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QA is at capacity, Development has room

It seems to me that you are trying to fill each sprint to capacity, and keep everyone fully utilized. Planning for 100% resource utilization is a bad idea. You will only end up with busy people and ...
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Any tips on how to 'sell' the necessity of dealing with technical debt to nontechnical stakeholders?

You might tackle it by highlighting increases in development costs caused by technical debt. That is a problem we are facing right now, too. Business is requesting more and more features they need ...
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Points, Hours, Capacity

EDIT: First off, you have a bigger problem. The team that I've taken over doesn't currently do retrospectives or sprint reviews sadly. You may have tagged the Question as scrum, but you're not doing ...
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QA is at capacity, Development has room

One possible approach you could consider is using the surplus developer time to create automated regression tests. In the long-run this will give you better automated test coverage and will reduce ...
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Scrum and interruptions (urgent bugs, requests)

Does Scrum take into account interruptions? Scrum does not. The Scrum team does. Scrum teams are self-organized and plan their own work. If part of that work consists of fixing urgent bugs from ...
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How should we hand-off and ticket UI designs to the devs to ensure the developed design matches the provided UI mockups, while still being agile?

I've seen this happen with design so many times. It's a structural problem with how people and teams are organized. Now, I feel like I should say that cross-functional teams are not required to be ...
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How to make Release Planning more accurate?

Not surprisingly, I hear that question a lot. The basic problem with the question is that Agile disagrees with the fundamental idea of a fixed-scope/fixed-timeline project. In the question you were ...
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What to do with work that seems too small to bother planning?

Tasks that are not listed increase context switching. People have to keep them in mind, but they forget. Then they remember about them in the middle of another task and think to themselves "Oops, I ...
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How should we hand-off and ticket UI designs to the devs to ensure the developed design matches the provided UI mockups, while still being agile?

Let me challenge the frame of your question a bit: Why do you have such specific requirements that change for every ticket? Is it really necessary to have different margins between buttons on ...
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How can I foster more T-shaping within a Scrum team?

Well, first, "t-shaping" is just abstract theory. It's not a goal that one can grasp. It's not something to achieve. It does not produce anything, earn anything or make anything better. So ...
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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 ...
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Is a good Scrum practice to meassure the developer team by the story points completed at the end of the sprint?

TL;DR Scrum is not intrinsically about doing more work faster, although high-performing teams often do. Like most agile frameworks, Scrum is about doing just enough of the right work. Measuring the ...
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Points, Hours, Capacity

Points Story points are a way of measuring effort using relative sizing. They are deliberately not time based for several reasons including: People are naturally better at relative estimating than ...
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Is there planning in Scrum?

TL;DR Scrum is an empirical control process, and therefore "big, upfront planning" is intrinsically an anti-pattern. But Scrum certainly includes a lot of iterative and just-in-time planning,...
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QA is at capacity, Development has room

In Scrum, you should not see the distinction between "developer" and "QA tester". As of November 2020, the Scrum Guide says: Within a Scrum Team, there are no sub-teams or ...
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Who consumes estimates?

Estimates are a tool that supports planning. Anyone that needs to make decisions and build plans about the future can use estimates as a tool to make predictions and figure stuff out (without knowing ...
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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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How to schedule back and front-end developers based on story points?

If I've interpreted correctly, your Question is how to convert Story Point estimations for User Stories into time-estimations for each individual developer. My answer? Don't. The only possible ...
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If Velocity should not be used for future estimations, what is it good for?

Sorry, but that is not what the article says at all. The purpose of measuring the past is predicting the future and no one in that threads claims different. What is claimed though and I absolutely ...
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Dev went on vacation leaving his work unfinished. How to manage this without informing the customer?

What should be my actions in this situation now? I cannot tell the client that the development of the feature has stopped because the dev went on vacation. This would be unprofessional. Honesty ...
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What are the benefits of estimating hours during the task breakdown?

Story points and ideal hours serve completely different purposes and are not comparable in any way. Story Points They are part of a double estimate. The capacity of a sprint is estimated in points (&...
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Any tips on how to 'sell' the necessity of dealing with technical debt to nontechnical stakeholders?

Take a more proactive approach to dealing with technical debt In one of my previous projects, we had a major part of a site run on annual data put together by the business. Unfortunatley, the ...
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What we should do with tasks which estimated time bigger than sprint?

Look for ways to deliver limited business value initially ...even if it is not something that you can actually use. Taking your example, if you are going to accept Visa, MasterCard and PayPal, you ...
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How do I define acceptance criteria for subjective outcomes?

Why Your "Story" Isn't Testable As a small business owner I want simple and easy instructions to follow for any recommendations to my website so that I understand what it is I need to do and ...
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How to set story points when two people work on the same item together?

First, it's important to realize that Velocity is not on a per-person basis, but a measure of the team's capability to deliver work in a Sprint. Every Sprint, your team completes so many Story Points. ...
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How should a non-technical person define tasks for technicians?

Stories should always be defined in business terms. Why does there need to be web integration? Who is it for? What exactly does it need to accomplish? If it is not directly-related to a business ...
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Is there Scrum ceremony for planning Technical Details on an Agile Project?

TL;DR: Scrum doesn't provide for a lot of things, you need to figure out a way that works for your team and project. During the planning meeting (from the Scrum guide) The Development Team usually ...
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Scrum - What and when is the best process to task a user story card in this environment

I am assigned to an Epic expected to take 3 developers for 6 weeks. There are so very many things wrong with that statement, from a Scrum perspective. I'll go through them in order. I am assigned ...
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Change of business focus after a sprint has started

The product owner should decide when the objective of the sprint becomes obsolete and hence cancel the sprint. If this is a recurrent situation, there's a need to diagnose why it is happening. Details ...
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What should a scrum team do if they complete work earlier than expected?

Great question, and a great problem to have :) If a team is ahead of schedule, it's still ultimately up to them as to how to manage their work. I suggest asking them what their stretch goal should be ...
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