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Should PO define execution order of stories in a Sprint?

In one scrum team, the PO expects stories to be executed in a defined order in the sprint. This PO usually arranges stories in top-down order and expects stories to be executed in the same order. I ...
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how to split a story with cascading side effects

I have a question about story writing, side effects, and splitting stories regarding this example below. The customer requests a feature that requires a relationship change between some entities in ...
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What is bad to have sprint review before finishing sprint?

I just joined a new team, their habit is : sprints of 2 weeks, but, reviews and retrospetives are not in the last day sprint, when they do this ceremonies, they still have half a day of developing and ...
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Our scrum product team is ready to release, but releases are delayed by the creation of training materials and business documentation

I'm working with a product team in a scrum environment developing products for internal workers, and we are experiencing some tension between our team's ability to deliver, and the business' need to ...
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How to make my team follow the Scrum methodology?

I recently joined a new company as a scrum master. I have six years of experience as a web developer and the last two years as a lead developer. I did have some experience and I am quite good as a ...
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How to help developer gain agile mindset

One of the developers on my Scrum team comes from a less agile team than ours. The PO told me that this developer doesn't like to collaborate with the other developers and the PO, and also that he ...
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How to integrate DevOps people into a Scrum Team?

NB: In our company's internal lexicon, "DevOps" is a role set by our company that means "infrastructure and operations person" rather than standard DevOps. I know it's more of a ...
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Review of sprint board during the sprint session?

What is the name of the session that the scrum master and PO during the sprint review the sprint board to see and the progress, update the status of the tickets and sometimes include some team members ...
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How to deal with ineffective Product Backlog refinement?

We are following Scrum but our Product Backlog refinement meetings are not successful at all. The Product Owner (PO) presents a story and there are so many open questions and loose ends that we never ...
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Should we write Acceptance Criteria of a User story before Starting with UX/UI Designs?

I am currently working as a Business Engineer/Product owner in a company. We follow agile methodology. I want to discuss the challenges I faced during the Design and Development Process. As a Business ...
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Story Points given by task owner leads to disagreement

Hypothetically speaking There's one big project that requires involvement from different members - infrastructure, backend, frontend, security, etc. The members are working a flavour of Scrum using ...
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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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Scrum: What do Developers do after all tickets have made it to QA?

Let's say the sprint goal is to deliver V.2 of a software. Development does their thing, moving items from In Progress to Peer Review. Developers review their peer's work and move items to QA. Let's ...
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What is the purpose of the daily Scrum standup meeting?

I have a daily standup meeting with about 20 people. I only work with 2 of these 20 people. When it is my turn to stand up, I say what I've done and what I will do; it takes me about a minute. For the ...
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Should a two-week Sprint include the weekends?

We are setting up new Sprint process whereby each Sprint starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday the week after. For example, the start date for Sprint 1 is January 1, 2022 and the end date is January ...
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What techniques can identify missing requirements?

I am working in a Scrum team developing methods and tools for use inside our organization, although our skillset tends more towards statistics and data science than traditional software development. ...
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Should user stories be delivered orally?

I have studied software engineering and learned a decent amount about requirements engineering. I also took a course in Scrum. I've now worked at several different companies, and so far, I haven't ...
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In companies practicing Agile and Scrum, how do development, marketing and sales people work together?

Scrum suggests cross-functionl teams, does it mean that marketing specialists and sales specialist also should work in the same team as software development engineers and QA engineers? What are the ...
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Is there a healthy interval for ratio between developers and non-developers in a SCRUM team?

I have recently read this article about a good ratio between developers and software quality assurance people and I am wondering if there is a similar concept for developer / non-developers in a SCRUM ...
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Dealing with multiple projects in the same Scrum team

I am senior developer working in a small Scrum team (capacity ~ 3 FTE) that must deal with multiple projects in various stages: project A - actively developed project B - about 10% of team capacity ...
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How can a Scrum daily not be a status pull?

There's a widespread saying The Scrum daily is not a status pull; if it is - you are not doing Scrum. By "status pull" is meant everyone from the development team reporting they have done ...
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In scrum, when do developers typically check their sprint code into production?

Is it prior to the Sprint Review? Does the definition of done include "Code checked into production"? If not, when do they check the changes in? Right now, this is our process: Developers ...
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Are developers allowed to raise an issue related to a bug they found? [closed]

In Scrum, if a developer found a bug in production or development, can they create an issue and assign themselves? Is it ideal?
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User stories that supersede previous stories: should they be obsoleted or acceptance criteria transplanted and marked done?

At work right now we're implementing a number of functionalities of a mobile app. Two of the screens of said app are very similar, but belong to different product flows and thus two separate user ...
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How to calculate a flexible team capacity and have the sprint capacity adapt to it?

I am planning a Program Increment of 3 Months and I have a team of people with a variety of skills. Basically, we have 3 categories in which each developer is differently skilled: UI, Backend & ...
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Who are developers in Scrum team?

When I worked in my previous company (Axon Active), they apply Scrum by separating each team with the same member role. Let's say we have teams with all software developers, software testers or ...
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How to deal with leftover developer time in sprint

Sprint Goal is a sacred thing in scrum - it's the main priority of the sprint, and all developers shuold work together towards achieving it. Failing to achieve it is bad, and shouldn't be allowed to ...
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Can I swap stories?

There's a story we committed to in the Sprint. After the developer looked into the ticket, it needed feedback from client. A week has passed and still no answer The developer completed other tickets ...
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Should a product owner do technical tasks?

The Scrum guide says: The Scrum Team consists of one Scrum Master, one Product Owner, and Developers. Within a Scrum Team, there are no sub-teams or hierarchies. Agile coaches want a team to be ...
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How to grasp in a Scrum Sprint the fact that the newest Team member is consuming a significant time from other Team members?

Context There has been a restructuring where I work and our Team is now led by a guy who used to supervise two Teams. Until very recently he mostly took care of the other Team's activity so, he knows ...
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Scheduling Sprint Reviews

I'm trying to find the right balance on how Sprint Reviews should be scheduled for my Team. Each member in my Team has their own project although everyone in the Scrum Team does attend a single Daily ...
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Is it a good idea to show a 'story points by developer' graph at retrospectives?

I am part of an agile team in a large organisation. At our fortnightly retrospective a graph is shown of how many story points each developer has completed over the course of the fortnight. We are not ...
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Should a designer or a devops be a member of a Scrum team?

Usually such specialists as a designer or a devops-engineer are not permanently required (as opposed to developers and QA-engineers) to perform development activities (they are engaged in some tasks ...
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What methodology to choose for rewriting an existing software, incremental or waterfall?

We are rewriting and re-designing a desktop application (something like QGIS) into a new Web Based application with new technology. We almost know 80% of the requirements and use cases because we have ...
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What's the role of a Resource Manager in Agile?

The following exchange took place in the comments to an answer to another question How do I manage development with testing and get proper reporting in JIRA?, which seem to highlight a different ...
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How do I manage development with testing and get proper reporting in JIRA?

The key question goes back to estimation of User Stories. I believe that combining testing and development Story Points in one Jira user story as separate tasks doesn’t make sense, as it is like ...
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Are the 15 minutes Daily-Scrum timeboxes result of any public investigation?

For years I have been applying the suggested Scrum timeboxes with good results. Now it's my time to advise others trying to apply it. My advice is to follow the timeboxes because, otherwise, we will ...
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Should the fixing of misunderstood user stories be treated like new user stories or like bugs?

A developer in my Team misunderstood a user story and built it in a way that they thought was appropriate. However, the Product Owner had something a bit different in mind. For some reason, we did not ...
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Does a vertical slice mean a single merge request?

Let's suppose we're talking about the microservices architecture. And let's say that after refinement, we ended up with a feature (vertical slice) that implies making changes in two microservices - is ...
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How to do sprint commitments in a team of specialists?

After a re-org we ended up with one larger team of specialists: designers user experience engineers 3D artists (we are in gaming) developers Great, cross-functional team! BUT they are all ...
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During pre-planning developers do not have time to understand a task they have not investigated themselves, how to address their concerns?

We are a facing an issue where some of our team members are not happy with the pre-planning/planning phase of our scrum sprints. Their concerns are, that during pre-planning developers do not have too ...
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How to convert (volume of work, risk, complexity, uncertainty) to story points?

Disclaimer: I'm a developer, so I don't claim to be thoroughly knowledgeable of agile practices, thus I may not always use the correct words and terms. Please correct me if needed. Agile teams often ...
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Can an Epic span multiple versions / releases?

Is an Epic, containing multiple User Stories, allowed to span more than one version or release?
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Is it the product owner's responsibility to provide requirements around data mapping/transformation?

I'm a full stack software engineer. I have worked at many companies ranging from fortune 100 companies to startups and this issue is something i have heard different points of view on. This is the ...
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Are we allowed to move stories to future Sprints during a Sprint?

The Sprint Planning is done and, in the middle of the Sprint, the priority changed. Because of the priority change, the story needs to move to a future Sprint. This is not adding new stories, this is ...
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How can I foster more T-shaping within a Scrum team?

As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach, how can I foster more T-shaping and elimination of silos within a single team? All the team members are open-minded so I am sure they would let me try anything. One ...
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In Scrum, do we really let people self-organize around their work?

This is what Scrum Guide says about the members of Scrum Team: They are also self-managing, meaning they internally decide who does what, when, and how. But we all know that very often if we would ...
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Where does Scrum or Agile Manifesto say that we should avoid stages (development, then testing)?

It looks like neither Scrum nor the Agile Manifesto say that the practice when developers write code and then hand it over to testers should be avoided. Or do they?
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Are There Case Studies For Hardware and Software On Same Scrum Team?

We're in an automation market. All our projects are heavy on mechanical design, and many (but not all) of those projects include significant electrical and firmware components, with PC software being ...
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ScrumBut: "Developers don't do QA well."

Since arriving at my company, I've come to find that they specifically hire QA Analysts for QA work within sprints across multiple products. I'm aware that this goes against the Scrum Guide which ...
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