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Can you explain what “processes and tools” means in the first Agile principle?

I am struggling to understand what the authors of the agile manifesto mean by "processes and tools" in the first agile principle. Could you provide an example where such entities pose a problem at ...
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What can be done about a task with a tight deadline and no analysis?

I am a software engineer. Today in the middle of a Sprint I was told to drop all my activities and start doing another task whose Jira entry has like 3 words. The deadline for this task is very tight ...
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Selecting user stories during sprint planning

When selecting user stories from the prioritized product backlog during sprint planning, is it more important to make sure that we end up with our predicted velocity in story points or that we choose ...
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Annually |AND or OR| as required - policy wording debate [migrated]

Completing an internal policy document and the review clause has created some debate in the office. Some may call it petty, I call it a quest for betterment, either way I am seeking some consensus ...
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Kanban - Simple Backlog Forecasting?

Does anyone know if it's possible with Jira to cover the following scenario? The team estimates the items in its backlog in story points The backlog is prioritized The backlog is handled like a Fifo ...
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During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur specific days. Not daily

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur on Specific days of week. Not daily. Which two are the ...
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1answer
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The IT manager asks Development team for a status report describing the progress throughout the Sprint

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: The IT manager asks Development team for a status report describing the progress throughout the Sprint. The Development team asks the Scrum Master for ...
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2answers
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A Scrum Master is working with a Development Team that has members in different physical locations

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: A Scrum Master is working with a Development Team that has members in different physical locations. The Development Team meets in a variety of meeting rooms ...
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How is the management external to the Scrum Team involved in the Daily Scrum?

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: How is the management external to the Scrum Team involved in the Daily Scrum? The Scrum Master speaks on their behalf Management gives an update at the ...
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In Scrum, what should we do with partly-completed work started at the end of a Sprint?

I get most of Scrum. However, I can't get my head around what to do with work in progress at the end of a Sprint. If we are working in a swarm, we can defer the end of a Sprint, or bring it forward ...
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How to implement TFB / NFC / 1 (Sprint) estimation technique?

Reading some old posts like this one, I noticed that the TFB / NFC / 1 (Sprint) estimation technique could be useful for teams moving towards agility. Happens that I failed to find over the internet ...
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1answer
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What is the different between Application Management and Configuration Management in ITIL v3?

What is the difference between Application Management and Configuration Management, in the specific context of managing version, resources and architectures of internally developed applications? My ...
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1answer
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MS Project resource graph across multiple projects

I am using MS Project to create Gantt charts for multiple projects. Each project consists of different resources but these resources are shared across all of these projects. Currently these resources ...
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4answers
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How to motivate offshore teams and trust them to deliver?

I joined a company where the development is outsourced in an offshore location. I have heard that the people offshore won’t deliver unless they are chased to do so. In other words, when they are left ...
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1answer
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How can the team improve the likelihood of completing each increment? [on hold]

If a Development Team doesn't have the skills or tools to create a “Done" increment, are there techniques that can be used immediately that will allow progress on the increment to be easier to track? ...
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How to plan a large software project [closed]

I'm developing a fairly large solution to a problem in the business industry. Currently it is only me on the project, with the exception to a few contractors I hire every now and then. I would like to ...
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3answers
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What's the name for the issue where a customer cannot articulate his/her requirements before seeing the finished software?

Most of you will be familiar with the issue of a customer having vague requirements. Once s/he gets the software, s/he is of course perfectly able to articulate his/her actual requirements, since s/he ...
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Guidelines to write sub tasks of user stories

Little background: We have multiple teams working on developing an app and website. Sprints are 3-weeks long and they start each week for every Team. Meaning, 1st Team has their Sprint starting 1st ...
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1answer
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What factors can affect the priority of a task? [closed]

Starting from the Eisenhower table, I classify my tasks like this: It's easy to handle urgent important and unurgent unimportant tasks. The problem is, hardly a task is urgent to me, but most of the ...
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5answers
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How to refer to functional requirement specifications (FRS) from user stories?

Let's consider a simple story for a user authentication screen: As a user, I want to be able to login with my username and password so that I can do xyz. This looks good, but all of the ...
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2answers
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How technical should a Scrum Master be to effectively remove impediments?

One of the main roles for a Scrum Master is to remove impediments for the team, such that the development can progress. This is, in my undertanding, to ensure that the development team can focus on ...
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6answers
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What does a QA team do during the development phase of a sprint in Agile Scrum?

I understand that, in theory, QA should be working with dev "collaborating" right from the day 1 of a sprint. But how does it actually work in real life? Let me present two scenarios - Scenario 1 ...
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1answer
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How to structure backlog and ceremonies around a team with separate skillsets working from a backlog which is not directly connected

I have a team of engineers who are building a data intelligence capability for the organisation. As such the team members are I-shaped and the work is I-shaped i.e. 1 team member can only work from 1 ...
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1answer
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Lean Kanban without estimates or time logging

I work in academia (research). Tasks are varied and almost always involve delving into topics that produce more tasks when you are more informed. A pull system seems appropriate rather than an ...
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4answers
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Parallel Sprints Use case

Why do we need Parallel Sprints? I am trying to understand the use case here. Consider our Use case We have two developers and two testers on our scrum team We have four developers joining the team (...
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3answers
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Issues with team, management and clients to run a proper scrum team

Problem: I am a scrum master ad I've started working with a new team 3 sprints ago. When I started I was warned about the team because they: Has never completed a sprint Politics within the team ...
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What is “”action-oriented" WBS Item?

Could you please explain what is meant by "action-oriented" details in the following sentence. Please provide an example. If the work breakdown structure designer attempts to capture any action-...
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2answers
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Should dev oncall fix P1 issues?

We have a scrum team, and are debating two approaches for fixing P1 production issues. For P0 issues, whoever is the expert in that area jumps in and fixes the issue, so that the issue can get ...
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1answer
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How to plan for variable workload for a given task and resource?

I have to plan a project in which for a given task and given resource, workload changes from one month to another. How I can plan this in MS project? It is very critical for me to monitor resource ...
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1answer
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Difference between sprint backlog and sprint goal?

One of the questions while PSM I™ Preparation Quiz which I was unable to digest was, What provides guidance to the Development Team on why it is building the Increment? The Sprint Backlog ...
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Multiple predecessors

I have predecessor 46 and 147 on task 200. Task 147 finish date is after task 46, but task 200 is starting the day after task 46, not after task 147 as expected. How do I fix this? I would ...
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3answers
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Separation of multi-team project into several projects

When should a multi-team project be split to run as separate projects? Where lays the border, when something should be run as separate project? Case: 3 feature teams (DEVs+QAs) working on ...
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What questions can a Scrum Master ask during Sprint Grooming

During a Sprint grooming, as a facilitator (optional) of the meeting, SM can ensure that event takes place, is time bound, conversation is focussed on the topic, makes sure Acceptance Criteria, ...
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How can a Product Owner measure items of competing priority in quantitative form? [closed]

I am struggling to quantify value (e.g. Cost of delay) of competing priority items so that I can communicate that figure to senior management and can make Lean decisions.
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How to manage resource allocation across different projects? [closed]

I've been tasked with allocating people across different projects in my organization. I need to be able to control how much capacity is idle (i.e. not assigned to a project) as well as monitor ...
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How to work with sprints having to provide support to unplanned issues?

All, I have to work with an Agile team that they have to attend to live system issue(tickets) fixing while working on a sprint. So that we cannot achieve the committed SP at the end of the sprint. ...
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Need help for sprint planning when tasks are not done in previous sprint

In our team we don't have dedicated Scrum Master so one of the developer is playing the role of SM. I know this is wrong but it can't be changed. In out system, we assign story points to all the ...
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Does SDLC process can be applied to Kanban columns?

I was a bit confused to determine column on the Kanban. Whether can be determined freely or are there separate rules? can we convert SDLC process to Kanban columns like Waterfall's (Planning, Defining,...
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How to increase the deployment frequency having to cope with a lot of processes?

I am working as a product owner, in a fintech based software company. My development team follows scrum methodology, and 2 weeks sprint. They tried to follow scrum ceremony, but not to do story ...
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Finish date not calculating correctly

If I entered a duration time of 2 days, start date of 20.03.2019 and finish date being automatic schedule, MS Project shows finish date as 21.03.2019. But I want it to count two days after the start ...
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Microsoft Project not showing finish variance sum [closed]

For some reason our project will not show finish variance added up across all tasks. Our project would show 40 days behind if I were to manually add up the difference.
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How to manage long-term software quality requirements?

As newly assigned manager on an already ongoing agile continuous delivery software development project, one of the objectives is the following. Ensure that software quality meets long term ...
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3answers
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How to count the amount of times a JIRA issue has been in a specific state?

In my project one of the metrics we want to use is the amount of times a JIRA issue is moved back from "QA" to "Development." We call it "comeback rate." Looking for % of items that were resolved by ...
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Agile, Lean, Patterns: Whats Next? [closed]

I myself am now in IT for 20 years, and have used various planning and project frameworks. All, really, all had advantages and disadvantages. Scrum, as everyone knows, does not just have its ...
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Scope creep and out of scope

What is the difference between scope creep and out of scope ? How is scope creep implemented during project without change request?
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1answer
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What is the difference between ABCD analysis and Eisenhower method?

According to Wikipedia, the ABCD analysis is: Activities are ranked by these general criteria: A – Tasks that are perceived as being urgent and important, B – Tasks that are important but ...
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User Story breakdown - Technical Task + User Feature

My team is building a web application that has the following high-level user story: As a user, I would like the ability to bulk exclude components from a given country. The work breaks down into ...
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Rotating-schedule calendar

I'm new both to MS Project and this kind of forum. I've searched for this question and I haven't found it, so sorry if it has been already asked. I'm trying to make new resources calendars, but they ...
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MS Project - Task Predecessor and Start and Finish dates change when applying a date filter

I have a plan with start, finish dates and predecessors applied. When I apply a filter to the finish dates to see the status of tasks that should be closed until the current date, then a task with a ...
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Necessity to micro manage off shore developers [closed]

In a large organization, every morning a manager from the HQ office has a meeting with the dev team(s) based offshore (India) and checks the work they've done. He's very tech savvy, and says that he ...

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