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Estimating user stories at the start of the project so that the PM can determine a quote for the client

Recently I have started on a team in a new project. Our company is attempting to run things in an Agile manner. The project consists of 4 developers each from different teams and with different ...
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Is it a conflict of interest for a developer to also be Scrum Master

I have joined a new team as a developer but they also want me to be Scrum Master as I have the most Agile development experience. Do you think that is a conflict of interest?
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What is the process for deciding WIP limits for each column in a team's kanban board?

Is there a process to guide the initial WIP number decisions for kanban board columns apart from picking a rough number and seeing how it works out? Secondly, what metric(s) do you monitor to ...
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User Stories in JIRA for a project that covers several platforms

We are working on a project that (roughly) consists of following parts: back-end application, central communication server, and client applications for several platforms. Our "team", on the other ...
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How to factor in story points/tasks for non sprint related items?

I understand that in general you create stories with story point complexity, and then define tasks and subtasks in which to mark time against, but how does this translate into items that are outside ...
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Why not use costs instead of story points for estimation?

I propose the following scheme for estimating user stories in a scrum process: A good programmer might cost 80000$ a year, so per hour this is 80000$/52 weeks/40 hours per week = 40$ per hour. In a ...
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When do you integrate Acceptance Testing into a scrum process?

I want to know exactly when I can integrate acceptance testing into a scrum process? During the sprint cycle or at the end of the sprint cycle? I know that acceptance testing is when we test the ...
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How can the economic efficiency of a scrum team be measured?

I'm given the task to develop a measurement on how efficient our team is within our current development process (scrum). The measurement has to be done for the complete team not for individuals. My ...
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Encouraging lean practices in a agile/scrum team

We were practicing agile scrum for several years. So far so good :). What we feel is now that the team is more focused on completing individual tasks instead of thinking about the whole purpose of ...
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Tips and steps need to follow to setup successful continuous integration environment

I have been a scrum master of one single project of a co-located scrum team for last one year. Our program has been expanding rapidly and we are forming multiple scrum teams. The plan is to have one ...
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How to capture and document sprint retrospective results

My question: Is there a recommended format or a procedure or a check list for documenting the sprint retrospective? Not only the immediate outcomes (i.e. measures to be tried in the next sprint), ...
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What to do when the same project needs to generate two specific products - and product build is not aligned?

We work in a project where we have to build the same game for both Android and iOS platforms. The requirements are the same, but each result in specific products. We use SCRUM in order to keep our ...
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How to plan recurring meetings in scrum

How can I deal with recurring meetings (like trainnings or feedbacks) in Scrum? Are they impediments? Do I have to plan less User Stories during the sprint planning? How can I deal with this ...
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Constantly under-estimating user stories

I'm the dev manager in my company. We're following what some people in the company like to call "scrum" but is in fact waterfall in scrum clothing - we are using some scrum terminology (backlog, ...
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How to estimate employee resources?

We are starting our new project in Scrum/agile method. The client asked us to provide the estimations on their high level requirements. We will be able to form the team during Sprint 0 which we will ...
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How can we manage multiple projects, as one small scrum team?

I know Agile came about as a group of 'adaptive software development' methods, where Scrum is one of them. Some background: We are an innovative web agency, which implies design and development. We ...
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Done column — use case?

Seems to be ubiquitous...the "done" or "completed" column. Conceptually what purposes does it serve? Is it the feel good reminder that "hey we've accomplished X number of tasks/stories" I struggle ...
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Are efforts to improve quality an impediment to achieving schedule in Scrum?

Let me begin by highlighting couple of roles of a Scrum Master as quoted by the Scrum Alliance: The ScrumMaster also works with the development team to find and implement the technical practices ...
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Should we include Graphic Team into Scrumban Process?

Our team familiar with traditional SDLC process like waterfall. So, We wanna step to scrumban. (we think it suitable for us.) But we have something to concern and not sure what is best practice for ...
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Is scrumban approach suitable to a small organization management? [closed]

The case is: There are 9 people involved - 3 engineers 2 sales 2 marketing 1 client/project manager 1 general manager Engineers are related to marketing, sales and project managers. Sales and ...
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Scrum and Organizational Structure

I am working in a company that wants to migrate their development process to Scrum. The company did not have much of a development process up to now but had well organised sales and marketing ...
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Single project, multiple modules — how to track module burndown in JIRA?

I have a team of developers that are building and maintaining a web application for our business. We use JIRA Agile to organize development items, plan sprints, track issues etc. One team works on the ...
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Is there an Agile or Scrum method without Iterations / Sprints?

I just had a little discussion about this with a few coworkers but we did not come to a conclusion yet. We have a bunch of projects that are actively maintained and developed using scrum, with fixed ...
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How to manage sprint velocity when someone does both design & development?

Background I work at a startup where I'm the only designer (UI/UX/Visual), however, we don't have an actual front-end developer, so most of the HTML/CSS development also falls on me as I'm ...
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How to tell BurnDown chart that resource which finished his work can't do job for another resource

I have a sprint with 2 developers. IOS and Android In this sprint we have estimated 50 hours for IOS developer and 10 hours for Android. Logically Android developer will finish much earlier. However ...
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Is refactoring part of a task in a sprint or a separate task for after the sprint?

I want my team to do refactoring as often as it is possible, and follow some guides from Martin Fowler book. Although I'm confused about something: If we use scrum or kanban and decide to work on one ...
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Conflict in team over Scrum vs Gantt

I'm a developer in a very small startup consisting of 6 people, and I have decided to cure our lack of organization now that we have clients. To give a little context, here is our organization: 2 ...
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Does spike failure cause sprint failure in Scrum?

I’ve read few articles about spikes in Scrum. In general there are recommendations to estimate spikes with story points and define acceptance criteria, pretty much as normal user stories. What is not ...
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How do I handle user stories and burn down charts?

I am new to Scrum. I've done some searches; However, I failed to find answers for the following questions: When should we mark a user story as completed in a burn down? Do we do this when the ...
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Can we add more user stories to the Sprint Backlog if the requirements change during a sprint?

We are currently working on a project where we receive a lot of change requests, and the client insists that we should deliver the changes in the current sprint! Can I add the new work to the sprint ...
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Scalability of Scrum [closed]

Is scrum scalable? Can it be employed in large scale non-IT projects? I have gone through some articles and views on the Internet, which suggest that scrum can be employed in non-IT projects. But I ...
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Agile “user story” for a user-less project

Disclaimer: I'm a total agile newbee. As a project manager for a pilot agile project, I am trying to create a rough sketch of my project using agile methodologies, but somehow I am not sure how to do ...
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Are inefficient/missing tools an impediment and is it the Scrum master's duty to improve them?

In Scrum, the Scrum master's duty is to "remove impediments". I think I understand what this means in terms of organizational and coaching issues. I understand that the SM watches the devs' backs and ...
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User stories delivery issues

Working in Agile manner, project team routinely delivers parts of software, described in User Stories. Upon each Sprint a working software is delivered, with some additional features added. The ...
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How to partition backlog sprints among the team? [closed]

After breaking backlog items down to sprints, how should we partition the sprint items among the team ?
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During a sprint, should we try to achieve 100% user story completion or 100% productivity

We know that during every sprint, the team's primary goal is to achieve 100% completion of user stories which are part of the sprint backlog. But what happens in practice is that, development should ...
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Baselining project plan and schedule variance in Agile

I have two questions 1) How do you baseline project plan in Agile, How it is different from Waterfall 2) How do you calculate schedule variance in Agile
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How do you split developers among dependent teams

i hope the title is relevant; I find it hard to put to words so concisely. The Teams We have 3 teams each with their own backlog and focus (think systems team, web team, mobile team). The 3 teams ...
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How does the TFS 2012 burndown work for tasks created and worked on in the same day?

It appears that the TFS 2012 burndown works a bit differently than I expect. Suppose my current iteration is at 100 hours remaining out of 200 total original estimate, and my three team members each ...
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Where do you record time in JIRA that is not part of a sprint?

I will be planning my first project using Scrum. I am still trying to get my head around JIRA and how I will use it. I want to know that once we have identified a sprint (all tasks have been ...
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How can I measure the performance of individuals within Scrum?

I know it should not be done, but I'm tasked by my company to measure the performance of each person on the Scrum team. What would be a "not so bad" way of doing it? P.S. I cannot let the team decide ...
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Non-technical testers on a Scrum team

We're trying to get started with Scrum and I'm not sure how to handle QA in our situation. Like many organizations, QA and product development are separate entities. However, we have QA teams that ...
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How to measure and count sprint progress in new daily meeting aproach?

I've recently found article on scrum aliance about new efficient form of Daily Scrum Meetings: Change Your Daily Scrum Meeting. Basically we are changing standard questions during daily scrum meeting ...
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How do I capture details in a user story?

Suppose I have a user story like: As a customer, I am able to browse products by specifying a category. If the Product Owner wishes to list the types of categories available such as books, ...
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Including UX in Scrum

I lead a UX design team that is currently engaging with our devs in a waterfall-esque manner. I'm looking to integrate design with engineering within a Scrum process. I've read dozens of articles, a ...
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Integrating UX into Scrum - how to do usability testing within a sprint?

I am trying integrate a UX team of about 14 UX designers into a software engineering organization of about 100 developers. One of many challenges I'm trying to figure out is how to deal with things ...
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What tools do I need to manage an agile project?

I am a software developer that will be managing my first agile project. Although I have worked under other managers who implemented Scrum the best they could, my role as a developer involved mainly ...
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Can we have a Sprint Zero with no deliverable code?

According to Ken Schwaber, “The minimum plan necessary to start a Scrum project consists of a vision and a Product Backlog. The vision describes why the project is being undertaken and what the ...
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How do you name Sprints in Scrum?

I was wondering if it's a good idea to name Sprints with user-friendly names instead of using numerals like Sprint 1, Sprint 2, etc. Are there best practices or standards for naming the Sprint after ...
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Implementing Feedback in Agile Development

I need to know about product development planning in a particular scenario. I planned my sprint and executed it, and then I submitted the product URL for feedback and received a response from my ...