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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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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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 ?
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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 ...