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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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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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About Sprint in Scrum Methodology

About methodology Scrum, specifically during the period of Sprint, is it correct to say that: The scope can be clarified and renegotiated between the product owner and the development team ...
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How can I organize 3 software engineers to work together with 2 clients?

I started working in a stock broker that hired me and more two developers to build a piece of software to help them. I am the newest member of the development team. My friend, another developer in ...
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Agile and Delivering Features

At my company, we have adopted full Agile methodologies and related tools. We plan our sprints based on a set of customer requested features by the end of the sprint. Commonly, we do not deliver the ...
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Scrum Team has grown too large, how should it be split

The insurance company for which I work has had an ongoing software development project for the last several years, which has been split between multiple lines. software package: The suite we are ...
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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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How should I translate a requirements document into user stories?

I received a big old fashioned requirements document. But my team is working using agile methods (a combination of scrum and kanban), so what we need is user stories. Is there some guidance for "...
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is it ok that development team create refactoring tasks in the product backlog?

I'm aware of software development principles and best practices. However, in most cases I entered a project that was already on its phase 2, and that already had a significant amount of code written. ...
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How SCRUM could be applied to a team responsible for various projects?

I work in a team of 8 people and today it receives demands from several stakeholders, some development demands, others operational. When there is development, it is usually done by one person of the ...
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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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Multiple Integration Test Iterations for each sprint

We are going to implement Integration Testing at our project for an Embedded Product. The plan is to develop the Tests and execute them at each sprint. I suggested that the tests could be executed ...
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What time of day should we end a sprint before a sprint review meeting?

Summary Our company runs two week sprints for our software development team. We have many projects our team shares with some being individual projects. We've noticed that when we end our sprint an ...
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How to resolve tasks completed from the backlog with no work done?

We have a mature product that we reuse for new projects. For one project, some tasks were created for already working features. Those tasks were all assigned 1 SP each. So, just as a sanity check, I ...
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Scrum: How should conversations with the product owner be logged?

I've just read the Scrum Guide as I have no experience with scrum and my team is starting to use the methodology. We use JIRA to record/track our issues, but a common process is that we get ...
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Version number between sprints

My question is a little bit about branching, versioning and agile development in general, but the heart of all three is the version number I think. Currently, I'm using internal version numbers (e.g. ...
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Using business use cases vs user stories in a new requirement procedure?

Actually in the company that I work there isn't a procedure or any kind of methodology choose to develop software. The software developed is administrative to the own company, clients applications ...
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How should training activities be handled in Agile/Scrum

Something that bugs me with sprint planning, is where training fits in. Let's say you have a requirement to learn JQuery for a small web application. There would seem to be a number of possible ...
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How should both a Scrum team project and individual Kanban projects be handled within JIRA?

Summary We're a medium sized company that has a development team of five team members. We recently started learning/employing the Scrum method to our R&D department. Our core team has one ...
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How implement company procedures while using scrum?

My manager give me the task to implement new ISO procedures of analysis and design (later it will be of the entire software development cycle) because in the team we don't have any kind of methodology ...
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How do I deal with a counterproductive scrum team?

Backstory: I have been working as part of this team for the past three years and in this time we have had three different Scrum Master who have all run things differently. Because of this change in ...
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How does Agile avoid having a project stall when close to completion (the 90 percent syndrome)?

I read a lot the past few weeks about something that calls the 90% syndrome. Basically, the syndrome describes a project that reaches about 90% completion on schedule, then stalls, finally finishing ...
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What line of code is written first in Software development? [closed]

When building software, we usually go through the requirements phase to design and all the stuff but when we start writing the actual code, how do we decide on which parts of the software will be ...
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How to organize work for a team delivering 3 connected but distinct products and stay agile

We are a team responsible for 3 products: 2 products are in active development of new functionality and are moving fast therefore work there could be classified as project 3rd product is alive and ...
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Agile Waterfall integration and delayed deployment

Our business team want long periods between deployments and once a build has been staged for their testing it must not be updated unless a fix is required. This goes against our development team's ...
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doubt about relationship between poker planning and ideal days

I am new to Scrum and I have been reading the book of Kenneth entitled "Essential Scrum" and I have some doubts regarding the poker planning. I understand the mechanics of the game, and for what I ...
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artefact versioning - product versioning vs semantic versioning

The following situation: a product which consists of multiple components, each component versioned individually (all artefacts of the same component having the same version) POs are talking of ...
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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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How to handle project manager getting upset when tasks spend multiple days in development?

Our process is that developers create subtasks for user stories to track their work on that particular user story on the scrum board. Good so far. However, we have a de facto project manager ...
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Best way to handle “So, when will this be done by?”

During the daily standup meeting in the middle of a sprint, the de facto project manager/scrum master usually asks developers some version of: "So when will this be done by?" "So can you ...
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When agile versions span multiple sprints

We're using Service Now and have 2 week sprints. Our management team want to release to production once every 6 sprints and use the term Version for this. When a story is complete in terms of ...
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Where to put backlog items like “As a developer, …”?

We want to practice proper software engineering for our project and allocate some task to do it. Problem is, I don't know where to put it. Previously we have epic & user stories like: As a ...
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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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All full stack developers vs backend and frontend developers?

We are a product based website company. We deal with online sell/purchase of automobiles. We have an already-established product with daily 100k visitors on our website. Current scrum team - six ...
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TDD and waiting on dependencies

I am on a fairly new team that is also new to TDD and Agile/Scrum. Currently we are developing a project that consists of web API and a native iOS and Android application, with a small team of devs ...
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Should technical debt/technology upgrade be scheduled as a feature (given points) or a chore (given no points)?

What should we do for user stories for technical debt in Pivotal Tracker? Should we consider these as features (giving points) or as chores (giving no points, thus lowering velocity)? I am confused ...
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Which stage of Agile (SCRUM) should we start creating automation tests?

A little background of me - I'm a manual tester for almost 2 years within an Agile environment using SCRUM (1-2 weeks sprints). So I'm wanting to introduce automation testing in my work using ...
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SRS in scrum framework?

IN scrum , everything is written in terms of user , They are called user stories. For starting new projects in scrum , should one write SRS document ? Or just go directly for user stories . I did not ...
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In Scrum, are BAs invited to standups, and are they chickens or pigs?

I read with interest this answer from Jeff Sutherland, co-founder of Scrum: Q: What's your view on the Business Analyst and how it relates to Scrum? Is there a place for the role or should the ...
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Tracking and prioritizing PBI when is split by platform

Suppose you have a PBI or User Story which can be split by platform like: "As user I want to read my feed so I can be updated with news" But that User Story is for iOS, Android and Web, so we use to ...
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SCRUM with external EXPERT / Ressource

How do you think we should handle 1 external collaborator/developper within scrum method ? For example : Should we isolate the tasks that he must do ?
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Are scrum and a stable development build a contradiction?

I'm part of a development group with 5 teams, total of about 40 developers. We're following the Scrum methodology, with 3-week sprints. We have a continuous integration setup (Jenkins), with a build ...
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In Scrum / Agile, how to deliver a validation / rules engine incrementally?

Let's say you have a validation engine that needs to cover 100 rules to be useful. Let's also assume the team can only deliver about 10 rules per iteration. How would you go about making a "...
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Is the Iteration Planning part of the Iteration itself?

If I split up the development into a timebox with 3 phases: planning (e.g. with planning meeting), functional progress (software development / implementing user stories) and finalization (e.g. with ...
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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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What is “Gating bugs?” in scrum?

I sometimes see the term "Gating" or "Gating bugs" in scrum development. I felt like it is something needs to be fixed before the next sprint. Am I right?
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Is it ever acceptable to have non-checkin-related discussions in Scrum Daily Standup meetings?

I hope people will indulge me a potentially obvious question. I've worked in a number of organizations that have daily scrum meetings. Some organizations are really strict about only using the scrum ...
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At what PBI level should I be creating branches?

I have been making the mistake creating branches at the User Story Level. See: User Stories != Features. I believe I have been doing it this way because of my poor practice in organizing Features ...
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How to address tangential refactorable code in a feature branch

[Summarized answers inserted] When working in a feature branch and I find code that should be refactored that is not related to the branch aside from the fact that it is in the same file I am working ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for dropping a story from the backlog?

Here is a scenario: User submits a story. As as a user I want X so that Y and Z. Story does not make in the sprint, and then the next sprint, and then the next, etc. I am noticing stories lingering ...
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How track backlog items origin using scrum?

I would like to track, for each backlog item, which event originated it. For instance: "Original briefing", "Meeting Jan", "Meeting Feb" ... Using scrum, what is the correct way to track the origin ...