Questions tagged [agile]

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How to apply Scrum in fixed date, fixed budget project?

Considering that we work on a project with fixed deadlines and fixed budget and we use Scrum: what are best practices we should use to make this setup successful? Since Scrum wasn't directly designed ...
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VCS + IssueTracking + CI for free? [closed]

What is the best way to build an IT infrastructure based on a free / affordable online services (GitHub, BitBucket, etc)? To facilitate collaborative work of a group of independent remote developers (...
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Help with stories in Scrum

The company I work for has recently greenlit a large project to completely rewrite our software product. As PM, I have championed using Scrum on the project and the company have been very supportive ...
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Going from Scrum to Kanban near “release”

I am working as Scrum Master on a large software project. We are currently running Scrum. We have about one month left in the development phase before we are supposed to end our implementation phase. ...
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Advice for Special Short Sprints (2-5 Days)?

Most of our Sprints are 2 weeks long, but occasionally, we want to meet a special deadline in less time (2-5 days). So, we do a special "short" Sprint that is a bit different from our normal routine. ...
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Is Agile Lean? Or are Agile and Lean totally separate philosophies?

Can I say Agile is "not" Lean and both Agile and Lean are totally different concepts or philosophies? If I take lean principles: "Self Organization" "Kaizen or Cont. Improvement" "Quality Assurance"...
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Creating “User Stories” without a user

[University Project] I want to adopt as many practices from agile project management as I can for a university project. I've decided that the actual development approach will be based upon an FDD (...
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Reverse Auction “Kanban-like” methodology for agile development

I am trying to get some feedback on a methodology I would like to try with my team. Two problem areas I want to try and adapt this process to addess are: A mix of time-critical (contracted ...
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One Dev One month - What elements of agile would you use

I'm starting a one dev project (me) and it's going to be a short one (Approx. 4 weeks). In such a short term scenario, I still went through the requirements with the Product Owner (PO), prepared all ...
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Rescuing a Friend Besieged by Buzzwords [closed]

I have a tech background but a friend and coworker of mine was an English major (and former English teacher) and was hired on as a document editor/proofreader working with a team of tech writers. ...
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Standup meetings and a hard of hearing team member

I'm looking for recommendations, ideas and experiences of others on how to integrate a hard of hearing team member into a scrum/standup meeting process. In this case, I'm asking for my own ...
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How do you deal with developer holidays on a KANBAN board?

One of our developers has gone on holiday with some tickets associated with them on the Kanban board. We were faced with the following two options: Keep the work in progress limit the same for that ...
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Scrum 1.0 vs MSF Agile 5.0 Process templates in TFS 2010

we're about to move from TFS server 2008 to TFS 2010 and I'm working on the details of the setup we want in 2010. We are using Scrum and we need to decide what Process Template to use in our new TFS ...
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What's a successful website/software that has been released and/or sustained using the Agile/SCRUM process?

Google, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Tumblr, Wordpress, Flickr? It goes without saying that Agile is best for some, not for others, but I'm just kinda wondering... The developers in my ...
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Any information on traditional company structures and variations?

Now that I'm working at higher levels within companies, I come across different groups and people with high-level responsibilities - bodies responsible for funding decisions, governance, CEOs, CIOs, ...
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Are Agile and Scrum proprietary names and methods, and who is entitled to sell them (train & certify)?

I would like to know if Agile and Scrum are proprietary names and methods, and if any company can freely use them as part of their marketing, and sell them - I am thinking mainly of consulting ...
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Individual accountability on agile projects

My organization has been doing waterfall for many years, but we are dipping our toes in the agile pond currently. So far we have had a couple successful projects using agile so everyone is gung ho ...
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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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Should the role of scrum master be played by the same person every time?

I've been reading about agile methodology and while discussing it with colleagues the question of interchangeability of roles came up. The scrum-master role is not an easy burden, so some proposed to ...
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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 ...
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How can I use Agile in a telecommuting environment?

I'm trying to determine if there's a way to use Agile with a team of developers that telecommute. Imagine you have a team of 6 to 12 developers working often from home via VPN. How can they organize ...
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Where should design be incorporated in an agile process?

We use a scrum-based agile development process. But where should design get incorporated? Separate user stories? Tasks on stories? We currently think of design as a separate task and break it out as ...
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How do you evaluate if the Agile method is the right one for a specific project?

I am looking for an evaluation method and criteria for determining if a project can be conducted using the Agile method (over traditional/waterfall). I would welcome examples ("definitely Agile", "...
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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 project how should PM try to find risks upfront and if yes how?

Usually in an agile process such as scrum we don't do an initial analysis as in waterfall model. How to identify project risk in agile process.
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What are the repercussions for one person being the QA lead and product owner?

I work for a start-up software company transitioning to Scrum. We don't have dedicated positions yet, so I'm wondering what kind of repercussions (negative and positive) could come about if one ...
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10 things that I can do to improve my Team and our Process

Some backdrop about my team, just so that you can make your answers relevant -> We are a Web Application development team, with Team strength being 5 members. What are 10 simple things we can do to ...
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How can I use MS Project to manage an agile project

We use MS Project to manage a project. Although I know that MS Project is just a scheduling tool, we use it to get the current state of the project. We update the % complete field at the end of every ...
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Current best metrics related to requirements, design and architecture

So my boss put forth a 'research and find out question' to me: Are there ANY (absolutely any, no matter the dumbest, but any) metrics for requirements management? Eg. Requirements completeness, ...
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Why use story points instead of hours for estimating?

After using hours to estimate our projects for a long time and rarely coming within 20% of actual "work-to-ship," I have been told by a handful of people that "points" work a lot better at gauging the ...
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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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R&D Tax Credit in Agile Scrum

In an Agile Scrum environment, how do you compute R&D tax credit? In a 'waterfall' model, the 'Define' and 'Design' phases could be applied. But in Scrum, how do you do that?
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Selecting the right iteration duration

I've long argued that "1 week" makes a great iteration duration. It forces the issue of getting SW Dev tools operating smoothly and effectively, it also makes it much harder to operate a "dev then ...
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What are some key takeaways from transitioning from a QA Lead to a Scrummaster?

I'm wanting to transition from the QA Lead in my agile company to a scrummaster role. We're still in the process of getting the Scrum methodology right, but I think it's important to have someone ...
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How do I convince a client to use SCRUM in a tight deadline and fixed price project?

This is perhaps an addition to this question: 'How do you convince a client to use Agile Methods'. But I was not 100% convinced by the answers on that question. What I am asking myself is how to ...
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Is Software Architecture still Relevant in Agile ?

Agile focuses on developing workable codes from small user stories. Pair programming encourage developers to pair up, actively engage with one another to come up with the best solution for the problem....
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What is the most appropriate agile framework for teams of independent freelancers?

I'm thinking of building a virtual team of freelancers trough oDesk or alike. My project needs few (2-3) php developers, a c++ developer or two and a project manager. I'm wondering what agile team ...
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Will hiring an agile coach make that much of a difference?

My company is still young, and our processes still inadequate. I want to get the scrum process right from the start. Would hiring an agile coach make that much of a difference even if I've done ...
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How much does Lean Software Development really has to do with the original concept of lean manufacturing?

We are seeing more emphasis on the concept of Lean Software Development, especially by the Agile community. It's definitely exciting to imagine that the software industry can be as productive, ...
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What are some agile (scrum) metrics? [closed]

I'm interested in learning what types of metrics can be used in the following areas: Productivity Quality Responsiveness Customer Satisfaction Employee Satisfaction Predictability ...and what makes ...
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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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Who should be trained when introducing Agile?

Should all team members be formally trained when introducing Agile methods into a company, or is it sufficient to train only a handful of key people? If the latter, who should they be?
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Structuring an Internal API Team in an Agile Environment

My company has adopted scrum two years ago, and I think we have been fairly successful using it. I am currently facing the task of trying to restructure part of our development organization, and I ...
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What are some ways you are getting your business engaged with your Agile team?

I continue to see Agile adoptions that focus on the R&D or Engineering team. There seems to be this acceptance that the core of Agile rests there. I'm absolutely not convinced. I think that if the ...
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Transitioning into an Agile Project

We will be working on an exciting new project that slightly blurs the line of PM and Consultancy. This organization is eager to introduce agile for supporting their existing applications, but they ...
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Best way to do peer code reviews in the development process [closed]

In our company, we use Scrum with short sprints of 1 or 2 weeks and peer code reviews as a requisite, but I'm still trying to figure out which is the best "flow". One option could be doing the code ...
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Whose responsibility is it to encourage/ensure knowledge flow across Agile teams?

I am working with larger and larger organizations adopting Agile. One discussion recently has kept me thinking about a challenge I hadn't been paying attention to heretofore. That is, how do we create ...
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How to most effectively facilitate a value stream mapping exercise?

In the course of helping teams understand how their own project / service is structured and managed, I often facilitate value stream mapping (VSM) sessions. What specific facilitation techniques are ...
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Given a “frozen” iteration plan, what happens if the plan's stories require more work than expected

I am not sure how to phrase this but I'd like to ask how Agile handles this. My understanding is that in Agile, you freeze the stories that are in the current sprint. What happens when a developer ...
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Does project management mean managing people?

Does project management mean managing people? So far, from my understanding, managing people is somehow part of project management. But I don't have any formal training in this direction and I can't ...