A sprint is the basic unit of development in Scrum. Sprints last between one week and one month, and are a "timeboxed" (i.e. restricted to a specific duration) effort of a constant length.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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In JIRA, is it possible to have items show up in a project backlog but not show up in a sprint's column?

I've set up workflows, workflow schemes, issue type schemes, and everything else required to get a project through my customized steps from new idea to live release. The default behavior of "Agile" ...
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How to reuse done user stories without rewriting/duplicating them

Just to outline the current situation first. We've recently had an QA tester added to the team on an existing project. The project has user stories in previous sprints which outline the objective, ...
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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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Optimizing the number of ideal days in a sprint

Our sprints follow the pattern of a planning game based on a prototype, followed by actual application development with unit test, followed again by integration test and more complete unit tests to ...
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User stories delivery issues

Working in Agile manner, project team routinely delivers parts of software, described in User Stories. Upon each Sprint a working software is delivered, with some additional features added. The ...
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How to partition backlog sprints among the team? [closed]

After breaking backlog items down to sprints, how should we partition the sprint items among the team ?
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When is the best time to create story tasks?

I have a team of developers who are relatively new to Agile and sprints (approx. 5 months now). Every time I walk into their sprint planning session, I do not like what I see. It's absolute silence ...
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Can we have a Sprint Zero with no deliverable code?

According to Ken Schwaber, “The minimum plan necessary to start a Scrum project consists of a vision and a Product Backlog. The vision describes why the project is being undertaken and what the ...
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Participants of sprint planning meeting - Is it essential to involve part-time team members

I'm currently in the process of getting my team in a position to start using Scrum and Sprints within the next couple of weeks - I intend on taking on the role of Scrum Master as long as everyone on ...
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How do you modify a delivered user story?

If you delivered a user story in a previous sprint and then need to make changes to that feature in the current sprint, what do you do? Examples: Change the user interface (UI) of a screen. Change ...
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Can a sprint be composed of vertical slices of functionality across multiple 'projects'?

Our company is doing some Scrum experimentation, and I have a quick question about what exactly a sprint should be composed of. After the sprint planning meeting, we settled on three different ...
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How QA, Frontend, Backend development, and System administration fit in Scrum Management Framework

We are a small start-up that is growing fast. We have 4 departments: (Backend dev [2 pers], Frontend dev [2 pers], QA [2 pers], and one system administrator) Before using Scrum methodology, we ...
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What if you finish all stories before sprint ends?

What we should do if we run out of stories during sprint (e.g we are still learning what is our true velocity)? Can programmers pick some unscheduled bugs to fix or should we end sprint prematurely? ...
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How should a drastic deviation in overall design be managed in Scrum?

We are starting a Sprint today, first day of a 3-week Sprint. Our requirements from the client are still evolving, so remaining hours are estimated on some unclear values. How should a deviation in ...
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Agile team missing commitments regularly and complaining about no trust

I am on the product side and have an agile team that has missed every sprint commitment through the first 4 by between 40 and 60% measured by points. The team continues to say, that it is OK and that ...
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Dynamic length of sprints in Scrum

I have been working several projects with Scrum method and, in some, we have taken the decision of execute Scrum sprints of dynamic length (every sprint). For me it have some advantages: Adapt the ...
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How do I end crashed sprints and remain responsive to the customer?

We have been using Scrum methodology and have been mostly successful, but there are few weeks where the sprints are totally crashed by customer demands or defects. Is there a better way of handling ...
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What to do with incomplete stories that depend on customers

We're starting with scrum, user stories, and agile. Some of our tasks require final testing from our customers to verify that they are completed according to their needs, but sometimes they don't ...
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Communicating requirements to offshore teams

Just to give a context, there is an offshore team in India for a client in San Francisco. The offshore team is about 9 developers and 4 QA, with one project manager. I am doing onsite coordination for ...
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What is a good format for Sprint retrospectives?

We are doing Sprint retrospectives with the entire team including the ScrumMaster and the Product Owner present. We have constructive discussion and good ideas are being generated. However, to improve ...
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Why use iterations in Scrum?

I am a Scrum Master in a 7 person team. We currently use one-week iterations for our sprints. I find that sprint planning overhead is huge (2 hours each week for entire team), and not nearly as ...
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What are the right conclusions to draw from the success or failure of a Sprint?

I recently encountered the opinion that, if a Sprint is successful due to statistical reasons (e.g. the team made big mistakes during planning but the team delivered its stories anyway), then that's ...
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Managing a Product Owner in a not-yet-agile organization

When my company was acquired, my 20-person development team gained a Product Owner who is energetic, engaged, and extremely idealistic. While many of the programmers on our team are familiar with ...
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SCRUM Sprint and tasks/user stories that cannot fit into a sprint!

Say I have an Epic that is estimated to take 3 sprints to do. And the Epic is broken down into A to Z tasks/user stories. Problem is, to do B, we need A, to do C we need B, etc.... And in sprint ...
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Handling new suggestions to resolved user stories in closed sprint

In a project managed using scrum framework, I've a situation where all tasks associated to a user story (feature) had been done successfully. No more code changes are allowed since testing is in ...
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How does one build a burnup chart?

Can someone explain how to build a burn-up chart? Please give me a walkthrough of how to build one?
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What are the benefits of having fixed length sprints for agile?

Lately, I have been the solo developer on a software development project and I break down my project into functionality that I believe I should be able to implement in 1 or 2 weeks depending on the ...
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How to cope with the Hawthorne effect and sprint improvements?

Hawthorne effect: the phenomenon in which subjects in behavioral studies change their performance in response to being observed. Background: I'm using Kanban as a tool to analyse and improve the ...
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Tracking points spent on bugs during sprint

The product owner wants to keep track on how much points are spent on bugs during a sprint. This can raise some issues, such as: Scoring a task that is already done. Surprisingly even with it done, ...
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What actions will you take when Iteration/Sprint goals are in danger?

Let's say, you are a Scrum Master and your team is in the middle of a Sprint. You see that all planned stories can't be completed till the end of the Sprint, that's for sure. What action will you ...
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Advice for Special Short Sprints (2-5 Days)?

Most of our Sprints are 2 weeks long, but occasionally, we want to meet a special deadline in less time (2-5 days). So, we do a special "short" Sprint that is a bit different from our normal routine. ...
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Implementing scrum inside a real-world matrix organized software department

I'm working as a manager of the software department in our small sized company (~50 people). I have three development teams, 3-4 members in each. One of the members in each team is in the role of the ...
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How to handle user stories that cannot be split and do not fit even a 30 days long sprint?

Given a small team (3 people or so) and a technically challenging area (e.g. middleware, embedded software etc.), and Assuming that a user story is a smallest thing that has value for the end user, ...
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Scrum: Cancel or change a sprint

The Scrum method defines that the content of a sprint cannot be changed. But can a sprint be cancelled while it's done? I mean, it's unlikely to happen and probably shows really bad planning skills by ...
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How long should an Agile Sprint be?

I'm currently the PM on a project that is scheduled to run for about 14 months. The current sprint structure is 4 weeks of development; week 5 allows us to show the progress to the client, deploy it ...
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How can we avoid finishing all stories on the last day of a sprint?

I am the Scrum Master for a team that has completed two sprints. For Sprint 1, the burndown looks like: Day 1: 70 Day 2: 70 Day 3: 70 Day 4: 70 Day 5: 13 For Sprint #2: Day 1: 90 Day 2: 90 Day 3: ...
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Long running product development project

Background: We have long running product development project, which consists of different features. The development team consists of 15 developers and 5 QA engineers. We setup releases each 5-7 ...
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Can Scrum Sprint duration change from 4 weeks to 2 weeks during the project?

Does it makes sense to adjust Sprint duration during the project? Consider a 10 months project for a web portal, requirements are a little obscure right now, so I expect that at the beginning (first ...
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Improving your Scrum Sprint!

I know there are lots of talks and articles on agile and scrum. But I would like to know how to improve your scrum sprint for a new and small team. We are looking for a sprint length of 3 weeks. I ...