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How to measure the amount of existing technical debt, to track the progress? [on hold]

It must be a tough question but I still hope to get some insight.
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How to measure performance of several scrum teams against each other?

With one scrum team velocity against itself over time it is easy - just number of points per sprint. But how to measure performance of several scrum teams against each other?
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Visiting daily scrums - dos and donts

When you visit one of daily scrums being in the role above those scrums, do you usually participate as a beholder or you also tell like all scrum team members what did you do yesterday and going to do ...
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Any tips on how to 'sell' the necessity of dealing with technical debt to nontechnical stakeholders?

A number of stakeholders do not quite understand the necessity of dealing with technical debt preferring new features on top of not very maintainable code. Development is sometimes seen as kids who ...
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User stories - difficult to decide actor

I always have trouble deciding who the actor should be and therefore how user stories should be written. For example: As a site owner I would like to display a carousel of products on the ...
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Example epics and themes for website project

Can there be any crossover between themes and the epics/stories inside them. For example, i think 'Frontend' would make a good theme for a website project. However some stories within this theme ...
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Assigning Story Points to issues that aren't stories

In my organization, we do not assign story points to bugs. Some members of my team argue that bugs should slow our Sprint velocity, in order to create an incentive to avoid technical debt and to ...
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Plan several sprints at once

We are working on a project that will be completed over several months therefore will take several sprints. Our product owner has pushed us into planning several sprints in one go. We have only given ...
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How to best conduct and document agile retrospective meetings?

I have worked in organisations that used either one of the following approaches during a retrospective meeting to gather feedback and reflect on how the agile team is doing and to explore ways to ...
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Scrum uneven distribution of work hidden in a unified effort

I'm currently a developer at a small software development firm, and we are starting to adopt Agile (specifically, Scrum) philosophies into our culture and project management style. We have only a few ...
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Should Scrum meetings be held in one day or two days?

I was asked an interesting question to which I do not have a strict answer. I would only have suggestions, thus I'd like to ask you the same question: How do you believe regular scrum meetings should ...
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Misunderstandings about Collective Ownership in an Agile environment [closed]

From my understanding collective ownership will solve common problems with the antiquated such as quality, failure due to absence and knowledge-sharing. However, there are some things that I don't ...
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Is it ok to define a user story that has no real business value without another story?

I'm struggling to find the best way to use scrum and user stories on the following case: To explain the situation let's imagine we are developping Microsoft-Access. In microsoft access you can ...
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What is the 'life-cycle' of an issue or exception report

What is the 'life-cycle' of an issue and exception report. I've seen the reports, and it looks like only one sheet that needs to filled out once. Of course, it may not be filled out completely at the ...
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Scrum Alliance or Scrum.org? [duplicate]

I'm planning to take training to become a Certified Scrum Master. Which certification have you found provides the most long-term value (earning potential)? The training programs I was looking at were ...
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What practices would allow an Agile team to work effectively when every developer is allowed to gather requirements from the business customers?

I may possibly inherit a new team which had toyed with Scrum but not found it the correct approach (largely due to the parallel not sequential nature of business projects). They are working to a ...
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What level of analysis should the development team expect before being asked to estimate and develop a story?

Here is an example of s story that recently made its way into a timebox. As an Ecommerce Executive, I want to make improvements to the Request a Callback form which will make it easier to segment the ...
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Do you include testing in the original estimate?

Our dev team estimates work in hours, but we do not include any testing time in the original estimate. For example if the devs say an item will take 4 hours that will become our estimate for that ...
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Breaking Down a Code Review of a Prototype

I'm the Product Owner on a project, which is essentially the integration of a new technology into an existing product. A prototype has been written by an external developer and we are now tasked with ...
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How do I pitch and back up the concept of pointing to my team?

I am a scrum master with a small team of developers. We have had a difficult year but this year we are trying to get back into doing things correctly. Part of this includes getting back into ...
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Pair Programming bad case? [closed]

I know pair programming has lots of good point to use. However, I don't think it will be a silver bullet in every situation. Is there an example of bad case to use pair programming or bad situation in ...
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What solutions exist for ensuring Sprint continuity over holiday or extremely turbulent periods?

This question is posed as a genuine attempt to seek a best answer but also hopefully a wider-thought piece. How do more experienced agile teams (especially Scrum) handle a sprint being interrupted by ...
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Best strategies for dealing with integration testing bottlenecks?

We were recently having a debate around what is the ideal and most effective / efficient way to do integration testing in complex environment with large number of applications to try to get software ...
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Which would be the best agile approach in order to manage a Process Department?

I'm in charge of the "processes and training" department in my company. Our main activities are: Document and publish the process of the company as well as procedures and functions of each sector ...
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Is my “Personal Contact Information” theme broken down properly?

We're currently working on a project and debating with others how best to break the project down. Below I'm just providing titles, not writing the full User Stories, to make it quicker to read ...
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From user stories to product, where and when to do graphic design?

We are taking our first steps in the Agile development world, and while we have a long path to follow, I'm having difficulties incorporating our graphic designer in the development process. The ...
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How to get a dev team to use TDD and CI?

I'm a software development program manager who has experienced many of the benefits of test-driven development and continuous integration. But some of the dev teams I work with don't follow these ...
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How to synchronize an agile software team with a waterfall hardware team?

Our team is composed of both software and hardware engineers. The software team uses Scrum project management while the hardware team uses waterfall. The priority of our software requirements change ...
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When to consider multiple PBIs when determining the HOW?

Consider that we have 10 Product Backlog Items (PBIs) that have been estimated and, if all goes well, will make it into our next sprint, after Sprint Planning. At what point would it be appropriate ...
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In agile projects, who is assigned to do the testing?

When you have a small company with some programmers, designers and a project manager, who is responsible for the testing? Does everybody have to write tests, or is it always the same person?
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1 team practicing kanban with multiple projects

I was wondering on when a small development team would use kanban when they have multiple simultaneous IT projects. Is there a reason why someone would rather go with kanban instead of Scrum when ...
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Can we use only one Scrum board for a team with multiple projects?

I am doing research for school. My research is covering how we could have one Scrum board for one team that works on multiple projects simultaneously. Scrum methodology is not just for working on one ...
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In Jira is it possible to have a gantt chart (or calendar view or similar) derived from your agile board?

I'm very new to Project Management, Agile and similar. I just started trying out Jira to manage the work of a small dev team which clearly needs to become organized (right now they are keeping track ...
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How to make realistic long term time estimations when adopting Agile methodology?

I just started to manage the technical department of a small web design firm. It's the first time I'm faced with such a job and I'm trying to figure out how to improve their project management ...
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How to use Agile in a small web agency managing a lot of different projects?

I'm faced with the duty of managing a small design and web agency's (3 full stack developers, 3 designers, 1 help desk, sales people...) technical department. The company is selling quite well (it has ...
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Mid Sprint Demo

Mid sprint demo seems to be a popular practice among scrum teams but I struggle to see how it fits in with high performing Agile-Scrum teams. Two sets of questions. When should a formal midsprint ...
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What's a good way for a Scrum team to handle budgets and work with other departments?

In my organization, the developers are using Scrum (which started recently), but the sysadmins are not. We're about to start a large project, and we've been asked for detailed description of our ...
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Running a sprint from Wednesday till Wednesday

Currently we have three teams who start their two week sprint on Monday and end it on Friday. We have some team-members who have every Friday off. Planning sprint reviews on Thursdays or earlier is ...
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How do handle adhoc work during a sprint from pressing customers

I intend to introduce sprints to my company, fairly new to it myself. Not sure if it's appropriate for my current situation, we have several on going projects, all of them are ERP scale size and most ...
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Acquiring knowledge story and splitting to tasks

Lets say in a current project the team asked for training in a particular area to help them in the rest of the project and the product owner agreed and saw the value behind this training so it was put ...
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Test capacity prohibiting stretch goals

In my current team of 3 dedicated testers and 3 dedicated developers we often find ourselves in a scenario towards the end of our sprint (usually the last 2-4 days of our 2 week sprint) where the ...
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How do you deal with client-related hold-ups in Scrum?

Most of our projects get held up by waiting on client assets. Working under waterfall, we're often on many projects at once and can work on something else while waiting. We really want to do scrum ...
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What are the benefits of hiring a ScrumMaster?

Background: We are trying to adopt Scrum in my current development team. One of the action items is to hire a ScrumMaster to help us in the Scrum implementation. But there are some articles suggesting ...
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How can we apply Agile to a consulting firm

As a consultant working for a consulting firm, planning projects using Agile/Scrum methodology can be quite challenging. Considering we do not work full-time for our clients, it is hard to use Scrum ...
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What can we do with a “mispointed” story in Scrum?

Is it OK to repoint the story at the beginning of the new sprint to reflect the size that we have now discovered it to be so our velocity is more accurate? On rare occasions, our team will work a ...
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In Kanban, what should we do about an urgent task?

If at that time, development team is currently at max WIP, then there's an urgent task like critical bug that need to be fixed immediately, do we need to violate the max WIP and allow to do work more ...
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Which guidelines are applicable for a single Scrum Team managing multiple backlogs?

Does the Agile community have recommended processes for a single Scrum Team managing tasks coming in from multiple backlogs? Context and Problem One Scrum Team One Scrum Master Delivering value to ...
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Purchase a physical scrumboard? [closed]

Any ideas on where to acquire a pre-drawn physical scrumboard? I want to save the hassle of preparing one and to just buy it somewhere. If there are nice boards like that would also look professional ...
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How to structure our organization and define agile teams in a multiple concurrent projects context?

I know that the agile concept "requires" the teams to be small, autonomous and self-sufficient. But if the diversity of projects objectives and required technologies make it impossible to form small ...
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How can I modify the Upland PowerSteering templates for Iterative/Agile Management?

Our department recently brought in Power Steering for waterfall projects but in the absence of an agile-focused software (Jira, Rally, VersionOne) there is some appetite to experiment with Power ...