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Use this tag for any questions that involve agile approaches from the perspective of a project manager, Scrum Master, agile coach, or similar role. Please note that "Agile" is not a framework or methodology, and this tag should NOT be used for questions about agile frameworks when a more suitable tag exists.

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How to handle large backlog

Recently I am asked to inspect the Kanban system our company is following and I am having some difficulties to fix it. I am working in a startup company and in software department there are 5 ...
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How do unknown-scope projects achieve project-level estimation with regards to the CMMI's Project Planning Specific Goal?

Specific Goal (SG) 1 of the Project Planning process area in CMMI (assessed at CMMI Level 2) is to establish estimates. One of the Specific Practices (SPs) that is recommended to achieve this goal is ...
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Do members who are not going to work on a story need to contribute to story point estimates?

I just joined a team that is working towards being agile. The team consists of developers, the maintenance/support staff and QA. Support staff's job is to keep the lights on, they never do any ...
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How should the Product Owner preserve the Agile/Scrum process when faced with top down corporate pressure?

I am a Product Owner / Scrum Master at a small company, my team consists of 4 developers + 1 QA engineer. As a team we handle 2 separate products with some shared products between them. My team has ...
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Agile Stories which are not Unblocked until Middle of Sprint

We are using Agile Two Week Sprints cycles. Sometimes we take on JIRA stories which are blocked, and will not be unblocked until the middle 1 week into of the sprint. Another person's code is complete,...
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Do you set arbitrary deadlines in project management, or only save them for things with intrinsic, real deadlines?

I am trying to find completely new ways to manage my tasks, to do, goals, etc. I am using Linear. Today, I started only writing ‘issues’ that are actual issues - ie, problems, or, pain points. Not ...
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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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QuantAgile (a.k.a. Quantitative Agile) Ussage

Liam here (Engineering Manager & Research Enthusiast)! I've been neck-deep in exploring QuantAgile lately, this newish framework that seems to blend Taylor's Scientific Management efficiency with ...
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2 week agile sprint calendar

Let's say we arrange a sprint in agile methodology. The sprint will last for 2 weeks. let's say the first day is Monday of the 1st week & last day is Friday of 2nd week. In this setup, on what ...
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Why is it called a story spike?

I understand what a story spike is for, but I'd like to know what the significance of the term is. I don't immediately see the relationship between the word "spike" and what it represents in ...
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Should iteration (sprint) dates in Azure DevOps include non-development phases of Agile sprints?

When creating iterations in Azure DevOps (Azure Boards), should non-development phases (non-sprint activities) be included in the dates for each sprint iteration? My understanding is this: schedule ...
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Where does development process improvement fall into the product development lifecycle?

For most of my career as a software developer, I have been a part of Agile teams using Scrum, Lean Startup, or Kanban. The Product team usually has goals for keeping the product running, improving the ...
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Is the Crystal methodology still practised anywhere?

The Crystal methodology is fairly often included in lists of Agile methodologies and it is easy to find articles from recent years giving an overview of it and comparing it to other Agile ...
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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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User Story in a multi technology team

In the company, we have a team that deals with mobile; it consists of a web services part, an Android part, and an iOS part. When we plan a sprint on Jira, we often have user stories that include ...
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What is better: a physical Scrum board or an online board?

I used to practice Scrum with a physical board. We often faced problems when working with distributed teams or just when going into a meeting room. So I decided to implement a SaaS service to provide ...
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Daily standup or daily scrum with members in different time zones

I am trying to look for best practise regarding daily scrum and daily standup with members in different time zones. Most if not all of the recommendations seems to be biased towards members in the ...
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How to apply Earned Value Analysis on a Scrum project?

I'm curious to learn how other managers apply EVA in software development running under agile techniques, like Scrum. I do like the concept and I'd like to try it but I don't understand how to apply ...
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Can a Product owner be a solution architect or a technical product owner to have a say in technical decisions?

Currently, I'm a Senior Solution Architect within a Agile organization (transitioning from waterfall to Agile to SAFe practices) and I'm filling a product owner role for the interim. I'm wearing both ...
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How to lead as product owner when developer reach out directly to business experts and stakeholders?

My product will be very technical. I cannot answer nor understand fully the business requirements, are they are complex mix of finance logic, actuarial mathematics, legacy software architecture etc. ...
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How to prioritize backlog in YouTrack?

In Youtrack, how would I keep track of issues that are suitable for inclusion in the next sprint? The backlog is of course larger than just the next sprint. Generally when going over the issue list we ...
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Holiday capacity question

Our next sprint starts on Dec 18th and should end on Jan 1st. Most of the team will be unavailable on Christmas and boxing day. The PO will also miss about 4 days of that sprint. The problem is Jan ...
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Collaboration of product owner and team

How often do the product owner and the team leader/manager typically meet for discussing the product and the vision as well as the roadmap? Additionally are the skills that each member of the team ...
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Blockers and Impediments

At our standup, I always ask about blockers and impediments and sometimes this results in other members of the team offering help. Sometimes it turns into a rant which isn’t terrible but does ...
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Daily questions about time

In the daily scrum ceremony developers are daily required to answer questions about the time they need to finish each task. F.e. Developer A said that they will do 4 tasks, and the estimation for each ...
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Is Kanban considered an agile methodology?

I need to choose an agile method of development for my team; we tried Scrum for the first two weeks, but since we have to make a simple universitarian project, we thought that Scrum was more ...
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How do you name Sprints in Scrum?

I was wondering if it's a good idea to name Sprints with user-friendly names instead of using numerals like Sprint 1, Sprint 2, etc. Are there best practices or standards for naming the Sprint after ...
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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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In an Azure DevOps work item Excel file, how do I assign parent without having to see closed siblings?

I'm using the "Teams" tab provided by MS in Excel to add repeating Azure DevOps User Stories (US), i.e. work that needs to be done every sprint (don't ask). This seems to be the recommended approach ...
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Why does Pivotal Tracker discourage estimating points for bugs and chores?

Pivotal Tracker "strongly discourages" estimating velocity points for bugs and chores – you have to change a setting and accept a warning to be able to do it. They explain why here, but I just don't ...
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What is above Epic?

We are using Jira for our projects. Standard hierarchy is Epic -> Story/Task -> SubTask. We would like to have deeper hierarchy. Atlassian is suggesting (link) Theme -> Initiative -> Epic ...
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Who ensures that the backend API is compatible with the user interface?

In SDLC, who is responsible for ensuring that the backend API is compatible with the UI/UX? Tester, front-end developer, software analyst, or some other role? I think that it's the responsibility of ...
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Should bugs be treated as stories or as tasks?

If you're using scrum you should know that there is a clear difference between tasks and stories. A story is something that is valuable to user. A task is a step to produce that value to user. So, ...
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Handling Dynamic Sub-task Estimation in Jira without Double-Counting Story Points

My team and I have recently adopted Scrum, and we've chosen Jira as our primary tool for managing sprints and backlogs. As we navigate our sprint planning, we're grappling with an issue related to the ...
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Scope creep and creepy stories?

In Agile, Scrum, in which situations is used the word "creep" ? Can I tag or define my stories added in an active sprint as creep? In my current company, we work using Agile and Scrum ...
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Does running an agile squad mean that all squad members can do any work, or work should be divided based on skill set?

Consider a new PO running a brand new Agile squad where squad members have different skill sets: one developer (who works with the code) one tester / QA person one application architecture one ...
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Can a Project Startup Checklist be part of a Sprint Backlog?

Can "Project Startup Checklist" be a Sprint Backlog for product planning,which is event planning for my project? I have made "Identifying Project Startup Checklist" as a Sprint ...
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DEV & QA Story Point Total

If dev thinks a story is 3 and QA says, it's a 5. You don't add them together to get 8, correct? I've always had the impression that whatever the consensus is, that's what the point value will be. ...
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How do you estimate for a 're-build' where you are rebuilding an existing piece of software, and can agile be used?

Having experienced multiple 're-build' projects in my career, I know that it is hard to capture all of the requirements from the working software. Often because of the size of the code base and lack ...
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Can an operations manager join a team's daily meetings to observe as a "fly on the wall"?

A new operations admin joined the organization and presented himself in the leads channel. He expressed his interest in learning about the teams and their processes, and requested to be included in ...
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1 team practicing kanban with multiple projects

I was wondering when a small development team would use kanban when they have multiple simultaneous IT projects. Is there a reason why someone would rather go with kanban instead of Scrum when ...
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Should user stories be delivered orally?

I have studied software engineering and learned a decent amount about requirements engineering. I also took a course in Scrum. I've now worked at several different companies, and so far, I haven't ...
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Agile Retrospective: Comments Anonymous?

In Agile Scrum Retrospective boards, what is the best practice? Should Teammembers put their Name by each comment? I heard it was supposed to be more Anonymous based when documenting, at least for my ...
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Kanban process flow with loop step

I'm trying to apply kanban to a team that has a specific process workflow designed by the client to deliver items. I'm facing some struggle on a specific step that requires an item to be modified by a ...
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How to deal with Ready To Deploy in Sprint Backlog

I have a difficult question about how to deal with the ready to deploy user stories in the product backlog, as well as in the sprint backlog. My current Kanban board is below: To Do In Progress ...
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In Scrum, should we prepare the Product Backlog at the beginning of each Sprint or only at the beginning of the project?

I know that the Sprint Backlog is a subset of the Product Backlog which contains the tasks to be completed in the current Sprint. Does this mean that the Product Backlog should be fully ready and ...
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Can one person be both Scrum Master and Architect at the same time?

Is it OK if the Scrum Master and Architect is one person? I clearly understand why it's bad idea to combine Scrum Master and Product Owner roles: conflicts of interest, SM cares about development, PO ...
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Agile Principles: What does "sustainable development" mean?

I am new to Project Management. I was reading the Agile Manifesto Principles and would like to understand what "sustainable development" means in the following principle: Agile processes ...
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Change from waterfall to agile [closed]

I have been working on different kind of software projects implementation using the water fall methodology. now some of my clients want to shift to agile methodology. what do I need to take into ...
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How to calculate Schedule Variance in Scrum with story points?

I am trying to find a way to calculate the schedule variance for the scrum. I was trying to found a similar question here on StackExchange, but Yet I didn't found any. So I have posted it here. Below ...

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