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How to measure if Scrum Master is making a difference and when to give up

I have been working with a Scrum Team and also a Kanban team for about 6 months and 10 months respectively. The Scrum team hasn't shown any improvement and I haven't really managed to impact the ...
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Why single backlog for cross-functional teams is important?

I have 4 teams working on same product. Currently we use separate backlog for each one. When creating a story PO puts it into proper backlog in advance. His list of rough ideas (before they become ...
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Definition of Ready and Done in a Waterfall-Scrum Process (Global Definition as Solution?)

I am currently working on a project in which a so-called Waterfall-Scrum process is completed. This includes one week of development and one week of testing. Each team (currently 7 teams building on ...
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Should I leave building the database for the end?

Let's suppose that, as a PO, I have a mini-project with my team. The project consists of displaying messages and announcements on big shared screen. The admin can write messages on a page on his ...
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What does it mean to cultivate a team's Agile mindset?

If team strictly follows Agile's core values and principles and they started living as per the Agile manifesto, does this mean the team’s mindset is now changed to Agile? Or does anything else need to ...
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MS Project Agile Showing Wrong Start/Finish Dates

Hopefully you can help provide me with insight. So I'm new to the Agile functions of MS Project, and I have a board with sprints and tasks set up. When inspecting the dates for Start/Finish times of ...
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Tasks during sprint planning

For the next sprint, Jira displays the total number of story points in the backlog, calling it "Estimate.". This number leaves out tasks, which are estimated in hours, not story points. This makes it ...
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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 to provide sprint results to large array of clients?

I work as scrum master for all of our corporate systems related to ServiceNow. Unlike many projects, we have a ton of different (internal) clients. Finance/Legal/Facilities/Contract and the list goes ...
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Prioritizing both functional and non-functional requirements in Agile

Hi Everyone & Have a Good Day!! I am doing research on requirement prioritization in Agile. I need to prioritize functional and non-functional requirements by integrating both them simultaneously....
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How should Scrum and Kanban teams track Continuous Improvement activities?

What mechanism can Scrum or Kanban teams use to track Continuous Improvement activities - something which can also involve cross-team collaboration? e.g. CI: Improve Product Management by reducing ...
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How much defect rework is expected?

I am working as developer in product based software company. In all companies I worked as of now , we say that the quality of this delivered story is good or bad. But I find this is subjective. Is ...
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How to chose the right perspective in user stories?

As a PO I plan to write user stories for a project. In this project, we'll send messages via email that should get formatted according to a style guide, as an example. What is the best perspective to ...
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Good RAID Log examples & usage

I was hoping for any good examples of how anyone has effectively presented RAID logs (or the individual lists of Risks/Assumptions/Issues/Dependencies) in their projects. In particular for Agile/Scrum ...
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How to get a BI team to work in vertical slices e.g. User Stories

I am an Agile Coach for a bunch of Business Intelligence Engineers and Data Scientists. There is generally speaking 2 different work item types which they undertake: User facing reports and ...
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How can we decide if a story is a feature or just an internal change?

We have a story where we want to have uniformity across our product suite by using a same jar file across three products. Consider it as an add-on to the original product, and as of today we have ...
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Is it better to deliver many low-value stories or few high-value stories?

I'm unfamiliar with Agile/Scrum (not sure which is the right term here), and I have what seems like a very basic question, but I can't seem to find an answer online. Here is an exaggerated ...
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How to structure a BI team in agile/scrum

I am about to take a role as a BI Product Owner, but there is some debate as to how to structure the team. Some of the articles and white papers discuss a BI 'team' but this causes me a few ...
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How to implement Agile in Data Support

The department I am working in is Data Support Dept. The nature of work, is providing reports to other departments, and do some data integration. I am thinking of using Agile in the dept. but I don'...
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Last minute changes by the client

We have a team that works in Scrum and a PO who prioritizes the backlog. Outside of this, we have 3 project managers that hold the communication with our clients (each one with 2-3 different countries)...
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When choosing the largest and smallest stories in a backlog for estimation how does it impact each sprint?

An article I came across suggested that we should pick the largest and smallest story in the prioritised backlog and relatively estimate the remaining stories. This makes sense. However, I was ...
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Use one Story Map for planning two different solutions of one process

Currently I am creating a story map for a product. We've defined the future process which should be represented in our new product. For the first step the user will get a classical windows application,...
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How several teams should work on one product using Scrum?

Problems: A team should be able to do the increment. But with multiple team the product may become unstable because the changes from different teams may create code or functional conflict. Who should ...
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Who should write Acceptance Criteria in a project delivered using Scrum Methodology

We are a consultancy delivering projects for a number of our clients. For some clients, there is a Product Owner who writes the user story and the acceptance criteria (I understand that Acceptance ...
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How far should you vertically slice?

We are a small team of 4 software developers trying to use Scrum. We have a large project to start from scratch and we've hit a roadblock regarding slicing the project. The project is a distributed ...
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What do you do if developer takes on a task that was intended for you and he can't finish it in time?

I'm currently working with a couple of students on an course project (2x8h per week). At the last sprint planning we have taken one main backlog story to implement, and I was expected to be the ...
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Burndown Chart Ideal/Projection

I'm using the redmine agile plugin online demo. The website advertises the plugin with a sample image for "Work Burndown" - I am trying to replicate this graph using the demo itself. The sample image ...
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An agile approach with a waterfall delivery and the QA impact

My customer signed off on a major enhancement to an existing application. The enhancement will be delivered as a single new release and I can't change this. However, how we get to this final release ...
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How can you estimate a spike story?

We are working on a technology of which the team is not sure how would it go.I would like to estimate and timebox this story.However,the scrum team has to goal or a shippable product at the end of ...
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Resistance to change from senior manager

In a company that wants to become more agile in the way they work, they brought in an agile coach. The coach is exploring what changes need to be made, makes suggestions and helps coach the company's ...
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How to handle a large and ambiguous requirement with a fixed timeline/deadline (9 months to deliver)

This was asked in an interview. I had one such experience in the past and at that time a single developer and PM initially conducted a pilot (manual + semi-automated) for a month/two to understand the ...
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How to manage development tasks and bugs/issues in a small fully-remote development team?

How to manage development tasks and bugs/issues in a small fully-remote development team? I've just hired two developers so I need to put a system in place for managing development tasks, reporting ...
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Does agile really promote a better work environment?

Currently working in an agile role (Scrum Master), where the core values of agile is Trust, respect, commitment and courage. However, I am increasingly finding professionally that I am meeting fellow ...
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Is it possible to be agile during steps prior to implementation like sales and product discovery?

How to be agile when there's a massive amount of sales / prework / product discovery to be done before actual implementation? Speaking generally, our product is a user facing portal that displays ...
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Tips for achieving ideal burn chart

For a planned sprint, it is hard to see the Actual burn chart close to the Ideal even though the required amount of points have been met. Is there anything specific to keep in mind to achieve an ...
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Is there an official word for the pre-Agile “just do whatever” methodology?

Textbooks and training courses about Agile always compare it to Waterfall. I imagine that IBM in the 1960s used Waterfall, and there may well be some government agencies that use it, but in the small ...
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The roles understanding in the agile development / Is the PO always right?

We have some problems in our team which I would like to describe here: The test is almost only represented by a test in the agile team. He is entrusted with all eventualities. From planning, ...
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Azure DevOps - how to know a Resolved work item is actviely being tested (vs. in the queue)

TLDR; Does Azure DevOps have a recommended built in way of marking Resolved Work Items as being actively tested as opposed of being in the queue for testing? Details My team is using Azure DevOps ...
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Not sure what value the Scrum Master role adds over a long period of time?

I have been working as a pure Scrum Master for a couple of years within a relatively agile organization. My other Scrum Master colleagues and I do very little for most of the day except for ...
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Who or what role is the owner of the agile workflow and the workflow tool (e.g. Jira)

I have worked in different organizations an they all take a different approach to the roles that own the tools for agile delivery. Can you please tell me your opinions on what role would govern the ...
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Startup - is it time to split into two teams?

I work at a startup where I began as the only developer 3 years ago, and now I run the dev team. There's 15 employees total, 8 of whom are engineers: 5 iOS devs 3 Backend devs We're currently just ...
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Are Scrum build and test phases separate?

Many sources say Scrum has a build phase and test phase, but I'm wondering if these are separated stages since continuous integration essentially combines build and test into a loop.
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Stories in test at end of sprint

We are a small team (3 devs and 2 testers) and we have successfully used Scrum for 6 months, despite being a really small team for this methodology. I am a rookie as a Scrum Master. Now, we have ...
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(Hypothetical) During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to twice daily

This hypothetical question is directly-inspired by this Question. During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to occur twice per day -- once in the morning ...
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How do you get your users to “own” their cards and adopt Agile as a whole?

Good afternoon Fellow Scrum-Students/Acolytes/Masters, I'm having trouble getting some of my users to keep progress of their cards. I often have to move them to In Progress or remind them to keep ...
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Extend Sprints or take the renaming tasks to a new Sprint?

I am a rookie PM. We are conducting a Sprint with selected tasks from the backlog, when suddenly critical bugs appear. Should we extend the Sprint, or finish the Sprint on the delivery date and move ...
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Does velocity change if the storypoints are changed in the particular sprint?

With the development team of 10 members. Project should be completed in 2 sprints. If the team plan to change the story points, does velocity of the team change? If so which type of velocity changes?
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What is the best way to manage features decomposition in scrum?

I am wondering what the best way to implement decomposition is. For instance let's say we have a feature or an epic that has been in the product backlog for a while, or in the roadmap for that matter....
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How does a Portfolio Kanban look like?

I'd like to setup a Portfolio Kanban to be used at a higher level in my project and I'm not sure how it should look like. What is the key information it should contain?
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How should be best discussed bug between team/scrum master/PO

Edit: Definition of "bug". Here I describe as bug a bug introduced during development or missing/incorrect implementation of a story found after acceptance of the story. Our team does not face "...