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In corona lockdown time, how to substitute daily scrum/stand-up meetings?

We adopted scrum in the past as the project management paradigm. However one of the cornerstones of scrum is the daily stand-up meeting. In corona lockdown era (or any time where it is relevant) this ...
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On-time delivery vs Fast delivery

Asking a Scrum Team to deliver valuable shippable increment each Sprint leads to reinsurance - team members will put additional time/Story Points in their estimates, thus reducing TTM (Time To Market)...
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How should I deal with common dependencies when estimating stories in Scrum?

There's something that has always bothered me with Scrum. Hopefully I can get some insight here. With Scrum, we try to break the backlog down in vertical slices. Let's say stories A and B. These ...
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QA is at capacity, Development has room

Let's say you have five developers and one QA tester. All 5 developers can commit to X number of user stories. In Planning, QA decides he'll need Y number of hours per story to test. What is the ...
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Is a Product Owner's approval part of DoD?

Is DoD supposed to include a Product Owner's approval, i.e. does DoD for User Stories include the following: the User Story is approved by PO using Acceptance Criteria for this Story Or does DoD ...
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What is a productive, efficient Scrum team?

How does a Scrum Master, a Product Owner know whether a Scrum Team gives much or little usefulness to a customer? In other words, what is a productive, efficient Scrum team?
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If we cannot complete all tasks in a sprint

This is an online question on the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) v7.0 (CSM-001). However, I don't understand why the answer is A instead of D: You are the Scrum Master. The Sprint will complete in two ...
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How to estimate sprint velocity when there is a change in story points in scrum

Initially, the Product Backlog contained 350 story points of PBIs. After completing 7 sprints of development, the Product Backlog contains 140 story points of PBIs . The average velocity is 30 per ...
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Under what circumstances should outsiders attend a scrum team’s ceremonies?

I work with a team of 5 scrum masters each of which has one or 2 teams. There is one agile coach. The agile coach wants to “observe” all the ceremonies of my team. He wants to do this to “coach” me. ...
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Financial indicators of a project and a project manager's efficiency

A project manager's responsibility is to lead a project to a successful completion, which includes finishing the project on time, a happy customer, a proud team, etc. But it also includes financial ...
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The successful Sprint rate vs Reserving additional time within a Sprint

Let's suppose that a Scrum team have a velocity of 50 Story Points per a Sprint. During a Sprint Planning Meeting they add some Stories to the Sprint Backlog until the total sum of these Stories gets ...
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Should I cancel the daily scrum if the team has only minor issues to discuss?

If there are only minor issues to discuss in the next Daily Scrum, should I hold that Daily Scrum as usual or just tell the Scrum Master to cancel that Daily Scrum and deal with the issues by email or ...
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Scrum and interruptions (urgent bugs, requests)

Does Scrum take into account interruptions? For example: urgent bugs from production environment requests from other teams This is very important in real development process. In practice of Scrum ...
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How do you make the Teams Retrospective Actions visible and ensure they get attention throughout the Sprint?

After a Retro we usually have 2 or 3 Actions to address in the next Sprint. Some of these Actions are sometimes more of a reminder to Developers. Who do we ensure they are addressed in Sprint? We're ...
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How do you know a half of a Sprint Backlog is already done?

During an interview I was asked - how do you understand that the team has already completed a half of the Sprint Backlog? How do we do this? Was I supposed to say that we need to sum up all the user ...
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What framework or methodology would you recommend for a Data Science team?

I am a Scrum Master for a team of mostly Data Scientists and some Software Engineers and a Product Owner. Our organisation has decided that all teams work in 2 week sprints using Scrum. I personally ...
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How does Planning Poker work in a cross-functional team?

Let's suppose we have a common Scrum team comprised of a frontend developer (one or two), backend developer (one or two), tester, designer. Let's further suppose that we need to estimate a User Story ...
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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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Is there planning in Scrum?

As a project manager/scrum master, I has been required to make sure that the team completes the work that was planned for a Sprint and, what is more important, for a Release. Are these demands correct?...
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Using burndown chart to estimate the completion date of a Scrum project

I sometimes read about using the burndown chart to estimate the date when the Scrum project ends. It's often described like this: estimate all features of the product and sum them up (...
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If a team isn’t broken but isn’t a scrum team what should a SM do?

I have recently joined a new scrum team as the scrum master. They are high performing and stakeholders are happy with their value delivery. Their decisions are swift and their ceremonies are optimal. ...
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How do we refine a big User Story in Jira?

Let's suppose a Product Owner added a big User Story to Product Backlog in Jira. This User Story can't be done during a Sprint or even during several Sprints. How do we refine such a User Story in ...
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Are User Stories from Sprint Backlog assigned to individual developers?

Let's suppose the development team is planning the next Sprint. What does it technically mean that a User Story is added to the Sprint Backlog? Is it assigned to a developer or to the whole team? (If ...
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How to (Agile) manage a fairly complex IT PoC?

I'm a technical lead employed by in an agile IT organization where most teams observe Scrum. I'm 2 weeks into a task of building a proof-of-concept of a service that is fairly sizable and complex (...
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Is it SM or PO role to update team on requests from outside stakeholders, such as SW upgrades?

Collaboration can happen outside the Scrum Team from other stakeholders when there is a special work request to be relayed down to the Scrum Team. In other words, a Scrum Team does not live in a ...
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Does the scrum master also estimate user stories?

We recently started working with scrum on an new (large) project. I am a developer but do not take part in that project other than my role as scrum master. I know about the software they use, but don'...
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What to do when management prohibits test swarming by development team?

I'm a product owner on a 10 people Scrum team (too big of a team already) and last week Management came to us stating that developers can no longer participate in testing from the next sprint on, and ...
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What are the main reasons Scrum doesn't admit managers?

How can I explain the fact we aren't gonna manage the team to a customer? The customer will ask why is not-managing better than managing? Scrum introduces self-organizing teams. Why doesn't Scrum ...
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What agile process promotes the team to assign tasks to individual developers istead of individuals assigning tasks for themselves?

Developer /architect / developer 20 years experience. I did an experiment at my previous project where I created a scrum-like process but we decided developers to not pick directly their tasks, but ...
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Is complexity of the stories a factor in determining the sprint length? [closed]

please substantiate the answers with valid data points, on why you feel that complexity of a project is a determining factor of sprint length
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Are self-organizing teams subject to self-blocking, when there's a disagreement?

There may be a situation when half of the self-organizing team isn't accepting a decision proposed the the other half of the self-organizing team. This situation effectively stops the project's ...
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How to handle learning tasks in scrum?

Today in our team we faced interesting issue. One of my colleagues wanted to learn basics of some technology which is about to be used in the project. How such an activity should be handled in scrum ...
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QAs get all the Work at the End of Sprint

We have an issue in our Scrum Agile process, where all the Developers get PBI work done in the last few days of the sprint. And then QA is forced to test everything at end of sprint. What is the ...
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What contract type to use when the scope is largely defined (but NOT completely)?

The fixed-price contract is generally used when the scope of the project is clearly defined. The T&M contract is generally used when the scope of the project can't be clearly defined (a customer ...
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Who Owns Backlog Prioritization?

I recently had a meeting with several executives/managers wherein we determined that what the Product Owner had communicated, and the Product Manager had prioritized in the backlog, was no longer what ...
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How do you integrate Agile Scrum work within your project WBS

Agile Scrum, for example, is a methodology applied to organize the work under uncertainty, where adaptation is required as the work progresses. There is always an objective behind the effort, be the ...
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Scrum - Add Placeholder for Future Story

Practicing Scrum and Agile, our team had Sprint Planning and we sliced our features into stories. However our team was unsure about what should the "third" story do, so the ScrumMaster ...
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Fogbugz for project management

I dont have too much experience with project management with Fogbugz and everything I find about it is serveral years old. I've mostly worked with Azure DevOps. Most of my experience with DevOps is as ...
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Is Scrum team subject to project time pressure?

Did I get it right that Scrum team is never subject to project time pressure (no demanding to complete tasks within estimates, no deadlines, etc)? I mean external pressure (such as from the customer ...
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Should the Product Owner be from our organization or the company we are contracting with?

We're a governmental organization and we're contracting with software companies to implement our projects. We're adapting the Scrum framework. Question: Should the Product Owner be from our ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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