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've inherited 200K lines of spaghetti code — what now?

I hope this isn't too general of a question; I could really use some seasoned advice. I am newly employed as the sole "SW Engineer" in a fairly small shop of scientists who have spent the last 10-20 ...
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How to stop gold-plating and just be content to release working developments [closed]

The development team that I'm a member of has recently adapted to work according to Agile practices. This has personally highlighted the fact that I can't stop myself gold-plating code (and ...
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Agile for the Solo Developer

How would someone implement Agile process concepts as a solo developer? Agile seems useful for getting applications developed at a faster pace, but it also seems very team oriented...
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Can Agile be accomplished without client involvement?

I couldn't write a book on Agile. I have worked in several shops that call their process Agile. One of the main points of Agile development is regular client involvement. After a sprint, the work ...
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How to sell Agile development to (waterfall) clients

Our development shop would really like to do more agile projects but we have a problem getting clients on board. Many clients want a budget and a deadline. It's hard to sell a client on an agile ...
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Should we quit trying to do agile if QA takes 12 weeks?

Someone in my company recently proposed changes to our core product that our managers feel should trigger what I guess my company considers a full QA cycle (i.e. testing the entire product suite from ...
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How do you deal with changing requirements? [closed]

In my current job it feels like we have a lot requirement changes. We are an "Agile" shop, so I get that we are supposed to adjust and what not, but sometime the change is large and nothing trivial. ...
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When does pair programming work? When to avoid it?

Rather than slavishly pair program all the time, we use pair programming selectively on our team. I think it works best in the following circumstances: Ramping up brand new team members on a project (...
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Advice/guidelines for managing a distributed development team [duplicate]

What are some strategies, methodologies and best-practices for managing a distributed team? What can be done to encourage and enforce communication between the various team members? Is it possible ...
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How to promote an open-source project?

First of all, I apologize if this is the wrong section of network to post this question. If it is, please feel free to move it to more appropriate location... Question: I would like to hear your ...
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How is architectural design done in an agile environment?

I have read Principles for the Agile Architect, where they defined next principles : Principle #1 The teams that code the system design the system. Principle #2 Build the simplest architecture ...
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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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With agile, what do when a user story doesn't get completed in an iteration? [duplicate]

Do you just move the story to a new iteration, or delay the next iteration? It gets a bit tricky when you use something like Jira when you have to copy or move around stories between iterations as it ...
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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 can a single developer make use of Agile Methods? [duplicate]

I am a freelancer and work as a single developer. In all cases, I am the person wearing different hats. I am the Scrum Master and I am the only person in the development. What I am not is the Product ...
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How can we reduce downtime at the end of an iteration?

Where I work we practice scrum-driven agile with 3-week iterations. Yes, it'd be nice if the iterations were shorter, but changing that isn't an option at the moment. At the end of the iteration, I ...
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How do you explain to an “agile” team that they still need to plan the software they write?

This week at work I got agiled yet again. Having gone through the standard agile, TDD, shared ownership, ad hoc development methodology of never planning anything beyond a few user stories on a piece ...
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Should technical debt be scheduled as a feature or a chore (or a bug)?

I've added a couple of user stories that address some technical debt to my Pivotal Tracker board. Should I consider them as features (keeping my velocity level) or as chores/bugs (lowering my velocity)...
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How would you introduce an agile methodology like scrum? [closed]

If you've found agile and walk into a workplace that doesn't particularly follow any methodology and they are resistant to change (as most people usually are), how would you introduce an agile ...
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What's the best explanation of what Story Points are?

We're starting to use Story Points here for our Agile development but I find it hard to explain and also can't find any definitive answer to what they are. The best thing I can do is point to other ...
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Can fixed scope + fixed deadline + fixed price contract ever be made to work with “agile”?

Some projects we run internally using are Scrum, while still being "fixed everything" to the customer. We're experiencing mixed success on our part (the customer likes the visibility of the burndown ...
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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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Coding and testing in the same sprint

How is testing handled within the same sprint as coding, if all or most of the coding is not done until the end of the sprint? (I'm referring to the "soup-to-nuts" development and testing of a single ...
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Pair programming when driver and observer have different skill level and experience

I know pair programming is an agile software development technique in which two programmers work together at one workstation. One, the driver, writes code while the other, the observer, reviews each ...
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Is fixing bugs made by other people a good approach?

Let's assume the situation where a team of four developers is building an application. During the testing phase, bugs are reported by users. Who should fix them? The person who committed the erroneous ...
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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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Dilemma of QA vs. iterations

In my company, we successfully working with agile practices - but without using iterations. The main reason is that we can't find a clean way to fit in QA in an iteration cycle. We understand QA as ...
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Viability of a Development Team with no *dedicated* Tester role [closed]

I've been thinking a lot lately about how to build a lean development team. Ultimately, I'd like to open up my own little software house with a small number of like-minded people. The goal won't be ...
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Real world Agile practices and estimates

In a perfect world, we tell the client we follow an agile methodology where we allow the scope to increase/decrease as the requirements change and we bill per hour for each iteration. In reality, ...
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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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Why do we use story points instead of man days when estimating user stories?

In agile methodologies (e.g. SCRUM), the complexity/effort needed for user stories are measured in Story points. Story points are used to calculate how many user stories a team can take in an ...
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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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Dealing with failed sprints and deadlines

Many Scrum books and articles say that a failed sprint (when the team fails to complete some features from the Sprint Backlog) is not something that bad, it happens from time to time, and it can ...
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How can we make agile enjoyable for developers that like to personally, independently own large chunks from start to finish

We’re roughly midway through our transition from waterfall to agile using scrum; we’ve changed from large teams in technology/discipline silos to smaller cross-functional teams. As expected, the ...
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Scrum - how to carry over a partially complete User Story to the next Sprint without skewing the backlog

We're using Scrum and occasionally find that we can't quite finish a User Story in the sprint in which it was planned. In true Scrum style, we ship the software anyway and consider including the User ...
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Scrum for a single programmer? [closed]

I'm billed as the "Windows Expert" in my very small company, which consists of myself, a mechanical engineer working in a sales and training role, and the company's president, working in a design, ...
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What is “swarming”?

I've heard swarming mentioned in the context of Agile or Extreme Programming. It seems to be a complement to pairing. What exactly is it? When should it be applied? How do you do it well?
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In an Agile Environment, who is responsible for software architecture

In an agile team, who is responsible for making high-level architecture and design decisions that affect the entire system, not just the work being done in the current sprint? Maybe product owner, ...
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What is agile methodology? [closed]

Can any one explain about the agile methodology in simple sentences?
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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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Design documents as part of Agile

At my workplace, we face a challenge in that "agile" too often has meant "vague requirements, bad acceptance criteria, good luck!" We're trying to address that, as a general improvement effort. So, ...
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Documentation degrading - how to deal with it?

Important: we have no issues whatsoever with source code documentation. This belongs to regular code audit and is kept up to date. Our problem is with developers documentation (or, "external" if you ...
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Are project managers useful in Scrum?

There are three roles defined in Scrum: Team, Product Owner and Scrum Master. There is no project manager, instead the project manager job is spread across the three roles. For instance: The Scrum ...
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Bug reopen vs. new

A bug was opened, fixed, verified and closed. A month later, it showed up again in a subsequent version after several iterations without any regression. Provided the bug characteristics are the same, ...
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How to add a new developer to the team

I run a small company composed of only 2 developers. We are building a very big application for one of our clients. Development on this project has gone on for 1.5 years. Now this client has secured ...
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Are there any studies on the Efficiency/Effectiveness of Agile vs Waterfall [closed]

In a meeting the other day a claim was made that agile was only 60% as efficient in development time when compared to waterfall. I am not looking to validate or refute this claim. I am interesting ...
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How much detail about a user story can a developer expect?

The biggest drawback of agile development I have experienced is that people not involved in development focus on the mantra that a user story (3-10 ideal person days) should not contain more than 1-3 ...
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Weeding out real agile from buzzword agile in an interview [closed]

I've been interviewing for co-ops (paid internships) lately and a large number of the companies I've been interviewing with have been saying they use Scrum or some other agile methodology (scrum being ...
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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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How to quantify the work perfomed by a developer/programmer? [duplicate]

I know the best four naive ways of achieving this. Commit count: In the code repository count the number of commits done by a user. However this is just what the name says, counting the commits. It ...