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Use this tag for any questions that involve agile approaches from the perspective of a project manager, Scrum Master, agile coach, or similar role.

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Can I break down a vertical story into horizontal tasks?

My team and I are implementing Scrum in our project. We are at the phase of dividing user stories into tasks to assign to each developer. I understand the concept of Slicing the Cake where a user ...
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How to schedule back and front-end developers based on story points?

We are used to create multiple sub-tasks for each user story and provide each sub-task with an estimate in hours and assignee (back or front-end). With the following outcome: Total estimated time ...
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How to break down a product or organization in feature teams

I am already read a ton of referencing about feature teams, squads and growth hacking structure.. but imo, there is still a lack of concrete examples and how to break down a product/organization in ...
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Is Team member sharing possible in Scrum during a Sprint?

During the current Sprint, my Team is doing mostly front-end tasks, I don't have any tasks, because I do back-end. My Scrum Master says that I have to pick up tasks from another Team. Question: Is ...
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How should we implement and keep track of recurring or intangible retrospective action items?

Our Product/Tech team has been transitioning towards Agile project management in the last year or so, and we hold daily standups, weekly planning meetings and biweekly retrospective meetings. We also ...
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Could stories be always independent?

I have one user story that is dependent on a technical story: User story: A user can add a product from the database to his profile Technical story: Products need to be entered in the database by ...
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Difference between Scrum Master and Agile Delivery Manager

What is the difference between a Scrum Master and Agile Delivery Manager and how can I bridge the gaps. Perhaps you could recommend books, courses or podcasts.
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Workshops/methods for increasing team autonomy?

Does anyone have any proven ideas/methods/workshops for increasing autonomy and accountability in a Scrum/Agile team. I have used the following thus far: Definition of done Working agreements Roles &...
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How do you combine Waterfall with Kanban?

Our team has a wide variety of work item types. Some of the work we do is related to projects, some is operational, some we generate internally ourselves. In order to be reactive to the needs of the ...
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What to do with a PO who manages, directs and controls the team

I am a ScrumMaster for a team of 7 devs/qa's. I am struggling to coach my PO / get through to my PO. On one hand he is very keen to be a PO and work in the way a PO works but he just doesn't really ...
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Two clients, one team, should we still have the standups together?

We are team of a 7 developers, 2 interns, one user experience specialist and a Quality Assurance member. The team is usually dealing with new clients. Not all members are involved in the same project; ...
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Can one person be Scrum Master inside two project at the same time?

We have a software company and our team is ten people and the number of projects we have is two. Can one person be the Scrum Master inside two projects at the same time?
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How to use historical cycle time to forecast project completion

I have been inspired by Daniel Vacanti's talk (link) about using cycle time to forecast project completion. So I collected the following user stories metric in the course of four sprints: Average ...
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How to spot low/high performers within team

We are team of 3 people. We are adapting scrum methodologies. Everything is based on kanban (trello) where we do daily, retrospectives and sprint planning (the tasks being forecasted by working ...
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How important is it for a Scrum/Agile Team to understand the role of their Scrum Master

How important is it for a Scrum/Agile Team to understand the role of a Scrum Master? At the end of one of my usual 1-on-1's with my developers, I asked for feedback about my approach as I usually do, ...
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Which role is the equivalent to the Product Owner in DSDM AgilePM?

Which role is the equivalent to the Product Owner in DSDM's Agile Project Management? Would the Business Ambassador play a similar role?
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Schedule for a 10 day Sprint in Scrum

We have been doing 1 week Sprints and the development team is quite reluctant to go ahead with continuing 1 week sprints. various reasons include Team is feeling stressed in getting things done in a ...
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Scrum of Scrum of Scrums [closed]

What's the exact definition of this concept? Is it about a forum where multiple scrum masters working on a large product sync up their status or is it a brainstorming like session where multiple scrum ...
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During a Sprint, a DevTeam determines that it will not be able to finish the complete forecast. Who should review and adjust the Sprint work selected?

During Sprints' executions, I used to encounter a problem: the planned Sprint would not be able to finish as forecasted. Then in that case, who is responsible to review and adjust the Sprint work ...
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Where is the place for project managers in agile

A typical company that worked with project management with PMI methodology and resources. Assume a specific business unit like: 2 projects with different external companies (contract) 2 project ...
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how to estimate multiple stories with less complexity?

We want to track user activity on this screen (attached image) i.e. close button click (top-right) User's tap on textbox (Type your city) User's click on Detect my location If we follow INVEST ...
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Good approach to group different project stories in same sprints

Would you consider is it good approach to group different user stories from different projects into one sprint? Have you ever detected pros/cons? Let's say 1. Project A (Start 2017-01-05 Estimate ...
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What techniques do you use to establish scope in agile

More than communications skills, lean techniques to discard useless features with no value, more than ask "what do you want?" or "is there anything else?" to the customer. Reading the book Agile ...
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Should I assign user stories per team or per team member?

Given: A team of 1 Backend Developer, 2 Front End Developers. Definition of Done US acceptance criteria have to be met All subtasks in terms of the user story should be completed Back End subtask ...
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How do you deal with external customers in agile projects

You are starting an agile project. As a scrum master you are facilitator and you assist the product owner with the backlog in creation as also in its maintance. You also coordinate with external ...
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How to represent an iterative sprint within your schedule list

In an agile approach we can use tools like kanban to plan, measure and monitor sprints. But when we need to use schedule systems like MS Project or any other online collaboration tool that works like ...
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How do you manage resources in an agile approach with PMI

In a case with limited people like 5, you need to go through an iterative process. If you weight, distribute and assign the stories to be developed in a way that everyone is orchestrated well and you ...
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WBS and agile approach

I have been reading 3 books about Agile Project Management and in all of them there is no concept about WBS even in the book of the agile practice from agile alliance that comes with the PMBOK 6th ...
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Questions about moving from JIRA to VSTS Agile

We have a small team, and most of us are part-time. We have been managing the project using JIRA's simplified software template. We have started using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) for continuous ...
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How to report potential benefits in an Agile delivery to a PMO expecting a fully realised benefits report for the year?

Context Multinational enterprise organisation working with business process automation. Fairly new team and new to Agile values and iterative working. The development team are effective and ...
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What is an Agile “Reflection?”

I've been walking an Agile path since the days of XP - as a software developer, tech lead, IT manager, and scrum master/product owner/agile coach. Recently, I started work at a company that holds what ...
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Should the Product Owner (PO) or Software Engineer Own the Feature Item?

We are using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to manage work items. VSTS uses a hierarchy of Epic -- Feature -- User Story -- Task. It is clear that the individual software engineer owns a 'user ...
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What is the difference between the terms “grooming” and “refinement” of the product backlog in scrum methodology?

I am not able to find an accurate answer to this question. Are they the same?
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When working closely with sales, does storypoints still make sense vs time estimations

The main idea behind using story points is to take away focus on the absolute time/cost of a task and look at the relative sizing vs the other tasks you have in front of you. This has worked well in ...
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Alternative of rich picture in hard system methodology?

During Analysis phase in the waterfall model, I want to follow procedures like rich picture and root definition. what are the best alternatives to do system analysis?
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How to provide traditional upper management early analyses in an agile project?

I was discussing moving our process to become more agile with our (mostly traditional) Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO's stance was that >=80% of the requirements need to be defined (and set ...
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Methods to improve daily scrum / standup

My Team's Daily Scrum needs improvement and I was wondering if anyone has a workshop idea/method on how to improve. The current issues that my team face are: They tend to go off topic, instead of ...
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Using the Stacey matrix to capture agile metrics

I recently encountered the Stacey matrix in an answer by Stephan Weinhold. After looking at the linked image provided & doing a bit more reading that describes it as a way to characterize ...
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How to organize a 6-month project plan for agile?

We have a charter to build a product in 6 months. I'll preface this by saying that my manager wants us to use waterfall, even though our development process is agile. With that said, I have been ...
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Calculate Sprint Backlog Changing Rate

I am totally new to Agile methodology and learning it. I have seen lots of tutorials and videos and they've all been very helpful. However, I have one unanswered question from my existing study. The ...
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In an agile project is it ok to change the requirements of the sprint in the middle of the sprint?

I have been in several projects before as a frontend developer when the requirements of the project change in the middle of the sprint. I want to be like "agile" and accommodating to change and ...
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CRM development by multiple teams

In a large organization, they recently shaped 4 end to end scrum teams, meaning they can take a user story, and deliver front end, back end, test it and push the code to the main line. However it has ...
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How to improve the workflow in laboratory

I am a graduate student in a Computer Science Laboratory since a few years ago. For the past years I have designed and implemented a fairly cutting-edged complex piece of software along a team of ...
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How to deal with clients' resistance to smaller deliveries?

When I read this question (Dealing with external departments continuous delivery / smaller feature scope), it made me think of our situation at work. The major difference, though, is that the ...
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Dealing with external departments when changing to continous delivery / smaller feature scope

I'm an engineer on a small engineering team at a small business-to-business company. We're looking to transition from a "big bang" release model to a more iterative release style with smaller changes ...
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In which skills a Agile Coach differs from a Scrum Master?

The Scrum Master is the "owner" of the framework execution, as the Scrum Guide quotes: The Scrum Master is responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide. On the ...
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How can I measure team capacity in Kanban?

When doing Scrum, I use story points based on the total number of points completed in a sprint. When doing Kanban, I am not sure how to work out capacity. What is the best way to do this?
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How to plan 2 week sprints, when each story completed will generate multiple stories

I would like to know if anyone is in a similar situation working as part of a SCRUM team - The majority of our team are R&D staff, or academic research staff. We work in what might be called "...
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How to improve (or to call attention to) the business value of technical needs?

Agile focuses on delivering the highest business value to the interested parts of a project. However, (at least in my scenario) it seems that the client/stakeholders are always focused on having more ...
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Dev team's role in configuring Jira

Let me start by explaining the big, unfixable problem here: A new Technology Director has been brought in above my team, and he insists on deciding how Jira is configured, affecting people who don't ...