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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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My Project Manager does not accept carry-over in Scrum, Is that normal?

I am a developer working on a new mobile app for Android and iOS with a big backend component. We have been in 3 sprints of this project and we use Scrum with all of its ceremonies (refinement, ...
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Should agile developers understand the added value of a user story? [on hold]

Is it required (or important) that a developer understands the added value of a user story? If I develop a feature that I think is useless, that doesn't mean I'm not able to do it. But is it a good ...
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Should a Product Owner (PO) be part of the Engineering team or Product team? [on hold]

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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Do user stories need to be Independent and Valuable or Independently Valuable? [duplicate]

I am trying to split down user stories for a brand new system. This system will record weight readings from a balance connected to a serial port. Due to regulatory data integrity requirements - the ...
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Should backlog items be assigned to the scrum master?

I am having a debate with someone at work, think I know the answer, but I would like to hear what other people think. If anything, this will confirm that I am right, or show me a better way to ...
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Azure DevOps for multiple small projects

We are a software development company with less than 10 employees. Each employee may be a part of multiple projects. Also, the project manager may look after multiple projects as well. We use Azure ...
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Definition of Done/Definition of Ready - Shared for the whole organization?

Definition of Done and Definition of Ready may be very helpful in the organizations that are new to Agile methodology and Scrum framework. Must all teams share the same DoD and DoR or it can be ...
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Product Backlog items estimation - How to avoid estimations in hours when there is no team velocity and team is new?

This is the case: A new team which consists of 6 people. They are a new team so there is no velocity that can be used for further sprint planning. A problem: The project manager wants to know when ...
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Should refinement activity be ''locked'' in the calendar? - Must all of the members in the Scrum team participate in it?

We have two-week sprints and our PO organizes grooming activity when it's needed looking after that it should not exceed more than 10% of the development time. Question is: - Should refinement ...
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What were the most used SDLCs before Agile? [closed]

Before the creation of Agile, what were the most used models in Software Development? I am writing a thesis on the various ITS software (like Jira) used to implement these models and I want to put a ...
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Where does learning new skills fit into Agile?

I am starting a financial software company and in the process I have been studying Agile principles and methods and the one aspect of development that I have not yet seen addressed is where to fit the ...
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How relevant is DSDM nowadays?

After recent years working mostly with SLA, Incident Management and ITSM, I'm considering moving back to software development management and agile methodology. I'm returning to SCRUM lessons and would ...
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Dealing with large code base quickly in agile

At my current company, the project I work on is coded in Java, at least for the systems / backend part. Whenever I get assigned a task dealing with the Java code, it take me hours or even days to ...
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Holding the Scrum events (planning, review, retrospective) in one working day

I have a question regarding scrum events that are all held in one day? For example: In the morning (review + retrospective) and in the afternoon another one (planning). Currently, I am working in a ...
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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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Can stories always be independent (following the INVEST principle)?

I was trying to follow the INVEST approach for our stories but frankly, the “Independent on each other” does not really makes sense. Quite often stories are building functionality upon what has been ...
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How to handle inherited roles in user stories?

I'm having struggles how dealing with inherited roles. Here is an example : As an admin, I want to do something 1 As an admin, I want to do something 2 As a super admin, I want to do something 3 So ...
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I'm sometimes the only one working for an entire day or longer. How should I handle the daily Scrum Stand-up?

We have a very small team: me, my 2 coworkers who are both my senior by over a decade, a web designer who usually works on marketing material but also does some graphical mock-ups or minor graphical ...
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How do I break down a feature that has complex dependencies?

Picture this feature: Respond to a user from the event stream The event stream is like Twitter's home page, a stream of messages or events that were triggered by any number of users. The feature ...
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Estimates, deadlines and milestone

I am currently learning agile with a focus on project planning. I am having some issues aligning the teachings to the real world. With agile I have learned, that we need to get customer feedback in ...
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In scrum, if tasks are estimated in hours, how to avoid assigning the task in sprint planning?

I've been reading up a lot on the subject, and from what I can gather the following statements 'should' be true in scrum: 1) Estimate user stories in story points at the product backlog level. This ...
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Assigning story points to the hypothesis in the backlog [closed]

We have been using Scrum as our project management platform for a while, now we are moving toward Lean UX and hypothesis driven development practices. We are using Poker planning to determine the ...
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Decoupling User Stories in Agile Development

Based on what I've read, user stories are often cast in a "who", "what", and "why" format, i.e. "[Who] wants the system to do [What], so that [Why]". The "who" and "what" seem easy to grasp. For the ...
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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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In Agile development, how does one account for tasks that are invisible to users? [duplicate]

I've worked in Agile environments for many years. However, one of the things that I've always felt uncomfortable about is the idea that each story should map to an end-user request.....i.e., an ...
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Need help for sprint planning when tasks are not done in previous sprint

In our team we don't have dedicated Scrum Master, so one of the developer is playing the role of SM. I know this is wrong but it can't be changed. In our system, we assign story points to all the ...
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Best approach to deploying new features across multiple environments

We currently have four environments in AWS, development, test, beta and production. Previously, we released from develop to beta at the end of each sprint (2 weeks). We would create feature branches ...
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Agile process, assigning estimated tasks to people in a Sprint

Today I was surprised to hear that our Scrum Master and Product Owner decided that they wanted us to consider a change to how Sprint Planning was done. The change essentially is that all of the ...
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Identifying the Redundant Requirements in Scrum

I'm working on the research to resolve the Requirements conflicts in distributed Scrum where teams are distributed over multiple locations. I'm proposing a model that consists of five steps including ...
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Does the Scrum Guide Specify How Often to Release QA/Test Builds?

See https://www.scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html I've read through this several times and can't find anything about how often to do QA/Test builds during a sprint. There is a section called increment....
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Should a Product Owner be responsible for an initial prototype?

Is it typical that a Product Owner (or even a BA) creates a high-level prototype/wireframe of a system based on the requirements document to ensure that the requirements are clear enough to start ...
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What exactly is Yak Shaving?

This came up when a developer brought in these planning poker cards, one of which is Yak Shaving. There are various articles on google/wikitionary which basically say: Yak shaving is programming ...
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Agile scrum - estimate another team's sprint

I heard a case where two teams are planning each others' sprints (estmating stories and deciding what goes into the sprint). The stated benefit is to solve one of the two team's problem with not ...
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should we consider a feature set as a microservice in FDD?

We are designing the software based on the FDD (feature driven development). Our architecture is microservice. I want to know that microservices are demonstrated by the feature set? In other words, is ...
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Reducing dependencies between stories & which branch (GIT) should QA's test on?

Background We have a team of 8 devs and 1 QA (tester) and we're struggling with dependencies between tickets and causing a lot of merge headaches and/or people waiting around for the next bit of work ...
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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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Does this count as a user story for a basic Sudoku game?

I am trying to make a user story for a basic Sudoku game, using the agile software development approach. I get the concept behind user stories, but I was just wondering if it was possible to get an ...
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How to efficiently handle a scrum project when part of development team are from external firm?

In my organisation for one of the project we follow Agile Scrum methodology and following is distribution of the man power for the project: Scrum Team: SM ProxyDev1(Internal): 50% in the project ...
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When is it reasonable to register an activity on the SCRUM board and when it is not necessary?

In my work we use the scrum board for the registration of activities, however there is always a dilemma of what to register there, some colleagues want to register on the scrum board the email answer (...
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TDD how to avoid test duplication across team

Our team has decided to develop using BDD/TDD in an effort to become the Agile team we're supposed to be. Vertical slicing appears to be an important part of agile working and gaining the quick ...
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If story points are about time, what is truly the benefit of using them?

Quoting the known Mike Cohn: The primary reason for estimating product backlog items is so that predictions can be made about how much functionality can be delivered by what date. If we want to ...
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Does Scrum create additional overhead for projects where requirements don't change?

I'm reading the Scrum - A Pocket Guide by Gunther Verheyen and it says: The Chaos report of 2011 by the Standish Group marks a turning point. Extensive research was done in comparing traditional ...
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How many hours a day in a sprint in scrum framework?

I am trying to follow scrum framework as much as i can but i am facing some confusion. I like to know what are the standard guide lines for a sprint. I am designing the sprint but i am not sure to get ...
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Is it normal to retest the entire sprint before pushing to UAT

I have <5 years experience in the software industry and this is my first time doing QA. Before the stories in a sprint move to UAT, I am supposed to retest every single story in ~1 day in an ...
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Does the Product Backlog just consists out of User Stories in Agile Development? [closed]

As far as we know, the User Stories are the way a requirement is defined in bounded context with acceptance criteria. On the other hand, the Product Backlog enlists all requirements, i.e., new feature,...
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Do Story Point sizes for repetitive tasks change after you automate the task?

Here's the Scrum situation: A certain task (implement a back end populated data table) is a frequent story The tables frequently have similar but custom functionality Each table takes about a week to ...
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Does it make sense to draw business processes when designing a software solution

We are working with the design of the software. It is piece already working developed from scratch again. My managers are telling me to draw the business processes. I doubt in this due the fact that ...
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Does every member of an agile team need to be a software developer?

We recently started using agile methodologies at my company. Because I am quite new to agile, I wonder if our way of implementing it is correct according to the basic principles of agile. Previously, ...
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Whom does the Nexus Sprint Backlog belong to?

The Nexus Guide states that: A Nexus Sprint Backlog is the composite of Product Backlog items from the Sprint Backlogs of the individual Scrum Teams. However, trying to build an analogy between ...
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Reserved user story points

In scrum, do you reserve any extra story points for tasks that weren't part of the original estimate, but my come in between the sprint like any technical dependencies?