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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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PI planning and a manageable backlog

This question is about how a backlog can grow into a hairball and how to keep it manageable. You've done PI planning, understanding the vision, planning the quarter, understanding capacity and ...
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Capture burned (story) points for a partially complete task moved to next sprint

If a sprint starts and a story has an estimation of e.g. 8 and at the end of the sprint the story for some reason has not completed, if I move it to the next sprint with the story points updated e.g. ...
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Azure devops board plan span epic for two sprints

I have an epic that have StartDate on the beginning of sprint 8 and TargetDate at the end of sprint 9. I expect to see the epic span on both sprints but I can position it only on one of them. Do i ...
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Sprint planning estimations and who is involved

In the past but only in 1 team, during the sprint planning, the product owner provided also an estimation for the story discussed, not so much as to use that estimation instead of the developers, but ...
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Review of sprint board during the sprint session?

What is the name of the session that the scrum master and PO during the sprint review the sprint board to see and the progress, update the status of the tickets and sometimes include some team members ...
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Breaking down a story to subtasks

When using Jira, we can create a ticket with subtasks. I can see the subtasks being moved along the columns, but I don't understand the proper way to handle the parent task. It can be confusing if ...
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Should a two-week Sprint include the weekends?

We are setting up new Sprint process whereby each Sprint starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday the week after. For example, the start date for Sprint 1 is January 1, 2022 and the end date is January ...
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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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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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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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How should large non-reducable tasks be handled in Scrum?

How are tasks that do not fit in a Sprint handled in Scrum? I see the benefit in delivering incremental value each Sprint, but I don't see how all tasks can be reduced to take no longer than a week or ...
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Why is it important to only have PBIs completable in a single Sprint?

In Scrum it is emphasized that the Sprint Goal is achieved and that the developers determine which work can be completed in the Sprint. I often get the following question: Why can't we start a story ...
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Artificial decomposition in Scrum

Scrum Guide 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 ...
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Sprint Planning for Agencies

I'm looking for some help finding resources on sprint planning specifically for agencies, namely a web design and development firm focusing primarily on web apps. So a typical project would be a ...
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Creating a PaaS using scrum

If one were to build say a Windows Azure "clone", what would be considered an increment that is "potentially releasable"? e.g. Releasable vs shippable? I can not envision what ...
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Backlog grooming items planning

In a Scrum project if the team is from 4 developers, the sprint is two weeks long, Team Velocity is 40 SP/Sprint and the Focus Factor is 0.6. During the Backlog Grooming meeting, user stories with how ...
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Too much to test on the last day of the sprint [duplicate]

How can I avoid the issue where a lot of stories are moved to Under Testing on the last day of the sprint? The Under Testing column is manageable on most days but on the last day and there day before ...
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From a sprint planning perspective, is it wrong to build an entire user interface before the API?

I'm currently reading 'Agile Estimating and Planning' by Mike Cohn and it mentions to not split by tasks like 'build user interface' and 'build middle tier', and instead to focus on building something ...
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How to handle a Sprint completed ahead of time? [duplicate]

Let's say we have a sprint of 2 weeks. In that sprint, the IT team has to implement some issues or features. How can we handle the case where the team finishes all issues/features ahead of time? Do we ...
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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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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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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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Time management in a Sprint

During a sprint, producing frequent builds, conducting testing, and fixing bugs quickly during an iteration can become daunting, especially when the quality of the work done is not optimum. So how can ...
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Adding New Requirement in the middle of the sprint [closed]

1 If you are in the middle of the sprint and the product owner has come with the one new requirement for the customer what do you do? What is the best way to handle it? How to evaluate the scrum team? ...
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How can I effectively differentiate the Sprint Goal from the Sprint Backlog?

I'm facing a situation where I have to explain with an example the difference between a Sprint Goal and a Sprint Backlog. Here's how I understand it: The Sprint Goal is an objective that needs to be ...
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Does a 30 days Sprint include weekends?

I am still learning more about Scrum and I have a question. If people say the duration of the Sprint is 30 days, is the actual work 22 days (30 days - (2 weekend days * 4 weeks in a month)) or is it ...
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What is the proper use case for an Iteration 0?

When starting a new software version and/or embarking on a new product, what is the purpose of, and what are the crucial pieces of an "Iteration 0?"
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Agile Storyboarding impact on a Business Quarter

a) We have total 6 Sprints constituting a business quarter. b) We are releasing every 2 Sprints (or earlier) by means of CI/CD. c) We have to deliver a new feature in the next quarter for which we ...
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Team velocity declined after legacy declaration

I am the manager and I am struggling with a declined velocity. I have tried to discuss with the team what is going on, and they say they got better at story point estimation. But I suspect they are ...
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Team consistently not making sprints

So I know that this question has been asked before, but since I haven't really seen anything that benefited my problem, I thought I would give it a chance. So first things first, in a perfect world ...
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We have a velocity of zero

I am a Scrum Master for a small development team of 7 developers and 3 testers with 2 week sprints. The product we are working on is large with a lot of modules. The breakdown of the modules is ...
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How to deal with recurring tasks in a sprint?

We are working on a software product which by now requires about 40% of our capacity maintenance work like e.g. manually checking data per day. What would be the recommended way on dealing with those ...
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How do you plan a sprint with disproportionate Devs/QA members ratio?

How do we plan a sprint in which we have 5 developers constantly coding and only 1 QA to test the output? Basically QA ends up to be the bottleneck in every sprint. One option is hire more Was but ...
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Does it make sense to use Scrum when the dates for sprints constantly change?

Does it make sense to use Scrum when the dates for sprints constantly change? Our team uses Azure DevOps with Scrum. We have multiple codebases to maintain. However, since things are usually rather ...
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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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