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When should we stop estimating?

When using Scrum, are the estimated story points for completing an User Story sufficient, or should the estimate be taken at the task level?
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Place for team leader or project leader in Scrum

What is a role of team/project leader in scrum? In or organization team/project leader is doing: Communicate with PO which is customer Help team to find solutions Help PO to define direction Help to ...
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Is it really necessary to have a four hour meeting in Sprint planning?

According to Wikipedia, it is recommended that there should be a four hour meeting in a two-week sprint planning (pro-rata for other sprint durations). Is it necessary? Why?
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Which flow metric is used to forecast - 'how many items will be done for the date'?

I had following question in my PSK assessment. Which flow metric is used to forecast - how many work items will be done for the date'? Throughput Work Item Age (WIA) Cycle Time (CT) ...
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Long testing phase in Scrum

We are building quite a big and important feature in a Scrum Team. The PM wants to put this feature into a separate branch and not deploy it for a 1-2 months so the users can test it properly before ...
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Impact mapping on a new project

I have read about a new technique for Agile Development named "Impact Mapping", developed by Gojko Adzic: The main idea behind it is building a map of the business goals behind the project (the why), ...
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How do Scrum teams manage their dependencies on other teams?

In a Scrum team, what do you do with stories that require work to be done by another team? The work required of the other team could be well defined and in parallel: "We'll do this, and we want you ...
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How to take out dependancies among tasks within a scrum sprint?

Suppose, a user story has further divided into multiple tasks; if the tasks are having dependancies among themselves then how to make sure that productivity stays stable? I have read that we have to ...
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What is the definition of Product

When working Scrum we are familiar with the words "Product Owner" and "Product Backlog" but what is "Product"?
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Managing separate releases with common code

My product has following structure: Website, iOS, Android mobile apps, backend. There's a common code that is used by all components above. Say, you have to change a piece of code inside of it (just ...
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Do agile teams need a leader with technical skill?

Do agile teams need a technical lead, where the technical lead is someone who has technical knowledge about project skills that the team is working on?
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Can a Scrum Master be effective when working mostly remotely?

I have been asked to interview for a Scrum Master position. The position is mostly remote, i.e. all people in the company generally work remotely and then meet up once every 2 weeks for Sprint ...
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Can task be impeded under its assignee

Let's say I'm working on task 1. I found bug and created new task for that. Let's say task 2. Does it make sense if I impede task 1 under my name?
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How to measure if Scrum Master is making a difference and when to give up

I have been working with a Scrum Team and also a Kanban team for about 6 months and 10 months respectively. The Scrum team hasn't shown any improvement and I haven't really managed to impact the ...
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Why single backlog for cross-functional teams is important?

I have 4 teams working on same product. Currently we use separate backlog for each one. When creating a story PO puts it into proper backlog in advance. His list of rough ideas (before they become ...
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Definition of Ready and Done in a Waterfall-Scrum Process (Global Definition as Solution?)

I am currently working on a project in which a so-called Waterfall-Scrum process is completed. This includes one week of development and one week of testing. Each team (currently 7 teams building on ...
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Should I leave building the database for the end?

Let's suppose that, as a PO, I have a mini-project with my team. The project consists of displaying messages and announcements on big shared screen. The admin can write messages on a page on his ...
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breaking down a feature into stories and avoiding dependencies

I run a team with a few iOS developers and a few backend developers. Over the last couple of months, we've been experimenting with different ways of structuring users stories for sprints and have ...
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Tasks during sprint planning

For the next sprint, Jira displays the total number of story points in the backlog, calling it "Estimate.". This number leaves out tasks, which are estimated in hours, not story points. This makes it ...
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How are low ambiguity and low complexity tickets dealt with when they have a high work cost?

In our scrum team, we can often get user stories which are not very complex and not ambiguous but have a high amount of leg work associated. Example: We receive a user story to replace the name of a ...
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How to guide a team to be self-organizing?

I can see that a Scrum Master has two important role out of many; namely building a self-organised Team and removing impediments. Apart from teaching, mentoring and coaching, what else does one need ...
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How to provide sprint results to large array of clients?

I work as scrum master for all of our corporate systems related to ServiceNow. Unlike many projects, we have a ton of different (internal) clients. Finance/Legal/Facilities/Contract and the list goes ...
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Team over estimated

I just joined a new team as scrum master and I have observed team has forecast 35 effort points in every sprint and they are delivering more than 50 points . I feel there is some problem with ...
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Who else can test in absence of QA?

My team has got a dedicated QA for 4 developers (I know there is no such role in a Scrum Team, but I am writing here to provide information). Now, the problem is: we are heading to Sprint end and she ...
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Stakeholder pushing to add more stories into the sprint

Sprint planning is done. Sprint backlog is ready. Sprint goal is set. Now stakeholder wants to add one more story, even though there's not enough capacity to deliver it. Team agreed to take this ...
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Can a story be put on hold within a Sprint?

The team is working with a user story and they are stuck on some technical issues and unable to resolve them. This story is committed for the current Sprint. Shall I put this story on hold after ...
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How should Scrum and Kanban teams track Continuous Improvement activities?

What mechanism can Scrum or Kanban teams use to track Continuous Improvement activities - something which can also involve cross-team collaboration? e.g. CI: Improve Product Management by reducing ...
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Good RAID Log examples & usage

I was hoping for any good examples of how anyone has effectively presented RAID logs (or the individual lists of Risks/Assumptions/Issues/Dependencies) in their projects. In particular for Agile/Scrum ...
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When requirement changes comes during the sprint, who takes the final decision to include or not

If change request is pushed by the client during the sprint aggressively, who takes the final decision if it needs to be included or not
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How to get a BI team to work in vertical slices e.g. User Stories

I am an Agile Coach for a bunch of Business Intelligence Engineers and Data Scientists. There is generally speaking 2 different work item types which they undertake: User facing reports and ...
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Designing by onshore development/construct by offshore team and estimation

In our organisation, the technical design for the user stories/requirements is done by the onshore resources in the USA and the actual construct/development (coding) is done by an offshore development ...
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How to jump issue sprint to sprint?

How can we manage the issues that were planned to be done at one sprint, but at the end, it didn't, and has to be done in another. Do I change the Milestone? Do I create a new issue on the new ...
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How can we decide if a story is a feature or just an internal change?

We have a story where we want to have uniformity across our product suite by using a same jar file across three products. Consider it as an add-on to the original product, and as of today we have ...
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Is it better to deliver many low-value stories or few high-value stories?

I'm unfamiliar with Agile/Scrum (not sure which is the right term here), and I have what seems like a very basic question, but I can't seem to find an answer online. Here is an exaggerated ...
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How to structure a BI team in agile/scrum

I am about to take a role as a BI Product Owner, but there is some debate as to how to structure the team. Some of the articles and white papers discuss a BI 'team' but this causes me a few ...
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How to implement Agile in Data Support

The department I am working in is Data Support Dept. The nature of work, is providing reports to other departments, and do some data integration. I am thinking of using Agile in the dept. but I don'...
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Last minute changes by the client

We have a team that works in Scrum and a PO who prioritizes the backlog. Outside of this, we have 3 project managers that hold the communication with our clients (each one with 2-3 different countries)...
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Story acceptance vs. ability to have potentially deliverable SW ready at sprint end

for some time now the team, product owner and me (SM) have been busy with one task: the story acceptance and the ability to get potentially deliverable SW at the end of a sprint. What sounds simple ...
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Is getting a Scrum Master Accredited Certification at Scrum Institute worth it? [closed]

I'm being tempted to take the Scrum Master Accredited Certification at Scrum Institute. Initially, I was planning to get PRINCE2 certification but then got an advice by a fellow PM that I should get ...
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Inter team dependencies in one story

What is the best way to handle task dependencies inside one story? The story itself is independent from other stories and we do have cross functional teams (design, backend, frontend). For most tasks ...
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Epic versus Sprint?

What is the difference between an Epic and a Sprint? I have a general idea of how an Epic is a collection of Stories which can sometimes have a collection of tasks. However, what I am confused on is: ...
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How several teams should work on one product using Scrum?

Problems: A team should be able to do the increment. But with multiple team the product may become unstable because the changes from different teams may create code or functional conflict. Who should ...
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Who should write Acceptance Criteria in a project delivered using Scrum Methodology

We are a consultancy delivering projects for a number of our clients. For some clients, there is a Product Owner who writes the user story and the acceptance criteria (I understand that Acceptance ...
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Priority vs Business Value

We use a sort of cruddy old SLDC module in Service Now for keeping track of sprints. It has a field for Story Points and Priority. Priority is 1 - Critical through 5 - Moderate. Does this track ...
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How far should you vertically slice?

We are a small team of 4 software developers trying to use Scrum. We have a large project to start from scratch and we've hit a roadblock regarding slicing the project. The project is a distributed ...
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What are the Time-Boxes in Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) Product Backlog Refinements (PBR) session?

We've turned from Scrum to the basic LeSS Framework for scaling Scrum beyond a single team. In product Backlog Refinement article, 3 types of Refinement have been introduced which are as follows: ...
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What do you do if developer takes on a task that was intended for you and he can't finish it in time?

I'm currently working with a couple of students on an course project (2x8h per week). At the last sprint planning we have taken one main backlog story to implement, and I was expected to be the ...
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Why do all the teams that I have worked with always finish a sprint without completion of all the stories?

I am developer, I have worked with three Agile teams for the last eight years, with different organisations. The organisations have had a mix of Scrum, Kanban & Lean Startup Mindsets. I have ...
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Correct Work Item Hierarchy in Azure Dev Ops

We are currently switching from our so-and-so somewhat agile management approach to Scrum and I as a developer have a hard time understanding, what comes first in Azure DevOps as the top level item. ...
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How to move towards Scrum when we don't really seem to be able to fit into 'The Scrum Guide'?

I have previously asked a question on PM, which was not well focused, but I still received some useful tips. I do plan on putting some of the notions in front of my manager, but I would like to re-...

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