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Who are Developers in Scrum Team?

When I worked in my previous company (Axon Active), they do apply scrum by separating each team with the same member role. Let's say we have teams with all members who are software developers, ...
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How to deal with leftover developer time in sprint

Sprint Goal is a sacred thing in scrum - it's the main priority of the sprint, and all developers shuold work together towards achieving it. Failing to achieve it is bad, and shouldn't be allowed to ...
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Can I swap stories?

There's a story we committed to in the Sprint. After the developer looked into the ticket, it needed feedback from client. A week has passed and still no answer The developer completed other tickets ...
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Should a product owner do technical tasks?

The Scrum guide says: The Scrum Team consists of one Scrum Master, one Product Owner, and Developers. Within a Scrum Team, there are no sub-teams or hierarchies. Agile coaches want a team to be ...
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How to grasp in a Scrum Sprint the fact that the newest Team member is consuming a significant time from other Team members?

Context There has been a restructuring where I work and our Team is now led by a guy who used to supervise two Teams. Until very recently he mostly took care of the other Team's activity so, he knows ...
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Scheduling Sprint Reviews

I'm trying to find the right balance on how Sprint Reviews should be scheduled for my Team. Each member in my Team has their own project although everyone in the Scrum Team does attend a single Daily ...
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Is it a good idea to show a 'story points by developer' graph at retrospectives?

I am part of an agile team in a large organisation. At our fortnightly retrospective a graph is shown of how many story points each developer has completed over the course of the fortnight. We are not ...
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Should a designer or a devops be a member of a Scrum team?

Usually such specialists as a designer or a devops-engineer are not permanently required (as opposed to developers and QA-engineers) to perform development activities (they are engaged in some tasks ...
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What methodology to choose for rewriting an existing software, incremental or waterfall?

We are rewriting and re-designing a desktop application (something like QGIS) into a new Web Based application with new technology. We almost know 80% of the requirements and use cases because we have ...
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What's the role of a Resource Manager in Agile?

The following exchange took place in the comments to an answer to another question How do I manage development with testing and get proper reporting in JIRA?, which seem to highlight a different ...
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How do I manage development with testing and get proper reporting in JIRA?

The key question goes back to estimation of User Stories. I believe that combining testing and development Story Points in one Jira user story as separate tasks doesn’t make sense, as it is like ...
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Are the 15 minutes Daily-Scrum timeboxes result of any public investigation?

For years I have been applying the suggested Scrum timeboxes with good results. Now it's my time to advise others trying to apply it. My advice is to follow the timeboxes because, otherwise, we will ...
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Should the fixing of misunderstood user stories be treated like new user stories or like bugs?

A developer in my Team misunderstood a user story and built it in a way that they thought was appropriate. However, the Product Owner had something a bit different in mind. For some reason, we did not ...
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Does a vertical slice mean a single merge request?

Let's suppose we're talking about the microservices architecture. And let's say that after refinement we ended up with a feature (vertical slice) that implies making changes in two microservices - is ...
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How to do sprint commitments in a team of specialists?

After a re-org we ended up with one larger team of specialists: designers user experience engineers 3D artists (we are in gaming) developers Great, cross-functional team! BUT they are all ...
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During pre-planning developers do not have time to understand a task they have not investigated themselves, how to address their concerns?

We are a facing an issue where some of our team members are not happy with the pre-planning/planning phase of our scrum sprints. Their concerns are, that during pre-planning developers do not have too ...
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How to convert (volume of work, risk, complexity, uncertainty) to story points?

Disclaimer: I'm a developer, so I don't claim to be thoroughly knowledgeable of agile practices, thus I may not always use the correct words and terms. Please correct me if needed. Agile teams often ...
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Can an Epic span multiple versions / releases?

Is an Epic, containing multiple User Stories, allowed to span more than one version or release?
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Is it the product owner's responsibility to provide requirements around data mapping/transformation?

I'm a full stack software engineer. I have worked at many companies ranging from fortune 100 companies to startups and this issue is something i have heard different points of view on. This is the ...
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Are we allowed to move stories to future Sprints during a Sprint?

The Sprint Planning is done and, in the middle of the Sprint, the priority changed. Because of the priority change, the story needs to move to a future Sprint. This is not adding new stories, this is ...
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How can I foster more T-shaping within a Scrum team?

As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach, how can I foster more T-shaping and elimination of silos within a single team? All the team members are open-minded so I am sure they would let me try anything. One ...
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In Scrum, do we really let people self-organize around their work?

This is what Scrum Guide says about the members of Scrum Team: They are also self-managing, meaning they internally decide who does what, when, and how. But we all know that very often if we would ...
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Where does Scrum or Agile Manifesto say that we should avoid stages (development, then testing)?

It looks like neither Scrum nor the Agile Manifesto say that the practice when developers write code and then hand it over to testers should be avoided. Or do they?
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Are There Case Studies For Hardware and Software On Same Scrum Team?

We're in an automation market. All our projects are heavy on mechanical design, and many (but not all) of those projects include significant electrical and firmware components, with PC software being ...
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ScrumBut: "Developers don't do QA well."

Since arriving at my company, I've come to find that they specifically hire QA Analysts for QA work within sprints across multiple products. I'm aware that this goes against the Scrum Guide which ...
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Where would CI/CD project fit within Scrum?

A development team wants to automate deployment and testing. How would this be placed in the Sprint Backlog? And, how does this relate to Scrum Goal? e.g. CI/CD could be large enough that it could ...
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How to ensure adherence to coding standards

We have a coding standards document that contains standards for SQL. In the last sprint, there were some standards that were missed by the Developer, and also missed by the Reviewer. We just had a ...
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Is it possible to be a Scrum Master without any technical experience?

I am an engineering (IT) graduate and right now I am pursuing masters in Computer Science & Engineering. I have teaching experience in computer and engineering fields, but now I am planning to ...
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How to split responsibility of a product page?

In our organisation, the responsibility is divided based on modules. Let's take an example of an auto portal product page where the product page consists of many different modules owned by different ...
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What does team's velocity measure?

Velocity is an average amount of estimated sizes of PBIs completed by Development Team in a Sprint. It's not an average amount of real PBI's sizes completed by Development Team in a Sprint. I don't ...
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Usable or usefull increments in Scrum?

Two-week Product Increment can be usable, but not very usefull. So does PO need to attend every Sprint Demo? Let's say that a feature is mostly related to adding a new function to a backend. We need a ...
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In Scrum how do we maintain a small numer of end-to-end and UI tests (Test Pyramid)?

Scrum Teams often write automated tests for User Story's Acceptance Criteria. So every sprint the number of these tests increases. I suppose that many of these tests use browser testing frameworks ...
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Are development and testing of a feature done at the same time in Scrum?

Let's suppose a Scrum team needs to implement a new feature. Do QA engineers write automated tests for the feature at the same time as developers write code for the feature? In other words, QA ...
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Best practice: best place to track ad-hoc, ongoing work

I've recently taken over a project from another scrum master. In the backlog there is a 'Feature' called 'Support HW Team' (HW -> Hardware) that has a bunch of vague stories under it and basically ...
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Question on temporarily allowing a team lead to pause project management to go faster?

Background In our organization, our Scrum Masters are also engineers, and 30% to 50% of their time is organizing the team, backlog, tickets, etc. The last 3-4 weeks we allowed one of these Scrum ...
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Lately discovered requirements in Scrum

If a requirement is discovered in the middle of a project or even later, then the cost of implementation of this requirement can be very high. The Scrum suggets that we should only refine the top PBIs ...
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How is refinement done in Scrum?

Scrum says: Product Backlog items that can be Done by the Scrum Team within one Sprint are deemed ready for selection in a Sprint Planning event. They usually acquire this degree of transparency ...
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Professional Scrum Master I (PSM)

everyone. I just gained the PMP certification, where I already learn something on agile, and now I want to get a certification specialized in agile. I want to start with the Professional Scrum Master ...
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Should we re-estime (reduce) story points of a task that we started but didn't finish last sprint? [duplicate]

I need an advice and it's about the best option to choose in an agile project, here is the situation : A sprint backlog contains between 15 and 20 user stories A the last day of the sprint, we ...
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Can Scrum be used in combination with Step-Wise project planning?

I'm currently reading up on project management and therefore the Step-Wise framework, and I was wondering, Can Scrum be used in combination with Step-Wise project planning? I know that you generally ...
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Agile: Work on PBI Stories By Backlog Priority

We are working on an Agile Scrum team. They mention it is good practice to work on PBI tasks first by Sprint Backlog Priority in code development. Sometimes, When some of the first Priority stories ...
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From a project planning perspective, is it wrong to have one sprint for the API and another sprint for the UI?

I am making an e-commerce project that has a dashboard module. Instead of having one sprint for the dashboard module, my advisor said I should split this module realization into two different sprints: ...
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Which is better: large feature branches or merging frequently? Which is better small work items vs large work items?

My team has problems pushing work items through all the stages in the Kanban board to done. The work items hit code review and pile up and stay there for a long time. The following stage (the QA stage)...
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Planning Poker with differents roles in video game Studio [duplicate]

I work in a video game studio, and I´m running Scrum. The question here is: using Story points, how do the team estimate the Story, if I have a 2d artist, a Game designer and programmers? As you can ...
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Is Task always decomposed from User Story?

I've heard many times that tasks are basically subsets of user stories and they are derived from User Stories, so on the scale of amount of work that is needed to finish them, a Task is always smaller ...
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How to do Large-Scale Scrum LeSS or Nexus with remote teams?

Disclaimer: I am new to the scaled agile topic. I researched a bit about how to scale scrum -> Scaled scrum/agile frameworks (SAFe vs. Nexus vs. LeSS) comparison and I like the comparably lean ...
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How to implement unit testing with a small Scrum team without spending half the Sprint unit-testing stories?

We are a very small team (1 front-end developer, 1 back-end developer/solution architect, 1 PM/UX) working in Scrum with 2 weeks Sprints. Up until now, we were mostly working on prototype projects not ...
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The relation between a project and a contract

Let's suppose we're talking about companies that perform some work for customers. This work is usually considered to be a project and is done on a contract basis. It's natural to assume that any ...
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Why aren't you supposed to report status in standups?

My team has a new scrum master. The old SM always said that standups were about coordination between the team members and not a report to him. Urging us to help each other if one of us ran into ...
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Agile in a reactive organisation?

I am working in an organization as a Scrum Master that is extremely reactive by nature, where the ‘agile’ teams are being given extremely aggressive ‘non-negotiable’ deadlines by senior executives, ...

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