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Questions tagged [scrum]

For questions about using or implementing the Scrum framework.

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How to handle big stories / epics in Scrum?

It's about a Scrum Team. PO and the couple of developers. They do well every time, when task is clearly defined and only technical part is to be done. It gets complicated when there is a need to work ...
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Tools in agile methods

We are currently in the process of implementing Scrum. I would like to let us started with a tool to help the team get along with it (see here about this point), but after a presentation I made where ...
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Choosing a tool for Scrum [closed]

I'm considering the use of a software in order to help our team to implement Scrum. I saw iceScrum, but I don't know if it's a good tool. Do you ever used it? Can you suggest another tool?
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Who is using Cynefin for their Agile adoption?

I've listened to some David Snowden podcasts on complexity theory and the Cynefin framework. It looks as though it could be powerful for guiding Agile adoptions. Who has used Cynefin for this work? ...
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Who owns the issue of Agile team complacency?

I am really eager to hear different perspectives on team complacency about their Agile adoption. Is it the ScrumMaster's problem? The team's issue? The manager's fault? I can see so many complex webs ...
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What are you doing with Agile teams who no longer run retrospectives?

I have run into several teams who tell me that they no longer run iteration retrospectives: they were a waste of time and they weren't learning anything new. What is your answer to these teams? Should ...
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Daily Scrum and flexible work time

Our company is in the process of introducing elements from Scrum in our working process. As we have flexible work time (not completely sure how to say it in English. People can come to work when they ...
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How does a Project Manager's job change when transitioning from waterfall to Agile?

When adopting Agile and moving away from waterfall what specifically changes in the day-to-day job duties of a PM? I'm interested especially in hearing from PMs who have made (or are in the process of ...
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Famous projects using Scrum [closed]

As some of you know now, I'm trying to introduce Scrum in our company. Our CEO asked me if famous projects and/or big companies used the method. I found some companies, that's easy (Google, Yahoo, ...
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Resources for Scrum [closed]

I'm looking for resources for Scrum. Online resources would be particulary suited, but I'm ready to consider books. There is much material available, and I have to say it's hard to choose the good ...
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Does anyone use a personal Kanban / Scrum board for project management activities (rather than work items)?

I've seen plenty of people using Kanban or Scrum boards to manage the work of a project. However, I also use a personal Kanban board to manage my work at home, so I was curious - does any PM use a ...
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How do you kick-off new Agile teams?

I'm curious what others are doing with regard to getting teams up and running with Agile in a sustainable way. What do you emphasize first (practices, principle, process framework)? Or is there no one ...
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Scrum: Cancel or change a sprint

The Scrum method defines that the content of a sprint cannot be changed. But can a sprint be cancelled while it's done? I mean, it's unlikely to happen and probably shows really bad planning skills by ...
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How long should an Agile Sprint be?

I'm currently the PM on a project that is scheduled to run for about 14 months. The current sprint structure is 4 weeks of development; week 5 allows us to show the progress to the client, deploy it ...
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Involve graphic designer in daily Scrum meetings

As I explained in a previous question, our company is willing to introduce some elements of the Scrum method in our working process. We have a in-house graphic designer, who is attached to the ...
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Partially introduce Scrum into a team

The CEO of our small company (14) asked me to introduce some elements of Scrum into the working process of our development team. Problem is: the piece he would like to see introduced is not really ...
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How does specialization fit into Scrum?

One of the rules of the Scrum states the team should self organize and be in control of the technical part of the project. It is rather easy when Product Owners are delivering tasks which every member ...
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Scrum, Agile, Kanban looking for 'for dummies' type of information [closed]

I'm sure I'm not alone in this. I have heard and read a lot of snippets of information about this topic and I've formed my own understanding - probably not the best way to assess the value or try to ...
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Number of PMP, CSM and Prince2-certified PMs

What are current world-wide numbers of people who are: PMP (Project Management Professional) CSM (Certified Scrum Master) Prince2 certified
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What techniques are effective for Scrum teams within organizations that do waterfall release planning?

What planning and prioritization techniques are effective for Scrum teams and Product Owners working within an IT organization that uses waterfall planning behaviors at the release level? Are there ...
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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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How to implement SCRUM without forgeting the four principles of the agile manifesto on the way?

Don't the four agile principles get a bit lost in the middle of all the SCRUM process? How can this be avoided? How to promote these four principles over the process that is imposed? How to make the ...
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How can a team working on research based items work in an Agile project?

My R&D organization is following an Agile (Scrum) development methodology. One of the development teams is working mostly on items that are really problematic in terms of the certainty during the ...
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Why do Scrum adoptions fail?

Scrum is the most popular of agile methods and since agile has become mainstream it is chosen more and more often as something teams should try. No surprise we often see Scrum implementations fail. ...
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How to link Scrum release backlog to conventional project plan (MS project) in keeping sprint benefits?

We use the Scrum methodology for our software development. Since software development isn't the core activity of our company, and since this company isn't agile methods oriented yet, I need, as the ...
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Can PRINCE2 and SCRUM work together?

This question has raised a debate within my organization with multiple points of view. Several Project Managers think that they are completely different things aiming for different results whereas ...
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Scrum+Kanban SaaS tool [closed]

Do you want to use such tool? It will be some tool with product backlog, sprint backlogs, Scrum/Kanban dashboard... Me and my partners want to develop this.
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Where to Find a Desktop Kanban board application? [closed]

I have been looking for a week now, all over the net for a simple desktop based kanban management system. I work in a distributed team, but my company won't accept to use an exterior webapp like ...
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How can we avoid finishing all stories on the last day of a sprint?

I am the Scrum Master for a team that has completed two sprints. For Sprint 1, the burndown looks like: Day 1: 70 Day 2: 70 Day 3: 70 Day 4: 70 Day 5: 13 For Sprint #2: Day 1: 90 Day 2: 90 Day 3: ...
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Should bugs be treated as stories or as tasks?

If you're using scrum you should know that there is a clear difference between tasks and stories. A story is something that is valuable to user. A task is a step to produce that value to user. So, ...
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Using Spreadsheet for Backlog - Dependencies and Priority

I'm currently using a Google Spreadsheet to manage my product backlog. It has a list of stories, each with an identifier, feature it belongs to, story points, and the sprint that it's assigned to. It ...
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How to organize sprints during the user acceptance tests phase?

What is the suggested approach to sprints organization during the tests phase? Lets assume that we have finished development sprints, internal tests (analysts & developers) are over. Application ...
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Can Scrum Sprint duration change from 4 weeks to 2 weeks during the project?

Does it makes sense to adjust Sprint duration during the project? Consider a 10 months project for a web portal, requirements are a little obscure right now, so I expect that at the beginning (first ...
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How should the Product Owner prioritize the backlog?

Should the Product Owner prioritize the backlog side-by-side with the customer? Must this step be done during the Sprint Planning Meeting, or could it be done before the meeting? Is the meeting ...
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Should the customer developers be part of our scrum team?

If during a sprint some task depends on customer development, should the customer developers considered as part of the team? At the sprint planning meeting should these developer attend to share how ...
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When to Use Waterfall, When to Use Scrum ?

Where I lecture, I was always taught to use waterfall to manage projects, but when I finished college, waterfall wasn't the only method that can be used for project management, and I am very ...
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Improving your Scrum Sprint!

I know there are lots of talks and articles on agile and scrum. But I would like to know how to improve your scrum sprint for a new and small team. We are looking for a sprint length of 3 weeks. I ...
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Changing Processes - is it better to do it gradually or just change?

Based off of my previous question Can Scrum be suited to smaller development teams?, we have now picked out the elements of Scrum that would best fit our team and business, however, my Boss has ...
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Can Scrum be suited to smaller development teams?

I'm not a 100% certain that this is the best place for this question as it's a little more development methodology related than directly project management related. I work at a company where the ...
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What is the difference between Scrum and XP?

Everything is in the title: What is the difference between Scrum and eXtreme Programming? Is it possible to have a simple but explicit explanation?
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Strict or pragmatic Scrum?

Do you practice Scrum strictly after its rules or are you going a more pragmatic way, picking out the bits that suit you/your environment best, maybe mixing it up with other methodologies ? In other ...