Questions tagged [agile]

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What is better: a physical Scrum board or an online board?

I used to practice Scrum with a physical board. We often faced problems when working with distributed teams or just when going into a meeting room. So I decided to implement a SaaS service to provide ...
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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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Is it possible to use Agile methodologies in a fixed price contract?

Most clients understand a fixed price contract to be a fix of scope, budget and delivery date. These would appear on the surface to be against the principals of Agile. So should Agile be recommended ...
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Hot swapping people in a scrum team

In a company, the scrum teams are partly on-shore and partly off-shore. Usually this is 50-50 or 60-40. The teams in their current composition have been mostly going on in a scrum fashion just over a ...
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When it is time to do poker planning - during Story Time or during Sprint Planning

While doing scrum when it is time to do poker planning - during Story Time or during Sprint Planning? If it is during Story Time, then the only thing to do in Sprint Planning is to select stories for ...
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How do you define “done” on a project or task?

From time to time, I get status updates from the technical team that a specific feature is "done." However, when I check it, it hasn't fully been tested or ux tested with common-sense. How would you ...
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Agile Best Practice for External Blocking Issue

Our company is trying to adopt a more rigorous Agile methodology (including Sprints and Scrums and all that fun stuff. We even got a JIRA subscription!), and we've run into a couple issues. The ...
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Is it possible to be agile with a highly technical project?

I'm working on a small (4-6) team on a project that involves creating a machine learning model to predict the outcome of sports matches real-time. This also involves scraping the data and storing it ...
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Plan several sprints at once

We are working on a project that will be completed over several months therefore will take several sprints. Our product owner has pushed us into planning several sprints in one go. We have only given ...
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How to use Agile in a small web agency managing a lot of different projects?

I'm faced with the duty of managing a small design and web agency's (3 full stack developers, 3 designers, 1 help desk, sales people...) technical department. The company is selling quite well (it has ...
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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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Applying agile in a mostly operations/support environment

I have read numerous Project Management SE questions on this subject, as well as done a fair share of Googling. I am aware that different incarnations of this question have been addressed before, but ...
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Can we use only one Scrum board for a team with multiple projects?

I am doing research for school. My research is covering how we could have one Scrum board for one team that works on multiple projects simultaneously. Scrum methodology is not just for working on one ...
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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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Best measurable units for non cross-functional team estimation

I have a new development team and I want to use Story Points for high-level estimation. But I have two problems: My new team is not cross-functional (we are trying to solve this, but this is a slow ...
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How to efficiently manage a Scrum team when one member is much less productive?

Currently we have a team of 2 developers in a Scrum team, one is quick, the other is slow. When the slow developer falls behind in his sprint, the quick developer does some of the remaining work. The ...
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Best strategies for dealing with integration testing bottlenecks?

We were recently having a debate around what is the ideal and most effective / efficient way to do integration testing in complex environment with large number of applications to try to get software ...
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Is Certified Scrum Master valuable?

What is the value in Certified Scrum Master certifications? I'll be quite honest in saying that I've never put a lot of thought into such certifications, but it seems like if you are interested in ...
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When developing the same app for multiple platforms how do you keep the implementation aligned

We have an Android native app and now want to build an iOS native version. We work scrum / kanban process. How best can we ensure that the Features / User Stories implementation on both versions align?...
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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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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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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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Can Scrum Sprint duration change from 4 weeks to 2 weeks during the project?

Does it makes sense to adjust Sprint duration during the project? Consider a 10 months project for a web portal, requirements are a little obscure right now, so I expect that at the beginning (first ...
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Is backlog refinement (grooming) waste?

So, I have seen it happening, especially with online tools: The backlog grows till you don't see the forest for trees, important features drowns in a sea of issues, and duplicates appear because it is ...
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What to do with Business Analysts in a Scrum environment?

In a company, they have decided to adopt scrum about a year ago, and they still have BAs (Business Analysts), who are separated from the Scrum teams. How it works is: The BA will get the specs for ...
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How to properly create story maps? (user stories)

I have a website that I need to build and want to properly create story maps. I am just learning how to do this so I would love a bit of help. My setup: Users: admins customers personal business ...
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what should be part of Sprint 0?

This is our first Agile project and we plan our Sprint 0 to consist of : Release Content Planning : Defining EPICs/MMFs Product Backlog Product Backlog Grooming : Breakup of EPICs into stories (as ...
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Estimation given in days and need to plan in Agile

The client internally feels that this is about 500 developer days worth of work and there could potentially be 4 developers (or pairs of developers) that work in parallel. We need to go back to them ...
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How shall developers clarify PBI during its implementation?

Should developers have direct communication with stakeholders during Product Backlog Items implementation for their clarification. Or should all communication go through Product Owner? On the Scrum ...
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Is it accepted practice to group user stories by epics in the sprint backlog?

I have a sprint backlog with about 50 user stories that can be broken down into 7 epics. However, each epic is only partially represented in the current sprint. For example, one of the epics is ...
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Open Source Agile Project tracker?

I have a small project I want to carry out. I need an open source Project Tracker which could integrate with Subversion and has a Scrum oriented UI. I'm trying to raise this as a client server on a ...
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What can we do with a “mispointed” story in Scrum?

Is it OK to repoint the story at the beginning of the new sprint to reflect the size that we have now discovered it to be so our velocity is more accurate? On rare occasions, our team will work a ...
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Can the Definition of Done be overriden or changed?

Does the Definition of Done come before everything else, almost like a programming interface? And can it be changed if later on, once it’s realized that it was designed poorly? By overriden, I mean ...
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How is Risk Management in Agile Development Different From Risk Management in Waterfall Model?

In a typical project lifecycle, as a manager you are expected to have a risk plan which (please correct me if I'm wrong) consists of identifying, assessing and prioritizing all potential risks of the ...
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How to make realistic long term time estimations when adopting Agile methodology?

I just started to manage the technical department of a small web design firm. It's the first time I'm faced with such a job and I'm trying to figure out how to improve their project management ...
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What are some differences between Scrumban and Kanban?

It seems to me that scrumban is just a form of Kanban with additional tools like the cadence, planning, retrospective, and daily standup thrown in. Why is scrumban turning into another branded ...
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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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Scrum: what to do if team member finishes their work early but can't help with other tasks

...is not able to help the remaining member of the team with his tasks since he is not suitable for it? Currently, in this scenario I allocate a new item from the backlog that my scrum member is more ...
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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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Who is using Cynefin for their Agile adoption?

I've listened to some David Snowden podcasts on complexity theory and the Cynefin framework. It looks as though it could be powerful for guiding Agile adoptions. Who has used Cynefin for this work? ...
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Which strategies I can use to handle tickets during a scrum sprint?

My 4 man team directly handle most technical tickets, with a SLA from 8 hours to 24 office hours, means that during a sprint we must add these tickets in top of our current sprint backlog. We have one ...
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What's the best way of estimating initial software size using '(agile) epics', given a time-to-market but not knowing who the developers will be?

Given a set of high level epics what's the best 'guestimate' we can come up with to scope the software system appropriately given a time-to-market window? What are some good/best practices for this ...
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Product Owners- Tips for engaging non-Engineering in the agile process

From my experience, in mid to large size software companies, agile most often grows out of the eningeering organization. Either grass roots up, from the team level, or exec sponsored from the ...
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How to handle business change within an agile development environment?

Most of the questions around agile development processes are focused on the IT side of the work, leading to technical changes that are implemented. In parallel with these technical changes, there can ...
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Partially introduce Scrum into a team

The CEO of our small company (14) asked me to introduce some elements of Scrum into the working process of our development team. Problem is: the piece he would like to see introduced is not really ...
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Is it a conflict of interest for a developer to also be Scrum Master

I have joined a new team as a developer but they also want me to be Scrum Master as I have the most Agile development experience. Do you think that is a conflict of interest?
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How to Introduce Uncertainty without Scaring a Customer?

Recognizing uncertainty is fundamental to an Agile mindset. When leading the transition to a more agile mindset, how do you tell your customer that you, as a development team, generally operate in a ...
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How does a Project Manager's job change when transitioning from waterfall to Agile?

When adopting Agile and moving away from waterfall what specifically changes in the day-to-day job duties of a PM? I'm interested especially in hearing from PMs who have made (or are in the process of ...
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What solutions exist for ensuring Sprint continuity over holiday or extremely turbulent periods?

This question is posed as a genuine attempt to seek a best answer but also hopefully a wider-thought piece. How do more experienced agile teams (especially Scrum) handle a sprint being interrupted by ...
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Better approach to sprint for QA and Dev team

We are having a challenge with fitting QA work into the Scrum process and specifically due to a need to do a full regression and load testing before releasing into production which takes up to 3 days. ...