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Scrum, plan our sprint right. and what if we finished our stories before he sprint ends, what to do? [duplicate]

How to plan for our sprint right, so we can deliver our sprint with all agreed stories and also what if we finished all the stories assigned with this sprint, but the sprint isn't finished yet, what ...
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How to measure if Scrum Master is making a difference and when to give up

I have been working with a Scrum Team and also a Kanban team for about 6 months and 10 months respectively. The Scrum team hasn't shown any improvement and I haven't really managed to impact the ...
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Conflict between senior and junior members

I need to coach a new team. Team consists of very senior and junior members. Senior says juniors have attitude problem and Junior says the senior doesn’t share functional knowledge. My observation ...
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How should Scrum and Kanban teams track Continuous Improvement activities?

What mechanism can Scrum or Kanban teams use to track Continuous Improvement activities - something which can also involve cross-team collaboration? e.g. CI: Improve Product Management by reducing ...
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How to get a BI team to work in vertical slices e.g. User Stories

I am an Agile Coach for a bunch of Business Intelligence Engineers and Data Scientists. There is generally speaking 2 different work item types which they undertake: User facing reports and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lingua franca for technical stories

I have coached my team to write quite good user stories using gherkin, but their technical stories are still lacking something. The problem is that when a person of one technical discipline reads the ...
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Why is my team doing so well?

As a ScrumMaster for a team of developers and testers who are doing very well and their velocity is spiking. I am interested in doing an detailed study to understand what factors caused this upwards ...
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Non-Committal Team Member

Should you let others call out a team member that isn't living up to commitments in front of the team. i.e. during the stand up how do you properly address a team member that calls out another team ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to fill my day as a Scrum Master?

I have been a SM now for about 3 years and I enjoy many elements of the role and so far I have had really positive feedback from my stakeholders. The PO says I have good influence over them in making ...
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How to bring to the surface dysfunction in a scrum master cop

I am a new scrum master in an organisation which has many other permanent and contract scrum masters. I am in an odd and never before experienced predicament where my team is actually very mature in ...
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In which skills a Agile Coach differs from a Scrum Master?

The Scrum Master is the "owner" of the framework execution, as the Scrum Guide quotes: The Scrum Master is responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide. On the ...
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Team refusing the help of the agile coach

There is a team that consists from consultants and permanent staff. The consultants have an idea of what scrum is, but they do zombie scrum. The agile coach has identified that this team really ...
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Imposed deadlines in tandem with Agile transformation [duplicate]

A bank decided that it wants to implement agile, so it hired a few agile coaches to help throughout the journey. However the bank has fixed deadlines (in the next 6-12 months) that aren't going ...
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How to avoid training external consultants who hold a different agenda?

A large organisation is undertaking an agile transformation. There is good engagement from the senior management team and external agile coaches were hired to support the adoption of agile. One agile ...
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Big 4 scrum consultant giving bad advice - correct or let fail?

An agile coach was called to promote agile in a big bank. In one of his teams, half of the team is external consultants who have been there for 3-4 years. They currently implement Sales Force. In the ...
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Activities to introduce new team members [closed]

I am a Agile Coach for a cross-platform team of developers. It was announced that the team would be acquiring 2 new members. These 2 new members will be spending 1 week with the team in person and ...
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How to enable better demos

Does any one have any methods for enabling a team to deliver better demo’s? I am an Agile Coach working with a team of junior inexperienced cross platform developers. I have delivered a training ...
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Team using Waiting for Release column on their kanban board

My team is using Kanban board but they seem to prefer to collate a couple of tickets then 'do a release' as appose to releasing each ticket. i.e. they move tickets through the workflow and then put ...
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How to handle a Kanban team that wants to move jira tickets back?

My team is not interested in following the principle of Jira tickets only flow forward on the board and rework happens in whatever column the problem was found. I don’t share this method with the ...
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Meeting format for defining our definition of done

Can anyone recommend a format for facilitating a definition of done meeting ie, a meeting to define the teams definition of done. I was thinking of first looking at artefacts and then associated a ...
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What to do with an Agile non-believer

One of the people on my team has no interest in Agile, does not want to work as a team and doesn’t believe Agile will provide any benefit to them. I am struggling for find research which will help ...
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Sprint vs milestone vs release

I am new in agile and Scrum, and I got confused as to what the differences are between a Sprint, a Milestone and a Release. I heard some say that the Sprint is a Milestone. Also in some software the ...
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What have you found is the most effective way of training a Scrum Master?

I need to train someone to become a scrum master. I have read so many books and articles over the years and everything is really available online. Thus far I have been having regular knowledge ...
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Coaching “Sprint Masters”

Imagine a scenario where numerous development teams exist. Each has a rotating Scrum Master every few sprints. Apparently the team members enjoy this as well. Obviously this is good for business too ...
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What do Scrum Masters do all day?

So this is a question that many people have answered on their blogs and I think one person even wrote a mini book a answering this question. However, I wasn't able to relate to them so I am hoping to ...
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Agile coach without a team

An Agile coach in a consulting firm has been called into a big company's transformation project. However when he got there he realised that the project had two developers, and one head of project, ...
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Split up scrum master tasks

Several times I've read ...good scrum masters make themselves superfluous... I am aware that this is not quite true. In our company we work for quite a long time with the agile concept and scrum. ...
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Should the Scrum Master also be an Agile coach, or are they the same?

When answering and discussing this question an new question came to mind, first some context: The Scrum guide states that the Scrum Master services the organisation with: Leading and coaching ...
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What's expected from different career levels for a scrum master?

Every career has juniors, intermediates, seniors, gurus and whatnot. I'm looking for what separates the different levels so I know how to structure a career path within a company. Ideally I'd like to ...