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User stories that supersede previous stories: should they be obsoleted or acceptance criteria transplanted and marked done?

At work right now we're implementing a number of functionalities of a mobile app. Two of the screens of said app are very similar, but belong to different product flows and thus two separate user ...
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How to calculate a flexible team capacity and have the sprint capacity adapt to it?

I am planning a Program Increment of 3 Months and I have a team of people with a variety of skills. Basically, we have 3 categories in which each developer is differently skilled: UI, Backend & ...
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Who are developers in Scrum team?

When I worked in my previous company (Axon Active), they apply Scrum by separating each team with the same member role. Let's say we have teams with all software developers, software testers or ...
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Why is the agile manifesto called a manifesto?

Looking at the contents of the manifesto, I do not see if fulfilling the definition of a manifesto which is The document details the principles but nowhere does it argument why those principles are ...
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How to deal with leftover developer time in sprint

Sprint Goal is a sacred thing in scrum - it's the main priority of the sprint, and all developers shuold work together towards achieving it. Failing to achieve it is bad, and shouldn't be allowed to ...
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Define an MVP for eCommerce project

I am building an eCommerce project and I wanted to define the MVP of it so that I can build it in an iterative way in an agile fashion so I can shorten the feedback loop from clients and adapt asap....
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Why it is said that scope creep is not visible in burn-down chart?

this might be a silly question, but anyway: pretty much every article discussing burn-up and burn-down charts states that in the latter, scope changes are invisible because the chart only shows how ...
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Can I put user stories with different end users under one epic?

My project team has identified personas with different needs and behaviors within our customer journey, and we're translating their needs into user stories. My understanding is that epic and user ...
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How to grasp in a Scrum Sprint the fact that the newest Team member is consuming a significant time from other Team members?

Context There has been a restructuring where I work and our Team is now led by a guy who used to supervise two Teams. Until very recently he mostly took care of the other Team's activity so, he knows ...
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Is the Crystal methodology still practised anywhere?

The Crystal methodology is fairly often included in lists of Agile methodologies and it is easy to find articles from recent years giving an overview of it and comparing it to other Agile ...
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Scheduling Sprint Reviews

I'm trying to find the right balance on how Sprint Reviews should be scheduled for my Team. Each member in my Team has their own project although everyone in the Scrum Team does attend a single Daily ...
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Should a designer or a devops be a member of a Scrum team?

Usually such specialists as a designer or a devops-engineer are not permanently required (as opposed to developers and QA-engineers) to perform development activities (they are engaged in some tasks ...
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Project Management on a team with diverse skill set? [duplicate]

Assume I have 2-3 Objectives (OKRs), and 1 to 3 Key Results (KR) per Objective. Today here’s my workflow: I work with my team during grooming sessions to get a high level cost to achieve the KR. I do ...
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What's the role of a Resource Manager in Agile?

The following exchange took place in the comments to an answer to another question How do I manage development with testing and get proper reporting in JIRA?, which seem to highlight a different ...
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How do I manage development with testing and get proper reporting in JIRA?

The key question goes back to estimation of User Stories. I believe that combining testing and development Story Points in one Jira user story as separate tasks doesn’t make sense, as it is like ...
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Are the 15 minutes Daily-Scrum timeboxes result of any public investigation?

For years I have been applying the suggested Scrum timeboxes with good results. Now it's my time to advise others trying to apply it. My advice is to follow the timeboxes because, otherwise, we will ...
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How to deal with Ready To Deploy in Sprint Backlog

I have a difficult question about how to deal with the ready to deploy user stories in the product backlog, as well as in the sprint backlog. My current Kanban board is below: To Do In Progress ...
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Retrospective in an operations team?

For many years, as I had worked in agile/scrum development environments, retrospective was a great tool for the team to come together and discuss. In the new operations environment I work now for some ...
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During pre-planning developers do not have time to understand a task they have not investigated themselves, how to address their concerns?

We are a facing an issue where some of our team members are not happy with the pre-planning/planning phase of our scrum sprints. Their concerns are, that during pre-planning developers do not have too ...
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How to convert (volume of work, risk, complexity, uncertainty) to story points?

Disclaimer: I'm a developer, so I don't claim to be thoroughly knowledgeable of agile practices, thus I may not always use the correct words and terms. Please correct me if needed. Agile teams often ...
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Is it the product owner's responsibility to provide requirements around data mapping/transformation?

I'm a full stack software engineer. I have worked at many companies ranging from fortune 100 companies to startups and this issue is something i have heard different points of view on. This is the ...
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How to combine OKRs with agile development (Scrumban)?

I recently read John Doerr's book about OKRs (objectives and key results). While doing so, I was asking myself whether and how the process would fit in my company. We are currently using Scrumban: The ...
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What is that SpaceX is doing differently that makes the company so successful

Apparently, these guys are doing things differently than their competitors. I am looking for a structured source of information about what's going on in there, what works, what does not. The book ...
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Are there concrete differences between (SAFe + LeSS) Community of Practice and (Spotify) Chapter (and Guild) concepts?

SAFe promotes Communities of Practice (CoP) as groups of people who have a common interest in a specific technical or business domain and actively get together to sharpen up a set of skills. LeSS ...
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How can I foster more T-shaping within a Scrum team?

As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach, how can I foster more T-shaping and elimination of silos within a single team? All the team members are open-minded so I am sure they would let me try anything. One ...
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How to identify if some functions have dependencies from tech/developing side in agile development as a business analyst?

Business context: as a business analyst, I need to cooperate with the developers in our team to create a feature in an e-commerce product. This feature is “customers can pay online for the items they ...
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Where does development process improvement fall into the product development lifecycle?

For most of my career as a software developer, I have been a part of Agile teams using Scrum, Lean Startup, or Kanban. The Product team usually has goals for keeping the product running, improving the ...
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Where does Scrum or Agile Manifesto say that we should avoid stages (development, then testing)?

It looks like neither Scrum nor the Agile Manifesto say that the practice when developers write code and then hand it over to testers should be avoided. Or do they?
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No retrospectives in software company - Is this a bad sign?

I know of one software company that does not have sprint retrospectives or retros of any kind. They had it in the past but cancelled them. Is there ever a good reason for not having retrospectives or ...
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How to even out workload between developers and QA?

I've noticed on my team the developers are very busy toward the beginning of the sprint with the QA people having little to do, while the opposite is true toward the end of the sprint. This seems ...
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ScrumBut: "Developers don't do QA well."

Since arriving at my company, I've come to find that they specifically hire QA Analysts for QA work within sprints across multiple products. I'm aware that this goes against the Scrum Guide which ...
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Should feature teams be specialized by business stream?

For context, The company provides a subscription for goods to both B2C and B2B markets. The B2B's distinctive aspects is that client require billing to be a lot more detailed, they oversee a lot more ...
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Release Manager vs Delivery Manager. What's different about the roles?

So I have this confusion about the roles of Release Manager and Delivery Manager. I thought they were the same thing but apparently I'm incorrect in believing that. From what I could piece together, ...
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How to ensure adherence to coding standards

We have a coding standards document that contains standards for SQL. In the last sprint, there were some standards that were missed by the Developer, and also missed by the Reviewer. We just had a ...
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How to split responsibility of a product page?

In our organisation, the responsibility is divided based on modules. Let's take an example of an auto portal product page where the product page consists of many different modules owned by different ...
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Is this a trick assignment with Release Planning ? Any comments is much appreciated [closed]

I am fairly new to PM world. I have been given an assignment/quiz but I am struggling with this because, it doesn't seem like an agile project rather Waterfall project with Agile terms thrown in and ...
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Best practice: best place to track ad-hoc, ongoing work

I've recently taken over a project from another scrum master. In the backlog there is a 'Feature' called 'Support HW Team' (HW -> Hardware) that has a bunch of vague stories under it and basically ...
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I was asked to accelerate my team's production: Agile, A/B Testing, Workflow & Process

I have a sticky situation at work I would like to get your advice on. I'm currently a web development manager overseeing a newly completed team which consists of a developer, a digital designer, and a ...
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Senior developers 'reject' agile. What now?

I'm about to have my first day as Product Owner at a new job as one of three product owners, and during the interview one of the current challenges that was brought up was the renewal of the processes....
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Using Retrospectives to Influence Process

I've been encouraging my current team to adopt process and workflow changes to be more agile. We have our first retrospective coming up and I'm looking for some advice on how to conduct the ...
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Lately discovered requirements in Scrum

If a requirement is discovered in the middle of a project or even later, then the cost of implementation of this requirement can be very high. The Scrum suggets that we should only refine the top PBIs ...
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Should we re-estime (reduce) story points of a task that we started but didn't finish last sprint? [duplicate]

I need an advice and it's about the best option to choose in an agile project, here is the situation : A sprint backlog contains between 15 and 20 user stories A the last day of the sprint, we ...
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Agile: Work on PBI Stories By Backlog Priority

We are working on an Agile Scrum team. They mention it is good practice to work on PBI tasks first by Sprint Backlog Priority in code development. Sometimes, When some of the first Priority stories ...
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Which is better: large feature branches or merging frequently? Which is better small work items vs large work items?

My team has problems pushing work items through all the stages in the Kanban board to done. The work items hit code review and pile up and stay there for a long time. The following stage (the QA stage)...
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Is Task always decomposed from User Story?

I've heard many times that tasks are basically subsets of user stories and they are derived from User Stories, so on the scale of amount of work that is needed to finish them, a Task is always smaller ...
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Is TDD/unit testing compatible with Lean Startup methodologies?

We're a small team mostly building MVPs following the Lean Startup Methodologygies and lean development. Up until now, we've been shipping code without unit tests, in order to get our products or ...
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How to implement unit testing with a small Scrum team without spending half the Sprint unit-testing stories?

We are a very small team (1 front-end developer, 1 back-end developer/solution architect, 1 PM/UX) working in Scrum with 2 weeks Sprints. Up until now, we were mostly working on prototype projects not ...
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Agile project structure

If a project tree has branches such as Development, Business Analyses and Architecture pages, where should Functional specifications and Technical Specifications go? (i.e. Technical under Development, ...
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Agile in a reactive organisation?

I am working in an organization as a Scrum Master that is extremely reactive by nature, where the ‘agile’ teams are being given extremely aggressive ‘non-negotiable’ deadlines by senior executives, ...
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Group not finding value in using a visualization board

I am assisting a group of people (not exactly a team, since they're not working together towards a common goal, they're rather trying to manage projects around them), to use a visualization board to ...
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