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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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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 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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Why management is more concerned of JIRA hours than of following Scrum values?

I can feel the frustration in your post. As someone who made the transition from a PMO to an Agile role I can understand both sides of the coin. Your question has multiple components which I will ...
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Does it make sense to reopen closed User Stories in a Scrum project

TL;DR Newly-discovered bugs and defects are new work. As such, they must be made visible and move through the standard Scrum processes. Analysis and Recommendations If there is a defect which [...
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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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Can you add a person to watch a JIRA issue?

Is it possible to add a person to watch an exising issue, without assigning the task to him/her? Absolutely, this is documented within Watching and Voting on an Issue: If you have the correct ...
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Should bug/regression tickets be reopened, or new tickets created?

TL;DR You have an X/Y problem created by skipping over analysis of the process problem in favor of a tools-based approach. JIRA and GitHub Issues are tools, not processes, so until you fully define ...
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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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How to use Agile in a small web agency managing a lot of different projects?

You're starting in a quite common environment. 6 people in production, no quality assurance people, several concurrent projects. And, let me guess, you've got ASAP requests pretty much every day. ...
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Why management is more concerned of JIRA hours than of following Scrum values?

Why is management is more concerned of JIRA burndown chart than of following Scrum values in project development? 3 common reasons for this type of behavior are: Lack of trust Poor understanding of ...
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Agile Jira is being bombarded by issues from QA and testers. Need help and suggestions

There are two kinds of bugs found during a sprint: Bugs resulting from current, on-going development work Bugs found during the sprint but from work that was done previously The usual Scrum practice ...
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Sort "Done" Jira Agile column

Each board has a filter, the filter contains the order. By default this is rank, because you pick lower ranked tasks later they get dropped at the bottom of the done column. You are looking to update ...
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How do I convert a JIRA Kanban board to a Scrum board

In JIRA boards are simply views on projects. It is the projects that contain the stories, epics and other issue types. This means that you can create a new board that points at an existing project. ...
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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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Burndown chart show as a red horizontal line even after spent time is updated

It looks like you should configure Estimation and Tracking for your board. Jira can track progress in either story points or hours: If you select Time Tracking "None" then issues will burn down ...
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Why management is more concerned of JIRA hours than of following Scrum values?

To make it easier to log hours in Jira you can use the worklog assistant program. The worklog assistant grabs all filters from Jira, you get a list of the current sprint issues for example. It warns ...
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Is there a way to use JIRA to back daily standup meeting?

If developers can't remember the tasks they're working on, then this could be a symptom of two possible problems: 1. There is too much WIP that there is too much WIP (work in progress) occurring at ...
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Jira story points versus sub task estimation

+1000 on Daniel's post: Do not use task hours at all. Hour estimating is something you'll find a lot of the leading agile experts recommend. And then look that the time stamps. I'm not aware of any ...
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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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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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