Bogdan
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QA resource allocation in scrum sprint
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For the first point of your question, the answer is to not have the two activities (dev and QA) done sequentially. That's not Agile; that's one small Waterfall of duration equal to that of the sprint. ...

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Is it ok to assign story point with a few developers if new task is added during a sprint?
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So, if I understand your question correctly, you are asking if story points are still meaningful if only a few developers (not all) estimate those story points for the work that you need to do in the ...

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How do companies measure task progress in project management tools (Jira) when fresher team members spent most of the time in learning?
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You are saying and asking a few things in your question, so I'll take them one by one. How do experienced teams measure task progress when developers have to learn many new things during the ...

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Is tracking billable time for Scrum ceremonies in JIRA an anti-pattern?
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I'm confused. You say you bill hours to the client. By that I understand "hours of work". Scrum ceremonies are part of the work the team is doing. When you hold a daily standup for example, ...

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Task estimation and probable risks
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I'm a little bit worried about the way you phrased your question. From what I gather, you want some sort of formula or process to account for the risks, then use that formula to get the perfect ...

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Project Management predictions vs Agile/Scrum flexibility
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[...] how do you balance the business' desire for some type of estimation for overall effort, and the desire to remain iteratively agile. Educate them on why a big upfront estimation can be ...

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Decision making between alternatives: methods and tools?
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[...] you have 10 options, but only time and budget to realize only a pair of them You hit the nail on the head with this: "time and budget". You need some technique that accounts for these two ...

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What does it mean for a product manager to do A/B testing?
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There are two components to A/B Testing. The first is the "why". The second is the "how". I'll start with the "how" first. This is the implementation. This is the technical details that developers ...

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Agile team (scrum) with a doubled backlog
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I initially didn't want to answer this question since the comments do a proper job of capturing the gist of it (i.e. discuss it with your SM/colleagues), but since I don't like neither of the ...

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What is a failed sprint?
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From the Scrum Guide: During Sprint Planning the Scrum Team also crafts a Sprint Goal. The Sprint Goal is an objective that will be met within the Sprint through the implementation of the Product ...

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Employee hierarchy of a 20-people workshop
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In order to know how to reach the place you want to be, you first need to know where you are now. Structure You don't necessarily need a hierarchy for people to work better. A 20 people company can ...

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Workflows of rejecting tickets due to incomplete/wrong implementation
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How is your 'rejection workflow?' If you need a workflow to handle rejected user stories, then you have a problem. Normally, a user story being rejected should be an exception; someone misunderstood ...

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How to chose the right perspective in user stories?
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I wonder which of the two perspectives is most useful for the development team that is going to implement my stories? In all honesty? None. Most useful is the conversation you (as the PO) have with ...

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Why is the agile manifesto called a manifesto?
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Words rarely have just one meaning. A better definition for manifesto in this case would be A manifesto is a published declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer [...] The Agile ...

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How to grasp in a Scrum Sprint the fact that the newest Team member is consuming a significant time from other Team members?
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Any new joiner to the team will require time to learn the works of the project and will require time spent from others in the team to help them and offer support. Nobody hits the ground running, no ...

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Where does Scrum or Agile Manifesto say that we should avoid stages (development, then testing)?
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Where does Scrum or Agile Manifesto say that we should avoid stages (development, then testing)? As already mentioned in other answers, Scrum or the Manifesto for Agile Software development don't ...

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Should feature teams be specialized by business stream?
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The situation you are describing reminds me of a something Sir Ken Robinson said in a TED talk: I saw a well-meaning policy statement that said 'College begins in Kindergarten'. No it doesn't, ...

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Best practice: best place to track ad-hoc, ongoing work
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You say you can get audited and that you do some R&D activities too. Does the company you work for need to comply with specific regulations or standards? If yes, that would be the where I would ...

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How to ask a developer for the cost of building my website?
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David Espina expressed it very pragmatically in his comment "Can you provide me a quote for this work?" The fancy name for that is a Request For Proposal. That's a document that outlines the ...

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How to store/manage a huge amount of coder task in the backlog
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It's not clear to me if you are referring to the Sprint backlog or to the Product Backlog so I'll add an answer for both. For the Product Backlog Create two epics called "Refactoring" and &...

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Business Analyst and domain knowledge
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Is a Business Analyst supposed to have domain knowledge? Yes, a BA needs to have domain knowledge, otherwise they won't be efficient in interacting with stakeholders, creating business analysis and ...

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Does a business analyst fit into the Scrum framework?
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Scrum just says that the team needs to have all the skills needed to build the product and all the product increments leading up to the final result. Although no other role than "developer" ...

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What is a budget of an outsource fixed-price project
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Don't confuse budget with price. You set a price, but you build a budget. A price is usually a number that reflects an amount of money you pay on some product. The price includes the cost of ...

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Pricing risks when developing a project's budget
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You need to calculate risk exposure for each of the identified risks then compute a work buffer to cover them. This is part of the Risk Analysis and Management practice. Since this is a fixed price ...

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Does PMBoK say that a project manager should resist any change to the approved plans?
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This depends on what you mean by "flexible with changes" and "resisting changes". The PMBoK assumes a process in which you define the work, do a breakdown of that work, then build ...

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Do you have to deliver working software in an Agile timebox/sprint?
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Do you have to deliver working software in an Agile timebox/sprint? If you are building a software product using sprints, then yes, you should deliver working software each sprint. The point of a ...

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Is there planning in Scrum?
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Does Scrum do planning at all? Of course it does. Just because you don't have a stage called "Planning" like in sequential development methodologies like Waterfall for example, doesn't mean ...

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Improving a User Story with an [achievement] part the same as the [action] part
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The classical User Story format is a way to express three different elements: the who, the what, and the why. So to improve the your user story, you need to think about why a customer would care to ...

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Optimizing kanban workflow due to lagging dependency
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The new workflow would work if it reduces the load on the designer. I'm not sure I understand the full picture, but you say: Due to the designer not having enough time, the team started to work on a ...

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Are User Stories from Sprint Backlog assigned to individual developers?
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When the team plans a sprint, they pull product backlog items or user stories from the top of the backlog and into their sprint. The stories they selected to do that sprint now form the "sprint ...

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