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Scrum: Should user story acceptance criteria be mapped to test cases?

Should the acceptance criteria for a user story form the basis for the test cases when testing that feature? Or, should there be a seperate story for testing, whose acceptance criteria is that the ...
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Can we use only one Scrum board for a team with multiple projects?

I am doing research for school. My research is covering how we could have one Scrum board for one team that works on multiple projects simultaneously. Scrum methodology is not just for working on one ...
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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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Do members who are not going to work on a story need to contribute to story point estimates?

I just joined a team that is working towards being agile. The team consists of developers, the maintenance/support staff and QA. Support staff's job is to keep the lights on, they never do any ...
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Agile Stories which are not Unblocked until Middle of Sprint

We are using Agile Two Week Sprints cycles. Sometimes we take on JIRA stories which are blocked, and will not be unblocked until the middle 1 week into of the sprint. Another person's code is complete,...
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Can I take out tasks during a Sprint if I am replacing them with more important tasks that those unstarted tasks would be dependent on?

I have two tickets that have not yet started. A new ticket is being brought in that these tickets would be dependent on. Can I move them now into the next Sprint before this current Sprint has ...
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Any ideas for mixing a kanban with taskboards

I am the PM of a small team of 6 programmers, recently we are trying to go more agile by including in our workflow some principles or techniques of XP, scrum, scrumban and lean. A very important ...
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QuantAgile (a.k.a. Quantitative Agile) Ussage

Liam here (Engineering Manager & Research Enthusiast)! I've been neck-deep in exploring QuantAgile lately, this newish framework that seems to blend Taylor's Scientific Management efficiency with ...
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2 week agile sprint calendar

Let's say we arrange a sprint in agile methodology. The sprint will last for 2 weeks. let's say the first day is Monday of the 1st week & last day is Friday of 2nd week. In this setup, on what ...
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Should iteration (sprint) dates in Azure DevOps include non-development phases of Agile sprints?

When creating iterations in Azure DevOps (Azure Boards), should non-development phases (non-sprint activities) be included in the dates for each sprint iteration? My understanding is this: schedule ...
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In a Kanban or Scrum workflow should tasks/stories move back?

What is the best practice in terms of moving stories/tasks through the workflow. Should stories be allowed to move back in the workflow e.g. In Deployment to In Development; In Development to To Do. ...
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What to do when the team prefers private communications on mail and chat over collaborative tools like Jira?

I've noticed that a lot of discussion between a developer and a Product Owner happens in private conversations in various communication tools (Skype, Slack, email, etc). The reason is because these ...
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Pay raise linked to velocity?

Is it a good idea to link a team's sprint velocity to bonuses or salary increases? For example, if one increases the average sprint velocity by 10 percent at the end of a year? Or are there other ...
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What is better: a physical Scrum board or an online board?

I used to practice Scrum with a physical board. We often faced problems when working with distributed teams or just when going into a meeting room. So I decided to implement a SaaS service to provide ...
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Is it possible to be a Scrum Master without any experience?

Im interested in becoming a Scrum Master but I don't have any experience working in a true Scrum/Agile environment. I work in the tech industry managing clients and web production for an email ...
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Daily standup or daily scrum with members in different time zones

I am trying to look for best practise regarding daily scrum and daily standup with members in different time zones. Most if not all of the recommendations seems to be biased towards members in the ...
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What is the difference between an artifact, a deliverable, and an increment in software development with Scrum when using Jira?

I'm confused about the use of Artifact, Deliverable and Increment in a software project using Scrum. We use JIRA to create tickets. Let's say we have the following under an epic: Create a ...
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Is the length of a sprint fixed or can it be changeable whenever the team want to?

I recently started learning scrum, I've learned that a sprint has a limited period that can be between 1 to 6 weeks and during which the team build an increment, My question is: If for example, a team ...
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How to lead as product owner when developer reach out directly to business experts and stakeholders?

My product will be very technical. I cannot answer nor understand fully the business requirements, are they are complex mix of finance logic, actuarial mathematics, legacy software architecture etc. ...
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How to prioritize backlog in YouTrack?

In Youtrack, how would I keep track of issues that are suitable for inclusion in the next sprint? The backlog is of course larger than just the next sprint. Generally when going over the issue list we ...
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Holiday capacity question

Our next sprint starts on Dec 18th and should end on Jan 1st. Most of the team will be unavailable on Christmas and boxing day. The PO will also miss about 4 days of that sprint. The problem is Jan ...
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Collaboration of product owner and team

How often do the product owner and the team leader/manager typically meet for discussing the product and the vision as well as the roadmap? Additionally are the skills that each member of the team ...
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Blockers and Impediments

At our standup, I always ask about blockers and impediments and sometimes this results in other members of the team offering help. Sometimes it turns into a rant which isn’t terrible but does ...
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Is Kanban considered an agile methodology?

I need to choose an agile method of development for my team; we tried Scrum for the first two weeks, but since we have to make a simple universitarian project, we thought that Scrum was more ...
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How do you name Sprints in Scrum?

I was wondering if it's a good idea to name Sprints with user-friendly names instead of using numerals like Sprint 1, Sprint 2, etc. Are there best practices or standards for naming the Sprint after ...
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Understanding Azure devops burndown

I do not understand why the burndown is looking like it is. Remaining work is higher than capacity - but in the details remaining work is lower than remaining capacity. Can anyone help?
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Sprint burndown chart question

I have a question about the burn-down chart. We have a project consisting of 4 sprints, with each sprint lasting 2 weeks (excluding weekends), a total of 10 days. Before starting Sprint 1, the overall ...
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How should we manage/point ad-hoc support queries that come in after the sprint has started?

I've come across a slight dilemma which, as far as I could see, has not been answered in Scrum blog posts on the interwebs, nor in this StackExchange. We started our sprint and a day later one of our ...
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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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Handling Dynamic Sub-task Estimation in Jira without Double-Counting Story Points

My team and I have recently adopted Scrum, and we've chosen Jira as our primary tool for managing sprints and backlogs. As we navigate our sprint planning, we're grappling with an issue related to the ...
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Sprint Review Event

When Sprint Review event should begin? Is it required to have it at the end of Sprint or it can be done at first day of sprint?
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Scope creep and creepy stories?

In Agile, Scrum, in which situations is used the word "creep" ? Can I tag or define my stories added in an active sprint as creep? In my current company, we work using Agile and Scrum ...
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What to do with work not on the board?

TL;DR: At some point, someone on the team will have work which can justifiably not go on the board. How is this handled in a sprint team when it is a long running thing? Our team's technical leader ...
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Both of my developers are stuck on one task, now what?

The whole development are stuck on one task in a sprint, they would rather work on other tasks then try and solve it. This is the only task remaining in the sprint, all other tasks have finished. The ...
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How to use velocity when PBIs are so large

So, I'm very junior and am wanting to learn PM stuff, and I'm encountering a strange issue in my team. We want to use velocity as a way to see whether we're improving or not. However, my understanding ...
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Is the Product Owner part of the Scrum Team in SAFe?

I've understood the Scrum Team to be one cohesive team consisting of three responsibility domains: Development team Product Owner Scrum Master Collectively, we all seek to refine/define and ...
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Does running an agile squad mean that all squad members can do any work, or work should be divided based on skill set?

Consider a new PO running a brand new Agile squad where squad members have different skill sets: one developer (who works with the code) one tester / QA person one application architecture one ...
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What is the best methodology for a multiproject and multiteam environment? [closed]

I'm working in an enterprise that realizes several dozens of projects based on its own system. The problem is that there are: several projects several teams several modules that are associated with ...
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Team consistently not making sprints

So I know that this question has been asked before, but since I haven't really seen anything that benefited my problem, I thought I would give it a chance. So first things first, in a perfect world ...
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Who decides if something should NOT be injected into a Sprint?

On some teams, I've seen it be a combination of operations and Product Management stating that either new/missed requirements came in, or bugs are severe enough to warrant injection. The Scrum Team ...
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How do you estimate for a 're-build' where you are rebuilding an existing piece of software, and can agile be used?

Having experienced multiple 're-build' projects in my career, I know that it is hard to capture all of the requirements from the working software. Often because of the size of the code base and lack ...
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How can we handle urgent work items defined by leadership at the end of a Sprint?

The Change Management Situation My Scrum Team received 2 urgent and critical tickets from top management at the end of the Sprint with 3 days left. The tickets were related to a feature that was to be ...
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Can an operations manager join a team's daily meetings to observe as a "fly on the wall"?

A new operations admin joined the organization and presented himself in the leads channel. He expressed his interest in learning about the teams and their processes, and requested to be included in ...
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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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Why are developers expected to estimate tasks at all?

This management tendency is the worst part of being a developer. Software development is not carpentry. Almost everything a developer writes is unique, they have never built that particular thing ...
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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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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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Agile Retrospective: Comments Anonymous?

In Agile Scrum Retrospective boards, what is the best practice? Should Teammembers put their Name by each comment? I heard it was supposed to be more Anonymous based when documenting, at least for my ...
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Who is responsible for ensuring that the Product Owners are professional and understand how to do their job well?

I've seen many bad patterns appearing over the years, one is converting Project Managers into Product Owners. In my current org Scrum Masters are not involved in the recruiting of Product Owners, ...
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In Scrum, should we prepare the Product Backlog at the beginning of each Sprint or only at the beginning of the project?

I know that the Sprint Backlog is a subset of the Product Backlog which contains the tasks to be completed in the current Sprint. Does this mean that the Product Backlog should be fully ready and ...

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