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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How do you name Sprints in Scrum?

I was wondering if it's a good idea to name Sprints with user-friendly names instead of using numerals like Sprint 1, Sprint 2, etc. Are there best practices or standards for naming the Sprint after ...
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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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Managing sprints in a better way

I am trying out Scrum in a project. Usually it is recommended (in Scrum guides) to keep two week sprints for every release. My client is asking to keep sprints to one week and release every Friday. ...
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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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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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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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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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Scrum backlog and sprint planning

So from what I've understand by reading the tutorials on the Atlasian website, the backlog is populated by the project manager and can contain entries as abstract as he wants, with various degrees of ...
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How to cope with the Hawthorne effect and sprint improvements?

Hawthorne effect: the phenomenon in which subjects in behavioral studies change their performance in response to being observed. Background: I'm using Kanban as a tool to analyse and improve the team'...
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How can we avoid finishing all stories on the last day of a sprint?

I am the Scrum Master for a team that has completed two sprints. For Sprint 1, the burndown looks like: Day 1: 70 Day 2: 70 Day 3: 70 Day 4: 70 Day 5: 13 For Sprint #2: Day 1: 90 Day 2: 90 Day 3: ...
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How to handle user stories that cannot be split and do not fit even a 30 days long sprint?

Given a small team (3 people or so) and a technically challenging area (e.g. middleware, embedded software etc.), and Assuming that a user story is a smallest thing that has value for the end user, ...
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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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Tracking points spent on bugs during sprint

The product owner wants to keep track on how much points are spent on bugs during a sprint. This can raise some issues, such as: Scoring a task that is already done. Surprisingly even with it done, ...
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Managing a Product Owner in a not-yet-agile organization

When my company was acquired, my 20-person development team gained a Product Owner who is energetic, engaged, and extremely idealistic. While many of the programmers on our team are familiar with ...
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Dynamic length of sprints in Scrum

I have been working several projects with Scrum method and, in some, we have taken the decision of execute Scrum sprints of dynamic length (every sprint). For me it have some advantages: Adapt the ...
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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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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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How to capture and document sprint retrospective results

My question: Is there a recommended format or a procedure or a check list for documenting the sprint retrospective? Not only the immediate outcomes (i.e. measures to be tried in the next sprint), ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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What if you finish all stories before sprint ends?

What we should do if we run out of stories during sprint (e.g we are still learning what is our true velocity)? Can programmers pick some unscheduled bugs to fix or should we end sprint prematurely? ...
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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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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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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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Velocity at different project phases

We are running Scrum on waterfall-style projects. This means that we use Scrum as a planning unit, conduct the ceremonies, have the PO/Scrummaster roles, but we do not have a customer-facing release ...

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