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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 focusing on one project beneficial even when project priorities can't be quantified?

Small internal IT department that assists all of a company's departments. Each department has projects that each are 'priority 1' - the departments and executive team are unwilling to strictly ...
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In a data-driven startup, what should we *not* A/B test?

We are shifting our startup to a data-driven culture, and prioritising what to start testing [UPDATE: i.e. what goes in the product plan]. We have a reasonable number of users, and a working product, ...
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Software Dev Team; Managing Task Across Multiple Projects in a Manufacturing Plant with no Deadlines or Set Features?

I work on an very small software development team of 3 (remote 'full' timer, a full-time developer on-site, and myself as 'lead' on-site) in a "small" aerospace manufacturing plant of about 300 ...
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At what Work Item level does the Product Owner prioritize in TFS?

This question could be similar to At what level should the Product Owner prioritize work?. However, I ask questions based on specific use cases that is not addressed there. Our team is reviewing our ...
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What are the benefits of queuing tasks as opposed to assigning them?

When something needs to be done, be it a new task or getting help with an existing one, a knee-jerk reaction I've often seen in the wild is finding a person to do it. Here are some random examples of ...
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Should a technical person take part of the user stories prioritization process?

As a Tech Lead within a "Scrum" team, I am annoying regarding some laid rules. It is established that only Product Owner, Business Analyst and Scrum Master (and eventually Product Manager) take part ...
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Is there a good practice for TFS Stack Rank levels usage?

We have this big backlog in which the previous owners* were using its Stack Rank just as a criteria to put the "urgent" items in the top of the list. Whenever something was added and it was urgent or ...
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Is it useful to require a priority justification in scrum user stories?

Not to get too meta, but I was just about to write up a story to add "require priority justification when changed" to our company's Scrum software. And I was thinking, as a Scrummaster, that's not one ...
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Prioritizing requirements in traditional vs. agile projects

I am really new to prioritizing requirements in agile projects. What are the different aspects of prioritizing requirements in a traditional approach vs. an agile one?
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I created a table that shows weighted score, but what does it mean for my project?

Using data I received, I made that table, however what does it actually mean in terms of my project. How does it help me decide which one has priority, or which one should be done first?
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Resources management and a cumbersome situation

Given the following scenario (as I am new to this forum please excuse my noobish style to put the question). A customer project (lead by project manager K) buys a full time person P as agreed with a ...
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How to apply project management on IT Infrastructure sector (with daily priority tasks)

Nowadays the infrastructure IT team is struggling on manage their projects because urgent daily tasks (out of the project) or new projects are gaining priority over their actual projects. Due to this ...
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Method for scoring backlog items in Jira based on impact to company goals versus level of effort

My development team uses Jira Cloud, and I'm looking for some way within Jira to prioritize the backlog items (mainly "new features" and "stories"). I'd like to do this by manually assigning scores to ...
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Prioritization: How do I know if I should do it based on time to completion or difficulty?

One of the key problems I face when it comes to project management is determining when I should prioritize based on time or difficulty. Thus far, I have no method of determining something like this; ...
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How should we balance chores to reduce technical debt with impending deadlines for features?

I'm the Scrum Master on a project with three developers, one QA person, one designer, and me. We work on a project that we inherited about three years ago, a "portal" website and a cordova app. We're ...
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Influence code quality as Scrum Product Owner

Introduction: In theory, Scrum says that the development team is fully responsible and self-organized when it comes to all things related to development. This also includes code quality which imho is ...
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How exactly one can find out the influence of each risk component in Fault Tree Model? Is that possible at all?

How exactly one can find out the influence of each risk component in Fault Tree Model? Is that possible at all with model?
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At what level should the Product Owner prioritize work?

I work for a small software company and I am the Scrum Master. In this company we have a small group of people who consist our StakeHolders. To represent the StakeHolder's interest the stakeholders ...
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Team member frequently disregards “small” requests

I am the PM for a smallish-medium software development team at a large IT services company. One of the developers is knowledgeable and generally a nice guy, but has a tendency to ignore "small" ...
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Who truly prioritizes the product backlog? The Product Owner or Team?

I keep reading that during Product Backlog Grooming the development team meets with the PM and the Product Owner and as a team prioritizes the features. Is it ultimately the Product Owner who decides ...
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Can user stories be prioritized using labels applied by the customer?

So we have a disagreement between our customer and the development team, these are some facts: We are a software development company (I have a team of 3 devs and 1 QA) Our customer is a startup, that ...
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How should we apply MoSCoW prioritization to our project requirements?

I've read a reference to MoSCoW prioritization. I'm confused about what the requirements are for each level: Must Have Should Have Could Have Won’t Have (this time) Do we need all four levels of ...
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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 can I make unit testing a priority?

As a one man band delivering smallish web development projects, I found that nearly all regression issues that clients find in the final development phase of the project could be found with unit tests ...
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How to visualize changing priorities between different projects so each group of stakeholders could see the relative importance of “their” own?

Current status: 30 open projects competing for a fixed pool of R&D resources and workers. Stakeholders from within the company spread among different areas of the company (Production, Tech ...
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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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How to allocate resources across projects with equal priority

Real Situation: you are the project manager for a small company, you have one senior developer and one junior developer. You have a big client (accounting for about 50% of company sales) breathing ...
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Should defect criticality change based on user needs?

Question Is it correct to assume that the criticality of a defect can change along with the project's progress? If so, when is this acceptable? Background Criticality is one of the indexes we've ...
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Setting up priorities for the team of developers [closed]

Let's say we need to create a new system for internal use. You will have to set up priorities for the team of developers. To start using this new system, the product could be released with 6 ...
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Product Backlog for Entire Department?

I'm starting a new department as a manager, and this will be my first time having direct reports. I have directly managed people on-and-off for the last 4-5 years, but the reporting structure has ...
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How is sprint backlog prioritized?

I've read some articles and questions, but didn't come up with an answer. There's a number of different opinions about it. Some say, development team should make a decision on this matter to achieve ...
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What are some good definitions for High, Medium and Low priorities?

I am using a project management system that forces me to define feature requests as either High, Medium or Low priority. Has anyone got a good set of definitions that clarifies what those priorities ...
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What are the disadvantages and advantages of the MoSCoW model?

I*ve used the MoSCoW model (but I'm not project manager, I'm developer) and I think it is good. But I also think that you can tell me more and perhaps find a drawback that I didn't think of while I ...
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Is it OK for a Scrum Master to allow a developer to work on a story not prioritized by the Product Owner, if it is on own time?

Here is the story (no pun intended): The Product Owner had a fairly common feature prioritized in the second sprint. It was estimated with low story points. The story was completed and in testing the ...
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How to determine which project should execute first?

Assuming we have 3 projects for three different clients within an industry. The Concept papers are already approved and will be funded by senior managements. So it's rather in the next step of ...
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What sort of norms or frameworks can I set up to get portfolio management team to prioritize projects

The idea is that this team of 6 lower, mid and upper managers would would prioritize all of our IT development and infrastructure projects instead of trying to have us work on everything at the same ...
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Can somebody be his/her own Scrum Master in a programming company?

If a programmer in a small company wants to be his own Scrum Master, and Scrum teams are supposed to be self-organizing, does that mean no one can manage him? If that's true, then: How can he manage ...
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Is WIFO a good project management method?

Is WIFO (Worst In, First Out) a good project management method? That is, should projects always prioritize work on the part or component that is the worst? Will WIFO make project quality more even by ...
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How to improve and facilitate prioritization of bug fixes?

In a long-term software project with frequent releases, end-users regularly report bugs and defects in the product. When the reported bug is highly critical, the fix is generally developed and ...
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How do you manage technical debt?

In real world, business initiatives always take higher priority as there are associated ROIs and deliver something tangible to the users. But there are technical initiatives and projects that need to ...
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Can bug trackers be used for tracking tasks other than programming?

I work as an electrical engineer, and sometimes when work gets busy (read: most of the time) there are so many various tasks and things to remember to take care of later that it can get difficult to ...