Questions tagged [agile]

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How to handle large backlog

Recently I am asked to inspect the Kanban system our company is following and I am having some difficulties to fix it. I am working in a startup company and in software department there are 5 ...
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Prioritizing both functional and non-functional requirements in Agile

Hi Everyone & Have a Good Day!! I am doing research on requirement prioritization in Agile. I need to prioritize functional and non-functional requirements by integrating both them simultaneously....
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How much defect rework is expected?

I am working as developer in product based software company. In all companies I worked as of now , we say that the quality of this delivered story is good or bad. But I find this is subjective. Is ...
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Multiple Web Projects - One or many Product Backlogs?

I work as a project manager and I usually manage multiple client web projects with the same development team. We typically develop four to five web projects simultaneously. Recently, we decided to ...
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Last minute changes by the client

We have a team that works in Scrum and a PO who prioritizes the backlog. Outside of this, we have 3 project managers that hold the communication with our clients (each one with 2-3 different countries)...
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Is it better to deliver many low-value stories or few high-value stories?

I'm unfamiliar with Agile/Scrum (not sure which is the right term here), and I have what seems like a very basic question, but I can't seem to find an answer online. Here is an exaggerated ...
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How to chose the right perspective in user stories?

As a PO I plan to write user stories for a project. In this project, we'll send messages via email that should get formatted according to a style guide, as an example. What is the best perspective to ...
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How should Scrum and Kanban teams track Continuous Improvement activities?

What mechanism can Scrum or Kanban teams use to track Continuous Improvement activities - something which can also involve cross-team collaboration? e.g. CI: Improve Product Management by reducing ...
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Good RAID Log examples & usage

I was hoping for any good examples of how anyone has effectively presented RAID logs (or the individual lists of Risks/Assumptions/Issues/Dependencies) in their projects. In particular for Agile/Scrum ...
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Good approach to group different project stories in same sprints

Would you consider is it good approach to group different user stories from different projects into one sprint? Have you ever detected pros/cons? Let's say 1. Project A (Start 2017-01-05 Estimate ...
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How to get a BI team to work in vertical slices e.g. User Stories

I am an Agile Coach for a bunch of Business Intelligence Engineers and Data Scientists. There is generally speaking 2 different work item types which they undertake: User facing reports and ...
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A User Story that crosses components

I'm having a hard time reconciling stories that have a concrete user value and that can be estimated when crossing component boundaries. Assume I own a Game application and have the following user ...
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How to implement Agile in Data Support

The department I am working in is Data Support Dept. The nature of work, is providing reports to other departments, and do some data integration. I am thinking of using Agile in the dept. but I don'...
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How to structure a BI team in agile/scrum

I am about to take a role as a BI Product Owner, but there is some debate as to how to structure the team. Some of the articles and white papers discuss a BI 'team' but this causes me a few ...
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When choosing the largest and smallest stories in a backlog for estimation how does it impact each sprint?

An article I came across suggested that we should pick the largest and smallest story in the prioritised backlog and relatively estimate the remaining stories. This makes sense. However, I was ...
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Questions about moving from JIRA to VSTS Agile

We have a small team, and most of us are part-time. We have been managing the project using JIRA's simplified software template. We have started using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) for continuous ...
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Is there any published research about story points vs time estimation?

We're getting started with Scrum and have had a few debates about whether we should estimate in story points or ideal hours. The team is pretty divided, so I'd like to know if any real studies have ...
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Stories in test at end of sprint

We are a small team (3 devs and 2 testers) and we have successfully used Scrum for 6 months, despite being a really small team for this methodology. I am a rookie as a Scrum Master. Now, we have ...
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How several teams should work on one product using Scrum?

Problems: A team should be able to do the increment. But with multiple team the product may become unstable because the changes from different teams may create code or functional conflict. Who should ...
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Should we have dedicated tester in team or testing is mutual responsibility of development team

We are currently having multiple scrum teams with 3 to 6 developers and 1 dedicated tester in each team. Should we have scrum team like this OR have all the developers and they can share testing ...
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Tracking external dependency stories

Say you have three projects. Two of these projects are end-user facing products (Project A and B). The third is an infrastructure project (Project I) where all the work will never be directly ...
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Separating tracking and estimation with Agile Scrum and workflow

I'm trying to figure out how JIRA can help track an Agile Scrum project we are running, in particular I want to be able to create burn down charts. I created a few stories and tasks, and noticed that ...
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Time estimates and epics as releases

My company is slowly adopting Scrum and I am doing my best to try to push us away from old Waterfall paradigms. However there are certain aspects I am finding quite hard to map in Team Foundation ...
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Should bug fixes be deployed as soon as they're ready?

I'm changing the development methodology in my team. When I joined the company, there was no methodology whatsoever (basically, patch 'n' deploy) and in consequence we have 400k of spaghetti ...
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Sprint Bouncer role

Our engineering team uses agile scrum and we are finally growing enough to be able to delegate more scrum roles to more members, including to some of the engineers like myself. One role we're ...
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Standup meetings and a hard of hearing team member

I'm looking for recommendations, ideas and experiences of others on how to integrate a hard of hearing team member into a scrum/standup meeting process. In this case, I'm asking for my own ...
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Adding estimation points for learning / context switching

In our scrum team, team members tend to add extra points in estimation when there is a "learning" part involved. Here's a simple silly example. Let's say all the people in a team are experts in C# ...
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Cancel or change a sprint

The Scrum method defines that the content of a sprint cannot be changed. But can a sprint be cancelled while it's done? I mean, it's unlikely to happen and probably shows really bad planning skills by ...
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Current best metrics related to requirements, design and architecture

So my boss put forth a 'research and find out question' to me: Are there ANY (absolutely any, no matter the dumbest, but any) metrics for requirements management? Eg. Requirements completeness, ...
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Use one Story Map for planning two different solutions of one process

Currently I am creating a story map for a product. We've defined the future process which should be represented in our new product. For the first step the user will get a classical windows application,...
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WBS and agile approach

I have been reading 3 books about Agile Project Management and in all of them there is no concept about WBS even in the book of the agile practice from agile alliance that comes with the PMBOK 6th ...
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Is it ok to define a user story that has no real business value without another story?

I'm struggling to find the best way to use scrum and user stories on the following case: To explain the situation let's imagine we are developping Microsoft-Access. In microsoft access you can ...
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Does agile really promote a better work environment?

Currently working in an agile role (Scrum Master), where the core values of agile is Trust, respect, commitment and courage. However, I am increasingly finding professionally that I am meeting fellow ...
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How can I use Agile in a telecommuting environment?

I'm trying to determine if there's a way to use Agile with a team of developers that telecommute. Imagine you have a team of 6 to 12 developers working often from home via VPN. How can they organize ...
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Is the PM's required knowledge in agile environment changing nowadays?

We see software developers these days that do not know what does it mean not to use TDD or other practices of XP, project leaders that never worked in a non-agile environment, etc. These people don't ...
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What do you do if developer takes on a task that was intended for you and he can't finish it in time?

I'm currently working with a couple of students on an course project (2x8h per week). At the last sprint planning we have taken one main backlog story to implement, and I was expected to be the ...
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Who should write Acceptance Criteria in a project delivered using Scrum Methodology

We are a consultancy delivering projects for a number of our clients. For some clients, there is a Product Owner who writes the user story and the acceptance criteria (I understand that Acceptance ...
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How far should you vertically slice?

We are a small team of 4 software developers trying to use Scrum. We have a large project to start from scratch and we've hit a roadblock regarding slicing the project. The project is a distributed ...
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How to handle a large and ambiguous requirement with a fixed timeline/deadline (9 months to deliver)

This was asked in an interview. I had one such experience in the past and at that time a single developer and PM initially conducted a pilot (manual + semi-automated) for a month/two to understand the ...
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An agile approach with a waterfall delivery and the QA impact

My customer signed off on a major enhancement to an existing application. The enhancement will be delivered as a single new release and I can't change this. However, how we get to this final release ...
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Kanban and feature size

We are currently using Scrum within our organisation but are considering moving to Kanban (or Scrumban). As part of our Scrum process we normally take into consideration size and complexity of ...
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How can you estimate a spike story?

We are working on a technology of which the team is not sure how would it go.I would like to estimate and timebox this story.However,the scrum team has to goal or a shippable product at the end of ...
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Resistance to change from senior manager

In a company that wants to become more agile in the way they work, they brought in an agile coach. The coach is exploring what changes need to be made, makes suggestions and helps coach the company's ...
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If you already release continuously, what are the benefits of a Scrum Sprint of constant length?

Sprint: an arbitrary length of time over which you implement and release software features. From what I've read here and other places, it seems that the benefits of a Scrum sprint are that at the end ...
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How to manage development tasks and bugs/issues in a small fully-remote development team?

How to manage development tasks and bugs/issues in a small fully-remote development team? I've just hired two developers so I need to put a system in place for managing development tasks, reporting ...
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how to cover details (side effect not desired workflow) with scrum user stories

As a scrum/agile system student, I find the situation where you have to write up a user story in the classical form and at the same time, describe the behaviour of parallel workflow, very hard. As a ...
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How to use Scrum in DSDM?

In my current company, Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) is the Agile framework chosen for delivery. Scrum is followed as the Agile process within DSDM. Can we really use Scrum as an agile ...
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Is it possible to be agile during steps prior to implementation like sales and product discovery?

How to be agile when there's a massive amount of sales / prework / product discovery to be done before actual implementation? Speaking generally, our product is a user facing portal that displays ...
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(Hypothetical) During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to twice daily

This hypothetical question is directly-inspired by this Question. During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to occur twice per day -- once in the morning ...
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Integrating Critical Chain into Scrum/Agile Practices

I am primarily a software developer and software development manager. I use practices from Scrum and Agile development to manage my project. This means: Incremental releases every two weeks ...