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Help - Technical team does not want to work in agile way

You don't make any mention of a Scrum Master in your Question, so I'm going to assume that either s/he doesn't exist or isn't helpful. If not, make sure you involve the Scrum Master! It's his/her job ...
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Help - Technical team does not want to work in agile way

That is a frustrating situation Chris. From your question, it doesn't sound like the team can't develop things in smaller pieces, but rather that they won't. I base this on the fact that it sounds ...
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Conflict between senior and junior members

This may seem pedantic, but you don't solve this. They can solve it, but you can't make them. There are two approaches that come to mind on working through this: actual conflict mediation team ...
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Help - Technical team does not want to work in agile way

I'm a developer working with legacy code on scrum, and let me tell you, i think they're right in their ways, because i do the same. Let me explain my case, be aware though i'm what people consider a ...
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As a Scrum Master, how to speak to a developer about his delays?

Any suggestions ? I'm sure there is an official Scrum answer and a project management answer. This is a common sense workplace answer: Don't bother. That person is out of the door. They are there ...
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Help - Technical team does not want to work in agile way

You're assuming that you know what is best for the team without being on the hook to deliver the software. I am a strong believer in agile methodologies and Scrum in particular. I fully support the ...
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Requirement conflict b/w Product and Engineering team?

Your premise is toxic. Both teams are putting too much emphasis on who is to blame and too little emphasis on fixing the recurring problem. Currently, your two teams are in an antagonistic ...
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How to deal with bad attitude in a scrum team?

I hope I'm not too late with this answer ... or hopefully things have improved. But reviewing the question ... I'm sure Scrum can help... He has a very bossy attitude with "inferiors", he is very ...
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How to deal with bad attitude in a scrum team?

This has nothing to do with Scrum or PM or projects really. This is a political issue. Confronting this PM will lead to your eventual demise. Going around him to the CEO will lead to your eventual ...
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As a Scrum Master, how to speak to a developer about his delays?

I tend to agree with Thomas, but this time I might slightly disagree, as I'd suggest a more active stance. The Scrum Master is accountable for the Scrum Team’s effectiveness. Source: Scrum Guide You ...
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How to deal with an impatient stakeholder?

Honestly, this sounds like the Product Owner is a typical type-A personality that has learned to get better results from relentlessly pushing his teams to always do more and better. (Think Elon Musk.) ...
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How should a Scrum Master handle a Product Owner who micromanages the team?

Enforce the Roles of Scrum In Scrum, the Product Owner owns the Product Backlog but is not the "boss" of the team. He is, in fact, intended to be a collaborative peer of of Scrum Master and the ...
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Conflict between senior and junior members

This answer is inspired in the work of Tom Graves understanding perspectives and resolving conflicts in enterprise architecture. Things work better when we work together, on a purpose. If you don't ...
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How can I resolve conflict with a seasoned developer?

TL;DR You probably don't want to hear this, but the developer is probably right about your lack of experience, although based on what you've said they are addressing it in a very unconstructive way. ...
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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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How to make my team follow the Scrum methodology?

Scrum is about collaboration, trust and empowerment. It is going to be very difficult to make people do those things. They have to want to do them. Some things I would suggest include: Try and build ...
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Problem dealing with a resistant resource

As with all marginally performing employees, you sit them down, you outline expectations and achievable objectives, you detail a timeline, and then you measure for improved performance. This is ...
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Is it a good idea to talk about consequences in a meeting about dev processes?

Within the bounds of project management, it is not generally good practices to bring out the stick with the carrot. Even when not using agile, project teams are expected to be professional adults who ...
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How to deal with an impatient stakeholder?

You probably heard of Brooks law "nine women can't make a baby in one month". It sounds like your PO wants one woman to have a baby in 3 and not 9 months. I've had relatively similar case lately and ...
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Help - Technical team does not want to work in agile way

From Developer Point of View The example which you have used: 'Users Grid', with everything written in (search, filter, sort, add/edit users To achieve the above, many frameworks provide built-in ...
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dispute resolution approaches/techniques between two members

While I agree with @DavidEspina (as usual), it might be useful to explore alternatives. You hint that the underlying cause is a conflict of personalities/egos ("showing weakness") I abstain ...
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What role the scrum master should have when it's time to organise team buildings (team lunch for example)

Nothing in the Scrum framework makes the Scrum Master responsible or accountable for team building activities. The Scrum Master "is accountable for establishing Scrum as defined in the Scrum ...
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How to deal with an impatient stakeholder?

The proxy Product Owner role is very difficult to do well. Combine being a proxy Product Owner with being a Scrum Master and it is hard to see how it will ever work. In Scrum we make a pact. The ...
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What to do when a developer of a library you've used for a year claims that you owe them license fees?

You do not indicate whether you have alternative libraries to use. This is important because it affects your leverage to negotiate good terms for your customer. If you have alternatives, then ...
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What is the best way to deal with a client that is always complaining?

Observe and ponder on situations when things go wrong. What is that the client complaint about? (a) about the thing that gone wrong? (b) that you didn't inform them soon enough? (c) about the ...
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How should a Scrum Master handle a Product Owner who micromanages the team?

I think there are 2 issues here. One is which method of Project Management the company should use. This should be decided upon, but it should be clear that a defined method needs to be used, and not ...
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Help - Technical team does not want to work in agile way

What you have here is a disagreement. You prefer doing things one way, the technical team prefers their way. So the way to fix this is to ask WHY?. And not just why they prefer their way, but also why ...
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dispute resolution approaches/techniques between two members

You implement a formal decision making process: you bring in their superior, you bring in a a handful of other technical experts, you give each party a period of time, say 30 minutes, to argue their ...
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Effect of front-loading tasks on project schedule

Simplistically, what your customer is telling is you is not illogical. If you bring tasks forward to complete, causing an increase in cost burn secondary to an additional resource, it follows ...
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Is it appropriate to say that a technical task is easy to do given that it is?

Overview Is it appropriate to say that a technical task is easy to do given that it is? No. Unless you are the one doing the task, then it's not really yours to estimate unless you're setting a ...
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