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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 ...
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Scrum Project Management Methodology strategy for working towards a fixed deadline

Question Is it valid and possible to cope fixed unmovable deadlines into Scrum? I guess it is just confusing to me because I thought one of the core principles of Project Management is to help ...
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Who should be responsible for dividing Scrum teams?

When dividing 100 people into scrum teams, who should take responsibility for putting individual people into teams, should it be Scrum Master, Product Owner, or should people be allowed to emerge ...
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Is formal tasking required on a Scrum Team

I understand formal Agile-Scrum tasking as the practice of documenting tasks and estimating task hours for each story or product backlog item a team commits to in an iteration. A task defines part of ...
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Applying agile in a mostly operations/support environment

I have read numerous Project Management SE questions on this subject, as well as done a fair share of Googling. I am aware that different incarnations of this question have been addressed before, but ...
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Making burndown chart with 4 sprint

We are in a group of 3 students in computer science, and we are making a website for our customer. First, we make a design for the website, and it took us 2 weeks to finish it. We converted it into ...
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Manager 2.0 and Scrum: How can I fix the problem where multiple managers are responsible for different scrum team components?

I just read this article, Manager 2.0: The Role of a Manager in Scrum. I am a scrummaster, and as the teams go, my team is made of both developers and QE. QE has its own manager (I am also the ...
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Last day of a sprint in burndown chart in TFS2013

We are using TFS2013 Update 4 with the latest scrum template. And we have been going back and forth on how to read the burndown chart on task board. Especially regarding the last day of the sprint. ...
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How to use Story Points, if User Stories are completely different?

Story Points (SP) is a good measurement, that allow to estimate User Stories. SP (in my understanding, it's important note) is convenient because it is relative and not related with time. All ...
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Benefits of getting CAPM before PMP

I'm a software developer. I'm looking to expand my skillset and pick up some management knowledge and experience; I'd like to try being a dev lead for a few projects, but I also want to have the ...
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How do we deal with a website vendor plugin Integration when we're using Scrum?

we're working with a popular website platform vendor, which is a great platform for building websites, and they have a vibrant community of third party vendors who integrate with their platform. ...
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What is a good total size for a Product Backlog?

General I realize the size of a product backlog will vary with each project. But assuming a project that is large enough to require a significant length time, is there any research or statistics on ...
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What are alternative agile applications? [duplicate]

Agile is getting more popular by the minute and as i understand it is all due to expanding the practice into new areas and business fields. I am interested in knowing what other fields, outside of ...
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How to handle access to resources on a Scrum team which was previously a hierarchical team?

From what I've read and learned about scrum from my recent reading, as well as years reading the great questions and answers on this site, a scrum team is a team of equals, where there's no hierarchy, ...
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May I not use the users stories in Scrum?

It is more convenient for me to describe requirements in technical terms. So is it possible not to use the users stories in Scrum? Will it be Agile still?
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Can a website content writer, support, and marketer be a part of a scrum team?

We're finally looking into utilizing scrum for one of or products, and we're trying to figure out what to do with all of the people on the team. We have the following people: Developers Testers ...
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An Epic within an Epic

First off, I believe I have a good understanding of User Story Hierarchy (Epic > Story > Task), but I've had a quick search around and I wasn't able to find a definitive answer to this. Can you ...
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how to calculate sprint capacity?

Lets say team works 5 days, and there are 3 developers in team, and they are working 8 hours per day. So actually it is easy to calculate : 5*3*8= 120 hours of work for per week. But there is ...
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Project tracker with easiest learning curve [closed]

Here's the thing. Most of my life it was all about Jira. Unfortunately right now I'm working as a agile coach (kinda) in an interactive agency that in terms of project management is still in Stone ...
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How to organize a software development team so 20 people are on two scrum teams?

We have a software development team, working on an independent product, made up of 20 people of varying roles, located in India. One of our goals is to treat this product team as a separate entity, ...
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Should the complexity estimate of a task change in scrum?

I'll just start with an example. We have a repeating task "Release library" which in the beggining we agreed on an estimate of 2 points: it seemed to be twice as hard as our 1 point baseline. As we ...
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How to track team's time utilization using tfs

We have started using TFS 2012 as part of moving to Scrum methodology. One challenge that we are facing is that though I can set up the capacity per day of each team member, I have no clear idea as to ...
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Is this approach 'agile'? Separating use-cases into sprints/iterations

This may be a weird question and please bear with me, I am completely new into this. I have a list of 20 requirements (use cases) which I received from my client. With him, I prioritized this list of ...
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Non-measurable works should be done in scrum process?

I think that I have some misunderstandings from scrum. Estimates of some tasks are not measurable. For example researching about something or talking about company road map and etc. I can't estimate ...
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Which strategies I can use to handle tickets during a scrum sprint?

My 4 man team directly handle most technical tickets, with a SLA from 8 hours to 24 office hours, means that during a sprint we must add these tickets in top of our current sprint backlog. We have one ...
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What does it mean that a Sprint Goal can be any other coherence?

In The Scrum Guide the following is written to describe the Sprint Goal. The selected Product Backlog items deliver one coherent function, which can be the Sprint Goal. The Sprint Goal can be ...
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Definition of Done or How to really finish tasks?

Sometimes it is hard to close a task. There might come a new information which demands an update of the task. The task remains a long time almost finished. New Versions and baselines allows us to ...
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Should the ideal line in a burndown chart be changed when story scope changes during the Sprint?

At the start of the Sprint right after the Sprint Planning, we can already draw a burndown chart with an ideal line. It's a straight declining line starting at the top left with the total amount of ...
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Mobile apps: should shared backend resources between iOS and Android have their own backlog and be considered as a separate team?

Here is my situation: I work with two SCRUM teams, iOS and Android Each of the SCRUM team has its own Product and Sprint backlogs We have shared Sprint Plannings, Reviews and Retrospectives (both ...