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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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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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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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Reasons for Pair Programming

I've worked in a few shops where management has passed the idea of pair programming either to me or another manager/developer, and I can't get behind it at all. From a developer stand-point I can't ...
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Why does the Scrum guide say no testers?

I have been reading the Scrum Guide from scrum.org and it says: Development Teams do not contain sub-teams dedicated to particular domains like testing or business analysis. In its literal ...
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Assigning story points to the hypothesis in the backlog [closed]

We have been using Scrum as our project management platform for a while, now we are moving toward Lean UX and hypothesis driven development practices. We are using Poker planning to determine the ...
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Is it common for business analysts (or other non-development team members) to have stories tracked alongside developers?

We're using JIRA with Greenhopper, and currently our business analyst has tasks for their analysis which will eventually lead to new stories placed in the backlog, running alongside the stories for ...
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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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How to handle User Story at end of sprint if users want changes?

We just adopted Scrum and completed our first sprint (yeah!) At the Sprint Review, we demoed a User Story for feature X. This feature X worked exactly how described in the User Story from initial ...
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Does the Scrum Guide Specify How Often to Release QA/Test Builds?

See https://www.scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html I've read through this several times and can't find anything about how often to do QA/Test builds during a sprint. There is a section called increment....
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Need help for sprint planning when tasks are not done in previous sprint

In our team we don't have dedicated Scrum Master, so one of the developer is playing the role of SM. I know this is wrong but it can't be changed. In our system, we assign story points to all the ...
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Identifying the Redundant Requirements in Scrum

I'm working on the research to resolve the Requirements conflicts in distributed Scrum where teams are distributed over multiple locations. I'm proposing a model that consists of five steps including ...
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How to document non-functional requirements in User Stories?

I work as a business analyst in a software development firm. In my previous organisation, the development was done using waterfall and we wrote: "Business Requirement Documents" (BRDs). In my current ...
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SDLC approach for small size projects

For small size projects, is it worth following the SDLC? is SCRUM/agile development a better approach? Edit: The project I have in mind is a small change but it will affect multiple layers/parts 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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Agile scrum - estimate another team's sprint

I heard a case where two teams are planning each others' sprints (estmating stories and deciding what goes into the sprint). The stated benefit is to solve one of the two team's problem with not ...
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Should you ever re-estimate user stories?

My current project is having a 'discussion' which is split down the middle- "this story is more complex than we originally thought, we should re-estimate" vs "you should never re-estimate as you only ...
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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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How to efficiently handle a scrum project when part of development team are from external firm?

In my organisation for one of the project we follow Agile Scrum methodology and following is distribution of the man power for the project: Scrum Team: SM ProxyDev1(Internal): 50% in the project ...
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When is it reasonable to register an activity on the SCRUM board and when it is not necessary?

In my work we use the scrum board for the registration of activities, however there is always a dilemma of what to register there, some colleagues want to register on the scrum board the email answer (...
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What are benefits of Scrum compared to 'tackle things as they come'?

Much has been told about the advantages of agile development and Scrum in particular, however, most of these assessments assume that an organisation comes from a very rigid methodology of Waterfall. ...
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Explaining the difference between Product Backlog Item and a Task

I've run into this challenge a couple of times and I'm hoping someone can provide some references, training or advice on how to explain the difference between a Product Backlog Item and a Task in TFS. ...
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Does Scrum create additional overhead for projects where requirements don't change?

I'm reading the Scrum - A Pocket Guide by Gunther Verheyen and it says: The Chaos report of 2011 by the Standish Group marks a turning point. Extensive research was done in comparing traditional ...
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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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How many hours a day in a sprint in scrum framework?

I am trying to follow scrum framework as much as i can but i am facing some confusion. I like to know what are the standard guide lines for a sprint. I am designing the sprint but i am not sure to get ...
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How to planning tasks with junior developers? [closed]

As I am only senior developer in team, Others are juniors who not strong to write clean code and architect. Problem is the during sprint planning, It took very hard time for me to lead technical ...
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Should a (junior) developer try to push for better processes and practices in their development/IT team?

I'm a junior developer that is given the ability to help shape my team's processes if I can justify the change, and if it helps the team get work done. This is new for me as my past companies more or ...
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Does the Product Backlog just consists out of User Stories in Agile Development? [closed]

As far as we know, the User Stories are the way a requirement is defined in bounded context with acceptance criteria. On the other hand, the Product Backlog enlists all requirements, i.e., new feature,...
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Who should handle customer support within an Agile team?

We currently have a maintenance role within our team which the developers on our team rotate each 2 week sprint. This consists of: Responding to user bug reports & creating stories/issues for ...
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Reserved user story points

In scrum, do you reserve any extra story points for tasks that weren't part of the original estimate, but my come in between the sprint like any technical dependencies?
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Whom does the Nexus Sprint Backlog belong to?

The Nexus Guide states that: A Nexus Sprint Backlog is the composite of Product Backlog items from the Sprint Backlogs of the individual Scrum Teams. However, trying to build an analogy between ...
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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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Sprint planning: who decides which items of the Product backlog to be included into the Sprint backlog?

I am confused about the two following statements and how do they both influence on which items be included into the Sprint backlog: The Sprint Goal and Sprint plan is produced by the collaborative ...
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“Materialised” view of the Sprint Goal and consequences of its absence

The Scrum guide defines the Sprint Goal as: an objective that will be met within the Sprint through the implementation of the Product Backlog, and it provides guidance to the Development Team ...
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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 ...