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Should we take into account scope changes to the Sprint to measure the team efficiency?

Velocity is not a metric for team performance. It's a measurable dimension you can attach to the work being performed in the sprint so that the team can forecast future work in future sprints (see the ...
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Managing scope creep in Agile

TL;DR Scope creep is a project risk, and must be controlled. However, in agile frameworks, scope is a variable constraint rather than a fixed one. To be an effective agilist, one needs to understand ...
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Estimating when my project will be done

Just because you have 150 story points in your backlog now does not mean that work captures the work necessary from your stakeholders' perspectives. Every iteration, you should be evaluating what has ...
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Should we take into account scope changes to the Sprint to measure the team efficiency?

TL;DR Your management team needs to be educated on how Scrum works, and to modify its key performance indicators to be outcome-based rather than effort-based. Its current approach to metrics is not ...
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Change requests processing best practice

Firm Fixed Price does not mean that the customer gets their desired solution for a fixed price. It means the customer agrees to negotiate about the scope and changes later and must pay extra for ...
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Estimating when my project will be done

Project Scheduling isn't a science, but an art. So it's not enough to provide you with a simple equation - which I'm sure you could also do using a calculator - you also have to "understand" your ...
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Scope creep and creepy stories?

Scope creep is uncontrolled change in the scope of work, with other project constraints staying in place as initially estimated. It tends to be a concept that mostly applies to predictive styles of ...
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Should impact on schedule because of scope change be reported as delay?

If you had a scope change, a legitimate one that was approved via your change process, then you should also have a corresponding and proportional schedule and cost change. This means that the delay ...
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Change requests processing best practice

This is not a matter of change request best practices, but a matter of contract negotiation and relationship with the customer. There is a reason why fixed-price contracts for developing software are ...
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Managing scope creep in Agile

I usually answer by telling that the requirements need to be clearly defined before the project starts, and if there is any change during the project then it has to go through a change control process ...
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Are Delighters equivalent to Gold Plating?

These are two judgement labels applied to the exact same behavior, based on the outcome. If you get it right, the customer is delighted. If you get it wrong, you gold plated and the customer is ...
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Estimating when my project will be done

In Scrum, a project is done when the client tells you that the product you delivered is good enough or when they don't want the product anymore. That can be when all the tasks currently on the backlog ...
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Issue in managing changes

This is not an issue of managing changes in scope, this is an issue of trust and respect. When two business parties trust and respect each other, they will usually find ways to collaborate and agree ...
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Should we take into account scope changes to the Sprint to measure the team efficiency?

In the Scrum framework, the team does not commit to a body of work. The commitment made by the Developers is to the Sprint Goal, which is created through a collaborative effort between the Product ...
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How should a project manager handle a request for contracted software to produce twice as many reports as specified in the project's requirements?

One of the four values of agile is "Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation." The first thing to ask is "what is best for the customer?". Once you've done that, then you ask "is it covered ...
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Vendor selection being squeezed in as project's scope - how to best respond?

I am reading into this that the scope of the project and the firm fixed price are already negotiated and sealed. I can see why your customer thinks that vendor selection is part of the price because ...
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Vendor selection being squeezed in as project's scope - how to best respond?

You are right to be concerned about this. Vendor selection can be a significant drain on time and resources, so you need to either ensure that this is excluded from the scope, or that sufficient time ...
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How to minimize scope creep?

I've been dealing a lot with a scope creep over the last 2 years. I created a list of things that is a must to keep in mind in order to minimize the negative impact on the project. At first - you ...
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Managing scope creep in Agile

tldr; Agile shifts the focus to the discovering and creating a solution for the customer's needs. Agile values "Responding to change over following a plan" because one must "Welcome changing ...
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How can I force an epic to have a limited/finite scope?

TL;DR Whenever possible, think of epics as placeholders for more detailed product backlog items, not as evergreen stories. It's better to add new stories to the Product Backlog as they are discovered ...
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what to do with out of scope tickets in JIRA

Let's pretend you had a physical card wall for a moment. You've got some cards that someone thought was a good idea, but on further review, they're not actually so great. What would you do with the ...
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What techniques do you use to establish scope in agile

If I understand your Question correctly, you're asking how best to approach agile development in a situation where there is a hard cap on time? The obvious answer is to constrain the scope. And a ...
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PMI: Responsibility for Scope Management

The accountability resides always with the project manager, the responsibility can be delegated. If you look at page 25 of PMBOK v 6, table 1.4 Process 5.2 Collect Requirements is specified as a PM ...
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What is the difference between scope creep and scope gap?

It’s All About Expectations “Unapproved” doesn’t really capture the essence of scope creep. In purely pragmatic terms, scope creep is a slow or gradual increase in scope beyond the original plan. A ...
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Who decides if something should NOT be injected into a Sprint?

This is going to be a pretty by the rules answer. Before I give you that, remember that you're working with people and that if the developers and product owner have a good conversation and decide it's ...
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Scope creep and creepy stories?

TL;DR "Creepy stories" are not going to be understood by anyone outside your company as anything other than scary fairy tales or novels. This is not a term of art within project management ...
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Is signing off projects supposed to be hard?

Whether or not it is 'normal' is highly subjective and contextual. What is more important is whether or not it is a problem (which I assume it is, otherwise why are you here asking about it?), and, ...
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In what ways does a project charter differ from a project scope?

Project scope is a conceptual thing describing the boundaries of your project, covering what the project encompasses and (maybe more importantly) what it does not encompass. From PMBOK 4: Project ...
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What is the difference between requirement and scope?

To put it simply: Requirements is what the customer needs, scope is what will be done to fulfill them.
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what to do with out of scope tickets in JIRA

At our firm we have a few ways of tracking out-of-scope tickets, all of which have proved useful for different Product Owners depending on their style. Issue Type: In addition to JIRA's normal "User ...
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