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Taking over a disorganised team

I'm about to take over an IT team that lacks organisation between members. The employees are as follows: Part time lead software developer & team leader; Onsite; (Me) Full time IT all rounder (...
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Improve performance of feature X - should that be a new user story or something else?

We have implemented and closed user story X but found out later that the implementation is too slow and we need to improve performance. I think it was a mistake not to have acceptance criteria for ...
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How to synchronize an agile software team with a waterfall hardware team?

Our team is composed of both software and hardware engineers. The software team uses Scrum project management while the hardware team uses waterfall. The priority of our software requirements change ...
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How to properly create story maps? (user stories)

I have a website that I need to build and want to properly create story maps. I am just learning how to do this so I would love a bit of help. My setup: Users: admins customers personal business ...
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How to handle user stories that cannot be split and do not fit even a 30 days long sprint?

Given a small team (3 people or so) and a technically challenging area (e.g. middleware, embedded software etc.), and Assuming that a user story is a smallest thing that has value for the end user, ...
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Do you include testing in the original estimate?

Our dev team estimates work in hours, but we do not include any testing time in the original estimate. For example if the devs say an item will take 4 hours that will become our estimate for that item,...
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Disadvantages of agile approach [closed]

First of all, I like Agile. But, as well known, "there is no silver bullet". Obviously, if agile methodologies still not "rule the world", agile approach have some shortcomings. So, questions are: ...
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How to measure if Scrum Master is making a difference and when to give up

I have been working with a Scrum Team and also a Kanban team for about 6 months and 10 months respectively. The Scrum team hasn't shown any improvement and I haven't really managed to impact the ...
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Advice for a Non-Technical Newbie Scrum Master

I have recently joined a fantastic company which prides itself on its Agile philosophy and work ethic. I am a VERY junior Project Manager, and the more I learn about Scrum and Agile, the more I want ...
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Do you consider a defect an actual defect if it occurs in Dev prior to the acceptance of the User Story as Done?

A fully agile centric question. If an exception, error, defect or bug occurs prior to the completion of a user story; do you log it is a bug or do simply consider part of the work required to make ...
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Sizing a potential project rapidly without formal estimation

We have been asked by management to spend a very short period of time to "size" a software project - that is, to give them a very loose ballpark of time to implement the entire thing. There are three ...
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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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Sprint is 2 week and 40-stories

Question for QA- What you are doing if your current sprint is 2 week and you have 20 stories, suddenly PO added more 20 stories how you handle this situation..?
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Methods to improve daily scrum / standup

My Team's Daily Scrum needs improvement and I was wondering if anyone has a workshop idea/method on how to improve. The current issues that my team face are: They tend to go off topic, instead of ...
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Sizing an entire backlog using story points

I'm a PM on a large multi-year project with a sizable backlog of work implementing Scrum in 4 week release cycles. I hold weekly backlog grooming sessions with the project team and key business ...
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Customer seems to be too busy to do regular meetings

We're doing Agile development, and even though we are not going as strict as Scrum, we'd like to keep the sprint planning meeting so that the customer is able to prioritize on business values for each ...
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How to hold a project kick-off / requirements gathering meeting for a job interview?

I've got the dream job interview of a lifetime tomorrow, and I need to facilitate a 45-minute requirements gathering and planning meeting for a software application they think up. It will be me ...
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Cancel or change a sprint

The Scrum method defines that the content of a sprint cannot be changed. But can a sprint be cancelled while it's done? I mean, it's unlikely to happen and probably shows really bad planning skills by ...
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Is the PM's required knowledge in agile environment changing nowadays?

We see software developers these days that do not know what does it mean not to use TDD or other practices of XP, project leaders that never worked in a non-agile environment, etc. These people don't ...
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How much code documentation should an effective Scrum Team produce?

As part of the audit and compliance for my company (PLC), any Agile Projects are treated as a normal Waterfall Projects for review purposes although run according to Scrum best practice. We don't ...
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Is it okay to have a sprint where the team commits to zero story points?

Our two Scrum development teams are located in India. Our shared product owner is permanently relocating to the US, and we're just about to finish our first sprint. Him and the team suggested ...
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How is XP/ Continuous Integration different from DevOps?

Is DevOps just the new "cool" term for Extreme Programming? Recently speaking with a company about doing some coaching work for them. They have decided that to be successful they need to do "DevOps" ...
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Agile estimation and communication of price to customers

I'm new to this Agile way of doing estimates. For a long time I have been working in the classical way of estimating the whole project up front (roughly). Now I have started to look into the Agile ...
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Planning a sprint after reduced team strength

We have seven people team and their running velocity is ~50 points(2 weeks sprint). Now due to change in business focus, we have to reduce team size from 7 to 4. How do we plan current sprint? ...
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How to manage a product development and maintenance team

I am a project manager working with a product development team. We are using SCRUM with our development team. We have a heavy backlog list, that we are working on. The issue that I am having is, we ...
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How to manage very small, easy tasks in Agile?

Let's say you have a bug on your website. Your developer needs to fix some CSS or something. He estimates it will take him one minute to fix. What is the best way to manage these kinds of tasks? Do ...
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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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Agile and Scrum:- approaches, problems, common mistakes and lessons learned

From doing Agile and Scrum are there any lessons you can pass on from your experiences? Are there any approaches that work better than others? Which of the many parts of the theories have you found ...
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When is the best time to create story tasks?

I have a team of developers who are relatively new to Agile and sprints (approx. 5 months now). Every time I walk into their sprint planning session, I do not like what I see. It's absolute silence ...
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Kanban for multiple projects

We've been using http://acunote.com to manage our work queue. It's great for the planning phase, because you can nest stories. This makes it easy to outline an MVP within a given sprint. Given that ...
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How to implement SCRUM without forgeting the four principles of the agile manifesto on the way?

Don't the four agile principles get a bit lost in the middle of all the SCRUM process? How can this be avoided? How to promote these four principles over the process that is imposed? How to make the ...
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Can metaphors in popular culture help with explaining agile or waterfall to clients?

After reading this blog post that suggests that the Death Star was an agile project I was wondering if using metaphors is a good way of describing methodologies in a slightly fun way. 'Movie x ...
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How to actually empower self-organized team to remove its member?

One of the parts of self-organization in agile (but this is not necessarily related only to agile) is that we look at the team's performance and focus on supporting the team doing their job the best ...
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Why are Story Points of a story not equivalent to days/hours in estimation. In Scrum [Agile]

I'm currently working in a team with new to agile methodology programmers and few old school peeps. They seem to always, in planning meetings give hours/day estimates for a story. It really pisses me ...
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What is the term for an anti-user-story?

I need to create some short narratives that capture the "who", "what", and "why not" to show some of our stakeholders why we need a minor policy change. For example, imagine I'm designing a control ...
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Estimation given in days and need to plan in Agile

The client internally feels that this is about 500 developer days worth of work and there could potentially be 4 developers (or pairs of developers) that work in parallel. We need to go back to them ...
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What is lead time?

I am struggling to truly grasp what lead time means on a Kanban project. I have read about it in several books but I still can't get my head around it. Can someone explain it.
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Estimating user stories at the start of the project so that the PM can determine a quote for the client

Recently I have started to work on a team in a new project. Our company is attempting to run things in an Agile manner. The project team consists of 4 developers each from different teams and with ...
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Is it a conflict of interest for a developer to also be Scrum Master

I have joined a new team as a developer but they also want me to be Scrum Master as I have the most Agile development experience. Do you think that is a conflict of interest?
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User stories delivery issues

Working in Agile manner, project team routinely delivers parts of software, described in User Stories. Upon each Sprint a working software is delivered, with some additional features added. The ...
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In an Agile environment, how should a developer update team members and managers when there's no “visible” progress?

A developer is working on a research project that involves working with new technologies. The concepts are also new to the developer, and the developer is working on building a product on top of the ...
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How to facilitate communication and peer reviews on a distributed scrum team?

We have a Scrum team of 3 developers, a scrum master, and a product owner. Everyone works out of their home (except the product owner who works at his organization's headquarters). In the past, we ...
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What to do with unexpectedly blocked story in scrum?

We have a low-pointed story which was dev-complete but, during testing, revealed a problem. In investigating the problem it was discovered that an external party will be required to deliver a fix. The ...
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How to deal with constantly (~daily) changing requirements?

I see a number of similar links, but none seem to have a solution, mostly "they shouldn't be doing that"'s. I agree, but please, read on: Scenario: 800K pages of documents, narrative(e.g. emails)/...
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How can I increase management buy-in of Agile adoption?

In my current role we manage our web development using Scrum. This has been really successful within our team (improving productivity, spotting issues early and increasing collaboration) but outside ...
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What are you doing with Agile teams who no longer run retrospectives?

I have run into several teams who tell me that they no longer run iteration retrospectives: they were a waste of time and they weren't learning anything new. What is your answer to these teams? Should ...
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How does a Project Manager's job change when transitioning from waterfall to Agile?

When adopting Agile and moving away from waterfall what specifically changes in the day-to-day job duties of a PM? I'm interested especially in hearing from PMs who have made (or are in the process of ...
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What is the difference between the terms “grooming” and “refinement” of the product backlog in scrum methodology?

I am not able to find an accurate answer to this question. Are they the same?
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Tool suggestion to manage multiple projects / people working on several projects at once? [closed]

This is the situation in our office and I would need a recommendation which tool to you to facilitate our work. At the moments, things are slowly slipping out of my hands. What we have: many ...
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Is there Scrum ceremony for planning Technical Details on an Agile Project?

Specifically, if we assume that the team spend a day on Sprint Planning using the 4-8 hours of planning for each week of our sprint formula then that doesn't really seem like enough time for the team ...