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How to deal with conflicting developers in Scrum team?
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I am dealing with a similar situation; previous teams merged into one with subsequent respecifying of roles and grades. Some legacy political forces were in play. As the Scrum Master you are the ...

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Why management is more concerned of JIRA hours than of following Scrum values?
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I can feel the frustration in your post. As someone who made the transition from a PMO to an Agile role I can understand both sides of the coin. Your question has multiple components which I will ...

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Both of my developers are stuck on one task, now what?
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Let the team decide. It's their Sprint goal. It's a short answer because it's a simple problem. Eventually you have to step away from being a Scrum Bouncer and simply let the team make their own ...

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Demo in Sprint Review
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TL;DR There is a lot going on here. The short answer is that the Sprint Review does not have to be a demo but Scrum does advocate that the team should produce a potentially shippable product ...

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Scrum: what to do if team member finishes their work early but can't help with other tasks
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This is an excellent question and you will see a spectrum of answers which demonstrate the polar opposites of the Scrum community attitudes. There is an official answer which is supported by the ...

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Methods to improve daily scrum / standup
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You have neglected to say whether your team are face to face or working distributed and communicating via Lync etc so for the sake of this answer I will assume distributed. Stage 1: Basic Discipline ...

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Scrum - What are the downsides if a developer is not spending 100% of their time on a single project?
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There are multiple parts to your question so let's group them; The downsides A developer will be forced to attend all ceremonies for each project If your developer is split across multiple projects (...

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Are we allowed to move stories to future Sprints during a Sprint?
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TL:DR Yes, it is perfectly fine to remove a story due to changing priorities and move it back into the Product Backlog, ready for a future sprint. Why is it fine? A Scrum Team can do several things as ...

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Capacity planning creating confusion when the team is estimating in Story points
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When I inherited the current Scrum Team I am working with the previous ScrumMaster had produced a points to hours conversion chart which allowed the team to estimate in points and the business to ...

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What is that SpaceX is doing differently that makes the company so successful
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I have delivered several keynote workshops and talks about project management on SpaceX - everything you seek can be found in a careful reading of the book Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX ...

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Can an Epic span multiple versions / releases?
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TL;DR Yes. There is no issue with this at all. Discussion Points The concept of Epics are pretty amorphous and undefined. You can find descriptions of Epics as large user stories that need broken ...

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Can we use only one Scrum board for a team with multiple projects?
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Although I cannot fault CodeGnome's answer above, I feel like the question has not been fully answered and we circle back once again to the flexibility of the names Agile, Scrum, Kanban etc. Maxim, ...

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How to handle when planned work is blocked and a developer has capacity to take on a new user story that may be too big
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Welcome to PMSE! Good question. It may be a duplicate but I could not find it so I will answer. I can tell you how I coach teams to handle it. Unfortunately, the story is bigger than the ...

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Are there any alternatives to Agile Software Development?
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There is considerable evidence to suggest that massive enterprise software installations including SAP and NASA reject most of the frameworks we class as Agile. This is due to the scale of such ...

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What workflow optimises the use of Lean Startup, particularly when managing Landing Pages?
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This is an excellent question and a refreshing change form the typical project management fodder we get here. I am a former coach for Lean Startup Machine and a previous winner of Lean Startup London ...

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How do you deal with stress from PM?
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There are two parts to your question How to deal with stress This is largely out scope for this forum. However, you can find various answers on other stack exchange sites including Workplace SE ...

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How do you work around a production team that is distracted by support tickets and micro projects?
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I don't have an answer beyond the very simple - you must either De-scope the projects Limit the support Extend project timelines Increase resource Note that I said the answer is simple, getting ...

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What decision should I take regarding a team of front-end developers which delivers unstable releases
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Product is currently in beta stage and never been public, only client team and the team of testers have access to this. How often is the client checking in? Do you have regular reviews? You want ...

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Scrum for SDK development - split stories horizontally?
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Remember that very few patterns we consider to be Agile are scientific rules. They are art applied scientifically. So, while Use Stories are supposed to be split vertically offering a complete ...

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What should we do if there are not enough PBIs to fill a final Sprint in Scrum?
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Quite simply, start the Sprint with what you have. However, your Product Owner (and the business) must learn the lesson that the pipeline of work is never finished. Run an ad-hoc retrospective to ...

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The difference of Jira Epics and Components
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When approaching JIRA it is best to remember that the tool initially started life as a bug-tracking system. Components A component is a software/hardware component that might be shared between teams, ...

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How to deal with the situation that some people's work is not fulfilled during a sprint?
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Unpopular opinion Scrum is not wholly suitable for game design and development due to numerous factors. Definition of Done can extend from 2 to 6 versions https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/blog/...

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Should Scrum meetings be held in one day or two days?
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Question is -> should this all happen in one day (of course given the fact that it may be shorter - planning 1 hour, review 1 hour, retro 1,5 hour)? The typical cadence of a the Scrum ceremony is ...

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How can we continuously integrate new features when the PO only determines whether a feature is "done" at the end of each Sprint?
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From Scrum.Org: The DoD is usually a clear and concise list of requirements that a software Increment must adhere to for the team to call it complete. Until this list is satisfied, a product ...

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What is the key difference between adaptive life cycle model and iterative/incremental model?
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TL;DR You have mixed some concepts. As Stanislav has written; there are two approaches. Predictive and Adaptive Within Adaptive you may find both incremental and iterative which are distinct from each ...

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How to combine OKRs with agile development (Scrumban)?
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TL;DR OKRs are linked to Agile only in so much that the companies that pioneered and promoted the OKR model also adopted significant portions of the Agile Manifesto and the frameworks we consider ...

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We work with fixed scope, price and time - why should we use Story points?
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You are asking a question in good faith and the truth is story points may or may not help you. Like a lot of practices and patterns within the Agile ecosystem; it depends. Let's break your points ...

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How to investigate who don’t like my product and why not like it?
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What you are discussing is a funnel for a customer feedback loop to iterate on your product. The good news is that lots of lean startup advice exists to help and guide you solve this problem. For an ...

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How to keep a PRINCE2 project lean?
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I qualified in PRINCE2 long before I moved into the Agile arena and became a ScrumMaster / Agile Coach so I have seen both sides of the coin and understand how hard it can be to; Gain a PRINCE2 based ...

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Is it necessary to address all three questions every day in the Scrum?
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In addition to the answer by Thursdaysgeek I would also add that the three question format serves an often overlooked but critical function within high performing teams; It ensures that team members ...

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