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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 individual ability be considered in story points?

My understanding of story estimation has been that one should estimate the size of a story as it would be for an imaginary, average developer — a bit like the "reasonable bystander" concept in law. ...
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How do you deal with the costs of too-rapid change?

Like most modern developers I value Agile principals like customer collaboration and responding to change, but what happens when a product-owner (or whoever determines requirements and priorities) ...
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How to handle estimates for programmers joining the team?

Iteration has already started, new programmer joins the team, task X has already been estimated to be 30 hours by a different developer. What is the best practice in this situation? new developer ...
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Is an architecture description document a violation of the DRY Principle?

The DRY Principle (Don't Repeat Yourself) states that "every piece of knowledge must have a single, unambiguous, authoritative representation within a system." Most of the time this refers to code, ...
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What is Continous Integration (CI) and how is it useful? [closed]

Can some one explain to me the concept of Continious Integration, how it works in an easy to understand way? And why should a company adopt CI in their code delivery workflow? I am a developer and my ...
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How should we handle extra cosmetic features in Scrum sprints?

I was reading the Scrum documents and it says that the tasks in Sprint should be "potentially shippable". I am confused by what this means. Suppose in Sprint 1 the goal was, "user registration form". ...
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How to deal with user interface design and respective feature support in Agile development?

In an Agile development process usually the main focus is on User stories, but sometimes a single requirement may span several user stories. For example, the client may request a search page for all ...
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Are “Clean Code” practices really that clean and useful? [closed]

I am currently doing an internship in a large corporation and they are undergoing many changes in software delivery structure (moving to Agile). In the past couple of months I have noticed this ...
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What happens between sprints?

I'm working on a project loosely following the scrum model. We're doing two week sprints. Something I'm not clear on (and don't have a book to consult) is exactly what is supposed to happen between ...
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Scrum - Developers Working Outside of Sprint

The Scrum Team 3 x Developers 2 x Testers 1 x Automation Test Analyst We are not a multi-functional team in that the developers don't test and the testers don't develop. I believe this is the root ...
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How do you measure the value of your software?

One of the principles of agile is that you should measure working software: Working software is the primary measure of progress - 12 principles of Agile The thing is, while I can measure my ...
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What to do with estimation of incomplete story?

I am part of a development team that is relatively new to Scrum, suppose that at the end of the sprint a few large stories are either in progress or were not accepted by the PO. Firstly, what ...
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Early subtasking at the beginning of each sprint

I have joined a new team which is using Agile/Scrum, and their development process is as follows: 1) developers review each story before each sprint to make sure it doesn't miss anything critical. ...
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Scrum for specialists teams

Scrum is best for teams with generalists members, that is teams where 2 people at least can do the same tasks. My main concern is to find good solutions to adapt scrum (what to keep, what to remove, ...
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What kind of users stories should be written in the initial stages of a project?

When just starting a project, you have nothing---no UI, no data layer, nothing in between. Thus, a single story like "users should be able to view their foos" will entail a lot of work. Once you have ...
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Scrum for team split between two spoken languages

I have a team that without a single common language among all of the team members. The team is split across two locations (though the geography isn't the main issue). All team members in each location ...
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What arguments can I use to “sell” the BDD concept to a team reluctant to adopt it?

I am a bit of a vocal proponent of the Behaviour Driven Development methodology (aka BDD). I've been applying BDD for a couple of years now, and have adopted StoryQ as my framework of choice when ...
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Customer relations in agile development

My management just asked an unprecedented question in my (admittedly brief) history with the organization: "What can we do to help you?" Simultaneously, we're working several big projects for a ...
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A good guide on choosing the point scale to use with Agile/SCRUM?

We're using Pivotal Tracker for our project, which lets us choose from these three point scales: 0,1,2,3 0,2,4,8 0,1,3,5,8 And I'm looking for a resource to help guide our decision. (After using 0,1,...
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Any experience with “beginner's mind” in pair programming?

The article "Promiscuous Pairing and Beginner’s Mind" (PDF) suggests that you put someone in the pair that knows the least about the particular area of the code base. It also suggests that you swap ...
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Are there any scientific studies done on TDD that use total cost of ownership for a product as the measurement?

When I was reading the summary of previous work in Dogsa T, Batic D. The effectiveness of test-driven development: an industrial case study. Software Quality Journal. 2011;19(4):643-661. it struck me ...
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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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Does it make me a bad programmer if I dislike the Agile methodology? [closed]

I like the small iterations. I like the unit tests. I like code review. What I don't like is the starting off with little or no documentation. Am I alone in this? Do I simply have a ...
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Agile,Waterfall and requirement changes

Has anyone had this issue of a project defined as 'Agile' being overrun by requirement changes ? I work on a development project which is run in 4 weeks Sprint but there are always changes in between ...
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Is lack of functional requirements agile?

Nowadays everybody wants to be agile. In every team I worked with, the shape of agile was different. Some things are common - like daily stand-ups or planning, but other parts vary significantly. In ...
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Are pull requests the place for training juniors

We have a concept that all code in a Pull Request into master should be production ready. This makes sense and is a fair statement in my opinion. The idea here being that once you create the PR, you ...
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Where should code refactoring and optimization fit within both an agile and waterfall process timeline?

There appears to be this notion among the project management team that stating that "it works" means it should then be deemed 100% complete. Most programmers know that isn't always the case. If I'm ...
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Right mix of planning and programming on a new project

I am about to start a new project (a game, but thats unimportant). The basic idea is in my head but not all the details. I don't want to start programming without planning, but I am seriously ...
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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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Is a Scrum Master needed on a high performing team?

My understanding of the duties of the scrum master are as follows: Enforce the process Remove impediments (that the developers cannot remove themselves) Prevent interruption from outside Facilitate ...
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Does late have any meaning in Agile methodologies?

This came out of some of the answers and comments on another question (this one). I've worked primarily with waterfall projects and while I've worked on ad-hoc projects that have taken on agile ...
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In agile, how are basic infrastructure tasks at the start of a project planned and allocated using strict management frameworks like TFS online?

Here I am in the process of scoping and estimating a relatively small new software development project. I have been through the user stories suggested by the customer and placed tasks against each, ...
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Can I use “user stories” for process improvement tasks?

We currently use JIRA to track our development work. My management wants to format and categorize everything as "User Stories," including non-software development related tasks. For example: "As a ...
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How does rapid prototyping fit into an agile methodology?

I work for a large company, which dictates the use of agile processes. For example, for our projects, we use cloud-based services that are specifically targeted at managing agile development. The ...
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Planning Poker and wordy developers [closed]

My team is composed of 4 developers; all seasoned and skilled. One of them is a wordy, well intended chap who insists on defining the technical solution to our stories before we put down our estimates ...
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Semantic versioning in Agile

Let's say I have 14 days sprint iterations where I have several stories for new features, few improvements and some bugs to fix. I also deploy those changes when they are ready, I'm not waiting for ...
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How do I draft user stories as a developer?

I am writing a system where both the system owner and myself are developers, and we are currently the only source of 'requests' or requirements for the system, which I would like to capture in user ...
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Selecting the (right?) technology and environment

We are two developers on the edge of starting new web product development. We are both fans of lean start-up approach and would like to practice continuous deployment. Here comes the dilemma - we ...
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Is it a good idea to write requirements specifications by stories?

We're using agile methods in my current project at the moment, and we have heaps of stories like these: As an assistant, I want to pay a customer a refund so that they can get some money when they ...
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Is it common to run out of work towards the end of a sprint? [duplicate]

My current team operates under the Scrum approach to agile development. We do it properly, adhering to the guidelines and roles of a Scrum team, with a sprint length of 9 days and a team of 7. We go ...
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How do you demo software with No UI in the Sprint Review?

We are doing agile software development, basically following Scrum. We are trying to do sprint reviews but finding it difficult. Our software is doing a lot of data processing and the stories often ...
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The Agile process: how and what should be documented?

A while ago the company I work for had outsourced a development project to a third party. They employed agile practices in developing the solution. However when asked for documentation they would just ...
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Handling “related” work within a single agile work item

I'm on a project team of 4 devs, myself included. We've been having a long discussion on how to handle extra work that comes up in the course of a single work item. This extra work is usually things ...
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Using Agile development in a one person team [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Agile for the Solo Developer I am going to be starting a project soon and plan to use as much of agile methods as I can (CI, TDD etc.). What have been people's experiences ...
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What is “train” based development?

I ran across yet another new term in development methodology, and I haven't been able to find a definition for it. Specifically, it's called "train based development." Here are some examples of ...
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Is the agile approach compatible with having contractors on staff?

On the one hand, the agile approach stresses a tight-knit team that holds each other accountable and accepts collective ownership of the project. On the other hand, companies use contract programmers ...
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In a Scrum standup, should the discussion of what was done yesterday be limited to tasks on the board or all work done?

I know that Scrum rules in daily standups say that team should only talk about what they did yesterday, what they're doing today, and anything blocking them. Nothing else. But the problem is, ...
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What is the intended or target organizational size for Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)?

The Scrum Guide defines a single unit that consists of a Product Owner, a Development Team of 3-9 members, and 1 Scrum Master for somewhere between 5 and 11 members. I've seen instances where the ...
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Are there studies about the disadvantages of using issue tracking systems? [closed]

I don't like issue tracking systems because: It takes too much time to describe issues in it. This discourage its usage. You create a place to keep your bugs. And if there is a place for them, people ...
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Is seniority/paygrade an important factor for effective QA members? [duplicate]

As a member of our company's QA team, I frequently get entirely unenthusiastic feedback from developers in their responses to test results in our agile, web-based software-as-a-service shop. Most of ...