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Questions tagged [agile]

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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Shared resources in the Spotify model

A company is trying to adopt the Spotify model, with tribes, squads, chapters etc. They came up with around 6-7 tribes. However they have a part of it, UX/UI that is needed on an ad-hoc basis from ...
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How to avoid the planning fallacy?

The planning fallacy appears especially frequently when estimating tasks in software development. However agile estimation methods like planning poker etc. don't seem to be designed to avoid this ...
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How to manage framework changes?

I'll try to be concise so as to not make this into a blog post. If there are specific questions, let me know and I'll do my best to answer them. Basically I'm interested in what methodologies people ...
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How to implement Epics on Gitlab without Enterprise Edition?

We have used Gitlab for 4 years now in our organization, and are growing to the point where we are implementing Agile and trying to follow Epics, Features, User Stories, and Tasks. We are struggling ...
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What should a lean/agile curriculum contain?

I am helping my team transition to lean and agile, and before a new person joined last month, no one had any experience whatsoever with this approach. Team members have between 1-10 years of ...
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Planning a sprint after reduced team strength

We have seven people team and their running velocity is ~50 points(2 weeks sprint). Now due to change in business focus, we have to reduce team size from 7 to 4. How do we plan current sprint? ...
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How to involve the whole team in setting quarterly objectives (OKRs)?

Context I'm a scrum master in a small (15 FTEs) organization that's about one year into a slow agile transformation. So far the shift towards agile has been limited to the Development team, but the ...
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What to do with a Product Owner who is not able to understand the role

I am a ScrumMaster for a team of developers and QA's with a Product Owner. I have tried unsuccessfully for the last year to get the PO to understand what the role of the PO entails and he just does ...
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Should a change request impact original user story?

I am working with an organisation that has a continuously evolving product. Although original product is in production, business is regularly giving new requirements or change requests. The teams are ...
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When is it appropriate for a Scrum Master to raise low performance of team members to management?

I am the ScrumMaster of an engineering team. My opinion is that 2 of the team members are not performing at a level which I would expect. This opinion is formed with the following information: Daily ...
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How to run an effective agile team within a rules based organisation

How to align an Agile team's working agreements within the boundaries ("rules") set by the organisation. e.g. manager says you have to be at work at 10am and can only leave after 5pm. you have ...
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should we repeat the details in user story of similar feature?

I am very new to the agile software development and trying to understand the size rule to be followed when writing a valuable user stories Scenario I am currently involved in a portfolio data import ...
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How to utilize resources effectively in cross-functional scrum teams?

I agree on an idea of making teams cross-functional. However, I doubt that resources may not utilize effectively when the nature of the work varying sprint to sprint. For example, There are database ...
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Need help- Documentation for non-technical people using Agile.

Now we are using Agile and hardly create BRD\FRD, we create user stories, and all this is good for everyone working in the same department. Including the stakeholders. However, if I would like to ...
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In Agile, what do you call the costs of building infrastructure for the first release?

Stakeholders who are new to agile are expecting thin slices of value per each release, so when we start new projects they are confused when we need large infrastructure costs. We minimise the ...
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How to start Data Warehouse project in agile projects when client ask just some reports?

Agile project management prevents coding for the future. Our client asks some reports which can be coded withing the schema of existing database structure, but the best practices strongly suggest that ...
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Is it possible to be agile with a highly technical project?

I'm working on a small (4-6) team on a project that involves creating a machine learning model to predict the outcome of sports matches real-time. This also involves scraping the data and storing it ...
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Business days calculation for the sprint

Our team is new to agile. We are in the phase of defining the rules for sprint planning. To start, we are keeping our Sprints at 2 weeks (10 business days). Let's say there is a public holiday in a ...
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Agile - How to increase engagement of team members in the planning meeting?

Acting as a team lead I feel the engagement in our sprint planning session is low. Some people are very comfortable to talk and share ideas/knowledge in order to help the team to define tasks for our ...
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Is it fine to pick stories in the current sprint which have external dependency?

We have a separate scrum(front-end) team to handle UI requirements. Sometimes due to urgencies, we end up picking stories in the current sprint which depend on the front-end team. Whenever ...
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How will handle the user story as part of change request ?

We have implemented a feature as per the discussion with product manager. But there is a requirement change from the customer. So how will handle this request ? For example : I have created a user ...
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Managers pulling up team members individually

Does anyone have any suggestions for the following scenario: We have a Scrum Team and the organisation has decided to work in this fashion. Some of the team members report to different managers. We ...
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Optimal seating arrangements for scrum team [closed]

What is the optimal seating arrangement for a scrum/agile/kanban team other than next to each other. I have a bank of 4 desks face to face another 4 desks and have the opportunity to move the team ...
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How to handle large R&D projects using Scrum (or any other agile framework)

In addition to our regular software development tasks we have some large R&D tasks which we find difficult to fit into our scrum framework. The main issue is that there is absolutely no user ...
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What is the origin of the term “Product Owner” in Scrum?

Or phrased differently: Why is the role called Product Owner? I spent some hours researching the term's etymology, but I haven't been particularly successful, which is why this question came to be. ...
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Organizing Scrum team around microservices

Current status: We have the term of (service owner), where all microservices distributed among developers, and each service has a developer as (service owner). In the sprint, each developer is working ...
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Can you change the end date of a sprint?

Ideally we commit to work being completed and releasable by the time the sprint finishes. However sometimes things happen or estimating is a little bit out. If we are approaching the end date of a ...
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Which is a best suitable agile methodology for ongoing products? [closed]

We are a product based company. Which is a best suitable agile methodology for ongoing products? Its like we have to keep improving our products to stay competitive. Looks like its never-ending thing.
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Does project manager(PM) have any role to play in large-scale projects developed under Scrum framework?

Does project manager(PM) have any role to play in large scale projects developed under Scrum framework? Consider that multiple scrum teams will be executing the project.
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What Does “Commitment” Look Like with Agile Projects?

When engaging with a client on a project that will be developed using agile methodologies, what is being promised in the delivery of the project? How do you know if that promise is objectively met? ...
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Is it fine to correct an estimation of a story during execution?

During execution of sprint, should team allowed to change estimation of a story in following scenarios. During execution When a story is finished Re-estimate in absence of Product Owner(PO)
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What to do with unexpectedly blocked story in scrum?

We have a low-pointed story which was dev-complete but, during testing, revealed a problem. In investigating the problem it was discovered that an external party will be required to deliver a fix. The ...
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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 ...