Questions tagged [agile]

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How much project management is a software developer supposed to do?

To not be too broad to begin with, the direct question would be: Is it expected that a developer should continuously remind project manages of a feature not implemented because he lacks resources ...
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1 Hour to 2.5 Long Scrums Every Day - Is this Crazy?

The team has ten developers one development manager one tech lead one project manager over eight projects going on at once everything is top priority Every day there is a hour long call called scrum ...
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How to incorporate UX/UI in sprint correctly when mockups are required to estimate a story?

Apologies if the question has already been asked, I couldn't really find the answer when looking around. I'm struggling to figure out a way to handle UX/UI in an agile way. I'd like to be "fully&...
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Is the Product Owner the Customer?

After reading In an agile consultancy, is the Client the Product Owner??, I still can't tell apart if the Product Owner is in fact an Stakeholder, or if it is someone from the software company who ...
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Who Owns Backlog Prioritization?

I recently had a meeting with several executives/managers wherein we determined that what the Product Owner had communicated, and the Product Manager had prioritized in the backlog, was no longer what ...
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If you already release continuously, what are the benefits of a Scrum Sprint of constant length?

Sprint: an arbitrary length of time over which you implement and release software features. From what I've read here and other places, it seems that the benefits of a Scrum sprint are that at the end ...
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Is it possible to manage an agile project with international team members?

Some of the hallmarks of agile projects work best with a co-located team, perhaps all working out of the same bullpen where face to face interaction is the norm. In fact, some of the principles ...
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When it is time to do poker planning - during Story Time or during Sprint Planning

While doing scrum when it is time to do poker planning - during Story Time or during Sprint Planning? If it is during Story Time, then the only thing to do in Sprint Planning is to select stories for ...
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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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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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Scrum - What are the downsides if a developer is not spending 100% of their time on a single project?

I know it's preferred that a developer on a scrum team be completely devoted to that single project, but most of our projects are smaller in scale with single developers (or at least, one Dev on the ...
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Agile/scrum - tracking time spent in current iteration towards stories from the next iteration if all current stories are done

Our team has been slowly trying to go towards agile, and like many other teams, up to this point, the question of "what do we do when we actually finish all commitments?" is fairly new and foreign to ...
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What to do with Business Analysts in a Scrum environment?

In a company, they have decided to adopt scrum about a year ago, and they still have BAs (Business Analysts), who are separated from the Scrum teams. How it works is: The BA will get the specs for ...
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Agile team full of part time developers

I often see projects at my company that are full of part-time developers, meaning they work some % on different projects. Additionally, management seems to be on the Agile hype train. I feel that ...
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How do I convice clients that we should use Agile and how should we charge for it

We are a small company working in web development. I like Agile and I tend to use it within my team. The issue is: usually, clients need to get quoted with a lump sum of their project that will not ...
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How long until a team can "become" agile on the job? [closed]

Last year I led a project for a research institute. Requirements had been in progress over the entire project, and I had lot of trouble when planning, budgeting and providing other estimates. Now, in ...
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SRS for an Agile project

Currently, I am drafting a SRS ( Software Requirement Specification ) doc for an agile project, and the samples are the ones used in a waterfall project. I did google a lot but couldn't find any right ...
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Scrum Sprint Length Study?

Does anyone know of a (reasonably) rigorous study done on benefits and drawbacks of different sprint lengths? I certainly have read (and have my own) anecdotal experience, but am curious to know if ...
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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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During pre-planning developers do not have time to understand a task they have not investigated themselves, how to address their concerns?

We are a facing an issue where some of our team members are not happy with the pre-planning/planning phase of our scrum sprints. Their concerns are, that during pre-planning developers do not have too ...
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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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Is dedicated product owner mandatory for a agile scrum team?

Team setup: We are primarily an IT development team of .Net+Java developers who work respectively on components based on these technology stacks only. About few weeks back our team has been asked to ...
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Difference between Scrum Master and Agile Delivery Manager

What is the difference between a Scrum Master and Agile Delivery Manager and how can I bridge the gaps. Perhaps you could recommend books, courses or podcasts.
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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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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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How do you address the fear of control loss from Agile adoption [closed]

According to this survey, the most common concern about Agile adoption is a loss of management control. What are the different arguments one can bring to address this specific concern? How do you ...
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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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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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Customer asks for a contract with the price for the whole project, but we are Agile

We have a client to whom we have explained the whole Agile process, where he pays for each sprint (as billing cycles), and he agreed to it. We are a new company and we don't really have a legal ...
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How to Introduce Uncertainty without Scaring a Customer?

Recognizing uncertainty is fundamental to an Agile mindset. When leading the transition to a more agile mindset, how do you tell your customer that you, as a development team, generally operate in a ...
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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 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 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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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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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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How much automated test coverage should I aim for in an agile project?

I have generally used manual testing in my projects. In the proposal plan, I am going to introduce automated testing this time. Few things I am going to add: Unit Testing using Junit Test cases ...
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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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Assigning features to teams rather than assigning front-end or back-end work?

The system that i work on has a front-end and a back-end. At the moment, my team is working on the UI tasks and other team is working on the back-end tasks. There is also another team which handles ...
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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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What is a good total size for a Product Backlog?

General I realize the size of a product backlog will vary with each project. But assuming a project that is large enough to require a significant length time, is there any research or statistics on ...
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QA is at capacity, Development has room

Let's say you have five developers and one QA tester. All 5 developers can commit to X number of user stories. In Planning, QA decides he'll need Y number of hours per story to test. What is the ...
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In Scrum what are the benefits of self-managing?

I am trying to learn Scrum, and these are some question I have: What are the benefits of self-managing? Increased accountability, Increased creativity... and what else? Thank you for your answers.
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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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Is there an Agile methodology that fits with large refactoring?

Some background: At work, there are several epic (user visible) stories whose effort will be greatly reduced by improving the roles and permissions infrastructure in our code base. However, the effort ...
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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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When "taking it to the team" should we seek consensus?

Is consensus required for a self-organising team to make a decision? How do we know that a decision is made? When we as Agile Coaches and Scrum Masters servant lead teams and help them make decisions,...
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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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