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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Iterative tasks in Machine Learning

We are a small team working on a Machine Learning software. Users can upload images which are analysed, and then download a report about items the AI software found in the image. There are currently ...
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How to handle split team Sprint needs?

I'm Project Manager at my company, and we are trying to use the Agile Scrum methodology to release a software product. We have a specific milestone (let's call it the creation of a "prototype&...
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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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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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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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PI Planning and user stories without features

In our project we have features containing stories and some standalone stories which have no binding to features at all. For example it can be story for adding one new column in report. For feature we ...
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How to empower the team to extract technical requirements before starting development?

As a nontechnical product owner how can I help my ML team to see steps ahead for their technical tasks? the problem I'm facing is that the needed requirements of these technical tasks gets clear in ...
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How to write DOD (definition of done) or definition of ready for ML tasks?

As a non technical product owner I realized so far that the nature of ML tasks is a bit different than front or backend tasks. I've been struggling to write a definition of done for ML tasks. so far ...
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How to include research tasks (e.g. user interviews, a contextual inquiry, etc.) or experiments (e.g. A/B test) to a sprint backlog? [duplicate]

Context: Research needs to be done before development so we can make sure we are later developing the “right” thing. Research takes a lot of time and it is almost impossible to have our findings in ...
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One story estimated as 8 SP and multiple developers work on it at the same time [closed]

Let´s suppose there is a story of 8 story points, and several developers are working on it simultaneously. Any take on these types of cases? Should be fine? Could this be considered for completion in ...
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Challenges of switching an established external dev team [closed]

Context This is related to a question I asked regarding the challenges of a small company working with an external dev team which had some great feedback. For context, I am a PO of a small company in ...
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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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Challenges of a small company working with an external dev team from another country

I am a PO at a small company in the UK who are in the early days of SaaS development (using Agile Scrum). It was recommended that we use the external dev team which we have now instructed. This team ...
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The contradictions between agile approach and the growth of individual team member

Agile approach in project management has become more popular than ever, where it emphasizes T-shaped talents in the team and value cross-functionality a lot in team members. I wonder does it ...
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How are department wide technical decisions made and enforced within and across SAFe Scrum Teams?

My Scrum Team works within the SAFe framework. I raised an issue with technical leadership for decision making when I realized I [in my role as a Scrum Developer] had no answers or ideas. Our unit [...
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How many Nexus Integration Teams?

With 19 scrum teams. The PO selects 6 goals for the sprint. Cross Team Refinement shows multiple dependencies across all 6 goals. The scrum teams plan and it's achievable. Multiple Dependency Charts ...
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What is a Scrum master to do when management do not support Agile and Scrum?

Scrum has come out of R&D. The organisation has scaled significantly. The organisation recruited more developers, Scrum masters and product owners (POs) and more managers. All of the managers talk ...
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Who is responsible for getting 2 senior developers from different teams to agree on design?

Recently a heated discussion happened between 2 senior developers. The 2 could not agree on a design. This resulted in work not beginning. I as a Scrum Master was not involved and it was not one of 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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What should the Scrum Master do when the Product Owner tries to add more items to the Sprint?

Sprint planning has completed, sprint goals set, all is well. 2 days in the PO asks the lead developer if they could add a new item into the sprint, "it's an easy fix" "another team ...
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Who should ensure that the project with one product uses 1 PO and 1 Product Backlog?

Management are involved. They want to split the product into multiple streams but it's still one product. Management have introduced multiple Product Owners and given then a stream each. The Scrum ...
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What framework is suited for new product development which are more research and development sort of?

I am working on multiple projects. One of the projects is all about research and development. Like the developer cannot give me the timelines for when it will be finished. Also, the developer doesn't ...
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Should we take into account scope changes to the Sprint to measure the team efficiency?

My question is about scope changes to the sprint after stating it. The Scrum guide says this about adaptation: A Scrum Team is expected to adapt the moment it learns anything new through inspection ...
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How to move tickets to next sprint in Jira to have correct time counting?

Suppose we have a ticket with estimation of 4 units and this ticket was half done in one sprint and half done in next one. Should we do re-estimation and when? Don't re-estimate. Change estimation ...
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How can I effectively manage a ticket which needs developers from multiple teams?

I'm a new project coordinator. My company is developing a telemedicine - AI mobile software. We have the AI team, the Back-end team (as BE) and the front-end team (we call them Mobile). So each time ...
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Kanban flow of front-end / back-end user story

My team is currently splitting up our work in front-end and back-end related tickets, which I found out to be against agile. So, I am currently thinking about the flow of our Kanban board when working ...
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Ticket must be worked immediately, and definitely won't make it to Done by end of sprint

It's the second to last day of sprint. Something comes in from the field that is critical. It will take approximately 2 days to complete. It will not be complete by end of sprint. Other items that are ...
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