Kempeth
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Why does management have to "buy into" Scrum?
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Many traditional managers are accustomed to "knowing" Scope, Budget and Deadline upon committing to a project. Scrum takes all that away and promises to do its best. Now you get one of these outcomes:...

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Where does the scrum team's authority ends and the development manager's begins?
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Things wrong with this picture: Scrum doesn't have a "development manager". This sounds like a company who's unwilling to let go of the past. Admittedly this can be a difficult and long process. So ...

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Alternatives to estimating in hours/story points
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To me it sounds like you want to improve your estimation accuracy - not making you more flexible. So here are a few pointers. Cone of Uncertainty The earlier in the project you are the less accurate ...

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How to address delivery of production fixes in scrum?
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Scrum is vehicle to get to your destination faster and more comfortably. Not a club to beat each other over the head... There is nothing in Scrum stopping you from renegotiating the scope of this ...

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How do you plan for maintainence after a Scrum project
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Some of the things you expect them to do might not be as essential as you think You are operating under a different paradigm now. Without knowing more details it's hard to judge how much your ...

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How important is having the PO inside the team?
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The PO is not supposed to control the team but he IS the one who controls the project in the sense that he prioritizes the backlog. I don't see why a PO would need to attend the stand-ups. He has ...

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QA Code freeze and setting the expected delivery timeline
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The way I see it your problem comes down to the definition of done. Does your DoD contain the requirement that your code has passed QA? If so, then however long your QA needs to vet the latest build ...

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Is it ok to make developer responsible for one of sprint goals?
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No Scrum upholds the following principles and recommendations that go against this practice. Team responsibility - The team commits to the sprint goal, the individual members commit to the team. ...

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How to measure individual performance in a Scrum environment?
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None. Any individual performance metrics should only be used for the benefit of the employee. Otherwise you're committing teamicide. Do you want to have your team members help each other out on ...

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How to deal with delay beween development and deploy
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If I understand you correctly, you have only one team and the only/main reason why you operate this way is because QA takes so long and you don't want to "twiddle your thumbs" while waiting for their ...

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Should all team members be expected to do the same amount of overtime?
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who has to change? The Manager... A, B and C have all been hired for X hours per week. From your description they are all doing that. A just does more on top of that. There are a few considerations ...

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Reduce amount of required hotfixes without technical knowledge
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If I've understood you correctly your goal is to have a more steady development experience. Less "drop everything and get X to work". Your problem stems from several factors: Customers are promised ...

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How to complete many development phases within 2-week Sprints
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What are we doing wrong? You are tackling backlog items that are too big for your sprint length and you are wasting resources by working in traditional phases. You need to break down your backlog ...

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Where to start in agile-based documentations and what are the best practices to start with?
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Code is your most useful documentation because it's the only document that's always up to date. Ensure your code is easy to read: well structured, well named and commented where necessary. Beyond ...

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How much volatility should be acceptable among Scrum teams?
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I've only just read up on "volatility" but to my understanding I don't see much wrong with it. It is a measure how fluid your project is. This is what scrum was designed to handle. I'd say the ...

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Scrum for the DBA?
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Is this Agile/Scrum. What is it? No. This is Command and Control dressed up as Scrum. How Does scrum fit in for the production DBA in this way? Scrum is for work that's difficult to estimate but ...

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How to do performance appraisals for agile teams
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Because it isn't. You can either have a team that performs at the cost of individual goals or individuals that perform at the cost of common goals. You cannot have both. Individual goals will always ...

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Make Sure Developers Follow Requirements & Test Their Code
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I see the following potential problems: Overcommitting. If your quality is still lacking after testing and fixing then you've obviously taken on more than your team can handle. Definition of Done. ...

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Project Management without access to budget or deadlines
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So my question: how can I a) work around not having crucial information, or b) explain to my boss that in order to do my job properly, I need that crucial information? In the absence of budget and ...

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How to provide traditional upper management early analyses in an agile project?
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We have a similar problem here. Our IT department has too many masters who don't understand that if we have to work on EVERYONES projects it's going to take longer than if we only needed to THEIR ...

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Methods to improve daily scrum / standup
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Negative behavior generally has various reasons. While as a scrum master your job is to moderate the scrum ceremonies, your goal should be getting the team into a position where you're essentially ...

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How do I implement Scrum Organization-wide in a lightweight Startup?
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Scrum does not operate on projects but on products. "Implementing features" is not a product but an activity that will lead to an improved product. Your idea of a subdivision into the projects you ...

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Agile in a volatile environment?
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Not enough information to make a clear recommendation: In principle it's possible that your environment runs on a faster beat than a week. If your tasks are all a matter of hours then yes, you might ...

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How can these problems with agile be solved?
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Decisions became part of the grooming process and we found that design by committee took forever ... 50% of my time was now used for meetings. Nobody wants to spend so much time in meetings. ...

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Measuring code productivity between team members
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This is essentially impossible to answer. Consider that... the second dev - through more careful work or personal testing and fixing - ends up with less defects. But without knowing how much effort ...

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How to optimise SPM2(Sprint Planning Meeting 2)?
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As per scrum guide the sprint planning for a 2 week sprint should be timeboxed to about 4 hours. There's no mention of a second meeting but I've read that it used to be split into two meetings. So you ...

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What are the priority quality practices?
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I'll try to raise various points in a few separate departments in the order I'd address them. Depending on what resources and support you have the effort vs benefit situation might dictate a different ...

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Introducing scrum in a waterfall environment
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The biggest clash you'll see is likely with the fixed scope and deadline. Locking in those two will only leave you open to modify resources and quality. Changing team compositions generally is not ...

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Should Scrum be "Optional" for some teams
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One one hand SCRUM means that the teams are self-organizing and thus should largely be free to decide how they implement scrum. One the other hand they are a team working on a project which is ...

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Good approach to group different project stories in same sprints
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That's a terrible idea There is only one scrum master per team. The scrum master isn't tied to the project because he is not a project manager. Your setup suggests that your company does not ...

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