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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 ...
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Agile “user story” for a user-less project

Disclaimer: I'm a total agile newbee. As a project manager for a pilot agile project, I am trying to create a rough sketch of my project using agile methodologies, but somehow I am not sure how to do ...
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A User Story that crosses components

I'm having a hard time reconciling stories that have a concrete user value and that can be estimated when crossing component boundaries. Assume I own a Game application and have the following user ...
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User stories delivery issues

Working in Agile manner, project team routinely delivers parts of software, described in User Stories. Upon each Sprint a working software is delivered, with some additional features added. The ...
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Can a company follow Agile and ISO?

Can a company follow agile and quality management hand in hand? Because Agile says focus on people instead of processes and tools, be flexible, focus on minimizing documentation, etc. But a quality ...
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Is there a role for formal Business Analysts and Systems Analysts in Agile teams?

Apologies for the long ramble and fairly short question but I wanted to set the scene (as such) Within all the blogs and articles on-line we use the term "Generalist" or "Team Member" when ...
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How to partition backlog sprints among the team? [closed]

After breaking backlog items down to sprints, how should we partition the sprint items among the team ?
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During a sprint, should we try to achieve 100% user story completion or 100% productivity

We know that during every sprint, the team's primary goal is to achieve 100% completion of user stories which are part of the sprint backlog. But what happens in practice is that, development should ...
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When is the best time to create story tasks?

I have a team of developers who are relatively new to Agile and sprints (approx. 5 months now). Every time I walk into their sprint planning session, I do not like what I see. It's absolute silence ...
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How do you split developers among dependent teams

i hope the title is relevant; I find it hard to put to words so concisely. The Teams We have 3 teams each with their own backlog and focus (think systems team, web team, mobile team). The 3 teams ...
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Where do you record time in JIRA that is not part of a sprint?

I will be planning my first project using Scrum. I am still trying to get my head around JIRA and how I will use it. I want to know that once we have identified a sprint (all tasks have been ...
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How to manage agile projects with high staff turnover

Background: a large consultant company wants to better utilize their consultants time when they're between assignments. The plan is to have an internal concept managing internal projects, which aim to ...
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Integrating UX into Scrum - how to do usability testing within a sprint?

I am trying integrate a UX team of about 14 UX designers into a software engineering organization of about 100 developers. One of many challenges I'm trying to figure out is how to deal with things ...
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How does sprints in agile differ from spiral model development?

I have learned that an agile application is done by dividing the development process in form of sprints. How the sprints different from spiral model development? Is there an minimal sprint count for a ...
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What tools do I need to manage an agile project?

I am a software developer that will be managing my first agile project. Although I have worked under other managers who implemented Scrum the best they could, my role as a developer involved mainly ...
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How do you name Sprints in Scrum?

I was wondering if it's a good idea to name Sprints with user-friendly names instead of using numerals like Sprint 1, Sprint 2, etc. Are there best practices or standards for naming the Sprint after ...
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Taking over a disorganised team

I'm about to take over an IT team that lacks organisation between members. The employees are as follows: Part time lead software developer & team leader; Onsite; (Me) Full time IT all rounder ...
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How to manage a product development and maintenance team

I am a project manager working with a product development team. We are using SCRUM with our development team. We have a heavy backlog list, that we are working on. The issue that I am having is, we ...
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I don't understand or like agile; should I become a certified Scrum Master?

I've a developer. I've always felt very negatively towards the concept of agile, especially during product development before a launch. I've worked in a number of agile teams and I've never really ...
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Implementing Feedback in Agile Development

I need to know about product development planning in a particular scenario. I planned my sprint and executed it, and then I submitted the product URL for feedback and received a response from my ...
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Communicating between agile project teams and shared services

My organization has several teams that are all attempting to use Scrum. Some of the teams are tied to a project, e.g. implement a new web site. Some other teams are shared services, e.g. search ...
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Applying Agile Methodolgies to a conversion project

I'm new to agile but would like to apply it's methodologies to a software project where we are tasked with converting a Mathcad document into a web application. We are typically a P&D ...
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How to hold a project kick-off / requirements gathering meeting for a job interview?

I've got the dream job interview of a lifetime tomorrow, and I need to facilitate a 45-minute requirements gathering and planning meeting for a software application they think up. It will be me ...
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What is “agile's answer” to projects that come in many shapes and sizes with different scope?

We have a set of teams and they are trying to go Agile. Lets say each team support one application and we have a total of 4 teams and 4 applications. When we projects that are all within a team / ...
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How do you create your burn-down charts apart from using paid tools

If you're NOT paying for software like Jira, what/how do you create your own burn-down charts? I have seen a few tools out there for creating burn-down charts. The one I'm most familiar with is ...
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Is there an industry adopted standard tool for Project Management for agile software development teams [closed]

My understanding, is that a lot of project management software packages still work on the waterfall premise. I know there are amazing tools such as Trello but during my use, I found it more targeted ...
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Deploying to production in the middle of a sprint

In our development process, for networking reasons, some stories can't be QA'ed or tested until they have been pushed to production. We do not, however, currently have branching capabilties so when ...
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Can the INVEST principles be found in my coffee machine user stories?

I'm trying to better understand the INVEST properties of user stories. For example, consider these two user stories: A coffee machine is programmable and it's possible to define different kind of ...
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Should I list support activities the Development Team is engaged in as User Stories?

I'm in one of many Scrum teams who are often told to allocate team capacities around 80% and leave the balance for supporting internal and external customers. This translates to developer "Bob" ...