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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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Team focusing on tasks, but not on User Stories

We have an architecturally layered application, with web frontend, java backend, java and python microservices, DB etc. so when we do a User Story representing business value, it's mostly broken down ...
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How to give/get the necessary implementation details in agile user stories?

I have a question regarding user stories and with agile in general. I read a few articles about user stories and there is a thing, that is not clear to me. For example in this article there is the ...
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How to prevent CI/CD process from being suspended while big changes happen?

This is more of a procedure and maybe a philosophical problem. The development team I am in is divided into Scrum teams or Squads that work on the same product. Occasionally, either one of these ...
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User stories with multiple users/roles

I thought this would be a more common problem, but I'm having trouble finding anything that provides a solution for me. I currently have a user story that has 2 users/roles. I am wondering if there ...
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Should a bug be added in backlog?

Should a bug be added in backlog? Probably with special rules like a business value of 0 no complexity evaluation can be urgent or not can be added in current sprint
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Level of detail of a refined user story in SCRUM

The main subject of my question are the user stories, after they have been put in the backlog, discussed, refined and ready to be put into the upcoming Sprint. Do they have to list all the possible ...
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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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Convincing “agile” product managers of the value of planning

Became tech lead of a startup a few months ago. Software development is under Product in the org chart. Even by startup standards the codebase I've inherited is poor. Example: the dev team took three ...
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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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who should move the sprint status to complete in agile scrum model

we ask the developers themselves to close the sprint once they completed the sprint. Just want to confirm, if it has to be closed by TL after he reviewed the tasks completion.
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Is building REST API compatible with Agile approach?

I believe I understand what REST is and what Agile is. Our company has some APIs that we maintained, usually we only needed to tweak some requests or responses to fit new requirements. Recently, we ...
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the right reasons to start agile swarm development

We are a fairly new team of 5 devs working on an existing code base to make MVP somewhere in Q2 2020. We do not deliver to production yet but we do demo to stakeholders on our progress. We try to work ...
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Should your team put everything they do in JIRA?

I have started working with a team, in a scrum master type role, who has been using JIRA for a kanban type framework. Over the last 6-12 months, they have used JIRA to enter pretty much everything ...
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Cloning Jira tickets at the end of a sprint - carrying over effort and points

I have been working with Jira within an Agile scrum like methodology for a while now. What happens quite often is a ticket is estimated and started on. By the end of the sprint 95% of the work is done....
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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 three sprints of this project, and we use Scrum with all of its ceremonies (refinement, ...
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How do you handle non-functional work with Scrum in embedded eystems?

I have two issues with Scrum in embedded systems. First, there are many tasks to do, especially in the early stages, which are not demonstrable. We started with a development board, no OS, no display, ...
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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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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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Why has extreme programming (XP) gone out of date in favor of Agile, Kanban etc?

I like XP (extreme programming), especially the part where there are 2 programmers at the same screen, since a problem's solution is often found more quickly if only you explain what you're doing and ...
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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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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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Scrum: Short VS long sprint

We were trying to figure out the optimal sprint length for our project. After working on a 3-weeks basis we thought that cutting the sprint to 2-weeks would provide better velocity. The advantages ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How to write “SMART” Objectives as an agile developer?

Like many corporations the company I work for is transitioning to a performance review system based on SMART objectives. My team is a high functioning agile development team employing practices from ...
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In agile (scrum), how do you go about breaking down a user story?

In agile (scrum), how should one ideally break down things into a user story. The team size is about 6 developers if that makes a difference, and iterations are 3 weeks. Is breaking a user story ...
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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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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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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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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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Agile development: where to include UI coding?

I've been doing agile planning for a long time, but always I get to the same question: where should I put the basic UI development tasks? I mean, for example, if we are developing a web app, we need ...
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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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Agile User Stories and acceptance criteria

I am writing some agile user stories and acceptance stories for the first time, and was hoping for some feedback from an experienced product manager or developer. I only need to capture the main ...
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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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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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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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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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PBI vs User Story

Recently an item has been added to the Product Backlog by product owner which says "When I go to login page from x page, I see an error. I want that error to be removed". It seems to me that this is ...
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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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Reasons for Pair Programming

I've worked in a few shops where management has passed the idea of pair programming either to me or another manager/developer, and I can't get behind it at all. From a developer stand-point I can't ...
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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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Should a Business Analyst write API user stories?

I work as a Business Analyst in a S/W development firm. At a previous company I was a BA in Asset Management, and the BAs there were more Business oriented (i.e. less technically inclined). We are ...