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What are some ways you are getting your business engaged with your Agile team?

I continue to see Agile adoptions that focus on the R&D or Engineering team. There seems to be this acceptance that the core of Agile rests there. I'm absolutely not convinced. I think that if the ...
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Good idea for a client to also be the project manager?

A while ago I took on a freelance web programming project with a company I'm already familiar with. My boss (also the company owner) typically pairs me with one of his PM employees for each project I ...
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Effect mapping and agile development

Today, I have found a new technique for Agile Development named "Effect Mapping", developed by Gojko Adzic: http://gojko.net/effect-map/ The main idea behind it is about building the map tree of a ...
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Advice for dealing with a cowboy programmer in an agile team

We have a cowboy coder in our team i.e. he likes to take advantage developing some new features or tools that are not always requested nor useful. We use scrum/kanban for development, and it is quite ...
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What are effective strategies for dealing with project bottlenecks?

I work as a software developer at a small non-IT company. One of the challenges we face is receiving timely feedback to questions and the testing of the programming assignments we handle. The root ...
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What's the best way of estimating initial software size using '(agile) epics', given a time-to-market but not knowing who the developers will be?

Given a set of high level epics what's the best 'guestimate' we can come up with to scope the software system appropriately given a time-to-market window? What are some good/best practices for this ...
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From ScrumMaster (or any agile coach) to a direct line manager - how do people change their behavior?

I've been working as an agile coach for little over one year for one team. Recently I became a line manager for the same team. So now I'm agile coach and line manager in one. How can people change ...
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How to handle 'ilities' (or non-functional requirements) for a project planning/prioritization/work-allocation?

It seems the world is doing a good job at managing functional requirements for a system - you can link them to benefits, prioritize them and manage their implementation schedule (let's assume an ideal ...
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Scrum 1.0 vs MSF Agile 5.0 Process templates in TFS 2010

we're about to move from TFS server 2008 to TFS 2010 and I'm working on the details of the setup we want in 2010. We are using Scrum and we need to decide what Process Template to use in our new TFS ...
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What is a reasonable strategy for estimating story points for new stories?

The project I'm running is very exploratative in that I don't know very much detail about features in advance. My boss will tell me that he wants feature A and that after feature A is finished, he'll ...
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How do unknown-scope projects achieve project-level estimation with regards to the CMMI's Project Planning Specific Goal?

Specific Goal (SG) 1 of the Project Planning process area in CMMI (assessed at CMMI Level 2) is to establish estimates. One of the Specific Practices (SPs) that is recommended to achieve this goal is ...
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How to encourage the commitment on a sprint for a team

The biggest problem I have right now is the team is unable to commit on the stories and tasks planned during a sprint. For example, we wanted to implement a new database, which is very complex and ...
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Going from Scrum to Kanban near “release”

I am working as Scrum Master on a large software project. We are currently running Scrum. We have about one month left in the development phase before we are supposed to end our implementation phase. ...
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Advice for Special Short Sprints (2-5 Days)?

Most of our Sprints are 2 weeks long, but occasionally, we want to meet a special deadline in less time (2-5 days). So, we do a special "short" Sprint that is a bit different from our normal routine. ...
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What's a successful website/software that has been released and/or sustained using the Agile/SCRUM process?

Google, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Tumblr, Wordpress, Flickr? It goes without saying that Agile is best for some, not for others, but I'm just kinda wondering... The developers in my ...
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One Dev One month - What elements of agile would you use

I'm starting a one dev project (me) and it's going to be a short one (Approx. 4 weeks). In such a short term scenario, I still went through the requirements with the Product Owner (PO), prepared all ...
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Reverse Auction “Kanban-like” methodology for agile development

I am trying to get some feedback on a methodology I would like to try with my team. Two problem areas I want to try and adapt this process to addess are: A mix of time-critical (contracted ...
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In Scrum, who has the vision and the roadmap documents?

I read some books about Scrum, but they seem to only be about product backlog, sprints, user stories, the scrum team, and timeboxing — but nothing about vision, roadmap, estimation, and other ...
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Any information on traditional company structures and variations?

Now that I'm working at higher levels within companies, I come across different groups and people with high-level responsibilities - bodies responsible for funding decisions, governance, CEOs, CIOs, ...
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Selecting the right iteration duration

I've long argued that "1 week" makes a great iteration duration. It forces the issue of getting SW Dev tools operating smoothly and effectively, it also makes it much harder to operate a "dev then ...
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Should the role of scrum master be played by the same person every time?

I've been reading about agile methodology and while discussing it with colleagues the question of interchangeability of roles came up. The scrum-master role is not an easy burden, so some proposed to ...
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Gameification - How would you gameify work in an Agile team?

During a recent open session at RallyON 2011 we talked about paradoxes in Agile. One of the items that came up during the conversation is when a high-performing team becomes so well greased that all ...
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Driving process change within a company that only has recently viewed its software as a competitive advantage

I have recently changed roles ( 4+ years ) as a product manager within an organization with previous years spent as a business analyst within a mid-sized agile software development firm and I have ...
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R&D Tax Credit in Agile Scrum

In an Agile Scrum environment, how do you compute R&D tax credit? In a 'waterfall' model, the 'Define' and 'Design' phases could be applied. But in Scrum, how do you do that?
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How do you evaluate if the Agile method is the right one for a specific project?

I am looking for an evaluation method and criteria for determining if a project can be conducted using the Agile method (over traditional/waterfall). I would welcome examples ("definitely Agile", "...
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In an agile project how should PM try to find risks upfront and if yes how?

Usually in an agile process such as scrum we don't do an initial analysis as in waterfall model. How to identify project risk in agile process.
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10 things that I can do to improve my Team and our Process

Some backdrop about my team, just so that you can make your answers relevant -> We are a Web Application development team, with Team strength being 5 members. What are 10 simple things we can do to ...
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What are the repercussions for one person being the QA lead and product owner?

I work for a start-up software company transitioning to Scrum. We don't have dedicated positions yet, so I'm wondering what kind of repercussions (negative and positive) could come about if one ...
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Who is using Cynefin for their Agile adoption?

I've listened to some David Snowden podcasts on complexity theory and the Cynefin framework. It looks as though it could be powerful for guiding Agile adoptions. Who has used Cynefin for this work? ...
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How do you kick-off new Agile teams?

I'm curious what others are doing with regard to getting teams up and running with Agile in a sustainable way. What do you emphasize first (practices, principle, process framework)? Or is there no one ...
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How much does Lean Software Development really has to do with the original concept of lean manufacturing?

We are seeing more emphasis on the concept of Lean Software Development, especially by the Agile community. It's definitely exciting to imagine that the software industry can be as productive, ...
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What is the most appropriate agile framework for teams of independent freelancers?

I'm thinking of building a virtual team of freelancers trough oDesk or alike. My project needs few (2-3) php developers, a c++ developer or two and a project manager. I'm wondering what agile team ...
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Who should be trained when introducing Agile?

Should all team members be formally trained when introducing Agile methods into a company, or is it sufficient to train only a handful of key people? If the latter, who should they be?
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Will hiring an agile coach make that much of a difference?

My company is still young, and our processes still inadequate. I want to get the scrum process right from the start. Would hiring an agile coach make that much of a difference even if I've done ...
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How to handle user stories that cannot be split and do not fit even a 30 days long sprint?

Given a small team (3 people or so) and a technically challenging area (e.g. middleware, embedded software etc.), and Assuming that a user story is a smallest thing that has value for the end user, ...
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What are you doing with Agile teams who no longer run retrospectives?

I have run into several teams who tell me that they no longer run iteration retrospectives: they were a waste of time and they weren't learning anything new. What is your answer to these teams? Should ...
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Given a “frozen” iteration plan, what happens if the plan's stories require more work than expected

I am not sure how to phrase this but I'd like to ask how Agile handles this. My understanding is that in Agile, you freeze the stories that are in the current sprint. What happens when a developer ...
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Tools in agile methods

We are currently in the process of implementing Scrum. I would like to let us started with a tool to help the team get along with it (see here about this point), but after a presentation I made where ...
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Who owns the issue of Agile team complacency?

I am really eager to hear different perspectives on team complacency about their Agile adoption. Is it the ScrumMaster's problem? The team's issue? The manager's fault? I can see so many complex webs ...
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How should design changes be communicated in a waterfall/agile hybrid project during the implementation phase?

Several developers and I were recently added to a waterfall project. We were told that the project was almost done but needed a few extra coders to help finish it up (that's the first mistake). We ...
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Risk Management - minimum data?

I'd like to come up with a "3x5 card risk board" which is essentially a movable dry-erase board where 3x5 sticky cards can be posted by the team and moved/reviewed daily/weekly as needed. (I use the ...
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In an agile process, should there be PMs in agile in the first place? Or Should they be replaced by a PO (Product Owner), or -may be- a Scrum Master?

Not to be confused with: What role is there for a PM on an Agile project? How does a Project Manager's job change when transitioning from waterfall to Agile? In an agile process, where should ...
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eXtremely Distributed Software Development

In my previous post, Remote start up company software development. I have received a suggestion that XDSD will be useful in my case. The next question is how to do it?
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How does a Project Manager's job change when transitioning from waterfall to Agile?

When adopting Agile and moving away from waterfall what specifically changes in the day-to-day job duties of a PM? I'm interested especially in hearing from PMs who have made (or are in the process of ...
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What are the benefits of reducing the size of scope or no. of story points in an iteration?

In convincing management of the benefits of working on smaller scopes in more iterations. Have you seen this make a difference in speed, quality or ability to adapt to change in requirements?
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How can you productively challenge corporate policies to investigate what can be changed?

Often, corporate policies governing a work-flow or project management processes are outdated or were decisions that were made arbitrarily. Sometimes there is a reason behind them. WHat are the best ...
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What common techniques do Kanban teams use to make commitments to other teams in their organization?

When a team is first adopting kanban, they do not typically have reliable numbers for cycle time, and will struggle to make commitments based on a Service Level Agreement. What commitment techniques ...
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How is agile different from the way in-house developers have always worked?

in-house in this context means developers working in a company department, where software is used only by that company (defined due to subtleties in translation) I've been confused by this for a ...
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What would I need to do to transition from a team coach / organizational change agent to a PM?

A lot of the skills I've picked up as a Lean / Agile coach seem to be relevant to project management, and I've started getting offers of PM work from agencies. Since I coach PMs, I feel like I ought ...
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Starting to learn Project Management, which book or path to follow ? [closed]

As I started to search to learn more about project management on Google, I was overwhelmed by all the certification links. All I want to learn is about the various software (especially web ...