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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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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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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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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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Two scrum teams sharing the same codebase

We have one scrum team (distributed Agile) working on one code base. Due to parts of the team being in different time zones we wanted to divide the one team into two scrum teams. Our model with one ...
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Standard approach for tracking half-done features in Azure DevOps

We practice Scrum (SAFe) and use Azure DevOps to track features and PBIs. The team is unsure of how to handle features which have been started but not finished at the end of a program increment. Half ...
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Should the content team be included in Scrum team and should we planned in the same manner as Scrum team?

This is the case: We have one Scrum team of 7 members (developers and QA's) plus PO and SM We have content team of 3 members that are responsible for portal ''look'' (banners, pictures, copywrite etc....
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How to handle inherited roles in user stories?

I'm having struggles how dealing with inherited roles. Here is an example : As an admin, I want to do something 1 As an admin, I want to do something 2 As a super admin, I want to do something 3 So ...
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Agile development: where to include UI coding?

I've been doing agile planning for a long time, but always I get to the same question: where should I put the basic UI development tasks? I mean, for example, if we are developing a web app, we need ...
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Not planned work emerges during the sprint from management?

I believe that most of us have encountered this situation. What is the best approach when higher management or client is forcing the PO to include some new functionality in the middle of the sprint, ...
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Daily standup. How to make it better and how to encourage team to embrace it?

For the last two months I've been working as a scrum master. I need your help on how to make the daily standup better for all the team members and how to encourage the team to embrace it? This is ...
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I'm sometimes the only one working for an entire day or longer. How should I handle the daily Scrum Stand-up?

We have a very small team: me, my 2 coworkers who are both my senior by over a decade, a web designer who usually works on marketing material but also does some graphical mock-ups or minor graphical ...
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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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How do I break down a feature that has complex dependencies?

Picture this feature: Respond to a user from the event stream The event stream is like Twitter's home page, a stream of messages or events that were triggered by any number of users. The feature ...
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In scrum, how do you give an estimate for a backlog item that is primarily research?

A few sprints ago I was assigned a task that was primarily research. I had to figure out how to get our product to interoperate with a very complex black box that we did not develop. I couldn't ...
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How important is sprint test plan in agile?

I have been preparing a test plan for every sprint even if I have a master test plan just to plan the test for the current sprint. I am including topics like: Introduction Purpose Feature Overview ...
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Self-organization during Sprint Planning

During Sprint Planning there are a lot of decisions to be made: How many PBIs should the team commit to? Which tasks should constitute each PBI? How much time should each task take? With no team ...
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who is responsible to define the algorithms, the class and data structures in a scrum team?

We developed our app for iOS and Android in native code. Before using scrum we had the following development logic: We define the overall product requirements (for iOS and Android app) The iOS ...
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PBI vs User Story

Recently an item has been added to the Product Backlog by product owner which says "When I go to login page from x page, I see an error. I want that error to be removed". It seems to me that this is ...
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In scrum, if tasks are estimated in hours, how to avoid assigning the task in sprint planning?

I've been reading up a lot on the subject, and from what I can gather the following statements 'should' be true in scrum: 1) Estimate user stories in story points at the product backlog level. This ...

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