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Agile software development is a group of software development methodologies based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams.

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Agile is said to be iterative-incremental, but where is this “revisiting” and “refining” if we follow Definition of Done?

First of all, I found it a bit strange because technically, iterative means something that is done as a recurring series of steps - so how can one be purely incremental, when each increment will be ...
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Right agile method (Scrum, Kanban, etc.) to follow with strict release cadence

In my organization there is a release cadence to deploy any piece of code to Production environment. We have three environments, Dev, Test and Prod and we have deployment in every 15days and the dates ...
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Agile approach in ETL/ELT development

What are the pros and cons of using agile/iterative approach in ETL/ELT (Extract Transform Load or Extract Load Transform) data warehouses/data lakes/lakehouses systems development? I often find that ...
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6 week fixed timeline for build phase - waterfall?

Context: I am talking about a new program from Microsoft for Microsoft Teams based app development called "SLATE". This program requires 6 weeks fixed timeline for the "Build" ...
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when and how to use class responsibility collaboration cards vs sequence diagrams?

I've recently come across CRC cards and sequence diagrams at my university. Martin fowler has said that sequence diagrams are interchangeable with CRC cards when you're in the design phase of your ...
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Fighting ticket driven development in agile/scrum? [closed]

Our team has the problem (and benefit) of having a very stubborn project manager. He insists that all discussion of tickets happen during grooming sessions. He is the one who selects which tickets ...
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In agile development team, is it helpful to also have a minority of developers who may not be agile?

We have a few developers who are slower than the typical agile expectation. They get fewer tickets completed in a given sprint. But on the upside, their work is more correct and higher quality. Is ...
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When to use Tracer Code rather Prototyping?

I am reading the book The Pragmatic Programmer and read about the Tracer Code and Prototyping, but I don't understood when to use Tracer Code instead of Prototyping. As I understood about Tracer Code, ...
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How to place user training into a Scrum backlog?

After we have developed new features in a sprint the users must be trained for using these features. How does this happen in Scrum? Which role should give the training and how should it be reflected ...
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How can I defend reducing the strength of code reviews?

I have started in a new team. I have 20 years experience as a developer, and I have been in the role of a team lead in several projects. Normally I am very much pro code reviews, but I ended up in a ...
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Effectively running large front-end platform with multiple teams contributing

I work at a company where we have built much of our own e-commerce platform from the ground up. We have a growing number of teams who effectively operate as stream-aligned teams, based on functional ...
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Creating user stories for dependent elements in analytics software

Context: analytics software The customer wants to see graphical elements A,B and C in the same area of the screen. Selecting something in A will affect B and C. Similarly, selecting something in B ...
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Cost estimation from agile story points

I am new to project management. I have been through a series of lectures. I am stuck with a problem and have no idea how to proceed with it. I would highly appreciate it if anybody could give me ...
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Making user stories and operational duties

I'm looking for some advice on how to navigate the choppy waters of DevOps/SCRUM with in a team. Background: A team is very operational and has 3 products and 2 engineers, 1 Product Owner, 1 Manager (...
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Is it agile friendly to propose equal distribution of dev tasks at the beginning of the sprint?

My question is about Agile and if there is a known technics to split "equally" dev tasks between developers. In a backlog, at the beginning of the sprint, our devteam is asked to take tasks ...
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Where can I find requirements specification for Open Source software?

I can hardly imagine a software project where the things to do are not somehow collected in a formal/informal document, be it a SRS or a simple note. So I was searching for these requirements ...
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Velocity / Capacity charts

Velocity is a common indicator, that's clear. What puzzles me is that Velocity on itself is nothing as velocity changes directly with the capacity of the team and people take days off, gets sick, ...
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Productivity - Pushing towards 3 (at max 4) completed requests followed by code commits in a span of 8 hour interval on novel support requests

Situation Right now, I am at a point of realization, that at my present position I am not completing requests with regular interval, have spaced out request completion. But to approach my true ...
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Is it advisable to have a developer who's also the Product Owner in an Agile team?

I know this may fall under "opinion," but I'm also genuinely looking for advice on how to proceed here. Our product owner recently left our team of 3 developers for another role. We don't ...
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In fixed-price contracts, how can a story be "negotiable and represnt a starting point of conversation with business?

Our company paid for an agile coach, who - without knowing much about our company - went like this: Story should just encapsulate the value and then and clarified with the business Avoid detailed ...
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Prioritise continuous process improvement with customer work?

I'm reading about Toyota Kata and am impressed with the approach of continuous improvement of the process through constant experimentation toward a target condition. What I haven't yet found anything ...
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What's the scope of the Definition of Done in Scrum?

The Scrum Guide isn't very explicit about the scope of the Definition of Done. Is it supposed to be: defined in general for the project? defined per sprint or per increment? defined per story? ...
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Where to chain multiple applications developed by several feature teams

I am looking how agile methods can be applied for setting up a chained-application (made of several services for example) developed by several teams. In particular, I think the common sources about ...
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Apply Agile to the letter [closed]

I often see Agile methodologies applied to the letter, some project managers use dogmas and do not question them. Can we say that Agile is first of all flexibility of application and freedom of ...
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What is Disciplined Agile Delivery in a real software development context?

I recognise that this may seem like a basic or easily Googled question, but I've been struggling to make sense of the various resources that describe what DAD is. The Wikipedia article is sparse on ...
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Is replacing daily scrum meeting by a status email called Agile?

If an Agile team has members, such as developers, from different geographical regions, how can the daily scrum meeting happen? Obviously, they have to work in different time zones. Do you think the ...
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Outsourcing The MVP development

our company wants to outsource the development of MVP. Since it is my first project as a product manager, I am expecting story map ERD Technical specifications i.e. language, database, DevOps & ...
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Advice on Feature Team Composition During Program Re-Org

I am coaching a client who is reorganizing their Program and could use some advice. Background: The client works for a large corporation with many different programs that all take their own approach ...
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should I design a simplified version of a use case and implement it, or should I stick to the exact use case while designing?

I know that user stories and use cases are written by a customer not the development team alone. And I know that on each iteration the development team picks a number of requested use cases and ...
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How can I merge between two software architectures in software design? [closed]

I need to know what types can be merged together like can I merge MVC and layered architecture? so please can someone list what types can be merged together, and an example on how to merge. Can I ...
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Should the team reduce future estimates after becoming competent at a new skill, because estimates were increased while learning?

I have been pushing unit testing lately. This is a new skill for my team. I have had 10+ years experience writing unit tests, but I am basically the only person on the team with any experience with ...
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Which methodologies use waterfall strategy and which use incremental strategy?

I know difference between waterfall and incremental strategies. But I'm somewhat confused because I see that there are methodologies which use incremental or iterative approach but I cannot see any ...
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Are user story inputs and outputs the same as acceptance criteria?

In one of his books, Robert Martin provides an example of test-driven pair programming conversation while developing a Bowling Game Scorer in which one asks about user stories' inputs and outputs. ...
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Un-ticketed work, how much is too much?

We work in scrum teams with a product owner who is responsible for the backlog and prioritisation of that backlog. Recently the topic of un-ticketed work came up, developers for one of the ...
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How to harness the chaos within the development team?

I'm a rather experienced software developer. I worked with many teams and projects throughout my career so far. The recent two projects, however, challenged me in an unusual way. Namely: they were ...
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Front-end migration in an Agile process

In our organisation, we're planning on migrating a Single-Page Application (with a complex back-end) to another Front-end technology (Angular to React). We'd like to procede with an Agile mindset by ...
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How can a client support agile development methodology?

My company works in the field of public infrastructure in Europe, specifically as a software provider and operator. All of our development work is currently outhoused, to two main suppliers relevant ...
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Teams do relative estimations, business wants absolute estimations. How to make everyone satisfied?

This is the case: Clients want to know how much time will be needed to finish a particular task (not the group of tasks). They are asking for man/days absolute estimation and only when they get it, ...
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Making hundred of cosmetic changes to the code at the last minute [closed]

A programmer keeps making cosmetic changes to the code while we have a strict deadline and the contract stipulate "no changes to the existing code". I am wondering where this "attitude" comes from: ...
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Is there any type of development platforms for systems which have both electronic and mechanical components together with software components?

I am starting to work in a company. In this company, we have a set of products. These products are inherently related and have many shared functionalities and parts. Each of our products consists of a ...
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How to structure the project documentation?

I just started our bachelor thesis, and want to ask you how to make a proper documentation. There are two pieces of software in our project's scope: a microcontroller software (node), and a server ...
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Do we need project managers in the agile organisation when doing software development or are the project governance replaced by product governance? [duplicate]

Q: Do we need project managers in the agile organisation when doing software development or are the project governance replaced by product governance? There are several questions asked and answered ...
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What is a typical guild size?

Where I work we follow a scaled agile process based on scrum which we've changed to suit our culture and needs. One thing I feel we are missing are guilds to allow the free flow of information between ...
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Third and fourth items of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development

The third and fourth items of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan What's the difference ...
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Making software defect correction “fun” [closed]

Where I work we occasionally come across really challenging defects, which require a great deal of technical expertise, skill and patience to resolve. Getting our most talented engineers to work on ...
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Should I be attaching diagrams, wire frames and other design artifacts to User Stories in an agile approach?

I'm just starting to put software design principles and agile into practice. I'm taking baby steps and so far I've started implementing the following for my software projects... A github project ...
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How to determine the cost of a story point?

How can I determine the monetary cost of a user story point in a given team? I was asked this question recently since the business is interested in determining how much a given project could cost ...
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Multiple roles in user stories

This seems to be a common problem and, after reading these 2 questions What is best pratice for user stories containing two roles and User stories with multiple users/roles I'm still confused. In my ...
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Team focusing on tasks, but not on User Stories

We have an architecturally layered application, with web frontend, java backend, java and python microservices, DB etc. so when we do a User Story representing business value, it's mostly broken down ...
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How to give/get the necessary implementation details in agile user stories?

I have a question regarding user stories and with agile in general. I read a few articles about user stories and there is a thing, that is not clear to me. For example in this article there is the ...

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