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Appropriate Structure to Manage Diverse IT Sustainment & Development Projects?

I am a consulting manager leading over 25 personnel to manage the infrastructure on a Navy Base. The team is currently segmented into Scrum Teams with: 5 SW Devs doing bug fixes and rewriting ...
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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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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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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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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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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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SRS for an Agile project

Currently, I am drafting a SRS ( Software Requirement Specification ) doc for an agile project, and the samples are the ones used in a waterfall project. I did google a lot but couldn't find any right ...
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How to manage sprint velocity when someone does both design & development?

Background I work at a startup where I'm the only designer (UI/UX/Visual), however, we don't have an actual front-end developer, so most of the HTML/CSS development also falls on me as I'm half-...
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Should we count a story that is no longer required by Client/PO/Management in our velocity?

We have finished a story which is no longer required by the Product Owner (PO) or Management. The completed story is not going to add any business value. What should we do in this case? Should we ...
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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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Team velocity fluctuates a lot, how to find the root cause?

I have plotted my team burn up chart and its velocity per iteration. To me it looks really bad (velocity fluctuates a lot). What should I be looking for to diagnose the root cause of this behaviour?
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If Velocity should not be used for future estimations, what is it good for?

I have read the following thread and a few articles sharing the same view - velocity should not be used for predictions. This has somehow rocked my world, as we often look at the velocity, remaining ...
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Is it possible to track velocity on a waterfall project?

Assuming similar work has been done in the past, can velocity be measured on a waterfall project? If that isn't the case, is there a more appropriate capacity management tool on a waterfall project?
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Is there a relationship between technical debt and velocity?

Per my understanding, velocity is just a metric used to forecast work for future sprints, therefore it has no significance other than for planning purposes. Even if technical debt exists, my ...
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Scrum , Velocity calculation and Sprint Calculation

Following figures showing the performance of a Scrum team during the first 6 sprints of a project. Sprint: 15 SP Sprint: 5 SP Sprint: 20 SP Sprint: 15 SP Sprint: 25 SP Sprint. 10 SP Question 1: ...
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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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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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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 is the definition of “project” in Agile settings?

The context is a PMO running across two development groups, one doing Agile development, the other using the waterfall model. In order to come up with a common approach and engagement model, we would ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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On Scrum, should tasks waiting for a specific criteria to be met considered 'to do' or 'blocked'?

We use the usual "to do" "doing" "done" and "blocked" columns for our internal organization. I'd like to know how I should handle tickets that are in "to do" but are not immediately actionable ...
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software development through collaboration of waterfall and agile methods

How can waterfall method and agile method be used in a single project?
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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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Difference between Scrum Master and Agile Delivery Manager

What is the difference between a Scrum Master and Agile Delivery Manager and how can I bridge the gaps. Perhaps you could recommend books, courses or podcasts.
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How to arrive at a project plan for migrating a legacy web application to ReactJS based application

I need to come-up with a project plan for migrating a legacy web application to a ReactJS based application. The legacy web application is written in Vanilla JS, HTML, CSS and there are approximately ...
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pivotal tracker chore: Should chores be estimated or not?

To give a background, We are web automobile company having a new and used cars portal, something like autotrader usa We have lots of technical debt pending i.e. moving our pages to new backend ...
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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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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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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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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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Meaningful capacity planning for part-time, small-team projects

I've been using Scrum for ages on my own projects, which are usually part-time (couple of hours per week -- maybe up to 10 hours a week) and usually solo (although occasionally include teams of up to ...
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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 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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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 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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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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Can a Scrum Master be effective when working mostly remotely?

I have been asked to interview for a Scrum Master position. The position is mostly remote, i.e. all people in the company generally work remotely and then meet up once every 2 weeks for Sprint ...
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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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How do I convert a JIRA Kanban board to a Scrum board

I initially set up a JIRA Kanban board and would now prefer to convert to a Scrum board...is there a way to do this without having to re-create the stories and epics that currently exist on the Kanban ...