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Classic BA role in agile (scaled agile)?

I work in an environment that has really embraced agile and I feel like when faced with a problem we double down on the framework. We're now in a position where we're going to have up to 5 teams ...
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Scrum, plan our sprint right. and what if we finished our stories before he sprint ends, what to do? [duplicate]

How to plan for our sprint right, so we can deliver our sprint with all agreed stories and also what if we finished all the stories assigned with this sprint, but the sprint isn't finished yet, what ...
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Tardiness to Sprint events

Our scrum events rarely start on time because members show up late. There are no reasons given for the tardiness. This wastes the time of the other members who are on time! We have discussed this in ...
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What are the key documents involved in a software project? [closed]

From project proposal to Delivery - in the software development, Which all documents are involved and What is the order? While using Agile development, including SRS, DB structure, source code ...
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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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For what type of projects Kanban and Scrum better adjusted compared to each other?

For which type of projects Kanban is better suited for? For which type of projects Scrum is better suited for?
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How does “Visualize the workflow” in Kanban differ from “Monitor, measure and optimize workflow/Manage flow”?

"Visualize the workflow" and "Manage flow" have somewhat similar explanations. What are the artifacts in Kanban? http://www.everydaykanban.com/what-is-kanban/ While the " Visualize the workflow" ...
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Why is “limiting Work In Progress” the cornerstone of Kanban?

I have been studying the Kanban documentation http://www.everydaykanban.com/what-is-kanban/ and I stumbled upon the "Limiting Work-in-Progress" practice. It is said in this paragraph that "Limiting ...
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Are stakeholder and users separate roles on a project in Scrum or they are covered by Product owner?

I have recently encountered a presentation about scrum where stakeholders and users were visualized as equal roles like Development Team, Scrum Master and Product Owner. Is this valid in terms of ...
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How many artifacts are in Scrum in total?

I have defined that 3 main artifacts of the Scrum are Product Backlog Sprint Backlog Product increment. Could there be more artifacts in Scrum such as "Definition of Done" or "Sprint Goal". ...
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Priority coefficient for sprint planning

Some time ago I read about an entity called "priority coefficient" (my rough translation to English) which could be calculated via where IIRC: V is an item's business value estimated by PO S is an ...
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Two leads at the same time in the same team [closed]

From a management perspective, in the company I work there was a decision of creating teams that have two tech leads, that share the same pool of engineers (team is small, ~8-9 engineer in total). The ...
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How to create an agile release plan with product scope already started?

I starting an projects which will use Agile approach, I am creating my road map, the first release with its features. The things is that an app that that one of the developers created by himself ...
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Backlog Grooming

I have a question regarding backlog grooming. I have completed product prioritization using MoSCOW method. I have it prioritized it as follows. I have rationalized it working with client and gathering ...
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Would this approach will work as an Agile development project?

I will start working on a software development project, currently the project is the initiation phase to divide into phases and select the product develop approach. This is my first time leading this ...
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Dealing with less competent agile team members

The company uses JIRA for 3 week sprints. Team members are virtual with one QA tester who does all the testing that she documents as subtasks for each story. Developers must validate their changes ...
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Is there a difference between agile project and agile product evolution?

My company is standardizing how agile initiatives will be run organization wide. It is a <1000 people company where few hundreds waterfall projects are either running or close to start. I ...
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Is there a way to password protect a Confluence page - cloud version?

Whenever a user tries to access a Confluence page we want to use some kind of password or passcode to add another level of security to the Confluence page. Is it possible - with or without add ins? ...
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How to follow INVEST principle when starting a new app from scratch

I am trying to start a new app and want to follow scrum. We are using pivotal tracker, and we had added many stories and estimated them. We tried breaking stories to the smallest possible value ...
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How to deal with a person with low quality output in the team

I have a person in my team with average experience that always does the task exactly as requested as output but with low quality. I noticed this more than one time on short periods -weeks- and every ...
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What to do for delayed stories between sprints

I want to ask about stories that are not considered done because of missing information from the customer. I have a sprint with 60 user stories and at the end of the last 2 sprints, I can say that ...
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Making backlog items independent - how that can be achieved?

Many sources and agile coaches repeat this INVEST mantra, when I stands for "Independent", i.e. defining stories that can be implemented in any order. While it sounds reasonable, I do not believe it ...
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How can we prevent business value from being dependent on multiple user stories in Scrum?

Our dev team keeps finding ourselves in a scenario where we have multiple stories, none of which actually provide usable value by themselves. In order to deliver any real world value, we need to ...
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Is there a report type to document a (Agile) project journey?

My main goals are to document our current methodology, share our team's story of changing and adapting, and share evaluations of our improvement. Ideally, I'd like to share this report with our ...
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Scrum based High-tech Product Development with a very mixed Group (Seniors & Novices)

I'm already a (certified) Scrum Master of a software Development Team and I'm going to/have to establish an agile product development process (Scrum is favored) with another group with four engineers. ...
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How do you organize/plan your discovery session so that it does not conflict with the work of the current sprint?

Let's suppose you have a team of 10 developers working on automation (RPA). They are working in 4 different, independent bots. The PO comes with more opportunities for automation. These opportunities ...
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Where are Software features/requirements formally documented in Agile Software Development [duplicate]

An SRS document is appropriate for the traditional software development methodology where you start and finish without iterations as you do in Agile. With Agile, requirements come up, get removed, get ...
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Scrum Team and Product Owner working against each other

My current project involves two companies. The product owner from Company A and the development team from Company B. Recently the two companies came to a disagreement regarding the Product Owner (PO) ...
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How to split stories depending on APIs?

Let's take the below user story as an example to understand the whole scenario better: As a user, I should be able to contact a dealer to test-drive a car. The scope of the story is that the user ...
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What to do about unachievable criteria in the Definition of Done?

I'm a first-time Scrum Master. I'm not even certified in anything PM-related; I'm just a seasoned Python/Django developer. However, I have read the latest official Scrum Guide cover-to-cover. I have ...
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Release Planning/Versioning in Azure Boards

In other tools there are release planning/versioning modules and I was wondering if there is something similar in Azure Boards? I have looked into a few extensions, but do not see anything. The goal ...
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How to estimate and plan with a distributed, part-time team?

The situation: We are a small, fully-distributed software solutions provider. We serve multiple clients, and given our size that means every team member is on multiple, part-time billable teams. ...
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How to include a Product Designer into an organisation using Squads?

We are developing our organisational structure around fully autonomous Squads, similar to the model Spotify uses. Within these Squads we use the Scrum framework, however in order to enable each ...
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Implementing Scrum when everyone is remote and part-time

Before I begin, I want to mention that I have read through a lot of similar questions on this site about agile teams where a few members are part-time, but I haven't found anything about how to ...
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How to get the team/end users to test features early in the test system?

We're a 20 ppl company in supply chain management and I'm leading the IT department with 2 ppl (+ outsourced development company). For new features, in my ideal, imaginative world, the users would ...
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How to Manage Sprint Cadence With Multiple Teams in Two Timezones

Doing my best to make this an "answerable" question and not just a discussion. While it might not be a perfect question, I think it fits the overall SO guidelines. I'm looking for best practices (or ...
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Sprint Review: How to prevent every single type of story from being “reviewed”

The team decided to make every work item into a sprint story. This means that along with development stories that result in a product increment, a sprint also contains stories for integration testing, ...
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Unfinished works in Sprint

What we can do, if we identified in a middle of a sprint that we cannot complete the agreed user stories and Product owner/Business user is resisting to accept the spills / unfinished works? Team ...
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“Dead horse” topics banned at sprint retrospectives, is this good practice - why or why not?

I'm asking as a member of an Agile (Scrum) team, not as the PM/PO/Scrum Master. On this project there are a handful of well-known impediments / problems / things that didn't go well, which are a ...
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What does “N” mean and how to count

I've been doing some research around managing our sprint cadence to align teams across time zones and came upon, "N+1" when describing a day of a sprint. I've not been able to find a definition of "N" ...
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Long testing phase in Scrum

We are building quite a big and important feature in a Scrum Team. The PM wants to put this feature into a separate branch and not deploy it for a 1-2 months so the users can test it properly before ...
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Impact mapping on a new project

I have read about a new technique for Agile Development named "Impact Mapping", developed by Gojko Adzic: The main idea behind it is building a map of the business goals behind the project (the why), ...
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Managing separate releases with common code

My product has following structure: Website, iOS, Android mobile apps, backend. There's a common code that is used by all components above. Say, you have to change a piece of code inside of it (just ...
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How to reconcile MVP/fail fast with a 'replace existing product' project?

In general, we as agile IT developers/PMs want to create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) as a first iteration, get it in front of users, and then iterate and improve upon it. How does one reconcile ...
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Agile hard for the developer

By being responsible to make the product do what it needs to do, Agile can be hard on the developer. He/she is the one responsible for things not being correct, even if it was delivered what was asked ...
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Fibonacci scale project estimates: how is it not vulnerable to misunderstanding by management?

The Fibonacci sequence is to assist developers with project estimates. The concern is that we consistently see management use the points derived from Fibonacci sequence estimates to determine project ...
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What type of assessment/analysis model should I use?

I've been brought into an organization to improve their Release Management. A couple years ago they went through a transition to Agile development. I have two work streams: Run & Improve. Boots ...
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How to make Agile metrics useful to stakeholders and project managers

I have started using Actionable Agile lately. This tool is essentially used for Agile Metrics e.g. Cycle time, throughput, monte-carlo predictability etc. Does anyone know how I can translate this ...
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How do you capitalize agile costs with less mature teams?

We are looking into capitalizing our agile development costs - however, we have a few teams with different maturity levels. One team uses time estimations with relative ease, other teams use story ...
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Do agile teams need a leader with technical skill?

Do agile teams need a technical lead, where the technical lead is someone who has technical knowledge about project skills that the team is working on?