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Difference between grooming and refinement

The phrase "backlog grooming" was officially replaced with "backlog refinement" in the Scrum Guide back in 2013. The change was largely done for: Clarity of semantics. Arguably, ...
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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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What should we do if there are not enough PBIs to fill a final Sprint in Scrum?

In my team, if the backlog was exhausted, we always had the following to fall back on: The team can invest time and create a prioritized backlog of technical / architectural debt in your systems Work ...
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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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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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What is the definition of Product

The Product is the thing that you are building, or the service that you offer, or the need that you want to satisfy, or the vision that you have. The Product is first and foremost an idea "to do ...
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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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Is the product owner responsible to make long-term estimations about PBI in Scrum?

The only people who an accurately estimate is the people doing the work. The product owner doesn't generally code and even when they do, their job is to ask for the team to do as much as possible. The ...
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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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What should we do if there are not enough PBIs to fill a final Sprint in Scrum?

Quite simply, start the Sprint with what you have. However, your Product Owner (and the business) must learn the lesson that the pipeline of work is never finished. Run an ad-hoc retrospective to ...
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Difference between grooming and refinement

When I first got my CSM, the course instructor specifically said that grooming was being replaced with refinement because of the child exploitation angle. I was indifferent but understood the reason ...
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How can I effectively differentiate the Sprint Goal from the Sprint Backlog?

There is a single sprint goal, to prioritize the sprint backlog. The team goes about what the do and when, but they need guidance. The goal is not from the user's perspective, the goal is about what ...
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Does the Kanban require teams to work vertically sliced user stories or can we use small technical tasks

User Stories are an Agile Practice, Independent of Kanban "User stories" are an agile practice. They are not intrinsically part of Kanban. While many practitioners do use user stories as cards or ...
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What should we do if there are not enough PBIs to fill a final Sprint in Scrum?

TL;DR Your question is phrased in a way that may lead to good answers that aren't quite on target for your specific use case. You say: [A]t the ending of a project there aren't enough story points ...
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Specifications in spreadsheets vs. stories in JIRA

TLDR: It's the Product Owner (PO)'s responsibility to communicate the needs for the product to the Development Team in a format that they can use. I'll address your provided Pros for spreadsheets: ...
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Is Task always decomposed from User Story?

Is Task always decomposed from User Story? No. Tasks are often split from a user story, but that does not mean that a task can only exist as part of user stories and thus they always have a smaller ...
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Is it the product owner's responsibility to provide requirements around data mapping/transformation?

There's a lot of grey area, but the direct answer to you question according to the Scrum Guide is no - it is not the Product Owner's responsibility to provide data mappings. https://scrumguides.org/...
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How to deal with ineffective Product Backlog refinement?

TL;DR: You're Missing a Definition of Ready The whole Scrum Team should work together to define a standard Definition of Ready for both Product Backlog refinement and Sprint Planning activities, and ...
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Is the product owner responsible to make long-term estimations about PBI in Scrum?

Just like your short-term planning, the team is asked to make any long-term estimates as well. If you are using story points, they can account for unknowns and risks as well as effort, so the team ...
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User Stories breakdown for back-end team

The Product Owner doesn't need to care about Tasks. You should not be creating them. You should not be looking at them. You should not care about them. You create and prioritize the Stories. The ...
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What is the definition of Product

Barnaby Golden's answer points to the trust associated with a product, which is very interesting and goes hand-in-hand with what Tom Graves writes in Product, service and trust: A product ...
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What is the definition of Product

I like to think of a product as having a distinct set of end users who derive value from its use. end users -> People that derive final value from the product, not people that will use the thing to ...
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Specifications in spreadsheets vs. stories in JIRA

TL;DR Spreadsheets are great for capturing data. User stories and kanban boards are great for visualizing work or providing conversation placeholders. They can exist together. The real issue is that ...
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Is the product owner responsible to make long-term estimations about PBI in Scrum?

No, individuals doing the work decide on deadlines for the individual items in the backlog, but the product owner ultimately decides what trade-offs are needed in order to meet the deadlines required ...
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Minimum number of items in the Product Backlog for an Affinity estimate

Affinity estimation is a fast estimation technique usually used for release planning. You have a product backlog full of items (or a list of the most important items) and you want to get an airplane ...
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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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How do you differentiate between Product & (Dev) Ops activities for an Agile project?

It does make sense to have some differentiation, however, the proposed differentiations don't make much sense to me. First, it seems like you're using "ops" and "DevOps" ...
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Should user stories be delivered orally?

A User Story is a promise of a Conversation. This famous phrase was said by one of Agile Manifesto authors, Alistair Cockburn*. So yes, a User Story can be a one liner. But aren't stories supposed to ...
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Should user stories be delivered orally?

With agile it is a good idea to think in terms of the outcomes you want first and then to think about the methods you can use to achieve those outcomes. When following an agile approach we want to ...
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How do you handle change requests in Scrum?

Short answer is: yes. Backlogs are assumed to be emergent and are expected to change and be re-prioritized often.
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