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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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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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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. ...
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Should story points be estimated according to team or assignee's abilities?

Say you have a team of 4. 1 junior, 2 mid-level and 1 senior. The senior engineer can get the story completed quickly (say 1 point). For the junior, the work is more complicated; he/she doesn't ...
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Sprint is 2 week and 40-stories

Question for QA- What you are doing if your current sprint is 2 week and you have 20 stories, suddenly PO added more 20 stories how you handle this situation..?
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Non-Committal Team Member

Should you let others call out a team member that isn't living up to commitments in front of the team. i.e. during the stand up how do you properly address a team member that calls out another team ...
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Can (and should) Agile be used for Infrastructure projects?

Is it possible to use agile methods for large IT infrastructure projects? I am working on a large project where the development team uses agile methods, while the infrastructure (which is where I am ...
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Scrum Team delivery without hitting commitment

Hi looking for some ideas.... One of my scrum teams is performing and releasing, we have regular deployments but the planning and board does not reflect the work they have done. I'm not sure what ...
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To Create a Bug in ongoing Feature development in a sprint

We recently started implementing Agile in my current organisation We came across this interesting use-case. I would like to understand what the group thinks of it and whether we are headed in the ...
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Order JIRA filter by position of the tasks in the backlog

I have a custom filter defined by this query project = ProjectName AND status in ("In Progress", Open, Reopened) AND assignee in (currentUser()) AND sprint in openSprints() AND sprint not in ...
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Does every Scrum story need to be completed at the end of the sprint?

I have worked on teams which, while using Scrum, have fallen either side of this opinion: every story must be complete by the end of the sprint. What is the "official" definition/requirement? I ...
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how to differentiate between epic and story for an already existing software? [duplicate]

How to decide that a requirement will be my epic or user story.I have a few enhancements from the client which cannot be grouped into something.As for example my request is adding a few informative ...
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Story Points flaw?

Forgive me f this has been asked before, I read some similar questions (linked below), but didn't find the answer I was looking for. Our team is fairly new to them and trying to figure out how to ...
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Advice on Agile team structure

I’m looking for a little advice…. let me start at the beginning…. My Organisation is very traditional and our organisation structure a little strange. Our web team are part of the marketing ...
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User Story versus Task in Jira

I am learning about the agile/scrum process, and currently using it for a 6 month software project at my university. My team is using Jira. I am starting to get confused between the difference ...
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Is it wrong to put all projects in one VSTS project and then create nested epics

I had been reading on structuring VSTS. The guideline on structure of projects isn't very clear. Our scenario is that we have lots of projects and only a small team of 3 developers, 2 testers and 2 ...
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Task estimation for PMs who are not developers

While working Agile, how can a PM estimate a task when he/she is not a developer?
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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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In Scrum, how to handle a functionality that could be used by more than one feature?

Is there a principle in Scrum for packaging the different views of the project into different owners' perspectives, or do I just need to get more practice in picking the pieces I need out of the ...
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Should all team members be assigned user stories?

This is a very basic question but I don't see any answers on it yet. Scenario: We did sprint planning and I noticed some one saying Not all developers have a task to do. We need to add more tasks ...
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Writing stories for SAP

Perhaps this will get criticised for being technical, but SO seems the wrong place for it. If you are running/involved in a project with SAP developers, how do you/they write stories for it? What do ...
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Can a Product Owner be a developer in Scrum?

Can a Product Owner be a developer in Scrum? In theory, yes, but is it recommended by Scrum?
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Is Scrum framework or methodology?

As per my understanding, Scrum is a Framework. Following is my view of the Scrum Framework and I would like to hear your ideas as well. The methodology is a set of principles and practices which can ...
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Where would Joint Application Development sessions fit into the Scrum framework?

I'm working on transitioning my team's project methodology from the waterfall model to an Agile one. I'm looking at the Scrum framework as a starting point. Currently, we have these Joint Application ...
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Sprint board critique

We are a DevOps software team with dependencies upon a release process which often requires us to wait before releasing some code to production for up to 5 times longer than our sprint length. This ...
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Carrying items over from one sprint to the next

Question: Carrying items over from one sprint to the next Answer: Yes Scenario: I am a new scrum master on a team and we have just completed our first sprint. I was not here when the team planned ...
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Demo in Sprint Review

Currently we are following one week Sprint, Post refinement sometimes we encounter few stories which may take more than 1 week time to complete development, integration & Test. This means to ...
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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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Multiple feature teams but no version control; how to scale delivery?

OK; this is a real-world question rather than a theoretical construct. Context: Multinational company flirting with scaled Agile and/or Nexus. Currently have 3 large agile programmes of 200+ ...
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We work with fixed scope, price and time - why should we use Story points?

We deliver projects in fixed price, fixed time and fixed scope environment. We have a contract that specify those, specifications of features. Recently, an agile couch was trying to convince me to ...
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Is it possible to use agile on infrastructure projects where scope is known upfront?

How to use agile methodology for Infrastructure projects where the Scope is known upfront? Project examples Data Center migration/relocation SAN Migration For Cisco's Telepresence Solution Telephony ...
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Advisable scrum columns for software projects

Our software team has essentially these storyboard columns: Backlog To Do Develop Test Done Unfortunately, people inside and outside the team often attempt to affect the board to represent pre- and ...
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Should we arrange multiple agile sub-teams along customer groups or along software components?

The question's context is a company that creates a software product that consists of several functional components (you could also call them sub-products) and sells the product to a rather small ...
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When is the best time to create story tasks?

I have a team of developers who are relatively new to Agile and sprints (approx. 5 months now). Every time I walk into their sprint planning session, I do not like what I see. It's absolute silence ...
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Hardware Development & JIRA — How to optimize the workflow / fix version field to take advantage of burndown charts

We're using JIRA for hardware development and have run into some issues related to the separation between the development and validation cycle. Let me explain: We have an issue type "Development Task"...
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How to form scrum teams

I work as a scrum master in a place where we have two distinct products. And these products have submodules: Product A: (The bigger product) Submodule A.1 Submodule A.2 Submodule A.3 etc. ...