Questions tagged [agile]

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What are the benefits of having fixed length sprints for agile?

Lately, I have been the solo developer on a software development project and I break down my project into functionality that I believe I should be able to implement in 1 or 2 weeks depending on the ...
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Integrating Critical Chain into Scrum/Agile Practices

I am primarily a software developer and software development manager. I use practices from Scrum and Agile development to manage my project. This means: Incremental releases every two weeks ...
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What is the difference between acceptance criteria and the definition of done?

I don't get what is the difference between both. They seem to be similar to me. For instance, I have this typical login/register User Story. Can you provide some DOD examples? As a user I want to ...
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Different ways of running Retrospectives

I'm about to facilitate another Retrospective with my team. I'd love to hear what different types of Retrospectives you do, to prevent falling into a routine. How do you improve such meetings to keep ...
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When developing the same app for multiple platforms how do you keep the implementation aligned

We have an Android native app and now want to build an iOS native version. We work scrum / kanban process. How best can we ensure that the Features / User Stories implementation on both versions align?...
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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 can developers and testers agree on story point estimates?

Previously we used duration for each story, but in our current sprint we are using story points (effort) keeping test team effort separate from the development team effort. Story points are based on ...
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How to cope with the Hawthorne effect and sprint improvements?

Hawthorne effect: the phenomenon in which subjects in behavioral studies change their performance in response to being observed. Background: I'm using Kanban as a tool to analyse and improve the team'...
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Kanban and feature size

We are currently using Scrum within our organisation but are considering moving to Kanban (or Scrumban). As part of our Scrum process we normally take into consideration size and complexity of ...
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How does one build a burnup chart?

Can someone explain how to build a burn-up chart? Please give me a walkthrough of how to build one?
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How do you kick-off new Agile teams?

I'm curious what others are doing with regard to getting teams up and running with Agile in a sustainable way. What do you emphasize first (practices, principle, process framework)? Or is there no one ...
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How to keep WIP down with swarming in Agile/Scrum teams?

We are practicing swarming in our Agile/Scrum teams. However, keeping WIP (Work in Progress) down continues to be a challenge. I am familiar with the theory, but I have some questions about the ...
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Gameification - How would you gameify work in an Agile team?

During a recent open session at RallyON 2011 we talked about paradoxes in Agile. One of the items that came up during the conversation is when a high-performing team becomes so well greased that all ...
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How to motivate offshore teams and trust them to deliver?

I joined a company where the development is outsourced in an offshore location. I have heard that the people offshore won’t deliver unless they are chased to do so. In other words, when they are left ...
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Should a Scrum team formally track daily commitments?

Should a Scrum team be tracking the daily commitments each team member makes during the Daily Scrum? We write them down in a kind of a mini task manager, and then we mark them as done during the work ...
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What should we do with a task that has been blocked

We're using Agile and Scrum methodology. For this iteration a coworker had to finish her Development task, which was carried over from last iteration. We thought it will be done in two days and we ...
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Starting to learn Project Management, which book or path to follow ? [closed]

As I started to search to learn more about project management on Google, I was overwhelmed by all the certification links. All I want to learn is about the various software (especially web ...
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Should I remove a User Story from a Sprint in progress if I know we can't complete it?

In the sprint can we remove (move to the upcoming sprint) the planned stories (mid sprint), if we are 100% sure we can’t complete them? Example given: Suppose we planned to 5 stories to be completed ...
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How to handle big stories / epics in Scrum?

It's about a Scrum Team. PO and the couple of developers. They do well every time, when task is clearly defined and only technical part is to be done. It gets complicated when there is a need to work ...
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In Kanban, what should we do about an urgent task?

If at that time, development team is currently at max WIP, then there's an urgent task like critical bug that need to be fixed immediately, do we need to violate the max WIP and allow to do work more ...
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Will Project Managers Disappear in a Scrum World?

In a Scrum team there is no role of a project manager. Does that mean that project manager jobs will eventually disappear? What is a project manager supposed to do when organization starts to shift ...
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During a sprint, should we try to achieve 100% user story completion or 100% productivity

We know that during every sprint, the team's primary goal is to achieve 100% completion of user stories which are part of the sprint backlog. But what happens in practice is that, development should ...
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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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Satisfying an external auditor when using Agile

My company is an ISV and occasionally, prospective customers (especially in life sciences) insist on sending in auditors to check over our software development processes. We are starting to implement ...
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How to spot the lazy team member in a self-organized team?

Some context first: I am a project manager in a software development company with a Kanban environment. In the team I am managing there is no such thing as people reporting their work to me, or people ...
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Using Spreadsheet for Backlog - Dependencies and Priority

I'm currently using a Google Spreadsheet to manage my product backlog. It has a list of stories, each with an identifier, feature it belongs to, story points, and the sprint that it's assigned to. It ...
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What tools and techniques should be introduced first when starting with Agile/Scrum?

I am working as project manager on a large project with a five person development team. They have been without project management support for several months and there is no project management ...
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What common techniques do Kanban teams use to make commitments to other teams in their organization?

When a team is first adopting kanban, they do not typically have reliable numbers for cycle time, and will struggle to make commitments based on a Service Level Agreement. What commitment techniques ...
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In an agile consultancy, is the Client the Product Owner?

I'm interested in understanding how agile project management differs between a single product-focused team and a digital agency or software development consulting firm. For starters, in a situation ...
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In Scrum, is a Scrum Master position higher than a Product Owner?

In Scrum, is a Scrum Master position higher than a Product Owner, in terms of organizational hierarchy? At work, traditional organizational charts are a must; how are Scrum Masters and Product Owners ...
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Daily Scrum and flexible work time

Our company is in the process of introducing elements from Scrum in our working process. As we have flexible work time (not completely sure how to say it in English. People can come to work when they ...
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Why management is more concerned of JIRA hours than of following Scrum values?

As in many other projects, we are also using JIRA to manage tasks and user stories, and Scrum as the Agile methodology. At the end of each day, the ScrumMaster provides the burndown chart to the PMO ...
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How do I facilitate a first time Agile retrospective?

I have never facilitated a retrospective before and I have been asked to facilitate one on Tuesday. I have ordered a book which is arriving tomorrow and I have been checking out various websites. I ...
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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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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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Can Scrum Sprint duration change from 4 weeks to 2 weeks during the project?

Does it makes sense to adjust Sprint duration during the project? Consider a 10 months project for a web portal, requirements are a little obscure right now, so I expect that at the beginning (first ...
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Forecasting Story Points in Agile

Are there any methods to fairly estimate story points for a project before deep diving into the planning poker part. I am asking this because sometimes at project initiation it helps to know the ...
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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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What does “Architectural Spike” mean?

What does Architectural Spike mean? I know, that this is investigation activity for unknown and unestimated tasks. But I want know more details. When we should do it: during Sprint or between them? ...
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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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Developers in Scrum Team: ineffective and not functional

I am part of a small company that has 6 developers and 2 support members. this team has been participating in "Agile" development practices for the past 3 years. The Agile/Scrum method has never been ...
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Product Owners- Tips for engaging non-Engineering in the agile process

From my experience, in mid to large size software companies, agile most often grows out of the eningeering organization. Either grass roots up, from the team level, or exec sponsored from the ...
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What first, UX/UI or Scrum Backlog to create a MVP?

I am really interested in expert opinions about my approach on UX/UI design and Agile software development. I hope someone with expertise on this field could help me with my doubts. From my ...
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Tracking external dependency stories

Say you have three projects. Two of these projects are end-user facing products (Project A and B). The third is an infrastructure project (Project I) where all the work will never be directly ...
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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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Is the Product Owner the boss of a Scrum Team?

The Scrum Guide states the Product Owner is the sole person responsible for managing the Product Backlog. Product Backlog management includes: Clearly expressing Product Backlog items; Ordering the ...
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Communicating requirements to offshore teams

Just to give a context, there is an offshore team in India for a client in San Francisco. The offshore team is about 9 developers and 4 QA, with one project manager. I am doing onsite coordination for ...
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Should you export data to Excel and Word?

I'm the Project Manager for a large application that customers use to collect data on whether their businesses meet certain medical and financial standards. They generally answer a survey explaining ...
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Involve graphic designer in daily Scrum meetings

As I explained in a previous question, our company is willing to introduce some elements of the Scrum method in our working process. We have a in-house graphic designer, who is attached to the ...
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What actions will you take when Iteration/Sprint goals are in danger?

Let's say, you are a Scrum Master and your team is in the middle of a Sprint. You see that all planned stories can't be completed till the end of the Sprint, that's for sure. What action will you ...