Questions tagged [agile]

Use this tag for any questions that involve agile approaches from the perspective of a project manager, Scrum Master, agile coach, or similar role.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
6
votes
1answer
2k views

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. ...
5
votes
6answers
1k views

Can sprint backlog change while sprint is running?

We work on offshore-onsite model and have two scrum masters. Debate started between both SM's with swapping item in the sprint when the sprint is running. Our product owner identified a new critical ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

Scrum - splitting test from a user story to next sprint

I am wondering how to manage this sort of issue in the best, Agile way. Let's take our current situation as an example: we have two stories that are technically "complex" (simply put, big), that will ...
5
votes
2answers
497 views

Refactoring in Agile development

In an app development project, the full scope of the project was not considered in the app design. So, the frequent refactoring of codes to accommodate changes is negatively impacting the project ...
4
votes
4answers
220 views

How do we prevent debates over whether changes to user stories are new work or bugs?

I'm struggling to determine where capturing of user story elaborations and discussions fits into agile. A lot of what I have read and agree with is: You should be focusing on discussions with your ...
4
votes
1answer
205 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
962 views

Using Story points for billing and the team size

I'm learning a lot about Agile, I'm working in a small web development company. The one big issue remains: Billing For example when working in story points, We can calculate that the team has a ...
3
votes
3answers
789 views

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 ...
3
votes
6answers
3k views

For a two-week Sprint, can I adjust the meeting dates when there is a holiday in our country?

Sprint 1 starts November 5th and is supposed to end on November 16th, but there is a government holiday November 13-15. Can I change the Sprint 1 schedule to be November 5th to November 21st?
3
votes
3answers
440 views

Do you have to deliver working software in an Agile timebox/sprint?

In the Agile manifesto one of their values is: Working software over comprehensive documentation This got me thinking does this value stand in all circumstances? Especially in the circumstance of an ...
2
votes
3answers
719 views

Long running story

TL;DR: Genuinely long running story drags from sprint to sprint. What to do? We have a story which is taking a long time to complete because of the various external factors involved. Each sprint ...
2
votes
3answers
399 views

Tools in agile methods

We are currently in the process of implementing Scrum. I would like to let us started with a tool to help the team get along with it (see here about this point), but after a presentation I made where ...
2
votes
4answers
1k views

User story contains a design task that generates other tasks

I have some user stories that have little tasks on basic design with highest priority. This tasks will lead to a conversation about the basic design of the user story and will generate other tasks for ...
2
votes
1answer
498 views

Agile methodology - How to have an effective sprint retrospective? [closed]

I am the scrum master in my scrum team. At the end of a sprint, we have a sprint retrospective, and we comment on what good things we noticed in the sprint. We also comment on the bad things and what ...
1
vote
3answers
3k views

How to get a good overview of projects using TFS 2012

My team are just evaluating a move to a more agile process and one of the questions that has arisen is how best to track... Projects (upcoming, in progress, completed) Team capacity I'm hoping to ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

How to reuse done user stories without rewriting/duplicating them

Just to outline the current situation first. We've recently had an QA tester added to the team on an existing project. The project has user stories in previous sprints which outline the objective, ...
1
vote
3answers
255 views

Comprehensive single requirement docs vs. multiple atomic ones

First of all, let me make it clear that I am a software developer and that I am writing this ISO help with my desire to agile-ize my project management and get a buy-in for changing some general ...
1
vote
1answer
77 views

Dealing with external departments when changing to continous delivery / smaller feature scope

I'm an engineer on a small engineering team at a small business-to-business company. We're looking to transition from a "big bang" release model to a more iterative release style with smaller changes ...
-2
votes
1answer
180 views

Project metric definitions

I often read about Agile development in blogs. It seems that some PM terms are sometimes mentioned with slightly different meanings depending on the context. Could you transcribe from a book (either ...
11
votes
4answers
1k views

Agile team full of part time developers

I often see projects at my company that are full of part-time developers, meaning they work some % on different projects. Additionally, management seems to be on the Agile hype train. I feel that ...
8
votes
3answers
389 views

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. ...
7
votes
8answers
2k views

The development teams can't deliver successful sprints

We have 2 (50% distributed) scrum teams, that have been doing scrum for just over a year. Since almost the whole time, the teams' painful point is environments instability, from all perspectives: ...
7
votes
3answers
878 views

Improving your Scrum Sprint!

I know there are lots of talks and articles on agile and scrum. But I would like to know how to improve your scrum sprint for a new and small team. We are looking for a sprint length of 3 weeks. I ...
6
votes
2answers
9k views

How to write user stories for our UI development process?

First of all, let me apologize if I make some writing mistakes since english is not my native language. I'm currently working at a UX company as a front-end dev and I'm having some problems trying to ...
6
votes
4answers
2k views

How to write a summary for a user story?

I'm working hard on user stories and it is paying off, but something itches. We use Jira, but the problem is that from above the backlog seems clumsy. We need to write summary for user story so that ...
5
votes
4answers
240 views

software development through collaboration of waterfall and agile methods

How can waterfall method and agile method be used in a single project?
5
votes
4answers
1k views

What tools do I need to manage an agile project?

I am a software developer that will be managing my first agile project. Although I have worked under other managers who implemented Scrum the best they could, my role as a developer involved mainly ...
5
votes
3answers
668 views

How to handle confusion of “user stories” term in agile methodology?

I find myself in an non-agile environment where "user story" actually means "use case, backed by an excel requirements specification, a testing specification doc, and a few required wireframes || mock ...
5
votes
3answers
239 views

Driving process change within a company that only has recently viewed its software as a competitive advantage

I have recently changed roles ( 4+ years ) as a product manager within an organization with previous years spent as a business analyst within a mid-sized agile software development firm and I have ...
5
votes
5answers
515 views

Making Retrospectives Effective in a Long-Running Project

I'm a ScrumMaster for a software firm, and we have a project that is entering its 35th Sprint. While I appreciate the value of Retrospectives, it's becoming progressively more difficult to get good ...
4
votes
5answers
232 views

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. ...
4
votes
7answers
599 views

How to spot low/high performers within team

We are team of 3 people. We are adapting scrum methodologies. Everything is based on kanban (trello) where we do daily, retrospectives and sprint planning (the tasks being forecasted by working ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

Where is the value in walking the board with a detailed task board?

My team keeps a detailed record of in progress and blocked items on the team task board (format: To Do, In Progress, Done). The board is so detailed that meetings have turned into walking the board ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

How do you keep track of software engineers daily activity?

We are a new software development team in a manufacturing company. Currently, we are using agile methods for our software development. But since we are just a new team, there are times that we could ...
3
votes
3answers
387 views

What Scrum Master should do to prevent out of time constraints (time-boxes) of events?

Scrum has strict limitations of events in time. It is hard to stay in the events time-boxes that Scrum Guide prescribes. What Scrum Master should do to avoid situation when Scrum Team didn't reach a ...
3
votes
1answer
314 views

Does spike failure cause sprint failure in Scrum?

I’ve read few articles about spikes in Scrum. In general there are recommendations to estimate spikes with story points and define acceptance criteria, pretty much as normal user stories. What is not ...
3
votes
2answers
371 views

Risk Management techniques in Agile project development

I am currently doing a research study in Risk Management for Agile project development. As we know, there are a few steps involved in Risk Management in Agile project development, such as: Agile Risk ...
3
votes
4answers
214 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
129 views

Should we count a story that is no longer required by Client/PO/Management in our velocity?

We have finished a story which is no longer required by the Product Owner (PO) or Management. The completed story is not going to add any business value. What should we do in this case? Should we ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

Scrum Master Interview Questions [closed]

As an internal Agile Coach, I'm often asked to help select new Scrum Masters for teams. I would like to develop a set of questions to evaluate existing employees for their fit for being a scrum master ...
3
votes
3answers
6k views

During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur specific days. Not daily

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur on Specific days of week. Not daily. Which two are the ...
3
votes
5answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
95 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
655 views

What framework or methodology would you recommend for a Data Science team?

I am a Scrum Master for a team of mostly Data Scientists and some Software Engineers and a Product Owner. Our organisation has decided that all teams work in 2 week sprints using Scrum. I personally ...
2
votes
4answers
131 views

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.
2
votes
5answers
596 views

In Agile project management, how do we estimate the completion date to win a contract?

Let's say we want to get a contract. A customer describes what he wants and asks us for when we provide them a completed product. We are going to use Scrum. How do we calculate the amount of time we ...
2
votes
2answers
772 views

Which scrum meeting is suitable to perform technical analysis/architecture design on a story?

Which scrum meeting is suitable to perform technical analysis/architecture design on a story?
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Sprint Demo, Retrospective, and Planning sequence with offshore team

For the time being, we have a large offshore development team that mostly takes instructions from the California team. It’s like having team members that can do 30 hours of work per day. I’m trying to ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Overcoming reticence to use RAID logs

When managing a hybrid Agile project with both business and I.T workstreams, let's assume there is a requirement from the internal PMO to use a RAID log. However, you will also need to interface with ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

How to measure individual performance in a Scrum environment?

I would like to know if there is a way to measure the team members of a Scrum Team individually. All the measures I found apply over the team; this makes sense because the idea is to share all the ...