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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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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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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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Does Scrum need System specification document?

We're building a website to manage our company asset, and apply Agile/Scrum to this project. We started with the Product backlog as in attachment. We planned to start the first Sprint but the team ...
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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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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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Use SCRUM with 2TUP

After taking a look to SCRUM it doesn't same to me "enough" to lead a project since it isn't disucssing the technical side of it, so my questions are: 1-is it possible/recommanded to combine SCRUM ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Kanban board - How to handle defects found in testing phase?

I have a question regarding kanban board and handling defects that are found in testing. The case is this: User story moves through "Development'' and goes to "Testing'' column on board. Defect is ...
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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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Does anyone else feel Scrum isn't agile?

I am a big fan of agile development and used XP on a very successful project a few years ago. I loved everything about it, the iterative development approach, writing code around a test, pair ...
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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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In Scrum, how to handle contention/workload at end of sprint

My team started using Scrum a few sprints ago. Our project involves building software interfacing with physical devices (think robots and sensors) and our typical Product backlog usually represent ...
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What relationship do software Scrum or Lean have to industrial engineering concepts like theory of constraints?

In Scrum, work is delivered to customers through a series of sprints in which project work is time boxed to a fixed number of days or weeks, usually 30 days. In lean software development, the goal is ...
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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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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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In Scrum, should you split up the backlog in a functional backlog and a technical backlog or not?

In our Scrum teams we use a backlog, which mostly contains functional topics, but also sometimes contains technical topics. The advantage of having 1 backlog is that it becomes easy to choose the ...
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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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Do Story Point sizes for repetitive tasks change after you automate the task?

Here's the Scrum situation: A certain task (implement a back end populated data table) is a frequent story The tables frequently have similar but custom functionality Each table takes about a week to ...
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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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Cloning Jira tickets at the end of a sprint - carrying over effort and points

I have been working with Jira within an Agile scrum like methodology for a while now. What happens quite often is a ticket is estimated and started on. By the end of the sprint 95% of the work is done....
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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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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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How do you handle non-functional work with Scrum in embedded eystems?

I have two issues with Scrum in embedded systems. First, there are many tasks to do, especially in the early stages, which are not demonstrable. We started with a development board, no OS, no display, ...
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Parallel sprints in Scrum - one project, two teams

Currently, I am working on the project that consists of two teams which we track also in the JIRA software tool and it is basically two teams that are working on the same project so this is my ...
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Holding the Scrum events (planning, review, retrospective) in one working day

I have a question regarding scrum events that are all held in one day? For example: In the morning (review + retrospective) and in the afternoon another one (planning). Currently, I am working in a ...
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Product Backlog items estimation - How to avoid estimations in hours when there is no team velocity and team is new?

This is the case: A new team which consists of 6 people. They are a new team so there is no velocity that can be used for further sprint planning. A problem: The project manager wants to know when ...
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Do user stories need to be Independent and Valuable or Independently Valuable? [duplicate]

I am trying to split down user stories for a brand new system. This system will record weight readings from a balance connected to a serial port. Due to regulatory data integrity requirements - the ...
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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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Azure DevOps for multiple small projects

We are a software development company with less than 10 employees. Each employee may be a part of multiple projects. Also, the project manager may look after multiple projects as well. We use Azure ...
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Should refinement activity be ''locked'' in the calendar? - Must all of the members in the Scrum team participate in it?

We have two-week sprints and our PO organizes grooming activity when it's needed looking after that it should not exceed more than 10% of the development time. Question is: - Should refinement ...
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Definition of Done/Definition of Ready - Shared for the whole organization?

Definition of Done and Definition of Ready may be very helpful in the organizations that are new to Agile methodology and Scrum framework. Must all teams share the same DoD and DoR or it can be ...
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How relevant is DSDM nowadays?

After recent years working mostly with SLA, Incident Management and ITSM, I'm considering moving back to software development management and agile methodology. I'm returning to SCRUM lessons and would ...
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Planning a sprint when you don't know the next tasks

How should sprint tasks be planned when you won't know the next task to be done until the current task is complete? For instance, consider the case of optimizing a program's performance. Until you fix ...

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