Questions tagged [agile]

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In Scrum, what should we do with partly-completed work started at the end of a Sprint?

I get most of Scrum. However, I can't get my head around what to do with work in progress at the end of a Sprint. If we are working in a swarm, we can defer the end of a Sprint, or bring it forward ...
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Should I remove a User Story from a Sprint in progress if I know we can't complete it?

In the sprint can we remove (move to the upcoming sprint) the planned stories (mid sprint), if we are 100% sure we can’t complete them? Example given: Suppose we planned to 5 stories to be completed ...
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How could Agile methodologies be used with a middle school Lego Robotics team?

I'm a coach of a middle school Lego Robotics team, competing in our local FIRST Lego League competition. I'm interested in bringing Agile methodologies to our team. From what I've been seeing, it ...
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What are some agile (scrum) metrics? [closed]

I'm interested in learning what types of metrics can be used in the following areas: Productivity Quality Responsiveness Customer Satisfaction Employee Satisfaction Predictability ...and what makes ...
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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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Post Scrum facilitation

I am a scrum master for two years, and recently one of my peers raised a concern that our stand-ups are taking too long. While I am trying to keep the first part of the stand-up (i.e. updates) as ...
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What is the best way to manage features decomposition in scrum?

I am wondering what the best way to implement decomposition is. For instance let's say we have a feature or an epic that has been in the product backlog for a while, or in the roadmap for that matter....
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How does a Portfolio Kanban look like?

I'd like to setup a Portfolio Kanban to be used at a higher level in my project and I'm not sure how it should look like. What is the key information it should contain?
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How should be best discussed bug between team/scrum master/PO

Edit: Definition of "bug". Here I describe as bug a bug introduced during development or missing/incorrect implementation of a story found after acceptance of the story. Our team does not face "...
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When to process feedback on the deliverable of the last iteration?

My team and I are working with iterations of two weeks (trying to use our own version of Scrum) and we try to deliver a new version after every iteration. After an iteration we let the stakeholders ...
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How to implement TFB / NFC / 1 (Sprint) estimation technique?

Reading some old posts like this one, I noticed that the TFB / NFC / 1 (Sprint) estimation technique could be useful for teams moving towards agility. Happens that I failed to find over the internet ...
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Can you explain what “processes and tools” means in the first Agile principle?

I am struggling to understand what the authors of the agile manifesto mean by "processes and tools" in the first agile principle. We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it ...
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Understanding the relationship between Product Release Plan, MVP, and Roadmap in an Agile environment?

What is the relationship between a "Product Release Plan", a "Minimum Viable Product", and a "Roadmap" in an Agile environment? How are they different? How are they similar? How do they interact? ...
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How to make an Agile team comprised of 4 platforms work?

I am the Agile Coach for a team which comprises of 4 completely different platforms (iOS, Android, Javascript, Windows) each with 1 or 2 engineers. There are 2 automated/manual testers in total and 1 ...
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As an Agile Coach, how do I deal with argumentative and uncooperative team members?

I an an Agile Coach and Scrum Master for a development team. One of developers has become impossible to work with because of her attitude towards in particular me and I am not sure how to handle it. ...
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Is the Product Owner the boss of a Scrum Team?

The Scrum Guide states the Product Owner is the sole person responsible for managing the Product Backlog. Product Backlog management includes: Clearly expressing Product Backlog items; Ordering the ...
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How to make the correct requirement document with regards to agile & scrum?

I can even take up a course which gives guidelines on how to perfectly write a requirement document which I can attach to a jira epic?
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Issues with team, management and clients to run a proper scrum team

Problem: I am a scrum master ad I've started working with a new team 3 sprints ago. When I started I was warned about the team because they: Has never completed a sprint Politics within the team ...
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How to refer to functional requirement specifications (FRS) from user stories?

Let's consider a simple story for a user authentication screen: As a user, I want to be able to login with my username and password so that I can do xyz. This looks good, but all of the ...
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Difference between Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) and Nexus Framework

I am trying to understand the differences in the "process" between Less and Nexus; they seem very similar in the way they scale Scrum. I am not trying to understand which one to select, but what ...
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How technical should a Scrum Master be to effectively remove impediments?

One of the main roles for a Scrum Master is to remove impediments for the team, such that the development can progress. This is, in my undertanding, to ensure that the development team can focus on ...
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What are the different approaches and how frequent to prioritize the backlog? [closed]

What are different aspects of a PBIs (Product Backlog Items), or generally speaking features, would you take into consideration for prioritizing the backlog? risk, ROI, time to market, cost of delay, ...
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Why management is more concerned of JIRA hours than of following Scrum values?

As in many other projects, we are also using JIRA to manage tasks and user stories, and Scrum as the Agile methodology. At the end of each day, the ScrumMaster provides the burndown chart to the PMO ...
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How to work with sprints having to provide support to unplanned issues?

All, I have to work with an Agile team that they have to attend to live system issue(tickets) fixing while working on a sprint. So that we cannot achieve the committed SP at the end of the sprint. ...
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How to increase the deployment frequency having to cope with a lot of processes?

I am working as a product owner, in a fintech based software company. My development team follows scrum methodology, and 2 weeks sprint. They tried to follow scrum ceremony, but not to do story ...
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What questions can a Scrum Master ask during Sprint Grooming

During a Sprint grooming, as a facilitator (optional) of the meeting, SM can ensure that event takes place, is time bound, conversation is focussed on the topic, makes sure Acceptance Criteria, ...
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Need help for sprint planning when tasks are not done in previous sprint

In our team we don't have dedicated Scrum Master so one of the developer is playing the role of SM. I know this is wrong but it can't be changed. In out system, we assign story points to all the ...
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Is it a possible to add a stakeholder to an impact map?

My team and I were considering adding a stakeholder actor to the map, but we've got questions. First, if we have it in the map, how can we fill the 4th field, i.e. how can we affect our stakeholder? ...
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How to make Agile and Waterfall work together [closed]

Before I start, I just want to point out that this is a hypothetical question that I was recently asked in an interview. I'd like to be able to answer it with conviction if it ever comes up again. Any ...
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Prioritization in Agile

I am quite new with prioritization requirements in agile. As we know, normally, during the prioritization process in agile, business value is the most important factor that taken into consideration. ...
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User Story breakdown - Technical Task + User Feature

My team is building a web application that has the following high-level user story: As a user, I would like the ability to bulk exclude components from a given country. The work breaks down into ...
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Necessity to micro manage off shore developers [closed]

In a large organization, every morning a manager from the HQ office has a meeting with the dev team(s) based offshore (India) and checks the work they've done. He's very tech savvy, and says that he ...
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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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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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Issue found while testing but scenario not mentioned in acceptance criteria

Scenario: We have architects that writes specs and acceptance criteria. Business Specialists and Product owner does not give any documented business specs/logic so the architects writes the acceptance ...
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Different methodologies for Project Management and Software Development

In my current company, they are using Waterfall methodology in defining the gateways for new project approval and developing detailed timeline with completion date (gantt chart). For the development ...
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How to effectively implement Scrum for a small project (max duration 6 months) with defined project deadlines?

In my current company, they are using Waterfall methodology in defining the gateways for new project approval and developing detailed timeline with completion date (gantt chart) based on the ...
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When to know I'm ready to start developing

Created user stories for a specific software development project and, from my last question, learned to just jump into dev even though there might exist undiscovered user stories. Still, i wonder... ...
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Work agile with a very small team

I'm working on a software development project on a team with only two persons and it's not an option to consider hiring more people. This appears to be a case where one has to respond to change over ...
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Which development method to choose - Test-Driven or Behaviour Driven Development

In my current company, we follow DSDM. But the maturity of the process is in progress and we are adapting various methods to be Agile. Current Process: Currently epics and user stories elaboration ...
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Detect undiscovered user stories

Created user stories for a specific project but not sure if I'm missing to write down some that were hard to spot. In order to not cause (or reduce) development headaches, how can I detect previously ...
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Large group retrospective format

I would like to run a retrospective for a huge amount of people involved in a cross-departmental project. The problem is there are 50 people involved. I was thinking of doing the data gathering, ...
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Is a scrum master expected to train the PO from the ground up?

As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach I have been assigned to a team of engineers with little or mixed experience with agile delivery which I aim to address through workshops and training etc. The ...
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How do I capture business workflow in a user story?

As a Product Owner, I am working with a team that use the 'AS A / I WANT / SO THAT' style of user story. I have a system that has a several workflows to be followed depending on the setting of certain ...
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How to structure our organization and define agile teams in a multiple concurrent projects context?

I know that the agile concept requires the teams to be small, autonomous and self-sufficient, but how to organize teams when forming small and autonomous teams is almost impossible as each member ...
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What should be asked in 360 feedback from Scrum Team? [closed]

We have a Scrum Team with the following roles: developer, tester and product owner. We want to create a 360 peer feedback form and need a set question-answer format for that. What could be the best ...
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Why does the burndown chart include weekends and nights?

Currently my team's burndown charts includes weekends and nights, I feel like this harms the velocity by misrepresenting it, however, I cannot explain this very well. This is what is going on in my ...
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Standup Frequency & Content for Kanban

I have started the practice of Kanban (with JIRA) in my team that handles customer issues for heterogeneous products. As part of this we have daily standups to discuss: 1. How is the flow 2. Any ...
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How to include front end developers and QA into the estimation process?

We are team of 3 Back-end developers, 3 Ios developers, 1 QA, 1 Product Owner and 1 SM, working on a Social App. We are interested to do this using the agile methodology with the Scrum framework. We ...
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As a Scrum Master, how to handle management expectations on delivering story points?

Problem - I've been appointed as a Scrum Master to a new team and senior management (CTO) expectation is that our team should deliver more than the SP capacity we can currently realistically deliver. ...