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Questions tagged [scrum]

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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Should a developer also act as a tester? [closed]

We're a scrum team of 3 developers, 1 designer, the scrum master, and the product owner. However, we don't have official tester in our team. A problem that is always with us, is that, testing the ...
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How to stop gold-plating and just be content to release working developments [closed]

The development team that I'm a member of has recently adapted to work according to Agile practices. This has personally highlighted the fact that I can't stop myself gold-plating code (and ...
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Scrum: how to handle backlog-items that are longer than one sprint

I'm starting with SCRUM and I have a problem understanding one thing. How does SCRUM handle backlog items that take longer than one sprint?
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Is unit testing or test-driven development worthwhile?

My team at work is moving to Scrum and other teams are starting to do test-driven development using unit tests and user acceptance tests. I like the UATs, but I'm not sold on unit testing for test-...
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With agile, what do when a user story doesn't get completed in an iteration? [duplicate]

Do you just move the story to a new iteration, or delay the next iteration? It gets a bit tricky when you use something like Jira when you have to copy or move around stories between iterations as it ...
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Is Agile the new micromanagement?

This question has been cooking in my head for a while so I wanted to ask those who are following agile/scrum practices in their development environments. My company has finally ventured into ...
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How can a single developer make use of Agile Methods? [duplicate]

I am a freelancer and work as a single developer. In all cases, I am the person wearing different hats. I am the Scrum Master and I am the only person in the development. What I am not is the Product ...
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How can we reduce downtime at the end of an iteration?

Where I work we practice scrum-driven agile with 3-week iterations. Yes, it'd be nice if the iterations were shorter, but changing that isn't an option at the moment. At the end of the iteration, I ...
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How to fit testing in Scrum sprints and how to write user stories in Scrum

I am the development team lead of a new project at my company. This is the first project where the company will use Scrum. We have a waterfall/iterative SDLC. The BAs write requirements docs, hands ...
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Are project managers useful in Scrum?

There are three roles defined in Scrum: Team, Product Owner and Scrum Master. There is no project manager, instead the project manager job is spread across the three roles. For instance: The Scrum ...
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How to account for a bug fixing iteration?

We have implemented Scrum quite successfully for the past 5 months. Though, we are 3 weeks away from PROD without ever doing any end-to-end integration test. OUCH! I need help. Without tackling the ...
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Can fixed scope + fixed deadline + fixed price contract ever be made to work with “agile”?

Some projects we run internally using are Scrum, while still being "fixed everything" to the customer. We're experiencing mixed success on our part (the customer likes the visibility of the burndown ...
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Coding and testing in the same sprint

How is testing handled within the same sprint as coding, if all or most of the coding is not done until the end of the sprint? (I'm referring to the "soup-to-nuts" development and testing of a single ...
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Scrum team size - how small is too small?

How small can a scrum team before it's no longer effective? Are there diminishing returns or hard limits on team size before you should abandon scrum?
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Scrum roles mixed up

Here at the office our Scrum roles are a bit mixed up, so I would appreciate any advice on how to improve it. We are a small team of 4 developers (one of which is a de facto scrum master) and we also ...
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Why do we use story points instead of man days when estimating user stories?

In agile methodologies (e.g. SCRUM), the complexity/effort needed for user stories are measured in Story points. Story points are used to calculate how many user stories a team can take in an ...
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Dealing with failed sprints and deadlines

Many Scrum books and articles say that a failed sprint (when the team fails to complete some features from the Sprint Backlog) is not something that bad, it happens from time to time, and it can ...
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How can we make agile enjoyable for developers that like to personally, independently own large chunks from start to finish

We’re roughly midway through our transition from waterfall to agile using scrum; we’ve changed from large teams in technology/discipline silos to smaller cross-functional teams. As expected, the ...
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Scrum - how to carry over a partially complete User Story to the next Sprint without skewing the backlog

We're using Scrum and occasionally find that we can't quite finish a User Story in the sprint in which it was planned. In true Scrum style, we ship the software anyway and consider including the User ...
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How does a Scrum team account for infrastructure tasks in the planning meeting?

How does a Scrum team account for dev/infrastructure tasks in the planning meeting? At first glance, they do not seem like user stories since they do not deliver end user value. However, attaching ...
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Scrum for a single programmer? [closed]

I'm billed as the "Windows Expert" in my very small company, which consists of myself, a mechanical engineer working in a sales and training role, and the company's president, working in a design, ...
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How do you deal with design in Scrum?

How do you deal with design in Scrum? Do you still have well written design documents for each scrum iteration? Do you just do design notes featuring UML diagrams? Or do you just have well commented ...
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In an Agile Environment, who is responsible for software architecture

In an agile team, who is responsible for making high-level architecture and design decisions that affect the entire system, not just the work being done in the current sprint? Maybe product owner, ...
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Confused about modifying the sprint backlog during a sprint

I've been reading a lot about scrum lately, and I've found what seem to me to be conflicting information about whether or not it's ok to change the sprint backlog during a sprint. The Wikipedia ...
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What have you seen go wrong when introducing SCRUM?

What was the single point of failure encountered when your company decided to replace the current processes with SCRUM? Can you give me some examples of things that have gone really wrong when a ...
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Weeding out real agile from buzzword agile in an interview [closed]

I've been interviewing for co-ops (paid internships) lately and a large number of the companies I've been interviewing with have been saying they use Scrum or some other agile methodology (scrum being ...
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Is it a good idea to appoint one of the scrum team member or scrum master as Product Owner?

Lately we had a project, in which client was busy touring. As usual scrum team was formed, management decided to appoint our analyst as Product owner since Client won’t be able to participate actively....
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How to quantify the work perfomed by a developer/programmer? [duplicate]

I know the best four naive ways of achieving this. Commit count: In the code repository count the number of commits done by a user. However this is just what the name says, counting the commits. It ...
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Keeping agile with zero-bug/defect policy

In our project we work in a zero-bug (a.k.a zero-defect) methodology. The basic idea is that bugs are always higher in priority than features. If you're working on a story and it has a bug it must be ...
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What is the purpose of the stand-up and its duration in agile methodologies? [closed]

I used to work in a waterfall methodology and now I am in a team that is following an agile methodology. It seems they are doing it wrong. For example, we have stand-ups that last 25+ minutes daily, ...
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What to do with estimation of incomplete story?

I am part of a development team that is relatively new to Scrum, suppose that at the end of the sprint a few large stories are either in progress or were not accepted by the PO. Firstly, what ...
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Help, team members out of tasks want to start with future sprints topics

I have this problem, a team with 4 members working under scrum, with specific skills each one of them: Person A) DBA with reporting skills Person B) DBA with stored procedure skills and a very deep ...
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What is the best way to handle similar functionlaity in separate user stories / Product back Log Items?

I am using the TFS 2010 SCRUM template. So, let's say I have these user stories: As a user I want the ability to add contacts directly from the Partner page. As a user I want the ability to add ...
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Do you estimate all user stories in iteration zero?

After our product backlog is created and prioritized, are we meant to briefly estimate all the stories in the product backlog? I assume they have to be in order to create a product burndown chart, ...
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Do Scrum sprints mean to work at the fastest pace possible?

I recently interviewed with some companies that do Agile, Scrum to be more precise and there are some things that don't quite seem like Agile to me. I'll take one case that particularly interests me ...
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Scrum for Embedded system devices

In our company, we are going to deliver a new product which will be used for mass notification, so it is an embedded software project and we are going to use the SCRUM as a framework for the product. ...
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What to do when a sprint is finished early?

What to do when a sprint is finished early? At the moment our Scrum team works off stories from the backlog, if the sprint is finished early. What happens with stories taken from the backlog? Will ...
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How can a team apply the Scrum methodology without a clear customer? [duplicate]

Our team is trying to understand and adapt Scrum and other agile practices, but we can not figure out how to deal with customer feedback when there is no customer. Every document about the subject ...
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Is it possible to shuffle team in between a sprint?

We are working on scrum framework. Now a situation arise that we have to shuffle 2-3 scrum team members in between sprints. Is it possible to shuffle sprint team members in between a sprint? What ...
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QA - Developer communication [duplicate]

I am a developer and have worked at this company 4~5 years by now. We have been practicing scrum for about 2 years. I think, I have been worked well with QAs. I believe QAs/developers/technical ...
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Scrum Sprint Optimization

Looking for a systematic method for estimating and comparing the success factors of sprint configurations based on: Team Size Sprint Duration Number of Stories
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Does Scrum turn active developers into passive developers?

I'm a web developer working in a team of three developers and one designer. It's now about five months that we've implemented the agile scrum software development methodology. But I have a weird ...
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How to develop excellent software with agile methods?

The Kano model of customer satisfaction defines different classes of product features. Among them are Must-be qualities: If these are not implemented the customer will not accept the product. ...
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Effective Ways to Introduce Agile into the Workplace?

In your experience (anecdotal or otherwise), what are some effective ways to introduce Agile into a non-Agile organization or company? UPDATED: Can anyone speak to cases where you tried to introduce ...
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Story points for bug fixing tasks: Is it suitable for Scrum?

I'm just wondering if we should assign story points to bug fixing tasks or not. JIRA, our issues-tracking software, does not have story point field for Bug type issues (it's only for Storys and Epics)....
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Why and for what reasons developers may not like “daily scrum”? [closed]

There are advantages in holding daily scrum, like: Team get coordinated with each other Everyone knows what amount of task has been done Burndown chart gets more and more complete Task board is ...
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Who writes the technical 'user stories' in scrum

I know that a product owner should write a user story in scrum. A user story is describing a feature for the end user. But who describes what needs to be technically developed and how it needs to be ...
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How do you keep track of a requirements document on an agile team?

I understand that User Stories dominate the agile world, but how are these artifacts stored, so that new developers who join the team can come up to speed with the requirements? What if the User ...
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Can a freelancer use agile development?

I want to improve the way that I develop software. I want to develop faster and a great code! Today I use the waterfall method as freelancer, writing web stuffs (sites, systems, etc). Is there a way ...
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Scrum - What are team members busy with during a sprint

So, a scrum sprint is a fixed time period during which a specific set of features should be implemented. And a scrum team consists of all the people committed to delivering those features, the ...