Questions tagged [agile]

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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I'm sometimes the only one working for an entire day or longer. How should I handle the daily Scrum Stand-up?

We have a very small team: me, my 2 coworkers who are both my senior by over a decade, a web designer who usually works on marketing material but also does some graphical mock-ups or minor graphical ...
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How do I break down a feature that has complex dependencies?

Picture this feature: Respond to a user from the event stream The event stream is like Twitter's home page, a stream of messages or events that were triggered by any number of users. The feature ...
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Best way to deal with non-developers in a scrum team [migrated]

I'm working in a scrum team (about 8 people) without a scrum master and we have one team member that has a non-development role (not PO, not PM). This person doesn't really fit in, he should actually ...
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Estimates, deadlines and milestone

I am currently learning agile with a focus on project planning. I am having some issues aligning the teachings to the real world. With agile I have learned, that we need to get customer feedback in ...
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In scrum, if tasks are estimated in hours, how to avoid assigning the task in sprint planning?

I've been reading up a lot on the subject, and from what I can gather the following statements 'should' be true in scrum: 1) Estimate user stories in story points at the product backlog level. This ...
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Assigning story points to the hypothesis in the backlog [closed]

We have been using Scrum as our project management platform for a while, now we are moving toward Lean UX and hypothesis driven development practices. We are using Poker planning to determine the ...
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Decoupling User Stories in Agile Development

Based on what I've read, user stories are often cast in a "who", "what", and "why" format, i.e. "[Who] wants the system to do [What], so that [Why]". The "who" and "what" seem easy to grasp. For the ...
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Handling multiple pull requests from a branch

Our current workflow is that we create a Sprint branch and then developers create Feature branches having the user story number. Once the story is complete this Feature branch is merged to Sprint ...
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In Agile development, how does one account for tasks that are invisible to users? [duplicate]

I've worked in Agile environments for many years. However, one of the things that I've always felt uncomfortable about is the idea that each story should map to an end-user request.....i.e., an ...
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Need help for sprint planning when tasks are not done in previous sprint

In our team we don't have dedicated Scrum Master, so one of the developer is playing the role of SM. I know this is wrong but it can't be changed. In our system, we assign story points to all the ...
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Best approach to deploying new features across multiple environments

We currently have four environments in AWS, development, test, beta and production. Previously, we released from develop to beta at the end of each sprint (2 weeks). We would create feature branches ...
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Agile process, assigning estimated tasks to people in a Sprint

Today I was surprised to hear that our Scrum Master and Product Owner decided that they wanted us to consider a change to how Sprint Planning was done. The change essentially is that all of the ...
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Identifying the Redundant Requirements in Scrum

I'm working on the research to resolve the Requirements conflicts in distributed Scrum where teams are distributed over multiple locations. I'm proposing a model that consists of five steps including ...
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Does the Scrum Guide Specify How Often to Release QA/Test Builds?

See https://www.scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html I've read through this several times and can't find anything about how often to do QA/Test builds during a sprint. There is a section called increment....
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Should a Product Owner be responsible for an initial prototype?

Is it typical that a Product Owner (or even a BA) creates a high-level prototype/wireframe of a system based on the requirements document to ensure that the requirements are clear enough to start ...
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What exactly is Yak Shaving?

This came up when a developer brought in these planning poker cards, one of which is Yak Shaving. There are various articles on google/wikitionary which basically say: Yak shaving is programming ...
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Agile scrum - estimate another team's sprint

I heard a case where two teams are planning each others' sprints (estmating stories and deciding what goes into the sprint). The stated benefit is to solve one of the two team's problem with not ...
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should we consider a feature set as a microservice in FDD?

We are designing the software based on the FDD (feature driven development). Our architecture is microservice. I want to know that microservices are demonstrated by the feature set? In other words, is ...
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Reducing dependencies between stories & which branch (GIT) should QA's test on?

Background We have a team of 8 devs and 1 QA (tester) and we're struggling with dependencies between tickets and causing a lot of merge headaches and/or people waiting around for the next bit of work ...
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Is deciding the release date before collecting all requirements un-agile?

I have just started reading the book Applying UML and Patterns by Craig Larman. I find it very interesting because it challenges many of what I have been told at work. I read that requirements aren't ...
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Does this count as a user story for a basic Sudoku game?

I am trying to make a user story for a basic Sudoku game, using the agile software development approach. I get the concept behind user stories, but I was just wondering if it was possible to get an ...
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How to efficiently handle a scrum project when part of development team are from external firm?

In my organisation for one of the project we follow Agile Scrum methodology and following is distribution of the man power for the project: Scrum Team: SM ProxyDev1(Internal): 50% in the project ...
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When is it reasonable to register an activity on the SCRUM board and when it is not necessary?

In my work we use the scrum board for the registration of activities, however there is always a dilemma of what to register there, some colleagues want to register on the scrum board the email answer (...
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TDD how to avoid test duplication across team

Our team has decided to develop using BDD/TDD in an effort to become the Agile team we're supposed to be. Vertical slicing appears to be an important part of agile working and gaining the quick ...
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If story points are about time, what is truly the benefit of using them?

Quoting the known Mike Cohn: The primary reason for estimating product backlog items is so that predictions can be made about how much functionality can be delivered by what date. If we want to ...
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Does Scrum create additional overhead for projects where requirements don't change?

I'm reading the Scrum - A Pocket Guide by Gunther Verheyen and it says: The Chaos report of 2011 by the Standish Group marks a turning point. Extensive research was done in comparing traditional ...
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How many hours a day in a sprint in scrum framework?

I am trying to follow scrum framework as much as i can but i am facing some confusion. I like to know what are the standard guide lines for a sprint. I am designing the sprint but i am not sure to get ...
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Is it normal to retest the entire sprint before pushing to UAT

I have <5 years experience in the software industry and this is my first time doing QA. Before the stories in a sprint move to UAT, I am supposed to retest every single story in ~1 day in an ...
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Does the Product Backlog just consists out of User Stories in Agile Development? [closed]

As far as we know, the User Stories are the way a requirement is defined in bounded context with acceptance criteria. On the other hand, the Product Backlog enlists all requirements, i.e., new feature,...
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Do Story Point sizes for repetitive tasks change after you automate the task?

Here's the Scrum situation: A certain task (implement a back end populated data table) is a frequent story The tables frequently have similar but custom functionality Each table takes about a week to ...
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Does it make sense to draw business processes when designing a software solution

We are working with the design of the software. It is piece already working developed from scratch again. My managers are telling me to draw the business processes. I doubt in this due the fact that ...
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Does every member of an agile team need to be a software developer?

We recently started using agile methodologies at my company. Because I am quite new to agile, I wonder if our way of implementing it is correct according to the basic principles of agile. Previously, ...
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Whom does the Nexus Sprint Backlog belong to?

The Nexus Guide states that: A Nexus Sprint Backlog is the composite of Product Backlog items from the Sprint Backlogs of the individual Scrum Teams. However, trying to build an analogy between ...
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Reserved user story points

In scrum, do you reserve any extra story points for tasks that weren't part of the original estimate, but my come in between the sprint like any technical dependencies?
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Sprint planning: who decides which items of the Product backlog to be included into the Sprint backlog?

I am confused about the two following statements and how do they both influence on which items be included into the Sprint backlog: The Sprint Goal and Sprint plan is produced by the collaborative ...
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“Materialised” view of the Sprint Goal and consequences of its absence

The Scrum guide defines the Sprint Goal as: an objective that will be met within the Sprint through the implementation of the Product Backlog, and it provides guidance to the Development Team ...
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Should we be documenting our Scrum Retrospective feedback before the Retrospective meeting?

Our Scrum master wants us to document our feedback for the iteration before our Retrospective. Her argument is that she wants us to have time to document our feedback. Another guy on the thinks that ...
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Where does 'doc specifications' end and 'role ownership' start?

What is the Agile philosophy around the criteria for a groomed story and Tech team responsibility? (I deliberately phrased the explanation as antagonistic for the sake clarifying the opposing ...
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When are component teams a better choice than feature teams in agile development?

When it comes to organizational structure in an agile context, many people claim that feature teams are generally a better choice than component teams. This at least is what I find when discussing ...
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How to keep CRUD user stories from being trite and simplistic?

I'm having trouble keeping my user stories for basic operations from sounding ... basic. For example, suppose I'm building a CRM to keep track of clients: C: As a user, I want to create a client, so ...
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A definition of “Done” in case of several Development Teams working on a same product

One of the scrum tests contains the question about the definition best describing "Done" when multiple development teams perform a work on a same product. A proper answer states that those ...
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How to affect priorities to bugs to developers and treat them accordingly?

We have a bug process that is currently being worked. We have 3 levels of bug: P1 bug: Bugs that prevents users from working. They must be solved on the spot. P2 bug: Bugs that are impacting but ...
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How to alleviate the development process through JIRA?

In our agile-scrum process, for each epic we are creating , we are creating automatically one user story that is related to that epic. From that user story, we are creating automatically too, 4 ...
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Additional Stories in sprint for quick fixes

I have introduced sprint into our team and after a rocky start, we are starting to get some rhythm. One of the opinions of the dev team is they still want to be able to work on bugs and enhancements ...
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Why are burn down and burn up charts mostly used in agile projects?

Burn down and burn up charts are used in agile projects to visualize the progress of a sprint. The same type of chart could also be applied to entire projects, not only to a single sprint. Thus they ...
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How to Integrate Old UI in Microservice

We have about 10 applications in one Monolith that need to be refactored into Microservices. Following an Agile approach, we would like to split work into vertical slices where each slice would be ...
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Is there any good reason for not using the issue tracker 'properly'?

I am used to treating the issue tracker as a source of truth and an organisational memory. I use it to record what the issue is and what has been done towards resolving it. I consider this to be ...
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how would you plan monthly refactoring days to eliminate technical debt in your team?

My team (yet) did not do much to work on technical debt and our code base includes huge amount of TODO code, unused code, 'could get better' code, @Ignore unitests and more. I am about to start ...
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How do squads work in the Spotify engineering model if they share the same code repository?

The Spotify model has become a popular example for the right way of doing development. If a product has a single, main, code repository, like most products have, how do you make squads autonomous and ...
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Normalizing story points across teams, is there a big problem?

We have been thinking about comparing product size/effort at least roughly and this is what some suggested: There are multiple products, each with one scrum team All the scrum teams estimate their ...