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For questions about using or implementing the Scrum framework.

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external stakeholder this is definitely a problem. If your scrum teams have delivery timelines outside of the iteration it may not be a problem for the customer, but should still be investigated as … iteration level. Ultimately this is harmful if your customer frequently doesn't get the value they were promised at the end of the iteration. It can erode trust and confidence in using Agile-Scrum as …
answered Jan 6 '15 by WBW
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So how would you guys recommend handling running out of task beforehand but only for some team members? "Responding to change over following the plan" Some ideas in no particular order: See if …
answered Sep 28 '16 by WBW
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empirically that value added work is dropping as defect load increases. Hour estimation and tasking are at your discretion in Scrum. Personally I advise against formally tracking tasks or hours in your … scrum software as it creates additional overhead and can give an undesirable micro-management feel to some teams. …
answered Dec 3 '14 by WBW
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Context switching is expensive, however Scrum may not be the correct framework for the situation you are describing. You may want to consider transitioning to a Kanban framework. Kanban is more …
answered Feb 25 '16 by WBW
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First Off: Don't tie whatever you do to any form of compensation decisions. As soon as you do this you will get 100% gaming of the exercise. Measuring individual performance is very difficult and p …
answered Feb 24 '16 by WBW
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own forecasts and sprint plans. You telling them what must get done in the next week is neither Agile nor Scrum. You're also likely demotivating your team members and hurting their longer term …
answered Mar 16 '16 by WBW
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each other because its not part of Scrum" probably won't get you very far. Is it leading to too much context switching and lowering productivity? Distracting the team? Promoting hero mentality …
answered Jan 3 '17 by WBW
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-enders are split across 2 teams. Shared dev resources across scrum teams is generally not recommended as it makes dependency management harder, promotes context switching, and complicates estimation … practices. Ideally you would have a dedicated back-ender as part of each team. Consider what works best for your teams. While Scrum proscribes vertical slices, the greater value in being Agile is …
answered May 15 '15 by WBW
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Agile practices like Scrum, Kanban, or XP at this point. If you use XP you will do a lot of testing, dev, and bug-prevention in parallel. Scrum and Kanban don't really contribute much in this domain …
answered Oct 29 '15 by WBW
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If you decrease the estimate to 1 point, why does your velocity go down? Aren't you bringing in another 1 point of something else to match your predicted velocity? If you keep it the same at 2 point …
answered May 28 '15 by WBW
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common for scrum teams to stop putting hour estimates on their tasks once they realize that velocity and consistent story point estimation practices are good enough for creating a forecast/commitment. …
answered Jan 26 '16 by WBW
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You can definitely have an epic within an epic. Call it whatever you will, just make sure that all stakeholders in the project have a clear understanding of whatever hierarchy & definitions you choos …
answered Jun 2 '15 by WBW
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There are some underlying misunderstandings in your question: "why does Scrum assign Scrum Masters (who don't have any programming knowledge) the role of getting developers to quickly achieve … 'Definition of Done' before the end of sprint?" The above is not a scrum master's role. The scrum master works with the team to get them to establish and adhere to a definition of done. The team …
answered Mar 24 '15 by WBW
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Retrospect, retrospect, and retrospect some more. While the problem you describe exists to varying degrees on most scrum teams, don't settle with a band-aid solution. First understand, quantify … , and make transparent the impact to your scrum team. Sometimes its better to do this without applying a pain killer... Creating slack, whether via velocity or capacity based planning is not a true …
answered Aug 5 '15 by WBW
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"What Scrum-Master should do if this problem (time-box is expired, but goal not reached yet) already happened?" Make the team feel the pain so they become aware that there really is a problem … as necessary. Lastly, when you follow the Scrum framework for the sake of following Scrum, you cease to be Agile. …
answered Apr 21 '15 by WBW

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