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How can a customer be sure that a Scrum team isn't wasting their money?

As far as I understand, Scrum doesn't impose obligations on a software development company - no fixed date of project's completion, no fixed budget. How can a customer be sure that a Scrum team isn't ...
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How can I train a team of engineers about user story points in 30 mins

Does anyone know how I can train a bunch of engineers about user story points in 30 mins. I wanted to make it fun and interactive but I only have 30 mins. My initial idea was to simply go over the ...
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QA resource allocation in scrum sprint

I am a developer by trait so I don't have a lot PM exposure. Due to circumstances I need to manage a small team which includes 4 developers and 2 QAs. We are currently following loosely the "...
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Is it possible to give timelines in SCRUM?

Our team is currently using a very SCRUM near approach in planning and development. But I constantly face one issue with our management. The management is part of the backlog priority process and each ...
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Agile Development Practices [closed]

How do I resolve an unidentified issue affecting customer experience when a sprint has already commenced without impacting the sprint backlog? For example, I am currently in a sprint and a serious ...
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Technical product owner does it really exist?

I am considered a technical product owner however, looking at the amount of times my "user stories" and requirements get pushback from my Architect I am wondering whether being a technical ...
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How to enable team member to share and discuss about their product and design autonomously?

I normally use Scrum for software projects, But I don't mind using anything but work. I realize that most of the time Scrum restricts the creative culture. The developer does the job that's designer ...
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Is it ok to assign story point with a few developers if new task is added during a sprint?

We are not able to gather into a company lounge as usual due to the virus thing, so it's impossible to get all team members to join the planning poker session. Some work in a remote locationr and the ...
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Should we include the stories done by part-time team members in team velocity

I have a Scrum team with an 2 people who are not 100% on the team. I am aware this already is not really a Scrum team but Scrum wants a group of 100% people on the team but it is what it is and we ...
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How can a small team of devs maintain many products at the same time?

I work as a software engineer in a team of 5 devs that develop and maintain 4 different projects I'm mainly responsible for 2 products: a "trashware" product, and some part of a legacy ...
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Agile Development Practices in a Vendor-led App Development [closed]

As the product owner, what is the best approach to administering the scrum framework in vendor-led app development? And eliminate the difficulty of ensuring they build and deploy in line with a sprint ...
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Alternative to CSM and PSM for becoming a Scrum Master

Is there an alternative to Scrum Alliance's CSM and Scrum Org's PSM for becoming a scrum master? I have been talking to a lot of people who have taken these courses and find the content of CSM and PSM ...
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Cycle that represents Scrum and UX work together

PSU assessment query: What is the best cycle representing Scrum and UX work together, out of following, according to Scrum? Build then Measure then Learn Plan then Do then Check then Review Discovery ...
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How to submit a scope of work if the client's request hasn't event reached the dev team yet

We are an in-house development team practicing scrum. Most of the time, we receive project requests from different parts of the business, we divide it down to smaller chunks of epics, stories, etc. We ...
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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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Scrum daily - Ask the 3 questions per developer or go by tickets?

We are a small team of around 5 developers. We're using a ticketmanagement-system that has a virtual Scrumboard. On the Scrumboard are several columns. The items on the columns are sorted by priority: ...
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Scrum PSM I Practice Assessment (3rd Party) Trick Questions?

I took the PSM I Practice Assessment here, and came across two questions that appear to be incorrect, or at least trick questions. Question 1: https://www.scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html#team-dev ...
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Is tracking billable time for Scrum ceremonies in JIRA an anti-pattern?

We use Story Points for estimating complexity of User Stories, but we bill hours to the client. This is the very first Scrum project within our company, and we don't have enough data to calculate a ...
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Help - Technical team does not want to work in agile way

I am a Product Owner on a Scrum Team whose developers do not want to embrace work in an agile, incremental fashion. Simple example: the customer currently has to contact us to create users each time ...
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New filter in JIRA

How can I add a new filter that allows me to select tasks without a filled "estimate" field. I read about the ability to save search results as a new filter - but that doesn't work. I need to be able ...
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Multiple boards vs Single board with tags

In our org we have two groups of people working on different components on a common platform (shared API, separate front-end apps) and have grown the process to the point where tracking working across ...
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Refactoring in Agile development

In an app development project, the full scope of the project was not considered in the app design. So, the frequent refactoring of codes to accommodate changes is negatively impacting the project ...
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Adding New Requirement in the middle of the sprint [closed]

1 If you are in the middle of the sprint and the product owner has come with the one new requirement for the customer what do you do? What is the best way to handle it? How to evaluate the scrum team? ...
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What are developers expected to do during testing in the latter half of each Sprint?

When you are using the Scrum framework, a Sprint cycle involves development and QA. At the end of the Sprint the tasks worked upon and tested are showcased and released. Typically, for a team of 3 to ...
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How to determine project complete date?

As a project manager, I've already worked on a few tech projects with newly assembled teams every time. The team is usually 2-3 team members doing the actual work. It is hard to determine velocity. We ...
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What is the proper use case for an Iteration 0?

When starting a new software version and/or embarking on a new product, what is the purpose of, and what are the crucial pieces of an "Iteration 0?"
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Calculating project forecasts in Jira

As a Scrum Master, I want to help my Product Owner to make an educated guess of when features in a project will be implemented, in order to communicate with stakeholders so that they can manage Scope. ...
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How to influence a scrum team to do something you as a SM feel is beneficial to the team

If you need a scrum team to do something, as a servant leader what is the best way to influence them? I was thinking of talking individually to each and explain why seeing their faces is important for ...
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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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Scrum backlog and sprint planning

So from what I've understand by reading the tutorials on the Atlasian website, the backlog is populated by the project manager and can contain entries as abstract as he wants, with various degrees of ...
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In Scrum, are stories supposed to be a replacement for product requirements?

In Scrum, are stories and acceptance criteria supposed to be a replacement for project scope and product requirements? Is it convenient that all requirements are scattered over many issues in Jira (...
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Are daily stand ups the same for Kanban and Scrum teams?

There is a lot of discussion about what should and what should not be allowed in daily stand ups. Some people say it should not include status updates. What is the definition of a status update? ...
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Create a “plan on a page” for an Agile project?

I've been asked to create a "plan on a page" to give to Senior Management for an agile project, and I am struggling with how to reconcile two very different ways of working. They are looking for when ...
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Where to (initially) create a task/bug with the Spotify model

When using the Spotify model, there are many different squads, who each own their own product. Now as far as I understand, these products could be interdependant (like services). One way to manage ...
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Agile/scrum - tracking time spent in current iteration towards stories from the next iteration if all current stories are done

Our team has been slowly trying to go towards agile, and like many other teams, up to this point, the question of "what do we do when we actually finish all commitments?" is fairly new and foreign to ...
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Back-and-forth questions in daily stand-up meeting

In the context of daily stand-ups in scrum meetings, when the banter gets too heinous, what criteria should a scrummaster set for back-and-forth questions? Say for instance, there's a developer and ...
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How can we speed up code reviews without sacrificing thoroughness of the code reviews?

At our workplace, we use Agile Scrum method. However, we don't really follow it religiously. But, we do very thorough code reviews. The problem with code reviews is that it's takes a while to ...
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How you manage risks in Scrum in real practice? [closed]

Well, lets start with more specific concepts: Uncertainties are things that are not known, or known only imprecisely. An uncertainty has an effect which is associated with a risk, that is, an ...
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How to cope with the Hawthorne effect and sprint improvements?

Hawthorne effect: the phenomenon in which subjects in behavioral studies change their performance in response to being observed. Background: I'm using Kanban as a tool to analyse and improve the team'...
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In scrum, how do you track/estimate points when multiple tickets overlap their work?

I've never been fully able to answer this question, and from a lot of searching I haven't been able to get the right keywords to find anyone who's asked this question in the way I mean it. Say that ...
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How do I overcome a bottleneck in a team's process, when what people are telling me doesn't match what I see

I started a new job a few months ago as a scrum master. The team was and still is having problems completing their tasks during the sprint. Initially the problems seemed to be tasks that were too ...
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Selecting ( “Cherry picking” ) certain Agile practices as IT team works remotely? Or is it All Or Nothing with Agile?

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, our IT developers and IT managers work from home. Furthermore, and in different time zones and different locations. Therefore, daily Scrum meetings are Not really ...
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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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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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Who decides the length of a sprint?

As per title, who is in charge of the decision? I am tempted to say that the dev team should chose it, but then again there are considerations about stakeholders to be made and management in general (...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Should I ask my boss not to come to retrospectives?

I am a Scrum Master for a small team (8 devs). I have been having trouble getting engagement from many of the team members, especially the junior team members. My boss missed two retrospectives ...

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