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Questions tagged [sprint]

A sprint is the basic unit of development in Scrum and Agile. Sprints last between one week and one month, and are a "timeboxed" (i.e. restricted to a specific duration) effort of a constant length.

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Is there a relationship between technical debt and velocity?

Per my understanding, velocity is just a metric used to forecast work for future sprints, therefore it has no significance other than for planning purposes. Even if technical debt exists, my ...
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User stories written by developers for developers [on hold]

When my team starts to work on a new feature, we usually follow the following steps: High-level design sprint Low-level design sprint Hacky implementation sprint Clean-up aka. "production" level code ...
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Sprint is 2 week and 40-stories

Question for QA- What you are doing if your current sprint is 2 week and you have 20 stories, suddenly PO added more 20 stories how you handle this situation..?
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Sprint demo feedback

Sprint demos are done at the end of each sprint to the clients. This helps to identify the issues and collect feedback from the clients. I have a question on implementing the demo feedback. Should we ...
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Story Points flaw?

Forgive me f this has been asked before, I read some similar questions (linked below), but didn't find the answer I was looking for. Our team is fairly new to them and trying to figure out how to ...
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How to handle when planned work is blocked and a developer has capacity to take on a new user story that may be too big

Assume the following situation. All but one user story planned in a sprint is completed. The remaining user story is blocked. A developer would like to take on work in the highest priority work ...
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Sprints Starting Mid-Week in Scrum

When people discuss Sprints that start or stop mid-week, they seem to agree that this should be done on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Why is that? Also, how do week-long Sprints with mid-week starts and ...
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How to treat users stories which were almost completed at the previous sprint? [duplicate]

How to treat users stories which were almost completed at previous sprint but didn't meet Definition of Done due to testers were late for some reason. Suppose one of those stories was 5 story points, ...
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Should we add more items to sprint backlog if there is items that are not completed

Question: Should we add more items in a sprint if there is items that are not completed but a developer is open. Scenario: Lets say we the development team are made up of 5 team members and we have ...
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How to deal with non negotiable change

One of the issues my organisation has is where change requests are requested during a sprint cycle in a particular high volume worksteam. The development team are often forced to accept these change ...
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Should we demo bug fixes in sprint demos?

We have been asked to demo almost all bugs in our sprint demo, except the bugs which were raised for the stories of the sprint. Some teams only demo critical bug fixes, probably to reassure others ...
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How can story points be “non linear” in relative size

I've read in several places that story points are not necessarily linear. i.e., an "8 point" task is not the same as two 4 point tasks and so on. I totally get the argument about these being an ...
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How to correctly define tasks in a user story? And can you split the tasks between sprints?

I'm fairly new to Scrum and I'm working with a group of colleagues on a project to learn more about it. Long story short our project is simply creating a website for tourists of our country where they ...
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Moving backlog items into Sprint

In Agile, who's the person responsible of moving tickets in Jira (e.g. moving backlog items into Sprint). Is this a Scrum Master's responsibility or Product Owner?
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Architecture task as sprint issues

I understand spikes as being investigation tasks when there is an uncertainty about how a story should be done but my question is more about how to include a software architecture task in a Sprint. ...
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How to handle real world sprint failures?

Example: I have a project where I want to import raw data into a new database. sprint 1: clean up/validate raw data sprint 2: import raw data to new database If sprint 1 fails, what is the SCRUM ...
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What is the proper way to add/represent development tasks (like refacturing) to a sprint?

We coded something which works but is quite terrible. We have planned the refactoring of that piece of code in this sprint but since it doesn't really fit in a user story, how do we add or represent ...
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How to utilize resources effectively in cross-functional scrum teams?

I agree on an idea of making teams cross-functional. However, I doubt that resources may not utilize effectively when the nature of the work varying sprint to sprint. For example, There are database ...
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Is it possible to be agile with a highly technical project?

I'm working on a small (4-6) team on a project that involves creating a machine learning model to predict the outcome of sports matches real-time. This also involves scraping the data and storing it ...
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Business days calculation for the sprint

Our team is new to agile. We are in the phase of defining the rules for sprint planning. To start, we are keeping our Sprints at 2 weeks (10 business days). Let's say there is a public holiday in a ...
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Is it fine to pick stories in the current sprint which have external dependency?

We have a separate Scrum (front-end) Team to handle UI requirements. Sometimes, due to urgency, we end up picking stories in the current Sprint which depend on the front-end Team. Whenever ...
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Change of business focus after a sprint has started

If we start a sprint with a specific goal and the user stories to support that goal, then the business changes their immediate requirements during that sprint. This may be because of a client ...
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Is it necessary for the whole team to participate in the Sprint Review in Scrum?

Scenario Before changing to Scrum, we usually performed some type of review with the Project Manager (now Product Owner), the Project Lead of the development team and the stakeholders. Our ...
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Is it possible to remove Stories during a Sprint in Scrum?

Scenario In our organization, we use velocity to forecast the amount of possible work in a Sprint. Sometimes, based on the Team's average velocity, we add extra features not related to the Sprint ...
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Should we start a sprint review with no business value stories in Scrum?

Scenario In some cases, specially at the beginning of a new product, we have a sprint entirely with architectural user stories with no business value but necesary to the product to be sucessful. We ...
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Hot swapping stories

Is it acceptable to swap out stories from the current sprint to the backlog and replace them with stories of the same estimate size from the backlog, because of changing priorities in the business? ...
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Can you change the end date of a sprint?

Ideally we commit to work being completed and releasable by the time the sprint finishes. However sometimes things happen or estimating is a little bit out. If we are approaching the end date of a ...
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Is it fine to correct an estimation of a story during execution?

During execution of sprint, should team allowed to change estimation of a story in following scenarios. During execution When a story is finished Re-estimate in absence of Product Owner(PO)
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Are all the scrum ceremonies included in the sprint timebox in Scrum?

We know the daily meeting and the backlog refinement is inevitable to have out from in the sprint timebox, but we don't know, for example in a two-week sprint, if the sprint planning, review and ...
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Is a good Scrum practice to meassure the developer team by the story points completed at the end of the sprint?

We have new teams working on scrum and they estimates all the points of a several ammount of stories. But, at the beggining, they have no reference of how ammount of points could be delivered in two-...
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What should we do if there are not enough PBIs to fill a final Sprint in Scrum?

Background Scenario At the end of a project, there aren't enough story points to fill a two-week Sprint based on the velocity of the team. Capacity & Backlog The average velocity of the ...
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How to deal with hotfixes keeping the scrum methodology

My team works with scrum methodology. However, during some sprints we have hotfixes that have to be developed as soon as possible, so we treat them in the current sprint, and consequently we have an ...
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Schedule for a 10 day Sprint in Scrum

We have been doing 1 week Sprints and the development team is quite reluctant to go ahead with continuing 1 week sprints. various reasons include Team is feeling stressed in getting things done in a ...
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During a Sprint, a DevTeam determines that it will not be able to finish the complete forecast. Who should review and adjust the Sprint work selected?

During Sprints' executions, I used to encounter a problem: the planned Sprint would not be able to finish as forecasted. Then in that case, who is responsible to review and adjust the Sprint work ...
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Good approach to group different project stories in same sprints

Would you consider is it good approach to group different user stories from different projects into one sprint? Have you ever detected pros/cons? Let's say 1. Project A (Start 2017-01-05 Estimate ...
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How do you deal with external customers in agile projects

You are starting an agile project. As a scrum master you are facilitator and you assist the product owner with the backlog in creation as also in its maintance. You also coordinate with external ...
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QA Code freeze and setting the expected delivery timeline

We are in the healthcare industry, where bugs can have an impact on people health. As a result, we started having a code freeze on the staging environment to have the QA test each build. In addition: ...
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Regarding best practices of Scrum are there any “best weekday” to start/end Sprints?

From my experience I always worked at companies in which the Sprints started on Mondays and ended on Fridays (regardless of the sprint size, obviously). Is there any good practice that says this is ...
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Can one developer work on two different projects (and in effect, two different backlogs) in a single Sprint? Any Agile recommendations on this?

Can a single developer work on two different projects/backlogs completely independent in two Sprints (One Sprint is for one project/one sprint for the other) in the same timeline.
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How to complete many development phases within 2-week Sprints

I work in a tech company, a few weeks ago we moved from traditional project management to Scrum multidisciplinary Teams. Our sprints' length is two weeks and the experiment is not working well for ...
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Dedicating one day for support work per sprint

I would like to receive thoughts and possible feedback on anyone's previous experience of allocating a dedicated day to support jobs within a sprint. Our percentage of support jobs per sprint is ...
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Can Fixed Scope/Variable Timescale be Agile?

I have an ongoing argument - our delivery manager tried to introduce a "release after 3 sprints" pattern into our teams. Unfortunately, like many businesses, the actual work can be x number of ...
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Should bugs be estimated in story points?

Should bugs be estimated in story points according to the Scrum methodology? In particular, what if a bug appears to be a quite complicated task, which in fact is a some missed functionality which ...
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How to account for new work items while implementing a story without affecting the sprint scope?

During a sprint in scrum, the scope of the sprint should not change. However, I often find that after the sprint starts and I begin working on a story, I discover new stories that must be done. For ...
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Why must we define a Sprint Goal for each Sprint?

As a Scrum Team, we are committed to deliver Product Backlog items per the Product Owner's priority. The team doesn't understand why we should define Sprint Goals. How does that help?
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Scrum vs. Sprint

I'm new to Agile methodology and I have some very basic questions. Sprint -> It is the iterative process (One development life cycle from Requirement to user acceptance testing) in Scrum. So, while ...
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Scrum: is it ok to make developer responsible for one of sprint goals?

Currently in our project the situation is that we can have several goals. And it works fine for us to make a team member responsible for acheiving a particular goal. But recently I tried to pass "...
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How to handle issues that are part of the backlog, solved in the weekend and are not part of current Sprint in Scrum?

There are two issues on the backlog that I want to solve this weekend, that are not part of the current sprint. According to me it is fine to work on this issues as I solve them in my spare time and ...
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How should be the pricing using agile?

How should be the pricing using agile? Is it fixed per sprint?
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For a two-week Sprint, can I adjust the meeting dates when there is a holiday in our country?

Sprint 1 starts November 5th and is supposed to end on November 16th, but there is a government holiday November 13-15. Can I change the Sprint 1 schedule to be November 5th to November 21st?