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Should developers be talking to users during Story planning / refinement?

When you have a Product Owner who is less technical, can developers be brought into discovery with users and stakeholders? e.g. A new project is underway and the PO is doing discovery, creating epics,...
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Tool for Managing the Feature Development Process

Background: we currently use MantisBT for tracking of bug tickets, and have attempted to use the same for feature development. The latter has worked, but only to a point. Ours is a small shop, so ...
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Cost Estimates for agile projects

For Fixed Bid projects , the approach in our company is : The estimation is done for every user story in story points, and team has to convert those story points into hours. Once we find out the ...
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Why do Agile practice not exist in scientific research projects and organizations?

This has already been asked (How can a team working on research based items work in an Agile project?), but the thread is from 2011, so I thought I'd poke for an update. Does anyone know of a good ...
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Agile in enterprise: How to represent the requirements of non-business stakeholders?

I currently work on a large scale software project in a large company. We follow an agile approach for development; however, due to the size of the the company there are several stakeholders that ...
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Is it possible to track velocity on a waterfall project?

Assuming similar work has been done in the past, can velocity be measured on a waterfall project? If that isn't the case, is there a more appropriate capacity management tool on a waterfall project?
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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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Managing Product Releases

I work as a Product Manager in a company focused on GIS Products. Our software development team works on both internal products and clients projects using agile methodologies. I'm having trouble ...
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Should I leave building the database for the end?

Let's suppose that, as a PO, I have a mini-project with my team. The project consists of displaying messages and announcements on big shared screen. The admin can write messages on a page on his ...
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Scrum on maintenance. Is it possible?

God bless, I never had a lot of deal with maintenance. But I am curious, is it possible to customize Scrum for maintenance? If yes, how to guarantee SLA (if developers have a fixed Sprints), for ...
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How to write implementing HTTPS as a user story?

The title sums the question up pretty well. How do you do that? Should you even make implementing HTTPS a user story? I thought of: "As a page visitor I want all communication with the service to be ...
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How to make Release Planning more accurate?

I had an interview with one company. They use Scrum, but don’t like rough estimates during Release Planning. So, they asked me, how to make Release Planning more accurate (they don’t want more than 30 ...
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How important is having the PO inside the team?

I believe the Product Owner is an important member of the team and needs to be as accessible as any other. I've recently been confronted by the idea that because the PO is part of 'the business' (i.e....
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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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Prioritization in Agile

I am quite new with prioritization requirements in agile. As we know, normally, during the prioritization process in agile, business value is the most important factor that taken into consideration. ...
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As a Scrum Master, how to handle management expectations on delivering story points?

Problem - I've been appointed as a Scrum Master to a new team and senior management (CTO) expectation is that our team should deliver more than the SP capacity we can currently realistically deliver. ...
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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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User story conversation vs. scope creep

TL; DR; What is the difference between: A) The details evoked & scope definitions & acceptance criteria gained from the ongoing "user story conversation" a team should have with the PO, BAs, ...
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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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Agile and teammates that don't want to share knowledge?

How to get started with Agile if there are some programmer in my team, there only know a specific business domain and don't want to share knowledges with other teammates?
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How can we apply Agile to a consulting firm

As a consultant working for a consulting firm, planning projects using Agile/Scrum methodology can be quite challenging. Considering we do not work full-time for our clients, it is hard to use Scrum ...
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Is Agile feasible for a large financial application?

I am considering using Scrum on a very large (40+ developers) multi year project for a major bank. I am trying to figure out if Agile is feasible for a project this size. There are thousands of ...
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Is it possible to be agile with a highly technical project?

I'm working on a small (4-6) team on a project that involves creating a machine learning model to predict the outcome of sports matches real-time. This also involves scraping the data and storing it ...
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In Scrum, what should we do with partly-completed work started at the end of a Sprint?

I get most of Scrum. However, I can't get my head around what to do with work in progress at the end of a Sprint. If we are working in a swarm, we can defer the end of a Sprint, or bring it forward ...
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Can one person be Scrum Master inside two project at the same time?

We have a software company and our team is ten people and the number of projects we have is two. Can one person be the Scrum Master inside two projects at the same time?
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How to implement scrum on an Waterfall enterprise?

Research prior to asking this questions -> When to Use Waterfall, When to Use Scrum ? I am not focus on pure waterfall vs pure scrum conversion. I am more incline of solving the following problems ...
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Why can't QA's share expertise and suggest new ways of working

I work as part of an eight-member agile team. When I joined the company I saw lots of problems in the team. I decided to share my past experience to help the team but the team saw me as a small person,...
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Agile Best Practice for External Blocking Issue

Our company is trying to adopt a more rigorous Agile methodology (including Sprints and Scrums and all that fun stuff. We even got a JIRA subscription!), and we've run into a couple issues. The ...
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How to increase the deployment frequency having to cope with a lot of processes?

I am working as a product owner, in a fintech based software company. My development team follows scrum methodology, and 2 weeks sprint. They tried to follow scrum ceremony, but not to do story ...
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Hiring a Scrum Master / Agile Coach [closed]

I hope this is the right place for a question like this, but I am wondering what do/should organizations look for when hiring Scrum Masters or Agile Coaches? This question is only for people who have ...
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Temporarily adding external freelance developers to an existing developer team (aka. Hybrid Team). Pros and Cons?

What are the pros and cons of adding external software developers to an existing developer team for a small project? What are the pros and cons? For me: Pros: Development should in theory be faster ...
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User stories - difficult to decide actor

I always have trouble deciding who the actor should be and therefore how user stories should be written. For example: As a site owner I would like to display a carousel of products on the homepage ...
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What to do with a Product Owner who is not able to understand the role

I am a ScrumMaster for a team of developers and QA's with a Product Owner. I have tried unsuccessfully for the last year to get the PO to understand what the role of the PO entails and he just does ...
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Selecting the right iteration duration

I've long argued that "1 week" makes a great iteration duration. It forces the issue of getting SW Dev tools operating smoothly and effectively, it also makes it much harder to operate a "dev then ...
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How to leverage Agile development benefits in a fixed-cost project?

I recently joined a company that has started moving towards "more agile" development. I've already been product owner for an internal software project and that worked reasonably well as far as I can ...
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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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How do you set an initial duration for agile projects?

I am researching agile methodologies for my organization. My question is this: How do you prevent a project from running for far too long while using agile? You can be writing requirements while ...
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What are the right conclusions to draw from the success or failure of a Sprint?

I recently encountered the opinion that, if a Sprint is successful due to statistical reasons (e.g. the team made big mistakes during planning but the team delivered its stories anyway), then that's ...
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Scrum approach to Graphic Design office

I've been recently asked to teach Scrum to a graphic design office. Why? Because they want to turn their services into quick deliverable products, and not lose focus on the current project they're ...
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Sprint story point from PM perspective

As a project manager, I am interested in the effort (estimated and actual). While Sprint based estimation is story point based, how can I translate them to effort so that I can track and report them. ...
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Should sprint backlog have MoSCoW prioritization applied?

Scrum states that the team should commit to delivering the stories in the sprint backlog. It is implied that once they have reached this limit, no more items are added to sprint backlog. Should the ...
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Which is the best methodology to manage a distributed team, working in several short term one-man projects?

I lead a team of around 20 people, distributed around the world (different timezones, most of us haven't met in person). Most of the projects we work on are short term (3-4 weeks) customizations with ...
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Can the product owner remove user stories?

As a product owner, can I completely remove a story from the Product Backlog? I know everybody can add stories at anytime to the product backlog, but is the PO's only way to remove a story to put it ...
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How can you estimate a spike story?

We are working on a technology of which the team is not sure how would it go.I would like to estimate and timebox this story.However,the scrum team has to goal or a shippable product at the end of ...
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How technical should a Scrum Master be to effectively remove impediments?

One of the main roles for a Scrum Master is to remove impediments for the team, such that the development can progress. This is, in my undertanding, to ensure that the development team can focus on ...
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The development teams can't deliver successful sprints

We have 2 (50% distributed) scrum teams, that have been doing scrum for just over a year. Since almost the whole time, the teams' painful point is environments instability, from all perspectives: ...
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Is there an Agile or Scrum method without Iterations / Sprints?

I just had a little discussion about this with a few coworkers but we did not come to a conclusion yet. We have a bunch of projects that are actively maintained and developed using scrum, with fixed ...
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Scrum Team and Product Owner working against each other

My current project involves two companies. The product owner from Company A and the development team from Company B. Recently the two companies came to a disagreement regarding the Product Owner (PO) ...
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Difference between user story and acceptance criteria

I am having trouble differentiating user stories and acceptance criteria. An example on I saw elsewhere state - User Story: As a user of the library catalogue, I want advanced search options on the ...
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From user stories to product, where and when to do graphic design?

We are taking our first steps in the Agile development world, and while we have a long path to follow, I'm having difficulties incorporating our graphic designer in the development process. The ...