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Planning is the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve a desired goal.

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How to deal with sprint planning running far too long?

I took over 5 hours in sprint planning for a week long sprint. That seems like too much. We discuss things in detail in sprint planning, as most of team members are not senior. If we don't it will ...
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Scrum: Should Irregular Events Be Estimated?

Should a Scrum team estimate irregular, planned events, such as an overview/demo to new users and potential customers? Our team is pretty small, so the effort to prepare for and conduct these events ...
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Decision making after planning phase?

Ok please dont downvote because im serious about this question. I hope im asking this in the right place. At programming school they are currently teaching us about project management. Instead of ...
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How to deal with long iterative stories in SCRUM?

We have a story "Scale service to X 000 transactions per second". It's unclear how to do that and how much time will it take. Usually in this case you can define a Spike to find out what obstacles you ...
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How can I quickly visualize software in meetings?

I have started a new job as a software engineer one month ago working on a web, saas oriented piece of software. I like it, but I have spotted an area where I need to increase my skills, which is ...
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Should there be a gap between sprints?

I've set our sprints up to last for 2 weeks, nominally 10 days. Day 1 starts with planning and then moves to start development. Day 10 has S&T and Retro, but also cleans up the release/tidies ...
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How can I make sure that planned work isn't over capacity, per person?

I currently manage a team of 1 backend developers and 2 frontend developers. We usually split tasks into backend and frontend subtasks. Before committing to a scope for an iteration, we assign and ...
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Planning the functionality of a new project before beginning

I'm starting to learn more about software development, I'm still learning it, so some things are still difficult for me. Also, just to put in context, most (or basically all) of my projects are online ...
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How to select preceding activities based on following bar chart of staff allocation in order to draw activity on arrow?

From this bar chart on staff allocation I want to know what is the preceding activity for D and E in order to draw activity on arrpw diafram ? Is it B or both B and C ?
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Where and when do design, architecture activities take place in Scrum

The traditional Waterfall lifecycle includes a specific phase for design and planning. In Scrum there is no big up front design. A small amount of design to conducted when breaking down features into ...
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React / GraphQL / Redux design question: Looking for a good practice

A React website I am building is going to have these sections: Hero, Projects, Courses, Skills and a few others. The Skill section will iterate though a list of skills and display a React component ...
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Developing a web app from a design, how should I split the work up?

I would like to know how I should go about splitting up the work into tasks/stories for developing a web application? I created an in-house organization tool for the company I work at just to make ...
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Technical parameters for web application?

I'm doing a small project for the company a friend of mine works at. The project is a tool for doing Quality function deployment using the House of quality method. As part of the initial planning ...
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Do “almost finished” tasks or stories justify planning with overload in the next sprint?

The case in question: The sprint is almost over and one of my Scrum teams did not finish some tasks. (The reason for this is not essential for this question and will be addressed accordingly.) One of ...
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Do requirements belong in an action plan?

I am writing an action plan for a personal software project, which I will do research on before and during development. I think the name "action plan" does a decent job describing what it is used for. ...
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In agile, how are basic infrastructure tasks at the start of a project planned and allocated using strict management frameworks like TFS online?

Here I am in the process of scoping and estimating a relatively small new software development project. I have been through the user stories suggested by the customer and placed tasks against each, ...
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Where can I find the/What are the correct steps/strategy to plan before coding? [closed]

I know how to code and get things done but almost all the time it takes me too much time to create a first working version of the algorithm/application. I start from one part and then jump to another ...
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How to get started with Scrum when the team is bad at generating ideas?

I have a bit of a problem regarding implementing Scrum into a project. The team I'm working with is generally just very bad at coming up with ideas. I'm not sure if it's a matter of them not feeling ...
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How to select a team for a new website development project [closed]

I am promoted to team lead position in my organization. Previously I was working as senior software developer or senior software engineer. Now company want to build their own product which is a ...
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How long does PI planning session in agile methodology actually plan for?

Does PI planning actually plan for only a few sprints ahead or does it plan for the whole project(all sprints until production)?
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Use SCRUM with 2TUP

After taking a look to SCRUM it doesn't same to me "enough" to lead a project since it isn't disucssing the technical side of it, so my questions are: 1-is it possible/recommanded to combine SCRUM ...
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Is there a reason beyond Fibonacci why Planning Poker doesn't involve a 4?

During our sprint planning meetings, we use a planning poker deck to reach a consensus on estimates, with the cards indicating how many days we estimate to need. We then use these estimates combined ...
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Are bargaining and beat down attempts on Scrum estimations legitimate parts of the process?

I noticed in scrum meetings, that developers often give realistic estimations on stories. However, even rather simple stories need a lot efforts for configuration, setting up third party components, ...
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Weighing value of change vs. cost, how to handle costly changes

Quite often there are situations where a bug exists in code, or a feature is requested, where it is expected that the fix/implementation will add less value to the business than the cost of any of: ...
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Team constantly fails to meet sprint goals

We are a small software company with one product. We use scrum, and our developers choose the features they want to include in each sprint. Unfortunately over the past 18 month period, the team haven'...
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“Best Practices” when designing large applications with multiple functions

A little background first. I have been tasked with rewriting our gun software into VB.Net (converting the code from BBJ). This software incorporates many different inventory management functions, such ...
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Should I always store parsed data in database before manipulating?

I am about to start a new project which involves taking an excel file, parsing the data (php-excel-reader) and then using the parsed values in a HTML email. My question is pretty simple. Is it better ...
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Do I need to estimate maintenance software issues? [closed]

The PM of the company I work on, always asks me to estimate maintenance issues and since there are several legacy systems that I didn't build, makes this hard to get. He says getting estimations for ...
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Work out which parcel deliveries we ship ourselves and which we outsource

Firstly, I hope I'm asking this in the right place. I work for a large online retailer in UK. We ship approaching 2000 orders each day and are growing very quickly. We currently use multiple delivery ...
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What are some (best) practices of organizing configuration data for applications? [duplicate]

I am working on an application (in php) that needs some rules to evaluate the labelling of some data. Since these rules might change someday, I decided not to hardcode them, rather handle them as ...
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In Agile SCRUM, how do you handle even distribution of work in a sprint between “experts”?

Where I work, we have a lot of silos of knowledge. Basically each member of the development team is the expert (and sometimes the only one that knows a thing) on certain pieces of the overall software....
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Is this a good game plan to become a fluent Java developer? [closed]

I am an efficient person, and I am trying to find the best method of becoming a great Java developer. Here's what I'm thinking: First, learn syntax and Object Oriented concepts. Practice it, and read ...
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As a lone developer, how can I be sure I am learning and doing decent work? [duplicate]

Background: I work in a small (less than 75) person engineering/manufacturing company. I was hired as a developer to work with a single teammate, our purpose being to migrate the company to the modern ...
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Best way to analyse a large class before refactoring it into smaller classes?

Foreword I'm not looking for a way to refactor a large spaghetti code class, that topic has been covered in other questions. Question I'm looking for techniques to begin to understand a class file ...
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What is the purpose of planning poker in a sprint?

Our business analyst and project leads tell us the client's requirement as Stories. Every Sprint planning, we (developers) are asked to play planning poker. They asked all of us to consider the '...
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How do you prioritize initial sprints to maximise the chance of catching architecture errors early?

I've worked on several projects that have used agile successfully as a means of providing continuous improvement on an already mature piece of software. But I've found it's much harder to be "agile" ...
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Scrum: Capacity vs Velocity when planning a sprint

We have completed 11 sprints so far in our current project. In most sprints we have not been burning down well and usually finish with our velocity gradient flattening as we approach the end of the ...
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Scrum: Is it ok for the design/UX of user story to occur in the same sprint as implementation

I am currently in a sprint (two weeks) where the designer is tasked with defining the requirements and UX of a particular user story. In the same sprint, I am to implement this design. During sprint ...
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How to design large applications with little planning experience [closed]

I understand there is plenty of information on the internet about planning and implementing said solid plan in building a large software application, but I was hoping to get something a little more ...
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Which one is better?Change sprint dates or one team member is not attend sprint plans for 4 months [closed]

We have an agile team and nearly running 80. sprint.Our sprint starts wednesday and finish Tuesday 10 days after.One of our team member,developer, will attend to a university course every Wednesday ...
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How to allocate cross-cutting concerns in agile software development planning?

My employer has been moving from traditional waterfall projects to a modified version of agile. Work is broken into stories, which are estimated and sequenced into two-week long iterations. Each ...
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Point estimates scale skewed

When using planning poker for estimates, we've ended up with effectively a non-linear points scale. By that I mean that point value is inconsistent for one-pointers and, say, eight-pointers. Couple ...
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Is it true: use Agile methodology results less planning?

I am kind of new in agile environment since I always participated in projects before which was only said to be agile while it wasn't. Now I am really in an agile project and I see a setback - if it ...
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Split work item into prototype and main work item?

During grooming, we usually have work items which get approved based upon the team understanding that what needs to be done? The product owner does not discuss the details of how it will be done and ...
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How to take over sizable codebase, without having access those who implemented? [duplicate]

I've started a job as mobile lead in a 100employee company. Their Mobile products (iOS and Android) has been developed by external teams, and now they have decided to assemble internal teams, so I'm ...
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Scala/SBT - Documenting Configuration Change for Releases

I'm trying to collect different ways of managing configuration across multiple environments. I have a requirement to document configuration changes for the deployment plan. Dev values are defaults in ...
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Planning poker with visually impaired colleague

At the office we just got a new colleague who is visually impaired. I'm in charge of organizing the planning poker sessions and the new colleague must participate as a member of the team. We have ...
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Planning troubleshooting in a sprint

From time to time we face difficult problems which are hard to reproduce. Creating a planning for solving such an issue is (nearly) undoable. What we do at the moment is break these up in analyses/...
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Scrum task over estimation

In my current company we're using Scrum with 2 week iterations and a regular planning session. How planning normally works in our company is that we take a predefined , prioritized (by PO before the ...
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How to translate SQL query into REST API requests?

Let's say I have a machine-readable description (such as in WADL, Swagger or RAML) of a REST API that provides interface to a database. My users submit queries about underlying database in form of ...