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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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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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Can Agile/Scrum be used by 1 or 2 developers?

Everything I've been reading and researching up to this point describes how Agile/Scrum works great with teams of about 4 to 6 members, maybe even more. In my current shop, we have about 8 developers ...
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Is fixed-scope, fixed-time really impossible to deliver in agile? Or what else use?

I have been reading some similar questions here but they are not the same. The project we have inherited from our partner has fixed scope and a fixed deadline to deliver. We are now thinking about way ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does Scrum need System specification document?

We're building a website to manage our company asset, and apply Agile/Scrum to this project. We started with the Product backlog as in attachment. We planned to start the first Sprint but the team ...
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How implement company procedures while using scrum?

My manager give me the task to implement new ISO procedures of analysis and design (later it will be of the entire software development cycle) because in the team we don't have any kind of methodology ...
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When does the team discuss requirements when using Kanban?

I have been reading a bit about Kanban and I am slightly confused on the topic of Requirements. In my current project we use Scrum. At the beginning of a Sprint, we have a session where the BA does ...
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Next steps for developing new product [duplicate]

I was hired about a year ago as the lead (well, really the only) developer on a new project/product we will call product "B". Product B was designed to pursue a new market for the company. This ...
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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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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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Is it a good idea to appoint one of the scrum team member or scrum master as Product Owner?

Lately we had a project, in which client was busy touring. As usual scrum team was formed, management decided to appoint our analyst as Product owner since Client won’t be able to participate actively....
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What is the standard terminology for the scenario of the agile iterative cliff?

Sometimes you get into a scenario where a software team is iterating quickly and delivering lots of software. Over time, failure to do housework and paying off technical debt leads to productivity ...
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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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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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What is the difference between requirements and acceptance criteria?

I am trying to understand the difference a little better as it seem like they are the same thing. I have work in projects with no use of the requirements and everything is an acceptance criteria, and ...
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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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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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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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Should defects have story points in Scrum?

As far as I know, we use story points to measure the complexity of a story in Scrum. But what about Defect? Should Defect have story points? If it does, what does it mean by completing these points, ...
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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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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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Defining componentcontracts (XSD) manually in a large organisation to facillitate communication between componentteams feels bad

We have 22 (.NET, webservice based) componentteams each consisting of atleast 3 developers and 1 buisiness analist. To make sure every one of the 22 components integrates without trouble, we work what ...
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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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Are deadlines Agile?

For clarity, a deadline is: A time limit or deadline is a narrow field of time, or particular point in time, by which an objective or task must be accomplished. From wikipedia My whole software ...
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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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The burndown suffers due to “technical” dependency between tasks - should we focus more on each task, and accept additional overhead?

We have a new piece of functionality coming up. It comprises of 9 different user stories, covering the functions needed. Three of these are listed below: As a user I should be able to add a person ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Does anyone else feel Scrum isn't agile?

I am a big fan of agile development and used XP on a very successful project a few years ago. I loved everything about it, the iterative development approach, writing code around a test, pair ...
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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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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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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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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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Who creates the agile definition of done(DoD)?

I believe that the "Definition of Done" is created by the Team and the "Acceptance Criteria" is created by the Customer. Am I correct? Can a customer define the Definition of Done to the agile team?
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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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In Scrum, how to handle contention/workload at end of sprint

My team started using Scrum a few sprints ago. Our project involves building software interfacing with physical devices (think robots and sensors) and our typical Product backlog usually represent ...

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