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What techniques can identify missing requirements?

I'm not entirely sure if that is still "project management", but what has helped me in my developer role is to actually take a day and do the work that my program is supposed to improve. ...
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Should I leave building the database for the end?

It is worrying that you have no why part to your user stories. This is an important element of the user story format as it allows us to evaluate the stories and to prioritise them. It appears that you ...
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Who truly prioritizes the product backlog? The Product Owner or Team?

Business Analyst works with the Product Owner and provides him with valuable insights on the value and importance of the user stories, but the PO is still the person who sets the priority of the ...
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Kanban - Move card from In Progress state to Backlog (moving cards backwards)

The main ideas with Kanban is to visualize your work and to limit work in progress. This allows you to maximize flow while at the same time see where you have bottlenecks. If you started work on ...
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Scrum backlog and sprint planning

the backlog is populated by the project manager Scrum, as it's defined, doesn't have a role called "project manager". There are only three roles - Product Owner, Scrum Master, and ...
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What techniques can identify missing requirements?

Software is never finished, merely abandoned. Don't remember who said this first, but it's true. After you spend some time in the industry, you inevitably reach the same conclusion. And based on this, ...
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Should I assign user stories per team or per team member?

You are seeing the real velocity. Stories that aren't done don't count. If people keep working on new stories while old stories aren't moved to done yet, that means your team isn't working like a team ...
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Should I leave building the database for the end?

US3 and US4 seem to be the same thing to me. If you need to display the last 5 messages, then that means saving them somewhere, so US3 should somehow deal with that. If US3 does, then US4 is redundant ...
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Can the product owner remove user stories?

The Product Owner is the absolute owner of the Product Backlog. As such, he/she has the last word on what goes in, stays in, or gets out of it. I wouldn't recommend to keep stories in the backlog "...
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Can the product owner remove user stories?

You can do whatever you need to do, however removing stories is not advisable unless they are either wrong, duplicates or obsolete. The reason is that it takes time to write a story, and for you to ...
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Who truly prioritizes the product backlog? The Product Owner or Team?

The direct answer is that the Product Owner prioritizes the backlog. It is, of course a little more nuanced than that. In an ideal world, the PO would just sort the backlog items by effort and value ...
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PBI estimation during grooming session

There is no "right" way to conduct your backlog refinement meetings. In fact, you can change it up to get what you need at the time out of it. My goal in backlog refinement is to set the team up to ...
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Product Specification for Scrum teams

Product Owner is required to develop a release roadmap Contrary to popular belief Scrum does not mean seat-of-the-pants management with no advance planning. The Product Owner is required to develop a ...
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Making backlog items independent - how that can be achieved?

You cannot totally eliminate dependencies. Some story will depend on another, some feature will need another feature to be built first, some new feature will be desired only after you see and interact ...
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Which guidelines are applicable for a single Scrum Team managing multiple backlogs?

TL;DR Does the Agile community have recommended processes for a single Scrum Team managing tasks coming in from multiple backlogs? Sure: don't do it. Multiple teams can work from a single Product ...
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Is backlog refinement (grooming) waste?

TL;DR: I agree with you that, once you've got a grip on your backlog, that grooming is wasteful. Spending time breaking down requests that will never be implemented is waste and violates the spirit of ...
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T-Shirt Size and total estimation, how to manage them?

I assume the surveys will yield a score each macro area, say like from 1 to 9, 9 being very high interest. I'd attach an ordinal scale to your t-shirt size estimates, 1 through 5. To make things ...
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Is Backlog a list of items or a status of those items?

It's a good question. From a Scrum point of view the product backlog and the sprint backlog together encompass all the things that are being done or that are on the list to be done in future. So the ...
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Can a single resource be in multiple teams for multiple projects?

There are a number of issues with this approach: Multi-tasking reduces efficiency. Every time they have to context switch between projects they will lose effectiveness. Scrum is based on the idea of ...
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What is the best way to handle small items in a backlog?

Two main options here: Give the PO help Give the PO better tooling The Product Backlog is: an ordered list of everything that might be needed in the product and is the single source of ...
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What is the best way to handle small items in a backlog?

The backlog consists of PBIs like Epics and User Stories. I really like using User Stories. That's why I'll stick on the term in the following. But be aware that other representations might be more ...
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T-Shirt Size and total estimation, how to manage them?

TL;DR If you want to score things, you need to convert to a numerical or ordinal value to perform a comparison. However, part of the challenge is that you are using the wrong tool to compare features ...
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Should I assign user stories per team or per team member?

I think what you're calling out is that you have a distribution of skills on the team that 66% of the team can do front-end work and 33% can do backend work. However, the work needs something like a ...
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Moving backlog items into Sprint

According to the Scrum Guide, the Sprint Planning event is when the Sprint Backlog and Sprint Goal are created and the entire Scrum Team (the Product Owner, Development Team, and Scrum Master) ...
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Moving backlog items into Sprint

TL;DR Anyone with sufficient permissions in JIRA can move the stories during Sprint Planning. It doesn't really matter who actually moves the stories. What matters is that the stories are pulled by ...
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How can I resolve a huge backlog of over 1,000 man-days without blocking new change requests?

Increase Resources or Set Expectations Lower I'm not sure what your actual question is, because from a project management perspective you have only three core sliders (also known as the "iron ...
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How can I resolve a huge backlog of over 1,000 man-days without blocking new change requests?

Although I support what Todd wrote, there is more under the surface than above. So my answer based on my experience as a program director is as followe. The "golden" triangle is a myth (yes its there ...
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How to deal with Ready To Deploy in Sprint Backlog

I'm going to take it a step further than Hans-Martin Mosner did in his answer. Things that are outside the control of the team should not be part of the Definition of Done nor should they be on the ...
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Which guidelines are applicable for a single Scrum Team managing multiple backlogs?

You need a full-time dedicated Product Owner for the Scrum teams In one of my previous assignments, as the Scrum Master, I worked with a group of Product Managers similar to what you describe. Also, ...
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Can the product owner remove user stories?

Generally speaking, the PO can choose to add, remove or re-prioritise stories in the product backlog as they see fit. That said, it shouldn't just be gut feel. A good PO will be talking to ...
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