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Why do all the teams that I have worked with always finish a sprint without completion of all the stories?

I cannot speak to your particular situation but yes, it is pretty common that not everything is done. This is in fact a logical consequence of the structure of the team, and you being a developer are ...
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Is it really necessary to have a four hour meeting in Sprint planning?

I'm going to slightly disagree with Bogdan's answer. The Scrum Guide does say that: Sprint Planning is time-boxed to a maximum of eight hours for a one-month Sprint. For shorter Sprints, the event ...
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Are all the scrum ceremonies included in the sprint timebox in Scrum?

From the Scrum Guide: Sprints contain and consist of the Sprint Planning, Daily Scrums, the development work, the Sprint Review, and the Sprint Retrospective. All of the events are included in ...
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Why do all the teams that I have worked with always finish a sprint without completion of all the stories?

In addition to the questions that Daniel poses, I'd pose a different one first: Is the team achieving its Sprint Goals? The Sprint Goal for a team following Scrum is the objective that should be met ...
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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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How to deal with hotfixes keeping the scrum methodology

Jeff Sutherland, the inventor of Scrum, developed a pattern called 'Illegitimus Non Interruptus': Explicitly allot time for interrupts and do not allow more work than fits within the allotment. If ...
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Artificial decomposition in Scrum

It looks like Scrum doesn't address this issue in any way? No, it doesn't. Scrum is a guide. Although it prescribes stuff, it doesn't prescribe a lot of stuff. This is one of the things that are left ...
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Sprint is 2 week and 40-stories

If you are following Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide, the Product Owner cannot simply add stories to the Sprint Backlog. The Sprint Backlog, which is created as Sprint Planning as a negotiation ...
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Does it make sense to use Scrum when the dates for sprints constantly change?

In the context of Scrum, a Sprint is a timebox. It has a start and it has an end. Once a Sprint starts, it's timebox is fixed - it will end when it is scheduled to end. There is no concept of ...
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From a sprint planning perspective, is it wrong to build an entire user interface before the API?

Building only a user interface prototype will not usually reduce risk. It may increase risk because it would not deliver a working product. The better approach is usually to do whatever you need to ...
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Why do all the teams that I have worked with always finish a sprint without completion of all the stories?

It is common, but it isn't right. Here are a few things to consider that may be contributing to this challenge: Is the team focused on delivering a potentially shippable product increment each sprint ...
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Scheduling Sprint Reviews

You are not doing Scrum, by any stretch of the imagination. Now, there may be a good reason for that. Scrum itself does not always fit all circumstances. But I have to ask - are you not following ...
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How can story points be "non linear" in relative size

Perhaps a more accurate way to put it would be that story point estimates are imprecise. If you have a 5 and a 3, that may or may not be the same size as an 8. To make this less confusing, let's ...
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Scrum backlog and sprint planning

the backlog is populated by the project manager Scrum, as it's defined, doesn't have a role called "project manager". There are only three roles - Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Developer....
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Regarding best practices of Scrum are there any "best weekday" to start/end Sprints?

I have seen almost any day but Monday and Friday, because people want to leave early on Friday (assuming you have flex time) and might come in unpredictably late on Monday if they are contractors that ...
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Is it fine to pick stories in the current sprint which have external dependency?

In Scrum we look to create product increments each Sprint, not simply to do work. The direct solution to your question from the Scrum Guide is that you should have cross-functional team. That is, all ...
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Artificial decomposition in Scrum

I know there is an accepted answer, but I find it to have a bit of a trap in it, so I want to provide this answer for another view. I've been practicing Scrum for about 15 years and I have yet to ...
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Better approach to sprint for QA and Dev team

Since you're doing Scrum, let's look at the guide: Scrum recognizes no sub-teams in the Development Team, regardless of particular domains that need to be addressed like testing or business analysis; ...
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Is a good Scrum practice to meassure the developer team by the story points completed at the end of the sprint?

TL;DR Scrum is not intrinsically about doing more work faster, although high-performing teams often do. Like most agile frameworks, Scrum is about doing just enough of the right work. Measuring the ...
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Is it possible to be agile with a highly technical project?

Everything in your question suggests that you are exploring a new problem, not simply creating something you already know exactly how to build. Because waterfall asks you to create your design ...
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Why is it important to only have PBIs completable in a single Sprint?

I want to supply a bit of a purist answer not because it is necessarily more "correct" than some of the others, but to give a different perspective. In many modern implementations of Scrum, ...
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Can you change the end date of a sprint?

I'm going to have to agree with half of what Alexey R. said (do not extend), and disagree with the other half (you failed). Do not extend the Sprint. Sprints are time-boxed. Part of the reason for ...
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Should we demo bug fixes in sprint demos?

It reassures your stakeholders that the bug was, in fact, fixed. It might help them understand what was wrong in the first place, and therefore why it was prioritized. In some cases it could prompt a ...
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Why do all the teams that I have worked with always finish a sprint without completion of all the stories?

If you are using story points and tracking your velocity then this should rarely happen. When the team fails to complete stories in a sprint then the velocity will tend to compensate for this by ...
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Is it really necessary to have a four hour meeting in Sprint planning?

The Scrum Guide mentions that: Sprint Planning is time-boxed to a maximum of eight hours for a one-month Sprint. For shorter Sprints, the event is usually shorter. If you keep the same train of ...
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How to address delivery of production fixes in scrum?

Great answers above. But I'll add ... Take some time with the PO & DT to discuss Production Bug fixes and try to have a policy in place so your team will have a better understanding of Scrum Vs ...
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Why must we define a Sprint Goal for each Sprint?

A sprint goal is a short description of what the team plans to achieve during the sprint. It is written collaboratively by the team and the product owner. So it helps the PO and the team to choose the ...
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QA Code freeze and setting the expected delivery timeline

Having worked in two regulated environments (aerospace and pharmaceutical/healthcare), I've seen the problem of needing independent quality assurance in a deliverable. A few things to consider: ...
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How to deal with hotfixes keeping the scrum methodology

If I understand you correctly, I feel like there are other two questions that you need to answer: Why hotfixes happen so often? Can you create a plan to address the root cause instead? There seems ...
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Story Points flaw?

The official answer to the problem is: There is no fixed numbers. If it makes more sense to have a big story be 100 points, go for it. If it makes more sense to have stories that are 1/2 point, use ...
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