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Best practice: best place to track ad-hoc, ongoing work

Between Why do you need to track 'Features'? Never said I did. The problem is historic to this team. and Why do devs need to track their time Primarily because some activities qualify for R & ...
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Should iteration (sprint) dates in Azure DevOps include non-development phases of Agile sprints?

I'd like to share the direct answer, but then explain the why below. However, understand that I'm telling you what Scrum says you should do and why it is structured that way. Of course, if you don't ...
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Should iteration (sprint) dates in Azure DevOps include non-development phases of Agile sprints?

In Scrum, there's no such thing as "non-development phases" during a Sprint. Sprints have no phases. A Sprint begins with a timeboxed Sprint Planning event and concludes with the Sprint ...
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Best practice: best place to track ad-hoc, ongoing work

You say you can get audited and that you do some R&D activities too. Does the company you work for need to comply with specific regulations or standards? If yes, that would be the where I would ...
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Should iteration (sprint) dates in Azure DevOps include non-development phases of Agile sprints?

The point of iterations is that they are timebound rather than being defined by scope or phasing; overlapping sprints for the same product/outcome therefore doesn't make much sense. Problems arise ...
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How can we give customer better estimates for delivered work and estimated hours next month?

[O]ur customer wants a better estimate of how much money will be spent the next month[.] If you're doing iterative delivery using fixed-length Sprints or even the Kanban Method with stable cycle ...
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How can we give customer better estimates for delivered work and estimated hours next month?

You don't need to forecast anything about the work or delivery plans to determine the cost. If you have stable teams and fixed-length iterations, you should be able to calculate the cost easily. You ...
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What are the best practices for writing user stories - descriptions & acceptance criteria?

Decompose to INVEST In your own question, you correctly identified the need to decompose this "story." A good product backlog item meets INVEST criteria, and should be: Independent or self-...
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What are the best practices for writing user stories - descriptions & acceptance criteria?

As an Engineer I want a data lake This is what I call a "As a horse, I want to draw the merchant's cart to the market" story. No. The horse doesn't. It wants to be fed and left alone. The ...
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What are the best practices for writing user stories - descriptions & acceptance criteria?

First of all, a User Story that starts with "As an Engineer I want a data lake..." isn't a User Story. User Stories are written from the perspective of the user of the application, i.e. a ...
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Best way to update user stories in multiple boards

this is an interesting question. Should the stories automatically move to the next sprint? I would say that unfinished stories become candidates for the next sprint so should go back on the team ...
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How to use Azure DevOps with Kanban

Here is the link to Kanban in DevOps As for your concern, "items with estimates that vary in size from 4 hours to 14 days, or 2 to 55 story points". I think it would be better if we could ...
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How do you close out a Scrum Sprint in Azure Boards? Especially, what should you do with partially completed user stories and tasks?

In our project we know upfront that we will not able to complete all tasks of a user story in single Sprint hence we always ensure that only task can be completed is assigned in current Sprint and ...
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How do you close out a Scrum Sprint in Azure Boards? Especially, what should you do with partially completed user stories and tasks?

What should you do with user stories and their tasks that are only partially completed at the end of the sprint? They return to the backlog. On your next sprint's planning, if the stories are still ...
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How do you filter project tags in Azure Devops?

You can use queries to explore tags. Go to Azure DevOps - Boards Click on Queries Click on New Query Within Field type "Tag" and select from the Value dropdown (this contains a list of all ...
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In an Azure DevOps work item Excel file, how do I assign parent without having to see closed siblings?

The excel add-on works nicely but you may want to look into importing via CSV. Benefits: Regex can be used to mass-edit Files can be versioned Changes aren't reflected in ADO until you upload the CSV ...
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Understanding Azure devops burndown

I believe that the discrepancy you are seeing is caused by the two figures using different figures for capacity. This is just an educated guess but it looks as though the work details tab is using ...
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Understanding Azure devops burndown

Analysis I'm not sure where this data is coming from, so this is only an educated guess. However, it looks like your burn-down is correctly showing that you have more development work than originally ...
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