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Who truly prioritizes the product backlog? The Product Owner or Team?

Business Analyst works with the Product Owner and provides him with valuable insights on the value and importance of the user stories, but the PO is still the person who sets the priority of the ...
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In Scrum, what should we do with partly-completed work started at the end of a Sprint?

TL;DR Don't plan or start work that won't fit into the Sprint. Decompose any remaining work further until it fits within the current Sprint, or let the team figure out what backlog items to descope ...
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Who truly prioritizes the product backlog? The Product Owner or Team?

The direct answer is that the Product Owner prioritizes the backlog. It is, of course a little more nuanced than that. In an ideal world, the PO would just sort the backlog items by effort and value ...
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Committing the Product Owner to a sprint backlog with a contract

TL;DR No, because what you describe is not strictly Scrum - you should fix the process instead of inventing a workaround. The PO can change the product backlog, but not the sprint backlog. If the team ...
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Can we use only one Scrum board for a team with multiple projects?

Although I cannot fault CodeGnome's answer above, I feel like the question has not been fully answered and we circle back once again to the flexibility of the names Agile, Scrum, Kanban etc. Maxim, ...
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Should a technical person take part of the user stories prioritization process?

Product Owner and the Development Team collaborate The Scrum Guide is very clear on these aspects: Product Owner and the Development Team collaborate on Backlog refinement: Product Backlog ...
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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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Which guidelines are applicable for a single Scrum Team managing multiple backlogs?

TL;DR Does the Agile community have recommended processes for a single Scrum Team managing tasks coming in from multiple backlogs? Sure: don't do it. Multiple teams can work from a single Product ...
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T-Shirt Size and total estimation, how to manage them?

I assume the surveys will yield a score each macro area, say like from 1 to 9, 9 being very high interest. I'd attach an ordinal scale to your t-shirt size estimates, 1 through 5. To make things ...
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User Story breakdown - Technical Task + User Feature

Sprint Backlog Tasks Aren't Inherently User Stories You're conflating user stories and tasks. Product Backlog Items often start as user stories on the Product Backlog, but Scrum doesn't mandate the ...
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In Scrum, what should we do with partly-completed work started at the end of a Sprint?

As you say, not every team member will finish the planned work at the same time. But as long as you don't overload the sprint then there is a good chance they will all have finished by the end of the ...
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Which strategies I can use to handle tickets during a scrum sprint?

Budget time for such production bug triage work This is not very unusual. Most software development teams have to be prepared to fix production bugs on priority, if any are reported. It is also quite ...
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Can we use only one Scrum board for a team with multiple projects?

TL;DR My research is covering on how we could have 1 SCRUM board for 1 Team that works on multiple projects simultaneously. SCRUM methodology is not just for working on 1 project, it tells us what ...
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T-Shirt Size and total estimation, how to manage them?

TL;DR If you want to score things, you need to convert to a numerical or ordinal value to perform a comparison. However, part of the challenge is that you are using the wrong tool to compare features ...
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Project manager dumps all tickets in sprint

"The PM has started dumping hundreds of tickets into the 2-week sprint a couple of sprints back" In Scrum, no one other than the Development Team is authorized to accept work into a Sprint. Assuming ...
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Sprint demo feedback

tl;dr; There is no "right" answer. Whatever works for your team and client. Probably Not a Bug Sprint feedback is rarely a bug. While there is no strict definition, a bug, or defect, is a term ...
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Which guidelines are applicable for a single Scrum Team managing multiple backlogs?

You need a full-time dedicated Product Owner for the Scrum teams In one of my previous assignments, as the Scrum Master, I worked with a group of Product Managers similar to what you describe. Also, ...
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Estimate hours of work for every user story

Scrum does not mandate estimation of any kind, actually. It doesn't even mandate user stories to be honest. Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber put together a quick guide with the essentials of Scrum ...
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Defining user story in Scrum: how specific must they be?

User stories should have enough basic information like who (type of user) wants what functionality and why is the functionality needed. Also, what is his or her success critrion for the story. ...
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Can we use only one Scrum board for a team with multiple projects?

If you stick to a strict interpretation of Scrum, 1 story board = 1 team = 1 project. Could you use multiple story boards? Sure, but purists would probably argue you're not doing Scrum anymore. Are ...
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Ineffective Backlog Grooming and Sprint Planning

Our scrum master insists that we cannot end the meeting until enough stories are ready for the next sprint, no matter what. Most of the stories just aren't ready in terms of requirements Your scrum ...
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Who plans the items for an iteration/sprint?

This is responsobility of Product Owner and Development Team. Product Owner: In article Roles in Disciplined Agile Delivery is written following: Product Owner. In a system with hundreds or ...
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Who truly prioritizes the product backlog? The Product Owner or Team?

The answer is, Yes, No, It Depends, in true agile fashion. :) So I've been lucky or unlucky as the case may be and have never worked in a company with the Business Analyst role. So I can't comment ...
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Who should attend Sprint Replanning?

TL;DR [S]ince the Development Team is responsible for current sprint work, does the PO need to attend Replanning? [sic] Yes, the Product Owner needs to be present at all scoping and planning ...
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What to do if a member of a team finishes all his sprint tasks ahead of schedule?

You have a few options at your disposal. Use the available time to work on technical debts or fix bugs. Ask the team member to share load another team member to help her/him in completing the sprint ...
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Should we add more items to sprint backlog if there is items that are not completed

I've worked with teams where this is the norm. That said, we tend to fall back on the Scrum Guide for how to handle this. The team is ultimately responsible for organizing and managing their own work ...
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User Story breakdown - Technical Task + User Feature

Pay attention to the 'V' in the INVEST mneumonic. A PBI must deliver value to the stakeholders. Ask yourself: by itself, does the ability to parse country data from the XYZ feed provide any value ...
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Can a story be put on hold within a Sprint?

This story is committed for the current sprint. Teams should not commit to completion of Product Backlog Items for a Sprint. The team's Sprint Backlog is a forecast, based on the team's past ...
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Backlog Grooming

In order to do Sprint Planning, you first need a Product Backlog. What you have is not sufficient to act as a Product Backlog. The Scrum Guide defines a Product Backlog as "an ordered list of ...
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Review of sprint board during the sprint session?

Such an event does not exist in Scrum. In Scrum, the Sprint Backlog is "a plan by and for the Developers". The Developers are expected to choose a mechanism (which may or may not be a board) ...
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