We're doing two week sprints. Something I'm not clear on (and don't have a book to consult) is exactly what is supposed to happen between ...
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How do you balance the speed of Sprints with the customer's conservative adoption schedule?

I'd prefer to have sprints that last 3-4 weeks, but customers don't want to adopt new feature/function every 3-4 weeks. Existing customers are conservative and, once we meet their minimum bar for ...
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How relaxed (or not) should a sprint be?

What should be the attitude towards getting stories done that are assigned to a sprint? Obviously you want to prioritize getting them done in the sprint, but to me the whole point of agile is to be ...
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What to do with unfinished stories and tasks in SCRUM sprint?

We have unfinished tasks which are part of stories in sprint. They are not accepted by the PO. They must be included for the next planning of sprint. Obviously the stories must be moved, but what ...
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Handling “related” work within a single agile work item

I'm on a project team of 4 devs, myself included. We've been having a long discussion on how to handle extra work that comes up in the course of a single work item. This extra work is usually things ...