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what are the common reasons for increasing story points of an user story from normal story points?

While estimating the user story, we are giving story points based on complexity. But what if we get unexpected situations like server unreachable, network down, dependent items delayed. Can we ...
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I'm searching a motivational video about building an MVP in an agile approach on site at a shop

I need to raise motivation of my team and would like to show them that it's possible to build an app from scratch even if requirements are not known in the beginning. The idea is to make them open to ...
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Should PO define execution order of stories in a Sprint?

In one scrum team, the PO expects stories to be executed in a defined order in the sprint. This PO usually arranges stories in top-down order and expects stories to be executed in the same order. I ...
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how to split a story with cascading side effects

I have a question about story writing, side effects, and splitting stories regarding this example below. The customer requests a feature that requires a relationship change between some entities in ...
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Our scrum product team is ready to release, but releases are delayed by the creation of training materials and business documentation

I'm working with a product team in a scrum environment developing products for internal workers, and we are experiencing some tension between our team's ability to deliver, and the business' need to ...
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What to do with a team that will never evolve into an agile one?

Does agility assume that any group of people can evolve into an agile team with the help of a Scrum Master, or is it possible that some teams will never evolve and it is therefore not possible for the ...
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How to help developer gain agile mindset

One of the developers on my Scrum team comes from a less agile team than ours. The PO told me that this developer doesn't like to collaborate with the other developers and the PO, and also that he ...
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Can Gherkin style acceptance criteria be used as implementation detail for developers?

I'm talking about using Cucumber's Gherkin style syntax such as GIVEN ... WHEN ... THEN. I read a post and really liked the idea. However, the author doesn't expand on how he uses the "Living ...
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Is Beta period required for Saas Agile?

My apology if this questions is more opinion based but as an answer, can you back it up by provide a link to resources that backup your argument. My team is doing Agile for a Saas software where we ...
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Writing an Inception Deck

I am reading the book "The Agile Samurai" and it talks about Inception Decks and Elevator Pitches. I am wondering how to apply it. For example, an Inception Deck is to clarify: why are we ...
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How to deal with ineffective Product Backlog refinement?

We are following Scrum but our Product Backlog refinement meetings are not successful at all. The Product Owner (PO) presents a story and there are so many open questions and loose ends that we never ...
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How should user stories describing changes be written?

Should a user story that describes changes in an existing feature summarize what is new and what existing functionality should remain, or should user stories define the finished product? If the answer ...
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Cross-functionality is not scalable. Is there evidence that it is optimal for scrum teams, or did CF just become popular due to low "management cost"?

Is cross-functionality a concept that bleeds in any sufficiently big software-architecture? Due to an organizational restructuring, we have been working in a cross-functional software-development ...
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Scrum: What do Developers do after all tickets have made it to QA?

Let's say the sprint goal is to deliver V.2 of a software. Development does their thing, moving items from In Progress to Peer Review. Developers review their peer's work and move items to QA. Let's ...
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What is the purpose of the daily Scrum standup meeting?

I have a daily standup meeting with about 20 people. I only work with 2 of these 20 people. When it is my turn to stand up, I say what I've done and what I will do; it takes me about a minute. For the ...
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What are alternatives to having graphic designers work in advance of developers?

The product we work on (a mobile game) depends on graphic designers to design and create artwork that goes into the user interface. We are working incrementally on new features for the game, and each ...
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Epics, stories, and tasks

I am new to project management in the software world and have been tasked with setting our user requirements and setting up our project board accordingly. I understand the structure of Epics, User ...
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How to create a useful valuable Scrum Master meet-up

I am trying to find a way of reinventing the Scrum Master Community of Practice (CoP) in my organisation into more of a working group. We often find that people are disengaged or expect a presentation....
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How to use Agile methodology to develop a data mart

I have a question about if (and how) Agile should be used to build a data mart. I am building a data warehouse using Kimball theory (i.e., the data warehouse is several data marts connected via shared/...
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Should user stories be delivered orally?

I have studied software engineering and learned a decent amount about requirements engineering. I also took a course in Scrum. I've now worked at several different companies, and so far, I haven't ...
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How to handle epics in agile program increment

If I have an Epic planned for the current PI and can't close all of its subtasks until the end of the Program increment, can I set the fixVersion for the following PI, or should I close it and open a ...
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Minimum Developers to Manager ratio [closed]

We have 3 full time developers but we would like to recruit up to 5 in the future. We have two priority projects, both with fully estimated backlogs. The team also handles some additional maintenance ...
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Dealing with multiple projects in the same Scrum team

I am senior developer working in a small Scrum team (capacity ~ 3 FTE) that must deal with multiple projects in various stages: project A - actively developed project B - about 10% of team capacity ...
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How should I account for automated steps in Kanban board?

This is a small question to understand Kanban better. Right now, I am managing a Scrum team and decided to learn about Kanban a bit more to understand differences and (if needed) to choose the better ...
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Is Backlog a list of items or a status of those items?

I'm a little confused about the "backlog" best practice and I would like to educate myself on this. I know the point of it, but the thing is, that I can't tell by definition, whether it's a ...
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Where and how V&V applies in an agile context?

I joined a company that is leaving the waterfall approach to implement a SAFe (scaled agile framework) one for developing. I'm part of the Quality Assurance team. Before we had requirements register ...
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In scrum, when do developers typically check their sprint code into production?

Is it prior to the Sprint Review? Does the definition of done include "Code checked into production"? If not, when do they check the changes in? Right now, this is our process: Developers ...
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Estimation and days

How practical is using days estimations for stories in a sprint instead of another approach (e.g. story points)? It seems to me that using days, links stories to specific developers only while ideally ...
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Multiple teams share same User Story!

I have a project that will be handled by more than one platform: Web - ios - android There is a team for each platform. All teams will share the same User stories. For example: The same "Login&...
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User stories that supersede previous stories: should they be obsoleted or acceptance criteria transplanted and marked done?

At work right now we're implementing a number of functionalities of a mobile app. Two of the screens of said app are very similar, but belong to different product flows and thus two separate user ...
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How to calculate a flexible team capacity and have the sprint capacity adapt to it?

I am planning a Program Increment of 3 Months and I have a team of people with a variety of skills. Basically, we have 3 categories in which each developer is differently skilled: UI, Backend & ...
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Who are developers in Scrum team?

When I worked in my previous company (Axon Active), they apply Scrum by separating each team with the same member role. Let's say we have teams with all software developers, software testers or ...
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Why is the agile manifesto called a manifesto?

Looking at the contents of the manifesto, I do not see if fulfilling the definition of a manifesto which is The document details the principles but nowhere does it argument why those principles are ...
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How to deal with leftover developer time in sprint

Sprint Goal is a sacred thing in scrum - it's the main priority of the sprint, and all developers shuold work together towards achieving it. Failing to achieve it is bad, and shouldn't be allowed to ...
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Define an MVP for eCommerce project

I am building an eCommerce project and I wanted to define the MVP of it so that I can build it in an iterative way in an agile fashion so I can shorten the feedback loop from clients and adapt asap....
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Why it is said that scope creep is not visible in burn-down chart?

this might be a silly question, but anyway: pretty much every article discussing burn-up and burn-down charts states that in the latter, scope changes are invisible because the chart only shows how ...
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Can I put user stories with different end users under one epic?

My project team has identified personas with different needs and behaviors within our customer journey, and we're translating their needs into user stories. My understanding is that epic and user ...
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How to grasp in a Scrum Sprint the fact that the newest Team member is consuming a significant time from other Team members?

Context There has been a restructuring where I work and our Team is now led by a guy who used to supervise two Teams. Until very recently he mostly took care of the other Team's activity so, he knows ...
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Is the Crystal methodology still practised anywhere?

The Crystal methodology is fairly often included in lists of Agile methodologies and it is easy to find articles from recent years giving an overview of it and comparing it to other Agile ...
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Scheduling Sprint Reviews

I'm trying to find the right balance on how Sprint Reviews should be scheduled for my Team. Each member in my Team has their own project although everyone in the Scrum Team does attend a single Daily ...
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Should a designer or a devops be a member of a Scrum team?

Usually such specialists as a designer or a devops-engineer are not permanently required (as opposed to developers and QA-engineers) to perform development activities (they are engaged in some tasks ...
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Project Management on a team with diverse skill set? [duplicate]

Assume I have 2-3 Objectives (OKRs), and 1 to 3 Key Results (KR) per Objective. Today here’s my workflow: I work with my team during grooming sessions to get a high level cost to achieve the KR. I do ...
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What's the role of a Resource Manager in Agile?

The following exchange took place in the comments to an answer to another question How do I manage development with testing and get proper reporting in JIRA?, which seem to highlight a different ...
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How do I manage development with testing and get proper reporting in JIRA?

The key question goes back to estimation of User Stories. I believe that combining testing and development Story Points in one Jira user story as separate tasks doesn’t make sense, as it is like ...
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Are the 15 minutes Daily-Scrum timeboxes result of any public investigation?

For years I have been applying the suggested Scrum timeboxes with good results. Now it's my time to advise others trying to apply it. My advice is to follow the timeboxes because, otherwise, we will ...
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How to deal with Ready To Deploy in Sprint Backlog

I have a difficult question about how to deal with the ready to deploy user stories in the product backlog, as well as in the sprint backlog. My current Kanban board is below: To Do In Progress ...
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Retrospective in an operations team?

For many years, as I had worked in agile/scrum development environments, retrospective was a great tool for the team to come together and discuss. In the new operations environment I work now for some ...
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During pre-planning developers do not have time to understand a task they have not investigated themselves, how to address their concerns?

We are a facing an issue where some of our team members are not happy with the pre-planning/planning phase of our scrum sprints. Their concerns are, that during pre-planning developers do not have too ...
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How to convert (volume of work, risk, complexity, uncertainty) to story points?

Disclaimer: I'm a developer, so I don't claim to be thoroughly knowledgeable of agile practices, thus I may not always use the correct words and terms. Please correct me if needed. Agile teams often ...
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Is it the product owner's responsibility to provide requirements around data mapping/transformation?

I'm a full stack software engineer. I have worked at many companies ranging from fortune 100 companies to startups and this issue is something i have heard different points of view on. This is the ...
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