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Questions tagged [scrum]

For questions about using or implementing the Scrum framework.

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Scrum Master being made to manage

I am a scrum master for a team of 6 developers and testers. There is also a product owner. Management wants me to do certain things which a traditional manager would do eg. get the team to complete ...
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Should I assign user stories per team or per team member?

Given: A team of 1 Backend Developer, 2 Front End Developers. Definition of Done US acceptance criteria have to be met All subtasks in terms of the user story should be completed Back End subtask ...
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Scrum Retrospective during holiday season

The question in short: how should we handle a scrum retrospective when the capacity of the team has been very low? Background We have a team of 6 people: 1 PO, 4 developers (of whom 1 part-time on ...
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Does Scrum (or something Scrumish) make sense to manage projects for my team?

Background: my team is only two years old, and up until this point, project management has been almost completely decentralized and, to a certain extent, non-existent. My team consists of 14 people (...
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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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What is an Agile “Reflection?”

I've been walking an Agile path since the days of XP - as a software developer, tech lead, IT manager, and scrum master/product owner/agile coach. Recently, I started work at a company that holds what ...
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Handle stories which can not be estimated

Do scrum have a method for handling tasks which can not be estimated in any meaningful way? I'm going to give an example we faced recently. We sell some hardware devices and recently found out that ...
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Product backlog items must be estimated in story points?

I have read some common "good practices" out there. Does scrum specify the metrics or the team must determine what and how to use metrics, processes, etc. to the benefit of the product?
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How to fill my day as a Scrum Master?

I have been a SM now for about 3 years and I enjoy many elements of the role and so far I have had really positive feedback from my stakeholders. The PO says I have good influence over them in making ...
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Can the Scrum Master groom the Sprint Backlog?

Our company is migrating to Scrum. I've been thrust into the role of Scrum Master (with no formal training--but I'm working on that). Our team doesn't have a product owner due to the structure of our ...
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Should the Product Owner (PO) or Software Engineer Own the Feature Item?

We are using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to manage work items. VSTS uses a hierarchy of Epic -- Feature -- User Story -- Task. It is clear that the individual software engineer owns a 'user ...
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What is the difference between the terms “grooming” and “refinement” of the product backlog in scrum methodology?

I am not able to find an accurate answer to this question. Are they the same?
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Is creating a task to write many stories appropriate?

At my company, we often have meetings where we brainstorm / plan for next steps for our projects. After the meetings, I feel like I have a bunch of stories to write, and creating thorough and ...
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How to surface P.O. dysfunction in a retro

I am working with a team that had a P.O. that micro-manages the team, has a very directional approach to working with the team. Often asking them 'when things are finished' etc. I am obviously ...
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How to handle scrum team member that is never at his desk

I am a scrum master for a team of developers and testers. One of the developers is never at his desk. He spends maybe an hour or two hours at his desk while the rest of the team are at their desks ...
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Methods to improve daily scrum / standup

My Team's Daily Scrum needs improvement and I was wondering if anyone has a workshop idea/method on how to improve. The current issues that my team face are: They tend to go off topic, instead of ...
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Is alignment of scrum retrospectives with Change Management possible?

Given a case where an organization has both dozens of scrum teams and a global Change Management program, does it make sense to feed information available through the Scrum Retrospectives to the ...
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QA Code freeze and setting the expected delivery timeline

We are in the healthcare industry, where bugs can have an impact on people health. As a result, we started having a code freeze on the staging environment to have the QA test each build. In addition: ...
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CRM development by multiple teams

In a large organization, they recently shaped 4 end to end scrum teams, meaning they can take a user story, and deliver front end, back end, test it and push the code to the main line. However it has ...
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How to deal with clients' resistance to smaller deliveries?

When I read this question (Dealing with external departments continuous delivery / smaller feature scope), it made me think of our situation at work. The major difference, though, is that the ...
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How to implement Scrum method in a 2-individuals team?

I'm a software developer and I have this project I am working on with a student (an internship). I don't know how to organize the tasks and how to assign them. At first, it was clear. But now we have ...
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In which skills a Agile Coach differs from a Scrum Master?

The Scrum Master is the "owner" of the framework execution, as the Scrum Guide quotes: The Scrum Master is responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide. On the ...
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How can I measure team capacity in Kanban?

When doing Scrum, I use story points based on the total number of points completed in a sprint. When doing Kanban, I am not sure how to work out capacity. What is the best way to do this?
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Work preparation as a task for upcoming sprint?

The team struggles with making their tickets ready for development. Mostly because the DoR requires a lot of work (designs, multiple translations, tracking, documentation, etc.). Normally the team ...
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How to plan 2 week sprints, when each story completed will generate multiple stories

I would like to know if anyone is in a similar situation working as part of a SCRUM team - The majority of our team are R&D staff, or academic research staff. We work in what might be called "...
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Product backlog/s definition

Scenario: 1 online shop running on multiple platforms: desktop mobile web mobile app iOS mobile app Android there are common functionalities but platform specific too. Which is the recommended ...
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Are there any alternatives to Agile Software Development? [closed]

As of 2018, are there any documented approaches to delivering software that are not classed as Agile? Of these approaches, are any supported by or adopted by FTSE100, Fortune500 or flagship software ...
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Regarding best practices of Scrum are there any “best weekday” to start/end Sprints?

From my experience I always worked at companies in which the Sprints started on Mondays and ended on Fridays (regardless of the sprint size, obviously). Is there any good practice that says this is ...
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How do I implement Scrum Organization-wide in a lightweight Startup?

I am implementing Scrum throughout (from business development to engineering to marketing) my six-person organization. My company consists of three engineers and three Business Development personnel. ...
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To what framework do “User Stories” belong?

In my University of Applied Science we got taught that user stories are a part of Scrum, and when reading things on the internet it seems that everyone indeed uses User Stories when using Scrum. The ...
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Should a technical person take part of the user stories prioritization process?

As a Tech Lead within a "Scrum" team, I am annoying regarding some laid rules. It is established that only Product Owner, Business Analyst and Scrum Master (and eventually Product Manager) take part ...
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On Scrum, should tasks waiting for a specific criteria to be met considered 'to do' or 'blocked'?

We use the usual "to do" "doing" "done" and "blocked" columns for our internal organization. I'd like to know how I should handle tickets that are in "to do" but are not immediately actionable ...
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How to make the Product Owner realize that he doesn't put focus on the right customer at all?

I'm Technical Leader for a software project dedicated to manage the "VIP people"-yearOfWork of a big company. Basically, to make it simple for this post, the project is a mix of a social network (...
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Team refusing the help of the agile coach

There is a team that consists from consultants and permanent staff. The consultants have an idea of what scrum is, but they do zombie scrum. The agile coach has identified that this team really ...
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Is the “definition of done” required in Scrum?

Is having a “definition of done” required in Scrum, or is it optional? According to the Scrum Checklist, it is required and we can't call our methodology "Scrum" without one. I would like to know if ...
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How are user stories and tasks managed in Scrum

I noticed that Scrum boards have the following columns, the one I am asking about is the 1st column "Stories". Before a Sprint begins, you take stories from the Product Backlog that you will work on ...
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Can one developer work on two different projects (and in effect, two different backlogs) in a single Sprint? Any Agile recommendations on this?

Can a single developer work on two different projects/backlogs completely independent in two Sprints (One Sprint is for one project/one sprint for the other) in the same timeline.
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Agile in a volatile environment?

We are currently doing Scrum in a trading environment, our sprints are a week long, the problem is that due to Change requests from trading activity during the sprint it is impossible to have a sprint ...
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Team needs a lot of time to deliver even the simplest stories- how to know why?

So, the problem, from the management perspective is that a Scrum Team delivers only the simplest stories within the whole Sprint. Literally, changing a button takes two weeks. The Team estimates ...
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Reduce amount of required hotfixes without technical knowledge

I'm a software developer who suffers from the regular hotfixes that are required to an application I've developed. The application I've developed didn't had many infrastructure requirements from the ...
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What format should I use for Product Backlog Items (PBIs) representing improvements to existing features?

We have an existing system in production, developed using a "chaotic" development process. I'm trying to introduce Scrum for all new development: new features, improvements, and bugs. For new ...
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Why do Water-Scrum-Fall. What does it offer over Waterfall?

Why do "Water-Scrum-Fall" - what does the Scrum in the middle of "Water-Scrum-Fall" offer? Thanks
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When were Scrum “ceremonies” renamed “events”?

I took a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course and certification in 2007. Back then, the Sprint Planning, Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective and Daily Scrum were called Scrum ceremonies. Reading the ...
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How to track identical Agile/Scrum PBIs for multiple platforms not in sync?

Brief Background Our company uses Agile/Scrum as our development methodology, with Microsoft's VSTS (Visual Studio Team Services) being our tool of choice. We have several teams, including Android, ...
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What is meant by “inspect people” in Scrum retrospective guide?

Scrum Guide tells us to inspect people at retrospectives: http://www.scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html#events-retro Inspect how the last Sprint went with regards to people, relationships, process, ...
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How can Scrum be *agile* if it enforces strict rules?

So I just started to read into Scrum and did the (free) online assessment. Somehow I can't stop thinking that Scrum is a contradiction in itself. Even though the Scrum Guide never uses the word agile, ...
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Allowing additions to a running sprint in Scrum

If I am not wrong, Scrum groups user stories into sprints so the team focuses its resources to complete as much user stories as possible. How flexible is the sprint planning according to Scrum ?, in ...
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Why does management have to “buy into” Scrum?

I have read over and over that in order for Scrum to work, "Management has to buy into Scrum." Can you tell me why that is? What management are they talking about, the company stakeholders that have ...
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Does Microsoft TFS have all I need for Agile Project Management?

If I want to use Agile, and use a Scrum implementation, will TFS do all I need? Or do I need something else? I have MS Project 2016 (not using Project Server), and it has an Agile template, but most ...
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Toxic Retrospective in Agile Development

On my Team, we do a Retrospective after every Sprint. Usually it's very productive, and the Team discusses what went well, what could improve, and what action items we want to take from the meeting. ...