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Can a Scrum Master be the Product Owner in SCRUM?

I would like to know if a Scrum Master can be the Product Owner in SCRUM? Thank you,
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What are the benefits of estimating hours during the task breakdown?

I'm a big fan of story points to gather relative estimates for stories. During task breakdowns I take a back seat answering any additional questions that might come up, however I have never seen the ...
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How to properly handle a team mate who rambles during daily standup and other meetings?

I am looking for a tactful way to help a team member improve their communication skills to be more concise and direct. I'm trying to introduce a daily standup into a startup team of 3, which will ...
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Would Scrum & Kanban work for a small organisation with several “projects”

Background My question deals with introducing Scrum and/or Kanban in a small organisation (currently 9 employees), but with several more or less distinguished areas of focus, some including only one ...
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Scrum Sprint Length Study?

Does anyone know of a (reasonably) rigorous study done on benefits and drawbacks of different sprint lengths? I certainly have read (and have my own) anecdotal experience, but am curious to know if ...
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How does one integrate reward systems at an individual level into an Agile landscape, without damaging team cohesion?

I have recently been working and immersing myself in the Agile space. Among other things, I have been inspired by the promise it holds for empowering a team and maximizing efficiency. However, I have ...
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Who should decide about changes in the process - Scrum Master or the whole Scrum Team?

I need some clarification about how the changes should be introduced within the process in a Scrum Team and how a Scrum Master should approach it. By changes in the process I mean for example: ...
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What are the disadvantages of the Scrum Master being the hierarchical superior in the company?

In a small- to mid-size company trying to implement scrum, it may very well happen that the hierarchical superior of the Team members becomes the Scrum Master (short of being able to fund a full-time ...
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Advice for a Non-Technical Newbie Scrum Master

I have recently joined a fantastic company which prides itself on its Agile philosophy and work ethic. I am a VERY junior Project Manager, and the more I learn about Scrum and Agile, the more I want ...
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Is there guidance for Agile Refactoring within a large Waterfall Project?

I am acting as Project Support to a large multinational that is keen to embrace Agile - although it is really just Scrum that they are referring to. The ERP migration is traditional Waterfall but ...
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What should be the PMO's role in a Scrum Enviroment?

As we all know Scrum defines 3 roles Product Owner, Scrum Master and the Team. Kanban chart is used to track progress, Velocity is used to measure SPI, Epic, Story and tasks are actually used to ...
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When developing the same app for multiple platforms how do you keep the implementation aligned

We have an Android native app and now want to build an iOS native version. We work scrum / kanban process. How best can we ensure that the Features / User Stories implementation on both versions ...
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Why use hybrid Scrum and XP?

Why is the most common Agile software development approach a hybrid of Scrum and XP? Why do you think its a good idea to use them together? (if I am not aloud to ask for opinion based question ...
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Scrum Sprint Review without the stakeholders

I am working in a pretty small startup and we've just started doing scrum. The team consists of me as the scrum master (but also a developer), the product owner which is also the owner of the company ...
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User story conversation vs. scope creep

TL; DR; What is the difference between: A) The details evoked & scope definitions & acceptance criteria gained from the ongoing "user story conversation" a team should have with the PO, BAs, ...
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Is there any published research about story points vs time estimation?

We're getting started with Scrum and have had a few debates about whether we should estimate in story points or ideal hours. The team is pretty divided, so I'd like to know if any real studies have ...
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Is planning part of the sprint in Scrum?

Let us suppose that today is Monday and that a Scrum sprint starts today. Should Sprint Planning for this sprint be done today, or should Sprint Planning have been done on Friday?
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Bug fixing in Scrum, at the end of the project

We have a project that is reaching a deadline for the final production release. It's a fixed price project and up till now we've managed to work in 2 week iterations, doing regular releases to our ...
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Can the product owner remove Stories

As a product owner, can I completely remove a story from the Product Backlog? I know everybody can add stories at anytime in the product backlog but is the PO's only way to remove a story to put it ...
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How to form scrum teams

I work as a scrum master in a place where we have two distinct products. And these products have submodules: Product A: (The bigger product) Submodule A.1 Submodule A.2 Submodule A.3 etc. ...
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Help of the QA in the sprint first days of a sprint

According to the Agile philosophy, it is important for the team to work together as one to achieve the goal fixed at the begenning of an iteration. With that in mind, I know that developpers and ...
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Scrum and Project planning for a price quote

To set some things straight. I have got experience with scrum and I know how the planning process goes in a Scrum project. The question I have relates to the start of a project. Let's say I as a PM ...
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Re-Estimating a story's points midway through a timebox

I have recently come across this situation: user stories are estimated using story points timebox planning session has taken place and everything is agreed on timebox (three weeks) is in week three ...
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Product Owner Role in Scrum

I am learning about Agile Methodology i.e. Scrum. I have a very basic knowledge of Scrum. Please guide me about the following questions: What is role of the Product Owner in daily Scrum, if he/she ...
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In JIRA, how can I show certain columns to specific users?

Let's say I have five columns in my project. They are visible in a Scrum project when a sprint begins, as expected, when you click on the "Work" tab in the Plan / Work / Report options. One || Two || ...
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User story contains a design task that generates other tasks

I have some user stories that have little tasks on basic design with highest priority. This tasks will lead to a conversation about the basic design of the user story and will generate other tasks for ...
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Career Progression from Product Owner

I work for a multinational IT consultancy firm that has a number of 'software assets' that it sells and develops for its clients. I started with the company straight out of University in a software ...
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Story Point Estimation

Having used "days" as the unit for estimation of tasks in Scrum I find it hard to change to using Story Points. I believe story points should be used as they are more comparable to each other - being ...
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How to deal with the current corporate food-chain going in the way when adopting Scrum?

I am about to become a Scrum Master in one of two teams in a small software company. This is completely new for us. What bothers me is that our current manager will become the Product Owner and ...
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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 ...