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Story point on team with separate technologies

Currently we do like this: we estimate backlog in hours on sprint planning we fill backlog by assign tasks to persons as each one has different technology background and we need to know how much of ...
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Project Managing Upwards

Does anyone have any suggestions for managing upwards. Books, articles, blogs or papers? I have been told in a couple of performance reviews that I need to learn to manage upwards (in respect to ...
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What are effective techniques for conducting retrospectives for a geographically-distributed team?

Our team is distributed across two cities in EST and one city in PST. We heavily use Hangouts, Google Docs and other collaboration tools. Most advice and techniques for conducting retrospectives are ...
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What is lead time?

I am struggling to truly grasp what lead time means on a Kanban project. I have read about it in several books but I still can't get my head around it. Can someone explain it.
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How can you estimate workload for scrum when you have 4 disciplines in one team

We have been struggling with scrum for quite some time and I actually think one of the major problems is that each story takes multiple disciplines to complete (Design, IOS, Android, Backend). We ...
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How shall developers clarify PBI during its implementation?

Should developers have direct communication with stakeholders during Product Backlog Items implementation for their clarification. Or should all communication go through Product Owner? On the Scrum ...
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ScrumBut. Does this term have any negative connotations?

I have always heard this word in a negative context. But I don't understand why? I don't see anything bad in deviating from the Scrum. Why not, if it works? Well used ScrumBan is ScrumBut too. Or even ...
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When it is time to do poker planning - during Story Time or during Sprint Planning

While doing scrum when it is time to do poker planning - during Story Time or during Sprint Planning? If it is during Story Time, then the only thing to do in Sprint Planning is to select stories for ...
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Temporarily adding external freelance developers to an existing developer team (aka. Hybrid Team). Pros and Cons?

What are the pros and cons of adding external software developers to an existing developer team for a small project? What are the pros and cons? For me: Pros: Development should in theory be ...
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Why use both story points and hours?

I'm a new scrum master for a team that is using story point estimation and hours. We do story points first during grooming and then hours during planning. I always thought of story points as being ...
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Is dedicated product owner mandatory for a agile scrum team?

Team setup: We are primarily an IT development team of .Net+Java developers who work respectively on components based on these technology stacks only. About few weeks back our team has been asked to ...
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How do I get started with Kanban? I have a backlog full of user stories

I'm in the early stages of developing a new project and I'm trying to pick up and apply agile techniques. In particular I'm trying to set up a Kanban approach with the development of this project. ...
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SRS for an Agile project

Currently, I am drafting a SRS ( Software Requirement Specification ) doc for an agile project, and the samples are the ones used in a waterfall project. I did google a lot but couldn't find any right ...
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Failed forecast: poor estimation or bad productivity?

If the forecast of the team doesn't come true, how can I understand the reason for this? It can be: Poor estimation during The Planning Meeting. Reduced productivity (for various reasons) during ...
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When are Gantt diagrams NOT useful?

In my experience, there are some projects where using Gantt can be useful, but there are others where a Gantt becomes only a burden. What features of projects should I consider (beyond the basis of my ...
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How do I facilitate a first time Agile retrospective?

I have never facilitated a retrospective before and I have been asked to facilitate one on Tuesday. I have ordered a book which is arriving tomorrow and I have been checking out various websites. I ...
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Is it okay to have a sprint where the team commits to zero story points?

Our two Scrum development teams are located in India. Our shared product owner is permanently relocating to the US, and we're just about to finish our first sprint. Him and the team suggested ...
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Should sprint backlog have MoSCoW prioritization applied?

Scrum states that the team should commit to delivering the stories in the sprint backlog. It is implied that once they have reached this limit, no more items are added to sprint backlog. Should the ...
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How to convince upper management of the need for agile software?

Recently I've moved into a new company and I am leading a team without any agile etc. I came from an agile environment and pair with great tools such as Jira with their cool feature such as Kanban ...
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Agile Best Practice for External Blocking Issue

Our company is trying to adopt a more rigorous Agile methodology (including Sprints and Scrums and all that fun stuff. We even got a JIRA subscription!), and we've run into a couple issues. The ...
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Scrum Project Management Methodology strategy for working towards a fixed deadline

Question Is it valid and possible to cope fixed unmovable deadlines into Scrum? I guess it is just confusing to me because I thought one of the core principles of Project Management is to help ...
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User Stories structure for architectural requirenments

Once all user stories are written down for functional requirements, we still need to define some other requirements as communication with a remote server or navigation. This whole process could be ...
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Who should be responsible for dividing Scrum teams?

When dividing 100 people into scrum teams, who should take responsibility for putting individual people into teams, should it be Scrum Master, Product Owner, or should people be allowed to emerge ...
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Is formal tasking required on a Scrum Team

I understand formal Agile-Scrum tasking as the practice of documenting tasks and estimating task hours for each story or product backlog item a team commits to in an iteration. A task defines part of ...
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Applying agile in a mostly operations/support environment

I have read numerous Project Management SE questions on this subject, as well as done a fair share of Googling. I am aware that different incarnations of this question have been addressed before, but ...
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Sizing a potential project rapidly without formal estimation

We have been asked by management to spend a very short period of time to "size" a software project - that is, to give them a very loose ballpark of time to implement the entire thing. There are three ...
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Ideas needed on expanding Jira DB to include multiple target platforms

So first Ill explain my position. I am a member on the QA team but tasked with majority of the management of the Jira instance. We have launched our product on one platform, and will be starting to ...
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Budgeting in an agile project

I'm really confused on how agile projects are budgeted for cost and effort before the project starts. Cause the user stories are never completely discussed and estimated as a practice in agile. So if ...
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Making burndown chart with 4 sprint

We are in a group of 3 students in computer science, and we are making a website for our customer. First, we make a design for the website, and it took us 2 weeks to finish it. We converted it into ...
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Agile in enterprise: How to represent the requirements of non-business stakeholders?

I currently work on a large scale software project in a large company. We follow an agile approach for development; however, due to the size of the the company there are several stakeholders that ...
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How is XP/ Continuous Integration different from DevOps?

Is DevOps just the new "cool" term for Extreme Programming? Recently speaking with a company about doing some coaching work for them. They have decided that to be successful they need to do "DevOps" ...
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Critical Path in agile project

I am doing a fairly large project ( by my standards) and I have opted to take a agile approach to this; in that I will be doing the project in sprints. There is no team, just me and my client, ...
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How does the Agile mindset contribute to a High Performing Team?

I was asked this specific question a few days ago by a senior manager. He had received a presentation on the Agile principles and some of the methodologies which lead the market (XP, DSDM, Scrum). ...
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What is a good total size for a Product Backlog?

General I realize the size of a product backlog will vary with each project. But assuming a project that is large enough to require a significant length time, is there any research or statistics on ...
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What are alternative agile applications? [duplicate]

Agile is getting more popular by the minute and as i understand it is all due to expanding the practice into new areas and business fields. I am interested in knowing what other fields, outside of ...
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May I not use the users stories in Scrum?

It is more convenient for me to describe requirements in technical terms. So is it possible not to use the users stories in Scrum? Will it be Agile still?
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Can a website content writer, support, and marketer be a part of a scrum team?

We're finally looking into utilizing scrum for one of or products, and we're trying to figure out what to do with all of the people on the team. We have the following people: Developers Testers ...
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Quality processes for Agile Scrum projects

I have mostly worked on projects which followed Waterfall model and we had in place lot of checklists and audits during the SDLC which ensured that we were able to meet the quality goals. Now I work ...
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how to calculate sprint capacity?

Lets say team works 5 days, and there are 3 developers in team, and they are working 8 hours per day. So actually it is easy to calculate : 5*3*8= 120 hours of work for per week. But there is ...
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How can I divide a web development project among a team?

I and some of my friends want to start a web development project. We all know basic HTML, CSS, javascript, php and a database(mysql) separately but we dont know how to work in a professional way. Is ...
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Agile “Open Source” Content Creation framework

I work for an agile consulting practice. We now have over twenty coaches and about half again that number of other key contributors. We're wanting to create an agile framework to support the ...
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Project tracker with easiest learning curve [closed]

Here's the thing. Most of my life it was all about Jira. Unfortunately right now I'm working as a agile coach (kinda) in an interactive agency that in terms of project management is still in Stone ...
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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

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: ...