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How can we give customer better estimates for delivered work and estimated hours next month?

We are working for a customer where we are using Azure DevOps for planning and estimating work in Sprints. This is the usual way to plan the work among our developers, but our customer wants a better ...
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Worklog feature in JIRA

Do you have any suggestions when it comes to worklogs in JIRA? Example: Multiple people are working on the same issue. What would be the best way to track individual work log?
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Program schedule

I inheritated a project on 2 September 2023 with Nov 20 2022 as the start date but no baseline schedule was created. 10 out 100 deliverables were completed as of 2 September 2023. Is it a good idea to ...
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How can I address productivity issues in a Scrum Team missing deadlines?

I am a Scrum Master of a game dev team, and we are having issues with productivity. We are always late for our deadlines. I know Scrum doesn't have typical deadlines but we do, and it's really ...
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How to apply Earned Value Analysis on a Scrum project?

I'm curious to learn how other managers apply EVA in software development running under agile techniques, like Scrum. I do like the concept and I'd like to try it but I don't understand how to apply ...
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Providing estimates as a software development manager

One of the quality expected from a good project manager is the ability to estimate the size of a task. In engineering and software field, a good way to do this is to ask someone who has experience or ...
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How to estimate work without historical project data?

In some teams, projects or project tasks are assigned to team members verbally. This leads to a case of "no available historical data for projects", which means, there is no way to know how ...
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Daily questions about time

In the daily scrum ceremony developers are daily required to answer questions about the time they need to finish each task. F.e. Developer A said that they will do 4 tasks, and the estimation for each ...
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Developers don't like to estimate. What can I do to improve the process?

I have two kinds of projects: Agile where estimates made with story points using planning poker http://www.planitpoker.com/ Waterfall/Kanban where estimates made on hours/days divided to specialty. ...
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Why does Pivotal Tracker discourage estimating points for bugs and chores?

Pivotal Tracker "strongly discourages" estimating velocity points for bugs and chores – you have to change a setting and accept a warning to be able to do it. They explain why here, but I just don't ...
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Handling Dynamic Sub-task Estimation in Jira without Double-Counting Story Points

My team and I have recently adopted Scrum, and we've chosen Jira as our primary tool for managing sprints and backlogs. As we navigate our sprint planning, we're grappling with an issue related to the ...
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Devops Timeline Estimates

Im having trouble finding sources as to how much time should be allocated for devops tasks that include dockerizing the code, creating ci/cd pipeline (on AWS for example), as well as creating the ...
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A simple estimation accuracy formula that always yields 0-100?

I'm just beginning, and despite my search, I cannot find any simple formula that would return a number between 0 and 100%, i.e. I do not care whether there was over or underestimation. The simplest ...
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What if My Client Won't Accept My Estimation?

I am working for a service-based company. We are working on one big project under which we have multiple subprojects. We have been working on that project for seven years, and it is ongoing. My client ...
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How do you estimate for a 're-build' where you are rebuilding an existing piece of software, and can agile be used?

Having experienced multiple 're-build' projects in my career, I know that it is hard to capture all of the requirements from the working software. Often because of the size of the code base and lack ...
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Why are developers expected to estimate tasks at all?

This management tendency is the worst part of being a developer. Software development is not carpentry. Almost everything a developer writes is unique, they have never built that particular thing ...
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Is it a good practice to use a name for a company if that name already occurs in a couple of other domain names? [closed]

Not sure if this is a proper community to post this question, if not, please recommend me one. I had a name in my mind (let's call it <the_name_i_like>) for my website and company, so I ...
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how to do spike/research story which can run more than 1 sprint

I past I have done a research/spike story which was a new area for me. Building big excel, debug ntml2 jar for authentication issue. our sprint was 2 weeks and it runs for more than 1 sprint, what ...
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How handle the change in baseline story

We follow Agile Scrum. We had identified a baseline story for story point estimation and used it for many sprints. We had a velocity calculated. After sometime, the team found that the baseline is not ...
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In scrum should incomplete stories be re-estimated or does the original estimate get burned down when it's finally completed?

If I have a story that's been estimated at 10 story points and we don't manage to complete it in a sprint how do you handle estimates for the sprint in which it's next included (assuming it gets ...
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Assessing requirements to estimate costs - what order do we assess the property of a requirement?

TLDR Is there an agreed upon PMBOK (or other) set order to evaluate a requirement's properties to get an estimate of what it will cost? e.g. if you're creating a project estimate (any methodology, ...
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Are object point estimation and cocomo 2 application composition model deprecated nowaday?

I have to estimate the effort required for a project and I have no historical data. In college I learned these methods, but I have the feeling that they have been replaced by new approaches such as ...
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Where should design be incorporated in an agile process?

We use a scrum-based agile development process. But where should design get incorporated? Separate user stories? Tasks on stories? We currently think of design as a separate task and break it out as ...
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How should a Scrum master handle disagreements about story-point estimates in Scrum?

For example : Some see its userstory (e.g. 2 points) and others see technical complications and judge that the story should be 20 points. The 2-point voters say, "I understand your opinion, but don't ...
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Time estimation of a product before developing the UI

I work at a newly found software house as an operations manager. I am currently assigned with developing a project lifecycle framework from getting the client requirements to sign off. Constraint is ...
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Estimating values in Sprint Backlog

How is value (in a scale of 1-10) assigned in Estimate of Value calculated (For instance as shown in figure below) in Product Backlog in Scrum Process?
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What are valid reasons for increasing the story points for a user story during or after a Sprint?

While estimating user stories, we are assigning story points based on complexity. If we get unexpected situations like server unreachable, network down, dependent items, or delays, can we increase the ...
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Should UAT estimation be more than QA's?

I am a BA for a software company and we are in the middle of building a project for one of our clients and following waterfall methodology When I showed the timeline to the client's project management ...
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Is it fine to correct an estimation of a story during execution?

During the sprint execution, the team should be allowed to change the estimation of a story in the following scenarios. During execution When a story is finished Re-estimate in the absence of the ...
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Why use story points instead of hours for estimating?

After using hours to estimate our projects for a long time and rarely coming within 20% of actual "work-to-ship," I have been told by a handful of people that "points" work a lot better at gauging the ...
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Cross-functionality is not scalable. Is there evidence that it is optimal for scrum teams, or did CF just become popular due to low "management cost"?

Is cross-functionality a concept that bleeds in any sufficiently big software-architecture? Due to an organizational restructuring, we have been working in a cross-functional software-development ...
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Sprint planning estimations and who is involved

In the past but only in 1 team, during the sprint planning, the product owner provided also an estimation for the story discussed, not so much as to use that estimation instead of the developers, but ...
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Estimation and days

How practical is using days estimations for stories in a sprint instead of another approach (e.g. story points)? It seems to me that using days, links stories to specific developers only while ideally ...
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Giving high level estimates to client without commiting to numbers

I'm working as project delivery manager of a Software Development Company. Often before project initiations, a long time and loyal customer contact me directly to request 'estimate' for some works ...
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How to handle requirements with an unclear scope containing words «all», «everywhere», etc.?

Let's say, customer or product owner creates a task that looks like this: Change localization Old term to New term in all places in the app for language X. And development team needs to provide an ...
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Is it difficult or time-wasting for developers to adjust page design based on component design changes?

I have been curious about that how much effort developers have to make to adjust components to accommodate changes in UI design. Sometimes I think a design from UX is good and there's no problem for ...
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When T-Shirt sizing Epics, should the size be based on 1 person's capacity or the teams capacity?

My company wants the team to estimate (via t-shirt sizes) Features/Epics. When we attempt to do this, I often get asked "is this estimate based on 1 person or the entire team working on the ...
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How to approach this: Percentage change in one KPI leading to change in other KPIs?

I want to know how can I approach or model this problem. I have 7 KPIs (3 of them dependent on each other) and one main KPI (total 8 KPIs). I want to understand effect of these 7 KPIs on the main KPIs....
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How should I deal with common dependencies when estimating stories in Scrum?

There's something that has always bothered me with Scrum. Hopefully I can get some insight here. With Scrum, we try to break the backlog down in vertical slices. Let's say stories A and B. These ...
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How to estimate a story point, that involves Mobile team and backend team

I am Managing a mobile app product. it contains backend team, design team, and flutter (mobile) team. User stories are usually consisting of subtasks, that involves both, backend, design and mobile ...
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Should we re-estime (reduce) story points of a task that we started but didn't finish last sprint? [duplicate]

I need an advice and it's about the best option to choose in an agile project, here is the situation : A sprint backlog contains between 15 and 20 user stories A the last day of the sprint, we ...
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Calculating project forecasts in Jira

As a Scrum Master, I want to help my Product Owner to make an educated guess of when features in a project will be implemented, in order to communicate with stakeholders so that they can manage Scope. ...
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Estimating Tasks which have been split from a User Story

Let's say we have a good User Story with Acceptance Criteria and Definition of Done. But the Story is too big and needs to be split into tasks. The team only uses hours for estimating the backlog ...
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How much do you pad estimates by in software engineering?

We like to underpromise and overdeliver. If we don't pad, we become very late. I have heard some PM's especially on 1.0 projects that are much more difficult to predict will multiply the estimate by ...
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Minimum number of items in the Product Backlog for an Affinity estimate

I found this question in an exam and I'm puzzled: Affinity estimate is a technique used for arriving at a high level estimate quickly. What should be the minimum number of items in the Product ...
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Launching average mobile app on-time vs delayed launch with high-quality app

Apologies if this is the wrong exchange forum, it felt most appropriate to ask this here. TL;DR What are the pros/cons of a (mobile) app (in the social media space) being launched on-time with an ...
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How to allocate story points on extremely complex user stories?

We currently allocated story points the following way: 0.5 very simple (approx 0-30 mins) 1 simple (approx half a day) 2 Medium difficulty (couple of days) 3 Hard (3 days) This works well for us, ...
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How should you do long term releases with Kanban?

With Scrum you can try to plan longer releases using team velocity. If the team velocity is 100 Story Points (SP)/Sprint and the Product Backlog has 1000 SP then you can say you can finish in 10 ...
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Artificial decomposition in Scrum

Scrum Guide says: Product Backlog items that can be Done by the Scrum Team within one Sprint are deemed ready for selection in a Sprint Planning event. They usually acquire this degree of ...
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Who consumes estimates?

Consider a company that: works on an own product(not a contractor), the product has already been released(but is expected to need years of further active development), the product is a consumer app(...

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