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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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Should points of tech debt be counted in a team's velocity?

Tech debt doesn't have a direct business value until the improvements are seen against other stories being delivered quicker. Achieving or failing sprints affects morale and delivery in the long run ...
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Are agile (and other software development process/methodologies) really bad for architecture and design?

I was wandering around google and saw a paper in which the author says in introduction that Agile methodologies, (in my own word) does not put enough emphasis on software architecture and design... ...
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Is there a canonical book on Agile?

As a solo developer, I think I'm using an Agile-like process, but I'd like to compare what I'm doing to real Agile and see if I can improve my own process. Is there a book out there that's the de-...
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How to handle a user story that is significantly larger than estimated

A user story calls for an extension to a current feature. This is reviewed and discussed in planning and given a small/medium point value. Internally within the team the effort is estimated at 2 to 3 ...
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How should training activities be handled in Agile/Scrum

Something that bugs me with sprint planning, is where training fits in. Let's say you have a requirement to learn JQuery for a small web application. There would seem to be a number of possible ...
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Working Through a User Story

I am trying to tighten up my process for tackling a feature request. Currently, we use trello to manage feature requests using cards. They typically look like this. Card Title: Invite a friend Card ...
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BDD process for SAP development

Perhaps this story should be titled "BDD definitions for agile service stories"... For our .NET-based stories (always vertical slices) we use definitions matching the well known BDD format. ...
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Out of sync development in back end vs front end

We have two developers working on the same project. One is doing the front end and the other doing the back end. Everything is working well, however we have come across the developer doing the back ...
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Task-based authorization for user stories

My understanding is that the first step of defining user stories is to define roles. The problem with role-based systems is that this form of authorization is often too coarse-grained. Hence, people ...
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Benefit of using JIRA issue key in fork based workflow

My team follows the practice of including JIRA issue key in each of our commits and also in the title of a Pull Request. Each developer usually make changes in a branch on his/her own fork and then ...
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What is the difference between use case, user requirements and user stories? [closed]

I'm wondering what the difference is, and at what stage these different terms are used within the Agile/Scrum methodology? use case, user requirements and user stories Am I right in thinking they ...
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Is Agile the new micromanagement?

This question has been cooking in my head for a while so I wanted to ask those who are following agile/scrum practices in their development environments. My company has finally ventured into ...
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How to use velocity in not cross-functional team?

My scrum team consists of developers who are experts in various fields. For example, we have two front-end and two back-end developers. Assume our velocity is 10. It seems that we can put tasks which ...
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At what Work Item level does the Product Owner prioritize in TFS?

Our team is reviewing our Agile process while we look at moving to Kanban style flow instead of Sprints. One question we are having a hard time answering is At what level (what type of Work Item) ...
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How to implement a development process with college students

At my first job as a software developer, my team used agile/scrum to manage our project workflow and it worked pretty good. I had some experienced mentors who set me on the right track - I owe them a ...
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Cloning Jira tickets at the end of a sprint - carrying over effort and points

I have been working with Jira within an Agile scrum like methodology for a while now. What happens quite often is a ticket is estimated and started on. By the end of the sprint 95% of the work is done....
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Scrum: Should Irregular Events Be Estimated?

Should a Scrum team estimate irregular, planned events, such as an overview/demo to new users and potential customers? Our team is pretty small, so the effort to prepare for and conduct these events ...
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What is a good definition of “clear code” for a checklist (specifically Scrum definition of done)?

My manager wants us to complete a checklist for a Definition of Done, where the checklist items are short. What is a good way to phrase "code is clear" that might better imply that the code is ...
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Shared Development Tasks for Agile User Stories

My team is going to be using Visual Studio Team Services for an upcoming project. The Agile tools let me organize User Stories and Tasks hierarchically like this: Epic > Feature > User Story > Task/...
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Is there a minimum team size required to see a benefit from Agile?

I work at a company that has repeatedly cut the sizes of its development team, to the point that previous 10-man teams are now down to one developer per product (and a couple of testers shared between ...
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Agile - What we doing wrong?

I'm a developer in an agile team, and we try to use Scrum. So I'll put here a hypothetical problem to illustrate the situation. We have a very old app, using some messy and bad maintainability ...
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How do you track project setup in an Scrum environment?

We are kicking off a new project following Scrum procedures and we realized that at the beginning of the project we have to prepare a lot of things that are not user related (so they are not user ...
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What's the difference between “use case”, “User Story” and “Usage Scenario”?

Is there an exact, but simple and understandable defintion of the distinction between "use case", "User Story" and "Usage Scenario"? there are quite a bunch of explanation, but right now, I see no ...
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If higher story points represent exponentialy more effort why are they allocated linearly?

This is a standard confusion I've always had with the concept of story points. I've always been told that the complexity of story points should go up roughly exponentially. Essentially a task pointed ...
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How DevOps fit into Software Development Division of Labour?

I believe the concept of DevOps is the single person handling all the activities of a given requirement. 1) Understanding the requirement/problem 2) Come up with logic to solve the problem 3) Write ...
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Migrating from legacy database schema, rewrite legacy or sync to new

We're currently in the process of designing our new version of an existing application. This new version will not reuse any existing code as the old code is over 10 years old and tightly coupled. ...
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How do you handle integrating code from multiple branches/developers each sprint?

Just got off a retro call where developers expressed concern around the integration of their stories into the master branch each sprint. The developers all code within their own branch and towards the ...
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What is an integration test exactly?

My friends and I have been struggling to classify exactly what is an integration test. Now, on my way home, I just realised, that every time I try to give a real world example of an integration test,...
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What is the difference between Pre-IPM and Product Backlog Refinement?

The Iteration Planning Meeting (IPM) is equivalent to Sprint Planning. Before IPM, our team holds a Pre-IPM meeting which helps us avoid long IPM and get more details about the stories. This technique ...
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minimalistic software modeling standard as a replacement for UML

I've been using UML 2.x for several years and it really worked for Object-Oriented languages like C# and Java especially when the software was big enough to be considered an enterprise-level system. ...
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Can Agile and ISO 9001 interact well?

There are few academic papers addressing the relationship between lean software development and the practices covered by ISO 9001. Most articles says that the divergence between these approaches is ...
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Where to place non functional tasks in user story map

I am new with the user story map approach, I started with to compose the stories to be implemented from user perspective, and it seems very promising. However, I am not sure about the non-functional ...
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How do I deal with a counterproductive scrum team?

Backstory: I have been working as part of this team for the past three years and in this time we have had three different Scrum Master who have all run things differently. Because of this change in ...
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Scrum: Is it ok for the design/UX of user story to occur in the same sprint as implementation

I am currently in a sprint (two weeks) where the designer is tasked with defining the requirements and UX of a particular user story. In the same sprint, I am to implement this design. During sprint ...
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How do you deal with the effort to implement a basic architecture/infrastructure for your first feature

When we start a new project with scrum with estimate user stories with points. These points mean we are busy in the sprint. Now there is work to do initially at project start like: Create git repo ...
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Frustrating on time tracking

Our agile sprint lasts three weeks. Say 40*3 = 120 hours. Our boss requires us must to log at least 8 hours every day. We use JIRA to record time. However my current story in the sprint estimated time ...
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Scrum team size - how small is too small?

How small can a scrum team before it's no longer effective? Are there diminishing returns or hard limits on team size before you should abandon scrum?
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How often should I push CRM solutions from Dev to Test in 3 week sprints?

I'm on a new CRM dev team. And simply put, I haven't seen sprint execution such a mess in my whole professional career. I have a deployment plan moving forward. I have an idea how I want continuous ...
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Is “evolutionary software architecture” a contradiction?

In my understanding, evolutionary architecture boils down to making architecture easy to modify. Now architecture is often defined as the things that you should get right early because they will be ...
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Scrum daily meetings: difference between Reporting and Check-In?

The "Three Questions" for Scrum dailies sound to me like a perfect instruction, to waste 15 minutes with useless status reporting: What have you completed since the last meeting? What do you plan to ...
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How to create the architecture/design of an application in Agile?

If I am about to develop an Enterprise application, but as far as I understand from agile process, I break features into small chunks and develop them iteratively. I used to create the database and ...
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Is Agile a software development methodology?

Back ground: 1) Waterfall model has it's own phases of SDLC: Requirements -> Design -> Implementation -> Verification -> Maintenance 2) Iterative model has it's own phases of SDLC: But the term ...
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Does agile agree with traditional software development lifecycle

I've seen many companies that once used to follow plain old waterfall process claim to have switched to scrum and to be now doing agile development. But their software development process does not ...
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How do you cope with a team who tends to underestimate time needed to complete tasks?

How do you cope with a team who tends to underestimate time needed to complete tasks and haven't been improving the accuracy of their estimates? Details: I work in a scrum team (7 engineers) in a ...
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Agile methodology in pure technical terms

I often hear about agility processes, but it seems to me that it is (nearly) always tied to team organization and delivery processes. It (nearly, once again) never comes to the bottom of the bottle: ...
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Agile methodology: quick and dirty or plan first?

Agile question: does agile believe in getting things up and running the “quick and dirty way” - or does agile prefer building solidly from the ground up? Or is this not a methodology question, and ...
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How do the Scrum Master's responsibilities change over the years?

If a team already practices Scrum method successfully, how does the Scrum Master participate in further development? Will he/she continue to fulfill the same responsibilities?
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How to represent an agile project to people focused on waterfall [closed]

Our team has been asked to represent our development efforts in a project plan. No one is unhappy with our work or questioning our ability to deliver, we are just participating in an IT cattle call ...
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Handle changes to completed user stories

How can I handle change requests to already finished user-stories? Let's say there is a user story which describes how the user wants to list entities. The story describes further: which ...
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Are “technical user stories” allowed in Scrum?

Are technical user stories allowed in Scrum? If so, what is the standard template for writing technical user stories in Scrum? Is it the same As a <user> I want to do <task> so that I can ...