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A lot of comments are made about the size of the team and the roles within it, so I'll skip that. My advice (with most questions, issues or whatever): Take it to the team The team is doing the actual work and they can tell what they think they need or should do or whatever. Then you can have a discussion about the situation and come to a solution with the ...


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TL;DR Refactoring is a natural part of iterative and incremental development methodologies. However, a high ratio of defects in a product indicates one or more fundamental process problems. Such problems represent a cost to the project by consuming budget, schedule, and resources. High defect rates also create a drag on productivity that increases over time....


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There is no standard measure of acceptable quality as each organisation exists in its own domain. For example, a startup working with a radical new technology may accept a large number of issues as for them speed to market is more important than quality. A company building medical applications will usually aim for a very high quality standard. Having said ...


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It is the responsibility of the Scrum Master to make sure the team is following Scrum, but adding a tester to the team does not conflict with the Scrum Guide. However, the Scrum Guide does recommend keeping the team size to 9 or fewer, so it would be worth discussing that with the team. A good approach would be to keep an eye out for issues related to team ...


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Perhaps it will be helpful to reframe the question. We can ask instead, "Does my team have the skills around quality necessary to deliver the product increment?" You may think you know the answer to this question - you may even be right. However, this is a question for the team. The Scrum Guide has this to say about the development team: They are self-...


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As a Scrum Master should I decide or the team decide whether they need a tester? This is how traditional project managers talk, not scrum masters. If your team members consider a tester would help and they want a tester, then they should have a tester. The team decides. This directly answers your title question. I'll now say a few things about what you ...


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