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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How to manage depolarization of completed work on Agile Scrum

Description is too long, but this is a pain point. I just want to understand whether this is also practice of Agile, if yes, how to overcome some of the issues mentioned below. Thank you. We are ...
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How to implement ownership of microservices while maintaining business agility?

I am struggling to reconcile some good recommendations, relating to the microservice architecture and Agile and DevOps, that are mutually exclusive in my mind. On one side we have the recommendation ...
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Banker's Algorithm for project management?

Is there an equivalent to Banker's Algorithm but for project management? For example you have several teams with different tasks and there is a deadlock, how do you resolve and prevent these ...
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How to handle similar/re-usable work when estimating story points?

In our Jira board we might have 5 tickets for different API endpoints - for example: ListArticle GetArticle CreateArticle DeleteArticle When we create these new endpoints, there is some initial work ...
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When is a task considered blocked?

In Agile software development, when is a story or task considered blocked? Does the task need to be in progress? Or is the fact that a dependency is not completed, enough, for a task to be considered ...
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User stories - Different formats for different purposes?

To the best of my knowledge, user stories follow a format such as As a [role], I want to [do] such that [benefit] - (This takes 8 days to develop) Recently in the book Software Engineering by Ian ...
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Agile unified process has all the UML diagrams that Rational Unified Process have?

I have read several questions here, and searched over the internet, but didnt find an answer to my question, thats why I ask, with Agile Unified Process, I have to build all the UML diagrams that I ...
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Using Kanban or Scrum across 2 companies

I work for a consulting company and we're doing a software contract for a big company. Part of what we are doing for them is helping them figure out what they want, which means the requirements are ...
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Should all developers on a team have equal role/responsibility in writing and updating software design documents

I've asked a very similar question few days ago, but because I presented too much of my company's current situation, most answers focused completely on something that I wasn't looking to answer. So I ...
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How to manage the team effectively on a self-managing team?

I always adopt a practical attitude towards agile & scrum. I am more concerned with customer collaboration, small/continuous release, incremental development than following scrum rules strictly. I ...
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Handling the end of sprint cycle between testers and developers [duplicate]

I've convinced our organization to move to a full-team definition of "Done", i.e. one that includes the QA testing and not just code completion. As a result, we can now more accurately tell where the ...
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Feature branches vs controller extension

Note: Controller here refers to one from MVCs Bear with me, I know these are seemingly unrelated. However, I'm inclined to think both are analogous to each other being that they're means to the same ...
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How do you avoid a spike being an implementation? [closed]

The distinction between a spike and implementation is that the spike is designed to find things out, while the implementation is designed to make something that works. In a spike you don't necessarily ...
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Why are all definitions of agile framework so handwave-y?

Take the wikipedia definition: Agile software development is an approach to software development under which requirements and solutions evolve through the collaborative effort of self-organizing and ...
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Two types of problems? [closed]

According to my experience, there are two types of problems: For some problems I have been able to use some quick/dirty workarounds. Users are happy. Since the outcome quality has been acceptable for ...
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Relationship between user story, feature, and epic?

As someone who's still new to agile, I'm not sure I completely understand the relationship or difference between user story, feature, and epic. According to this question, a feature is a collection ...
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Etiquette / Leadership / Sharing Best Practices - How much should I try to influence?

I recently joined another team part time where I kinda know several of the people, and they know me for my design work mostly, but I'll be doing design and some development with them. There's a lot of ...
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Deploying code without unit tests to give testers more time

So we work in a structure with three week sprints, and we want to give testers time to test. Currently our process is, write functionality > write unit tests > code review > deploy to testing ...
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All full stack developers vs backend and frontend developers?

We are a product based website company. We deal with online sell/purchase of automobiles. We have an already-established product with daily 100k visitors on our website. Current scrum team - six ...
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Is a new change request on a user story a different user story

We have completed a user story for a sprint. Near the end of the sprint there was a new functional addition requested for the same user story. Here the user story will remain the same. ie As a <...
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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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How can we better maintain a large amount of DbUnit datasets?

The project I'm currently working on a Spring Boot project, and I have a question regarding testing against the database. Our testing tech is currently JUnit 4, Mockito and DbUnit, and we test ...
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Should developers stop doing features several days before sprint end?

Imagine we have a Sprint Backlog defined, consisting of business features to code. When a feature is developed and delivered (deployed to a test server), QA can start manual testing (we don't have ...
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Continuous Delivery: Kanban, SCRUM, or other?

I was wondering if there was an SDLC (software development lifecycle) or methodology (Kanban, SCRUM, waterfall, otherwise, etc.) that was particularly well-suited for continuous delivery systems, and ...
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How to organize work for a team delivering 3 connected but distinct products and stay agile

We are a team responsible for 3 products: 2 products are in active development of new functionality and are moving fast therefore work there could be classified as project 3rd product is alive and ...
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Agile implementation on a microservices oriented company

So we work at a company following the microservices architecture where each microservice is developed by its own scrum team with its own Product Owner. Every microservice is used by multiple different ...
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Requirements engineering done in Excel and Word?

Throughout this semester my classmates and I had to do the pre-coding(?) phase of a project (requirements and such) as part of our Software Engineering course. The way our professor had us do it seems ...
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Should we adopt an agile methodology when rewriting an existing application from scratch?

I work for a small product based company. We are about to re-write our existing product from scratch. We are planing to adopt Agile methodology for our development. Now my question is as we have all ...
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How to make a business case for incremental product development

I don't work for an development company, but we have been working in partnership with one to develop an application for use internally within our business. The application is somewhat "niche&...
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What are the alternatives to fixed-price or time-and-materials contracts for software development?

Proponents of agile methodologies suggest approaches such as multi-stage contracts, target cost contracts, target schedule contracts, shared benefit contracts, and variable scope contracts. Are there ...
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What is the difference from the push and pull development models?

I was reading Extreme Programming Explained, Second Edition and in the chapter 11 "The Theory of Constraints" the authors talk about the old and obsolete "push" development model and the XP way, the "...
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Acceptance tests done first...how can this be accomplished?

The basic gist of most Agile methods is that a feature is not "done" until it's been developed, tested, and in many cases released. This is supposed to happen in quick turnaround chunks of time such ...
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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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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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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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Should a Product Owner (PO) be part of the Engineering team or Product team? [closed]

Our start-up is currently build this way: Engineering Team which contains the following resources: Director of Engineering Mobile, front-end and back-end developers Quality Assurance Infrastructure ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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