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What does a Product Owner do if they disagree with the CEO's direction on product strategy?

What can, and should, a Product Owner / Product Manager do if the CEO has mandated that the team builds something which the Product Owner feels is not in the best interests of the customer? Aside from ...
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Developer keeps underestimating tasks time

This is one of my first projects in charge, and I am leading a team of 2 dev, a senior and a mid-level one. The mid-level developer is underestimating his time on most tasks. He is telling me that ...
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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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Strength and weakness for Product Manager interview question [closed]

In job interviews for a project manager position, the interviewer often asks the applicant to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses. What is the interviewer hoping to learn by asking this? How ...
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Recommended framework to organize a 12-developers team that will work on different products

The developers team is composed of 12 people. Several products need to be built, and although these products benefit the same line of business in the company, they are not necessarily related each ...
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How to boost internal communication within a Scrum Team

I have collected feedback from my team about what area they want to work on and that is internal communication. They want to improve the frequency and quality of interactions basically. So asking and ...
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Project management approach to take and presenting information about a product to User?

Recently, I faced 2 interview questions as below: Q1) Explain to us how you will present information about a product to the user? Q2) What project management approach would you take and why? Now, I ...
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Agile in Data Science - how can I do it best

I work in a data science team and we're starting along the path of agile development. We will be working in 2 week sprint cycles. Once we have a clear view of what we are doing, it looks good - we can ...
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Cancelled project retrospective format

Can anyone recommend a retrospective format for a cancelled project? The attendees will be the development team but also some of the more senior stakeholders. The idea is to reflect on the hard work ...
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What non-Agile project management methodologies are used nowadays?

What non-Agile project management methodologies are used nowadays? I know that Waterfall is in use. What else?
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How to handle business change within an agile development environment?

Most of the questions around agile development processes are focused on the IT side of the work, leading to technical changes that are implemented. In parallel with these technical changes, there can ...
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Trying to understand my CFD

Newbee to the agile world, we are practicing kanban in our organization and we use Jira to manage our flows. I am trying to understand the CFD Jira generates for us, but the whole CFD idea confuses me....
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May I not use the users stories in Scrum?

It is more convenient for me to describe requirements in technical terms. So is it possible not to use the users stories in Scrum? Will it be Agile still?
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How do you differentiate between Product & (Dev) Ops activities for an Agile project?

I have worked with various sizes of organisations and everyone has had a way of seperating between DevOps (Engineering) activities and Product (Functionality development) activities. Some had ...
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The career path of a Scrum Master

A Scrum Master has a pretty small team (as per the Scrum Guide) and it's not recommended for a Scrum Master to work with more than two teams. Agile and Scrum are still not everywhere adopted, ...
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Thoughts on using user stories to define business/platform needs?

I'm very accustomed to user stories for end-user driven features. But if starting a project from scratch, does it make sense to treat the business owners as users and define their needs that way too? ...
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How can these problems with agile be solved?

I'm a lead developer and for the last four years I've owned a code base which has steadily been improving in quality. I worked at a fairly small company and we previously worked in small waterfall ...
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How to estimate sprint velocity when there is a change in story points in scrum

Initially, the Product Backlog contained 350 story points of PBIs. After completing 7 sprints of development, the Product Backlog contains 140 story points of PBIs . The average velocity is 30 per ...
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QA is at capacity, Development has room

Let's say you have five developers and one QA tester. All 5 developers can commit to X number of user stories. In Planning, QA decides he'll need Y number of hours per story to test. What is the ...
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How to determine project complete date?

As a project manager, I've already worked on a few tech projects with newly assembled teams every time. The team is usually 2-3 team members doing the actual work. It is hard to determine velocity. We ...
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Under what circumstances should outsiders attend a scrum team’s ceremonies?

I work with a team of 5 scrum masters each of which has one or 2 teams. There is one agile coach. The agile coach wants to “observe” all the ceremonies of my team. He wants to do this to “coach” me. ...
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What data am I missing to get from a MVP development company?

Our company wants to outsource the developing of MVP. Since it is my first project as a product manager, I am expecting 1- story map 2- ERD 3- Technical specifications i.e. language, database, DevOps &...
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What framework or methodology would you recommend for a Data Science team?

I am a Scrum Master for a team of mostly Data Scientists and some Software Engineers and a Product Owner. Our organisation has decided that all teams work in 2 week sprints using Scrum. I personally ...
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Do you have to deliver working software in an Agile timebox/sprint?

In the Agile manifesto one of their values is: Working software over comprehensive documentation This got me thinking does this value stand in all circumstances? Especially in the circumstance of an ...
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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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Is there planning in Scrum?

As a project manager/scrum master, I has been required to make sure that the team completes the work that was planned for a Sprint and, what is more important, for a Release. Are these demands correct?...
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Is Scrum updated to 2.0 or 3.0?

I've found on several sources that people claim that there is Scrum 2.0 or even 3.0 like in here http://www.scrumcrazy.com/file/view/Scrum30_HiddenSecrets_AgileDenverMarch2014.pdf/499980506/...
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Optimizing kanban workflow due to lagging dependency

The following describes a situation where I am no longer part of. I recently had a shower thought about the past situation and wanted to see how the situation could've been improved. This is my first ...
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In Kanban, What should I do if the card has a bug that need to be fixed in Test column?

Let's say the workflow is something like this: Todo -> Development -> Test -> Release If some feature has done in development and moved to test, when tester found a bug, may be app crashing or ...
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How to (Agile) manage a fairly complex IT PoC?

I'm a technical lead employed by in an agile IT organization where most teams observe Scrum. I'm 2 weeks into a task of building a proof-of-concept of a service that is fairly sizable and complex (...
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What are the main reasons Scrum doesn't admit managers?

How can I explain the fact we aren't gonna manage the team to a customer? The customer will ask why is not-managing better than managing? Scrum introduces self-organizing teams. Why doesn't Scrum ...
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Feedback process for individuals in scrum team

I work as Scrum Master in a team which has developers and QAs. In the organization I work for we have a review cycle every six months. Directors do the evaluation of the Scrum team based on agile ...
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How to actually empower self-organized team to remove its member?

One of the parts of self-organization in agile (but this is not necessarily related only to agile) is that we look at the team's performance and focus on supporting the team doing their job the best ...
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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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Are self-organizing teams subject to self-blocking, when there's a disagreement?

There may be a situation when half of the self-organizing team isn't accepting a decision proposed the the other half of the self-organizing team. This situation effectively stops the project's ...
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What agile process promotes the team to assign tasks to individual developers istead of individuals assigning tasks for themselves?

Developer /architect / developer 20 years experience. I did an experiment at my previous project where I created a scrum-like process but we decided developers to not pick directly their tasks, but ...
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How to handle learning tasks in scrum?

Today in our team we faced interesting issue. One of my colleagues wanted to learn basics of some technology which is about to be used in the project. How such an activity should be handled in scrum ...
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QAs get all the Work at the End of Sprint

We have an issue in our Scrum Agile process, where all the Developers get PBI work done in the last few days of the sprint. And then QA is forced to test everything at end of sprint. What is the ...
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Agile methodologies such as Scrum in non-software development projects

Even though Scrum was originally suggested for managing product development projects, its use has focused on the management of software development projects. None of the project management teams I ...
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What contract type to use when the scope is largely defined (but NOT completely)?

The fixed-price contract is generally used when the scope of the project is clearly defined. The T&M contract is generally used when the scope of the project can't be clearly defined (a customer ...
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Who Owns Backlog Prioritization?

I recently had a meeting with several executives/managers wherein we determined that what the Product Owner had communicated, and the Product Manager had prioritized in the backlog, was no longer what ...
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How do you integrate Agile Scrum work within your project WBS

Agile Scrum, for example, is a methodology applied to organize the work under uncertainty, where adaptation is required as the work progresses. There is always an objective behind the effort, be the ...
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In Agile methodologies, what happens when team completes a backlog item or user story?

I need to know that does team need some kind of approval or something from product owner or scrum master when it completes a user story. And if not, then how the team proceed with this kind of ...
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Is Scrum team subject to project time pressure?

Did I get it right that Scrum team is never subject to project time pressure (no demanding to complete tasks within estimates, no deadlines, etc)? I mean external pressure (such as from the customer ...
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WBS and agile approach

I have been reading 3 books about Agile Project Management and in all of them there is no concept about WBS even in the book of the agile practice from agile alliance that comes with the PMBOK 6th ...
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Should the Product Owner be from our organization or the company we are contracting with?

We're a governmental organization and we're contracting with software companies to implement our projects. We're adapting the Scrum framework. Question: Should the Product Owner be from our ...
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SAFe Innovation & Planning vs. Sprint Planning

We're moving to SAFe in my company, and I have trouble understanding the differences. I'm certified in Scrum (CSM/CSPO), but don't know much about SAFe, and I don't really see much of a difference ...
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How can I train a team of engineers about user story points in 30 mins

Does anyone know how I can train a bunch of engineers about user story points in 30 mins. I wanted to make it fun and interactive but I only have 30 mins. My initial idea was to simply go over the ...
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Is it possible to give timelines in SCRUM?

Our team is currently using a very SCRUM near approach in planning and development. But I constantly face one issue with our management. The management is part of the backlog priority process and each ...
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Points, Hours, Capacity

Let's say we work in two week sprints. The team has 6 developers. 8 hours per day, 10 days, multiplied by 6 would equal total 480 hours. Multiply that by .7 to get at an ideal developer day and you ...

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