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Questions tagged [scrum]

For questions about using or implementing the Scrum framework.

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Single backlog. Multiple teams. How to handle Backlog Refinement?

Background Hi all, I am an experienced SM but I thought I would crowdsource a solution to this from peers. The project is an enterprise scale migration to the cloud with over 500 customers ...
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Must the Scrum Master be a software developer?

From the job description of a Scrum Master, it seems to me that soft skills, such as the ability to coach and manage others, is much more important than technical skills. However I wonder if it's ...
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Where does the scrum team's authority ends and the development manager's begins?

In a scrum team, the team has decided that they want to hold their morning standups at 10am. The team is in London, and claimed that 9:30 is marginally early, in the sense that sometimes public ...
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What to do with an Agile non-believer

One of the people on my team has no interest in Agile, does not want to work as a team and doesn’t believe Agile will provide any benefit to them. I am struggling for find research which will help ...
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How do you reduce card size and limit scope creep in R&D tasks?

Several of my team members do Research&Development work, which by nature involves a lot of exploration and uncertainty, and requirements are not always clear since we don't know what is out there. ...
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Scrum: Sprint backlog

I've an ongoing project with very tight deadline. I'm allowed to extend project deadline, if required. I've implemented Scrum (sprints) for day-to-day activities. Issue is - I've some backlog since ...
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Scrum PO (product owner) requesting status everyday! Help!

We do daily scrum in which the PO does not attend. But still later PO comes and ask the status and whole team responds. So we are sort of having double daily scrums
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How do I split a 13 person team

I am a scrum master/agile coach and the team I have been assigned to is too big, 13 people! I have complete authority to change this however I want to formulate a good plan to do this. Can anyone ...
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How to write a spike when using BDD?

If Gherkin is used to write regular development user stories in the Scrum process, should Gherkin be used to write a spike as well? If so, given that often there is a lot of unknown information to be ...
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Scrum: 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 ...
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Small development team with big amount of tasks for different projects - how to?

We are small team of 4 developers who manage 2 large websites + 4-5 small websites + we have a channel for customizations / development service (one time service). With all websites on support we ...
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How to be a Scrum Master in old school corporations?

The Scrum Master was created to confront traditional management processes which lead to waste; of time, of effort, of people’s lives. Designed originally as a servant leader, the Scrum Master was ...
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How to manage the board in ScrumBan

My company currently uses a somewhat waterfall approach and wants to move to ScrumBan. While I have experience with Scrum and Kanban separately, I am left wondering how to merge these agile team ...
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Introducing scrum in a waterfall environment

We have a wish to try to introduce Scrum in one of our development departments, but have a number of challenges we are not sure how to solve. If someone could point us in the right direction it would ...
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What approach of story points suit our team

We are distributed development team in three locations. In each location we have between 2 to 5 developers. We conduct daily standup via Skype. However, we have not been using story points. We just ...
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Removing items from the sprint backlog due to emergency

There is a lot of good debate here about changing the scope of a sprint backlog due to normal work circumstances; PO wants a new story, a dependency didn't materialize, etc. In our case one of the ...
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How to address delivery of production fixes in scrum?

Say the product backlog has 90 stories and about 30 stories which make part of functionality of the application is developed and delivered during previous sprints. The PO choose to release this ...
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Scrum - 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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How to manage misalignments between Design Specs and After Design Adjustments?

How do you manage this scenario? UX and Visual design a feature. PO and DEV decided -after design got approved- to ignore some specs of implementation, so we have something different than the design ...
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As a scrum master of a small startup made by friends, How do you solve these impediments?

We are a small team of developers(fresh graduates) who have decided to create a software to manage a store. We have just a small amount of experience in a real world environment of software ...
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Should Scrum be “Optional” for some teams

So there are 8/10 scrum teams in different locations in my company. there are 4/5 Scrum masters facilitating these teams. One team in particular wishes to have no scrum master & ideally be left ...
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What have you found is the most effective way of training a Scrum Master?

I need to train someone to become a scrum master. I have read so many books and articles over the years and everything is really available online. Thus far I have been having regular knowledge ...
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Coaching “Sprint Masters”

Imagine a scenario where numerous development teams exist. Each has a rotating Scrum Master every few sprints. Apparently the team members enjoy this as well. Obviously this is good for business too ...
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What team tasks can the Scrum Master help with?

So you are a Scrum Master or the equivalent of that in other agile frameworks/processes, what would be team tasks that you are allowed to help with or do on your own? Are there any tasks that you have ...
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How important is having the PO inside the team?

I believe the Product Owner is an important member of the team and needs to be as accessible as any other. I've recently been confronted by the idea that because the PO is part of 'the business' (i.e....
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Scrum team is self organised, now what?

I have introduced, and coached Scrum/Agile methodologies, my team has now got to the point where outside of the initial sprint planning they are extremely self organised and do not need me for most ...
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Definitive Kanban reference?

The Scrum Guide provides a concise, definitive guide to scrum. Is there such a guide available for Kanban?
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What to do when mid-sprint, you realize some stories won't be done?

On the seventh day of a two weeks Sprint, we realize that 20 percent of the stories cannot be completed. What is the best action to take? Is it possible/recommended to cancel the iteration on start ...
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How do you demo a spike?

Do spikes need to be demoed or you kind of just describe the knowledge gathered from the spike. During a Team Demo in safe. http://v4.scaledagileframework.com/team-demo/ Looks like the team could. ...
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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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Can't do 'vertical'

I've been asked what a team should do when the nature of the project precludes vertical slices in their deliverable stories. The definition of 'Incremental Development' is provided here: https://www....
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Difference between scrum and kanban

I have worked on scrum projects and kanban projects and until now I thought I knew the difference (!?) Having read this page: https://www.agilealliance.org/what-is-scrumban/ I'm now wondering if ...
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Paired to be focused on an epic - long-term impacts?

With a growing team size, task breakdowns and sprint planning are taking longer and longer. To increase the likelihood of hitting the velocity target, a new approach is adopted: to put team members in ...
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Is Scrum Master a “management” position?

I am studying the Scrum framework and I am trying to be ready for the Scrum Master certification. I think that I understand the role of the Scrum Master but there is a question that seems to pop up ...
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questions allowed in scrum team

Situation: - there is a specific team member who is not giving all his\her contribution - it has been communicated multiple times on the team level that we need to take initiative because we are ...
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Stories added after commitment

I'm trying to understand the following problem: within a SAFe framework a development team adds user stories after commitment, even though that commitment has not been met. The justification is that ...
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How to measure individual performance in a Scrum environment?

I would like to know if there is a way to measure the team members of a Scrum Team individually. All the measures I found apply over the team; this makes sense because the idea is to share all the ...
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Accounting for design, discovery and analysis activities in Scrum project budget forecasts

Consider this scenario: Backlog: 100 story points, project budget $100,000 (based on past team velocity/cost of delivering 1 SP per $1000 time spent). Stories are based on product development. Week ...
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What's an easy and sustainable way to introduce pair programming?

As a ScrumMaster I've read some texts about pair programming. I want to introduce that to my team and make sure it's been done regularly. As a "special feature" we have a remote worker and I want him ...
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Should common functionalities be repeated as very similar stories within each context they're needed?

Let's say for a system, there are several stories that would be repeating all throughout but in different contexts. E.g. Search "As a [insert role], I want to search through a data list so that I ...
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Hiring a Scrum Master / Agile Coach [closed]

I hope this is the right place for a question like this, but I am wondering what do/should organizations look for when hiring Scrum Masters or Agile Coaches? This question is only for people who have ...
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Who can add “tasks” in Scrum/Kanban?

I am using Kanban for the process of etablishing a company. It may be kind of wrong since I am both the product owner and the development team. But I think it works, the user stories turns out good. ...
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What should you do with story points which aren't completed in sprint?

Within Scrum/Agile, if I have a story which is 90% completed, and the sprint ends, what should be done with this story? The logical decision seems to be to move this into the next sprint, however if ...
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How to write implementing HTTPS as a user story?

The title sums the question up pretty well. How do you do that? Should you even make implementing HTTPS a user story? I thought of: "As a page visitor I want all communication with the service to be ...
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How to handle unfinished user stories? [duplicate]

We are a small startup company with 2-3 project running simultaneously by 3 developers and 1 QA guy. We use Scrum and we encountered difficulties while we had a sprint with a user story, as small as ...
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Scrum - 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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Difference between Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) and Nexus Framework

I am trying to understand the differences in the "process" between Less and Nexus; they seem very similar in the way they scale Scrum. I am not trying to understand which one to select, but what ...
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Scrum in TFS: 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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Scrum , Velocity calculation and Sprint Calculation

Following figures showing the performance of a Scrum team during the first 6 sprints of a project. Sprint: 15 SP Sprint: 5 SP Sprint: 20 SP Sprint: 15 SP Sprint: 25 SP Sprint. 10 SP Question 1: ...
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Release as task for Sprint

My question is simple. We are hesitating whether we shall include Product Release as a task in our sprint board.