jason.t.knight
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How to deal with a Product Owner who refuses to write user stories?
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TL;DR You're not wrong for writing the stories; it may be wrong in continuing to do so without change Scrum doesn't say PO has got to write product backlog items or that they be user stories ...

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Aiming to finish development of sprint a bit early to give testers time
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Answers Question 1: "Is [finishing early to allow for testing] an acceptable request?" Answer 1: It is completely reasonable because in Scrum, the Development Team is self-organizing: No one (not ...

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Using personal kanban board for daily standups in scrum process
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Short Answer You are not diverging from the Scrum framework by keeping a Kanban board for work you have chosen i.e. Scrum don't care :). That said, work closely with your team to examine the impact ...

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What is the best way to handle small items in a backlog?
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Two main options here: Give the PO help Give the PO better tooling The Product Backlog is: an ordered list of everything that might be needed in the product and is the single source of ...

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Managing sprints in a better way
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As has been recommended, invest some time reading the official Scrum Guide (there are not multiple). Scrum does NOT require or even recommend releasing the software at any particular interval. It ...

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Should I trade points when adding a new story mid sprint?
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TL;DR The Development team has complete control of the Sprint Backlog during a Sprint and may well swap out the work as you have suggested. The Development team may not be bullied or coerced into ...

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Split up scrum master tasks
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TL;DR The Scrum guard role may be unnecessary, even distracting Scrum Master may be a much bigger role than you're are considering it to be The goal of a Scrum Master is not to be come superfluous (...

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How to make Release Planning more accurate?
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It sounds like your interviewers were defining a "release plan" as a fixed scope and fixed date scenario. One simple way to improve the accuracy of those plans by at least 30%. Simple Answer Slash ...

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What does Sprint mean when it comes to Agile/Scrum?
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The Scrum Guide is the definitive source for this and any question regarding the Scrum framework. It's only 16 pages as a PDF and is your best source for building a primary understanding of Scrum. ...

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Should Scrum be "Optional" for some teams
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TL:DR The team must be able to account for the value of the work they produce The team must be able to account for the effectiveness of the way they work The team must show readiness by demonstrating ...

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Creating Requirements for API teams
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TL;DR Give them the problem to solve, tell them why it's valuable, and introduce them to the real person who has that problem Better requirements are only a small improvement; forming a cross-...

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Team velocity dramatically slows down to the end of a sprint
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Terminology Housekeeping Velocity should be understood as a measurement of "Done" software increment the Development Team produces. This is because it is worlds more important to measure ...

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Maximizing resource planing in a team handling multiple projects in a single sprint
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First, pleeease stop saying resources. It sounds like you're scheduling oil to be transported along a pipeline. If you are using the Scrum framework, then the answer is: Development Teams are ...

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How to describe the business entities in Scrum?
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As others have said, the Scrum guide doesn't define business entities, but it does speak to them in principle. The Product Owner is responsible for maximizing the value of the product and the work ...

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How to manage story points when several developers work on 1 story?
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Short Answers Should I sum up the overall number of points for 1 user story? No. Summing developer guesses will yield efforts that are much larger simply because more developer are guessing. ...

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How can I set JIRA to not add the sub task estimate to its parent User Story?
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IMHO, you should create a custom field that is only tracked against sub-tasks to track "hours remaining" specifically. Be careful about going overboard and tracking vs actuals as that can lead to some ...

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Is is right if a team member moans about a 'bad performance' in retrospective?
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The Scrum guide says very little about individual Development team member characteristics. One thing it does say is The Development Team consists of professionals who do the work of delivering a ...

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How to better structure a big scrum team?
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Based on what you said, I'm guessing you all experience at least a few of the following the problems: Trouble integrating each team's work on a Sprint basis Integration related defects Communication ...

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Managing scope creep in Agile
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There are lots of good answers here, but I thought I'd try giving a shorter answer to see if it would help. There is no such thing as Scope Creep. There is only deeper understanding. This presumes ...

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What to do with Business Analysts in a Scrum environment?
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TL;DR Integrate BAs into Development Team Recruit them into a PO SWOT team Ask them to evangelize the product Offer a role shift or a career transition ;) Business Analyst is the new Developer Some ...

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How do you handle the relationship and responsibilities of `Product Owner` and `Scrum Master`?
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TL;DR Your CEO should probably not be your PO Your PO and SM should probably not be the same person Your PO and SM will partner closely to make product decisions into empirical science create a ...

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Duration of a project different based on calculation?
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It seems you have answered your own question. If the start and end dates of a project are pre-determined, then you have your answer. Consider helping your organization by determining the end result ...

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How to efficiently manage a Scrum team when one member is much less productive?
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You tagged this with #scrum and #agility, so I'll direct answers towards those two things. This is not a process or tooling problem, it's an individuals and interactions problem. Look to what works ...

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Is Iteration Strength a valuable parameter for you?
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If the team is interested in analyzing it's performance, then by all means do not stand in their way. If they are faithful to retrospect, they will decide if it is a valuable practice and will choose ...

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How to properly create story maps? (user stories)
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I think you've done pretty well for just starting out. You've identified the user activities and done a brief job of decomposing those activities into tasks of varying sizes. As has been mentioned, ...

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