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Should stories be properly estimated before being pulled into an ongoing sprint?

There are two common reasons why stories or bugs get pulled into a sprint in SCRUM (where I work): Issue was triaged (usually critical/blocker field issues) Sprint was underestimated, and thus items ...
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Is Scrum updated to 2.0 or 3.0?

I've found on several sources that people claim that there is Scrum 2.0 or even 3.0 like in here ...
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How to estimate a project budget using story points?

Current workflow in our company: I create Given/When/Then scenarios or User stories Developers estimate Scenarios/User stories in hours, by giving minimum and maximum amount of time for 1 ...
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Retrospectives with fewer “games”

After the first few retrospectives with a five-step structure and activities found at Retromat, I got the feedback that there's too much "playing", writing notes and post-its, rather than simply ...
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Should a Product Owner be present for all retrospectives?

We have a Scrum Team of a Product Owner and four developers (one of whom is Scrum Master), running one week sprints. As per Scrumguides.org (emphasis mine): The Sprint Retrospective is an ...
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TFS and customer requirements

I would like some feedback on how to best track customer requirements in TFS. We are at the start of a new project, and we have the requirements from the customer, in the form of 20-something long ...
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Maximizing resource planing in a team handling multiple projects in a single sprint

We are a software development agency, We have a small team of 6 developers using Scrum software development framework, handling small projects around 2 weeks more or less, in a single sprint (2 ...
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Can Product Owner + Scrum Master (Team/Kanban Lead) provide combined leadership for a team?

Is the combination of the Product Owner and Scrum Master (or Kanban Lead) a better combination for leadership on a team? I am leaning toward POs being part of the leadership as well as the Scrum ...
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Oversee and monitor several scrum projects

I have to oversight several different scrum project. Which measurements for the health of a project do you regularly look at? I appreciate your replies!
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How do I define acceptance criteria for subjective outcomes?

We have written user stories such as: As a small business owner I want simple and easy instructions to follow for any recommendations to my website so that I understand what it is I need to do ...
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Team velocity dramatically slows down to the end of a sprint

I have noticed that team velocity sometimes becomes "negative" near to the end of a sprint. There's few trivial story's/bugs left but they took extraordinary effort to finish. Team seem's not to be ...
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Sprint Demo, Retrospective, and Planning sequence with offshore team

For the time being, we have a large offshore development team that mostly takes instructions from the California team. It’s like having team members that can do 30 hours of work per day. I’m trying to ...
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Optimistic vs. Pessimistic Burndown Lines - just a Project smell?

Not been here for a while but thought I would jump back with an interesting question. Are optimistic and pessimistic chart lines on a burnup/down genuinely useful or just a project smell imported to ...
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Making Retrospectives Effective in a Long-Running Project

I'm a ScrumMaster for a software firm, and we have a project that is entering its 35th Sprint. While I appreciate the value of Retrospectives, it's becoming progressively more difficult to get good ...
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Who should attend Sprint Replanning?

It is clear that in Sprint Planning the Product Owner has to be present. However, since the Development Team is responsible for current sprint work, does the PO need to attend Replanning? Although the ...
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Using personal kanban board for daily standups in scrum process

Is it possible to use personal kanban boards for daily stand-ups and to plan one working day if I work in scrum team?
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How can I plan for contingencies in Scrum?

Like any project, things happen. How can I plan for contingencies in a Scrum-based project? My current practice is to have 10% contingency for the whole project, e.g. for a 10 sprint project, we will ...
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How can I set JIRA to not add the sub task estimate to its parent User Story?

I'm a ScrumMaster for a new team, who have added a load of user stories to their backlog and now they are breaking them down into sub tasks and giving those sub tasks estimates. They've then put ...
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Scrum - 1 day sprint ever makes sense?

My development team is not fully isolated from maintenance. We use Scrum with 1 week sprints. The backlog for a given week is composed of development and maintenance (bug fixing) tasks. Some of our ...
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How to split a User Story that spans multiple sprints?

I have a User Story that contains a bunch of tasks, similar to this: User Story: Fix any broken JavaScript in CMS Task: Find and fix broken JavaScript in content Task: Find and fix broken ...
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Secondary team block primary team due to lack of quality-driven development and WIP limits

Where I work, there are two teams of developers. Team A use Kanban and consider quality non-negotiable. They are responsible for developing the client-facing website, part of which contains an ...
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Can a single resource be in multiple teams for multiple projects?

A single user is mapped to a multiple teams in an organization which is handling multiple projects simultaneously. Can a scrum master assign the tasks to the user who is in multiple teams and multiple ...
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PBI estimation during grooming session

My question is rather simple: what is your opinion about running backlog grooming session as introduction to sprint planning meeting and estimate PBIs which are clear to the team. From one side it can ...
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Project management methodologies for multiple projects, small teams, diverse skills, partially remote team

I have been reading a lot on Scrum to evaluate its use in our company. I've done a few trials runs with it where the teams were exploring different aspects of it to get some real world feel. I'm not ...
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Developers in Scrum Team: ineffective and not functional

I am part of a small company that has 6 developers and 2 support members. this team has been participating in "Agile" development practices for the past 3 years. The Agile/Scrum method has never been ...
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How to make Release Planning more accurate?

I had an interview with one company. They use Scrum, but don’t like rough estimates during Release Planning. So, they asked me, how to make Release Planning more accurate (they don’t want more than 30 ...
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What is the best way to handle small items in a backlog?

Background. There is a web platform as a product. There are few teams contributing to it. Usually a team works on a feature, delivers the feature and maintains it. There are millions of end users and ...
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What does Sprint mean when it comes to Agile/Scrum?

I am new to project management and I have been reading about sprints whenever Scrum/Agile is mentioned. Can someone explain to me what a Sprint is, or at least suggest a good reference on how to ...
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Managing sprints in a better way

I am trying out Scrum in a project. Usually it is recommended (in Scrum guides) to keep two week sprints for every release. My client is asking to keep sprints to one week and release every Friday. ...
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Is is right if a team member moans about a 'bad performance' in retrospective?

Is is right if a team member moans about a 'bad performance' of another team member in retrospective? In my understanding, teams will always look at the team performance, never on a single members ...
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What are some Agile Testing Estimation Techniques?

How do Scrum/Agile teams use metrics to estimate testing efforts.
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What are the pros and cons of using Daily Standups?

What are the pros and cons of using Daily Standups? I am interested in your personal opinion about this. Positive side of Daily Standups I see, but negative I can't find.
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Can user stories be prioritized using labels applied by the customer?

So we have a disagreement between our customer and the development team, these are some facts: We are a software development company (I have a team of 3 devs and 1 QA) Our customer is a startup, ...
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How to write user stories for our UI development process?

First of all, let me apologize if I make some writing mistakes since english is not my native language. I'm currently working at a UX company as a front-end dev and I'm having some problems trying to ...
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Retrospective to introduce Kanban

I want to introduce my Scrum team to Kanban and I am not sure how best to approach it. Does anyone have any good ideas?
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How do I write user stories for Testing tasks?

My team follows test driven development, and sometimes extreme programming. If the latter, they would often complete a user story without testing, and then write the tests afterwards. So, if I have ...
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When should the architecture of an enterprise level project be created in Scrum?

First of all, I know, that there is no such entity as Sprint 0 in Scrum. Also, I know, that architecture should not be nailed down during the first Sprint. Well, all these principles work fine for ...
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All about Spike [duplicate]

What is a Spike? Does it have story/task within the same? How to estimate Spike Need to understand when can we add the same in a sprint and how much time it can maximum be of ?
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What possible issues should we think about when going from one to two scrum teams working on a single project?

Let's say my company has a project, and there's enough work that 10-12 developers are needed, minimum. We want to break up the Scrum team into two separate ones, but this is our first time doing that ...
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Scrum Master duties at steady state?

After a team is established and has been stable for a while, what sorts of day-to-day routine work should the scrum master be doing?
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Creating 'User Stories' when a developer needs to learn how to use the tech to complete it (Scrum)

So a user story describes what the user wants to achieve. I use trello, here is how I would do it: Epic - Create a home page Story (Trello Card) - 'As a user I want to see sliding images on the top ...
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What is the difference between Epic/Story/Task

I am slightly confused between the three. From my understanding: Epic - Create a web site (T shirt size) (L) Story - Create the Home page (1 point) Task - Create a button on the home page that is ...
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How do I create an accurate burndown chart when my backlog keeps on being updated with new items during sprints?

I am currently managing a software product. I am using scrum/agile. The problem that I am having is that I am unable to create an accurate burn chart, because the backlog keeps on being updated with ...
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1 Hour to 2.5 Long Scrums Every Day - Is this Crazy?

The team has ten developers one development manager one tech lead one project manager over eight projects going on at once everything is top priority Every day there is a hour long call called ...
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Do you use fixed sprint length based on continued calendar days or workdays?

I'd love to hear from more experienced agilists the considerations to use on or another method. If you live in a country (like mine) with so many holidays, do you set the sprint size based on ...
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How do you measure time units in sprint velocity?

I am trying to get my head around "Story points" using the Scrum methodology. As a starting point, I have been following the following article: ...
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Difference between user story and acceptance criteria

I am having trouble differentiating user stories and acceptance criteria. An example on I saw elsewhere state - User Story: As a user of the library catalogue, I want advanced search options on the ...
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What is the difference between TDD, BDD and ATDD and related tools?

What is the difference between: TDD (Test Driven Development); BDD (Behavior Driven Development), and; ATDD (Acceptance Test Driven Development)? In which layer(s) do they lie? And what are the ...
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Keep track of DoD per sprint and per release

In a scrum project it is desirable to know what is your definition of done and what is your actual undone work. Potentially Shippable = Definition of Done + Undone Work ...
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How to manage timelines in sprint effectively?

How to manage timelines in sprint effectively? New stories may be affecting previous story design/code - you have certain velocity and that is for new work but your previous work also gets impacted ...