Questions tagged [agile]

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Scrum backlog and sprint planning

So from what I've understand by reading the tutorials on the Atlasian website, the backlog is populated by the project manager and can contain entries as abstract as he wants, with various degrees of ...
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1 team practicing kanban with multiple projects

I was wondering on when a small development team would use kanban when they have multiple simultaneous IT projects. Is there a reason why someone would rather go with kanban instead of Scrum when ...
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Create a “plan on a page” for an Agile project?

I've been asked to create a "plan on a page" to give to Senior Management for an agile project, and I am struggling with how to reconcile two very different ways of working. They are looking for when ...
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Where to (initially) create a task/bug with the Spotify model

When using the Spotify model, there are many different squads, who each own their own product. Now as far as I understand, these products could be interdependant (like services). One way to manage ...
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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 can we speed up code reviews without sacrificing thoroughness of the code reviews?

At our workplace, we use Agile Scrum method. However, we don't really follow it religiously. But, we do very thorough code reviews. The problem with code reviews is that it's takes a while to ...
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Product release process in Agile?

Can anyone please explain the product release process in agile methodology? I have a bit idea about the release plan. Are both same? If any difference are there then kindly speak.
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Lean software development VS Lean Startup. Is it the same? Differences?

Those concepts are usually mixed everywhere. It seems both are based on Lean, but that's all. The core of the Lean Startup aproach seems to be to develop the MVP (minimum viable product). Whereas the ...
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How to cope with the Hawthorne effect and sprint improvements?

Hawthorne effect: the phenomenon in which subjects in behavioral studies change their performance in response to being observed. Background: I'm using Kanban as a tool to analyse and improve the team'...
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In scrum, how do you track/estimate points when multiple tickets overlap their work?

I've never been fully able to answer this question, and from a lot of searching I haven't been able to get the right keywords to find anyone who's asked this question in the way I mean it. Say that ...
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How to most effectively facilitate a value stream mapping exercise?

In the course of helping teams understand how their own project / service is structured and managed, I often facilitate value stream mapping (VSM) sessions. What specific facilitation techniques are ...
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Selecting ( “Cherry picking” ) certain Agile practices as IT team works remotely? Or is it All Or Nothing with Agile?

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, our IT developers and IT managers work from home. Furthermore, and in different time zones and different locations. Therefore, daily Scrum meetings are Not really ...
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Scrum, Agile, Kanban looking for 'for dummies' type of information [closed]

I'm sure I'm not alone in this. I have heard and read a lot of snippets of information about this topic and I've formed my own understanding - probably not the best way to assess the value or try to ...
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Scrum+Kanban SaaS tool [closed]

Do you want to use such tool? It will be some tool with product backlog, sprint backlogs, Scrum/Kanban dashboard... Me and my partners want to develop this.
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Where to Find a Desktop Kanban board application? [closed]

I have been looking for a week now, all over the net for a simple desktop based kanban management system. I work in a distributed team, but my company won't accept to use an exterior webapp like ...
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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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Should bugs be treated as stories or as tasks?

If you're using scrum you should know that there is a clear difference between tasks and stories. A story is something that is valuable to user. A task is a step to produce that value to user. So, ...
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How to handle big stories / epics in Scrum?

It's about a Scrum Team. PO and the couple of developers. They do well every time, when task is clearly defined and only technical part is to be done. It gets complicated when there is a need to work ...
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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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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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Selecting the right iteration duration [closed]

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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How to use peer code reviews to improve product quality? [closed]

We use Scrum with short sprints of 1 or 2 weeks and use peer reviews to improve product quality. How do we best use code reviews as quality assurance tools? pre-commit reviews - hold tasks until the ...
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How can I get our business leadership engaged with our 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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Whose responsibility is it to encourage/ensure knowledge flow across Agile teams?

I am working with larger and larger organizations adopting Agile. One discussion recently has kept me thinking about a challenge I hadn't been paying attention to heretofore. That is, how do we create ...
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How should we hand-off and ticket UI designs to the devs to ensure the developed design matches the provided UI mockups, while still being agile?

How should we hand-off and ticket UI designs to the devs to ensure the developed design matches the provided UI mockups, while still being agile? Note: we're definitely not fully agile, but we're ...
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How to use Scrum when I have the QA working in two other projects?

I am the team leader in a small project. My team has 3 full-stack devs and one QA. We have an external client (PO) and internal PM. We are trying to implement the Scrum methodology but we have a lot ...
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Help with stories in Scrum

The company I work for has recently greenlit a large project to completely rewrite our software product. As PM, I have championed using Scrum on the project and the company have been very supportive ...
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What's a successful website/software that has been released and/or sustained using the Agile/SCRUM process? [closed]

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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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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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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Why can't I find well elaborated criticism on agile/scrum on the web? [closed]

After several years of agile and scrum hype around, I'd expect the first well-known reactions from "bullshit!" to "magical!" to be gone and I should be able to find some really elaborated articles ...
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How can I effectively differentiate the Sprint Goal from the Sprint Backlog?

I'm facing a situation where I have to explain with an example the difference between a Sprint Goal and a Sprint Backlog. Here's how I understand it: The Sprint Goal is an objective that needs to be ...
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Specialist “adopted” onto a scrum team for a project - not fully utilized but being asked to check with SM/team to be “excused” for other job duties

I used an alt account as I'm active on other .SE sites, and I considered whether this would be more applicable to The Workplace but I'm asking here because ultimately I thought it's more a 'project ...
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Kanban for multiple projects

We've been using http://acunote.com to manage our work queue. It's great for the planning phase, because you can nest stories. This makes it easy to outline an MVP within a given sprint. Given that ...
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How to apply Scrum in fixed date, fixed budget project?

Considering that we work on a project with fixed deadlines and fixed budget and we use Scrum: what are best practices we should use to make this setup successful? Since Scrum wasn't directly designed ...
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Unfinished Stories in a Sprint

Every so often, we find ourselves with a story that, for some reason, does not get completed during a sprint. This could be for a variety of reasons, such as a tricky bug, but the end result is that ...
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How to write a proper Vision Document for a Scrum project

As the Scrum Framework is built interactively, I'd like to know if Scrum offers specific guidelines to define the Vision Document, which is usually defined based on the utmost client need. How should ...
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What do you do if the Product Owner is ill?

Simple question. How do you run the Sprint Review and Sprint planning?
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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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How frequently can a release happen within a Scrum Sprint?

I am aware that the length of a Scrum Sprint can vary on a case to case basis. This raises the following questions: How can product releases be handled within the Sprint time-box? How frequently can ...
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Minimum number of items in the Product Backlog for an Affinity estimate

I found this question in an exam and I'm puzzled: Affinity estimate is a technique used for arriving at a high level estimate quickly. What should be the minimum number of items in the Product ...
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How to factor in story points/tasks for non sprint related items?

I understand that in general you create stories with story point complexity, and then define tasks and subtasks in which to mark time against, but how does this translate into items that are outside ...
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How can developers and testers agree on story point estimates?

Previously we used duration for each story, but in our current sprint we are using story points (effort) keeping test team effort separate from the development team effort. Story points are based on ...
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In Scrum, who is responsible for the project's budget?

I have read many books about Scrum, blogs and academic articles. Though, all of them dodge from explicitly acknowledging this question: Who is responsible for the project's money? Why is this person ...
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What is smaller than a user story but bigger than a task?

We have a "heavy" story that cannot be decomposed into smaller stories. It will span several sprints. We can decompose the story into tasks all right, but tasks seem to be abstractions that are only ...
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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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Communicating between agile project teams and shared services

My organization has several teams that are all attempting to use Scrum. Some of the teams are tied to a project, e.g. implement a new web site. Some other teams are shared services, e.g. search engine,...
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What should we do when we split an Epic and we still get XXXL user stories from it?

We know by books that: User stories should be Valuable, estimable, independend and so on... We are newbies on all this SCRUM stuff, and we have arrive to the following feature / epic / backlog item:...
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How to hold a project kick-off / requirements gathering meeting for a job interview?

I've got the dream job interview of a lifetime tomorrow, and I need to facilitate a 45-minute requirements gathering and planning meeting for a software application they think up. It will be me ...
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Feature Team Cross Dependencies

We in the midst of a conversion to Agile/Scrum, using Agile Software Requirements as a general manual. We've traditionally broken our teams up into component teams. One team does API/Service work ...

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