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Should the Product Owner dictate what info the UI needs to display?

My question is, to what extent should the PO describe the requirements of a UI? To the extent that the designers know what to design and the programmers know what to program. In your example, "as a ...
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What's expected from different career levels for a Scrum Master?

I think the different levels can relate to the Agile Onion as described by Simon Powers. Entry level: Can implement the tools and processes, but doesn't have a good understanding why the processes, ...
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What's the role of a Resource Manager in Agile?

A resource manager as a organiser of day to day productivity has no place on an agile team. We know why they don't belong, it's in your question. They're trying to optimise things that oughtn't to be ...
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Is Scrum Master a "management" position?

TL;DR Is the Scrum Master a "manager" in the traditional business sense of the term? No. However, the Scrum Master does in fact "manage" a number of things within the Scrum Framework. Once you ...
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Project Manager cancel or move daily stand-up without notice if he has conflicting meetings

I think the most useful advice can actually be found in the comment on your linked Question. My manager was absolutely shocked to find out that we still had our stand up when he canceled it (a ...
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Team member frequently disregards "small" requests

TL;DR You have one or more process problems involving communication and prioritization. You need additional information in order to inspect-and-adapt your team's process in a collaborative and ...
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How does a Scrum Team handle traditional BA responsibilities?

To answer this effectively, it is important to split roles, job titles, and skills. Scrum has absolutely nothing to say about job titles, so we can actually resolve that fairly quickly by saying: as ...
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What's the role of a Resource Manager in Agile?

There is no 'Resource Manager' role in Scrum The question that you are quoting has the 'scrum' and 'scrum-master' tags. How do I manage development with testing and get proper reporting in JIRA? So, ...
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Can one person be both Scrum Master and Architect at the same time?

Scrum Master and Development Team Roles Can Conflict Is it OK if the Scrum Master and Architect is one person? Presumably the Architect is considered a member of the Development Team. The Scrum ...
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Can the Scrum Master role directly modify the Sprint Backlog?

The Scrum Master is not part of the Development Team. Your assessment is correct - the term "Scrum Team" refers to the Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Development Team. The Development Team includes ...
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Does a business analyst fit into the Scrum framework?

TL;DR The canonically-correct solution is to put someone with business analysis skills onto the Scrum Team in a Developer role, and then cross-train the whole Scrum Team. Cross-pollination of skills ...
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What's the role of a Resource Manager in Agile?

If the role of Resource Manager in your organization is seen as maximizing measurable activity instead of produced value, you've got a serious problem. You're going to create more waste by keeping ...
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Should there be junior and senior developers in a Scrum team, or should everyone be a developer?

A Scrum development team is self-organising and avoids the traditional hierarchical roles such as lead developer. The idea is for team members to lead by setting an example and by gaining the respect ...
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Can one person be both Scrum Master and Architect at the same time?

I can speak from some experience, as I'm currently both Scrum Master and development team member (such as an architect, who is 'just' a development team member in Scrum terms). Though often frowned ...
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How to integrate DevOps people into a Scrum Team?

There's no such thing as "DevOps people". DevOps is an organizational culture. Like how Agile brought the business and developers into a close, collaborative relationship, DevOps is about a ...
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Mixing organizational and Scrum roles

TL;DR Companies have many choices in project management frameworks. However, if they choose Scrum, then they have chosen to abide by the framework's methodology. This includes enforcing the Scrum ...
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In an scaled Scrum with multiple teams, who should be responsible for writing automated system tests?

The Scrum Guide states that a Scrum team should have all the skill necessary to deliver a product increment. The idea is that a team will take one or more features and fully implement them by the end ...
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In an scaled Scrum with multiple teams, who should be responsible for writing automated system tests?

Each Scrum Team Tests Its Own Work A lot depends on your scaled framework, but in general the answer will be that each individual Scrum team is responsible for testing its own work. For example, when ...
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Is Scrum Master a "management" position?

Part of the problem is that "management" is vague. Does it imply formal authority? A reporting relationship? Someone who is responsible for the development of others? Responsible for the success of an ...
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What is the difference between the project manager and business analyst role?

They're just different roles. A PM is responsible for guiding the project to successful completion. A Business Analyst is typically responsible for elaborating the solution from concept to ...
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One of our executives wants to play programmer

TL;DR There is a lot more that's structurally wrong with your situation than you think, and based on your tone and framing you yourself appear to be part of the problem. Your company appears to have ...
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Does a business analyst fit into the Scrum framework?

There are two answers here - the Scrum answer and the my practical answer. In Scrum, there are three "accountabilities" (prior to the November 2020 revision, roles) on a Scrum Team - Scrum ...
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Does a business analyst fit into the Scrum framework?

I have seen many business analysts work well in Scrum teams. The three biggest challenges for them are typically: Reaching a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities with the Product Owner ...
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How should a Scrum Master handle a Product Owner who micromanages the team?

Enforce the Roles of Scrum In Scrum, the Product Owner owns the Product Backlog but is not the "boss" of the team. He is, in fact, intended to be a collaborative peer of of Scrum Master and the ...
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Should the Product Owner dictate what info the UI needs to display?

Product Owner is Accountable for the Product, and Responsible for the Product Backlog My question is: to what extent should the PO describe the requirements of a UI? Should we (the developers and ...
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One of our executives wants to play programmer

You could treat his submission like any other pull request: give him feedback like you would any other code review. If he understands the conventions of your team, if he knows your team doesn't put ...
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One of our executives wants to play programmer

Besides for dns's suggestion to add it to treat his submission like any other pull request and test it thoroughly, you also need to add values to your concerns. Create a document explaining the cost,...
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How can I resolve conflict with a seasoned developer?

TL;DR You probably don't want to hear this, but the developer is probably right about your lack of experience, although based on what you've said they are addressing it in a very unconstructive way. ...
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Does a business analyst fit into the Scrum framework?

I usually see BAs work in one of two ways. Sometimes they assist on items being developed in the current sprint by providing their domain expertise to developers, helping to fill in any missing ...
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How to integrate DevOps people into a Scrum Team?

TL;DR While DevOps is not orthogonal to Scrum, Devops and Scrum are not synonyms. In addition, there is no "DevOps" role in Scrum. Everyone but the Product Owner and Scrum Master (let's see ...
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