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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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Are the 15 minutes Daily-Scrum timeboxes result of any public investigation?

Sutherland decided to make the meeting at most 15 min long. In his own words: [...] the meeting couldn’t last more than fifteen minutes. We wanted it to be crisp, direct, and to the point. If ...
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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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Moving from 2-week dev sprint / 1 week QA sprint model to a "true" 2-week sprint model - tips?

Having gone through something similar myself, here are some considerations. I'll try not to get too wordy but there are some aspects of Scrum that need to be brought up. Making this sort of change ...
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Is it really necessary to have a four hour meeting in Sprint planning?

A four hour long meeting is harmful Four hours is way too long for a productive meeting [1]. Here's an excerpt from an article by FastCompany: What’s your record for longest meeting? Can anyone beat ...
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Are the 15 minutes Daily-Scrum timeboxes result of any public investigation?

The reasoning behind the 15 minute limit on daily scrum meetings is, as Bogdan points out, that you should never need more than that to achieve the purpose of the meeting, which is just a daily "...
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how to do spike/research story which can run more than 1 sprint

TL;DR A research spike is intended to reduce the cone of uncertainty for future work. It is not intended to deliver shippable increments of anything. Treating the output of a spike as anything other ...
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Is it really necessary to have a four hour meeting in Sprint planning?

In my opinion, no. I once took over leadership of a team that had 4-hour biweekly planning meetings, and it was miserable. No one is effective towards the end of a 4-hour meeting, and it led to plenty ...
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Is it really necessary to have a four hour meeting in Sprint planning?

For a team that's done minimal pre-meeting preparation, is working on a new project, and/or who are new to working together, 4 hours for a 2-week sprint seems reasonable. It's better to waste a few ...
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How much time should be given for investigating bugs/user stories for a sizing session

How to Sequence Spikes So, how long should a developer spend on that investigation? If the team can't estimate a user story—more canonically, a Product Backlog Item (PBI) in Scrum—with ...
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How much time should be given for investigating bugs/user stories for a sizing session

In Scrum, this type of work is considered Product Backlog Refinement. Per the Scrum Guide, it "usually consumes no more than 10% of the capacity of the Development Team", but this isn't a hard time ...
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What Scrum especify when the time of the sprint planning is exhausted before you finish with all task?

The first thing to note is that you don't have to plan everything before you start the sprint. Mike Cohn has a really good post on why teams don't need to think of everything in sprint planning. Don't ...
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What Scrum especify when the time of the sprint planning is exhausted before you finish with all task?

The Scrum Guide defines it as a timebox, meaning the outside time is the maximum time to spend. That being said, if you're going to just continue sprint planning without calling it that anyway, you're ...
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Are all the scrum ceremonies included in the sprint timebox in Scrum?

Anyone who has studied for any of the Scrum.org certifications knows the answer to this question because it frequently appears in the practice assessment [paraphrasing] Q. When does the next Sprint ...
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Are all the scrum ceremonies included in the sprint timebox in Scrum?

The answer from Thomas Owens is correct. However, I would like to add that depending on the team organization, I think it's acceptable to do some of the ceremonies outside of the 2 weeks considered as ...
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How do I convince my team to reduce sprint duration from three weeks to two weeks?

While my gut tells me that your team may benefit from shorter sprints, I would caution that you're being very prescriptive. That is, you've already decided that going to 2-week sprints will fix your ...
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How do I convince my team to reduce sprint duration from three weeks to two weeks?

As far as I understood your situation (you explained in the comments) the problem you are trying to solve is the missing feedback from the PO. It seems that you only get it end of the sprint. If you ...
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How do I convince my team to reduce sprint duration from three weeks to two weeks?

Teams sometimes dislike the idea of shorter sprints as they worry that a larger percentage of their time will be spent in meetings. But the length of the sprint ceremonies should be proportional to ...
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What Scrum especify when the time of the sprint planning is exhausted before you finish with all task?

Short answer: You start the sprint with what you have at the end of the planning session. During the retrospective, you evaluate why the planning overran the timebox and what can be done to reduce the ...
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Moving from 2-week dev sprint / 1 week QA sprint model to a "true" 2-week sprint model - tips?

Some suggestions: Automate as much as possible of your regression testing. This leaves the QA's free to focus on new functionality. This then allows the team to test as they go along in a sprint, ...
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how to do spike/research story which can run more than 1 sprint

The purpose of the limited timebox is to force the team to break down larger items into smaller ones. 2 weeks is a long time for research. I usually look for research tasks to be measured in hours, ...
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Are all the scrum ceremonies included in the sprint timebox in Scrum?

Yes, per the Scrum Guide, all the Scrum Events (Sprint, Planning, Daily, Review, Retrospective) are completed within the Sprint timebox. I prefer to start the Sprint on Wednesday and complete the ...
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How much time should be given for investigating bugs/user stories for a sizing session

A big plus of a team sizing stories is that different people will have different perspectives on the problem and solution. Those need to be discussed to find the best option. One developer doing that ...
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Moving from 2-week dev sprint / 1 week QA sprint model to a "true" 2-week sprint model - tips?

I have encountered a few similar problems in one of my projects. Like yours, one of my team had testing efforts piling up towards the end of the sprint. When stories were incomplete (i.e, testing not ...
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Moving from 2-week dev sprint / 1 week QA sprint model to a "true" 2-week sprint model - tips?

Obviously your first hurdle will be getting buy-in, both from upper management and from the Team. But assuming you already have that... One problem you might run into is QA being under-worked at the ...
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Planning a release around the Apple's AppStore in mind

With respect to releases, you don't need to release after every Sprint. The output of a Sprint in Scrum is a Potentially Shippable Product. The keyword there is "potentially". Every completed story ...
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How do I convince my team to reduce sprint duration from three weeks to two weeks?

TL; DR The Scrum Master's role is to encourage the Development Team and the Product Owner to work together to resolve issues cooperatively, rather than trying to solve the problem through ...
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