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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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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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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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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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What to do when the team prefers private communications on mail and chat over collaborative tools like Jira?

Jira is not a communication tool, but that doesn't mean you can't add information gained elsewhere to a ticket. If something is unclear in the ticket description, by all means ask around until you ...
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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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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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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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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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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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JIRA: How to show Epics with the status "In Progress" in the Kanban board?

The Kanban board has a mapping of statuses to columns (in the board configuration). It is possible that you have no column that is mapped to the "In Progress" status. That means that any issue with ...
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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?

For exactly this situation, JIRA offers quick filters for Agile Board. What I do is add these filters according to the team and then you see the status for each of the team. This can be accessed by ...
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How to shift to the semi-automatic estimation of the projects?

We have worked with four different models Fixed price Time and Materials Time and Materials within a number of days worked range Small chargeable scoping exercise, followed by a fixed price The ...
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Digital Sprint management with regards to ISO compliance

Seemed more appropriate to split this into an answer, to be voted on/commented on/edited and generally considered by the community separate from the question. Recommendation: *Perhaps the ideal ...
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What Jira role is required so as to have access to Jira import

You need to be a Jira Administrator, per the documentation. Cloud: Importing your CSV file Once your CSV file has been prepared, log into your JIRA Cloud site as a JIRA administrator to ...
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Can scrum teams using JIRA work alongside a PMO using a tool called Workfront?

The only real advice I can give is to back up your position with both facts and rhetoric. The facts part is simple. Just make sure you document everything - all those comments you've found? Copy them ...
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Are Tasks and updating remaining hours for Tasks essential for Scrum

The Scrum guide says nothing about tracking and updating remaining-hours, nor does it force you to use a burndown to monitor progress. Actually hour-burns is the worst indicator of progress, as it ...
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How to choose project management applications?

CodeGnome's Law Define your process, then automate it. CodeGnome's First Corollary If you can't do it by hand, then you can't automate it. Automation is a tool to increase consistency, but ...
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How to choose project management applications?

The same way you would choose any tool. Does it require licenses? Does your organisation already support one of these tools? Does it do what you want? Jira is webbased distributed which is a huge ...
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Why are sticky notes used in sprint retrospective meetings?

If people want to prepare themselves before the retrospective is held, organize their thoughts, and think about the things that they want to bring up, that can be helpful for them and improve the ...
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Why are sticky notes used in sprint retrospective meetings?

Welcome yasouser! I can think of a couple of reasons: sticky notes are small. you can't write very much on them. This is a feature not a bug: per the principle that face to face conversation is the ...
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How to convince business team why software development IDE licensing is important?

First, there is no management theory, Japanese or otherwise, that suggests that you should not give people the tools they need to do their job. And this leads to the real problem with your situation. ...
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How to convince business team why software development IDE licensing is important?

I think that there are many reasons why you should buy the license such as an increase in productivity, it makes your job more enjoyable, it is just the right thing to do! However, most "business ...
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How to archive source code used for prototyping

Just store it in git, in a separate location. You're not likely to have capacity issues because of source code required for prototyping. But you do want to exclude it from statistics as it may not ...
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How to create data entry template to be updated monthly by 20 different parties online - focus is recycling data?

one possible to solution is to create a Google Form that you could send to every party that will be filling you information. This way, all the information you need would be alterady formatted so it ...
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