A sprint is the basic unit of development in Scrum and Agile. 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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Accepting the sprint in the Review meeting? And some other Review questions

My company has implemented a new process of having the team be responsible for the Definition of Done inside of the sprint. In the Sprint Review meeting the PO is shown the work for the first time ...
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Should stories be properly estimated before being pulled into an ongoing sprint?

There are two common reasons why stories or bugs get pulled into a sprint in SCRUM (where I work): Issue was triaged (usually critical/blocker field issues) Sprint was underestimated, and thus items ...
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Sprint Demo, Retrospective, and Planning sequence with offshore team

For the time being, we have a large offshore development team that mostly takes instructions from the California team. It’s like having team members that can do 30 hours of work per day. I’m trying to ...
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Can a single resource be in multiple teams for multiple projects?

A single user is mapped to a multiple teams in an organization which is handling multiple projects simultaneously. Can a scrum master assign the tasks to the user who is in multiple teams and multiple ...
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UML Class Diagram for the sprints

I am making a simple class diagram for the project management techniques using the Scrum methodology, where projects are made of releases and releases are made of different sprints. All I want to know ...
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In a one developer scrum team, can there be multiple tasks in progress

Our scrum master stated that there cannot be more than one tasks in progress when there is only one developer, is it required for an ideal sprint, if yes, then why so?
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Can a sprint cycle take 1-3 days?

One of my colleagues says that few e-commerce companies follow a single day agile sprint cycle, as at times they have to be competitive in terms of feature releases and launch new sales campaign, etc. ...
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Aiming to finish development of sprint a bit early to give testers time

I'm about to start a new development project that our company would like to run in an agile manner. At this stage I am the only developer but it is expected 1-2 more will join in future sprints. ...
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Managing sprints in a better way

I am trying out Scrum in a project. Usually it is recommended (in Scrum guides) to keep two week sprints for every release. My client is asking to keep sprints to one week and release every Friday. ...
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Do you use fixed sprint length based on continued calendar days or workdays?

I'd love to hear from more experienced agilists the considerations to use on or another method. If you live in a country (like mine) with so many holidays, do you set the sprint size based on ...
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Team members struggling to thin slice business value - how to help?

I have been asked to join a new a team which is struggling with agile adoption within a large programme utilising fairly methodical Scrum. The aim of the product is to create a surface layer over the ...
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Customer seems to be too busy to do regular meetings

We're doing Agile development, and even though we are not going as strict as Scrum, we'd like to keep the sprint planning meeting so that the customer is able to prioritize on business values for each ...
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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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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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Customer asks for a contract with the price for the whole project, but we are Agile

We have a client to whom we have explained the whole Agile process, where he pays for each sprint (as billing cycles), and he agreed to it. We are a new company and we don't really have a legal ...
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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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In Agile, can I put multi user stories in one sprint?

In this case, my team has 3 members and each member has own task. So I decide I have 3 user stories and places them in one sprint. I was very confuse about sprint and user story. Whether I put multi ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Critical Path in agile project

I am doing a fairly large project ( by my standards) and I have opted to take a agile approach to this; in that I will be doing the project in sprints. There is no team, just me and my client, ...
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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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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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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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Removing a userstory from the planned sprint

In the sprint can we remove (move to the upcoming sprint) the planned stories (mid sprint), if we are 100% sure we can’t complete them. Example given: Suppose we planned to 5 stories to be ...
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What we should do with tasks which estimated time bigger than sprint?

I know, we need to separate this task to several subtasks. But what we should do, if further division of this task have no sense? What if all of resulting subtasks will have no business value until ...
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Splitting stories to keep Development and QA at 100% utilization at all times

Even if we make many small stories, we still end up splitting stories at the end of every Sprint because we cannot have Development under-utilized while QA is testing, and we cannot have QA being idle ...
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How do I convince my team to reduce sprint duration from three weeks to two weeks?

How do I convince my team, which is working on three week long sprints, to work on two week long sprints instead? The idea is to get quicker feedback from the Product Owner. The team doesn't get that. ...
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What solutions exist for ensuring Sprint continuity over holiday or extremely turbulent periods?

This question is posed as a genuine attempt to seek a best answer but also hopefully a wider-thought piece. How do more experienced agile teams (especially Scrum) handle a sprint being interrupted by ...
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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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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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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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In Jira where to login hours for tasks that is not part of sprint [closed]

There are some subtasks and their hours need to be tracked. They are not directly related to Sprint work but indirectly related to Sprint. There are not related to particular story so they cannot be ...
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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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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 ?