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What framework or methodology would you recommend for a Data Science team?

I am a Scrum Master for a team of mostly Data Scientists and some Software Engineers and a Product Owner. Our organisation has decided that all teams work in 2 week sprints using Scrum. I personally ...
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If a team isn’t broken but isn’t a scrum team what should a SM do?

I have recently joined a new scrum team as the scrum master. They are high performing and stakeholders are happy with their value delivery. Their decisions are swift and their ceremonies are optimal. ...
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Is it SM or PO role to update team on requests from outside stakeholders, such as SW upgrades?

Collaboration can happen outside the Scrum Team from other stakeholders when there is a special work request to be relayed down to the Scrum Team. In other words, a Scrum Team does not live in a ...
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Does the scrum master also estimate user stories?

We recently started working with scrum on an new (large) project. I am a developer but do not take part in that project other than my role as scrum master. I know about the software they use, but don'...
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What agile process promotes the team to assign tasks to individual developers istead of individuals assigning tasks for themselves?

Developer /architect / developer 20 years experience. I did an experiment at my previous project where I created a scrum-like process but we decided developers to not pick directly their tasks, but ...
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Scrum - Add Placeholder for Future Story

Practicing Scrum and Agile, our team had Sprint Planning and we sliced our features into stories. However our team was unsure about what should the "third" story do, so the ScrumMaster ...
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Should the Product Owner be from our organization or the company we are contracting with?

We're a governmental organization and we're contracting with software companies to implement our projects. We're adapting the Scrum framework. Question: Should the Product Owner be from our ...
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Can MBA student get a job role as software project manager or Scrum master? If he/she has a bachelor degree in Information Technology [duplicate]

I am a final year IT student and further I want to study MBA. As I have a good technical background and after completing MBA, can I get job roles like a software project manager or a scrum master?
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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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Responsibility of scrum master

We are new to scrum and team with most are experience devs. (even decades). The project manager (experience dev but new to project management) gave a scrum master role to a junior BA. She is ambitious ...
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Conflict between priorities and skillsets in the backlog

So we have a very diligent PO who does a good job of prioritising the User Stories in the backlog when it comes to planning. Much of the work is highly specialised though, and - as well as being Scrum ...
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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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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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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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PO concerned about all sprint backlog items not being completed

The PO on a project shares his concern with the Scrum-master that it doesn't feel like dev team would be able to fulfill their commitment to deliver the PBIs selected during Sprint Planning. As a ...
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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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What should I learn to become a software project manager? [closed]

I am a newbie mediocre developer/freelancer working with Angular-NodeJS/MongoDB projects. What I want to do is create a team and work on bigger and better projects, but my problem is that I don't ...
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How can a scrum master evaluate his work?

As the scrum master is a mentor and guide for a team, the team trusts the scrum master to lead them on the right path to "being" agile. But how can a scrum master be sure of the same? Each team is ...
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What can a Scrum Master do in a team that has mastered scrum?

There's no doubt about Scrum being difficult to master. But if a team has been practicing it for quite a while and if the scope for streamlining the process or improvement is little to none, what role ...
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What is a failed sprint?

A sprint has just ended. All stories, but one were done by the software engineers. Should the sprint be labeled as 'failed' because of the story that was not completed? What exactly is a failed sprint?...
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Safe spaces in scrum retrospectives

Background: The development manager (my boss) and the scrum master like to introduce changes. My approach to changes is to ask why we need the change, explain why I think it is not useful (if it ...
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Scrum PSM I Practice Assessment (3rd Party) Trick Questions?

I took the PSM I Practice Assessment here, and came across two questions that appear to be incorrect, or at least trick questions. Question 1: https://www.scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html#team-dev ...
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Are stakeholder and users separate roles on a project in Scrum or they are covered by Product owner?

I have recently encountered a presentation about scrum where stakeholders and users were visualized as equal roles like Development Team, Scrum Master and Product Owner. Is this valid in terms of ...
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Scrum Team and Product Owner working against each other

My current project involves two companies. The product owner from Company A and the development team from Company B. Recently the two companies came to a disagreement regarding the Product Owner (PO) ...
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How to include a Product Designer into an organisation using Squads?

We are developing our organisational structure around fully autonomous Squads, similar to the model Spotify uses. Within these Squads we use the Scrum framework, however in order to enable each ...
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What is prerequisite for starting a Sprint?

What are the mandatory prerequisites to start a Sprint? The Product Owner makes decision to start the Sprint; what are the Scrum Master's/Development Team's roles in making the decision? Does the ...
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Can I start a new sprint without delivering the last one?

I'll try to simplify my questions and avoid story telling. 1) Can I start a new Sprint without delivering the last one? 2) During Sprint 2, can I include items into Sprint 1? 3) How many ...
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How to ask my Product owner to put all information on the JIRA itself instead of a document pointed inside the JIRA?

I am a developer. A backlog jira is assigned to me for grooming. The jira contains a short description of the requirement and also the acceptance criteria. Also a problematic sentence as below, which ...
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Can a Scrum Master be effective when working mostly remotely?

I have been asked to interview for a Scrum Master position. The position is mostly remote, i.e. all people in the company generally work remotely and then meet up once every 2 weeks for Sprint ...
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How to measure if Scrum Master is making a difference and when to give up

I have been working with a Scrum Team and also a Kanban team for about 6 months and 10 months respectively. The Scrum team hasn't shown any improvement and I haven't really managed to impact the ...
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How to guide a team to be self-organizing?

I can see that a Scrum Master has two important role out of many; namely building a self-organised Team and removing impediments. Apart from teaching, mentoring and coaching, what else does one need ...
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How should Scrum and Kanban teams track Continuous Improvement activities?

What mechanism can Scrum or Kanban teams use to track Continuous Improvement activities - something which can also involve cross-team collaboration? e.g. CI: Improve Product Management by reducing ...
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Is getting a Scrum Master Accredited Certification at Scrum Institute worth it? [closed]

I'm being tempted to take the Scrum Master Accredited Certification at Scrum Institute. Initially, I was planning to get PRINCE2 certification but then got an advice by a fellow PM that I should get ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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 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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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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What questions can a Scrum Master ask during Sprint Grooming

During a Sprint grooming, as a facilitator (optional) of the meeting, SM can ensure that event takes place, is time bound, conversation is focussed on the topic, makes sure Acceptance Criteria, ...
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Need help for sprint planning when tasks are not done in previous sprint

In our team we don't have dedicated Scrum Master so one of the developer is playing the role of SM. I know this is wrong but it can't be changed. In out system, we assign story points to all the ...

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