Questions tagged [agile]

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How to implement Agile in Data Support

The department I am working in is Data Support Dept. The nature of work, is providing reports to other departments, and do some data integration. I am thinking of using Agile in the dept. but I don'...
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Last minute changes by the client

We have a team that works in Scrum and a PO who prioritizes the backlog. Outside of this, we have 3 project managers that hold the communication with our clients (each one with 2-3 different countries)...
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When choosing the largest and smallest stories in a backlog for estimation how does it impact each sprint?

An article I came across suggested that we should pick the largest and smallest story in the prioritised backlog and relatively estimate the remaining stories. This makes sense. However, I was ...
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Use one Story Map for planning two different solutions of one process

Currently I am creating a story map for a product. We've defined the future process which should be represented in our new product. For the first step the user will get a classical windows application,...
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How several teams should work on one product using Scrum?

Problems: A team should be able to do the increment. But with multiple team the product may become unstable because the changes from different teams may create code or functional conflict. Who should ...
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Who should write Acceptance Criteria in a project delivered using Scrum Methodology

We are a consultancy delivering projects for a number of our clients. For some clients, there is a Product Owner who writes the user story and the acceptance criteria (I understand that Acceptance ...
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How far should you vertically slice?

We are a small team of 4 software developers trying to use Scrum. We have a large project to start from scratch and we've hit a roadblock regarding slicing the project. The project is a distributed ...
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What do you do if developer takes on a task that was intended for you and he can't finish it in time?

I'm currently working with a couple of students on an course project (2x8h per week). At the last sprint planning we have taken one main backlog story to implement, and I was expected to be the ...
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Burndown Chart Ideal/Projection

I'm using the redmine agile plugin online demo. The website advertises the plugin with a sample image for "Work Burndown" - I am trying to replicate this graph using the demo itself. The sample image ...
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An agile approach with a waterfall delivery and the QA impact

My customer signed off on a major enhancement to an existing application. The enhancement will be delivered as a single new release and I can't change this. However, how we get to this final release ...
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How can you estimate a spike story?

We are working on a technology of which the team is not sure how would it go.I would like to estimate and timebox this story.However,the scrum team has to goal or a shippable product at the end of ...
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Resistance to change from senior manager

In a company that wants to become more agile in the way they work, they brought in an agile coach. The coach is exploring what changes need to be made, makes suggestions and helps coach the company's ...
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How to handle a large and ambiguous requirement with a fixed timeline/deadline (9 months to deliver)

This was asked in an interview. I had one such experience in the past and at that time a single developer and PM initially conducted a pilot (manual + semi-automated) for a month/two to understand the ...
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How to manage development tasks and bugs/issues in a small fully-remote development team?

How to manage development tasks and bugs/issues in a small fully-remote development team? I've just hired two developers so I need to put a system in place for managing development tasks, reporting ...
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Does agile really promote a better work environment?

Currently working in an agile role (Scrum Master), where the core values of agile is Trust, respect, commitment and courage. However, I am increasingly finding professionally that I am meeting fellow ...
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Is it possible to be agile during steps prior to implementation like sales and product discovery?

How to be agile when there's a massive amount of sales / prework / product discovery to be done before actual implementation? Speaking generally, our product is a user facing portal that displays ...
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Tips for achieving ideal burn chart

For a planned sprint, it is hard to see the Actual burn chart close to the Ideal even though the required amount of points have been met. Is there anything specific to keep in mind to achieve an ...
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Is there an official word for the pre-Agile “just do whatever” methodology?

Textbooks and training courses about Agile always compare it to Waterfall. I imagine that IBM in the 1960s used Waterfall, and there may well be some government agencies that use it, but in the small ...
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The roles understanding in the agile development / Is the PO always right?

We have some problems in our team which I would like to describe here: The test is almost only represented by a test in the agile team. He is entrusted with all eventualities. From planning, ...
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Azure DevOps - how to know a Resolved work item is actviely being tested (vs. in the queue)

TLDR; Does Azure DevOps have a recommended built in way of marking Resolved Work Items as being actively tested as opposed of being in the queue for testing? Details My team is using Azure DevOps ...
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Not sure what value the Scrum Master role adds over a long period of time?

I have been working as a pure Scrum Master for a couple of years within a relatively agile organization. My other Scrum Master colleagues and I do very little for most of the day except for ...
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Who or what role is the owner of the agile workflow and the workflow tool (e.g. Jira)

I have worked in different organizations an they all take a different approach to the roles that own the tools for agile delivery. Can you please tell me your opinions on what role would govern the ...
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Startup - is it time to split into two teams?

I work at a startup where I began as the only developer 3 years ago, and now I run the dev team. There's 15 employees total, 8 of whom are engineers: 5 iOS devs 3 Backend devs We're currently just ...
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Are Scrum build and test phases separate?

Many sources say Scrum has a build phase and test phase, but I'm wondering if these are separated stages since continuous integration essentially combines build and test into a loop.
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Stories in test at end of sprint

We are a small team (3 devs and 2 testers) and we have successfully used Scrum for 6 months, despite being a really small team for this methodology. I am a rookie as a Scrum Master. Now, we have ...
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(Hypothetical) During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to twice daily

This hypothetical question is directly-inspired by this Question. During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to occur twice per day -- once in the morning ...
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How do you get your users to “own” their cards and adopt Agile as a whole?

Good afternoon Fellow Scrum-Students/Acolytes/Masters, I'm having trouble getting some of my users to keep progress of their cards. I often have to move them to In Progress or remind them to keep ...
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Extend Sprints or take the renaming tasks to a new Sprint?

I am a rookie PM. We are conducting a Sprint with selected tasks from the backlog, when suddenly critical bugs appear. Should we extend the Sprint, or finish the Sprint on the delivery date and move ...
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Does velocity change if the storypoints are changed in the particular sprint?

With the development team of 10 members. Project should be completed in 2 sprints. If the team plan to change the story points, does velocity of the team change? If so which type of velocity changes?
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What is the best way to manage features decomposition in scrum?

I am wondering what the best way to implement decomposition is. For instance let's say we have a feature or an epic that has been in the product backlog for a while, or in the roadmap for that matter....
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How does a Portfolio Kanban look like?

I'd like to setup a Portfolio Kanban to be used at a higher level in my project and I'm not sure how it should look like. What is the key information it should contain?
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How should be best discussed bug between team/scrum master/PO

Edit: Definition of "bug". Here I describe as bug a bug introduced during development or missing/incorrect implementation of a story found after acceptance of the story. Our team does not face "...
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When to process feedback on the deliverable of the last iteration?

My team and I are working with iterations of two weeks (trying to use our own version of Scrum) and we try to deliver a new version after every iteration. After an iteration we let the stakeholders ...
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Understanding the relationship between Product Release Plan, MVP, and Roadmap in an Agile environment?

What is the relationship between a "Product Release Plan", a "Minimum Viable Product", and a "Roadmap" in an Agile environment? How are they different? How are they similar? How do they interact? ...
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Can you explain what “processes and tools” means in the first Agile principle?

I am struggling to understand what the authors of the agile manifesto mean by "processes and tools" in the first agile principle. We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it ...
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During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur specific days. Not daily

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur on Specific days of week. Not daily. Which two are the ...
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In Scrum, what should we do with partly-completed work started at the end of a Sprint?

I get most of Scrum. However, I can't get my head around what to do with work in progress at the end of a Sprint. If we are working in a swarm, we can defer the end of a Sprint, or bring it forward ...
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How to implement TFB / NFC / 1 (Sprint) estimation technique?

Reading some old posts like this one, I noticed that the TFB / NFC / 1 (Sprint) estimation technique could be useful for teams moving towards agility. Happens that I failed to find over the internet ...
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How to motivate offshore teams and trust them to deliver?

I joined a company where the development is outsourced in an offshore location. I have heard that the people offshore won’t deliver unless they are chased to do so. In other words, when they are left ...
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How to refer to functional requirement specifications (FRS) from user stories?

Let's consider a simple story for a user authentication screen: As a user, I want to be able to login with my username and password so that I can do xyz. This looks good, but all of the ...
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How technical should a Scrum Master be to effectively remove impediments?

One of the main roles for a Scrum Master is to remove impediments for the team, such that the development can progress. This is, in my undertanding, to ensure that the development team can focus on ...
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Issues with team, management and clients to run a proper scrum team

Problem: I am a scrum master ad I've started working with a new team 3 sprints ago. When I started I was warned about the team because they: Has never completed a sprint Politics within the team ...
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What questions can a Scrum Master ask during Sprint Grooming

During a Sprint grooming, as a facilitator (optional) of the meeting, SM can ensure that event takes place, is time bound, conversation is focussed on the topic, makes sure Acceptance Criteria, ...
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How to work with sprints having to provide support to unplanned issues?

All, I have to work with an Agile team that they have to attend to live system issue(tickets) fixing while working on a sprint. So that we cannot achieve the committed SP at the end of the sprint. ...
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Need help for sprint planning when tasks are not done in previous sprint

In our team we don't have dedicated Scrum Master so one of the developer is playing the role of SM. I know this is wrong but it can't be changed. In out system, we assign story points to all the ...
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How to increase the deployment frequency having to cope with a lot of processes?

I am working as a product owner, in a fintech based software company. My development team follows scrum methodology, and 2 weeks sprint. They tried to follow scrum ceremony, but not to do story ...
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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 [closed]

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 ...