Questions tagged [agile]

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Which is better large feature branches or merging frequently? Which is better small work items vs large work items?

My team has problems pushing work items through all the stages in the Kanban board to done. The work items hit code review and pile up and stay there for a long time. The following stage (the QA stage)...
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Is Task always decomposed from User Story?

I've heard many times that tasks are basically subsets of user stories and they are derived from User Stories, so on the scale of amount of work that is needed to finish them, a Task is always smaller ...
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Is TDD/unit testing compatible with Lean Startup methodologies?

We're a small team mostly building MVPs following the Lean Startup Methodologygies and lean development. Up until now, we've been shipping code without unit tests, in order to get our products or ...
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How to implement unit testing with a small Scrum team without spending half the Sprint unit-testing stories?

We are a very small team (1 front-end developer, 1 back-end developer/solution architect, 1 PM/UX) working in Scrum with 2 weeks Sprints. Up until now, we were mostly working on prototype projects not ...
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Agile project structure

If a project tree has branches such as Development, Business Analyses and Architecture pages, where should Functional specifications and Technical Specifications go? (i.e. Technical under Development, ...
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Agile in a reactive organisation?

I am working in an organization as a Scrum Master that is extremely reactive by nature, where the ‘agile’ teams are being given extremely aggressive ‘non-negotiable’ deadlines by senior executives, ...
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Group not finding value in using a visualization board

I am assisting a group of people (not exactly a team, since they're not working together towards a common goal, they're rather trying to manage projects around them), to use a visualization board to ...
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How to incorporate UX/UI in sprint correctly when mockups are required to estimate a story?

Apologies if the question has already been asked, I couldn't really find the answer when looking around. I'm struggling to figure out a way to handle UX/UI in an agile way. I'd like to be "fully&...
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How do you write user stories for devops/dev tasks like setting up AB testing in the middle of a project

We're in the middle of a project and have decided to implement a proper agile methodology, especially around writing "correct" user stories and trying to avoid the "as a developer" ...
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How to measure Kanbans effectiveness over Scrum?

I am running an experiment with my team to see if they are more efficient overall using Kanban or Scrum. We don’t have a specific reason other than we are striving for better. If we don’t see any ...
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Poor man's manner of conducting Agile Scrum/kanban/lean/XP software development philosophies/practices while remotely working online over the internet [closed]

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, I and my colleagues work remotely from home. I'm trying to document user stories. Unfortunately, since we work remotely from home, I cannot sit next to my colleagues with ...
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On Tuckman model, do teams using agile frameworks mature faster in comparison to teams using waterfalls?

I was looking at Tuckman model (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing=Maturity) which shows the evolution of maturity of a new team with time (the life of project) and I concluded that in both ...
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Designing for the future in an agile environment

I started my working life as a database designer, before moving at a later date into project management. Most of my working life has been spent in "waterfall" environments for a variety of ...
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How do you plan big features/releases in Scrum?

Let's suppose the business comes and asks you when will your team be able to deliver a big feature or release. In Scrum, how do you make long-term (half a year or a year) planning? If the feature (or ...
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Who is the responsible for removing the Developer from the Scrum Team?

I am trying to learn Scrum and I have this question: A new Developer is having continuing conflicts with existing members of the Scrum Team, which is impacting the delivery of Increment. If necessary, ...
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Is there such a thing as too much instant message communication for a remote team

The team wants each developer to let the other developers know what progress they are making on their stories . Ex "Ready for peer Review", "Peer Reviewed","QA passed", &...
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In Scrum what are the benefits of self-managing?

I am trying to learn Scrum, and these are some question I have: What are the benefits of self-managing? Increased accountability, Increased creativity... and what else? Thank you for your answers.
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Workflow from development to testing and merge

I am trying to formalize the development workflow and here's the first draft. Welcome suggestions on the process and any tweaks for optimization. I am pretty new when it comes to setting up the ...
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Does Agile equal Adaptive Project Management?

Deepening a bit on Project Management approaches, I came across with two main perspectives: Predictive and Adaptive. Predictive is describe more like traditional Project Management, whereas Adaptive ...
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Must business people and developers always work together daily?

Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project. from Principles behind the Agile Manifesto Does this not violate Joel 8? Compulsory daily meetings with non-technical ...
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Do long meetings imply lack of 'true agile'?

Dysfunctional agile teams have often been blamed that their lack of productivity is because "they are not doing true agile". Most places me and my peers have worked, feature 'agile' but also ...
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Certifications to go from tech-heavy to business-oriented projects?

I am currently doing some planning/research regarding certifications for this year. I have a combination of technical background (Ph.D. in Physics) and an executive MBA (specialization in managing and ...
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Sprint Planning for Agencies

I'm looking for some help finding resources on sprint planning specifically for agencies, namely a web design and development firm focusing primarily on web apps. So a typical project would be a ...
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User stories when starting from scratch

A user story is defined in quite a few ways, but roughly always like this: User Story is a small (actually, the smallest) piece of work that represents some value to an end user and can be delivered ...
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Is onboarding a non-functional requirement?

I work on a team that manages DevOps tools for a software company. When an engineer from one of our product teams wants to use one of our tools, they clone a series of Jira tickets and work through ...
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If a team works on different things, how can they run sprint planning effectively?

I'm a Scrum Master for a team who are working on different features for different products, but all for the same company. As we're a small team, we've kept it to 1 team and have been sprint planning ...
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Using project management tools like MS Project or Primavera in an agile team

Do project management tools like MS Project and Primavera make sense in a software team and for a software product, assuming that the team is following agile practices and uses, e.g., Scrum. Are ...
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ex-Development manager as a Product Owner

In a new team, an ex-development manager, who's been in that position for many years, opted in as the team's Product Owner. The team has decided to do Scrum. The PO's Agile mentality is certainly ...
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Too much to test on the last day of the sprint [duplicate]

How can I avoid the issue where a lot of stories are moved to Under Testing on the last day of the sprint? The Under Testing column is manageable on most days but on the last day and there day before ...
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Can a story be re-open within sprint in Agile?

Here is the scenario. Story was completed as written and scheduled for the next release. We found out a day later that there were other systems that needed to do changes as well and would not be ...
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How to build a feature backlog bottom up

Does anyone have any experience with bottom up product management? Essentially getting their teams to decide on the features and the direction of product? In most of my previous teams - product ...
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Can each Product have its own P&L?

It's often said that a Product Owner is a mini-CEO. Let's say we are talking about a company that is developing a large, complex product. In this case there're usually more that one Product Owner, ...
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How to handle a Sprint completed ahead of time? [duplicate]

Let's say we have a sprint of 2 weeks. In that sprint, the IT team has to implement some issues or features. How can we handle the case where the team finishes all issues/features ahead of time? Do we ...
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Managing Contractors in a technology conversion effort of an application

We recently hired a firm to convert an application from .NET to .NET Core. We have provided access to all repositories, they've been given an overall demo of major features and functions, access to a ...
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What's the point of having acceptance criteria when you have defined in a design document what you want done and how?

I recently found myself debating about the usefulness of acceptance criteria in a user story. Bear in mind that the team in question is not a feature team, it is a technical component team (if that ...
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Is scrum certification enough to switch from construction project management to IT Project management domain?

I had short experience in construction industry, then I completed MBA in Project management. I am equipped with MS project Primavera P6. Now I am thinking of switching into IT industry. Will Agile ...
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How to scale Agile in IT Service company (not product based)

I work for a company which is trying to understand how to scale Agile. We are an IT Service company, we don't work on one product, we develop many IT projects at the same time for our customers and we ...
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Should we create sub-tasks for each story by default representing all the different types of work the story will require

One of my colleagues proposed an idea to split stories by default each time we write stories for the project into sub-tasks to represent different types of work a story has. We are using Scrum and ...
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What does a Product Owner do if they disagree with the CEO's direction on product strategy?

What can, and should, a Product Owner / Product Manager do if the CEO has mandated that the team builds something which the Product Owner feels is not in the best interests of the customer? Aside from ...
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Developer keeps underestimating tasks time

This is one of my first projects in charge, and I am leading a team of 2 dev, a senior and a mid-level one. The mid-level developer is underestimating his time on most tasks. He is telling me that ...
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Recommended framework to organize a 12-developers team that will work on different products

The developers team is composed of 12 people. Several products need to be built, and although these products benefit the same line of business in the company, they are not necessarily related each ...
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How to boost internal communication within a Scrum Team

I have collected feedback from my team about what area they want to work on and that is internal communication. They want to improve the frequency and quality of interactions basically. So asking and ...
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Strength and weakness for Product Manager interview question [closed]

In job interviews for a project manager position, the interviewer often asks the applicant to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses. What is the interviewer hoping to learn by asking this? How ...
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Agile in Data Science - how can I do it best

I work in a data science team and we're starting along the path of agile development. We will be working in 2 week sprint cycles. Once we have a clear view of what we are doing, it looks good - we can ...
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Cancelled project retrospective format

Can anyone recommend a retrospective format for a cancelled project? The attendees will be the development team but also some of the more senior stakeholders. The idea is to reflect on the hard work ...
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How to handle business change within an agile development environment?

Most of the questions around agile development processes are focused on the IT side of the work, leading to technical changes that are implemented. In parallel with these technical changes, there can ...
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How do you differentiate between Product & (Dev) Ops activities for an Agile project?

I have worked with various sizes of organisations and everyone has had a way of seperating between DevOps (Engineering) activities and Product (Functionality development) activities. Some had ...
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The career path of a Scrum Master

A Scrum Master has a pretty small team (as per the Scrum Guide) and it's not recommended for a Scrum Master to work with more than two teams. Agile and Scrum are still not everywhere adopted, ...
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Trying to understand my CFD

Newbee to the agile world, we are practicing kanban in our organization and we use Jira to manage our flows. I am trying to understand the CFD Jira generates for us, but the whole CFD idea confuses me....
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Project management approach to take and presenting information about a product to User?

Recently, I faced 2 interview questions as below: Q1) Explain to us how you will present information about a product to the user? Q2) What project management approach would you take and why? Now, I ...

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