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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 & Kanban Integration - How to coordinate dev team capacity?

I'm a Scrum Master of a team that is working on developing a software & maintaining its production issues. I'm planning to combine Scrum and Kanban. Where Scrum is for development, and Kanban is ...
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How do you make a story point estimate for a story that you are only partially familiar with?

I'm a developer still learning the complexities of a software system on a SCRUM team I joined recently. I will be asked for a story point estimate for a piece of work that touches areas of the system ...
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How to efficiently split one big team into two scrum teams?

A scrum team has grown over the dezired size, which makes it difficult to organize and plan work. The team works on a component that is used on multiple projects, that every now and then needs ...
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Establishing Agile environment when the development team is external

I have joined a new workplace where they follow Agile (Scrum). There are several products, each has an internal product owner, but the development team is an external vendor (developers and scrum ...
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How to deal with losely coupled sub projects in Scrum?

We are a project that for external reasons has to run in a Scrumish fashion. We consist of two subprojects : A backend data and services provider that I am a part of, and a UI+BPM layer that interacts ...
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How to coordinate developers time between two different projects in Scrum?

I became the scrum master of a newly established team, that is responsible for creating a software AND maintaining other deployed application. So basically each team member has development & ...
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Should Daily Scrums be done in person or in writing?

I have had a discussion with my team about huddles; they want to do the meeting as a report written on slack rather than a face-to-face meeting. They consider that the meeting takes too long (it's 5 ...
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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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In a Scrum standup, should the discussion of what was done yesterday be limited to tasks on the board or all work done?

I know that Scrum rules in daily standups say that team should only talk about what they did yesterday, what they're doing today, and anything blocking them. Nothing else. But the problem is, ...
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Scrum Epics vs MVF

If I have an epic with 4 features and one feature isn't really part of another epic but needs to be put into that MVF, do I move the feature to another epic or can epics cross MVF's?
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continuous integration impact on ticket sizing

I've been doing research on CI (continuous integration) and I can't find any info on the changes CI would introduce to ticket sizing. CI states developers should merge to the mainline every day (or ...
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Are accomplished requirements still part of the Product Backlog?

The offical Scrum Guide states that The Product Backlog is an ordered list of everything that might be needed in the product and is the single source of requirements for any changes to be made to ...
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How to handle multiple stories with changes on the same big Cobol program/module in a Scrum Sprint

How to handle multiple stories with changes on the same big Cobol program/module in a Scrum Sprint without ending in a mini-waterfall at the end of the Sprint? The risk is that the development sub-...
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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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What should be the input of a scrum team?

Our scrum team consists of the usual scrum roles. We do not have a UI/UX designer and the developers work the UI/UX with the product owner. Here lies a problem. Everytime we are about to create the ...
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how to calculate communication waste in Scrum ?

communication waste is the time spent in communication between team members in the following cases: delivering features which are not needed by the customer delivering partial features (analysis, ...
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How to show different platforms on a user story map?

I'm now a huge fan/believer of Jeff Patton's user story map. I'm currently reading his book.. Jeff talks a lot about depicting different roles on a user story. However, I'm not sure how to do this ...
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Code review and then what? [duplicate]

In my team we have a policy that each code should be reviewed by at least one other developer. When the review is done the reviewer just clicks the merge button so the code ends up in development. ...
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How to treat partially done partially cancelled cards

I use an online kanban-board for my projects. Even though I work mostly alone, it helps me keep track of what would otherwise be an Alexandran Library of post-it notes. While I'm sure my process is ...
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In Scaled Scrum release management, how do you handle unfinished features?

In scaled Scrum release management, what's the code management strategy if there are unfinished features in the code base? For example, SAFe agile framework recommends all teams complete sprints the ...
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Is it appropriate to have a “clean up” sprint to start fresh without carry-over story points?

Our Scrum team has been having incomplete (not accepted) stories at the end of a sprint (usually 3 week sprint durations) that carry over into the next sprint. This has happened in every sprint except ...
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Agile User Stories for Deep Thought Machine

If You've seen Hitchiker's guide to the Galaxy, you know that Deep Thought (pictured below) is a machine that was built to compute the meaning of life: Let's imagine that we were tasked with building ...
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How to get started with Scrum when the team is bad at generating ideas?

I have a bit of a problem regarding implementing Scrum into a project. The team I'm working with is generally just very bad at coming up with ideas. I'm not sure if it's a matter of them not feeling ...
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Scrum Sprint Stories in Testing

I am a Scrum Master and have been practicing Scrum in my Organisation. We have now moved on to ServiceNow for development and we are facing issues now. Issue: We work on sprint->story->task, but, we ...
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How do I explain to my team “there is no problem if the requirements need to change after a sprint?”

My team is very inexperienced in how manager our only work and how much time is necessary to spend in some tasks. So many sample things like just develop what our client needs and show it for her (...
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How to deal with weekly schema updates on database production server? (ASPNet MVC and Entity Framework)

I'm working with scrum methodology. thus weekly schema updates are performed to the final product. However our customer is already populating the database. How can I update the database without ...
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Scrum: Product Backlogs and Tasks

Recently I have been reading the book, Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners by Ilan Goldstein. Goldstein mentions that when practicing scrum, you will write user stories and you will write task for ...
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Parallel testing API based mobile application

The setup So we have a RESTful JSON API. There are iOS and Android applications that consume the said API (one of each). The code for the applications is such that the endpoints are hardcoded to "...
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Is there a way to infer a task's cost using Story Points or something else in Scrum?

We are a bunch of freelancers working together making websites and apps and we starting using Scrum recently. We're enjoying Scrum and its transparency but we're encountering a problem with the budget ...
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Definition of Done for many Scrum teams

We've recently started to use the Scrum framework and we gradually went from 1 team to 5. I am doing the Scrum Master role. In the last months, each Development Teams worked on their Definition of ...
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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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Acceptance Criteria for Edge Cases

I am a product owner on an agile team. I when doing PO acceptance testing I usually make note to try some edge cases. Its not uncommon for me to discover something and then I pass it back to the the ...
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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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Scrum - Calculating Sprint Velocity

I need some help in answering questions This is Sprint 1 and I have a 2 week sprint with the first week completed and the current burndown chart looks like: Day 1 with 50 Story points Day 2 with ...
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How to handle defects from production (older version) in SCRUM

We are moving to SCRUM - in our sprints, we work on a version 1.1, while version 1.0 is being in production. However, ocassional bug from version 1.0 is reported and have to be fixed. I found no ...
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How to decompose a sprint in scrum?

I´m struggling how to decompose a sprint in SCRUM. I know in many cases SCRUM is used only for the developing part in the software process, but I want to use it for the whole project (in our case: ...
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How should we quote differing sized contracts in a SCRUM environment

I am trying to implement an agile-ish approach to our firm. Right now we have a very much waterfall like approach to designing, coding, testing, and releasing. One major issue we haven't found an ...
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How to make Scrum work for a team with defined roles?

Some background information I'm part of an in-house software dev team. It consists of 5 developers (with experiences ranging from 2 to 5 years, I'm one of them) 3 implementation staff (they do the ...
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When Agile becomes a bit slugish [closed]

So, we have started trying to work to Agile/scrum in our business to run the software dev team and it's not (in my eyes as a humble dev) working very well. Its getting to the point now where the team (...
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Who in scrum has the responsibility to determine how design/branding is done

We have shipped our application. Now we have to do internationalization of the application shipping to 15 countries each country its own branded site. We have many email templates and landing pages ...
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Capacity Planning for a solo developer - Activities?

I'm having trouble seeing the benefit of setting the Activity field on Tasks for use in Capacity Planning (I'm using the Scrum Template). In fact, doing so seems to make things more cumbersome. Why ...
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Scrum - Dealing with hotfixes

Say you finished a sprint, successfully deployed your application to the production environment and started another 2-week-long sprint. But then you find a critical bug in the version you just shipped,...
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Are bargaining and beat down attempts on Scrum estimations legitimate parts of the process?

I noticed in scrum meetings, that developers often give realistic estimations on stories. However, even rather simple stories need a lot efforts for configuration, setting up third party components, ...
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Team constantly fails to meet sprint goals

We are a small software company with one product. We use scrum, and our developers choose the features they want to include in each sprint. Unfortunately over the past 18 month period, the team haven'...
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Development Methodology for Many Projects

Twice now I have encountered an office where there are many projects being done simultaneously. The two different approaches I've seen to this is splitting people up into very small (1-2 people) ...
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Why doesn't team size affect scrum time-boxing for meetings?

Although most time-boxed meetings take the amount of weeks in a sprint into consideration, none of them seems to include the number of team members when calculating the max duration. What I mean by ...
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How to record changes to tasks in sprint backlog?

We are using Scrum for more than a year now for a mobile game project. We use a printed Excel sheet pinned on cork board almost similar to one here on mountaingoatsoftware website. During the sprint ...
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Should we factor time in for UAT fixes & deployments as part of a sprint?

We're a relatively small team and we are trying to implement an 'agile' scrum methodology around here for our projects. All of our work is project based (i.e. we do not have a particular product ...
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How to deal with (or account for) time lost in waiting for other things in an Agile environment?

We use Scrum. We have a month long sprint. In the beginning of the sprint we estimate tasks from the backlog and then depending on what capacity we have, we add tasks to the current sprint. However, ...
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Scrum - What are team members busy with during a sprint

So, a scrum sprint is a fixed time period during which a specific set of features should be implemented. And a scrum team consists of all the people committed to delivering those features, the ...