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Agile Storyboarding impact on a Business Quarter

a) We have total 6 Sprints constituting a business quarter. b) We are releasing every 2 Sprints (or earlier) by means of CI/CD. c) We have to deliver a new feature in the next quarter for which we ...
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How do you prevent scrum from turning great developers into average developers? [closed]

I saw this question over on the software engineering Stack Exchange (as well as on Hacker News, The Workplace, and Quora) and wondered what PMs thought of the question. It certainly riled up the ...
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Who is the owner of the increment in Scrum?

Of the 3 artifacts (product backlog, sprint backlog and increment), I am not too sure about the ownership of the Increment. Can you point me to a resource where it clearly states who the owner is? I ...
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Team consistently not making sprints

So I know that this question has been asked before, but since I haven't really seen anything that benefited my problem, I thought I would give it a chance. So first things first, in a perfect world ...
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What's the ideal senior/medior/junior ratio in a Scrum Development Team?

Given the scenario when you want to prepare yourself for hiring a new team, but without really knowing about the next project. What's the ideal ratio between senior, medior and junior developers? ...
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In Agile, what is the definition of “Productivity”, and what issues reduce it [closed]

The company I work for is finally starting to consider moving to Scrum (we are currently using the dynamic systems development method). I need to put together a presentation arguing the case for ...
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Estimating when my project will be done

Suppose my project has 150 story points of work remaining to be done. Over the last 10 iterations the team has achieved the following velocities of 16, 12, 13, 5, 14, 7, 6, 12, 16, and 14. Assume two-...
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We have a velocity of zero

I am a Scrum Master for a small development team of 7 developers and 3 testers with 2 week sprints. The product we are working on is large with a lot of modules. The breakdown of the modules is ...
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How do I convince a team to follow the Scrum Guide?

I have recently joined a new team in a new organization that is supposedly using Scrum. This Sprint, the BA/Scrum Master has decided it would be best to do the planning session for 1 hour on ...
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How a PM can manage the contract aspects for Scrum projects with outcome-based pricing?

Outcome-based pricing is becoming more popular in software development. And Scrum is applicable to such projects. How a PM can manage the contract aspects for such project types?
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Is Scrum applicable to projects with outcome-based pricing?

Scrum is very good when you manage a T&M project. But what about projects where you are paid for features or tasks done? Is Scrum applicable to projects with outcome-based pricing?
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Multiple boards vs Single board with tags

In our org we have two groups of people working on different components on a common platform (shared API, separate front-end apps) and have grown the process to the point where tracking working across ...
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How to calculate Schedule Variance in Scrum with story points?

I am trying to find a way to calculate the schedule variance for the scrum. I was trying to found a similar question here on StackExchange, but Yet I didn't found any. So I have posted it here. Below ...
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How can we improve the feedback loop when releases require significant compliance work?

I'm a software engineer working in a regulated industry. Releasing our product involves significant work which is required to evaluate risks and potentially submit a filling to the regulator. As this ...
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How do I overcome a bottleneck in a team's process, when what people are telling me doesn't match what I see

I started a new job a few months ago as a scrum master. The team was and still is having problems completing their tasks during the sprint. Initially the problems seemed to be tasks that were too ...
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Manager no longer invited to the retrospectives

A colleague of mine is a working manager on a software development team. The scrum master has uninvited him permanently from the retrospectives. (So far for 3 sprints running.) From my Scrum ...
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What can lead to disappointed and angry stakeholders?

At the fifth Sprint Review, the stakeholders seem disappointed and angry. When asked about it, they say the product or system as being built will not meet their needs and will cost more than they ...
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Scrum teams and the risk of a member getting sick

Scrum suggests small teams as far as I'm aware. This means that we often have single frontend developer, single backend developer, single QA engineer, etc. Doesn't it negatively affect the project ...
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How to start Scrum in a company

TL;DR In a company that is favorable to use the scrum framework but use only selected and scattered part of the process and don't want to apply fully the methodologies, what are the steps to start ...
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How can I create an Epic based on requirements following best practices?

I am trying to learn Kanban and Scrum and for that, I have a sample mobile app for the gym in mind with the following ideas: User should be able to create a workout plan. User should be able to ...
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Will my team be more productive if they are split?

My organisation asked whether my team would be more productive if we split the team into 2 teams in some way. How can I begin to answer this question? We have 4 devs, a ba, qa, 2 x po’s, a ...
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How do you estimate a task/story for an analyst in SCRUM?

Do you estimate tasks for analysts? These tasks may include, for example, work with business requirements, producing documents that help the development team, sometimes write user stories descriptions....
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How to mange a failed sub team inside a scrum team

Our scrum squad consist with three teams (Back-End, Front-End, QA). Each team expertised in their own set of technological stack and of their own code bases (repositories). I'm aware that cohesive ...
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Technical product owner does it really exist?

I am considered a technical product owner however, looking at the amount of times my "user stories" and requirements get pushback from my Architect I am wondering whether being a technical product ...
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Agile team (scrum) with a doubled backlog

I'll give the context first: 8 DEV + 2 QA team working Agile, more specifically Scrum. We use Jira for the project backlog and AzureDevops for code. Every story is tracked in Jira and we also create ...
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How do you best organize iOS and Android development of the same board in Jira?

I have a team of 8 developers who are working across different technologies (backend, iOS, android and web). We are using Scrum. At the beginning I was using a board for each technology but it was so ...
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Why is sprint planning so long if your backlog is ready and prioritized

Sprint Planning is time-boxed to a maximum of eight hours for a one-month Sprint. For shorter Sprints, the event is usually shorter. According to the scrum guide it sounds like the meeting has two ...
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How to Calculate Effort Variance in Scrum

My team currently works in 3 week sprints and we are capturing Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for each sprint. One of the KPIs is Effort Variance (EV) per sprint My question is at the end of the ...
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Do we create the backlog before concluding the contract with the client when using scrum?

Do we create the backlog before concluding the contract with the client?
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When “taking it to the team” should we seek consensus?

Is consensus required for a self-organising team to make a decision? How do we know that a decision is made? When we as Agile Coaches and Scrum Masters servant lead teams and help them make decisions,...
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User Story for Specific Backend Services

How do you create a user story for tasks like implementing hashing Sha256 on passwords or modify column in a table? Let us consider the As a ________, I want to be able to _________, so that ...
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Project-Based Scrum - is it normal to structure Scrum Teams around projects?

My company suddenly introduced a new change to our workflow. They call it Project-Based Scrum (they claim that this Scrum is the real Scrum by the book). So how this thing works: There will be ...
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As a Scrum Master should I decide or the team decide whether they need a tester?

As a Scrum Master my team is already on the big side: Product Manager Associate Product Manager Business Analyst User Researcher Interaction Designer Content Designer Developer Developer Developer ...
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How to detect a potentially failing sprint

Apart from metrics like the burn down chart, how is a failing sprint identified by the scrum master (or anyone else for that matter) so that action can be taken to avoid the failure, or reduce the ...
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Driving Changes on a peer-to-peer level

This site is called "Project Management". I am unsure if my current context fits. I am a scrum master. This means I am not "higher" or "lower" than anyone in my team. We work on a peer to peer level ...
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Single Jira project for multiple Scrum teams

We're going to develop a Java web application (frontend + backend's microservices) using several Scrum development teams. One team is resposible for the core product modules (microservices). Some ...
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How can a Scrum team work with a Waterfall team

My Scrum team needs an API to retrieve data. It's not overly complicated, essentially its just one request that gets sent to the API and then the API returns some data. This is the end of the journey. ...
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Who does a product owner typically report to?

I'm trying to understand better how scrum teams fit into actual organizations. I understand that Scrum is only concerned with the structure of the scrum team - I'm just looking for some examples here ...
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How to deal with recurring tasks in a sprint?

We are working on a software product which by now requires about 40% of our capacity maintenance work like e.g. manually checking data per day. What would be the recommended way on dealing with those ...
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Split story into a separate dev and qa stories in a sprint

One of the Scrum's ideas is to have a deliverable ready after the sprint's end. Development and testing should be completed on a story within the sprint, so that it could be released/deployed. In ...
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Definition of Ready (DoR)

What strategies have you used for coaching the PO and Development team, on how to arrive at successfully demonstrated definition of ready (DoR) for user stories when grooming the backlog? I will be ...
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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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How can I make sure that the development team understand the importance of the Scrum ceremonies?

I heard a comment the other day from a team in our organization As soon as release pressure increase the scrum ceremonies gets neglected I thought to maybe have a chat with scrum master and have ...
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Moving to new team - Kanban + weekly meetings?

To highlight a bit about the team, we work by providing a service to business teams and we constantly have to manage workload. Some of our work is big changes that take a couple of weeks, some of it ...
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How do you increase velocity in scrum [closed]

Scrum uses velocity as a metric. How do we increase velocity in scrum
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Why do companies claim they're using Scrum, when they aren't?

Being a software developer who interviewed with a lot of companies and switched jobs a couple of times, I noticed a lot of companies tend to claim they're using Scrum (e.g. during the interview ...
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Strategies For Reducing Black Hole User Stories

We have several user stories that have spilled over into multiple sprints. Some of them are fairly large and complex, requiring very high level of understanding of a) what we want, and b) the granular ...
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Product Owner and Scrum Master role during standup

Should a Product Owner and Scrum Master communicate what they have done yesterday, are doing today and their impediments in the standup like the developers? My view is that the standup should be ...
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Capacity Driven Sprint Planning

I have recently taken over as Scrum Master for a team. I plan on implementing capacity driven sprint planning. The challenge is, we have several User Stories (that should've been classified as Tasks ...
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When estimating with story points should developers and QA provide their estimate based on their individual idea of complexity?

The question was as follows (and from the QA member of the team): Should I think about how complex it is from a QA AND a developer's perspective? Or just from a QA's perspective? Since story points ...

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