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Protecting the team against injection

How does the Scrum Master protect the team against the business rapidly changing priorities/contexts.
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Tasks in Kanban approach

I'm currently working on an End Of Studies project with a friend. We are making this inside an IT company. We choosed Kanban because , for us , I would be a great moment to try a new thing (we used ...
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How do you plan for Production Support in velocity-based sprint planning

In capacity-based sprint planning, a calculation can be performed in order to build in production support hours by having one developer's capacity minimized. How would a team plan for production ...
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Is the 15-minute daily stand-up meeting mandatory for a successful Scrum project?

Is the Daily Scrum meeting mandatory for a successful Scrum project? Is it possible to replace it with a one hour meeting once or twice a week? I am asking this because I am finding it difficult to ...
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What do Scrum Masters do all day?

So this is a question that many people have answered on their blogs and I think one person even wrote a mini book a answering this question. However, I wasn't able to relate to them so I am hoping to ...
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How to handle issues with multiple project managers giving inputs to single developer?

I work on a project development where there are multiple project managers. One manager gives requirements, another manager gives approach, one more manager resolves external dependencies required for ...
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How to properly handle a team mate who rambles during daily standup and other meetings?

I am looking for a tactful way to help a team member improve their communication skills to be more concise and direct. I'm trying to introduce a daily standup into a startup team of 3, which will ...
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How to improve a Scrum-Team with a Product Owner who lacks authority

I'm the new Scrum Master of a Team that develops a software for a customer outside our company. This is my first time working as Scrum Master; I have no background in this field. Our company is just a ...
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Is there any place where one could observe real project ceremonies such as stand ups, retros, planning?

My mentee asked if there’s a website, where you can see real project events, like daily’s , retro, planning, etc. so that juniors could seen how exactly it works. I assume no, because of NDA. But ...
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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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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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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 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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Is it fine to correct an estimation of a story during execution?

During the sprint execution, the team should be allowed to change the estimation of a story in the following scenarios. During execution When a story is finished Re-estimate in the absence of the ...
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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 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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Retrospective to introduce Kanban

I want to introduce my Scrum team to Kanban and I am not sure how best to approach it. Does anyone have any good ideas?
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What's expected from different career levels for a Scrum Master?

Every career has juniors, intermediates, seniors, gurus, and whatnot. I'm looking for what separates the different levels so I know how to structure a career path within a company. Ideally I'd like to ...
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Why use story points instead of hours for estimating?

After using hours to estimate our projects for a long time and rarely coming within 20% of actual "work-to-ship," I have been told by a handful of people that "points" work a lot better at gauging the ...
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If we cannot complete all tasks in a sprint

This is an online question on the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) v7.0 (CSM-001). However, I don't understand why the answer is A instead of D: You are the Scrum Master. The Sprint will complete in two ...
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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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Is Agile feasible for a large financial application?

I am considering using Scrum on a very large (40+ developers) multi year project for a major bank. I am trying to figure out if Agile is feasible for a project this size. There are thousands of ...
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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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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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How to deal with conflicting developers in Scrum team?

I'm a Scrum Master in a project. The development team merged into two separate teams and now counts eight people. John and Peter are previous team leads - very experienced C++ developers who know the ...
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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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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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How to manage the board in Scrumban

My company uses a somewhat waterfall approach and wants to move to Scrumban. While I have experience with Scrum and Kanban separately, I wonder how to merge these agile team boards into a workable ...
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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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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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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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Scaled scrum/agile frameworks (SAFe vs. Nexus vs. LeSS) comparison

Would someone please shed some light on the differences between: LeSS: https://less.works/ Nexus: https://www.scrum.org/Resources/The-Nexus-Guide SAFe: https://www.scaledagileframework.com/ ...
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Sprint demo feedback

Sprint demos are done at the end of each sprint to the clients. This helps to identify the issues and collect feedback from the clients. I have a question about implementing the demo feedback. Should ...
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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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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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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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What are the reasons to (or not to) exclude QA from your sprint

My team is newly formed and trying to establish a baseline for their velocity in story points per sprint. The problem is that the QA is part of the sprint. It has been suggested that it is excluded ...
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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 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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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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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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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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How to deal with unavoidable on-demand tasks in Scrum? Or should we even try?

I was put in charge of implementing Scrum in my Development Team. Unfortunately, the company I work with has a rather stale structure that does not go well with this framework. The team works on a ...
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User Story versus Task in Jira

I am learning about the agile/scrum process, and currently using it for a 6 month software project at my university. My team is using Jira. I am starting to get confused between the difference ...

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