Questions tagged [agile]

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Scrum vs. Sprint

I'm new to Agile methodology and I have some very basic questions. Sprint -> It is the iterative process (One development life cycle from Requirement to user acceptance testing) in Scrum. So, while ...
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Meeting format for defining our definition of done

Can anyone recommend a format for facilitating a definition of done meeting ie, a meeting to define the teams definition of done. I was thinking of first looking at artefacts and then associated a ...
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Should bugs be estimated in story points?

Should bugs be estimated in story points according to the Scrum methodology? In particular, what if a bug appears to be a quite complicated task, which in fact is a some missed functionality which ...
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Daily developer “dance scrum” meeting [closed]

In the Harvard Business Review's Guide to Making Every Meeting Matter, one contributor describes a unique process for their daily standup: "To keep impromptu meetings short, I instituted Dance ...
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How to effectively implement Scrum for a small project (max duration 6 months) with defined project deadlines?

In my current company, they are using Waterfall methodology in defining the gateways for new project approval and developing detailed timeline with completion date (gantt chart) based on the ...
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Should a user journey be a part of a BDD story?

I am writing a template story document and want to include as many elements as will make for useful, generic stories. Currently, this includes: Story number Points estimate (fibonacci) State (to do, ...
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How do I make a Gantt Chart where the project execution phase in the WBS is modified to implement Scrum?

How do I expand the tasks in the project execution phase in order to include enough sub-tasks that show the use of Scrum?
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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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Implementing agile with part time employees?

Current organisation wants to become more agile, but there is a lot of task switching amongst employees who cannot commit a full working week on a project. It is impossible for me to run Scrum ...
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How to enable better demos

Does any one have any methods for enabling a team to deliver better demo’s? I am an Agile Coach working with a team of junior inexperienced cross platform developers. I have delivered a training ...
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What level of detail for BDD scenarios?

Is it appropriate for BDD scenarios to have "click here" style specificity? I have read a lot of examples where scenarios are stated to avoid any particular user interface interaction, yet tools like ...
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pivotal tracker chore: Should chores be picked regularly or one complete sprint should be dedicated to it? At what rate velocity should increase

What is ideal scrum approach: To fix bandwidth i.e. 10% of every sprint to clear off the technical debt? To dedicate one/two sprint every year to clear off these debts? I believe both has its pros ...
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Is there guidance for Agile Refactoring within a large Waterfall Project?

I am acting as Project Support to a large multinational that is keen to embrace Agile - although it is really just Scrum that they are referring to. The ERP migration is traditional Waterfall but ...
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What format should I use for Product Backlog Items (PBIs) representing improvements to existing features?

We have an existing system in production, developed using a "chaotic" development process. I'm trying to introduce Scrum for all new development: new features, improvements, and bugs. For new ...
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How to track identical Agile/Scrum PBIs for multiple platforms not in sync?

Brief Background Our company uses Agile/Scrum as our development methodology, with Microsoft's VSTS (Visual Studio Team Services) being our tool of choice. We have several teams, including Android, ...
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Project team is on Sprint 2, and no features/user stories have been done

We kick started an Agile development team with a Sprint 0, that had some architectural runway tasks in it (like setting up the environment, etc.). We planned a Sprint 1 with 2-3 user stories (there ...
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How to create an organised association that is project oriented?

A group of youngsters (age average of 20 years) would like to establish an organisation that makes projects into reality. The question would be: What kind of structure would be the best to manage this ...
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How can I organize 3 developers to work together with 2 clients?

I started working in a stock broker that hired me and more two developers to build a software to help them. I am the newest member of the development team. My friend, another developer in the team, ...
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How to track a new employee's activities in scrum template on TFS?

From this question: How to factor in story points/tasks for non sprint related items? I gather you would reduce the capacity to a new employee to probably 0 for a while untile they are up to speed ...
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Can one developer work on two different projects (and in effect, two different backlogs) in a single Sprint? Any Agile recommendations on this?

Can a single developer work on two different projects/backlogs completely independent in two Sprints (One Sprint is for one project/one sprint for the other) in the same timeline.
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Is my sprint break down good enough to start with?

In the previous question, plan of release was discussed - 3 sprints, two weeks long each staging deployment and UAT in each sprint optional hardening the sprint and at its end production deployment ...
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Does Microsoft TFS have all I need for Agile Project Management?

If I want to use Agile, and use a Scrum implementation, will TFS do all I need? Or do I need something else? I have MS Project 2016 (not using Project Server), and it has an Agile template, but most ...
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Agile team management strategy for small projects [closed]

I would like to thank StackExchange - Project Management group for providing me with full support and guidance to move forward in my career path. I'm now a Project Manager and a Junior web and ...
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Can we implement Scrum with activeCollab? [closed]

We are currently using activeCollab for our agile software development team. We are thinking of switching over to Scrum. Is it worthwhile to do so? I think the team may find it a bit difficult to use ...
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About the new PMI-ACP certification in comparison to PMP [closed]

I have started preparing for the PMP certification by the PMI institute. I stumbled upon the PMI-ACP exam. It's agile oriented. My question is, what is the value of PMI-ACP in the job market?
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Project metric definitions

I often read about Agile development in blogs. It seems that some PM terms are sometimes mentioned with slightly different meanings depending on the context. Could you transcribe from a book (either ...
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What should be asked in 360 feedback from Scrum Team? [closed]

We have a Scrum Team with the following roles: developer, tester and product owner. We want to create a 360 peer feedback form and need a set question-answer format for that. What could be the best ...
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What is unique about application development projects? [closed]

I'd like to understand the difference, from a project-management perspective, between application development and other, non-application development.
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Leading technical teams as an agile non technical project manager [closed]

I am currently project managing a software build, managing 2 developers, a QA engineer and UI/UX designers in the process. I am no longer hands on. Previously I was a former developer, but I did not ...
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Where would Joint Application Development sessions fit into the Scrum framework?

I'm working on transitioning my team's project methodology from the waterfall model to an Agile one. I'm looking at the Scrum framework as a starting point. Currently, we have these Joint Application ...
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How to measure the amount of existing technical debt, to track the progress? [closed]

It must be a tough question but I still hope to get some insight.
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How to determine which project is best suited to Scrum

Though Scrum is an excellent solution for many situations, it is not the proper solution in all circumstances. The Cynefin framework is a framework that helps understand the situation in which we have ...
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How to manage timelines in sprint effectively?

How to manage timelines in sprint effectively? New stories may be affecting previous story design/code - you have certain velocity and that is for new work but your previous work also gets impacted ...
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Ideas needed on expanding Jira DB to include multiple target platforms

So first I'll explain my position. I am a member on the QA team but tasked with majority of the management of the Jira instance. We have launched our product on one platform, and will be starting to ...
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Scalability of Scrum [closed]

Is scrum scalable? Can it be employed in large scale non-IT projects? I have gone through some articles and views on the Internet, which suggest that scrum can be employed in non-IT projects. But I ...
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How can Spill overs can be reduced in Agile Projects [closed]

How Spill overs can be reduced in agile projects I had seen lot of sprint in which the spill overs are very common though the estimation done is very proper.
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How to partition backlog sprints among the team? [closed]

After breaking backlog items down to sprints, how should we partition the sprint items among the team ?
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iPad for Scrum to Skype or Google Hangout [closed]

I am thinking of using iPad as a Scrum tool to Skype/Google Hangout to coordinate better with our offshore team in a different country. I am planning to hang the iPad onto the scrum board 'top-...