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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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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 kinds of projects is SCRUM considered to be suitable for?

I have been using SCRUM in three different projects over the last four years. One of SCRUM's advantages seems to be its flexibility and adaptability, e.g. wrt to changing customer requirements. ...
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How do you include Support in your Sprint?

Our company moved to Scrum recently on a product that was almost coded by a single person (Joe). We have support to do with our exising customers that we try to integrate in our process. For now we ...
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Scrum: Short VS long sprint

We were trying to figure out the optimal sprint length for our project. After working on a 3-weeks basis we thought that cutting the sprint to 2-weeks would provide better velocity. The advantages ...
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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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How to estimate tasks in scrum?

Let's say we have a backlog of User Stories, each with an estimated number of Story Points, and now we're doing the Sprint Planning. Now, the Stories should be broken down into tasks and many Scrum ...
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Does Scrum lend itself to multi-project environments?

I will be moving workplace in the near future and I believe they will be very interested in my experience of Scrum and how it may relate to their business. I am trying to understand if it will work in ...
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Getting from a user-story to code while using TDD (scrum)

I'm getting into scrum and TDD and I think I have some confusion which I'd like to get your feedback about. Let's assume I have a user-story in my backlog, in order for me to start developing it as ...
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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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Distributed SCRUM team issues: The work environment

One interesting issue appeared for me today. In a distributed SCRUM team when do you start enforcing an unitary work environment in terms of code format, IDE plugins (checkstyle & co), VCS, CI? ...
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Evaluating a product owner [closed]

How do you evaluate a product owner? More specifically, how would one conduct a performance review of a product owner? What qualities or characteristics would one look at when reviewing a product ...
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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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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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How do I handle a user story that I complete, but with compromise and need to revisit?

I have just fulfilled (is that a good term?) two user stories out of a new project backlog I have just built. These are user registration and password reset, both requiring mail. I need to implement a ...
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Scrum and swarming non-parallelizable tasks

My current scrum master is a true believer who is not willing to budge on the official forms of scrum. I don't want this to sound ranty, I am really asking about the orthodox solution to this issue ...
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User Stories with design elements in Scrum

We're implementing a Scrum workflow and I'm trying to wrap my head around user stories, when they're completed, iterations, etc. One thing we often do is work on a story during an early iteration, get ...
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Managing Production Issues during a Scrum Sprint

The question of managing bugs in production has been a large feature in my mind of late. Sprint's are not meant to have any items added into them, but for critical bugs, this is simply unavoidable. ...
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How do I treat application aspects with regard to features and user stories?

When drawing up a backlog, I have several requirements that apply to a great many user stories, i.e. aspects of the application like error handling and feedback. How do I include these (without using ...
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Any best practices for a distributed agile team? [closed]

Our scrum teams are split geographically (not ideal I know!) due to specific knowledge only being available in certain countries. So one team of say 7 members, has the business person in one city, 2 ...
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Where to put details about the acceptance criteria of a user story?

In this blog post about acceptance criteria the author explains that good acceptance criteria should: State an intent not a solution (e.g. “The user can choose an account” rather than “The user can ...
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Learning Agile & Scrum [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a canonical book on Agile? I'm looking for a good book on learning Agile and Scrum for web application development. Can anyone suggest a good resource that guides one ...
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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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How to introduce Scrum in a company accustomed to Scrumbutt or Scrumfall?

A colleague of mine works as a consultant. He is recently asked to help a software development company to improve their processes. The company is aware of some of the issues, like the number of bugs ...
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Should defects have story points in Scrum?

As far as I know, we use story points to measure the complexity of a story in Scrum. But what about Defect? Should Defect have story points? If it does, what does it mean by completing these points, ...
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Daily Scrum when the team is just fixing bugs

I understand all the advantages of Daily Scrum and my team does it when we are working on stories. But sometimes we just have bugs to fix for days, while we're waiting for new stories, and when this ...
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Should we be documenting our Scrum Retrospective feedback before the Retrospective meeting?

Our Scrum master wants us to document our feedback for the iteration before our Retrospective. Her argument is that she wants us to have time to document our feedback. Another guy on the thinks that ...
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Can the customer be a SCRUM Product Owner in a project?

I just had a discussion with a colleague about the Product Owner role: In a project where a customer organization has brought in a sofware developing organization (supplier), can the role of Product ...
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When to mark a user story as done in scrum?

There is a notion in scrum that emphasizes delivery of workable units at the end of each sprint. Each workable unit also maps directly of indirectly to a user story and when in new sprint PO ...
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Sprint Meetings - What to talk about

In work we have just started using the Scrum methodology, it is working well but I have a question on the daily sprint meetings. We set aside 15 minutes for the meeting (between the three devs and ...
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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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Should the number of developers be considered when estimating a task?

I am pretty inexperienced with working in agile projects but I have tried it a few times and I always run into this problem when estimating a task. Do we bring into the estimate the number of ...
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agile / scrum and functional specs

I work in a small team of four devs, one domain expert and one manager. We are looking to move to using scrum to try and formalise our processes. From what I understand of agile, it seems to be close(...
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Should the story points of stories created after splitting a story add up to the number of story points of that story?

Suppose I have a user story of size 20 that can be split in other 2 user stories, making the original story an epic. Should the sum of these user stories add up to 20? What's the best practice in this ...
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Who should be allowed to add stories to the product backlog?

What is the best practice for that prevents the backlog from becoming a mess, but also maintaining developer productivity Who should we allow to add stories to the product backlog? And how do you ...
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As the team leader/manager, what kind of role should I seek when we switch to Scrum? [closed]

My company wants to start using Scrum, and in real scrum there is no place for a real team leader (manager). What is the next step for the dev team leader? Should I be a (chief) system architect/tech ...
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How should support/bugfixes work in a larger organisation?

We have a team of about 40 engineers who work on a large SaaS platform. As with any organisation, we have an enormous backlog of things we want to deliver from our roadmap. But of course, we also have ...
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How to integrate technical line/functional manager into Scrum team?

We have recently had a new line manager start to manage our Scrum team. He is immensely experienced in our field but is relatively inexperienced at Agile/Scrum. He has extensive technical expertise in ...
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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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How do you include “global requirements”?

I know it is best practice to split of your "global requirements". Which is something I do when documenting in Confluence. However, when coming to grooming with the development team, I don't really ...
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Calculating last Sprint's Focus Factor

We have finished our Sprint in half the expected time and now we want to compute our focus factor to use in the next Sprint. Though, by doing the math by the book, we get an awful number. How are we ...
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Sprint Backlog Task Estimates - What Are the Hours Made Of?

For the sprint backlog, I read that the stories are broken into tasks, and estimated. Are these estimates typically development hours only, or development + QA? What are these hours typically ...
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Task Planning on an Agile Team

At the beginning of each sprint our team will pull in a handful of user stories and then, one by one, write slightly more detailed tasks for them as well as assign specific hours to each task. ...
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Do story points have a direct relation with task estimates?

In my current team, where we run multiple scrums, the Story points are usually based on the effort required to complete the User Story. For example if an User Story has 2 tasks, both needing 5 days ...
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Product Owner introduces ungroomed (unfamiliar, not estimated) User Story(s) into the Sprint Planning meeting

A problem that I am facing and would like some input into is; a Product Owner introduces ungroomed (unfamiliar, not estimated) User Story(s) into the Sprint Planning meeting. The issue that this has ...
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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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In Scrum, what to do when story points and task hours don't roughly correlate?

Our development team is pretty new to the scrum process, so I would like to help refine our methods to make better use of it. In particular, I noticed that the correlation between story points and ...
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Should we create a story for vacation?

We have had a situation with a scrum sprint where a team member went on vacation for a few days at the beginning of the sprint. This led to us being behind the ideal trend on the burndown chart at the ...
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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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Should every member of scrum team be universal? [closed]

We have a scrum team where there are 5 developers, 2 automated testers, 1 manual tester. Our tasks are completely independent. Shouldn't there be 8 people, every one should be able to do every task: ...
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Out of sync development in back end vs front end

We have two developers working on the same project. One is doing the front end and the other doing the back end. Everything is working well, however we have come across the developer doing the back ...