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Assign verification person on Jira Board

I've googled a lot about that but couldn't find appropriate solution so far. We have almost default Jira Agile board with last columns: In Progress, Verify, Closed. Workflow is: Developer move task ...
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Is this approach 'agile'? Separating use-cases into sprints/iterations

This may be a weird question and please bear with me, I am completely new into this. I have a list of 20 requirements (use cases) which I received from my client. With him, I prioritized this list of ...
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Which strategies I can use to handle tickets during a scrum sprint?

My 4 man team directly handle most technical tickets, with a SLA from 8 hours to 24 office hours, means that during a sprint we must add these tickets in top of our current sprint backlog. We have one ...
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Agile Project Management with iOS, Android, and Server Components

We are currently trying to start a project with three different OS's, iOS, Android, and Server components. The argument has been on how should we create the stories, should there be a story for each ...
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Scrum - Adding estimation points for learning / context switching

In our scrum team, team members tend to add extra points in estimation when there is a "learning" part involved. Here's a simple silly example. Let's say all the people in a team are experts in C# ...
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Removing a userstory from the planned sprint userstories

In the sprint can we remove (move to the upcoming sprint) the planned stories (mid sprint), if we are 100% sure we can’t complete them. Example given: Suppose we planned to 5 stories to be ...
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Who plans the items for an iteration/sprint?

In DAD (Disciplined Agile Delivery), who is responsible when for moving work items from the release backlog to the iteration/sprint backlog? I'd say that this is done by the scrum master during the ...
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Disadvantages of agile approach [closed]

First of all, I like Agile. But, as well known, "there is no silver bullet". Obviously, if agile methodologies still not "rule the world", agile approach have some shortcomings. So, questions are: ...
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Scrum on maintenance. Is it possible?

God bless, I never had a lot of deal with maintenance. But I am curious, is it possible to customize Scrum for maintenance? If yes, how to guarantee SLA (if developers have a fixed Sprints), for ...
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Should story points be strictly relative? [duplicate]

If we size our stories along the Fibonacci scale (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13) should we expect that we could complete approximately four 2-point stories in the same time as an 8-point? or thirteen 1-point ...
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Is it bad, if events took much less time than Scrum Guide prescribes?

The question opposite to this and this one. Sometime Scrum events may took much less time than Scrum Guide prescribes. Is it a signal, that we did something wrong? As usual, there is my thoughts on ...
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Which role among these are suitable for “Administrator” in Agile Software Development Projects?

I did some research in DSDM and Agile Projects and got stuck in this scenario. I'm new to this so please help me out. Suppose, in an organisation there are following posts: 1) Managing Director 2) ...
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What should Scrum Master do if Scrum Team hasn't reached an event goal after time-box expires?

What should the Scrum Master do if the time-box of event has already expired, but the goal not reached yet? This is the quote that made me think about this question: So what do we do when the ...
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What Scrum Master should do to prevent out of time constraints (time-boxes) of events?

Scrum has strict limitations of events in time. It is hard to stay in the events time-boxes that Scrum Guide prescribes. What Scrum Master should do to avoid situation when Scrum Team didn't reach a ...
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Do people use sticky notes for release planning still?

There is a perception in our company that Jira and other web tools have replaced the need for having scrum board and sticky notes. Our release planning happens with lot of impromptu big-huddles and ...
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What is a good plan for a retrospective to show its purpose?

Background & assumptions: the team has 4 developers + team lead some of them participated in retrospective meeting before, some didn't the team would like to start doing retrospectives and ...
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Scrum development team doubts

I have some doubts about development team: When is it formed? Each sprint? Because in each sprint I may have different requirements. It's necessary to keep all members on development team, if only ...
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What does “Architectural Spike” mean?

What does Architectural Spike mean? I know, that this is investigation activity for unknown and unestimated tasks. But I want know more details. When we should do it: during Sprint or between them? ...
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Can we implement Scrum with activeCollab? [closed]

We are currently using activeCollab for our agile software development team. We are thinking of switching over to Scrum. Is it worthwhile to do so? I think the team may find it a bit difficult to use ...
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How to lead new or inexperienced developers in my project?

I am a college student who wants to take part in an IT competition, which will take place in a few weeks. We have a project that will be done in a limited time. My team has three people but some of ...
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Who bears the cost of bug fixing in an Agile project?

I'm new to Agile projects. How do you manage the cost of bug fixing? Does the customer pays for that effort or the software factory?
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Manage parallel work efforts in Microsoft TFS

I have the following requirements for my agile project management tool... To plan work for version 2 of my product while simultaneously planning work for the next hot fix release. Each sprint will ...
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Comprehensive single requirement docs vs. multiple atomic ones

First of all, let me make it clear that I am a software developer and that I am writing this ISO help with my desire to agile-ize my project management and get a buy-in for changing some general ...
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How can I improve the following email template?

I have just started utilizing an approach that I refer to as the 3 in 3 email. It is nothing groundbreaking but simply an email issued every Monday and Wednesday asking 3 questions regarding the next ...
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Satisfying an external auditor when using Agile

My company is an ISV and occasionally, prospective customers (especially in life sciences) insist on sending in auditors to check over our software development processes. We are starting to implement ...
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How to measure the amount of existing technical debt, to track the progress? [closed]

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 don'ts

When you visit one of the daily scrums whilst being in a role above those scrums, do you usually participate as a beholder or, do you also speak like all scrum team members: What did you do yesterday ...
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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 ...