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Scrum Sprint Length Study?

Does anyone know of a (reasonably) rigorous study done on benefits and drawbacks of different sprint lengths? I certainly have read (and have my own) anecdotal experience, but am curious to know if ...
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How does one integrate reward systems at an individual level into an Agile landscape, without damaging team cohesion?

I have recently been working and immersing myself in the Agile space. Among other things, I have been inspired by the promise it holds for empowering a team and maximizing efficiency. However, I have ...
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Advice for a Non-Technical Newbie Scrum Master

I have recently joined a fantastic company which prides itself on its Agile philosophy and work ethic. I am a VERY junior Project Manager, and the more I learn about Scrum and Agile, the more I want ...
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Is there guidance for Agile Refactoring within a large Waterfall Project?

I am acting as Project Support to a large multinational that is keen to embrace Agile - although it is really just Scrum that they are referring to. The ERP migration is traditional Waterfall but ...
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Are some stories implicit in agile elaboration

I sometimes find myself wondering if some of the user stories we are elaborating should just be implicitly implied. For example, if I had a user story of As an administrator I wish to be able to ...
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Project manager in scrum and communicating with the customer

In my current project I'm very confused about my role and who I should go through in regards to getting information about requirements/stories and who I ask questions from. Project team: 1 x ...
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When developing the same app for multiple platforms how do you keep the implementation aligned

We have an Android native app and now want to build an iOS native version. We work scrum / kanban process. How best can we ensure that the Features / User Stories implementation on both versions ...
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Why use hybrid Scrum and XP?

Why is the most common Agile software development approach a hybrid of Scrum and XP? Why do you think its a good idea to use them together? (if I am not aloud to ask for opinion based question ...
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How to combine continuous delivery cycle with iterations?

I'm the leader of a small team (a few programmers, plus product manager) practicing continuous delivery. The development stages for features are: Coding: A programmer prepares a branch with the ...
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User story conversation vs. scope creep

TL; DR; What is the difference between: A) The details evoked & scope definitions & acceptance criteria gained from the ongoing "user story conversation" a team should have with the PO, BAs, ...
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Green as grass: PRINCE2 or Agile? [closed]

Post completing a Psychology degree I've found myself in a health-tech startup acting as Research and Development Manager. As there's only three of us in the team, we have hybrid roles and as a result ...
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How to determine which project is best suited to Scrum

Though Scrum is an excellent solution for many situations, it is not the proper solution in all circumstances. The Cynefin framework is a framework that helps understand the situation in which we have ...
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Is there any published research about story points vs time estimation?

We're getting started with Scrum and have had a few debates about whether we should estimate in story points or ideal hours. The team is pretty divided, so I'd like to know if any real studies have ...
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Creating a user story for a back-end process

I'm having trouble writing a user story for a back-end process. Let say you are building a website that sells widgets. You have a page on the site where your site visitors can see all the details of ...
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Bug fixing in Scrum, at the end of the project

We have a project that is reaching a deadline for the final production release. It's a fixed price project and up till now we've managed to work in 2 week iterations, doing regular releases to our ...
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Can the product owner remove Stories

As a product owner, can I completely remove a story from the Product Backlog? I know everybody can add stories at anytime in the product backlog but is the PO's only way to remove a story to put it ...
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How to form scrum teams

I work as a scrum master in a place where we have two distinct products. And these products have submodules: Product A: (The bigger product) Submodule A.1 Submodule A.2 Submodule A.3 etc. ...
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Help of the QA in the sprint first days of a sprint

According to the Agile philosophy, it is important for the team to work together as one to achieve the goal fixed at the begenning of an iteration. With that in mind, I know that developpers and ...
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Is there room for good/tested design in “Agile” setting?

I just came out of an "Agile" team where the sprints are 3-weeks long, and during this same time, about 12 hours of that time is spent on exercises such as Scrum grooming, reviewing, Scrum, and ...
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Product Owner Role in Scrum

I am learning about Agile Methodology i.e. Scrum. I have a very basic knowledge of Scrum. Please guide me about the following questions: What is role of the Product Owner in daily Scrum, if he/she ...
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In JIRA, how can I show certain columns to specific users?

Let's say I have five columns in my project. They are visible in a Scrum project when a sprint begins, as expected, when you click on the "Work" tab in the Plan / Work / Report options. One || Two || ...
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User story contains a design task that generates other tasks

I have some user stories that have little tasks on basic design with highest priority. This tasks will lead to a conversation about the basic design of the user story and will generate other tasks for ...
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Career Progression from Product Owner

I work for a multinational IT consultancy firm that has a number of 'software assets' that it sells and develops for its clients. I started with the company straight out of University in a software ...
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Can Quality be an adjustable constraint of an agile process?

When defining the constraints of a project, the classical Iron Triangle defines three concurrent constraints: Resources, Scope and Time. Some more complex models (see the Project Constraint Model) add ...
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Story Point Estimation

Having used "days" as the unit for estimation of tasks in Scrum I find it hard to change to using Story Points. I believe story points should be used as they are more comparable to each other - being ...
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Use lean project management in a multi-project/support environment

I currently work in a small development team that works for multiple clients simultaneously. Some of the work is developing new software for these clients and some of the work is supporting the ...
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Lean software development VS Lean Startup. Is it the same? Differences?

Those concepts are usually mixed everywhere. It seems both are based on Lean, but that's all. The core of the Lean Startup aproach seems to be to develop the MVP (minimum viable product). Whereas the ...
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How to deal with the current corporate food-chain going in the way when adopting Scrum?

I am about to become a Scrum Master in one of two teams in a small software company. This is completely new for us. What bothers me is that our current manager will become the Product Owner and ...
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Agile resources for very short projects?

I'm having a job interview tomorrow with a group that typically has projects between 3-5 days in length. Of course, I'm not sure what exactly my duties will be, but I'm more used to projects around 2 ...
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Estimating user stories at the start of the project so that the PM can determine a quote for the client

Recently I have started on a team in a new project. Our company is attempting to run things in an Agile manner. The project consists of 4 developers each from different teams and with different ...
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How can we be doing “Agile” development if our manager constantly sets our priorities?

We have been trying to implement an Agile workflow for at least a year. We have tried Scrum and now we are trying Kanban. The problem we are having is that our manager constantly resets our ...
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Is it a conflict of interest for a developer to also be Scrum Master

I have joined a new team as a developer but they also want me to be Scrum Master as I have the most Agile development experience. Do you think that is a conflict of interest?
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Is it ok to try do a project “Agile” style before attending a formal Agile training?

Is it ok to start following an Agile PM style before we get formal training in it? The other way this question was phrased was is it ok to use tools like Pivotal that is geared for Agile before we ...
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How to reuse done user stories without rewriting/duplicating them

Just to outline the current situation first. We've recently had an QA tester added to the team on an existing project. The project has user stories in previous sprints which outline the objective, ...
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How to factor in story points/tasks for non sprint related items?

I understand that in general you create stories with story point complexity, and then define tasks and subtasks in which to mark time against, but how does this translate into items that are outside ...
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Encouraging lean practices in a agile/scrum team

We were practicing agile scrum for several years. So far so good :). What we feel is now that the team is more focused on completing individual tasks instead of thinking about the whole purpose of ...
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Is retrospective a good place check the status previous retrospective action items?

Is retrospective a good place check the status previous retrospective action items? In my team we identify action items every retrospective; however I am not sure whether we should review them during ...
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How can we manage multiple projects, as one small scrum team?

I know Agile came about as a group of 'adaptive software development' methods, where Scrum is one of them. Some background: We are an innovative web agency, which implies design and development. We ...
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When to add tasks to stories and how to estimate tasks?

In our agile team we frequently encounter the issue where the Scrum Master points out that all of our stories should be fully tasked and estimated prior to an iteration and once these tasks have been ...
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Involving a non participating Stakeholder

My client has initiated the project and pledged to be an active participant in project activities. However, as project progressed, my queries on functionalities were not answered by the stakeholder. ...
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Optimizing the number of ideal days in a sprint

Our sprints follow the pattern of a planning game based on a prototype, followed by actual application development with unit test, followed again by integration test and more complete unit tests to ...
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Single project, multiple modules — how to track module burndown in JIRA?

I have a team of developers that are building and maintaining a web application for our business. We use JIRA Agile to organize development items, plan sprints, track issues etc. One team works on the ...
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Is there an Agile or Scrum method without Iterations / Sprints?

I just had a little discussion about this with a few coworkers but we did not come to a conclusion yet. We have a bunch of projects that are actively maintained and developed using scrum, with fixed ...
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Agile estimation and communication of price to customers

I'm new to this Agile way of doing estimates. For a long time I have been working in the classical way of estimating the whole project up front (roughly). Now I have started to look into the Agile ...
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How to manage sprint velocity when someone does both design & development?

Background I work at a startup where I'm the only designer (UI/UX/Visual), however, we don't have an actual front-end developer, so most of the HTML/CSS development also falls on me as I'm ...
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Kanban: A cure for what ails me, or snake oil du jour?

I manage a team of developers and testers that makes widgets. We manage several dozen widgets; in addition to creating new widgets, we have to update old ones with new functionality and fix urgent ...
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How to tell BurnDown chart that resource which finished his work can't do job for another resource

I have a sprint with 2 developers. IOS and Android In this sprint we have estimated 50 hours for IOS developer and 10 hours for Android. Logically Android developer will finish much earlier. However ...
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Does spike failure cause sprint failure in Scrum?

I’ve read few articles about spikes in Scrum. In general there are recommendations to estimate spikes with story points and define acceptance criteria, pretty much as normal user stories. What is not ...
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What services are available for managing a product roadmap? [closed]

I'm not fully versed in project management but this seemed like a good place to ask the question. I'm looking to manage a "product roadmap" for a web site and eventually a mobile app. I'd like to be ...
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Scalability of Scrum [closed]

Is scrum scalable? Can it be employed in large scale non-IT projects? I have gone through some articles and views on the Internet, which suggest that scrum can be employed in non-IT projects. But I ...