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Perfectionists in scrum

I am a scrum master for a team that includes an engineer who is a perfectionist. He has trouble letting issues become done, even after we've focused as a team on ensuring that acceptance criteria ...
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Add creativity techniques to Scrum

I'm about to evaluate some creativity techniques (to produce ideas/solve problems), whether they could have a benefit on Scrum or not. In detail, I'm about to look at the process where the Product ...
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Setting a sprint goal when the sprint contains multiple products' stories

How do you best define a sprint goal, when the sprint's stories range across a wide number of different products? Background: our scrum team's sprint contains stories that belong to a number of our ...
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Hardening Sprint - Manna from Heaven or a Witches Brew?

In Dean Leffingwell's Scaled Agile Framework there exists the concept of a hardening iteration E.G. after three sprints of two weeks duration, we have a hardening sprint of one week. In this short ...
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How to integrate a new QA Engineer in a established dev team

Does anyone have any tips or advice of how to integrate a new junior QA Engineer into a established, highly technical dev team.
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Is there a good model for choosing an agile approach?

I'm a project manager in an extremely bureaucratic, waterfall-oriented organization, but have the opportunity to pilot an agile approach with a new project I'm spinning up. I have experience with ...
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Which scrum actors should attend a requirements gathering session

I'm currently having a debate with some of my business analysts as to whether the testers and developers from the scrum team assigned to a project should be involved in the requirements gathering ...
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Is there any place for the Prince 2 Mandate Document 'Quality Expectations' in an agile development?

I have been formalising our IT method. Pretty much a scrumban approach but I still need to document where each artefact and ceremony should be produced or occur. The basics are proposal ...
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Daily Stand up Three Question Format a sign of team immaturity?

I've come to believe that, like the daily scrum, the 3 questions are a sign of team capability immaturity. I'm about to decree to all my teams that we will be doing away with the three questions ...
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User Story Mapping and Sprint Prioritization

With User Story Mapping, If we start our sprint with the MVP, by definition the stories will be musts. In a fixed time-scale without shoulds and coulds, then how can we hit our targets if estimated ...
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reestimating story size after moving back to product backlog

Let's assume that part of the story (worth say 8 points) was done in the sprint 1. Then, after implementing part of it we are discovering that in fact it is much bigger than originally estimated. ...
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How to track impediments in SCRUM?

This has been asked several times already but none of the answers fully convince me. We are an R&D team doing some support from time to time. Most of the support work can be included in capacity ...
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Project Deadlines in an Early State (Scrum Project)

How to deal with early projects states where serious deadline agreements cannot be made yet? We are in an early stage of the project with new people. The team is small and everything is new ...
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Resolving impediments caused by other teams

I am a ScrumMaster for a development team. We have an impediment which will be resolved by an engineer on a different team. Does anyone have any tips or techniques for speeding this along. Should I ...
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How to estimate story points if team members work on different applications

Our team consists of 4 full-time developers and occasional outside help. The developers maintain several different applications and do not all share the same skill set. I understand that scrum teams ...
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Definition of done for development teams with massively varied tasks

I am the ScrumMaster for a Scrum team and we are struggling to formulate a definition of done which really means something, is impactful and followed through. The main issue, the developers say, is ...
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Is there an appropriate intro Scrum book? [closed]

First, let me state that while this is a subjective question, I think it is appropriate, because I'm asking for information beyond just "please dump titles at me". I'm teaching an intro software ...
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How to measure customer satisfaction in Scrum?

We use Scrum and we make software products for other companies (I guess it's called B2B). So, first subquestion: Who should be satisfied by the Development Team: the Product Owner or the ...
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Story breakdown and parent story points

An issue has come up lately as we break down stories.. The scenario is as follows: During product increment planning we outline X amount of stories for the PI. This is recorded in Jira with story ...
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Should you export data to Excel and Word?

I'm the Project Manager for a large application that customers use to collect data on whether their businesses meet certain medical and financial standards. They generally answer a survey explaining ...
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What are the best practices to create UAT pack in Scrum?

How do we create test packs for the final UAT. We create user stories and associated acceptance criteria which either can pass or fail. This can be done with test team but for business users what ...
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Is it possible to forecast when a scrum team will complete the product backlog?

This question is related to this question but I couldn't find this part answered there. I am part of a large project whose entire product backlog has been sized in story-points. The estimate is ...
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Varying Sprint cycle in a project

Is it possible to have a project with varying Sprint cycle? Example: in a product implementation project initial few sprints could be a month long because of multiple dependencies and lack of clarity ...
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How to deal with unavoidable on-demand tasks in Scrum? Or should we even try?

I was put in charge of implementing Scrum in my Development Team. Unfortunately, the company I work with has a rather stale structure that does not go well with this framework. The team works on a ...
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What department does a scrum master ideally belong to?

I'm the scrum master in my company (200+ people, several departments) and recently the head of product became my line manager. While this came rather surprising for me and feels kind of wrong, since ...
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In Scrum, is a Scrum Master position higher than a Product Owner?

In Scrum, is a Scrum Master position higher than a Product Owner, in terms of organizational hierarchy? At work, there traditional organizational charts is a must, how are Scrum Masters and Product ...
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In scrum should incomplete stories be re-estimated or does the original estimate get burned down when it's finally completed?

If I have a story that's been estimated at 10 story points and we don't manage to complete it in a sprint how do you handle estimates for the sprint in which it's next included (assuming it gets ...
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Project Managing Upwards [closed]

Does anyone have any suggestions for managing upwards. Books, articles, blogs or papers? I have been told in a couple of performance reviews that I need to learn to manage upwards (in respect to ...
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Story Points mean effort but not time?

In Scrum, team assigns story points to tasks during planning poker. When explaining the meaning of points, the scrum master says it is effort. So if it is time consuming task but can be done easily or ...
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What is lead time?

I am struggling to truly grasp what lead time means on a Kanban project. I have read about it in several books but I still can't get my head around it. Can someone explain it.
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Fast start guide for ScrumMaster

I have been hired as a new ScrumMaster for two existing teams I would like a fast start guide to use as a plan of attack for how I should start. I am literally going to be dropped into the teams ...
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How can you estimate workload for scrum when you have 4 disciplines in one team

We have been struggling with scrum for quite some time and I actually think one of the major problems is that each story takes multiple disciplines to complete (Design, IOS, Android, Backend). We ...
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Should a burndown chart be based on stories or tasks completed?

TL;DR; As the title reads: do you base your burndown chart on stories completed, or on tasks completed? Some background on why I'm asking this: I currently work in a software development team of 4 ...
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How shall developers clarify PBI during its implementation?

Should developers have direct communication with stakeholders during Product Backlog Items implementation for their clarification. Or should all communication go through Product Owner? On the Scrum ...
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ScrumBut. Does this term have any negative connotations?

I have always heard this word in a negative context. But I don't understand why? I don't see anything bad in deviating from the Scrum. Why not, if it works? Well used ScrumBan is ScrumBut too. Or even ...
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When it is time to do poker planning - during Story Time or during Sprint Planning

While doing scrum when it is time to do poker planning - during Story Time or during Sprint Planning? If it is during Story Time, then the only thing to do in Sprint Planning is to select stories for ...
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What problems can be diagnosed from a Scrum Cumulative Flow Burnup?

Useful charts for a Kanban system shows how to read a Kanban cumulative flow chart. I am wondering what patterns stand out on a Scrum cumulative flow burnup? I've seen two patterns frequently: the ...
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Why use both story points and hours?

I'm a new scrum master for a team that is using story point estimation and hours. We do story points first during grooming and then hours during planning. I always thought of story points as being ...
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Is dedicated product owner mandatory for a agile scrum team?

Team setup: We are primarily an IT development team of .Net+Java developers who work respectively on components based on these technology stacks only. About few weeks back our team has been asked to ...
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Scrum master certification from other authorities than Scrum Alliance?

Having worked in Scrum for the past 5 years, a client of mine demands a formal certification. I certainly do not want to spend money for 2 day training of something I know quite well but I thought ...
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Failed forecast: poor estimation or bad productivity?

If the forecast of the team doesn't come true, how can I understand the reason for this? It can be: Poor estimation during The Planning Meeting. Reduced productivity (for various reasons) during ...
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How do I facilitate a first time Agile retrospective?

I have never facilitated a retrospective before and I have been asked to facilitate one on Tuesday. I have ordered a book which is arriving tomorrow and I have been checking out various websites. I ...
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What is the difference between facilitating a retrospective and leading one?

I have been asked to facilitate a retrospective but I was specifically told not to lead the retrospective. What is the difference between leading a retrospective and facilitating a retrospective and ...
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When all “Must Have” (re: MoSCoW) stories have been completed, should the Scrum Master ask the Product Owner if the project is over after each sprint?

I see the value in being proactive, rather than waiting for budget or time constraints to catch up on the project. On the other hand, I don't think every project should be a race to arrive ...
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Is it okay to have a sprint where the team commits to zero story points?

Our two Scrum development teams are located in India. Our shared product owner is permanently relocating to the US, and we're just about to finish our first sprint. Him and the team suggested ...
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How to deal with non agile teams

We are currently facing this problem in a scrum team. Imagine you a have a user story with a front-end part which calls a webservice to get some data. Imagine that your scrum team do ...
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Should sprint backlog have MoSCoW prioritization applied?

Scrum states that the team should commit to delivering the stories in the sprint backlog. It is implied that once they have reached this limit, no more items are added to sprint backlog. Should the ...
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Can Scrum be effectively applied to a PhD research project?

There would be some challenges, including a small Scrum team with a relatively larger proportion of "external consultants". Would the benefits of using Scrum on a PhD research project outweigh the ...
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What's the relationship between SLDC and methodologies like XP, RAD, Scrum, etc.?

I'm confusing with the System Development Life Cycle Methodology with other Methodologies like Extreme Programming, Rapid Application Development, Rational United Process, Waterfall, V-Shaped, Spiral, ...
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Agile Best Practice for External Blocking Issue

Our company is trying to adopt a more rigorous Agile methodology (including Sprints and Scrums and all that fun stuff. We even got a JIRA subscription!), and we've run into a couple issues. The ...