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Questions tagged [agile]

Use this tag for any questions that involve agile approaches from the perspective of a project manager, Scrum Master, agile coach, or similar role.

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When is the best time to create story tasks?

I have a team of developers who are relatively new to Agile and sprints (approx. 5 months now). Every time I walk into their sprint planning session, I do not like what I see. It's absolute silence ...
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Hardware Development & JIRA — How to optimize the workflow / fix version field to take advantage of burndown charts

We're using JIRA for hardware development and have run into some issues related to the separation between the development and validation cycle. Let me explain: We have an issue type "Development Task"...
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How to form scrum teams

I work as a scrum master in a place where we have two distinct products. And these products have submodules: Product A: (The bigger product) Submodule A.1 Submodule A.2 Submodule A.3 etc. ...
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What should be in an Atlassian toolkit for website PM?

I'm requisitioing some tools for a large scale web development project. Intending to start with the following: JIRA for issues tracking, wiki, git or svn hosting Greenhopper plugin for agile PM ...
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Kanban or Scrum for tough deadline project?

Sorry in advance if my question looks silly, but it's bothered me for quite a long time and haven't found the answer to it yet. I work in an IT outsource company and due to specifics of my job I ...
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Web development project management through Jira Software [on hold]

I worked as a software developer and recently I became the manager of some web development projects for clients. Can you please recommended some useful tutorials for web development project management ...
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How can I use MS Project to manage an agile project

We use MS Project to manage a project. Although I know that MS Project is just a scheduling tool, we use it to get the current state of the project. We update the % complete field at the end of every ...
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Should we demo bug fixes in sprint demos?

We have been asked to demo almost all bugs in our sprint demo, except the bugs which were raised for the stories of the sprint. Some teams only demo critical bug fixes, probably to reassure others ...
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How to deal with non negotiable change

One of the issues my organisation has is where change requests are requested during a sprint cycle in a particular high volume worksteam. The development team are often forced to accept these change ...
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How to make Agile and Waterfall work together

Before I start, I just want to point out that this is a hypothetical question that I was recently asked in an interview. I'd like to be able to answer it with conviction if it ever comes up again. Any ...
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Is it okay to have a sprint where the team commits to zero story points?

Our two Scrum development teams are located in India. Our shared product owner is permanently relocating to the US, and we're just about to finish our first sprint. Him and the team suggested ...
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How to involve the whole team in setting quarterly objectives (OKRs)?

Context I'm a scrum master in a small (15 FTEs) organization that's about one year into a slow agile transformation. So far the shift towards agile has been limited to the Development team, but the ...
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Agile methodology for small company; large projects + ticket maintenance

I just joined an IT small company that was looking for a project manager. We produce one project at once; that is, we start something, we develop it, we test it, and once it's done, then we think of ...
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Kanban and feature size

We are currently using Scrum within our organisation but are considering moving to Kanban (or Scrumban). As part of our Scrum process we normally take into consideration size and complexity of ...
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What are some differences between Scrumban and Kanban?

It seems to me that scrumban is just a form of Kanban with additional tools like the cadence, planning, retrospective, and daily standup thrown in. Why is scrumban turning into another branded ...
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Agile: Can Epics be time-based rather than feature-based?

For example, if you're building a chat app, having epics be the stages in a project: Phase 1 - Beta Phase 2 - Launch vs. features Messaging Sign-Up The goal of an epic is to capture a large body ...
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Difference between Scrum Master and Agile Delivery Manager

What is the difference between a Scrum Master and Agile Delivery Manager and how can I bridge the gaps. Perhaps you could recommend books, courses or podcasts.
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Product Owner in different time zone from scrum team

I am a product owner for a remote scrum team. I am on the east coast of the US. The scrum team is in India. This is a 10.5 hour time difference. I have been participating in their daily scrum at 6:...
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How to implement Epics on Gitlab without Enterprise Edition?

We have used Gitlab for 4 years now in our organization, and are growing to the point where we are implementing Agile and trying to follow Epics, Features, User Stories, and Tasks. We are struggling ...
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I've been doing Agile for years in various organisations, but I still don't feel like we're doing it right?

So in my current organisation for the past year we have been doing the "full-blown" Agile stuff to create software. From planning, refinement, daily SCRUM stand-ups, programming and testing in 2-...
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Not coding as an IT Project Manager. Developers backbiting

Long story short, for one of the projects I am managing, I am managing an in house team of developers. I am a former developer now PM, and made the move because I disliked commercial programming. In ...
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Is Agile Lean? Or are Agile and Lean totally separate philosophies?

Can I say Agile is "not" Lean and both Agile and Lean are totally different concepts or philosophies? If I take lean principles: "Self Organization" "Kaizen or Cont. Improvement" "Quality Assurance"...
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How to schedule back and front-end developers based on story points?

We are used to create multiple sub-tasks for each user story and provide each sub-task with an estimate in hours and assignee (back or front-end). With the following outcome: Total estimated time ...
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Agile (“Scrum”) “Metrics” Question

My team has recently transitioned from essentially zero project management (other than the "put out fires as they happen while trying to stay on top of current workload") to something more Agile with ...
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Can the Definition of Done be overriden or changed?

Does the Definition of Done come before everything else, almost like a programming interface? And can it be changed if later on, once it’s realized that it was designed poorly? By overriden, I mean ...
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Who starts the daily scrum meeting?

Is the scrum meeting started by the person whom comes to the meeting last or Anybody chosen by the team starts the scrum meeting? Tried to find answer to this question but no luck till now
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Why use both story points and hours?

I'm a new scrum master for a team that is using story point estimation and hours. We do story points first during grooming and then hours during planning. I always thought of story points as being ...
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What is the difference between acceptance criteria and the definition of done?

I don't get what is the difference between both. They seem to be similar to me. For instance, I have this typical login/register User Story. Can you provide some DOD examples? As a user I want to ...
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What are the definitions and differences between: Theme, Epic, Feature, User Story and Task?

There are several terms which we use to describe requirements: Theme Epic Feature User Story Task What are the formal definitions of these terms and what are the differences between them (except ...
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In Scrum, is a Scrum Master position higher than a Product Owner?

In Scrum, is a Scrum Master position higher than a Product Owner, in terms of organizational hierarchy? At work, traditional organizational charts are a must; how are Scrum Masters and Product Owners ...
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When is a Scrum Master superfluous?

By the time a Dev-Team knows about the agile process and is able to defend it against outside influences, one might say the Scrum Master's work is done at this point and he/she is not needed anymore. ...
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When were Scrum “ceremonies” renamed “events”?

I took a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course and certification in 2007. Back then, the Sprint Planning, Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective and Daily Scrum were called Scrum ceremonies. Reading the ...
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How can story points be “non linear” in relative size

I've read in several places that story points are not necessarily linear. i.e., an "8 point" task is not the same as two 4 point tasks and so on. I totally get the argument about these being an ...
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What is Scrum at scale?

I am new to the Scrum domain and recently found a "Scrum at scale" workshop near my town. I am a software engineer more inclined to data science. How would scaled Scrum help me become better in ...
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Scrum approach to Graphic Design office

I've been recently asked to teach Scrum to a graphic design office. Why? Because they want to turn their services into quick deliverable products, and not lose focus on the current project they're ...
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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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When does a Scrum Team assign story points to the stories in the Scrum methodology?

I am in the process of learning Scrum. I got stuck with a question: on which stage does the Scrum Team assign story points to the user stories?
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What are the artifacts in Kanban?

Scrum has a number of well-defined artifacts, including: Product Backlog Sprint Backlog Burn-Down Chart Increment What artifacts are essential to Kanban?
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Best way to report impact of accepting additional work in scope?

Org I work in is trying to be agile, but often struggles with respecting the committed scope during a sprint and keeps forcing us to accept new work. This is coming at a cost; happiness and quality. ...
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Is system 'logging' captured in user stories or are they part of implementation detail?

I understand that anyone who supports and maintains system can be seen (or should be seen?) as a stakeholder/user. For me, so far 'logging' has been like: "I guess, it wouldn't hurt to log this ...
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Improving your Scrum Sprint!

I know there are lots of talks and articles on agile and scrum. But I would like to know how to improve your scrum sprint for a new and small team. We are looking for a sprint length of 3 weeks. I ...
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Partially introduce Scrum into a team

The CEO of our small company (14) asked me to introduce some elements of Scrum into the working process of our development team. Problem is: the piece he would like to see introduced is not really ...
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How to manage framework changes?

I'll try to be concise so as to not make this into a blog post. If there are specific questions, let me know and I'll do my best to answer them. Basically, I'm interested in what methodologies people ...
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Is it OK to defer implementation detail and consider user story to be done?

I am just getting into user stories (read some blogs and watched some of Mike Cohn's presentations). My current understanding is that the story is a vertical slice of the system. Stories are not "Add ...
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How to get people on board with Scrum/agile?

So I'm part of a Team with 12 members in which we have recently tried to adopt Scrum/agile processes. I am the Scrum Master of the Team and I am also very new to agile; I'm also an apprentice within ...
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How to assess “We do scrum” on a job interview?

I have noticed on some job ads where at the near end company states "we do scrum". I'm just getting into scrum stuff and I learned little bit about scrumbuts https://www.scrum.org/resources/what-...
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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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Agile user story's task estimation

I have some confusion regarding the concept of a user story's task's estimation (effort estimate) using hours. What is the actual purpose of estimating effort in hours? In addition to that, let's ...
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Sprint ceremonies getting faster - should we revert?

When we started our agile project we were doing everything by the book. Over time, this has somewhat slipped into a more relaxed style. We still get the information we need, share what needs sharing ...
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Moving backlog items into Sprint

In Agile, who's the person responsible of moving tickets in Jira (e.g. moving backlog items into Sprint). Is this a Scrum Master's responsibility or Product Owner?