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An agile framework within which a Product Owner (PO), Development Team (DT) of 3-9 Developers and a Scrum Master (SM) work as the Scrum Team (ST) to build and sustain complex products of the highest possible value. They do this work within a timebox called a Sprint; Sprints may be shorter, but may not last more than 30 days. Events, roles and artifacts are described definitively in the official Scrum guide: http://scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html

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Finding a good development and review strategy

I will describe two development and code review processes, both describing the upsides and downsides to each version. Ideally we want to have a process that has no downsides and as much upsides as ...
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Are group time estimates standard?

Our team assigns time estimates to tasks (not stories) in a group setting, so one of us will give an estimate that then anyone who picks up the stories has to meet or else gets questioned about it. ...
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How do you do major changes within an iterative setup?

I am part of a project that develops a software with quite a clearly defined in- and output. But the path (a chain of intermediate steps and artefacts) is not yet clear. We start with a toy-ish ...
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How to use trunk based development when using Scrum [closed]

In Scrum we do a 2 week sprint and ship the features after the sprint. I have heard a lot of good things about TBD, but does it conflict with Scrum? Can anyone share your workflow if it is possible ...
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In Scrum, why don't you use aging and guaranteed time slice to prevent outdated tasks in the backlog?

If there are many tasks in the backlog and the product owner keeps adding them, some of the tasks become outdated and in practice they are never implemented by the team. Why don't we borrow some ...
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How to make Scrum less stressful

I have worked with Scrum in various IT companies on software development projects. This framework has become the standard in several companies, but I have not yet managed to make friends with it ...
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Should Acceptance Criteria be mapped to unit tests?

My organisation is adapting a new SDLC process, and a part of this is to force engineers to map acceptance criteria (AC) to unit tests written for each user story in the pull request (PR). To satisfy ...
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The role of the Product Owner in a Scrum Team following Domain-Driven Design

In the Scrum framework, the Product Owner is the person responsible for preparing the backlog, refining it, and prioritizing it. He/she is expected to be a domain expert and somebody with enough ...
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How to manage inter team communication while working on same feature in microservice architecture?

We are a team of around 60 software engineers divided into almost 6 teams. We are working on an ecommerce project and following microservice architecture. Each team is responsible for their own ...
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Scrum Team - Being asked to estimate project end date with an incomplete backlog

Looking for ideas in how to go about providing an estimate for project completion, when a fairly large percentage of backlog is not defined enough to confidently assign story points. This is a ...
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Does Scrum prescribe work item statuses and their meanings?

At work, we're using Scrum with Azure DevOps (specifically using the Scrum process to manage our items) to run our sprints. My question is, does the Scrum process within Azure Boards or Scrum in ...
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How to represent technical debt in agile development using azure devops?

As we are implementing some stories we find some things which need to be put on a backlog as technical debt, often because there are larger questions linked to other stories or features which cannot ...
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Shared Branch while working on User Story

Two developers (front-end and back-end) are working on one User Story, while the front-end is dependent on the work of the back-end. What is the best way to handle this dependency regarding the ...
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I have several user stories which will be provided by a new application, where do I detail setting up the new application itself? [duplicate]

We have a feature like "new command-line query tool" and stories like: As a user, I can do X As a user, I can do Y As a user, I can do Z Where/how do I detail "create the test harness ...
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What is the role of scrum master in minimizing the impact of a team member leaving the team? [closed]

As a Scrum Master, how does one plan to minimize the impact of the sprint deliverables/to the team when a team member is leaving?
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What kind of work (if any) should not be included in the sprint

I work at a company where we have your typical sprints filled with engineering stories that need to get done. But then we have "work" that is not allocated within the sprint. This "...
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Product owner and/or scrum master in performance review of developers

Currently at my company three people take part in the annual performance evaluation of a software developer: the developer, product owner from the scrum team of the developer, head of software ...
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Agile Sprint Planning for Cross-Functional Teams (UX, UI, Dev) [closed]

We have recently started using Agile methodology implemented with Jira. We are struggling to decide how best to arrange Sprints, Epics, Stories, etc when working across different departments. For ...
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How do I do a roadmap if I am working with Scrum?

My team is working with the Scrum framework. We have done a draft product backlog with enough detail for the first sprints. However the upper management wants a development roadmap. How does this need ...
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How many sprints between 2 dates when the number of weeks cannot be exactly divided by sprint lenght?

I want to calculate how many sprints I have between two dates, for example : April 1,2020 and June 4,2020. The number of weeks between the two dates is : 9 weeks and 1 day. My Sprints are 2 weeks ...
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How should production support be handled in Agile/Scrum?

Summary: In an organization that wants to use an agile/Scrum software development process, but that also has a large production support / operations burden with an expectation for quick response times,...
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How can I validate that the feature (user-story) I created meets the requirement of the end user? [closed]

How can I validate that the feature (user-story) I created meets the requirement of the end users / stakeholders?
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Does Scrum work well when a "client" is really a "target audience?"

Scrum training usually assumes your company's been contracted to produce software for a client. For example, a business owner might hire your company to develop an application for internal business ...
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How to manage depolarization of completed work on Agile Scrum

Description is too long, but this is a pain point. I just want to understand whether this is also practice of Agile, if yes, how to overcome some of the issues mentioned below. Thank you. We are ...
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Banker's Algorithm for project management?

Is there an equivalent to Banker's Algorithm but for project management? For example you have several teams with different tasks and there is a deadlock, how do you resolve and prevent these ...
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Handle project where the goals is to choose a new solution [closed]

After my scrum certification, I had a chance to be selected as the team lead of a small project in my company. The goals is to made a choice on the new SAP the company will use. We are a team of 6 ...
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User stories - Different formats for different purposes?

To the best of my knowledge, user stories follow a format such as As a [role], I want to [do] such that [benefit] - (This takes 8 days to develop) Recently in the book Software Engineering by Ian ...
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What to include in sprint backlog in the first weeks of developing?

When using SCRUM as an agile method for development, the first sprint (at least) will involve planning and requirements gathering, alongside user interactions. When I search sprint backlogs, it ...
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Common details in the acceptance criteria of related user stories

I'd like to state first that I'm still learning about scrum, so my apologies if my question seemed naïve. Lets say we have an E-learning portal, and I have the following user story: "As a ...
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Using Kanban or Scrum across 2 companies

I work for a consulting company and we're doing a software contract for a big company. Part of what we are doing for them is helping them figure out what they want, which means the requirements are ...
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How to manage the team effectively on a self-managing team?

I always adopt a practical attitude towards agile & scrum. I am more concerned with customer collaboration, small/continuous release, incremental development than following scrum rules strictly. I ...
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How should I handle software requirements as a developer?

I'm a junior web developer at my first company. We have a business analyst that communicates with the sales team and developers. The business analyst is responsible in creating specifications for the ...
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Agile is said to be iterative-incremental, but where is this "revisiting" and "refining" if we follow Definition of Done?

First of all, I found it a bit strange because technically, iterative means something that is done as a recurring series of steps - so how can one be purely incremental, when each increment will be ...
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Right agile method (Scrum, Kanban, etc.) to follow with strict release cadence

In my organization there is a release cadence to deploy any piece of code to Production environment. We have three environments, Dev, Test and Prod and we have deployment in every 15days and the dates ...
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Fighting ticket driven development in agile/scrum? [closed]

Our team has the problem (and benefit) of having a very stubborn project manager. He insists that all discussion of tickets happen during grooming sessions. He is the one who selects which tickets ...
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How do you split your time when you are a product owner and a software architect?

I have a role that combines the role of product owner with a role of software architect. I have final say for both product and technical decisions: The Product owner role is similar as in scrum: I ...
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In agile development team, is it helpful to also have a minority of developers who may not be agile?

We have a few developers who are slower than the typical agile expectation. They get fewer tickets completed in a given sprint. But on the upside, their work is more correct and higher quality. Is ...
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How to place user training into a Scrum backlog?

After we have developed new features in a sprint the users must be trained for using these features. How does this happen in Scrum? Which role should give the training and how should it be reflected ...
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Is it agile friendly to propose equal distribution of dev tasks at the beginning of the sprint?

My question is about Agile and if there is a known technics to split "equally" dev tasks between developers. In a backlog, at the beginning of the sprint, our devteam is asked to take tasks ...
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Is it advisable to have a developer who's also the Product Owner in an Agile team?

I know this may fall under "opinion," but I'm also genuinely looking for advice on how to proceed here. Our product owner recently left our team of 3 developers for another role. We don't ...
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Bug triage on a micro-services architecture

We do have a micro-services architecture with a team assigned to each micro-service considering it as a product on itself. The "real product" is a front-end that uses multiple micro-services ...
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What's the scope of the Definition of Done in Scrum?

The Scrum Guide isn't very explicit about the scope of the Definition of Done. Is it supposed to be: defined in general for the project? defined per sprint or per increment? defined per story? ...
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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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Should non-priority technical debt tickets be pruned from backlog?

I regularly review the technical debt tickets from my backlog, to prioritize them and remove those which are no longer relevant (fixed by some other development, obsolete...) Among those with high ...
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Does an increment always involve a working prototype?

I would like to ask a question about Scrum. At the end of a Sprint, when we have the Sprint Review, we present an Increment. The guide says that this Increment has to be potentially releasable. My ...
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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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How do I prevent Scrum from turning great developers into average developers?

I found this also happened in my team although he may have exaggerated the situation a little bit. Scrum is a way to take a below average or poor developer and turn them into an average developer. It'...
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How much technical detail should we talk in Sprint Planning 2

I'm working in a Scrum team, We have Sprint Planning 2 to breakdown backlog into technical tasks. The team is pretty big around 12 developers, We can't split cause it's not under our control. We ...
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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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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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