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When is user stories estimation supposed to take place?

I would like to know when the estimates are supposed to be produced. Last time I was part of a Scrum team, I think we were providing initial estimates (that would then be quickly reviewed and ...
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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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Can code base metrics be used for budgeting for software engineering or code maintenance?

Recently my manager asked my team for some metrics on the code base, in order to budget for my team. These are the metrics requested: Number of source code files Code Lines Comment Lines Blank Lines ...
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Can pair programming work under Scrum iterations

Is it possible? Or in a more generic question, can XP work under Scrum iterations?
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How to calculate earned value (EV) in this example?

You are managing a project with a total planned budget of $100,000. To date, you have actually spent $41,000. When you look at all the activities you have completed to date, you see that you ...
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(Hypothetical) During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to twice daily

This hypothetical question is directly-inspired by this Question. During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to occur twice per day -- once in the morning ...
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Agile Estimation - How to estimate for bugs? [closed]

The story points can be used for estimate user stories and tasks will be marked in hours in Visual Studios. When there is a critical bug (which is not in the backlog, reported by users) we ...
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How do you get your users to “own” their cards and adopt Agile as a whole?

Good afternoon Fellow Scrum-Students/Acolytes/Masters, I'm having trouble getting some of my users to keep progress of their cards. I often have to move them to In Progress or remind them to keep ...
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How to structure standup for a large team?

We have a team of around 25 people and all are divided into sub-streams based on their technical domains. How should I structure the stand-up meeting so that everyone knows what other stream members ...
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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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JIRA query to find all issues where acceptance criteria is less than 20 characters

can anyone help me with a JQL to filter all jira issues in my project that have acceptance criteria less than 20 characters
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Does velocity change if the storypoints are changed in the particular sprint?

With the development team of 10 members. Project should be completed in 2 sprints. If the team plan to change the story points, does velocity of the team change? If so which type of velocity changes?
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How will team changes impact velocity of a Scrum project?

Question If there are 8 members in a team assigned to complete the project. 20% of the team left during the particular sprint. Does the velocity change? If so, what would the velocity changes be? ...
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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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Prevent hourly tasks spanning days

Is there a simple way to block tasks from spanning days? I have some tasks such as interviews & exams which are 2 or 4 hours long but they obviously cannot span days. However MS project is ...
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What is the best way to manage features decomposition in scrum?

I am wondering what the best way to implement decomposition is. For instance let's say we have a feature or an epic that has been in the product backlog for a while, or in the roadmap for that matter....
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How does a Portfolio Kanban look like?

I'd like to setup a Portfolio Kanban to be used at a higher level in my project and I'm not sure how it should look like. What is the key information it should contain?
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Should the Product Owner dictate what info the UI needs to display?

I hope someone can help me understand one part of the role of the Product Owner (PO). In my company, we have a PO that is responsible for the Product Backlogs of all our products. I work as a UX ...
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Issues with multiple unrelated projects on the same kanban backlog

Recently we've started an experiment that everyone on the team (six devs) pull the top item off the backlog regardless of what it is. For context we maintain eight existing services that compose of ...
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How should be best discussed bug between team/scrum master/PO

Edit: Definition of "bug". Here I describe as bug a bug introduced during development or missing/incorrect implementation of a story found after acceptance of the story. Our team does not face "...
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Confused by PERT Question

Edit: Oops I meant which letters should be on the arrows from milestone 3. This is not a homework question but arises from self-study with full access to the answers. My confusion is as to how I ...
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When to process feedback on the deliverable of the last iteration?

My team and I are working with iterations of two weeks (trying to use our own version of Scrum) and we try to deliver a new version after every iteration. After an iteration we let the stakeholders ...
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What is the ongoing value of the Kanban board to the developers as opposed to management

I want to understand what others believe is the ongoing value of a Kanban board to the development team I got into an argument recently at my small company because A) My dev team isn't properly ...
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Understanding the relationship between Product Release Plan, MVP, and Roadmap in an Agile environment?

What is the relationship between a "Product Release Plan", a "Minimum Viable Product", and a "Roadmap" in an Agile environment? How are they different? How are they similar? How do they interact? ...
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Can you explain what “processes and tools” means in the first Agile principle?

I am struggling to understand what the authors of the agile manifesto mean by "processes and tools" in the first agile principle. We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it ...
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What can be done about a task with a tight deadline and no analysis?

I am a software engineer. Today in the middle of a Sprint I was told to drop all my activities and start doing another task whose Jira entry has like 3 words. The deadline for this task is very tight ...
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Selecting user stories during sprint planning

When selecting user stories from the prioritized product backlog during sprint planning, is it more important to make sure that we end up with our predicted velocity in story points or that we choose ...
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Kanban - Simple Backlog Forecasting?

Does anyone know if it's possible with Jira to cover the following scenario? The team estimates the items in its backlog in story points The backlog is prioritized The backlog is handled like a Fifo ...
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During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur specific days. Not daily

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur on Specific days of week. Not daily. Which two are the ...
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The IT manager asks Development team for a status report describing the progress throughout the Sprint

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: The IT manager asks Development team for a status report describing the progress throughout the Sprint. The Development team asks the Scrum Master for ...
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A Scrum Master is working with a Development Team that has members in different physical locations

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: A Scrum Master is working with a Development Team that has members in different physical locations. The Development Team meets in a variety of meeting rooms ...
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How is the management external to the Scrum Team involved in the Daily Scrum?

I had a question during PSM1 assessment: How is the management external to the Scrum Team involved in the Daily Scrum? The Scrum Master speaks on their behalf Management gives an update at the ...
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In Scrum, what should we do with partly-completed work started at the end of a Sprint?

I get most of Scrum. However, I can't get my head around what to do with work in progress at the end of a Sprint. If we are working in a swarm, we can defer the end of a Sprint, or bring it forward ...
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How to implement TFB / NFC / 1 (Sprint) estimation technique?

Reading some old posts like this one, I noticed that the TFB / NFC / 1 (Sprint) estimation technique could be useful for teams moving towards agility. Happens that I failed to find over the internet ...
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What is the different between Application Management and Configuration Management in ITIL v3?

What is the difference between Application Management and Configuration Management, in the specific context of managing version, resources and architectures of internally developed applications? My ...
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MS Project resource graph across multiple projects

I am using MS Project to create Gantt charts for multiple projects. Each project consists of different resources but these resources are shared across all of these projects. Currently these resources ...
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How to motivate offshore teams and trust them to deliver?

I joined a company where the development is outsourced in an offshore location. I have heard that the people offshore won’t deliver unless they are chased to do so. In other words, when they are left ...
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How can the team improve the likelihood of completing each increment?

If a Development Team doesn't have the skills or tools to create a “Done" increment, are there techniques that can be used immediately that will allow progress on the increment to be easier to track? ...
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What's the name for the issue where a customer cannot articulate his/her requirements before seeing the finished software?

Most of you will be familiar with the issue of a customer having vague requirements. Once s/he gets the software, s/he is of course perfectly able to articulate his/her actual requirements, since s/he ...
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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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What factors can affect the priority of a task? [closed]

Starting from the Eisenhower table, I classify my tasks like this: It's easy to handle urgent important and unurgent unimportant tasks. The problem is, hardly a task is urgent to me, but most of the ...
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How to refer to functional requirement specifications (FRS) from user stories?

Let's consider a simple story for a user authentication screen: As a user, I want to be able to login with my username and password so that I can do xyz. This looks good, but all of the ...
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How technical should a Scrum Master be to effectively remove impediments?

One of the main roles for a Scrum Master is to remove impediments for the team, such that the development can progress. This is, in my undertanding, to ensure that the development team can focus on ...
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What does a QA team do during the development phase of a sprint in Agile Scrum?

I understand that, in theory, QA should be working with dev "collaborating" right from the day 1 of a sprint. But how does it actually work in real life? Let me present two scenarios - Scenario 1 ...
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How to structure backlog and ceremonies around a team with separate skillsets working from a backlog which is not directly connected

I have a team of engineers who are building a data intelligence capability for the organisation. As such the team members are I-shaped and the work is I-shaped i.e. 1 team member can only work from 1 ...
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Lean Kanban without estimates or time logging

I work in academia (research). Tasks are varied and almost always involve delving into topics that produce more tasks when you are more informed. A pull system seems appropriate rather than an ...
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Parallel Sprints Use case

Why do we need Parallel Sprints? I am trying to understand the use case here. Consider our Use case We have two developers and two testers on our scrum team We have four developers joining the team (...
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Issues with team, management and clients to run a proper scrum team

Problem: I am a scrum master ad I've started working with a new team 3 sprints ago. When I started I was warned about the team because they: Has never completed a sprint Politics within the team ...
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What is “”action-oriented" WBS Item?

Could you please explain what is meant by "action-oriented" details in the following sentence. Please provide an example. If the work breakdown structure designer attempts to capture any action-...
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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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