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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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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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Necessity to micro manage off shore developers [on hold]

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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If Velocity should not be used for future estimations, what is it good for?

I have read the following thread and a few articles sharing the same view - velocity should not be used for predictions. This has somehow rocked my world, as we often look at the velocity, remaining ...
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Is there a relationship between technical debt and velocity?

Per my understanding, velocity is just a metric used to forecast work for future sprints, therefore it has no significance other than for planning purposes. Even if technical debt exists, my ...
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User stories written by developers for developers [closed]

When my team starts to work on a new feature, we usually follow the following steps: High-level design sprint Low-level design sprint Hacky implementation sprint Clean-up aka. "production" level code ...
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Issue found while testing but scenario not mentioned in acceptance criteria

Scenario: We have architects that writes specs and acceptance criteria. Business Specialists and Product owner does not give any documented business specs/logic so the architects writes the acceptance ...
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How to effectively implement Scrum for a small project (max duration 6 months) with defined project deadlines?

In my current company, they are using Waterfall methodology in defining the gateways for new project approval and developing detailed timeline with completion date (gantt chart) based on the ...
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Different methodologies for Project Management and Software Development

In my current company, they are using Waterfall methodology in defining the gateways for new project approval and developing detailed timeline with completion date (gantt chart). For the development ...
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Work agile with a very small team

I'm working on a software development project on a team with only two persons and it's not an option to consider hiring more people. This appears to be a case where one has to respond to change over ...
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When to know I'm ready to start developing

Created user stories for a specific software development project and, from my last question, learned to just jump into dev even though there might exist undiscovered user stories. Still, i wonder... ...
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Which development method to choose - Test-Driven or Behaviour Driven Development

In my current company, we follow DSDM. But the maturity of the process is in progress and we are adapting various methods to be Agile. Current Process: Currently epics and user stories elaboration ...
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Detect undiscovered user stories

Created user stories for a specific project but not sure if I'm missing to write down some that were hard to spot. In order to not cause (or reduce) development headaches, how can I detect previously ...
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Prioritization in Agile

I am quite new with prioritization requirements in agile. As we know, normally, during the prioritization process in agile, business value is the most important factor that taken into consideration. ...
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How to use Scrum in DSDM?

In my current company, Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) is the Agile framework chosen for delivery. Scrum is followed as the Agile process within DSDM. Can we really use Scrum as an agile ...
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Appropriate Structure to Manage Diverse IT Sustainment & Development Projects?

I am a consulting manager leading over 25 personnel to manage the infrastructure on a Navy Base. The team is currently segmented into Scrum Teams with: 5 SW Devs doing bug fixes and rewriting ...
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Why does the burndown chart include weekends and nights?

Currently my team's burndown charts includes weekends and nights, I feel like this harms the velocity by misrepresenting it, however, I cannot explain this very well. This is what is going on in my ...
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How do I capture business workflow in a user story?

As a Product Owner, I am working with a team that use the 'AS A / I WANT / SO THAT' style of user story. I have a system that has a several workflows to be followed depending on the setting of certain ...
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As a Scrum Master, how to handle management expectations on delivering story points?

Problem - I've been appointed as a Scrum Master to a new team and senior management (CTO) expectation is that our team should deliver more than the SP capacity we can currently realistically deliver. ...
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Sprint is 2 week and 40-stories

Question for QA- What you are doing if your current sprint is 2 week and you have 20 stories, suddenly PO added more 20 stories how you handle this situation..?
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Is a scrum master expected to train the PO from the ground up?

As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach I have been assigned to a team of engineers with little or mixed experience with agile delivery which I aim to address through workshops and training etc. The ...
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Is it a possible to add a stakeholder to an impact map?

My team and I were considering adding a stakeholder actor to the map, but we've got questions. First, if we have it in the map, how can we fill the 4th field, i.e. how can we affect our stakeholder? ...
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Where does documentation like business and software requirement spec docs fit in an agile project?

We are implementing scrum in our company. The problem we faced is our traditional thinking, which always requires physical document. Management is constantly asking for documents like Business ...
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How to arrive at a project plan for migrating a legacy web application to ReactJS based application

I need to come-up with a project plan for migrating a legacy web application to a ReactJS based application. The legacy web application is written in Vanilla JS, HTML, CSS and there are approximately ...
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Order JIRA filter by position of the tasks in the backlog

I have a custom filter defined by this query project = ProjectName AND status in ("In Progress", Open, Reopened) AND assignee in (currentUser()) AND sprint in openSprints() AND sprint not in ...
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Large group retrospective format

I would like to run a retrospective for a huge amount of people involved in a cross-departmental project. The problem is there are 50 people involved. I was thinking of doing the data gathering, ...
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Does every Scrum story need to be completed at the end of the sprint?

I have worked on teams which, while using Scrum, have fallen either side of this opinion: every story must be complete by the end of the sprint. What is the "official" definition/requirement? I ...
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how to differentiate between epic and story for an already existing software? [duplicate]

How to decide that a requirement will be my epic or user story.I have a few enhancements from the client which cannot be grouped into something.As for example my request is adding a few informative ...
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Story Points flaw?

Forgive me f this has been asked before, I read some similar questions (linked below), but didn't find the answer I was looking for. Our team is fairly new to them and trying to figure out how to ...
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How to include front end developers and QA into the estimation process?

We are team of 3 Back-end developers, 3 Ios developers, 1 QA, 1 Product Owner and 1 SM, working on a Social App. We are interested to do this using the agile methodology with the Scrum framework. We ...
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User Story versus Task in Jira

I am learning about the agile/scrum process, and currently using it for a 6 month software project at my university. My team is using Jira. I am starting to get confused between the difference ...
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Is it wrong to put all projects in one VSTS project and then create nested epics

I had been reading on structuring VSTS. The guideline on structure of projects isn't very clear. Our scenario is that we have lots of projects and only a small team of 3 developers, 2 testers and 2 ...
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Scrum Team delivery without hitting commitment

Hi looking for some ideas.... One of my scrum teams is performing and releasing, we have regular deployments but the planning and board does not reflect the work they have done. I'm not sure what ...
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In Scrum, how to handle a functionality that could be used by more than one feature?

Is there a principle in Scrum for packaging the different views of the project into different owners' perspectives, or do I just need to get more practice in picking the pieces I need out of the ...
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Task estimation for PMs who are not developers

While working Agile, how can a PM estimate a task when he/she is not a developer?
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Standup Frequency & Content for Kanban

I have started the practice of Kanban (with JIRA) in my team that handles customer issues for heterogeneous products. As part of this we have daily standups to discuss: 1. How is the flow 2. Any ...
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Writing stories for SAP

Perhaps this will get criticised for being technical, but SO seems the wrong place for it. If you are running/involved in a project with SAP developers, how do you/they write stories for it? What do ...
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Advice on Agile team structure

I’m looking for a little advice…. let me start at the beginning…. My Organisation is very traditional and our organisation structure a little strange. Our web team are part of the marketing ...
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Should all team members be assigned user stories?

This is a very basic question but I don't see any answers on it yet. Scenario: We did sprint planning and I noticed some one saying Not all developers have a task to do. We need to add more tasks ...
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Is Scrum framework or methodology?

As per my understanding, Scrum is a Framework. Following is my view of the Scrum Framework and I would like to hear your ideas as well. The methodology is a set of principles and practices which can ...
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Sprint board critique

We are a DevOps software team with dependencies upon a release process which often requires us to wait before releasing some code to production for up to 5 times longer than our sprint length. This ...
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Is a mid sprint check-in/catch-up a good idea

Scenario: With scrum teams doing a daily stand-up to inform team of progress (yesterday and today) and any impediments. I wonder sometimes do they actually bring up impediments, concerns or issues. ...
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Carrying items over from one sprint to the next

Question: Carrying items over from one sprint to the next Answer: Yes Scenario: I am a new scrum master on a team and we have just completed our first sprint. I was not here when the team planned ...
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Multiple Web Projects - One or many Product Backlogs?

I work as a project manager and I usually manage multiple client web projects with the same development team. We typically develop four to five web projects simultaneously. Recently, we decided to ...
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We work with fixed scope, price and time - why should we use Story points?

We deliver projects in fixed price, fixed time and fixed scope environment. We have a contract that specify those, specifications of features. Recently, an agile couch was trying to convince me to ...
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Advisable scrum columns for software projects

Our software team has essentially these storyboard columns: Backlog To Do Develop Test Done Unfortunately, people inside and outside the team often attempt to affect the board to represent pre- and ...
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Should we arrange multiple agile sub-teams along customer groups or along software components?

The question's context is a company that creates a software product that consists of several functional components (you could also call them sub-products) and sells the product to a rather small ...
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Demo in Sprint Review

Currently we are following one week Sprint, Post refinement sometimes we encounter few stories which may take more than 1 week time to complete development, integration & Test. This means to ...
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Kanban or Scrum for tough deadline project?

Sorry in advance if my question looks silly, but it's bothered me for quite a long time and haven't found the answer to it yet. I work in an IT outsource company and due to specifics of my job I ...
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How to make Agile and Waterfall work together

Before I start, I just want to point out that this is a hypothetical question that I was recently asked in an interview. I'd like to be able to answer it with conviction if it ever comes up again. Any ...
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Web development project management through Jira Software [closed]

I worked as a software developer and recently I became the manager of some web development projects for clients. Can you please recommended some useful tutorials for web development project management ...