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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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Scrum - Burndown chart which is based on due dates instead of work remaining?

In the company I work we use scrum. Unfortunately, We do not track items work remaining, but instead we use "due dates" mode per item. My question is, Is it possible to create a burn down chart ...
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A team have requested in a retrospective they want more waterfall and a Project Manager; how to proceed?

A fellow CSM approached me yesterday with a problem. They have been running Scrum for 6 months quite successfully and Management are happy however the development team have requested the CSM to take ...
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What are the minimum viable Agile practices for a startup team of 2 people?

I know that Scrum team is between 3 and 9. But it's quite often that the initial bootstrap project team is of two developers. What specific set of practices would you recommend for them to follow in ...
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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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Hybrid Software Development Methodology [closed]

Hybrid, Scrum and XP an agile methodologies. My Question is what is the different between them and what is better or the greatest methodology? Thanx ... :)
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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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How to write measurable acceptance criteria to stories without a measurable goal?

Example story: As a player, I want to buy weapons from merchants, so that I can progress further The other parts of the story could have acceptance criteria such as "There is a gun merchant in ...
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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 formal is the sprint planning?

As far as I understand during the sprint planning meeting the team choose the backlog items that will be included in the sprint. How formal is the sprint planning and task assignments? Once the ...
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How to use Scrum with TFS and also MIcrosoft Project

I am not new to Scrum neither I am new to Microsoft Project nor TFS. In the past On-Premises I was able to use Microsoft Project with team foundation server, but without SCRUM, it was just waterfall, ...
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Should Daily Scrum meetings be held in the morning or the afternoon?

I was used to morning Daily scrum meetings (after 30/60 mins of work), but currently we are conducting meetings after 6 hours of work. I think this approach has the advantage of focusing on the ...
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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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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 difference between ITIL and Scrum certifications?

I am considering one of the following IT Management certifications: Scrum or ITIL. Could someone explain the difference between them, and which one is more relevant for IT Managers?
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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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How to repay technical debt still delivering features?

The picture I saw far too many times over my career. A team of developers in a company driven by non-technical management, practising scrum, severely pressured to deliver points and features by ...
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How to improve a Scrum-Team with a Product Owner who lacks authority

I'm the new Scrummaster of a Team that develops a software for a customer outside our company. This is my first time working as Scrummaster, I have no background in this field. Our company is just a ...
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How to make user stories independent in multi-discipline teams

When there is a team which has multiple disciplines such as designers, artists and programmers. How should user stories be written to make them independent? Example: "As a user, I want a beautiful ...
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Reducing the sprint length duration

How do I convince my team who is working in three week long sprint to work on two week long sprint? The idea for me is to get quicker feedback from Product Owner. The team doesn't get that.
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Are there any respected Kanban certifications?

Are there any respected, or at least well-known, Kanban certificates? There are many Scrum certifications, some of them can be taken online (scrum.org), others require participation in a stationary ...
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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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Is it necessary to address all three questions every day in the Scrum?

Sometimes people don't make that much of a progress and even if they do, saying each day I will do something and the next day that I did...then you lose more time than it is worth it to mention it. In ...
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Gamification, competition, fun and jokes in the daily scrum

I would be interested in stuff that might get some gamification and fun into the daily scrum. I find this very tricky. How to make the daily to be different|fun|interesting and still productive, ...
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Who is reponsible when the team doesn't implement the Scrum Master's ideas for continuous improvement?

I am working as a Scrum Master. With an intention on continuous improvement I am coming up with ideas in order to deliver better software. I realized that the team is not making enough progress from ...
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Capacity planning creating confusion when the team is estimating in Story points

I have a question on how capacity planning helps when the sign up the work at the beginning of the Sprint. Here is the scenario I am dealing with At the beginning of every Sprint the team signs up ...
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What to do with the Sprint backlog tasks that we have decided are not needed any more

Can anybody answer my question here? I have estimated for 5 to 6 tasks like analysis (4 hrs), design (3 hrs), logical review (1 hr), peer review (1 hr), unit testing (1 hr), coding (2 hrs) and release ...
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Is a zigzag, sawtooth velocity a problem if the trend is consistent?

I am supporting and coaching several scrum teams working on different areas of the same software project. Sprints are 4 weeks long, except that sprints spanning the Christmas/New Year holidays are 5 ...
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Product Specification for Scrum teams

Do we still create/maintain a copy of a product specifications when subscribed to the Agile/Scrum framework? I have been tasked to provide a product specification as team members would like to always ...
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What is a “Product Backlog Delta report” in Scrum?

I'm a student studying game development, While researching into Agile, I kept seeing the term "Product Backlog Delta report" Usually in articles pertaining to Scrum. Upon looking deeper into what ...
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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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Committing the Product Owner to a sprint backlog with a contract

A short introduction to the question: I'm a Scrum Master in a small web development organization (10 employees) and we do a lot of projects that'll last for 3 or 4 sprints, with an average duration of ...
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What is the value of tracking hours in a Sprint burn-down chart?

The burn down chart will have story points on the Y-Axis and duration (number of days) on the X-Axis. My team is able to complete the stories almost at the end of the Sprint. This means the burn down ...
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Open e-mail (everyone can see everyone else's received and sent messages)

Problem As a team, we need to set up our e-mail so that everyone can see everyone else's received and sent messages. More info The situation is that there are 4 people who are communicating with ...
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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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Defining user story in Scrum: how specific must they be? [duplicate]

As the title suggests: for example, the following user story too generic? "A registered user wants to login in order to use the site's services" Or, should I use more detailed user stories, like ...
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Is it OK for the scrum master to be remote? [closed]

Is it OK for the scrum master to be remote when the rest of the team is co-located? I.e. the team is located at one office but the scrum master lives in another city and serves the team remotely? (I ...
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Can we say that a Sprint and a source code branch are almost the same things?

I'm going to begin a universitarian project with my fellows. It is required that we use one of the Agile Methods together with Bitbucket. We'd like to begin with Scrum. I've read its documentation and ...
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How can we continuously integrate new features when the PO only determines whether a feature is “done” at the end of each Sprint?

My team is having an issue with integrating software product features. Specifically, when do features get pull requested into our integration branch of code? Currently our understanding is: The ...
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How do we deal with bugs in scrum environment

We recently began working on Scrum with one of our products. Prior to that we worked with a Waterfall methodology. We have created stories for the new feature and also included the bugs for the next ...
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Scrum team is dependent on other team's work

I'm working in a big project, where we're creating a standard software A for several customers and in parallel extending that software for one customer (software B). There are several Scrum teams. The ...
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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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How to deal with conflicting developers in Scrum team?

I'm a Scrum Master in a project. The development team was merged from two separate teams and now counts 8 people. John and Peter are previous teams leads - very experiensed C++ developers, who know ...
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How can I handle disengaged and unmotivated employees on my Scrum team?

As a Scrum Master, what actions or steps do I need to take when team members are not engaged or motivated, especially when the team members realize they don't have to report to me and that I don't do ...