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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 would company management work as a set of products?

Background: A small tech company has just grown from a flat startup team of 8 developers with no real structure to ca. 40 people (roughly 20 devs + 20 various business and management positions), who ...
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Can Fixed Scope/Variable Timescale be Agile?

I have an ongoing argument - our delivery manager tried to introduce a "release after 3 sprints" pattern into our teams. Unfortunately, like many businesses, the actual work can be x number of ...
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Long running story

TL;DR: Genuinely long running story drags from sprint to sprint. What to do? We have a story which is taking a long time to complete because of the various external factors involved. Each sprint ...
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How do you handle user stories that become obsolete/irrelevant?

We have a few user stories that, in the process of our work, have become irrelevant. E.g., in order to enable customers to xx, we need to yy so as to. But, then it turned out that there was another ...
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Project team is on Sprint 2, and no features/user stories have been done

We kick started an Agile development team with a Sprint 0, that had some architectural runway tasks in it (like setting up the environment, etc.). We planned a Sprint 1 with 2-3 user stories (there ...
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Should bugs be estimated in story points?

Should bugs be estimated in story points according to the Scrum methodology? In particular, what if a bug appears to be a quite complicated task, which in fact is a some missed functionality which ...
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Agile manifesto: People over processes?

I was reviewing the agile manifesto and this is one of the core principles of it. What does it mean? I feel that people need processes to work efficiently, especially in large scaled matrix ...
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Sizing user stories that need external input

Sometimes, when sizing user stories, the team says "but in order to do this, we need to ask this guy, and we don't know how long it will take for them to answer", or "we need to raise a ticket to (A) ...
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Agile methods for single person hardware development

tl;dr I'm looking for an agile project management methodology for largely single developer hardware engineering Some background: I'm currently finishing up my degree in Electrical Engineering, and ...
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Do deadlines exist in agile projects?

I tend to think they do as long as the scope is variable and not fixed where the idea is to deliver value based on the time you have. Am I correct in my assumption?
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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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Implementing agile with part time employees?

Current organisation wants to become more agile, but there is a lot of task switching amongst employees who cannot commit a full working week on a project. It is impossible for me to run Scrum ...
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Should management review the scrum metrics of scrum teams?

I read somewhere that team's velocity, burn-up chart, and other scrum indicators are only for team's internal purpose. Should anyone outside the team i.e. from management review the team's chart and ...
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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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Best practice to register additional tasks

I am relatively new to the Scrum way of working and was wondering what to do with small tasks. Besides the main User Stories, we always end up with additional requirements or small changes after the ...
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Prioritizing requirements in traditional vs. agile projects

I am really new to prioritizing requirements in agile projects. What are the different aspects of prioritizing requirements in a traditional approach vs. an agile one?
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Multiple teams dependencies handling

Scenario: E-commerce platform implemented by following teams: DevOps / ERP devs / web devs / native iOS devs (hybrid App) / native Android devs (hybrid App) we are using Scrum like (not scaled) / ...
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How to apply the 'I' of INVEST in UI based development

As per the 'I'**NVEST philosophy, user stories should be Independent as it allows for true prioritization of each and every story. When dependencies come into play it may not be possible to ...
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Scrum: How should developer promotions be handled in a scrum team?

We have a scrum team. The developers demand clear guidelines for promotions. AFAIK, there's nothing like defined developer roles for a scrum team but people feel: People who contribute more should be ...
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Scrum: Should we have dedicated tester in team or testing is mutual responsibility of development team

We are currently having multiple scrum teams with 3 to 6 developers and 1 dedicated tester in each team. Should we have scrum team like this OR have all the developers and they can share testing ...
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How do you plan for maintainence after a Scrum project

My background is 6 years in managing "normal" projects in an outsourcing company. Recently I've joined a Scrum project. Here I see people not doing any documentation, no SRS (Software Requirement ...
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Is it fine to recognise individual performance in Scrum

We have recently started with “Developer of the month” across scrum teams. We announce name of the top performer along with each monthly celebration. What could be the potential down side of doing ...
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Agile for Infrastructure projects

In Infrastructure projects where we know the Scope upfront How to use Agile methodology for such projects For example, Data Center migration/relocation, or any one of the following :- SAN ...
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How can I divide a swimlane in 3 in JIRA?

We currently have 3 swimlanes (To Do, In Progress, Done), but in our first swimlane, we have both issues that are To Do and Ready. At the beginning of the sprint, this is easy to know, everything in ...
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Should we count a story that is no longer required by Client/PO/Management in our velocity?

We have finished a story which is no longer required by the Product Owner (PO) or Management. The completed story is not going to add any business value. What should we do in this case? Should we ...
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Vertical slices with split disciplines

We have a DevOps team which includes a BA, .NET developers and SAP developers. The .NET and SAP developers can and will only work on their particular discipline. Some of our stories involve only .NET ...
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Where to start in agile-based documentations and what are the best practices to start with?

We're currently working on our documentation and we sort of followed Scrum. Which diagrams, charts, figures, and etc should I include in our documentation? Also, what are the best practices in ...
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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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Why in JIRA my field Resolution is labeled as Unresolved, when status is Resolved?

Question is pretty simple, I've a Kanban project, with a personal workflow that provides different statuses, as Resolved. When I drag and drop to this last one through the lanes, or when I set it ...
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Lacking a dedicated Product Owner

We have a Super Product Owner, who cannot possibly be involved in writing or refining every story - they simply set the overall priority on the board. We have Subject Matter Experts, whose day job is ...
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Why must we define a Sprint Goal for each Sprint?

As a Scrum Team, we are committed to deliver Product Backlog items per the Product Owner's priority. The team doesn't understand why we should define Sprint Goals. How does that help?
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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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How should be the pricing using agile?

How should be the pricing using agile? Is it fixed per sprint?
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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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For a two-week Sprint, can I adjust the meeting dates when there is a holiday in our country?

Sprint 1 starts November 5th and is supposed to end on November 16th, but there is a government holiday November 13-15. Can I change the Sprint 1 schedule to be November 5th to November 21st?
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Is the sprint review meeting mandatory to have?

Is the sprint review meeting mandatory to have? We do all scrum meetings religiously except “Sprint Review”. Actually we never felt need of having this meeting.
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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 could be the down side of having dedicated tester in Scrum team?

What could be the downside of having dedicated tester in Scrum team? The team is composed of 4(developers) + 1(tester).
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Convincing my team that we need to split tasks by feature, not by work type

I'm in an agile team, with some developers, a designer and a ux guy. Sometimes we split some user stories into tasks when we think they are too big. When doing this, I've always read that we should ...
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How much volatility should be acceptable among Scrum teams?

There is varying volatility across Scrum teams. I understand that volatility can be caused by many variable factors. The table below shows how much it's varying across teams: Velocity ...
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Scrum for the DBA?

I really wanted to find out what people out there think about Scrum for a SQL Server Production DBA. I have seen one article (http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/sqlsandwiches/2011/05/29/can-scrum-...
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As an outsider, how would I know overall health of a Scrum Team?

I'm not a member of Scrum Team. However, I'd like to get a sense of the health of a Scrum Team. What is the best way to understand a Scrum Team's performance? To be more specific, things I would like ...
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software development through collaboration of waterfall and agile methods

How can waterfall method and agile method be used in a single project?
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How to do performance appraisals for agile teams

Performance appraisals are a single most challenge we have to crack yet. We still try to gauge individual performance in a team, which I feel is not the right way to appraise agile teams.
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How to make an Agile team comprised of 4 platforms work?

I am the Agile Coach for a team which comprises of 4 completely different platforms (iOS, Android, Javascript, Windows) each with 1 or 2 engineers. There are 2 automated/manual testers in total and 1 ...
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Can team lead or product owner act as a scrum master?

Is it possible to make Scrum successful if any team member or team lead or product owner plays a role of scrum master?
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What are the steps for an agile coach when he starts with a new team?

As an agile coach, what are first steps that you take when going to a company to ensure they adopt agile? Let's assume that this company has only heard of agile, they are working on a very traditional ...
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What should be asked in 360 feedback from Scrum Team?

We have a Scrum Team with the following roles: developer, tester and product owner. We want to create a 360 peer feedback form and need a set question-answer format for that. What could be the best ...
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Which scrum meeting is suitable to perform technical analysis/architecture design on a story?

Which scrum meeting is suitable to perform technical analysis/architecture design on a story?