Questions tagged [agile]

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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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Agile methodologies such as Scrum in non-software development projects

Even though Scrum was originally suggested for managing product development projects, its use has focused on the management of software development projects. None of the project management teams I ...
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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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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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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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How to visualize and manage task dependencies?

I often have the need to achieve a specified goal (e.g. deliver a piece of software functionality). At the start of the work I identify the goal and can list some tasks needed to bring about the ...
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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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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 Product Owner be a developer in Scrum?

Can a Product Owner be a developer in Scrum? In theory, yes, but is it recommended by Scrum?
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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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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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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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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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Scrum vs. Sprint

I'm new to Agile methodology and I have some very basic questions. Sprint -> It is the iterative process (One development life cycle from Requirement to user acceptance testing) in Scrum. So, while ...
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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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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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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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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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What non-Agile project management methodologies are used nowadays?

What non-Agile project management methodologies are used nowadays? I know that Waterfall is in use. What else?
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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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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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May I not use the users stories in Scrum?

It is more convenient for me to describe requirements in technical terms. So is it possible not to use the users stories in Scrum? Will it be Agile still?
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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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Thoughts on using user stories to define business/platform needs?

I'm very accustomed to user stories for end-user driven features. But if starting a project from scratch, does it make sense to treat the business owners as users and define their needs that way too? ...
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How can these problems with agile be solved?

I'm a lead developer and for the last four years I've owned a code base which has steadily been improving in quality. I worked at a fairly small company and we previously worked in small waterfall ...
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How to estimate sprint velocity when there is a change in story points in scrum

Initially, the Product Backlog contained 350 story points of PBIs. After completing 7 sprints of development, the Product Backlog contains 140 story points of PBIs . The average velocity is 30 per ...
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QA is at capacity, Development has room

Let's say you have five developers and one QA tester. All 5 developers can commit to X number of user stories. In Planning, QA decides he'll need Y number of hours per story to test. What is the ...
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How to determine project complete date?

As a project manager, I've already worked on a few tech projects with newly assembled teams every time. The team is usually 2-3 team members doing the actual work. It is hard to determine velocity. We ...
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Under what circumstances should outsiders attend a scrum team’s ceremonies?

I work with a team of 5 scrum masters each of which has one or 2 teams. There is one agile coach. The agile coach wants to “observe” all the ceremonies of my team. He wants to do this to “coach” me. ...
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What data am I missing to get from a MVP development company?

Our company wants to outsource the developing of MVP. Since it is my first project as a product manager, I am expecting 1- story map 2- ERD 3- Technical specifications i.e. language, database, DevOps &...
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What framework or methodology would you recommend for a Data Science team?

I am a Scrum Master for a team of mostly Data Scientists and some Software Engineers and a Product Owner. Our organisation has decided that all teams work in 2 week sprints using Scrum. I personally ...
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Do you have to deliver working software in an Agile timebox/sprint?

In the Agile manifesto one of their values is: Working software over comprehensive documentation This got me thinking does this value stand in all circumstances? Especially in the circumstance of an ...
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What to do when the team prefers private communications on mail and chat over collaborative tools like Jira?

I've noticed that a lot of discussion between a developer and a Product Owner happens in private conversations in various communication tools (Skype, Slack, email, etc). The reason is because these ...
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Is there planning in Scrum?

As a project manager/scrum master, I has been required to make sure that the team completes the work that was planned for a Sprint and, what is more important, for a Release. Are these demands correct?...
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Is Scrum updated to 2.0 or 3.0?

I've found on several sources that people claim that there is Scrum 2.0 or even 3.0 like in here http://www.scrumcrazy.com/file/view/Scrum30_HiddenSecrets_AgileDenverMarch2014.pdf/499980506/...
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Optimizing kanban workflow due to lagging dependency

The following describes a situation where I am no longer part of. I recently had a shower thought about the past situation and wanted to see how the situation could've been improved. This is my first ...
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In Kanban, What should I do if the card has a bug that need to be fixed in Test column?

Let's say the workflow is something like this: Todo -> Development -> Test -> Release If some feature has done in development and moved to test, when tester found a bug, may be app crashing or ...
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How to (Agile) manage a fairly complex IT PoC?

I'm a technical lead employed by in an agile IT organization where most teams observe Scrum. I'm 2 weeks into a task of building a proof-of-concept of a service that is fairly sizable and complex (...
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What are the main reasons Scrum doesn't admit managers?

How can I explain the fact we aren't gonna manage the team to a customer? The customer will ask why is not-managing better than managing? Scrum introduces self-organizing teams. Why doesn't Scrum ...
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Feedback process for individuals in scrum team

I work as Scrum Master in a team which has developers and QAs. In the organization I work for we have a review cycle every six months. Directors do the evaluation of the Scrum team based on agile ...

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