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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Why is Scrum iteration called a Sprint?

I'd say that a sprint implies commitment, hard working, willingness to finish all the tasks taken into the sprint by the end of the sprint. On the other hand Scrum doesn't require a team to complete ...
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What to do when there's not enough work related to the Sprint Goal?

We have enough work to do to fill two weeks (our Sprint length) for the Team. We have a Sprint Goal. We do not have enough work to do for the Sprint Goal to fill two weeks for the Team. As a result,...
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New Sprint planning when no history data is available [duplicate]

What is the technique to be used when you are starting a new sprint (in a new project) when no history data exists. Thanks, Shiva
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When should be done Backlog Refinement Meeting? [closed]

I am a new PO so please help me or guide to understand this better. Per Scrum Guide, I do Sprint planning, my o/p is sprint goal and sprint backlog. I already come to the meeting with PBs and user ...
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Sprint planning

I am a new PM/PO in a software firm in California. I am working with offshore team in India. As a new PM/PO I need to do Sprint Planning. As I understand, Sprint Planning is also known as Sprint 0 as ...
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How to balance the QA load during the Sprint?

There is an iterative development (let's call it “Scrum - with reservations” for simplicity) of a team of 12 people: 3 back-end developers, 3 front-end developers, 1 technical writer and 5 testers (4 ...
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Scrum based High-tech Product Development with a very mixed Group (Seniors & Novices)

I'm already a (certified) Scrum Master of a software Development Team and I'm going to/have to establish an agile product development process (Scrum is favored) with another group with four engineers. ...
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Develop user stories in the previous sprint, if sprint commitments met?

If your developers have completed their Sprint commitments (QA is ongoing - and any issues found by them are fixed in the same Sprint), what are the possible issues with developers picking up items ...
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Sprint Review: How to prevent every single type of story from being “reviewed”

The team decided to make every work item into a sprint story. This means that along with development stories that result in a product increment, a sprint also contains stories for integration testing, ...
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What is prerequisite for starting a Sprint?

What are the mandatory prerequisites to start a Sprint? The Product Owner makes decision to start the Sprint; what are the Scrum Master's/Development Team's roles in making the decision? Does the ...
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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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“Dead horse” topics banned at sprint retrospectives, is this good practice - why or why not?

I'm asking as a member of an Agile (Scrum) team, not as the PM/PO/Scrum Master. On this project there are a handful of well-known impediments / problems / things that didn't go well, which are a ...
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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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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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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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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 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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When choosing the largest and smallest stories in a backlog for estimation how does it impact each sprint?

An article I came across suggested that we should pick the largest and smallest story in the prioritised backlog and relatively estimate the remaining stories. This makes sense. However, I was ...
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Should single user story contain estimations for each involved guild in full-stack development team

Problem We're working in a full-stack development team composed of three guilds (backend, frontend, QA), so as a team we share a single sprint board. User stories we take into our sprints are written ...
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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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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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An agile approach with a waterfall delivery and the QA impact

My customer signed off on a major enhancement to an existing application. The enhancement will be delivered as a single new release and I can't change this. However, how we get to this final release ...
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Is it more effective to create a Trello board for each new sprint or have one long-lived sprint board?

Our software department consists of a single-product team of three developers and two higher-ups with domain knowledge whose roles on our team are similar to that of a product owner. We have ...
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Why are sticky notes used in sprint retrospective meetings?

Some of my team members wanted to email their feedback for sprint retrospective meetings instead of gathering in a room and write down their feedback in a sticky note. Other than telling them that ...
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Startup - is it time to split into two teams?

I work at a startup where I began as the only developer 3 years ago, and now I run the dev team. There's 15 employees total, 8 of whom are engineers: 5 iOS devs 3 Backend devs We're currently just ...
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How best can I handle/warn about a Sprint's spill-over?

After the end of a Sprint, many times there are some undone items left. How best, as a Scrum Master, can I ensure the Team is able to do all the stories/tasks that were picked by the Team for the ...
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Extend Sprints or take the renaming tasks to a new Sprint?

I am a rookie PM. We are conducting a Sprint with selected tasks from the backlog, when suddenly critical bugs appear. Should we extend the Sprint, or finish the Sprint on the delivery date and move ...
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When/why would a Sprint ever need to be extended?

I noticed this: In the real world, people do change the end-date for Sprints. In this Answer. But I've never experienced a need for that, myself. Or maybe I have, didn't recognize it, and missed ...
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Guidelines to write sub tasks of user stories

Little background: We have multiple teams working on developing an app and website. Sprints are 3-weeks long and they start each week for every Team. Meaning, 1st Team has their Sprint starting 1st ...
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Should dev oncall fix P1 issues?

We have a scrum team, and are debating two approaches for fixing P1 production issues. For P0 issues, whoever is the expert in that area jumps in and fixes the issue, so that the issue can get ...
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What questions can a Scrum Master ask during Sprint Grooming

During a Sprint grooming, as a facilitator (optional) of the meeting, SM can ensure that event takes place, is time bound, conversation is focussed on the topic, makes sure Acceptance Criteria, ...
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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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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 ...