Questions tagged [agile]

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Advice on Agile team structure

I’m looking for a little advice…. let me start at the beginning…. My Organisation is very traditional and our organisation structure a little strange. Our web team are part of the marketing ...
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Should all team members be assigned user stories?

This is a very basic question but I don't see any answers on it yet. Scenario: We did sprint planning and I noticed some one saying Not all developers have a task to do. We need to add more tasks ...
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Is Scrum framework or methodology?

As per my understanding, Scrum is a Framework. Following is my view of the Scrum Framework and I would like to hear your ideas as well. The methodology is a set of principles and practices which can ...
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Sprint board critique

We are a DevOps software team with dependencies upon a release process which often requires us to wait before releasing some code to production for up to 5 times longer than our sprint length. This ...
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Is a mid sprint check-in/catch-up a good idea

Scenario: With scrum teams doing a daily stand-up to inform team of progress (yesterday and today) and any impediments. I wonder sometimes do they actually bring up impediments, concerns or issues. ...
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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 ...
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Multiple Web Projects - One or many Product Backlogs?

I work as a project manager and I usually manage multiple client web projects with the same development team. We typically develop four to five web projects simultaneously. Recently, we decided to ...
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We work with fixed scope, price and time - why should we use Story points?

We deliver projects in fixed price, fixed time and fixed scope environment. We have a contract that specify those, specifications of features. Recently, an agile couch was trying to convince me to ...
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Advisable scrum columns for software projects

Our software team has essentially these storyboard columns: Backlog To Do Develop Test Done Unfortunately, people inside and outside the team often attempt to affect the board to represent pre- and ...
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Should we arrange multiple agile sub-teams along customer groups or along software components?

The question's context is a company that creates a software product that consists of several functional components (you could also call them sub-products) and sells the product to a rather small ...
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Demo in Sprint Review

Currently we are following one week Sprint, Post refinement sometimes we encounter few stories which may take more than 1 week time to complete development, integration & Test. This means to ...
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Kanban or Scrum for tough deadline project?

Sorry in advance if my question looks silly, but it's bothered me for quite a long time and haven't found the answer to it yet. I work in an IT outsource company and due to specifics of my job I ...
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How to make Agile and Waterfall work together [closed]

Before I start, I just want to point out that this is a hypothetical question that I was recently asked in an interview. I'd like to be able to answer it with conviction if it ever comes up again. Any ...
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Web development project management through Jira Software [closed]

I worked as a software developer and recently I became the manager of some web development projects for clients. Can you please recommended some useful tutorials for web development project management ...
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How to deal with non negotiable change

One of the issues my organisation has is where change requests are requested during a sprint cycle in a particular high volume worksteam. The development team are often forced to accept these change ...
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Should we demo bug fixes in sprint demos?

We have been asked to demo almost all bugs in our sprint demo, except the bugs which were raised for the stories of the sprint. Some teams only demo critical bug fixes, probably to reassure others ...
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Agile: Can Epics be time-based rather than feature-based?

For example, if you're building a chat app, having epics be the stages in a project: Phase 1 - Beta Phase 2 - Launch vs. features Messaging Sign-Up The goal of an epic is to capture a large body ...
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Product Owner in different time zone from scrum team

I am a product owner for a remote scrum team. I am on the east coast of the US. The scrum team is in India. This is a 10.5 hour time difference. I have been participating in their daily scrum at 6:...
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I've been doing Agile for years in various organisations, but I still don't feel like we're doing it right?

So in my current organisation for the past year we have been doing the "full-blown" Agile stuff to create software. From planning, refinement, daily SCRUM stand-ups, programming and testing in 2-...
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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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Agile (“Scrum”) “Metrics” Question

My team has recently transitioned from essentially zero project management (other than the "put out fires as they happen while trying to stay on top of current workload") to something more Agile with ...
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How can story points be “non linear” in relative size

I've read in several places that story points are not necessarily linear. i.e., an "8 point" task is not the same as two 4 point tasks and so on. I totally get the argument about these being an ...
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Best way to report impact of accepting additional work in scope?

Org I work in is trying to be agile, but often struggles with respecting the committed scope during a sprint and keeps forcing us to accept new work. This is coming at a cost; happiness and quality. ...
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Moving backlog items into Sprint

In Agile, who's the person responsible of moving tickets in Jira (e.g. moving backlog items into Sprint). Is this a Scrum Master's responsibility or Product Owner?
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Is system 'logging' captured in user stories or are they part of implementation detail?

I understand that anyone who supports and maintains system can be seen (or should be seen?) as a stakeholder/user. For me, so far 'logging' has been like: "I guess, it wouldn't hurt to log this ...
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Does SAFe yields better long term results than traditional Agile

While SAFe is picking up a lot of attention and as I understand seems to yields better long term results (velocity and overall product quality) than traditional Agile, I'm curious about its possible ...
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When does a Scrum Team assign story points to the stories in the Scrum methodology?

I am in the process of learning Scrum. I got stuck with a question: on which stage does the Scrum Team assign story points to the user stories?
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What should a scrum team do if they complete work earlier than expected?

Our development team estimates that they can complete 30 story points in the current iteration. Partway through the sprint they realize that they will complete 50 story points at their current rate. ...
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Why is my team doing so well?

As a ScrumMaster for a team of developers and testers who are doing very well and their velocity is spiking. I am interested in doing an detailed study to understand what factors caused this upwards ...
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Agile user story's task estimation

I have some confusion regarding the concept of a user story's task's estimation (effort estimate) using hours. What is the actual purpose of estimating effort in hours? In addition to that, let's ...
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Kanban: How can I handle column limits when some members work at night?

On my team, we're starting to work with kanban and have column limits applied. One of our members will work frequently work in the evenings or at night and is expressing that the column limits prevent ...
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Agile Release Planning

Let's say my team's velocity is 50 and for the next release, we need to complete a 500 worth of user story points. My sprint length is 2 weeks. So if I divided 500 by 50 I need to spend 10 sprints to ...
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Which columns exist on your task board?

Currently, we’re implementing new processes at our company essentially from scratch, but there are a lot of opinions on which columns should be on the task board. As the one responsible for this ...
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How many activities per week should I be doing with my scrum team?

As a scrum master, I don’t want to take my team away from their committed sprint work too much so here is my question: If you had to take a relatively high performing team, how many workshops would ...
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T-shaped agile teams, great in theory, impractical in practice?

Scrum Master, currently working with an agile coach. The coach has recommended to Senior management that developers should also train to be visual designers in an effort to make the team more 'agile' ...
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How to get people on board with Scrum/agile?

So I'm part of a Team with 12 members in which we have recently tried to adopt Scrum/agile processes. I am the Scrum Master of the Team and I am also very new to agile; I'm also an apprentice within ...
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How can I measure the effective team work per iteration?

I have a team of 4 developers and 1 QA. My workflow in Jira is: Backlog -> Analysis -> In Development -> QA Ready -> QA Complete -> Done Every sprint (1 week) all issues get into QA Ready stage (QA ...
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how to manage two teams with different views on a problem

I have a scrum team that consists of client developers and my company’s developers to form a team of 8. I’ve noticed a lot of friction/arguments between team members on what is the best way to solve a ...
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Who starts the daily scrum meeting?

Is the scrum meeting started by the person whom comes to the meeting last or Anybody chosen by the team starts the scrum meeting? Tried to find answer to this question but no luck till now
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What is Scrum at scale?

I am new to the Scrum domain and recently found a "Scrum at scale" workshop near my town. I am a software engineer more inclined to data science. How would scaled Scrum help me become better in ...
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What kind of backlog review is this?

Backsory My company has recently hired a new product manager to handle a medium sized project. The new manager is a self-described "Scrum Master" but hasn't initiated any Sprint planning or other ...
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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 ...
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How to assess “We do scrum” on a job interview?

I have noticed on some job ads where at the near end company states "we do scrum". I'm just getting into scrum stuff and I learned little bit about scrumbuts https://www.scrum.org/resources/what-...
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Is it OK to defer implementation detail and consider user story to be done?

I am just getting into user stories (read some blogs and watched some of Mike Cohn's presentations). My current understanding is that the story is a vertical slice of the system. Stories are not "Add ...
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Development solution rushed prior to agreement on requirements - is this a healthy project management?

I've been working for 4 years in IT field (as Developer and QA Lead) and I've just joined this company on Sept 2018 as System Analyst. Here are some background of the company and the project we are ...
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How to split or manage a PBI/User Story in multiple sprints for different task types

We're struggling to break Product Backlog Items (PBIs)/User Stories into Sprint-sized chunks as we have multiple steps that need to be completed in a linear fashion. Each release goes through ...
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Sprint ceremonies getting faster - should we revert?

When we started our agile project we were doing everything by the book. Over time, this has somewhat slipped into a more relaxed style. We still get the information we need, share what needs sharing ...
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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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What is the proper way to add/represent development tasks (like refacturing) to a sprint?

We coded something which works but is quite terrible. We have planned the refactoring of that piece of code in this sprint but since it doesn't really fit in a user story, how do we add or represent ...
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Shared resources in the Spotify model

A company is trying to adopt the Spotify model, with tribes, squads, chapters etc. They came up with around 6-7 tribes. However they have a part of it, UX/UI that is needed on an ad-hoc basis from ...