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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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Should I leave building the database for the end?

Let's suppose that, as a PO, I have a mini-project with my team. The project consists of displaying messages and announcements on big shared screen. The admin can write messages on a page on his ...
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Definition of Ready and Done in a Waterfall-Scrum Process (Global Definition as Solution?)

I am currently working on a project in which a so-called Waterfall-Scrum process is completed. This includes one week of development and one week of testing. Each team (currently 7 teams building on ...
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Why single backlog for cross-functional teams is important?

I have 4 teams working on same product. Currently we use separate backlog for each one. When creating a story PO puts it into proper backlog in advance. His list of rough ideas (before they become ...
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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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Difference between Scrum Master and Agile Delivery Manager

What is the difference between a Scrum Master and Agile Delivery Manager and how can I bridge the gaps. Perhaps you could recommend books, courses or podcasts.
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Is getting a Scrum Master Accredited Certification at Scrum Institute worth it?

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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breaking down a feature into stories and avoiding dependencies

I run a team with a few iOS developers and a few backend developers. Over the last couple of months, we've been experimenting with different ways of structuring users stories for sprints and have ...
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Stakeholder pushing to add more stories into the sprint

Sprint planning is done. Sprint backlog is ready. Sprint goal is set. Now stakeholder wants to add one more story, even though there's not enough capacity to deliver it. Team agreed to take this ...
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Tasks during sprint planning

For the next sprint, Jira displays the total number of story points in the backlog, calling it "Estimate.". This number leaves out tasks, which are estimated in hours, not story points. This makes it ...
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How to write user stories for our UI development process?

First of all, let me apologize if I make some writing mistakes since english is not my native language. I'm currently working at a UX company as a front-end dev and I'm having some problems trying to ...
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Who else can test in absence of QA?

My team has got a dedicated QA for 4 developers (I know there is no such role in a Scrum Team, but I am writing here to provide information). Now, the problem is: we are heading to Sprint end and she ...
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How are low ambiguity and low complexity tickets dealt with when they have a high work cost?

In our scrum team, we can often get user stories which are not very complex and not ambiguous but have a high amount of leg work associated. Example: We receive a user story to replace the name of a ...
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How to provide sprint results to large array of clients?

I work as scrum master for all of our corporate systems related to ServiceNow. Unlike many projects, we have a ton of different (internal) clients. Finance/Legal/Facilities/Contract and the list goes ...
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Team over estimated

I just joined a new team as scrum master and I have observed team has forecast 35 effort points in every sprint and they are delivering more than 50 points . I feel there is some problem with ...
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When should I assign 0 and 0.5 story points to user stories in Scrum?

I am not a Scrum Master or a Ph.D. in math. How do stories with 0 and 0.5 points apply to stories on the Scrum board?
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Designing by onshore development/construct by offshore team and estimation

In our organisation, the technical design for the user stories/requirements is done by the onshore resources in the USA and the actual construct/development (coding) is done by an offshore development ...
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Appropriate Structure to Manage Diverse IT Sustainment & Development Projects?

I am a consulting manager leading over 25 personnel to manage the infrastructure on a Navy Base. The team is currently segmented into Scrum Teams with: 5 SW Devs doing bug fixes and rewriting ...
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Can a story be put on hold within a Sprint?

The team is working with a user story and they are stuck on some technical issues and unable to resolve them. This story is committed for the current Sprint. Shall I put this story on hold after ...
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What to do when PO is taking over Daily Scrums

I am a new Scrum Master for an established Team. The Product Owner (PO) gets along very well with the Team, almost like buddies, and is an ex-developer. The PO has started taking over my job of ...
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How to jump issue sprint to sprint?

How can we manage the issues that were planned to be done at one sprint, but at the end, it didn't, and has to be done in another. Do I change the Milestone? Do I create a new issue on the new ...
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Azure Board (DevOps) Reports

I am looking for out of the box "Scrum" reports (velocity, burn-down, sprint report) that use story points, in the tool Azure Boards/DevOps (formerly known as VSTS). I played with "Analytics Views" ...
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Last minute changes by the client

We have a team that works in Scrum and a PO who prioritizes the backlog. Outside of this, we have 3 project managers that hold the communication with our clients (each one with 2-3 different countries)...
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Is it better to deliver many low-value stories or few high-value stories?

I'm unfamiliar with Agile/Scrum (not sure which is the right term here), and I have what seems like a very basic question, but I can't seem to find an answer online. Here is an exaggerated ...
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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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What is the value of tracking hours in a Sprint burn-down chart?

The burn down chart will have story points on the Y-Axis and duration (number of days) on the X-Axis. My team is able to complete the stories almost at the end of the Sprint. This means the burn down ...
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Good RAID Log examples & usage

I was hoping for any good examples of how anyone has effectively presented RAID logs (or the individual lists of Risks/Assumptions/Issues/Dependencies) in their projects. In particular for Agile/Scrum ...
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Good approach to group different project stories in same sprints

Would you consider is it good approach to group different user stories from different projects into one sprint? Have you ever detected pros/cons? Let's say 1. Project A (Start 2017-01-05 Estimate ...
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When requirement changes comes during the sprint, who takes the final decision to include or not

If change request is pushed by the client during the sprint aggressively, who takes the final decision if it needs to be included or not
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How to get a BI team to work in vertical slices e.g. User Stories

I am an Agile Coach for a bunch of Business Intelligence Engineers and Data Scientists. There is generally speaking 2 different work item types which they undertake: User facing reports and ...
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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 implement Agile in Data Support

The department I am working in is Data Support Dept. The nature of work, is providing reports to other departments, and do some data integration. I am thinking of using Agile in the dept. but I don'...
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How to structure a BI team in agile/scrum

I am about to take a role as a BI Product Owner, but there is some debate as to how to structure the team. Some of the articles and white papers discuss a BI 'team' but this causes me a few ...
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Inter team dependencies in one story

What is the best way to handle task dependencies inside one story? The story itself is independent from other stories and we do have cross functional teams (design, backend, frontend). For most tasks ...
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Story acceptance vs. ability to have potentially deliverable SW ready at sprint end

for some time now the team, product owner and me (SM) have been busy with one task: the story acceptance and the ability to get potentially deliverable SW at the end of a sprint. What sounds simple ...
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Is there any published research about story points vs time estimation?

We're getting started with Scrum and have had a few debates about whether we should estimate in story points or ideal hours. The team is pretty divided, so I'd like to know if any real studies have ...
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Daily Standup, Demo, Retrospective - Mandatory? How?

I've got a bit of an involved question, here. (Apologies if I provided too much unnecessary explanation; if so just skip to 'The Problem'.) First, let me explain... The Situation: We're a middling-...
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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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How several teams should work on one product using Scrum?

Problems: A team should be able to do the increment. But with multiple team the product may become unstable because the changes from different teams may create code or functional conflict. Who should ...
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Should we have dedicated tester in team or testing is mutual responsibility of development team

We are currently having multiple scrum teams with 3 to 6 developers and 1 dedicated tester in each team. Should we have scrum team like this OR have all the developers and they can share testing ...
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Tracking external dependency stories

Say you have three projects. Two of these projects are end-user facing products (Project A and B). The third is an infrastructure project (Project I) where all the work will never be directly ...
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Burndown chart which is based on due dates instead of work remaining?

In the company I work we use scrum. Unfortunately, We do not track items work remaining, but instead we use "due dates" mode per item. My question is, Is it possible to create a burn down chart ...
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Separating tracking and estimation with Agile Scrum and workflow

I'm trying to figure out how JIRA can help track an Agile Scrum project we are running, in particular I want to be able to create burn down charts. I created a few stories and tasks, and noticed that ...
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Time estimates and epics as releases

My company is slowly adopting Scrum and I am doing my best to try to push us away from old Waterfall paradigms. However there are certain aspects I am finding quite hard to map in Team Foundation ...
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Individual performance or team performance?

In line with Scrum, a true self-managed team should be viewed and assessed only as a team. E.g. if the team is high performant, when we discuss about increasing salaries, each person in the team ...
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What to do if team can't be made cross-functional?

I work in a small video game development studio, where the whole company is one team working on one product, and each person has a fixed broad function (e.g. programmer, artist, musician). We can't be ...
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Should bug fixes be deployed as soon as they're ready?

I'm changing the development methodology in my team. When I joined the company, there was no methodology whatsoever (basically, patch 'n' deploy) and in consequence we have 400k of spaghetti ...
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Sprint Bouncer role

Our engineering team uses agile scrum and we are finally growing enough to be able to delegate more scrum roles to more members, including to some of the engineers like myself. One role we're ...
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Standup meetings and a hard of hearing team member

I'm looking for recommendations, ideas and experiences of others on how to integrate a hard of hearing team member into a scrum/standup meeting process. In this case, I'm asking for my own ...
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Sprint vs milestone vs release

I am new in agile and Scrum, and I got confused as to what the differences are between a Sprint, a Milestone and a Release. I heard some say that the Sprint is a Milestone. Also in some software the ...