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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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How to report potential benefits in an Agile delivery to a PMO expecting a fully realised benefits report for the year?

Context Multinational enterprise organisation working with business process automation. Fairly new team and new to Agile values and iterative working. The development team are effective and ...
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What is an Agile “Reflection?”

I've been walking an Agile path since the days of XP - as a software developer, tech lead, IT manager, and scrum master/product owner/agile coach. Recently, I started work at a company that holds what ...
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Should the Product Owner (PO) or Software Engineer Own the Feature Item?

We are using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to manage work items. VSTS uses a hierarchy of Epic -- Feature -- User Story -- Task. It is clear that the individual software engineer owns a 'user ...
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What is the difference between the terms “grooming” and “refinement” of the product backlog in scrum methodology?

I am not able to find an accurate answer to this question. Are they the same?
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When working closely with sales, does storypoints still make sense vs time estimations

The main idea behind using story points is to take away focus on the absolute time/cost of a task and look at the relative sizing vs the other tasks you have in front of you. This has worked well in ...
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Alternative of rich picture in hard system methodology?

During Analysis phase in the waterfall model, I want to follow procedures like rich picture and root definition. what are the best alternatives to do system analysis?
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How to provide traditional upper management early analyses in an agile project?

I was discussing moving our process to become more agile with our (mostly traditional) Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO's stance was that >=80% of the requirements need to be defined (and set ...
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Methods to improve daily scrum / standup

My Team's Daily Scrum needs improvement and I was wondering if anyone has a workshop idea/method on how to improve. The current issues that my team face are: They tend to go off topic, instead of ...
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Using the Stacey matrix to capture agile metrics

I recently encountered the Stacey matrix in an answer by Stephan Weinhold. After looking at the linked image provided & doing a bit more reading that describes it as a way to characterize ...
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How to organize a 6-month project plan for agile?

We have a charter to build a product in 6 months. I'll preface this by saying that my manager wants us to use waterfall, even though our development process is agile. With that said, I have been ...
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Calculate Sprint Backlog Changing Rate

I am totally new to Agile methodology and learning it. I have seen lots of tutorials and videos and they've all been very helpful. However, I have one unanswered question from my existing study. The ...
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In an agile project is it ok to change the requirements of the sprint in the middle of the sprint?

I have been in several projects before as a frontend developer when the requirements of the project change in the middle of the sprint. I want to be like "agile" and accommodating to change and ...
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CRM development by multiple teams

In a large organization, they recently shaped 4 end to end scrum teams, meaning they can take a user story, and deliver front end, back end, test it and push the code to the main line. However it has ...
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How to improve the workflow in laboratory

I am a graduate student in a Computer Science Laboratory since a few years ago. For the past years I have designed and implemented a fairly cutting-edged complex piece of software along a team of ...
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How to deal with clients' resistance to smaller deliveries?

When I read this question (Dealing with external departments continuous delivery / smaller feature scope), it made me think of our situation at work. The major difference, though, is that the ...
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Dealing with external departments when changing to continous delivery / smaller feature scope

I'm an engineer on a small engineering team at a small business-to-business company. We're looking to transition from a "big bang" release model to a more iterative release style with smaller changes ...
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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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How can I measure team capacity in Kanban?

When doing Scrum, I use story points based on the total number of points completed in a sprint. When doing Kanban, I am not sure how to work out capacity. What is the best way to do this?
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How to plan 2 week sprints, when each story completed will generate multiple stories

I would like to know if anyone is in a similar situation working as part of a SCRUM team - The majority of our team are R&D staff, or academic research staff. We work in what might be called "...
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How to improve (or to call attention to) the business value of technical needs?

Agile focuses on delivering the highest business value to the interested parts of a project. However, (at least in my scenario) it seems that the client/stakeholders are always focused on having more ...
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Dev team's role in configuring Jira

Let me start by explaining the big, unfixable problem here: A new Technology Director has been brought in above my team, and he insists on deciding how Jira is configured, affecting people who don't ...
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Are there any alternatives to Agile Software Development? [closed]

As of 2018, are there any documented approaches to delivering software that are not classed as Agile? Of these approaches, are any supported by or adopted by FTSE100, Fortune500 or flagship software ...
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How to track a new employee's activities in scrum template on TFS?

From this question: How to factor in story points/tasks for non sprint related items? I gather you would reduce the capacity to a new employee to probably 0 for a while untile they are up to speed ...
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What work items would look like related to support for a solution in production already?

Our shop is going to continue maintenance of a system in production already. Our next update consists of fixing a bug and creating documentation so that new members joining our team may understand the ...
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Should we create an Epic for tech-debts

I was having a discussion in the team to create an Epic for all the technical-debts in the project. The problem is, as per definition Epic should not spawn more than a quarter, but, if we create an ...
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How do I implement Scrum Organization-wide in a lightweight Startup?

I am implementing Scrum throughout (from business development to engineering to marketing) my six-person organization. My company consists of three engineers and three Business Development personnel. ...
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One Kaban or five Kanbans? My manager would like to implement Kanban to get better visibility on what his five teams do

He needs to do reporting to his higher-ups both on an organizational level and team level (one GIS org consisting of five teams w/ different GIS specialties). He'd prefer to do one Kanban board for ...
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Cycle Time - Story vs Task?

I am trying to measure the cycle time of my team. The problem is that the issues (tasks or stories) have very different sizes. Sometimes someone just creates a task like: "Create a backend api", that ...
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Should we assign work to individual team members in Kanban?

From my understanding, in non-agile settings, the project manager is responsible for assigning work to individual team members, but in a (self-organized) Kanban team, team members do this when they ...
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On Scrum, should tasks waiting for a specific criteria to be met considered 'to do' or 'blocked'?

We use the usual "to do" "doing" "done" and "blocked" columns for our internal organization. I'd like to know how I should handle tickets that are in "to do" but are not immediately actionable ...
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How to make the Product Owner realize that he doesn't put focus on the right customer at all?

I'm Technical Leader for a software project dedicated to manage the "VIP people"-yearOfWork of a big company. Basically, to make it simple for this post, the project is a mix of a social network (...
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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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Can one developer work on two different projects (and in effect, two different backlogs) in a single Sprint? Any Agile recommendations on this?

Can a single developer work on two different projects/backlogs completely independent in two Sprints (One Sprint is for one project/one sprint for the other) in the same timeline.
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Agile in a volatile environment?

We are currently doing Scrum in a trading environment, our sprints are a week long, the problem is that due to Change requests from trading activity during the sprint it is impossible to have a sprint ...
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How to deal with difficult developer

I would like to ask you for advice with my problem with one team member in an agile team. Background I'm the Scrum Master and team leader for a project for one of my company client's (a big ...
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What format should I use for Product Backlog Items (PBIs) representing improvements to existing features?

We have an existing system in production, developed using a "chaotic" development process. I'm trying to introduce Scrum for all new development: new features, improvements, and bugs. For new ...
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Why do Water-Scrum-Fall. What does it offer over Waterfall?

Why do "Water-Scrum-Fall" - what does the Scrum in the middle of "Water-Scrum-Fall" offer? Thanks
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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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Agile requirements tracking

I am new to this forum, I will try to explain the best I can what I am facing. I recently entered a new software development company, and I am the coordinator of a team of Product Owners (POs) who (...
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How to track identical Agile/Scrum PBIs for multiple platforms not in sync?

Brief Background Our company uses Agile/Scrum as our development methodology, with Microsoft's VSTS (Visual Studio Team Services) being our tool of choice. We have several teams, including Android, ...
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How to deal with a client who does not respect PM practices, yet wants a PM?

Simply put, I have a client who does not respect PM practices. We have a large, high value, multi-stakeholder, multi-variable project. I estimate that if we are not 50% complete by end of February, ...
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Dedicating one day for support work per sprint

I would like to receive thoughts and possible feedback on anyone's previous experience of allocating a dedicated day to support jobs within a sprint. Our percentage of support jobs per sprint is ...
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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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Is there a difference between the terms phase and sprint

Is there a difference between the terms phase and sprint and can we say that the sprint is a phase? In waterfall methodology they use the term phase and in agile they use the sprint term so is there ...
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How can Scrum be *agile* if it enforces strict rules?

So I just started to read into Scrum and did the (free) online assessment. Somehow I can't stop thinking that Scrum is a contradiction in itself. Even though the Scrum Guide never uses the word agile, ...
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Allowing additions to a running sprint in Scrum

If I am not wrong, Scrum groups user stories into sprints so the team focuses its resources to complete as much user stories as possible. How flexible is the sprint planning according to Scrum ?, in ...
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Does Microsoft TFS have all I need for Agile Project Management?

If I want to use Agile, and use a Scrum implementation, will TFS do all I need? Or do I need something else? I have MS Project 2016 (not using Project Server), and it has an Agile template, but most ...
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Agile Artifacts

Do Agile projects have Charters, project plans and baselines? How to obtain the classical artifacts (which are necessary to report back to the business) in an Agile environment which focuses on ...
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How can I leverage JIRA ticket assignments to encourage group ownership, pairing, and swarming without bypassing other core functions?

Background & Objectives Atlassian JIRA is really just a ticketing system at heart. While there are a number of agile-ish workflows and plugins available to the system, the fundamental design of ...
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Scrum when each member has their own product

I work in a team of 15 that implements scrum (as well as we can). Each person in the team has multiple products, that only they work on, and each of those products are unrelated to any other product ...