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How to manage stakeholder expectations when they keep on raising the bar

Long story short, we are building a product and I have introduced then implemented the Scrum framework for product management. It has been working extremely well, and my team have done an amazing job. ...
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Should developers from different projects do a stand-up meeting together in Scrum?

I am from small organization, where currently we are planning to practice stand-up meetings. There are three developers currently, one developer is involved in two projects and the other two are each ...
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Post Scrum facilitation

I am a scrum master for two years, and recently one of my peers raised a concern that our stand-ups are taking too long. While I am trying to keep the first part of the stand-up (i.e. updates) as ...
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Digital Sprint management with regards to ISO compliance

The Question: What are the distinct advantages and/or disadvantages of a Digital (excel or dedicated PM software) approach to Sprint management as it relates to documenting the development process ...
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How many hours should the development team spend on skills improvement during work?

For a team of junior web developers, who are very motivated to improve their skills, and applying their new knowledge to the development has produced great results so far. But I am conscious of the ...
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At what level should the Product Owner prioritize work?

I work for a small software company and I am the Scrum Master. In this company we have a small group of people who consist our StakeHolders. To represent the StakeHolder's interest the stakeholders ...
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What should a scrum master do if his manager insists on managing the team?

In an organisation they decided to hire a full time scrum master to help them transition to scrum. Most of the developers onshore and offshore were new to the company's huge system, and new to scrum. ...
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Exchanging equivalent user stories (Story points based) in a sprint

In the middle of a sprint right now, the following problems have arose: Urgent bug has cropped up that needs resolving Stakeholder urgently needs a requirement integrated which is preventing a ...
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How to create a visual product road map that follows agile?

My boss loves Gaant charts, because they give you a high level visual overview of the product roadmap. The problem with Gaant, it is fixed time related and goes completely against the concept of the ...
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Should this be an Agile/Scrum Questions stack exchange? [migrated]

Wouldn't it make more sense to have a distinct Agile group? What do you think are the benefits of having questions and answers from this two different worlds in this one group? Here are some ...
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Where is the value in walking the board with a detailed task board?

My team keeps a detailed record of in progress and blocked items on the team task board (format: To Do, In Progress, Done). The board is so detailed that meetings have turned into walking the board ...
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Is the Product Owner allowed to be at the Daily Scrum event?

Throughout the Scrum Open Assessments there often appears a question about who must attend to the Daily Scrum event. This is always correctly answered by saying that only the Development Team is ...
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How can we deal with a big story that does not break down?

I'm a developer. We have a non-technical BA writing our stories. There are a few stories coming down the pipeline that have a small business description. These stories require an unusually large ...
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Is Ken Schwaber advocating a platform model in this blog post?

Context: Working as a Developer within an enterprise delivery encompassing a full technology stack across 22 feature teams - very SOA and backend heavy. As part of the Agile journey for the teams we ...
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Who performs a release and how is it estimated?

I have just joined and become the Scrum Master for a team at a company. I came in on the last three days of one of its many sprints. On the last day of the Sprint, they released the increment. This ...
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Am I implementing scrum properly?

First time doing this, seems to be working well. I am currently the Product manager/Scrum master, I have a team of 2 developers and a QA tester. Product is organised in the following way: Weekly ...
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Mixing organizational and SCRUM roles

Within a quite young and fresh Startup, I'm currently holding the role of a SCRUM Master, as well as a developer. My tasks are split up 50/50 between those roles. The 1.5 years before that, I was ...
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How to organise manual testing in a scrum team?

In a scrum team there are automation testers and manual testers as well as database mid and front end developers. While the automation testers from the beginning of the sprint start creating tests to ...
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Planning a release around the Apple's AppStore in mind

I am currently working for a company that has adopted scrum and we are trying to figure a rule for how to account for tech support, bug fixing and the unknowns of the Apple appstore within our ...
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What is the role of test manager in a scrum team?

In a company, they are transitioning from agile to scrum. They have hired a very skilled scrum master to facilitate change, they have an up to speed product owner, a development manager who is up to ...
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Product Owner Interview Test

I have an interview this week for a PO position and they have set a hypothetical practical exercise where one of their clients is experiencing a problem with their mobiles app and for the candidate to ...
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Should all teams hold the same sprint retrospective?

I am the SM for two teams of 9 totalling 18 people and 20 including SM and PO. Half the team is at offshore so we are using Web conferences for our meetings. So my question is, should we hold ...
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Any ideas for mixing a kanban with taskboards

I am the PM of a small team of 6 programmers, recently we are trying to go more agile by including in our workflow some principles or techniques of XP, scrum, scrumban and lean. A very important ...
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Advice for developer team leading his first project [closed]

I am a student developer team leading a comparatively small project with no experience in management. My team consists of a dozen students with little experience in development and little to no ...
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How should I handle Assignee for a JIRA ticket as Status changes?

We use JIRA's Scrum boards. As tickets are added into the Active Sprint, each ticket is assigned to a developer with a Status = "Open". The developer will then move it into "In Progress" to start ...
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Scrum Review Meetings - Real World

Scrum Review Meetings in theory look good on paper. But in real world , do this review meetings yield anything positive continuously ? Or people just go through the motions ? I am currently in a ...
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Kanban / Scrum software [closed]

My team currently uses zenhub, and are looking for something to better fit our needs Current Needs ( Most are met by zenhub ) Must be able to paste image from clipboard into ticket ( having to ...
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Testing big systems in agile

In the organization I work for we have a HUGE product. It has about ~10 associated scrum teams. We have two types of releases: 1. The big ones 2. Service packs For #1, we have system QA. For #2, we ...
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How to leverage Agile development benefits in a fixed-cost project?

I recently joined a company that has started moving towards "more agile" development. I've already been product owner for an internal software project and that worked reasonably well as far as I can ...
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Development team are not meeting sprint deadlines

I do 1 week sprints with my scrum team, and every Monday I do a sprint planning where my team estimates by allocating story points to the cards, this then allows me to measure the progress of a sprint ...
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Should velocity increase with time?

Some scrum masters are concerned with "bumping up" a team's velocity during a sprint, as if a higher velocity is better. But points are a relative measure of the work that a team needs to do for ...
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How to measure percentage complete on an Agile project?

What do you do when management asks for a percentage complete on an Agile project?
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How is incident management done in a large scale Scrum environment?

How do large organizations, such as Amazon, Netflix or Spotify organize 24/7 support. These companies are known to have agile development models, which include "You build it, you run it". That means, ...
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How does a scrum team measure its productivity against its productivity pre-scrum?

In our company, we are moving some teams to scrum. Before scrum, it seems we don't have a lot of visibility into the productivity of the teams, and we don't necessarily have a way to measure the ...
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Agile Scrum Sprint Review (demo) and declined user stories

I have a question about the Sprint review (demo) meeting from Scrum, which is held at the end of each sprint in combination with repositories and the git workflow. I know that unfinished work from ...
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How should a Scrum development team track KPIs (key performance indicators) besides sprint commitments?

The most obvious KPI for a development team that uses Scrum is the ability to hit sprint commitments. But is there any other efficient way for such a team to track KPIs?
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Should there be junior and senior developers in a Scrum team, or should everyone be a developer?

I have worked in an organization where we implemented Scrum, but we dropped the roles "junior" and "senior." Senior developers still regarded themselves as seniors (with all the attitude that comes ...
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Help me reconcile my title of project manager with performing roles of a scrum master

I am a PMP and I have been assigned to a software development project and given the title of Project Manager. There is no technical project manager for this project and this is a balanced matrix ...
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Is there a way to use JIRA to back daily standup meeting?

Our daily stand up meeting Most developers make notes about what they will talk about, simple text list with done and to-do section. Tickets they worked on are listed there. Is there a way to ...
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Best measurable units for non cross-functional team estimation

I have a new development team and I want to use Story Points for high-level estimation. But I have two problems: My new team is not cross-functional (we are trying to solve this, but this is a slow ...
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How to adopt scrum when you don't know who needs to be in your team each sprint

Developers and QA testers are treated as separate teams at our company, something we are trying to change by adopting scrum. The QA team is distributed globally and each local team has different ...
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Recreation of user stories for common functionality/screens between Releases?

To provide a background, we have created UI forms from Business Unit A for the end users to fill. Once completed/filled the UI form flows through the defined workflow, where different users in ...
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Which tense is correct when describing acceptance criteria in scrum stories?

I've found that some people use past tense when writing acceptance criteria in scrum user stories. I'm finding it confusing, but my coworker claims it's the only correct way. - It was not possible ...
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Scrum - Client with conservative UAT policy

One particular client has a very traditional, conservative approach to UAT and deployment. When the development team completes the items in the sprint, this is all packaged into a release, which must ...
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How to justify sprints in a largely reactive business?

We are an agile development team working in a larger business. Many of the other teams (the customer support team in particular) are extremely reactive and often have urgent client issues which need ...
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Any ideas about how to evaluate a developer's performance?

I introduced Scrum in our development teams some years ago. Since then our performance has increased a lot with a shorter time-to-market and increased quality. The CEO wants me to create a system to ...
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Should Product Owner be permament for team or can be changed from time to time?

We have situation that our team is making quite a big system. Company has divided parts of system into several Product Owners. So we are working with various Product Owners depending which part of the ...
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Engaging remote team members in sprint planning

Here is the problem: We have remote team members. Most of us are in Western Washington but a few are located in Texas and we lose participation from members of the team because we're doing everything ...
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Using Story points for billing and the team size

I'm learning a lot about Agile, I'm working in a small web development company. The one big issue remains: Billing For example when working in story points, We can calculate that the team has a ...
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“Extra” Tasks Mid-sprint

Typically in scrum environments the collection of tasks scheduled to go into a sprint in the sprint planning meeting should be considered fairly "fixed". That is, once the sprint starts, the work ...