Questions tagged [agile]

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TFS: How to represent the application version that each change request, bug etc will be addressed in

This is a TFS-specific question. If this is inappropriate for this site, let me know where I can ask it. I initially posted it on StackOverflow, but didn't get much of a response. We have recently ...
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How can Spill overs can be reduced in Agile Projects [closed]

How Spill overs can be reduced in agile projects I had seen lot of sprint in which the spill overs are very common though the estimation done is very proper.
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About the new PMI-ACP certification in comparison to PMP [closed]

I have started preparing for the PMP certification by the PMI institute. I stumbled upon the PMI-ACP exam. It's agile oriented. My question is, what is the value of PMI-ACP in the job market?
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Should our Tech Manager or Product Manager be the Project Manager?

We have one technology manager and three product managers. As our small startup grows from 4 people to almost 100 I had assumed that our new product managers would also be 'project managers.' (The ...
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How much management is needed for medium sized IT company?

I am a software dev in a medium size company. We work with a few people remotely (in a different EU country). We used to have the following people: 1 CTO 2 agile coaches (1 of them being a PO as well ...
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Agile team missing commitments regularly and complaining about no trust

I am on the product side and have an agile team that has missed every sprint commitment through the first 4 by between 40 and 60% measured by points. The team continues to say, that it is OK and that ...
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How to handle confusion of “user stories” term in agile methodology?

I find myself in an non-agile environment where "user story" actually means "use case, backed by an excel requirements specification, a testing specification doc, and a few required wireframes || mock ...
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Agile team management strategy for small projects [closed]

I would like to thank StackExchange - Project Management group for providing me with full support and guidance to move forward in my career path. I'm now a Project Manager and a Junior web and ...
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Will Project Managers Disappear in a Scrum World?

In a Scrum team there is no role of a project manager. Does that mean that project manager jobs will eventually disappear? What is a project manager supposed to do when organization starts to shift ...
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Is there any agile web project management “tutorials”?

I've read many resources on the web about agile web project management and I think I understand the theory behind it. Now I would like to find few examples built like full "tutorials" in order to be ...
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Dynamic length of sprints in Scrum

I have been working several projects with Scrum method and, in some, we have taken the decision of execute Scrum sprints of dynamic length (every sprint). For me it have some advantages: Adapt the ...
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Agile and Scrum:- approaches, problems, common mistakes and lessons learned

From doing Agile and Scrum are there any lessons you can pass on from your experiences? Are there any approaches that work better than others? Which of the many parts of the theories have you found ...
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iPad for Scrum to Skype or Google Hangout [closed]

I am thinking of using iPad as a Scrum tool to Skype/Google Hangout to coordinate better with our offshore team in a different country. I am planning to hang the iPad onto the scrum board 'top-...
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Self-Managing Teams - Reality or Myth?

I recently read an article that had my stomach churn. A "Project Management Professional" said that he does not believe "self-managing" teams are possible. They "need to be managed at some level." - ...
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What is the standard for evaluating team maturity?

There are ever so many references to the team's 'maturity' in the Agile/Lean related books and articles/blogs. Using my common sense I think I can get the idea. I can see how my team has evolved over ...
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Agile for web development - How detailed does the plan have to be?

I am in the process of starting a website build and previously it has just been a case of : Get designs Start implementing site by incrementally building the style and functionality That's it. No ...
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How can we transition to Agile estimation based on complexity or effort of user stories?

We have being practicing agile development methodologies for a long time as a development company. Most of the time our product owners tries to have a map between story points and time. As a example, ...
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Sizing an entire backlog using story points

I'm a PM on a large multi-year project with a sizable backlog of work implementing Scrum in 4 week release cycles. I hold weekly backlog grooming sessions with the project team and key business ...
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Visualizing individuals' efforts with kanban. Is it a wrong approach for measuring the team's throughput?

I'm new to kanban and agile as such but I'm really positive and enthusiastic and I have a clean vision of it's potential for us. I made a decision to start off with a first board and take it from ...
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How to effectively combine different (project and non-project) activities in Kanban?

In our company, we're currently trying to get started with Kanban. When discussing about how to handle the different work items / user stories / tasks, this question came up: How do you effectively ...
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How best to 'leanify' test case documentation?

I'm currently reviewing some test case artifacts for various project teams as standardized by our organization. However, I'm a bit appalled to find that a lot of content is being captured in documents ...
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Handling bugs in the Scrum process?

I have recently gone live with a big project. To meet a tight deadline some technical debt was accumulated but the true extent only became apparent after go live. As this is intended to be a ...
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How to keep WIP down with swarming in Agile/Scrum teams?

We are practicing swarming in our Agile/Scrum teams. However, keeping WIP (Work in Progress) down continues to be a challenge. I am familiar with the theory, but I have some questions about the ...
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Project metric definitions

I often read about Agile development in blogs. It seems that some PM terms are sometimes mentioned with slightly different meanings depending on the context. Could you transcribe from a book (either ...
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Need a good example for what a self-organizing team looks like

In Agile/Scrum teams, the concept of a self-organizing team and the notion that "the team owns all the stories, individuals don’t" is turning out to be difficult to communicate. I have seen lots of ...
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What features every Agile software tool should have? [closed]

I have been task to recommend an Agile tool for my team. I am still a month away from my recommendation due date, but I wanted to get started on my due diligence. Our organization have some ...
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In an agile consultancy, is the Client the Product Owner?

I'm interested in understanding how agile project management differs between a single product-focused team and a digital agency or software development consulting firm. For starters, in a situation ...
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Are SCRUM iterations meaningful?

Sitrep: I have finished a story that I could not complete within iteration while it was planned to be completed. It's necessary to get this done and ASAP since it's a prerequisite for other stories ...
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How do you set an initial duration for agile projects?

I am researching agile methodologies for my organization. My question is this: How do you prevent a project from running for far too long while using agile? You can be writing requirements while ...
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How can I increase management buy-in of Agile adoption?

In my current role we manage our web development using Scrum. This has been really successful within our team (improving productivity, spotting issues early and increasing collaboration) but outside ...
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How to spot the lazy team member in a self-organized team?

Some context first: I am a project manager in a software development company with a Kanban environment. In the team I am managing there is no such thing as people reporting their work to me, or people ...
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Best way to do peer code reviews in the development process [closed]

In our company, we use Scrum with short sprints of 1 or 2 weeks and peer code reviews as a requisite, but I'm still trying to figure out which is the best "flow". One option could be doing the code ...
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In an Agile environment, how should a developer update team members and managers when there's no “visible” progress?

A developer is working on a research project that involves working with new technologies. The concepts are also new to the developer, and the developer is working on building a product on top of the ...
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Is there any pm methodology that works well on large projects?

My team historically has averaged about 40 people over several years, often more than that. We have a pretty complex product that cuts across several problem domains. We switched from waterfall to ...
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How to collect Burn Down data during Sprints?

We just started with Scrum and are in our first sprint for a new software product. So far everything went well. As Scrum Master (former Project Manager) I build up all the knowledge I could find and ...
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Tool for Managing the Feature Development Process

Background: we currently use MantisBT for tracking of bug tickets, and have attempted to use the same for feature development. The latter has worked, but only to a point. Ours is a small shop, so ...
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Are Agile and Scrum proprietary names and methods, and who is entitled to sell them (train & certify)?

I would like to know if Agile and Scrum are proprietary names and methods, and if any company can freely use them as part of their marketing, and sell them - I am thinking mainly of consulting ...
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Is Agile feasible for a large financial application?

I am considering using Scrum on a very large (40+ developers) multi year project for a major bank. I am trying to figure out if Agile is feasible for a project this size. There are thousands of ...
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VCS + IssueTracking + CI for free? [closed]

What is the best way to build an IT infrastructure based on a free / affordable online services (GitHub, BitBucket, etc)? To facilitate collaborative work of a group of independent remote developers (...
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Agile/scrum - tracking time spent in current iteration towards stories from the next iteration if all current stories are done

Our team has been slowly trying to go towards agile, and like many other teams, up to this point, the question of "what do we do when we actually finish all commitments?" is fairly new and foreign to ...
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How to add story points to card display in Greenhopper Kanban Work view?

The configuration options in admin so far only allow me to edit the display of cards in Classic views.
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Agile management roles [closed]

I need to choose between business sponsor, business visionary and business ambassador. Here is the scenario: Jane is one the owners and managing director she is the budget holder of the project and ...
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Agile methodology - How to have an effective sprint retrospective? [closed]

I am the scrum master in my scrum team. At the end of a sprint, we have a sprint retrospective, and we comment on what good things we noticed in the sprint. We also comment on the bad things and what ...
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How do you convince a client to use Agile Methods?

Here's the thing: In agile, client has very important role to fulfill - if they aren't involved, agile loses much of its value. How do you convince clients to change the way they run projects, ...
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What tools and techniques should be introduced first when starting with Agile/Scrum?

I am working as project manager on a large project with a five person development team. They have been without project management support for several months and there is no project management ...
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What are some key takeaways from transitioning from a QA Lead to a Scrummaster?

I'm wanting to transition from the QA Lead in my agile company to a scrummaster role. We're still in the process of getting the Scrum methodology right, but I think it's important to have someone ...
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What are the key roles in a Scrum team?

Based on my understanding, Product owner, Scrum Master and Development team are the major roles in a Scrum team. I have to setup a .Net Scrum team with 5-8 members. I don't have enough knowledge about ...
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Rescuing a Friend Besieged by Buzzwords [closed]

I have a tech background but a friend and coworker of mine was an English major (and former English teacher) and was hired on as a document editor/proofreader working with a team of tech writers. ...
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Which Collaboration Software Do You Use? [closed]

We are looking for a new Collaboration-Software. Especially for collaboration, monitoring, reporting, project management, bugtracking, time management, agile software etc. So I am interested in your ...
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How to facilitate communication and peer reviews on a distributed scrum team?

We have a Scrum team of 3 developers, a scrum master, and a product owner. Everyone works out of their home (except the product owner who works at his organization's headquarters). In the past, we ...