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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why can't I find well elaborated criticism on agile/scrum on the web? [closed]

After several years of agile and scrum hype around, I'd expect the first well-known reactions from "bullshit!" to "magical!" to be gone and I should be able to find some really elaborated articles ...
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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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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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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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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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what should be part of Sprint 0?

This is our first Agile project and we plan our Sprint 0 to consist of : Release Content Planning : Defining EPICs/MMFs Product Backlog Product Backlog Grooming : Breakup of EPICs into stories (as ...
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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 can we speed up code reviews without sacrificing thoroughness of the code reviews?

At our workplace, we use Agile Scrum method. However, we don't really follow it religiously. But, we do very thorough code reviews. The problem with code reviews is that it's takes a while to ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How to manage story points when several developers work on 1 story?

My team consists of 2 backend devs, 1 front end dev and designer. Lets pretend we have next user story: As a user I want to sign-in/sign-out to use the system Designer says that it is equal to 2 ...
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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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Aren't stakeholder expected to adopt an agile mindset when working in a Scrum framework?

What is expected of the stakeholders when it comes to being agile? Since collaboration is at the heart of agile, shouldn't the adoption of agile values be present on both sides? As per my ...
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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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Daily StandUp in a small co-located team

Let's suppose we have a small development team: a front-end developer, a back-end developer and a tester working in the same room and therefore able to communicate freely throught a day. Is it ...

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