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Questions tagged [scrum]

For questions about using or implementing the Scrum framework.

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Correct Work Item Hierarchy in Azure Dev Ops

We are currently switching from our so-and-so somewhat agile management approach to Scrum and I as a developer have a hard time understanding, what comes first in Azure DevOps as the top level item. ...
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How to move towards Scrum when we don't really seem to be able to fit into 'The Scrum Guide'?

I have previously asked a question on PM, which was not well focused, but I still received some useful tips. I do plan on putting some of the notions in front of my manager, but I would like to re-...
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How to plan for bugs, looking for advice

I work in a software development company, where we use something which resembles scrum. We have sprints of 4 weeks We have 6 sprints / release We plan a development per sprint, with an estimate We ...
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Scrum task estimation methodologies

I want to know about tasks analysis and estimation methods that can be used in a Scrum process to make task estimations for a sprint. Deciding whether a story(task) is small or large requires some ...
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Mark user stories as not possbile/plausible

Our team noticed during this Sprint that a user story is not plausible to do from a technical point of view. We approved this decision with our stakeholders and client and we want to mark this user ...
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Scrum Master role: Reporting?

Is the Scrum Master responsible for creating reporting on behalf of the development team to drive continuous improvement? I currently do this, and use that as a basis to improve processes. Other ...
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Using Scrum for test development for a constantly changing product

We're currently developing tests for a software product that is very liable to changes - the changes are introduced very often and therefore we have to modify our test very often. Commonly we are ...
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What is “Product” with regards to internal development and use [closed]

A law firm's product is legal services. The IT for the law firm wants to purchase and deploy new laptops. Current laptops are EOL. e.g. Slow, insecure, incompatible. Is this within realm of "The ...
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Should we estimate business users' availability for an agile project?

I recently submitted my project estimations for peer review and I have been advised that we need to estimate the business users' availabilities that will be required to complete each Sprint. I was ...
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Reducing Spill Overs

The scrum team performs following tasks Development -- Dev Team Testing -- Test team Merging -- Senior Team [BOTTLE NECK] Acceptance Testing -- PO/BA [BOTTLE NECK] The Dev and Test team finishes ...
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Is it possible to be agile during steps prior to implementation like sales and product discovery?

How to be agile when there's a massive amount of sales / prework / product discovery to be done before actual implementation? Speaking generally, our product is a user facing portal that displays ...
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Tips for achieving ideal burn chart

For a planned sprint, it is hard to see the Actual burn chart close to the Ideal even though the required amount of points have been met. Is there anything specific to keep in mind to achieve an ...
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Has the Daily Scrum be held every day of the sprint?

According the Scrum Guide: The Daily Scrum is held every day of the Sprint. Considering that the Sprint Planning, can last for up to 8 hours, has the Daily Scrum be held as well during the days of ...
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The roles understanding in the agile development / Is the PO always right?

We have some problems in our team which I would like to describe here: The test is almost only represented by a test in the agile team. He is entrusted with all eventualities. From planning, ...
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How can we track Business as Usual (BAU) work?

My team, which consists of network architects and developers has been running Scrum for the past couple of months and the biggest issue we have is how we're supposed to record BAU work. We consider ...
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Azure DevOps - how to know a Resolved work item is actviely being tested (vs. in the queue)

TLDR; Does Azure DevOps have a recommended built in way of marking Resolved Work Items as being actively tested as opposed of being in the queue for testing? Details My team is using Azure DevOps ...
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How can I organize a more engaging Sprint Retrospective?

I'm going to be organizing the retro (Scrum) and I would like to get more experience on it. I have assisted to some and have organized some as well, but the format always seems to be | What went ...
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User story decomposition into frontend and backend

Let's consider the following and somewhat prototypical user story in one's backlog: As a user I want to be able to login to the application so that I can do all sorts of private stuff Now, this is ...
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Scrum on constantly shifting projects, team structure and unknown code

I worked for a company where the following circumstances held: sprints were two weeks long on each new sprint, the team I was heading was changing in members. on each new sprint, the team changed ...
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Not sure what value the Scrum Master role adds over a long period of time?

I have been working as a pure Scrum Master for a couple of years within a relatively agile organization. My other Scrum Master colleagues and I do very little for most of the day except for ...
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Who should manage a project that is used to build a product?

Using Scrum, the Project Manager role doesn't exist. The Scrum Team can build a product by itself. Essentially, the Project Manager's tasks are more or less divided between the Product Owner and the ...
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Where can I find PSM resources outside of the Scrum Guide? [closed]

I took the PSM about a month ago and almost made it, but sadly I didn't pass. I had a pretty good understanding of the material, but the main thing that tripped me up was around running scrum with ...
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Are Scrum build and test phases separate?

Many sources say Scrum has a build phase and test phase, but I'm wondering if these are separated stages since continuous integration essentially combines build and test into a loop.
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Scrum: Stories in test at end of sprint

We are a small team (3 devs and 2 testers) and we have successfully used Scrum for 6 months, despite being a really small team for this methodology. I am a rookie as a Scrum Master. Now, we have ...
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When is user stories estimation supposed to take place?

I would like to know when the estimates are supposed to be produced. Last time I was part of a Scrum team, I think we were providing initial estimates (that would then be quickly reviewed and ...
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Can pair programming work under Scrum iterations

Is it possible? Or in a more generic question, can XP work under Scrum iterations?
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(Hypothetical) During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to twice daily

This hypothetical question is directly-inspired by this Question. During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to occur twice per day -- once in the morning ...
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How to structure standup for a large team?

We have a team of around 25 people and all are divided into sub-streams based on their technical domains. How should I structure the stand-up meeting so that everyone knows what other stream members ...
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Extend Sprints or take the renaming tasks to a new Sprint?

I am a rookie PM. We are conducting a Sprint with selected tasks from the backlog, when suddenly critical bugs appear. Should we extend the Sprint, or finish the Sprint on the delivery date and move ...
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Does velocity change if the storypoints are changed in the particular sprint?

With the development team of 10 members. Project should be completed in 2 sprints. If the team plan to change the story points, does velocity of the team change? If so which type of velocity changes?
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How will team changes impact velocity of a Scrum project?

Question If there are 8 members in a team assigned to complete the project. 20% of the team left during the particular sprint. Does the velocity change? If so, what would the velocity changes be? ...
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When/why would a Sprint ever need to be extended?

I noticed this: In the real world, people do change the end-date for Sprints. In this Answer. But I've never experienced a need for that, myself. Or maybe I have, didn't recognize it, and missed ...
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What is the best way to manage features decomposition in scrum?

I am wondering what the best way to implement decomposition is. For instance let's say we have a feature or an epic that has been in the product backlog for a while, or in the roadmap for that matter....
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How should be best discussed bug between team/scrum master/PO

Edit: Definition of "bug". Here I describe as bug a bug introduced during development or missing/incorrect implementation of a story found after acceptance of the story. Our team does not face "...
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When to process feedback on the deliverable of the last iteration?

My team and I are working with iterations of two weeks (trying to use our own version of Scrum) and we try to deliver a new version after every iteration. After an iteration we let the stakeholders ...
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What can be done about a task with a tight deadline and no analysis?

I am a software engineer. Today in the middle of a Sprint I was told to drop all my activities and start doing another task whose Jira entry has like 3 words. The deadline for this task is very tight ...
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Selecting user stories during sprint planning

When selecting user stories from the prioritized product backlog during sprint planning, is it more important to make sure that we end up with our predicted velocity in story points or that we choose ...
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During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur specific days. Not daily

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur on Specific days of week. Not daily. Which two are the ...
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The IT manager asks Development team for a status report describing the progress throughout the Sprint

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: The IT manager asks Development team for a status report describing the progress throughout the Sprint. The Development team asks the Scrum Master for ...
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A Scrum Master is working with a Development Team that has members in different physical locations

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: A Scrum Master is working with a Development Team that has members in different physical locations. The Development Team meets in a variety of meeting rooms ...
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How is the management external to the Scrum Team involved in the Daily Scrum?

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: How is the management external to the Scrum Team involved in the Daily Scrum? The Scrum Master speaks on their behalf Management gives an update at the ...
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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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How to motivate offshore teams and trust them to deliver?

I joined a company where the development is outsourced in an offshore location. I have heard that the people offshore won’t deliver unless they are chased to do so. In other words, when they are left ...
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How can the team improve the likelihood of completing each increment?

If a Development Team doesn't have the skills or tools to create a “Done" increment, are there techniques that can be used immediately that will allow progress on the increment to be easier to track? ...
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Guidelines to write sub tasks of user stories

Little background: We have multiple teams working on developing an app and website. Sprints are 3-weeks long and they start each week for every Team. Meaning, 1st Team has their Sprint starting 1st ...
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How to refer to functional requirement specifications (FRS) from user stories?

Let's consider a simple story for a user authentication screen: As a user, I want to be able to login with my username and password so that I can do xyz. This looks good, but all of the ...
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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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What does a QA team do during the development phase of a sprint in Agile Scrum?

I understand that, in theory, QA should be working with dev "collaborating" right from the day 1 of a sprint. But how does it actually work in real life? Let me present two scenarios - Scenario 1 ...
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How to structure backlog and ceremonies around a team with separate skillsets working from a backlog which is not directly connected

I have a team of engineers who are building a data intelligence capability for the organisation. As such the team members are I-shaped and the work is I-shaped i.e. 1 team member can only work from 1 ...
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Lean Kanban without estimates or time logging

I work in academia (research). Tasks are varied and almost always involve delving into topics that produce more tasks when you are more informed. A pull system seems appropriate rather than an ...