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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to improve Scrum Master performance

Update: I think we can assume that my manager does not see me as a pure scrum master but more like a leader of the team. I am a Scrum Master and my manager has told me basically that I am not ...
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How to include research tasks (e.g. user interviews, a contextual inquiry, etc.) or experiments (e.g. A/B test) to a sprint backlog? [duplicate]

Context: Research needs to be done before development so we can make sure we are later developing the “right” thing. Research takes a lot of time and it is almost impossible to have our findings in ...
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Agile Kanban sprints

I wanted to know if Kanban follows sprints? Are there live open Kanban dashboards that I can use to learn from? Thanks!
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One story estimated as 8 SP and multiple developers work on it at the same time [closed]

Let´s suppose there is a story of 8 story points, and several developers are working on it simultaneously. Any take on these types of cases? Should be fine? Could this be considered for completion in ...
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Small team with diverse tasks and little overlap - which methodology?

I have a small development team working on a variety of areas. Currently we are working in an interesting half-baked variation of Agile SCRUM, but that doesn't seem to make much sense in some respects....
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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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The contradictions between agile approach and the growth of individual team member

Agile approach in project management has become more popular than ever, where it emphasizes T-shaped talents in the team and value cross-functionality a lot in team members. I wonder does it ...
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What is a healthy [bug cards]/[total cards] ratio for game development?

The product manager of my development team wants to use this ratio as a KPI, which allegedly will indicate things like: the quality of our code the amount of focus we put on development before ...
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What framework is suited for new product development which are more research and development sort of?

I am working on multiple projects. One of the projects is all about research and development. Like the developer cannot give me the timelines for when it will be finished. Also, the developer doesn't ...
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Blockers, impediments & dependencies

I am finding that blocker is an emotionally loaded word. Impediments and dependencies are not much better. Invariably there is always a person at the end of a blocker and no-one wants to be "...
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How to deal with people who are not motivated?

I am a Scrum Master of a team in a department that has gone through a lot of changes. My team isn't motivated to work or even engage in problem solving discussion. I have tried to do retros, feedback ...
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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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How to breakdown MVP designs into testable user stories?

I am unfamiliar with the ideas behind creating user stories for Agile projects, as well as acceptance criteria. I was wondering how I could turn any MVP design, like the Basket MVP, into tested user ...
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Is given-when-then a standard for how acceptance criteria should be worded?

I am having trouble understanding whether it is considered a best practice to write acceptance criteria in the Cucumber-style given/when/then format, or if there are some scenarios in which this is ...
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Kanban estimates in JIRA to calculate throughput

I am using kanban methodology to manage the flow of a project. However, when new specifications come up, there is some variability in them, meaning that some of them can take 3-4 days while others can ...
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Why does it take time to implement Scrum properly?

Proper Scrum implementation requires three things: an experienced Scrum Master, a mature team, and management who give the Scrum Team some breathing space. In most organizations there is one or two ...
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How should we capture "non-implementation" work?

Currently we don't capture non-implementation stories and treat any research, analysis, release, and support work as team overhead. This makes it very difficult to predict team velocity. What is the ...
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Create story map goal for each persona?

Two different personas can create an application in the product I'm working on: Administrator from within the system. Guardian/parent from a portal. When creating the story map, I started thinking ...
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How can I close an Epic with open defects?

I have an Epic. Some defects are closed, but one defect is still opened and deferred until the next release. How can I close the current Epic since one ticket is still not closed?
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How pushy should a scrum master be?

My Scrum team has given me feedback that I should not be as dogmatic about Scrum and Agile as I currently am. I should “relax” and integrate more with how the company does things. I am happy to do ...
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Bugs in Sprint, which backlog

I am trying to decide how to deal with bugs found in sprint in the context of a team and a program backlog. I have come up with the below process for deciding what to do with a bug and would really ...
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How to sync across teams e.g. releases

I am a Scrum Master for a team which I think are quite mature in terms of Agility. They have raised an impediment of having too many synchronisation meetings with individuals from other teams and the ...
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