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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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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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Scrum fixed date planning - Number of Sprints

For fixed date planning with a 2 Weeks sprint, in order to calculate manually how many sprints I have between two dates, for example : April 1,2020 and June 4,2020. The number of weeks between the two ...
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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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Teams do relative estimations, business wants absolute estimations. How to make everyone satisfied?

This is the case: Clients want to know how much time will be needed to finish a particular task (not the group of tasks). They are asking for man/days absolute estimation and only when they get it, ...
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How to ensure that developers see only the project modules they are working on?

This is my first time PM experience. I have created a developer team and we want to work on an Angular-NodeJS project. I have defined some tasks and divided the project into the different modules/...
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How to catch "continuous ongoing tasks" into a scrum system?

Well in working with scrum it's always seen as important to make clearly defined stop and start points of small tasks. However how do you capture "ongoing" tasks into a scrum system? Like on friday ...
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What is a typical guild size?

Where I work we follow a scaled agile process based on scrum which we've changed to suit our culture and needs. One thing I feel we are missing are guilds to allow the free flow of information between ...
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What impediments does a Scrum Master remove?

One of the primary job responsibilities of the Scrum Master is to remove impediments. Working at several different places, I have yet to grasp what kind of impediments they are supposed to be ...
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How to determine the cost of a story point?

How can I determine the monetary cost of a user story point in a given team? I was asked this question recently since the business is interested in determining how much a given project could cost ...
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Preventing the codebase from turning into patchwork as more stories are implemented

The usual workflow for my team looks something like this: features are planned by product management and then collectively broken down to business requirements. Then the developers start working ...
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Should Product Requirements reflect vendors' APIs capabilities and limitations?

I have a question about the responsibilities of the Scrum Product Owner and the Scrum Engineer/Architect. It is said that in Scrum the Product Requirements (PRD) specify the "what", but not the "how"....
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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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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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As a developer, how should I work differently in kanban vs scrum?

I am a junior back-end developer at a large company in the US. At the moment, my 10-member team is changing its approach from Kanban to scrum (2 week sprints). My current way of working is this: I ...
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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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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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How much front-end design must be done before every Sprint in Scrum?

I'm a front-end developer working as a member of an agile team. I have no clue how much of UI/UX must be done before every sprint and how much of it I can postpone for later.
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Managing sprints for multiple releases of the same product for the same team

How do you plan a sprint for the same product with two releases when the same team will be working on both releases during the sprint cycle? To give some background, our product gets released out to ...
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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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