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Should test phones be taken home or kept in the office?

Should I let them take the test devices home? No For several reasons: Insurance: company property on company grounds is covered by the companies insurance. Company property in the hands of an ...
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How can I get my team to use our tools and follow a (any) workflow

Forget what you have and start with a retrospective There is little point in pushing any tools, process or framework unless people are bought in to their use and the reasons behind their use. Book a ...
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Should test phones be taken home or kept in the office?

The answer mainly depends on whether you have enough phones so that if people are using them outside the office nobody in the office will be searching for a phone (and can't find one because all of ...
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Should test phones be taken home or kept in the office?

Yes, if they test with it For a simple reason. You need to test your apps beyond the idealized conditions of your testing lab. I can't tell you how many Really Bad apps and websites I have used ...
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Use cases for offline board

In Scrum I have seen physical task boards used for the following: Holidays and planned absences (can be as simple as post-its with names and dates) Burn-down or burn-up charts (updated daily) Team's ...
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How to shift to the semi-automatic estimation of the projects?

You're solving the wrong problem. If the scope is ambiguous and uncertain, then you need to pursue a type of contract consistent with that situation. Do not enter into a contract when no one knows ...
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Best methods for IT Project Management

Don't use any software right now. It will only constrain you. What you need is: A large wall Several packs of 5x7 Post It Notes (Staples or Office Depot) Several packs of regular Post It Notes A ...
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Do people use sticky notes for release planning still?

Sticky Note planning will be with us as long as people get up during a meeting and start to draw on white boards without thinking. As long as people wave their hands in meetings. As long as they walk ...
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Engaging remote team members in sprint planning

Have you tried using Trello for this? Although we don't have any "permanent" remote workers, we do have several members of the team who work away from the office for months at a time. We have the "...
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How to handle access to resources on a Scrum team which was previously a hierarchical team?

Cross-Functional Teams, Trust, and Risk Management There are really a number of issues buried in your question. Let me try to address them sequentially, although the order isn't actually important. ...
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Are Tasks and updating remaining hours for Tasks essential for Scrum

I think the answer to your question is a disagreement with your basic premise: updating tasks with estimated hours is not necessarily a "Scrum best practice." Part of the point of Scrum is to use ...
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What is the best way to manage dynamic sub-projects?

It sounds like you're operating in chaos, with purposeful loose change control. I am not sure a tool or method is the right solution but rather resetting expectations on what you are able to forecast ...
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Specifications in spreadsheets vs. stories in JIRA

TLDR: It's the Product Owner (PO)'s responsibility to communicate the needs for the product to the Development Team in a format that they can use. I'll address your provided Pros for spreadsheets: ...
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Why are sticky notes used in sprint retrospective meetings?

I frequently do not use sticky notes. I use whiteboards and electronic tools quite often. The retrospective is about the team members discussing how they worked in the sprint and identifying actions ...
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Should test phones be taken home or kept in the office?

Make a rule for them to ask for it every time and explain why they need a device at home. This will stop them from making a habit of taking devices home for no reason and will give them an option to ...
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How to handle access to resources on a Scrum team which was previously a hierarchical team?

Nothing in Scrum says that everyone must be equal. A Scrum team must at least have all skills and permissions required to deliver a done increment of software every sprint. So as long as there are ...
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Do people use sticky notes for release planning still?

Ask your team what works for them If your entire team is in one location, physical wall boards with sticky notes foster team spirit and collaboration. "Our board is more than a tracking device – we ...
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On JIRA, can I have a column in my agile board based on a filter and not (only) on a status?

No, I don't believe that is possible. Furthermore, I don't see how it could be. Consider the situation where you have two separate 'filter-columns', and a given story fits both filters. What would ...
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Specifications in spreadsheets vs. stories in JIRA

TL;DR Spreadsheets are great for capturing data. User stories and kanban boards are great for visualizing work or providing conversation placeholders. They can exist together. The real issue is that ...
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How to convince business team why software development IDE licensing is important?

TL;DR Regardless of your role, this is a project management site. I will therefore answer from the project management viewpoint, rather than the (perhaps expected) engineering perspective. Your role ...
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What to do when the team prefers private communications on mail and chat over collaborative tools like Jira?

First and foremost, you can't use tools to solve this. If there is any problem here, it's a people problem and a communication problem. I say 'if' because this may be fine. Maybe it's something that ...
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What to do when the team prefers private communications on mail and chat over collaborative tools like Jira?

From Agile manifesto: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Your objective is NOT to avoid communication. You want to promote it. People in a project must communicate in the most ...
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Tool to manage projects reports

Depending on what it is you are looking for, i see two solutions: If you want to have some simple progress reports accessible to anyone interested, it probably would be easiest to make them yourself, ...
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Project Management tool that helps in retrospective/analytics

I would suggest to take a look at Eylean Board. It has most of the capabilities and for those that it does not, it offers alternative ones. The reports offered are comprehensive and live, which keeps ...
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Which tool do you use for creating good looking project timelines?

For our project management, we use Eylean. It is not nescecerally created for deveoping project timelines, as it offers more funtions, but with it you can create the exact timelines you described. ...
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How to determine which project is best suited to Scrum

What Scrum is Designed For Scrum was designed to fit an iterative development model, where each iteration (or "Sprint") delivers a potentially-shippable increment of value. It is also well-suited for ...
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Should RACI matrix contain "Work estimation" activity?

The primary purpose of a RACI matrix is to clarify who does what. If there is any opportunity for misunderstanding or misinterpretation, then get it clarified in the matrix. Part of this may come ...
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Should RACI matrix contain "Work estimation" activity?

The RACI matrix itself is not the point. The need to have "work estimation" in the matrix is inherent in a major stakeholder requiring the information the RACI matrix provides. In other words, the ...
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What should be the primary considerations when logging lessons learned for a Project?

Here is what I am doing. My projects have very variable size and can be software or hardware. Identify topics for discussion (team work, schedule, technical issues, tools ...) to make sure that your ...
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Consulting and separating internal and external tickets

It sounds like you lack transparency and trust with the customer. If each Story represents value for the customer then the customer should approve, view, and order those things. That said, you can ...
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