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What to do with work that seems too small to bother planning?

We are a team whose main work is technical but not software development, and we have been using Scrum as our main framework for a while (although it's likely that what we're doing is closer to ...
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Agile Storyboarding for a viability/discover based work

I have a use case where we are following Agile (Scrum) and as part of our delivery we need to do some research work. For example: 1) Open a source/sink data pipeline (research) 2) Import data into ...
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Agile: in a sprint retro can I bring up a negative which isn't affecting me personally but I know another team member has a problem with it?

I've been working in a particular Agile/Scrum team for about 5 months now, and I am conscious of a specific concern (that's been mentioned to me in private) for a few weeks, from 2 different team ...
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Team velocity declined after legacy declaration

I am the manager and I am struggling with a declined velocity. I have tried to discuss with the team what is going on, and they say they got better at story point estimation. But I suspect they are ...
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What's the ideal senior/medior/junior ratio in a Scrum Development Team?

Given the scenario when you want to prepare yourself for hiring a new team, but without really knowing about the next project. What's the ideal ratio between senior, medior and junior developers? ...
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How do I convince a team to follow the Scrum Guide?

I have recently joined a new team in a new organization that is supposedly using Scrum. This Sprint, the BA/Scrum Master has decided it would be best to do the planning session for 1 hour on ...
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Multiple boards vs Single board with tags

In our org we have two groups of people working on different components on a common platform (shared API, separate front-end apps) and have grown the process to the point where tracking working across ...
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How to calculate Schedule Variance in Scrum with story points?

I am trying to find a way to calculate the schedule variance for the scrum. I was trying to found a similar question here on StackExchange, but Yet I didn't found any. So I have posted it here. Below ...
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How can we improve the feedback loop when releases require significant compliance work?

I'm a software engineer working in a regulated industry. Releasing our product involves significant work which is required to evaluate risks and potentially submit a filling to the regulator. As this ...
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How can I create an Epic based on requirements following best practices?

I am trying to learn Kanban and Scrum and for that, I have a sample mobile app for the gym in mind with the following ideas: User should be able to create a workout plan. User should be able to ...
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Will my team be more productive if they are split?

My organisation asked whether my team would be more productive if we split the team into 2 teams in some way. How can I begin to answer this question? We have 4 devs, a ba, qa, 2 x po’s, a ...
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How do you estimate a task/story for an analyst in SCRUM?

Do you estimate tasks for analysts? These tasks may include, for example, work with business requirements, producing documents that help the development team, sometimes write user stories descriptions....
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Agile team (scrum) with a doubled backlog

I'll give the context first: 8 DEV + 2 QA team working Agile, more specifically Scrum. We use Jira for the project backlog and AzureDevops for code. Every story is tracked in Jira and we also create ...
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What to do with incomplete User Stories

We groomed and planned our sprint to the best of our abilities. Now the Development Manager, Director, Product Owner, and the rest of the Scrum team would like to review what got Done during the ...
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How much project management is a software developer supposed to do?

To not be too broad to begin with, the direct question would be: Is it expected that a developer should continuously remind project manages of a feature not implemented because he lacks resources ...
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When “taking it to the team” should we seek consensus?

Is consensus required for a self-organising team to make a decision? How do we know that a decision is made? When we as Agile Coaches and Scrum Masters servant lead teams and help them make decisions,...
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Approval gates in Agile delivery teams

Our business unit is currently transforming into an agile organization, forming long-lived product/process-centric teams - I will refer to them as squads. However, coming from a very governed, gated, ...
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Project-Based Scrum - is it normal to structure Scrum Teams around projects?

My company suddenly introduced a new change to our workflow. They call it Project-Based Scrum (they claim that this Scrum is the real Scrum by the book). So how this thing works: There will be ...
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Driving Changes on a peer-to-peer level

This site is called "Project Management". I am unsure if my current context fits. I am a scrum master. This means I am not "higher" or "lower" than anyone in my team. We work on a peer to peer level ...
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Single Jira project for multiple Scrum teams

We're going to develop a Java web application (frontend + backend's microservices) using several Scrum development teams. One team is resposible for the core product modules (microservices). Some ...
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How can a Scrum team work with a Waterfall team

My Scrum team needs an API to retrieve data. It's not overly complicated, essentially its just one request that gets sent to the API and then the API returns some data. This is the end of the journey. ...
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How does your functional resource work during iterations?

I'm curious how other teams include the functional role (business analyst, designer, etc.) in iterative development. I'm working with what is referred to as functional analyst - they are ...
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What is a good structure for an enterprise agile transformation proposal? [closed]

I have been asked to create a 7-slide presentation or 7-page document to a newly formed Agile Taskforce, who reports directly to the CEO of a large organisation. The organisation wants to cascade ...
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How to deal with recurring tasks in a sprint?

We are working on a software product which by now requires about 40% of our capacity maintenance work like e.g. manually checking data per day. What would be the recommended way on dealing with those ...
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How should a Scrum master handle disagreements about story-point estimates in Scrum?

For example : Some see its userstory (e.g. 2 points) and others see technical complications and judge that the story should be 20 points. The 2-point voters say, "I understand your opinion, but don't ...
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How can I make sure that the development team understand the importance of the Scrum ceremonies?

I heard a comment the other day from a team in our organization As soon as release pressure increase the scrum ceremonies gets neglected I thought to maybe have a chat with scrum master and have ...
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Moving to new team - Kanban + weekly meetings?

To highlight a bit about the team, we work by providing a service to business teams and we constantly have to manage workload. Some of our work is big changes that take a couple of weeks, some of it ...
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MVP v. Phase 1 terminology

I am in a group that is insisting the deliverable after MVP be called Phase 1. This is causing a lot of confusion across the program. Is this a common practice? Is there documentation that makes a ...
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Strategies For Reducing Black Hole User Stories

We have several user stories that have spilled over into multiple sprints. Some of them are fairly large and complex, requiring very high level of understanding of a) what we want, and b) the granular ...
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Product Owner and Scrum Master role during standup

Should a Product Owner and Scrum Master communicate what they have done yesterday, are doing today and their impediments in the standup like the developers? My view is that the standup should be ...
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Capacity Driven Sprint Planning

I have recently taken over as Scrum Master for a team. I plan on implementing capacity driven sprint planning. The challenge is, we have several User Stories (that should've been classified as Tasks ...
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How can I prevent this software outsourcing project from failing?

This is a bit long, but I think it's important I give all the details. I am an intermediate Software Engineer at my company who has been tasked with outsourcing a software development project. It's a ...
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How to estimate delivery date with unidentified tasks

Given a software project which is complete when all of its deliverables are delivered, in which each deliverable has sub-deliverables, in which each sub-deliverable has multiple tasks assigned to it ...
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How do you plan a sprint with disproportionate Devs/QA members ratio?

How do we plan a sprint in which we have 5 developers constantly coding and only 1 QA to test the output? Basically QA ends up to be the bottleneck in every sprint. One option is hire more Was but ...
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How to keep part-time members of an agile software development team informed?

TL;DR I'm looking for a recommended way of updating team members in their days off so that they are more or less informed of the changes in the product, the process or the company. Full Story ...
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How to calculate ROI of a necessary feature to an existing sytem?

I have a business system that works well and is currently in maintenance mode, using up maybe 5% annually of its original cost. So if it was 1,000 hours of development early on, annually we work on it ...
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Points, Hours, Capacity

Let's say we work in two week sprints. The team has 6 developers. 8 hours per day, 10 days, multiplied by 6 would equal total 480 hours. Multiply that by .7 to get at an ideal developer day and you ...
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How can a scrum master evaluate his work?

As the scrum master is a mentor and guide for a team, the team trusts the scrum master to lead them on the right path to "being" agile. But how can a scrum master be sure of the same? Each team is ...
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How to break jobs down into subtasks in projects (i.e. an Angular-Node.JS application)?

I am a new learner in web application field using Angular and Node.JS technologies. I watched some courses on Coursera for months and could create a Not-Bad web application for myself, but want I wish ...
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Aren't stakeholder expected to adopt an agile mindset when working in a Scrum framework?

What is expected of the stakeholders when it comes to being agile? Since collaboration is at the heart of agile, shouldn't the adoption of agile values be present on both sides? As per my ...
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What can a Scrum Master do in a team that has mastered scrum?

There's no doubt about Scrum being difficult to master. But if a team has been practicing it for quite a while and if the scope for streamlining the process or improvement is little to none, what role ...
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In an Azure DevOps work item Excel file, how do I assign parent without having to see closed siblings?

I'm using the "Teams" tab provided by MS in Excel to add repeating Azure DevOps User Stories (US), i.e. work that needs to be done every sprint (don't ask). This seems to be the recommended approach ...
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Requirements traceability in agile?

If an organization is regulated, it has pass the audit and show that it has implemented a "requirements traceability". Which means it has documented the path from specific requirement to a code change ...
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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 ...
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Any research of the accuracy of Story Points?

One of the main questions about Story Points is what is their accuracy. Has any research or survey been performed to analyse their precision? For example what is the accuracy of the completion date ...
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Definition of a Story Point [closed]

As far as I'm aware there's no definition of Story Points and how to compare them. Each person in a team may have his personal understanding of the correlation between an effort and Story Points. Isn'...
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Inneficient Sprint Retrospective Reports

Does anyone know references in literature that explore the issue of inefficient Sprint Retrospectives? I think that almost everyone had already experienced it, but I can´t find reports of experiences ...
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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 ...
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Slowing down of an agile team as the development progresses

Let's consider an agile software project. In the beginning of a project each Story can be implemented quite quickly because the code base is small, there're few dependecies between different parts ...
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Does Jira Kanban offer measurement reports?

What are the gadgets, reports or metrics available in Jira Kanban that are useful for management reporting and to measure team performance? Is there a way to get throughput, cycletime and lead time ...

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