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What are the benefits of queuing tasks as opposed to assigning them?

I will assume that the "push" approach is not only direct, but also immediate. (Like when someone comes up to you and says "hey, Joe, can we roll this later today?"). The "...
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Agile team full of part time developers

Multitasking kills productivity. Task-switching costs can be deadly. What I would suggest is to make Management aware of the costs and risks of having developers working on multiple projects ...
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How to visualize and manage task dependencies?

TL;DR Respect the time box, and do "just-in-time planning." Don't do so much up-front decomposition, and rely instead on iterative delivery to provide you with an emergent design. Analysis From an ...
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Which columns exist on your task board?

This is a great question. Many teams start with something like what you have or ToDo | Doing | Done. This may be ok, but doesn't tell you much about how your work is flowing. If you want more ...
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How to deal with non-project work requests on developers?

Facing similar things in the past I combined a few solutions: Try to get all the non-urgent work into the backlog, so that it is visible and foretasted for the team. Try to get an idea of how much ...
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Team added "Daily Scrum" as a task in Jira. How do I get rid of this?

No team I ever met was self-motivated to fill out bureaucracy tickets. The question you should ask is: who wants them to count hours and why. Then find out how to solve that need. Ideally, you ...
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JIRA: how to have many Kanban boards for one project

What field are you entering the categories into? I would recommend using "component" (but using label or epic would also work) and then creating either quick filters or swimlanes for the 2 different ...
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How to handle large backlog

First: It's clear that your testing team is way too small. A ratio of 5:1 is simply going to (1) cause a huge backlog and (2) cause bugs to slip through. Your own project is proof of this. Even if ...
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What are the benefits of queuing tasks as opposed to assigning them?

Pull approaches optimize for flow (how quickly tasks move from 'in progress' to 'done'), while push approaches optimize for 100% utilization (making sure everyone is doing something at all times). ...
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Is creating mock-ups a good idea when starting to develop a new project?

The old saying "a picture is worth more than thousand words" is also true when it comes to software specifications. You can write multiple pages of text to describe your user interface and its ...
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How to deal with non-project work requests on developers?

I've spent the last year and a half working with over twenty teams that have faced very similar issues. Over that time we've experimented with several techniques and found some that work well. ...
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How to deal with non-project work requests on developers?

There are several factors which could be problematic: A team of 1-2 developers is not really a team. 3 people can function as a Scrum Team, but less that that is somewhat less than feasible. You're ...
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Breaking down a story to subtasks

Personally, I prefer treating the parent story as I would if there were no subtasks. That means, as soon as someone starts working on one of the subtasks, the parent story moves to In Progress. It ...
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Prioritizing WITHIN the priority matrix

Not sure if this is exactly what you're asking about, and pardon my shameless plug, but at work (we make Priority Matrix), we use the icon system heavily, with a preference for levels 1, 3 and 9. The ...
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Agile team full of part time developers

One of the key tenants of agile (and scrum in particular) is to highlight problems in your systems. Saying a development system is agile, and people have to multitask, is a problem - so be clear in ...
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Project 2016 update task start dates - am I asking too much?

MS Project works not only with full days but also with hours and minutes. Let's say Task2 had 7.5 hours of work left, and you reschedule this remaining work on the next day. Instead of finishing on ...
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What are the benefits of queuing tasks as opposed to assigning them?

I’m assuming you are talking about small tasks. In that case, one advantage is that people who found themselves looking for work can take a task right away. It seems like you are also requesting ...
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Viewing all of my open tasks in Jira

Just build your own query, excluding issues which have a certain status. Click the advanced button on the right to use JQL. Your query would like something like: assignee = currentUser() and (status ...
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Which columns exist on your task board?

Based in my experience, the shortest answer to start is the two basic (to do / done) plus one for each team. A single team covering a task from start to end would have then the three main columns, i....
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Which columns exist on your task board?

Daniel's answer says it all really, but some column headings I have seen are: Product Owner review In UAT Ready for retest Blocked
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Which columns exist on your task board?

After multiple rounds with experimentation with different columns based on our process, we came to the conclusion that no amount of tinkering with the specific columns could beat proper communication ...
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Which columns exist on your task board?

Our product manager used to work with whiskey so it's themed like so: Preparations | Fermenting | Distilling | Aging | Bottling
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How to add new state to user story azure devops

Team Services currently does not support changes to 'Completed' category. That's not a bug, it is working as designed. You can read more about it here.
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How can the Backlog Item's Effort field be auto calculated in Azure DevOps?

Jira does do what you ask natively. You can do what you want with a free plugin VSTS Rollup https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=canarysautomationspvtltd.vstsrollup But this is a ...
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In Jira, what should I do if changed requirements increase a task's estimation singnificantly?

The way I see it, you have 4 options. Which one is best really depends on the exact circumstances. Personally, I'd worry less about the task size as the likelihood of reaching your Sprint goal under ...
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In Kanban, do we ever use sub-tasks for decomposition of a large task?

Personally, I think you do need to spend time and decompose your tasks. Looking at your examples, if you don't decompose, you'll end up with tickets that remain in progress for much longer than you ...
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How to break jobs down into subtasks in projects (i.e. an Angular-Node.JS application)?

It is possible for you to break jobs down into multiple levels of subtasks if you use the Hierarchical Task analysis method. Hierarchical Task Analysis is a detailed examination of the tasks users ...
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How does project management manage people with differing abilities?

There are a few factors to consider. One would be the type of team. If the team is self-organizing, the individuals would not be assigned to tasks. Instead, the team would determine who should be ...
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Breaking down a story to subtasks

One thing that needs to be established right away is the fact that this is a team effort. While the product owner is responsible for prioritizing the backlog and capturing requirements from the ...
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Showing interdependency of items in backlog

There's a "Link issue" button on the Jira issue screen: When you click on it, it will show the "relates to" section. There, you will have some labels to tag the relation:
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