Questions tagged [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 ...
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Can Scrum Sprint duration change from 4 weeks to 2 weeks during the project?

Does it makes sense to adjust Sprint duration during the project? Consider a 10 months project for a web portal, requirements are a little obscure right now, so I expect that at the beginning (first ...
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Can metaphors in popular culture help with explaining agile or waterfall to clients?

After reading this blog post that suggests that the Death Star was an agile project I was wondering if using metaphors is a good way of describing methodologies in a slightly fun way. 'Movie x ...
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How to actually empower self-organized team to remove its member?

One of the parts of self-organization in agile (but this is not necessarily related only to agile) is that we look at the team's performance and focus on supporting the team doing their job the best ...
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What about Prince2, FDD & Agile Development (with XP)?

Do you have any criticisms? I've been having a hard time fitting it all together but I finally understand which parts go where and the need for me to customize to a certain degree to make them fit. ...