Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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.

0
votes
3answers
71 views

How to optimise SPM2(Sprint Planning Meeting 2)?

We are doing 2-week sprint. As per scrum guideline, 2-week sprint should not take more than 2 hours to complete. However, sometimes we take more than 8 hours to complete SPM2. I'm sure something is ...
-1
votes
2answers
85 views

How can I organize 3 developers to work together with 2 clients?

I started working in a stock broker that hired me and more two developers to build a software to help them. I am the newest member of the development team. My friend, another developer in the team, ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

User story for a requirement which generates files and sends to external system

Am new to Agile and need some help in identifies user stories for a given feature. The feature is "application should generate a delimiter space file which the fields given in the field specification ...
3
votes
2answers
196 views

Risk Management techniques in Agile project development

I am currently doing a research study in Risk Management for Agile project development. As we know, there are a few steps involved in Risk Management in Agile project development, such as: Agile Risk ...
2
votes
2answers
335 views

The best agile methodology for short term projects?

Running quite a few short term projects at the moment, and I am not sure how to plan them. The project set up is the following few resources timeframe of 2-3 weeks. Scrum does not work well from ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

What can be the effective use of “story cycle time” in PivotalTracker

We are using PivotalTracker as agile project management tool. There are some reports build around Story Cycle Time. What can be the effective use of it?
1
vote
6answers
117 views

Retrospectives only internal to the team?

Simple question Should the focus of a retrospective only be internal to the team?
1
vote
3answers
224 views

Should building microservices be a chore or a feature in scrum?

We have recently started splitting a big monolith to individual microservices. Now the point of discussion is that under scrum methodology, building microservices should be a feature or chore? As per ...
2
votes
3answers
131 views

How to focus a Product Owner’s efforts

My agile team has no team lead (which I actually think is a great opportunity) they have me their scrum master and product owner. I have noticed the product owner is not very experienced and has ...
5
votes
4answers
214 views

How to deal with tasks detalization in sprint planning?

I have a newbie question. Let's suppose that for a sprint backlog we choose one user story from product backlog: "As a photography junky I want to be able to make a collection of favorite photos". ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

What is the difference between Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog

What is the difference between Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog?
1
vote
4answers
303 views

Is an anti-Agile pattern to commit to the total hours of capacity available during iteration?

Working on a project right now that is using Scrum, the company is doing the following: 1) Working out the availability of the team based on resources available and number of hours they can commit? ...
3
votes
6answers
263 views

What to do with an Agile non-believer

One of the people on my team has no interest in Agile, does not want to work as a team and doesn’t believe Agile will provide any benefit to them. I am struggling for find research which will help ...
2
votes
2answers
123 views

How do you reduce card size and limit scope creep in R&D tasks?

Several of my team members do Research&Development work, which by nature involves a lot of exploration and uncertainty, and requirements are not always clear since we don't know what is out there. ...
0
votes
1answer
73 views

In kanban, is there a way to manage add-on task that do not flow through all kanban process?

For example, there's some add-on task like marketing advertisement artwork or internal task like upgrade computer. it's not in the flow but it took WIP slot of that employees. Just sometimes that it ...
3
votes
2answers
271 views

How do I split a 13 person team

I am a scrum master/agile coach and the team I have been assigned to is too big, 13 people! I have complete authority to change this however I want to formulate a good plan to do this. Can anyone ...
1
vote
3answers
438 views

How to write a spike when using BDD?

If Gherkin is used to write regular development user stories in the Scrum process, should Gherkin be used to write a spike as well? If so, given that often there is a lot of unknown information to be ...
1
vote
2answers
43 views

Container story for repeated work

My QA (not only QA) is performing the same work on undefined schedule. For example: a full regression test is being done with every mobile app release. This work involves not only automation test, but ...
3
votes
2answers
483 views

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"...
8
votes
1answer
227 views

Agile and teammates that don't want to share knowledge?

How to get started with Agile if there are some programmer in my team, there only know a specific business domain and don't want to share knowledges with other teammates?
1
vote
5answers
447 views

What are the ways for Daily status reporting to make process more easy?

We are currently facing issue for the Daily standup reporting. We are more than 70 people in the team, and some people are working at client side location as well. So in daily scrum meeting it takes ...
5
votes
8answers
12k views

Scrum: Sprint vs milestone vs release

I am new in agile and Scrum, and I got confused as to what the differences are between a Sprint, a Milestone and a Release. I heard some say that the Sprint is a Milestone. Also in some software the ...
0
votes
3answers
451 views

Whose responsibility is to add stories to JIRA (or other issue-tracking software)?

This might seem as odd question, but moving from business to business I'm still puzzled as to whose responsibility it is to add stories to JIRA (or other issue-tracking software), as well be ...
1
vote
2answers
106 views

How to handle agile ceremonies for sparsely distributed team members

We are embarking on a project where the scrum master is in one time zone and overlaps half the team by 2 hours at the start of the day, and the other half of the team by 5.5 hours at the end of the ...
1
vote
2answers
283 views

Small development team with big amount of tasks for different projects - how to?

We are small team of 4 developers who manage 2 large websites + 4-5 small websites + we have a channel for customizations / development service (one time service). With all websites on support we ...
0
votes
2answers
236 views

Code reviews in Scrum?

I would like to introduce code reviews in our agile process, my developers however think that it is a waste of time since they do not code in the same languages (front and back end dev). What is the ...
3
votes
2answers
133 views

How to be a Scrum Master in old school corporations?

The Scrum Master was created to confront traditional management processes which lead to waste; of time, of effort, of people’s lives. Designed originally as a servant leader, the Scrum Master was ...
1
vote
3answers
397 views

How to determine the story points to commit for the next sprint

I'm a software QA that has limited knowledge of the agile methodology due to my sparse time with Agile teams in the past. Currently I'm exploring using Story points for my team instead of estimated ...
4
votes
4answers
349 views

Removing items from the sprint backlog due to emergency

There is a lot of good debate here about changing the scope of a sprint backlog due to normal work circumstances; PO wants a new story, a dependency didn't materialize, etc. In our case one of the ...
3
votes
6answers
648 views

How to address delivery of production fixes in scrum?

Say the product backlog has 90 stories and about 30 stories which make part of functionality of the application is developed and delivered during previous sprints. The PO choose to release this ...
1
vote
4answers
189 views

Scrum - Sprint Bouncer role

Our engineering team uses agile scrum and we are finally growing enough to be able to delegate more scrum roles to more members, including to some of the engineers like myself. One role we're ...
2
votes
3answers
76 views

Smaller PBIs cause duplicated QA work in Agile

I'm a huge proponent of smaller Project Backlog Items (PBIs). Most of the pushback I get these days is: this will cause duplicated work for QA if we split the work into smaller PBIs. This would ...
1
vote
3answers
803 views

How to better structure a big scrum team?

I have joined a start up company as a PM/ scrum master which had 3 scrum teams with different domain specialty 1-FW/cloud, 2- machine learning, and 3- front end( UX/ UI/ dev/QA) on one backlog. The ...
0
votes
1answer
112 views

Are these questions valid for a daily scrum?

For the daily scrum, is it correct to say "A standup meeting is about answers, not questions"? Or another statement: "A standup is to talk about the What, not the How or Why"? I feel that the "why" ...
0
votes
6answers
220 views

As a scrum master of a small startup made by friends, How do you solve these impediments?

We are a small team of developers(fresh graduates) who have decided to create a software to manage a store. We have just a small amount of experience in a real world environment of software ...
1
vote
5answers
132 views

Should Scrum be “Optional” for some teams

So there are 8/10 scrum teams in different locations in my company. there are 4/5 Scrum masters facilitating these teams. One team in particular wishes to have no scrum master & ideally be left ...
0
votes
2answers
86 views

What have you found is the most effective way of training a Scrum Master?

I need to train someone to become a scrum master. I have read so many books and articles over the years and everything is really available online. Thus far I have been having regular knowledge ...
2
votes
1answer
99 views

What team tasks can the Scrum Master help with?

So you are a Scrum Master or the equivalent of that in other agile frameworks/processes, what would be team tasks that you are allowed to help with or do on your own? Are there any tasks that you have ...
7
votes
6answers
2k views

How important is having the PO inside the team?

I believe the Product Owner is an important member of the team and needs to be as accessible as any other. I've recently been confronted by the idea that because the PO is part of 'the business' (i.e....
3
votes
2answers
3k views

What to do when mid-sprint, you realize some stories won't be done?

On the seventh day of a two weeks Sprint, we realize that 20 percent of the stories cannot be completed. What is the best action to take? Is it possible/recommended to cancel the iteration on start ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

How do you demo a spike?

Do spikes need to be demoed or you kind of just describe the knowledge gathered from the spike. During a Team Demo in safe. http://v4.scaledagileframework.com/team-demo/ Looks like the team could. ...
2
votes
4answers
132 views

Team Dynamics Issue

I work in the large Company, where Agile is in its core. Three years ago teams received autonomy to decide on how they work. I have joined the team as a Scrum Master. Engineers in the team don't ...
2
votes
2answers
146 views

Can't do 'vertical'

I've been asked what a team should do when the nature of the project precludes vertical slices in their deliverable stories. The definition of 'Incremental Development' is provided here: https://www....
0
votes
2answers
116 views

questions allowed in scrum team

Situation: - there is a specific team member who is not giving all his\her contribution - it has been communicated multiple times on the team level that we need to take initiative because we are ...
2
votes
2answers
141 views

How to project manage Multiple Product lines, Crossed linked projects 75 developers, 7-8 product managers in an agile manager

We are a medium sized product org with 700 people out of which about 100 are in tech, 75 developers (leads and arch included), 15-18 QA folks, 7-8 tech product managers. We have some 70 line items in ...
0
votes
1answer
81 views

Stories added after commitment

I'm trying to understand the following problem: within a SAFe framework a development team adds user stories after commitment, even though that commitment has not been met. The justification is that ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

How to measure individual performance in a Scrum environment?

I would like to know if there is a way to measure the team members of a Scrum Team individually. All the measures I found apply over the team; this makes sense because the idea is to share all the ...
1
vote
3answers
109 views

How do you write completable “stories” when all members of a team have a specialty?

From a user perspective our stories seem clear. From a engineering perspective our stories are a bit too broad and need to be broken up into sub-tasks. This is OK, but each member of the team has a ...
0
votes
4answers
79 views

Should common functionalities be repeated as very similar stories within each context they're needed?

Let's say for a system, there are several stories that would be repeating all throughout but in different contexts. E.g. Search "As a [insert role], I want to search through a data list so that I ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

Hiring a Scrum Master / Agile Coach [closed]

I hope this is the right place for a question like this, but I am wondering what do/should organizations look for when hiring Scrum Masters or Agile Coaches? This question is only for people who have ...