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How to handle business change within an agile development environment?

If a company is to be Agile, "the entire company" needs to be Agile. It's not something you just decide to do, or actually... decide on the development team to do. It's a change in mindset. ...
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Does a Product Owner submit to Change Control before re-grooming Product Backlog?

Change Control Isn't an Agile Scoping Tool If he/she wishes to change the scope by adding in/taking out/re-prioritizing the Backlog the PO must submit a Formal Change Request/IOCA before taking an ...
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Is alignment of scrum retrospectives with Change Management possible?

Retrospectives are a meeting for the Scrum Team and are internally focused. Sharing information from a retrospective with a wider audience has to be done very carefully. A couple of reasons for this ...
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Is alignment of scrum retrospectives with Change Management possible?

As Barnaby Golden has stated, it is not a good idea to share the content of a retro. It is very important for teams to know that the retro is a "safe place". What happens there, stays there - unless ...
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When making technically minor changes, should i create a new user story or update an existing (closed) story?

You should not reopen an old story. You should create a new one and if it is in any way connected to the old one, you could put a link to the old one in the new one. New requirements are completely ...
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How do you handle change requests in Scrum?

TL;DR The original question was tagged Scrum, so my answer will focus on how Scrum expects routine and non-routine changes to be managed. In brief, Scrum embraces change, but encourages the Product ...
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How to handle business change within an agile development environment?

I don't think this is specific to frequent releases (though it does exacerbate the problem I guess) as the main problem is "I used this system yesterday just fine and now I can't find the ...
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Changing priorities and focus every days. What name for that?

Management by surprise. One thing you might try is each time your boss comes in with new urgent tasks you ask him: "Which of the tasks we have already agreed on should I drop in exchange for the new ...
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Custom software development, dealing with change requests?

From Agile Manifesto - "Responding to change" over sticking to a plan. It is a good practice to respond to a change so that your product/project evolve in right direction. It will lead to client's ...
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How to decide if a "quick, small change" should be implemented?

I am assuming that this question is describing a "change" that is implemented bypassing a controlled change process. If true, then I would agree there is no such thing as a small, quick change. The ...
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How to tell a client 'no'

Let them be emotional. You do risk losing your client because there are many in this game that give away stuff all the time but there are a ton of downstream threats caused by that that negatively ...
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How to deal with constantly (~daily) changing requirements?

My first step would be to ask how you are doing Kanban? Kanban is the go-to tool for rapidly changing requirements. The basic principle of "Have a board, have a WIP, prioritize daily", is incredibly ...
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How to deal with constantly (~daily) changing requirements?

I think the simple statement of your problem is that to plan you need to at least be able to count the number of things you need to do. However you have no base number right now besides the 800K & ...
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Should a change request impact original user story?

I'd suggest to track and keep a complete end user documentation somewhere else (e.g. wiki, confluence - not a single document), perfectly versioned together with the system. A new user story needs a ...
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How to deal with non negotiable change

TL;DR You have both a political problem and a process problem. There is no silver bullet, and you can't fix these problems solely within the team. Instead, you must rely on the agile concepts of ...
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How to deal with non negotiable change

I agree with Todd about it being a political and process problem. I want to add that apart from showing them the impact on morale and quality -which I believe that they are quite important for your ...
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Resistance to change from senior manager

There are two views that may be helpful here. The first is that it is much easier to create change in a place where it is wanted than to try to force it. When I coach I rarely try to coach a team who ...
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How to deal with changing requirements as middle man between customer and provider

By contact person I assume you mean project manager as that's the description you seem to be implying. The issue is not your customer or your vendor. The issue is your lack of knowledge and skills in ...
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Is change management process intended to address vendor's problems (and not only changes imposed by a customer)?

I'm not sure I understand. It almost sounds like the example is using change management to avoid contractual consequences, which is not the intent. The job of the project manager is to estimate and ...
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Is change management process intended to address vendor's problems (and not only changes imposed by a customer)?

A change process changes baseline values for scope, time, and cost, and for legitimate reasons. A variance on schedule is not a legitimate reason for a baseline change, generally speaking. It could ...
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Effect of front-loading tasks on project schedule

Normally, if you reprioritize or reschedule tasks to be started immediately, you need to interrupt and postpone current activities. This inevitably incurs overhead. Your client needs to understand ...
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Does PMBoK say that a project manager should resist any change to the approved plans?

PMBOK 6th Ed. Section 4.5.3.2 change requests may be issued to expand, adjust, or reduce project scope, product scope, or quality requirements and schedule or cost baselines. Change requests are ...
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How to handle business change within an agile development environment?

My question is therefore around how such users can be brought along on the journey without imposing delays on the development community, who are tasked with implementing technical change? A useful ...
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What if a client doesn't accept/agree with a change request?

It becomes a contract dispute. As the PM, you would escalate the dispute based on however your company defined its escalation process. Most likely, you would raise it internally through your ...
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Communicating change impact to clients

Defining Your Problem I am working with a technical client and he has mentioned that he wants to change the raw code into a class based code and remove deprecated code....we are doing only changes ...
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Communicating change impact to clients

Ultimately, the customer is paying for the changes. If you are undertaking more work than they requested, then they have every right to be angry with you as you are causing them to incur extra costs. ...
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Custom software development, dealing with change requests?

This is a common frustration especially on newer agile teams. There are two sides of it: 1) Backlog management. The idea of the backlog is that it is changeable, but because everything is listed in a ...
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How to create a champion advocating change in a loose organisation

There's no magical potion here. You simply need top down sponsorship that can engage regional sponsorship to influence change across the organizations. Without it, your chance of a successful ...
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What are the material / steps / knowledge required for a Scrum Master to run a PMO?

IMO, this is more of a culture transformation than a PMO division setup or few policies. If your company can afford to hire a PMO with high experience or an Agile Coach (senior to yourself) with ...
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What are the material / steps / knowledge required for a Scrum Master to run a PMO?

My advice is this: get your company to hire the right people to build its PMO. In my observations in IT for the past 20 or so years, I have witnessed systemic under estimation of the skills necessary ...
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