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Enterprise Mobile-first multi-team-product organization

I am the mobile product owner (PO) at a firm with a dozen or so scrum teams each managing their own web products. My team builds mobile versions of the above web products. I work with each product ...
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Agile methodologies such as Scrum in non-software development projects

Even though Scrum was originally suggested for managing product development projects, its use has focused on the management of software development projects. None of the project management teams I ...
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What does a Product Owner do if they disagree with the CEO's direction on product strategy?

What can, and should, a Product Owner / Product Manager do if the CEO has mandated that the team builds something which the Product Owner feels is not in the best interests of the customer? Aside from ...
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Creating a PaaS using scrum

If one were to build say a Windows Azure "clone", what would be considered an increment that is "potentially releasable"? e.g. Releasable vs shippable? I can not envision what ...
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Can we add more user stories to the Sprint Backlog if the requirements change during a sprint?

We are currently working on a project where we receive a lot of change requests, and the client insists that we should deliver the changes in the current sprint! Can I add the new work to the sprint ...
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If a team works on different things, how can they run sprint planning effectively?

I'm a Scrum Master for a team who are working on different features for different products, but all for the same company. As we're a small team, we've kept it to 1 team and have been sprint planning ...
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ex-Development manager as a Product Owner

In a new team, an ex-development manager, who's been in that position for many years, opted in as the team's Product Owner. The team has decided to do Scrum. The PO's Agile mentality is certainly ...
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Customize the TFS Scrum board

Here is a TFS Scrum board I got from Internet: I want to know if it is possible to customize the card, as it does have the name of attributed person as redundant information. I would want to replace ...
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Too much to test on the last day of the sprint [duplicate]

How can I avoid the issue where a lot of stories are moved to Under Testing on the last day of the sprint? The Under Testing column is manageable on most days but on the last day and there day before ...
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Cadence in Scrum

Scrum coaches say that a Scrum Team (often Scrum Developent Team is meant) should adhere to: predictable cadence delivering business value each Sprint But at the same time Scrum emphasizes that ...
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Can a Product Owner be a developer in Scrum?

Can a Product Owner be a developer in Scrum? In theory, yes, but is it recommended by Scrum?
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From a sprint planning perspective, is it wrong to build an entire user interface before the API?

I'm currently reading 'Agile Estimating and Planning' by Mike Cohn and it mentions to not split by tasks like 'build user interface' and 'build middle tier', and instead to focus on building something ...
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Giving credit via Scrum or Kanban boards to developers participating in release-management and validation activities

I have a team of developers participating in two week Scrum sprints. We track our sprint progress (code pushes to QA region, bug-fixes, prod-support) in Jira. The team also participates in monthly ...
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How to build a feature backlog bottom up

Does anyone have any experience with bottom up product management? Essentially getting their teams to decide on the features and the direction of product? In most of my previous teams - product ...
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How to handle a Sprint completed ahead of time? [duplicate]

Let's say we have a sprint of 2 weeks. In that sprint, the IT team has to implement some issues or features. How can we handle the case where the team finishes all issues/features ahead of time? Do we ...
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How do you close out a Scrum Sprint in Azure Boards? Especially, what should you do with partially completed user stories and tasks?

I am new to Azure Boards and finding it can be very confusing when it comes to scrum sprint ends and planning the next sprint. What should you do with user stories and their tasks that are only ...
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How to store/manage a huge amount of coder task in the backlog

What to do when the programmers from the dev team want to put their development tasks in the product backlog (such as refactor XXX, clean class XXX, ...)? We tried and have the users stories mixed ...
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Managing Contractors in a technology conversion effort of an application

We recently hired a firm to convert an application from .NET to .NET Core. We have provided access to all repositories, they've been given an overall demo of major features and functions, access to a ...
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Developer keeps underestimating tasks time

This is one of my first projects in charge, and I am leading a team of 2 dev, a senior and a mid-level one. The mid-level developer is underestimating his time on most tasks. He is telling me that ...
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What's the point of having acceptance criteria when you have defined in a design document what you want done and how?

I recently found myself debating about the usefulness of acceptance criteria in a user story. Bear in mind that the team in question is not a feature team, it is a technical component team (if that ...
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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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Should we create sub-tasks for each story by default representing all the different types of work the story will require

One of my colleagues proposed an idea to split stories by default each time we write stories for the project into sub-tasks to represent different types of work a story has. We are using Scrum and ...
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How to boost internal communication within a Scrum Team

I have collected feedback from my team about what area they want to work on and that is internal communication. They want to improve the frequency and quality of interactions basically. So asking and ...
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How to coach a domineering PO to let go and allow a team to become self-managing

The Product Owner that I am working with has agreed "to try this self-organising stuff" on our Scrum team. Long story short I convinced her that there are 2 paths for the team. One in which ...
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Scrum vs. Sprint

I'm new to Agile methodology and I have some very basic questions. Sprint -> It is the iterative process (One development life cycle from Requirement to user acceptance testing) in Scrum. So, while ...
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Name of methodology of a simple point-based task list of to-dos for the entire project?

In my career as a developer I had worked with multiple formal project management methodologies (Scrum, Kanban), the most productive team I ever worked for was in an startup that did: A simple to-do ...
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How to manage 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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Recommended framework to organize a 12-developers team that will work on different products

The developers team is composed of 12 people. Several products need to be built, and although these products benefit the same line of business in the company, they are not necessarily related each ...
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Design Specification Ownership: how to protect it from obfuscation and excessive adjustments on Enterprise project?

By Design Specification Ownership I mean that nobody can read it right as expected except the author/ideologist/creator. If a person works on the same project for a long time and keeps the same ...
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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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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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Financial indicators of a project and a project manager's efficiency

A project manager's responsibility is to lead a project to a successful completion, which includes finishing the project on time, a happy customer, a proud team, etc. But it also includes financial ...
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Cancelled project retrospective format

Can anyone recommend a retrospective format for a cancelled project? The attendees will be the development team but also some of the more senior stakeholders. The idea is to reflect on the hard work ...
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How does a Scrum Team handle traditional BA responsibilities?

Linked Question This question was proposed by the participants of the discussion of the previous, more general question. Question The business analyst's work often implies a kind of waterfall-ish or ...
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Is lack of knowledge/experience in the dev team a risk according to the risk management theory

Our team has 1 BA, 3 devs and 1 QA. We are trying to follow SCRUM as much as possible and since recently the term Risk management was not a part of our dictionary. However the past few months our ...
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Does a business analyst fit into the Scrum framework?

Question Let's consider a software development project made for an external customer. The development company (the vendor) has the usual positions and specialists: developers, testers, business ...
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Trying to understand my CFD

Newbee to the agile world, we are practicing kanban in our organization and we use Jira to manage our flows. I am trying to understand the CFD Jira generates for us, but the whole CFD idea confuses me....
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May I not use the users stories in Scrum?

It is more convenient for me to describe requirements in technical terms. So is it possible not to use the users stories in Scrum? Will it be Agile still?
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How do you differentiate between Product & (Dev) Ops activities for an Agile project?

I have worked with various sizes of organisations and everyone has had a way of seperating between DevOps (Engineering) activities and Product (Functionality development) activities. Some had ...
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The career path of a Scrum Master

A Scrum Master has a pretty small team (as per the Scrum Guide) and it's not recommended for a Scrum Master to work with more than two teams. Agile and Scrum are still not everywhere adopted, ...
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Should I cancel the daily scrum if the team has only minor issues to discuss?

If there are only minor issues to discuss in the next Daily Scrum, should I hold that Daily Scrum as usual or just tell the Scrum Master to cancel that Daily Scrum and deal with the issues by email or ...
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What if developers don't want to spend their time on manual testing?

I have experience of working with a team where developers didn't want to do manual testing because they considered it to be wasting of their time - QA work (especially manual testing) doesn't improve ...
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Thoughts on using user stories to define business/platform needs?

I'm very accustomed to user stories for end-user driven features. But if starting a project from scratch, does it make sense to treat the business owners as users and define their needs that way too? ...
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Scrum daily - Ask the 3 questions per developer or go by tickets?

We are a small team of around 5 developers. We're using a ticketmanagement-system that has a virtual Scrumboard. On the Scrumboard are several columns. The items on the columns are sorted by priority: ...
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In corona lockdown time, how to substitude scrum/standup meetings?

Well we adopted scrum in the past as the project management paradigm. However one of the cornerstones of scrum is the daily standup meeting. In corona lockdown era (or any time where it is relevant) ...
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How can these problems with agile be solved?

I'm a lead developer and for the last four years I've owned a code base which has steadily been improving in quality. I worked at a fairly small company and we previously worked in small waterfall ...
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On-time delivery vs Fast delivery

Asking a Scrum Team to deliver valuable shippable increment each Sprint leads to reinsurance - team members will put additional time/Story Points in their estimates, thus reducing TTM (Time To Market)...
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How to estimate sprint velocity when there is a change in story points in scrum

Initially, the Product Backlog contained 350 story points of PBIs. After completing 7 sprints of development, the Product Backlog contains 140 story points of PBIs . The average velocity is 30 per ...
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Problem with in Scrum team - with seniors

I have been working in a Scrum team for more than 1 year. As this is my first job and have no previous experience so can't compare with anything else, so thought of asking here. We have a basic Scrum ...
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QA is at capacity, Development has room

Let's say you have five developers and one QA tester. All 5 developers can commit to X number of user stories. In Planning, QA decides he'll need Y number of hours per story to test. What is the ...

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