Questions tagged [agile]

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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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How to actually empower self-organized team to remove its member?

One of the parts of self-organization in agile (but this is not necessarily related only to agile) is that we look at the team's performance and focus on supporting the team doing their job the best ...
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Kanban Buffers and Queues

Reading about Kanban, I often encounter things like buffers and queues being mentioned. But I don't understand the difference. For example: A, B and C are queues or buffers? What's their role? What ...
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Are self-organizing teams subject to self-blocking, when there's a disagreement?

There may be a situation when half of the self-organizing team isn't accepting a decision proposed the the other half of the self-organizing team. This situation effectively stops the project's ...
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What agile process promotes the team to assign tasks to individual developers istead of individuals assigning tasks for themselves?

Developer /architect / developer 20 years experience. I did an experiment at my previous project where I created a scrum-like process but we decided developers to not pick directly their tasks, but ...
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How to handle learning tasks in scrum?

Today in our team we faced interesting issue. One of my colleagues wanted to learn basics of some technology which is about to be used in the project. How such an activity should be handled in scrum ...
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QAs get all the Work at the End of Sprint

We have an issue in our Scrum Agile process, where all the Developers get PBI work done in the last few days of the sprint. And then QA is forced to test everything at end of sprint. What is the ...
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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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What contract type to use when the scope is largely defined (but NOT completely)?

The fixed-price contract is generally used when the scope of the project is clearly defined. The T&M contract is generally used when the scope of the project can't be clearly defined (a customer ...
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Who Owns Backlog Prioritization?

I recently had a meeting with several executives/managers wherein we determined that what the Product Owner had communicated, and the Product Manager had prioritized in the backlog, was no longer what ...
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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 do you integrate Agile Scrum work within your project WBS

Agile Scrum, for example, is a methodology applied to organize the work under uncertainty, where adaptation is required as the work progresses. There is always an objective behind the effort, be the ...
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In Agile methodologies, what happens when team completes a backlog item or user story?

I need to know that does team need some kind of approval or something from product owner or scrum master when it completes a user story. And if not, then how the team proceed with this kind of ...
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Is Scrum team subject to project time pressure?

Did I get it right that Scrum team is never subject to project time pressure (no demanding to complete tasks within estimates, no deadlines, etc)? I mean external pressure (such as from the customer ...
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WBS and agile approach

I have been reading 3 books about Agile Project Management and in all of them there is no concept about WBS even in the book of the agile practice from agile alliance that comes with the PMBOK 6th ...
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Should the Product Owner be from our organization or the company we are contracting with?

We're a governmental organization and we're contracting with software companies to implement our projects. We're adapting the Scrum framework. Question: Should the Product Owner be from our ...
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SAFe Innovation & Planning vs. Sprint Planning

We're moving to SAFe in my company, and I have trouble understanding the differences. I'm certified in Scrum (CSM/CSPO), but don't know much about SAFe, and I don't really see much of a difference ...
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How can I train a team of engineers about user story points in 30 mins

Does anyone know how I can train a bunch of engineers about user story points in 30 mins. I wanted to make it fun and interactive but I only have 30 mins. My initial idea was to simply go over the ...
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Is it possible to give timelines in SCRUM?

Our team is currently using a very SCRUM near approach in planning and development. But I constantly face one issue with our management. The management is part of the backlog priority process and each ...
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Points, Hours, Capacity

Let's say we work in two week sprints. The team has 6 developers. 8 hours per day, 10 days, multiplied by 6 would equal total 480 hours. Multiply that by .7 to get at an ideal developer day and you ...
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Estimation of project duration on Adaptive methodology

There are 2 ways to predict the duration of the tasks in a project. The first is by using a Gannt chart like the one bellow for the Predictive methodology (Waterfall approach): The second way is the ...
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Does Jira Kanban offer measurement reports?

What are the gadgets, reports or metrics available in Jira Kanban that are useful for management reporting and to measure team performance? Is there a way to get throughput, cycletime and lead time ...
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How a software development contract is concluded?

Let's suppose a customer wants to create a software product and there is a software development company that is able to develop this product. They need to create a contract. But both sides has their ...
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How can a customer be sure that a Scrum team isn't wasting their money?

As far as I understand, Scrum doesn't impose obligations on a software development company - no fixed date of project's completion, no fixed budget. How can a customer be sure that a Scrum team isn't ...
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QA resource allocation in scrum sprint

I am a developer by trait so I don't have a lot PM exposure. Due to circumstances I need to manage a small team which includes 4 developers and 2 QAs. We are currently following loosely the "...
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Agile Development Practices [closed]

How do I resolve an unidentified issue affecting customer experience when a sprint has already commenced without impacting the sprint backlog? For example, I am currently in a sprint and a serious ...
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Should we include the stories done by part-time team members in team velocity

I have a Scrum team with an 2 people who are not 100% on the team. I am aware this already is not really a Scrum team but Scrum wants a group of 100% people on the team but it is what it is and we ...
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How can a small team of devs maintain many products at the same time?

I work as a software engineer in a team of 5 devs that develop and maintain 4 different projects I'm mainly responsible for 2 products: a "trashware" product, and some part of a legacy ...
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Agile Development Practices in a Vendor-led App Development [closed]

As the product owner, what is the best approach to administering the scrum framework in vendor-led app development? And eliminate the difficulty of ensuring they build and deploy in line with a sprint ...
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Time management in a Sprint

During a sprint, producing frequent builds, conducting testing, and fixing bugs quickly during an iteration can become daunting, especially when the quality of the work done is not optimum. So how can ...
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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 have goal or a shippable product at the ...
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How much does Lean Software Development really has to do with the original concept of lean manufacturing?

We are seeing more emphasis on the concept of Lean Software Development, especially by the Agile community. It's definitely exciting to imagine that the software industry can be as productive, ...
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Help - Technical team does not want to work in agile way

I am a Product Owner on a Scrum Team whose developers do not want to embrace work in an agile, incremental fashion. Simple example: the customer currently has to contact us to create users each time ...
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New filter in JIRA

How can I add a new filter that allows me to select tasks without a filled "estimate" field. I read about the ability to save search results as a new filter - but that doesn't work. I need to be able ...
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Multiple boards vs Single board with tags

In our org we have two groups of people working on different components on a common platform (shared API, separate front-end apps) and have grown the process to the point where tracking working across ...
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Refactoring in Agile development

In an app development project, the full scope of the project was not considered in the app design. So, the frequent refactoring of codes to accommodate changes is negatively impacting the project ...
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Adding New Requirement in the middle of the sprint [closed]

1 If you are in the middle of the sprint and the product owner has come with the one new requirement for the customer what do you do? What is the best way to handle it? How to evaluate the scrum team? ...
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Why do Kanban Boards only contain one deployment?

I'm tasked with customizing the ticket statuses and kanban board for our software development project. I realized that Microsoft Kanban Boards and actually all other kanban boards I could find only ...
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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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What is the proper use case for an Iteration 0?

When starting a new software version and/or embarking on a new product, what is the purpose of, and what are the crucial pieces of an "Iteration 0?"
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What is a good structure for an enterprise agile transformation proposal? [closed]

I have been asked to create a 7-slide presentation or 7-page document to a newly formed Agile Taskforce, who reports directly to the CEO of a large organisation. The organisation wants to cascade ...

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