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How to influence a scrum team to do something you as a SM feel is beneficial to the team

If you need a scrum team to do something, as a servant leader what is the best way to influence them? I was thinking of talking individually to each and explain why seeing their faces is important for ...
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Where to (initially) create a task/bug with the Spotify model

When using the Spotify model, there are many different squads, who each own their own product. Now as far as I understand, these products could be interdependant (like services). One way to manage ...
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Is tracking billable time for Scrum ceremonies in JIRA an anti-pattern?

We use Story Points for estimating complexity of User Stories, but we bill hours to the client. This is the very first Scrum project within our company, and we don't have enough data to calculate a ...
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How you manage risks in Scrum in real practice? [closed]

Well, lets start with more specific concepts: Uncertainties are things that are not known, or known only imprecisely. An uncertainty has an effect which is associated with a risk, that is, an ...
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In scrum, how do you track/estimate points when multiple tickets overlap their work?

I've never been fully able to answer this question, and from a lot of searching I haven't been able to get the right keywords to find anyone who's asked this question in the way I mean it. Say that ...
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Should we include the stories done by part-time team members in team velocity

I have a Scrum team with an 2 people who are not 100% on the team. I am aware this already is not really a Scrum team but Scrum wants a group of 100% people on the team but it is what it is and we ...
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Selecting ( “Cherry picking” ) certain Agile practices as IT team works remotely? Or is it All Or Nothing with Agile?

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, our IT developers and IT managers work from home. Furthermore, and in different time zones and different locations. Therefore, daily Scrum meetings are Not really ...
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Who decides the length of a sprint?

As per title, who is in charge of the decision? I am tempted to say that the dev team should chose it, but then again there are considerations about stakeholders to be made and management in general (...
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How to use Scrum when I have the QA working in two other projects?

I am the team leader in a small project. My team has 3 full-stack devs and one QA. We have an external client (PO) and internal PM. We are trying to implement the Scrum methodology but we have a lot ...
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How to determine project complete date?

As a project manager, I've already worked on a few tech projects with newly assembled teams every time. The team is usually 2-3 team members doing the actual work. It is hard to determine velocity. We ...
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How to enable team member to share and discuss about their product and design autonomously?

I normally use Scrum for software projects, But I don't mind using anything but work. I realize that most of the time Scrum restricts the creative culture. The developer does the job that's designer ...
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What can the team do to prevent stories from completing until the last day of the sprint?

I've read that ideally the team is completing stories throughout the sprint and that shows gradual progression on the burndown chart. My team can only really complete stories at the very end of the ...
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How can I effectively differentiate the Sprint Goal from the Sprint Backlog?

I'm facing a situation where I have to explain with an example the difference between a Sprint Goal and a Sprint Backlog. Here's how I understand it: The Sprint Goal is an objective that needs to be ...
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How to better use Story Points in our teams?

I have several development teams that moved from hours to Story points 6 months ago. Since then, we have experienced several issues with using Story Points, and I hope you can help me and us: When ...
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How to combine BPM and Scrum?

Typical business process includes many steps related to different roles. In terms of Scrum that means different tasks inside same team or even involvement of several teams. Is it possible to describe ...
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Specialist “adopted” onto a scrum team for a project - not fully utilized but being asked to check with SM/team to be “excused” for other job duties

I used an alt account as I'm active on other .SE sites, and I considered whether this would be more applicable to The Workplace but I'm asking here because ultimately I thought it's more a 'project ...
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Difference between scrum master and senior scrum master

My work involves defining job roles and the skills necessary to perform them. I've seen job titles for both "Scrum Master" and "Senior Scrum Master." I'm NOT a scrum practitioner ...
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Should I ask my boss not to come to retrospectives?

I am a Scrum Master for a small team (8 devs). I have been having trouble getting engagement from many of the team members, especially the junior team members. My boss missed two retrospectives ...
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When to talk the problems we encountered during sprint, Sprint review or Sprint Retrospective?

I'm still learning about Scrum. In the book I read this: The sprint review focuses on the product itself. The sprint retrospective, on the other hand, looks at the process the team is using to ...
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Does a 30 days Sprint include weekends?

I am still learning more about Scrum and I have a question. If people say the duration of the Sprint is 30 days, is the actual work 22 days (30 days - (2 weekend days * 4 weeks in a month)) or is it ...
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Project Management predictions vs Agile/Scrum flexibility

Scenario: The business has gathered requests and ideas from customers and new product development. The business and Product Owner decide they want to create and implement feature A. The Product ...
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What is the proper use case for an Iteration 0?

When starting a new software version and/or embarking on a new product, what is the purpose of, and what are the crucial pieces of an "Iteration 0?"
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How reliable is velocity?

I'd actually like to devide the question in the title in two related sub questions: In your experience, how reliable is the velocity in letting the product owners forecast the delivery date of a ...
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New filter in JIRA

How can I add a new filter that allows me to select tasks without a filled "estimate" field. I read about the ability to save search results as a new filter - but that doesn't work. I need to be able ...
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What to do with work that seems too small to bother planning?

We are a team whose main work is technical but not software development, and we have been using Scrum as our main framework for a while (although it's likely that what we're doing is closer to ...
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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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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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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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