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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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Who tests what criteria for epics?

So our product owner is in a position where she feels encumbered by the decomposition of a large user story: Product owner presents a story Engineers determine that it is too big for a single story ...
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Can one developer be included to several Development Teams at the same time?

If technical skills of developer are very rare and specific and this developer hasn't full-time employment on one product, can he work with other product inside other Developer Team at the same time? ...
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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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Planning a quick retrospective

If we had a semi-crummy sprint with low velocity and little to show for it and don't want to inundate ourselves with scrum-related overhead, fully cognizant that something not-right happened, with ...
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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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Should we put internal team tasks into Product Backlog?

Developer Team always has internal tasks (such as environment improvements, process improvements and so on). Sometimes they can be related with current project, sometimes not. There is no problem, if ...
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What we should do, if after planning we still have some free time in Sprint (i.e. unused forecasted capacity) and no tasks that will fit in it

A question about Sprint planning. Let's assume, that Team velocity are 20 Story Point (SP). The most prior Stories in Product Backlog are A (12 SP), B (5 SP) and C (4 SP). It's easy to see, that if ...
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What we should do with tasks which estimated time bigger than sprint?

I know, we need to separate this task to several subtasks. But what we should do, if further division of this task have no sense? What if all of resulting subtasks will have no business value until ...
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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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Who is responsible for structuring teams in Scrum?

From Scrum Guide: Development Teams are structured and empowered by the organization to organize and manage their own work. I am not a native English speaker and can not understand if by ...
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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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Scrum team committments

If my Scrum team is always completing 100% of their committed items, is that a good thing? Given the amount of variability in software development, this would seem to indicate something is fishy to ...
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Managing small + large tasks on a big website with Scrum

We're a small team of 4 developers who manage one large website and a group of minisites/mobile apps. We've used JIRA/Agile and Scrum, as best we can, to manage the workflow for the last few months. ...
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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 ...