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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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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 Developer....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where should I keep track of open items from previous sprints?

I think you have the right place. ie the backlog. But only if you are actually going to do them and they should be at the TOP! If you aren't going to do them, I suggest a 'will not fix' or 'phase 2' ...
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What to do if a developer is waiting on a colleague to complete his side of the story during a sprint?

When a developer is blocked it can be tempting to bring work in to the sprint from the backlog. Before you do this, consider the following: Does the story coming in only require development effort? ...
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Method for scoring backlog items in Jira based on impact to company goals versus level of effort

Looks very objective but counterproductive While this approach looks super objective, I don't recommend it for the following reasons: Sprint goal: Selection of stories for a Sprint should be driven ...
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Should I leave building the database for the end?

There's no right or wrong answer if we just focus on effectiveness, as long as in the end we have the agreed solution built. The DB isn't even required, one could use the File System writing the ...
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Why single backlog for cross-functional teams is important?

The biggest advantage of having a single backlog is that it makes priorities clear. If there are multiple backlogs then priority can be obscured. For example, is the second item on the Team X backlog ...
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Does the Kanban require teams to work vertically sliced user stories or can we use small technical tasks

User Stories are an Agile Practice, Independent of Kanban "User stories" are an agile practice. They are not intrinsically part of Kanban. While many practitioners do use user stories as cards or ...
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Backlog Grooming

In order to do Sprint Planning, you first need a Product Backlog. What you have is not sufficient to act as a Product Backlog. The Scrum Guide defines a Product Backlog as "an ordered list of ...
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Agile team (scrum) with a doubled backlog

I initially didn't want to answer this question since the comments do a proper job of capturing the gist of it (i.e. discuss it with your SM/colleagues), but since I don't like neither of the ...
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In Agile methodologies, what happens when team completes a backlog item or user story?

TL;DR: Once a story is completed, the team needs feedback on it. This can be done as stories are completed, or the team can receive feedback during the Review Meeting. The sooner, the better. During ...
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How should I deal with common dependencies when estimating stories in Scrum?

(Too large for a comment) I disagree with two of your remarks under point 1: "The infra itself has no customer value." So, get rid of the rigid requirement that "These stories are ...
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User Story(ies) for multi-step user sign-up

First off, I'd like to point out that I think you're going at the wrong angle with that story. Have you ever wanted to sign up for anything? Wouldn't it be better to just be able to use the thing, ...
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How to Record Bugs Following User Story Completion - in Large Projects

Separating out development from testing is almost always a bad thing. The reasons for this are: It is difficult to get a true measure of progress. When stories have been developed but not tested it ...
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