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Achieving independence for story items

I've been reading a lot about agile, stories, and INVEST recently, and trying to apply it to my work (with a view to introducing it all more broadly within our organisation). I can see the value of ...
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Can I break a user story down after work as already started?

A story that has been picked up by a development team is too big. Is it 'okay' to break it down even though work has already commenced?
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Do you consider a defect an actual defect if it occurs in Dev prior to the acceptance of the User Story as Done?

A fully agile centric question. If an exception, error, defect or bug occurs prior to the completion of a user story; do you log it is a bug or do simply consider part of the work required to make ...
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Agile in Construction

I am a Post Graduate student in Infrastructure Engineering and Management. I want to do a project regarding Agile Project Management. My questions are: Is the Agile approach successful in ...
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How can developers and designers work together in an agile way?

A designer delivers a mockup to a developer. That mockup is delivered as part of the story, but may or may not be considered actual acceptance criteria. After all, the mock may not even look ...
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Can one person be both Scrum Master and Architect at the same time?

Is it OK if the Scrum Master and Architect is one person? I clearly understand why it's bad idea to combine Scrum Master and Product Owner roles: conflicts of interest, SM cares about development, PO ...
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Better approach to sprint for QA and Dev team

We are having a challenge with fitting QA work into the Scrum process and specifically due to a need to do a full regression and load testing before releasing into production which takes up to 3 days. ...
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Is defining business rules the same thing as a story spike in Agile?

I am a developer in a new job where the team uses Agile. This is the first time I've been in a fully Agile team and I'm feeling a bit lost. I've been asked to do a spike for the next block of work ...
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How to ensure developers don't sneak in code not part of requirements?

Other than than code reviews by another developer and by trusting your developers won't do anything nefarious or stupid, is there any way to ensure that when you release a build to production or even ...
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How to estimate times during Sprint Planning?

I have 6 user stories for a sprint of 14 days. I have the detailed description in the stories for what the team needs to develop, and the team is new to scrum. (this would be their 2nd sprint). The ...
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What's the point of a release burndown chart?

I don't seem to find them accurate at all for forecasting. They are probably worse than Gantt in some ways, since Gantt gives someone a high level idea of what we aim to achieve and by when. Every ...
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How to set story points when two people work on the same item together?

How to handle points in the following scenario: We have a story set to 4 points, because the team believes that the amount of work is 4 points in total. To be able to complete this story, two people ...
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What is the difference between acceptance criteria and the definition of done?

I don't get what is the difference between both. They seem to be similar to me. For instance, I have this typical login/register User Story. Can you provide some DOD examples? As a user I want to ...
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Boss is making me liable for developers actions

As an agile project manager, I am currently working with one sub contractor, the problem that I am currently facing is that he is just not pulling his weight with not only doing the work but also ...
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How to deal with reoccurring stories in agile?

We have a number of tasks (which perhaps could be defined as user stories) that re-occur through our project, once every sprint. They are IT/ops related tasks that the rest of the developers depend ...
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Is there a reason to apply BPM to agile methodologies such as SCRUM?

Is there a good reason to apply BPM to agile methodologies such as SCRUM in order to improve the Agile process?
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Are account management skills important for project managers?

I enjoy project managing, but after doing a period of account management in parallel to it, I really disliked Account management. I did not enjoy dealing with customers, but I enjoyed working with my ...
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Forecasting Story Points in Agile

Are there any methods to fairly estimate story points for a project before deep diving into the planning poker part. I am asking this because sometimes at project initiation it helps to know the ...
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what should I do to overcome the agile process related issues in my organization?

I work in an organization that follows scrum process and we have been struggling to stand up to sprint commitments and are having to stretch our work hours every time to fill this gap, some times even ...
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How do we prevent debates over whether changes to user stories are new work or bugs?

I'm struggling to determine where capturing of user story elaborations and discussions fits into agile. A lot of what I have read and agree with is: You should be focusing on discussions with your ...
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Multiple feature teams but no version control; how to scale delivery?

OK; this is a real-world question rather than a theoretical construct. Context: Multinational company flirting with scaled Agile and/or Nexus. Currently have 3 large Agile programmes of 200+ ...
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How to structure a simple Wordpress project in Agile Scrum Team

We have a projects for example a brochure website for a client to be built on wordpress, its 6 pages. Lets say we already have the design and to make it a finished thing it requires aa mix of frontend ...
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How to find the right size for user stories for a dev team

One of my teams is struggling with user story sizing. A couple of weeks ago the stories seemed to be too big i.e. they were dragging along / staying on the board for weeks. The PO has started to ...
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Is it possible to change from Waterfall/V model methodologies to Agile during a project?

Say for example, you are in charge of a particularly large project, with a big time frame, and you and your team decide that Agile would be a better methodology to follow. Is it practical/possible to ...
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How to manage stakeholder expectations when they keep on raising the bar

Long story short, we are building a product and I have introduced then implemented the Scrum framework for product management. It has been working extremely well, and my team have done an amazing job. ...
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Should developers from different projects do a stand-up meeting together in Scrum?

I am from small organization, where currently we are planning to practice stand-up meetings. There are three developers currently, one developer is involved in two projects and the other two are each ...
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Leading technical teams as an agile non technical project manager [closed]

I am currently project managing a software build, managing 2 developers, a QA engineer and UI/UX designers in the process. I am no longer hands on. Previously I was a former developer, but I did not ...
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Post Scrum facilitation

I am a scrum master for two years, and recently one of my peers raised a concern that our stand-ups are taking too long. While I am trying to keep the first part of the stand-up (i.e. updates) as ...
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What possible gotchas what I can expect from using MS project for timesheet/billing?

My concern is use of MS Project for employee time sheet, billing, planning and tracking work time on people/resources (developers, IT engineers) over a time under multiple "service contracts" instead ...
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What should a scrum master do if his manager insists on managing the team?

In an organisation they decided to hire a full time scrum master to help them transition to scrum. Most of the developers onshore and offshore were new to the company's huge system, and new to scrum. ...
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Who should make the final design and UX decisions on a team without a designer

Our team doesn't have a dedicated UX/design employee. Is is better for product or the engineers to have the final say for UX/design decisions? Or should it be a majority vote?
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How to create a visual product road map that follows agile?

My boss loves Gaant charts, because they give you a high level visual overview of the product roadmap. The problem with Gaant, it is fixed time related and goes completely against the concept of the ...
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What to do if a member of a team finishes all his sprint tasks ahead of schedule?

I run 1 week sprints, lately my sprints are finishing ahead of schedule (one day before the end of the sprint) for one member of the team. I know that some PMs wait until the next sprint cycle, ...
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Where is the value in walking the board with a detailed task board?

My team keeps a detailed record of in progress and blocked items on the team task board (format: To Do, In Progress, Done). The board is so detailed that meetings have turned into walking the board ...
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How can we deal with a big story that does not break down?

I'm a developer. We have a non-technical BA writing our stories. There are a few stories coming down the pipeline that have a small business description. These stories require an unusually large ...
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What are the benefits of PRINCE2 Agile?

I have recently heard about a new methodology that mixes PRINCE2 and Agile called PRINCE2 Agile. I was wondering what could be the benefits and reasoning behind this? As I understand PRINCE2 is a ...
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Who performs a release and how is it estimated?

I have just joined and become the Scrum Master for a team at a company. I came in on the last three days of one of its many sprints. On the last day of the Sprint, they released the increment. This ...
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Am I implementing scrum properly?

First time doing this, seems to be working well. I am currently the Product manager/Scrum master, I have a team of 2 developers and a QA tester. Product is organised in the following way: Weekly ...
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How to organise manual testing in a scrum team?

In a scrum team there are automation testers and manual testers as well as database mid and front end developers. While the automation testers from the beginning of the sprint start creating tests to ...
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Agile Methodology on College projects? [closed]

I was developing an E-commerce web application using .Net framework for a school project. I have developed each module of these web app like sign in , signup , homepage etc and tested it before moving ...
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When are Story Points and priority estimated in the planning phase of agile?

In our agile requirements gathering sessions (not sure of the technical name sorry), where we engage with the product owner to list all stories that are required for the implementation, we typically ...
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What is the role of test manager in a scrum team?

In a company, they are transitioning from agile to scrum. They have hired a very skilled scrum master to facilitate change, they have an up to speed product owner, a development manager who is up to ...
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Advice for developer team leading his first project [closed]

I am a student developer team leading a comparatively small project with no experience in management. My team consists of a dozen students with little experience in development and little to no ...
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How should I handle Assignee for a JIRA ticket as Status changes?

We use JIRA's Scrum boards. As tickets are added into the Active Sprint, each ticket is assigned to a developer with a Status = "Open". The developer will then move it into "In Progress" to start work....
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Testing big systems in agile

In the organization I work for we have a HUGE product. It has about ~10 associated scrum teams. We have two types of releases: 1. The big ones 2. Service packs For #1, we have system QA. For #2, we ...
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As an Agile Coach, how do I deal with argumentative and uncooperative team members?

I an an Agile Coach and Scrum Master for a development team. One of developers has become impossible to work with because of her attitude towards in particular me and I am not sure how to handle it. ...
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How do I convert a JIRA Kanban board to a Scrum board

I initially set up a JIRA Kanban board and would now prefer to convert to a Scrum board...is there a way to do this without having to re-create the stories and epics that currently exist on the Kanban ...
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Does the team need 2 different Kanban boards for part-time work?

My development team splits there time between two completely distinct pieces of work. New functionality user stories Bugs which relate to a completely different product (1 day a week) Typically ...
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How to leverage Agile development benefits in a fixed-cost project?

I recently joined a company that has started moving towards "more agile" development. I've already been product owner for an internal software project and that worked reasonably well as far as I can ...
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Use cases for offline board

We as a team were using Offline Board to hold our tickets from tracking system (Jira in our case) for quite some time. Now we are finding that the tickets on the board do not work very well, but the ...