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What is the value of tracking hours in a Sprint burn-down chart?

The burn down chart will have story points on the Y-Axis and duration (number of days) on the X-Axis. My team is able to complete the stories almost at the end of the Sprint. This means the burn down ...
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Open e-mail (everyone can see everyone else's received and sent messages)

Problem As a team, we need to set up our e-mail so that everyone can see everyone else's received and sent messages. More info The situation is that there are 4 people who are communicating with ...
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How to synchronize an agile software team with a waterfall hardware team?

Our team is composed of both software and hardware engineers. The software team uses Scrum project management while the hardware team uses waterfall. The priority of our software requirements change ...
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When to consider multiple PBIs when determining the HOW?

Consider that we have 10 Product Backlog Items (PBIs) that have been estimated and, if all goes well, will make it into our next sprint, after Sprint Planning. At what point would it be appropriate ...
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Defining user story in Scrum: how specific must they be?

As the title suggests: for example, the following user story "A registered user wants to login in order to use the site's services" is too generic? Should I use more detailed user stories, like the ...
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Is it OK for the scrum master to be remote? [closed]

Is it OK for the scrum master to be remote when the rest of the team is co-located? I.e. the team is located at one office but the scrum master lives in another city and serves the team remotely? (I ...
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Can we say that a Sprint and a source code branch are almost the same things?

I'm going to begin a universitarian project with my fellows. It is required that we use one of the Agile Methods together with Bitbucket. We'd like to begin with Scrum. I've read its documentation and ...
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How can we continuously integrate new features when the PO only determines whether a feature is “done” at the end of each Sprint?

My team is having an issue with integrating software product features. Specifically, when do features get pull requested into our integration branch of code? Currently our understanding is: The ...
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How do we deal with bugs in scrum environment

We recently began working on Scrum with one of our products. Prior to that we worked with a Waterfall methodology. We have created stories for the new feature and also included the bugs for the next ...
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Scrum team is dependent on other team's work

I'm working in a big project, where we're creating a standard software A for several customers and in parallel extending that software for one customer (software B). There are several Scrum teams. The ...
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Can we use only one Scrum board for a team with multiple projects?

I am doing research for school. My research is covering how we could have one Scrum board for one team that works on multiple projects simultaneously. Scrum methodology is not just for working on one ...
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How to deal with conflicting developers in Scrum team?

I'm a Scrum Master in a project. The development team was merged from two separate teams and now counts 8 people. John and Peter are previous teams leads - very experiensed C++ developers, who know ...
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How can I handle disengaged and unmotivated employees on my Scrum team?

As a Scrum Master, what actions or steps do I need to take when team members are not engaged or motivated, especially when the team members realize they don't have to report to me and that I don't do ...
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Mid Sprint Demo

Mid sprint demo seems to be a popular practice among scrum teams but I struggle to see how it fits in with high performing Agile-Scrum teams. Two sets of questions. When should a formal midsprint ...
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What's a good way for a Scrum team to handle budgets and work with other departments?

In my organization, the developers are using Scrum (which started recently), but the sysadmins are not. We're about to start a large project, and we've been asked for detailed description of our ...
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Running a sprint from Wednesday till Wednesday

Currently we have three teams who start their two week sprint on Monday and end it on Friday. We have some team-members who have every Friday off. Planning sprint reviews on Thursdays or earlier is ...
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Why management is more concerned of JIRA hours than of following SCRUM values?

As in many other projects, we are also using JIRA to manage tasks and user stories, and SCRUM as the Agile methodology. At the end of each day, the ScrumMaster provides the burndown chart to the PMO ...
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How do handle adhoc work during a sprint from pressing customers

I intend to introduce sprints to my company, fairly new to it myself. Not sure if it's appropriate for my current situation, we have several on going projects, all of them are ERP scale size and most ...
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Acquiring knowledge story and splitting to tasks

Lets say in a current project the team asked for training in a particular area to help them in the rest of the project and the product owner agreed and saw the value behind this training so it was put ...
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Test capacity prohibiting stretch goals

In my current team of 3 dedicated testers and 3 dedicated developers we often find ourselves in a scenario towards the end of our sprint (usually the last 2-4 days of our 2 week sprint) where the ...
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Does Scrum fit PMBOK knowledge areas?

PMBOK defines 10 knowledge areas, "that are typical of most projects, most of the time". Some Scrum processes/artifacts clearly fit corresponding knowledge areas. E.g. Daily Standup is an ...
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Is the a Product Owner the business/functional analyst in Scrum?

I would like to know what is the role of the a Product Owner in a Scrum team. I already worked in many Scrum team as developer, tester. In all teams the product owner was always the guy that created ...
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How do you deal with client-related hold-ups in Scrum?

Most of our projects get held up by waiting on client assets. Working under waterfall, we're often on many projects at once and can work on something else while waiting. We really want to do scrum ...
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Reduce Scope or Kill the Project?

My goal is to implement business application. I have 10 days to complete, and my estimation says that i need 40 days. In a team there are two programmers and one programmer-PM. I assume one ...
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What are the benefits of hiring a ScrumMaster?

Background: We are trying to adopt Scrum in my current development team. One of the action items is to hire a ScrumMaster to help us in the Scrum implementation. But there are some articles suggesting ...
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How can we apply Agile to a consulting firm

As a consultant working for a consulting firm, planning projects using Agile/Scrum methodology can be quite challenging. Considering we do not work full-time for our clients, it is hard to use Scrum ...
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In Scrum, what is an impediment? [duplicate]

One of the questions in Scrum is What impediments have you encountered? But what exactly is an impediment? Can you give me an example?
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What can we do with a “mispointed” story in Scrum?

Is it OK to repoint the story at the beginning of the new sprint to reflect the size that we have now discovered it to be so our velocity is more accurate? On rare occasions, our team will work a ...
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Which guidelines are applicable for a single Scrum Team managing multiple backlogs?

Does the Agile community have recommended processes for a single Scrum Team managing tasks coming in from multiple backlogs? Context and Problem One Scrum Team One Scrum Master Delivering value to ...
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Purchase a physical scrumboard? [closed]

Any ideas on where to acquire a pre-drawn physical scrumboard? I want to save the hassle of preparing one and to just buy it somewhere. If there are nice boards like that would also look professional ...
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How would you implement scrumban to large team performing concurrent multiple R&D projects

I'm working in a private technological center, performing only R&D projects for industrial clients and institutions... I'm looking at applying Agile methods to our activities. From all my ...
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How can I modify the Upland PowerSteering templates for Iterative/Agile Management?

Our department recently brought in Power Steering for waterfall projects but in the absence of an agile-focused software (Jira, Rally, VersionOne) there is some appetite to experiment with Power ...
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Defining Story Independent Tasks in Scrum

I know that in Scrum this is the hierarchy for defining things to do: Theme -> Epic -> Story -> Tasks My question is. I got some tasks that I consider story-independent, for example, configuring ...
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What's the best way to manage business tasks alongside technical tasks?

Our company is currently using Jira Agile to manage user stories/tasks in two-week sprints. However, there are business deliverables that also need to be completed (e.g. install guide, internal FAQ, ...
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How often should a development team review code quality metrics so that we keep reasonable control over technical debt and code quality

Is there any recommended practice for how frequently code quality metrics should be reviewed by the team? I'm not sure how often should we be conducting a review of code quality metrics to look for ...
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Does the quality of a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training course vary from vendor to vendor?

I'm looking to take the exam and am wondering if any vendor/trainer listed through the Scrum Alliance will do or if I should be selective in who I pick. Specifically, I have the option of taking the ...
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Product owner for SaaS app

I am developing a SaaS app using Scrum and wondering if there are any best practices when it comes to having multiple "Product Owners". This is because I am working with some "users" who will help ...
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Burndown chart show as a red horizontal line even after spent time is updated

Hi i am using scrum board in jira , i have customized column set . To Do Development In Progress Ready For Code Review Code Review In Progress Ready For Testing Testing ...
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Interview question for an Iteration Manager position [closed]

I am having an interview for an Iteration Manager position and they have given me a scenario to prepare for which we will talk about during the interview. The scenario is as follows: There is a piece ...
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Does it make sense to reopen closed User Stories in SCRUM-project

I was asked to adjust our ticket-workflow and I don't know if it's a good route we take here. So I'd like to ask for your opinion. Our project is being developed based on a Scrum process with weekly ...
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Should a Product Owner be asking developers to do QA to meet deadlines?

When the deadline is tight and when there are not enough QA people, the Product Owner asks developers to join in with QA to meet the deadline. What should the developers do when this happens? ...
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Mechanism in JIRA to signify issues/tickets that are stalled

I'm using Agile views/boards in JIRA to manage issues of a project. Is there a mechanism to signify issues that are important (hence high priorities) but for technical difficulty and human resource ...
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Daily stand-up with multiple Scrum teams

There are 3 Scrum teams (with ~15 people) whose work is tightly connected so it's necessary that teams to be up to date with the others' progress. How possible to exchange info between teams on a ...
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Roles mapping between Scrum and XP methodologies

A lot of people mix Scrum and XP methodologies. But these methodologies have different set of roles. I tried to make mapping between them. This is result: ________________________________ | Scrum ...
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What to do with epic technical stories?

I have a lot of stories of the type: "As a passenger, I want this plane to fly so that I can get to places". The amount of work that the end user doesn't care about from this point on is enormous. ...
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What do you mean by inspect relationships during sprint retrospective

One of the purpose of the Sprint Retrospective is to: "inspect how the last Sprint went with regards to people, relationships, process, and tools". What mean relationships?
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What to do with ill-defined stories?

So, I am the Scrum master for my team, and my team's manager insists on putting stories in the sprint that are ill-defined. For example, while they have a end goal in mind, it is a poorly defined ...
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Aligning story points' value

We've ended up with non-linear weighing of our points. I worry this makes reporting velocity data erroneous. Background: A fairly traditional deck is used: ?, 0, ½, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40, 100, ...
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UI in scrum - what's the silver bullet?

I'm a certified scrum master and, by trade, a UI/UX/Front end dev guy. More than most I come across the issues faced by having folks with my skill-set within a cross functional team (the 'vertical ...
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What's the best way of writing user stories about “improve this metric” if I'm not sure how much improvement is possible?

Say you have a piece of software that you know can be improved on various quantifiable metrics (time to boot, CPU and memory usage, latency for various actions, accuracy of recognition tasks, etc.), ...