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What's difference between "depends on" and "is blocked by" relations between issues in Jira next-gen board?

Jira links are broadly used, as far as I can see, for an information-only purpose. All in all, it boils down to how your team uses it. With that in mind, it'll strongly depend on what is considered ...
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How do I overcome a bottleneck in a team's process, when what people are telling me doesn't match what I see

Your problem is not that you have developers and non-developers (as you call the business analysis/product owner, the designer and the testers). Your problem is that these people have individual ...
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How do companies measure task progress in project management tools (Jira) when fresher team members spent most of the time in learning?

Your problem is you've got too much granularity. Do you really need to know that this specific task will take this specific developer this specific number of minutes? My question is... why? Many ...
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How do I overcome a bottleneck in a team's process, when what people are telling me doesn't match what I see

Your team appears to do mini-waterfall development within each sprint, which is a known anti-pattern, as you don't get the collaboration within the team that make agile methods successful. Also, ...
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Should we take into account scope changes to the Sprint to measure the team efficiency?

Velocity is not a metric for team performance. It's a measurable dimension you can attach to the work being performed in the sprint so that the team can forecast future work in future sprints (see the ...
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How to write implementing HTTPS as a user story?

I would focus on the need, rather than the implementation. The user story would then simply be: "As a user, I want any personal information I give (Company) to remain private and secure." With HTTPS ...
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Should we take into account scope changes to the Sprint to measure the team efficiency?

TL;DR Your management team needs to be educated on how Scrum works, and to modify its key performance indicators to be outcome-based rather than effort-based. Its current approach to metrics is not ...
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Should we create an Epic for tech-debts

An epic is a large story. One that needs to be broken down into stories that fit comfortably within sprints. It isn't really meant to be used as a way of grouping stories together in a category. ...
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User Story versus Task in Jira

There are multiple challenges on your question, let's try to consider the key ones. First and foremost - what's wrong is what does not work for you. If it works for you to have several sub-tasks, why ...
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How do I overcome a bottleneck in a team's process, when what people are telling me doesn't match what I see

You are doing a lot of good things already, but I would also recommend the following: Reduce how much you bring into each sprint Keep on reducing it until the testing bottleneck disappears and the ...
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How to write implementing HTTPS as a user story?

First of all, you are potentially misusing user stories as a mechanism. A user story emerges from a real need, it should not be invented or changed to fit the process. Anyway, it could be something ...
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How do I overcome a bottleneck in a team's process, when what people are telling me doesn't match what I see

Other comments here all ring true: too waterfall-y, not enough team responsibility, etc. but I'd like to emphasize a point made just once in other answers: you're absolutely setting goals too high. ...
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User Story versus Task in Jira

Much of what you're being told may not be wrong, but is missing some context at the least. First, we have to do a bit of defining to clear up term confusion. Jira did not start as a project ...
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Is tracking billable time for Scrum ceremonies in JIRA an anti-pattern?

The direct answer to your question is that how you bill your time to the client is not addressed in Scrum. Therefor there is no billing model that is expressly anti-scrum. If adding a place on the ...
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Can an Epic span multiple versions / releases?

TL;DR Yes. There is no issue with this at all. Discussion Points The concept of Epics are pretty amorphous and undefined. You can find descriptions of Epics as large user stories that need broken ...
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Technical user stories or development related tasks

Creating user stories is to get the conversation going and to give the team context to understand the problem at hand to create the correct solution. Also it forces the writer to think about the value ...
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Scrum - splitting test from a user story to next sprint

No, splitting technical tasks off into new stories is not the answer. The idea behind delivering a "potentially releasable product increment" is that the stakeholders can say at the end of a sprint: "...
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Agile: Can Epics be time-based rather than feature-based?

There is some grey area here, but let's start with a clear answer to work from. Epics are a derived idea from User Stories - specifically an epic is just a big user story that you've broken down into ...
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How do I overcome a bottleneck in a team's process, when what people are telling me doesn't match what I see

The first question I would want to consider in your position is: Are the issues being seen in test because the code is unreliable, or because the requirements have not been understood? The ...
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Is tracking billable time for Scrum ceremonies in JIRA an anti-pattern?

Scrum works best if you have good product ownership, fixed-length iterations and a stable team. If the backlog is determined by the client and the team is stable then (barring leave and unexpected ...
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How do companies measure task progress in project management tools (Jira) when fresher team members spent most of the time in learning?

Trying to figure how project management can help my team complete tasks faster Project management, and tools like JIRA, are (in the context of software development) ways of making your project move ...
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How to ensure developers don't sneak in code not part of requirements?

There is a lot you can do that ensures that the code does what it's supposed to do, but aside from trusting the people developing it (including their reviewers) there is basically no way to make sure ...
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What to do when running into a potential rabbit hole in a story?

Option A should just not be done; don't do any invisible work. If new work crops up in any form, document it. This is assuming it's not just a two-minute thing, of course, but if so then it's probably ...
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How to get an Epic span multiple sprints?

You can assign the Epic's user stories to different sprints according to your needs. And when you browse the Epic you can see how its issues are distributed. Like the below example.
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Production bugs and epics in Jira

Outside of the Jira context, an Epic represents some kind of deliverable business value. An Epic is usually made up of good Stories, the full value is realized to the client and users after all of the ...
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How to handle when planned work is blocked and a developer has capacity to take on a new user story that may be too big

Welcome to PMSE! Good question. It may be a duplicate but I could not find it so I will answer. I can tell you how I coach teams to handle it. Unfortunately, the story is bigger than the ...
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Is a ticket management system necessary for our org?

Dispose of your low value cards. Stuff you won't do is inventory and there is a cost of keeping them around, which you're encountering now. You should have a good idea of what the rough value order ...
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How to ensure developers don't sneak in code not part of requirements?

Using a Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) or Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) approach means that the code is self documenting. So introducing functionality beyond the original requirements ...
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Estimate Item Delivery from Throughput plus blockers

When using Kanban, Cycle Time is your guide. Cycle Time is the measure from one point of the cycle to another. Generally from when the item starts being worked, to when it is done. Related to this, ...
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In Jira, how do you capitalizing the dev time for each story?

So with Agile Accounting standards (yes, it's a thing) you don't have to be focused on the individual anymore, it's the team you focus on. In a previous company, I helped management move to just this ...
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