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What to do with a “mispointed” story in Scrum

On rare occasions, our team will work a story we thought we broke down into a small, granular story, but it ends up taking the entire sprint and carrying over (it may or may not have an impediment on ...
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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.), ...
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How much code documentation should an effective Scrum Team produce?

As part of the audit and compliance for my company (PLC), any Agile Projects are treated as a normal Waterfall Projects for review purposes although run according to Scrum best practice. We don't ...
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Agile Development and when to deliver

Agile promotes the use of giving your software to users as soon as possible so they can provide feedback and so we overcome the Waterfall problem of making an app no one wants. But recently, I ran ...
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How can we stop developers from working on stories that are not planned into the current sprint?

ORIGINAL QUESTION We carefully plan out a sprint and decide which stories should be worked on however some developers are working on stuff outside of this planned work. This is undermining the whole ...
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Does a Product Owner submit to Change Control before re-grooming Product Backlog?

In your experience, have you found it beneficial to enforce Change Control upon a Product Owner after the Product Backlog has been agreed? IE If he/she wishes to change the scope by adding in/taking ...
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Estimate hours of work for every user story

In Scrum, is it mandatory to estimate the amount of hours needed to finish every user story before putting it in the Sprint? Or should we use planning poker and use points instead of hours?
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Can you Gate each Agile Sprint to provide comfort to Stakeholders in Waterfall?

A quick summary of the facts - Multinational Company Traditional Waterfall Project Management Agile/Scrum being used for the Design/Test/Build (>25 Sprints) Traditional Waterfall Gates must be ...
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Is Kanban considered an agile methodology?

I need to choose an agile method of development for my team; we tried Scrum for the first two weeks, but since we have to make a simple universitarian project, we thought that Scrum was more ...
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Sprint Interference chart and Capacity

The Scrum team I'm currently working with are finding it harder and harder to work on user stories that have been forecast, so I've been looking into Sprint Interference charts. How do I take ...
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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?
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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 ...