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A sprints in Scrum, or otherwise known as an iteration, is the heartbeat of the Scrum cycle.

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How to deal with sprint planning running far too long?

I took over 5 hours in sprint planning for a week long sprint. That seems like too much. We discuss things in detail in sprint planning, as most of team members are not senior. If we don't it will ...
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Product Backlog vs. huge features

I am designing and documenting a product with agile process. When I write user stories to add them to the product backlog, I found myself in a complex and huge features. Should I write these features ...
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How to manage backlog preparation during current sprint

In my team, the Business Analysis is also a scrum team member. He will prepare all user stories to the Product backlog, but his tasks also should be managed with timeline/estimation. Should we put ...
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How Sprint works [closed]

I am not from a IT background. An idea is generated is being worked upon now. Initially we started with Waterfall methodology and now using agile. Want to understand how exactly this agile methodology ...
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Interrupting software development methodology

I'm in trouble, my team (3 devs including myself) works with mobile and backend development and we are dealing with some problems trying to order this process. Let me try to explain my situation, our ...
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What time of day should we end a sprint before a sprint review meeting?

Summary Our company runs two week sprints for our software development team. We have many projects our team shares with some being individual projects. We've noticed that when we end our sprint an ...
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Version number between sprints

My question is a little bit about branching, versioning and agile development in general, but the heart of all three is the version number I think. Currently, I'm using internal version numbers (e.g. ...
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Should there be a gap between sprints?

I've set our sprints up to last for 2 weeks, nominally 10 days. Day 1 starts with planning and then moves to start development. Day 10 has S&T and Retro, but also cleans up the release/tidies ...
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How should both a Scrum team project and individual Kanban projects be handled within JIRA?

Summary We're a medium sized company that has a development team of five team members. We recently started learning/employing the Scrum method to our R&D department. Our core team has one ...
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Is the Iteration Planning part of the Iteration itself?

If I split up the development into a timebox with 3 phases: planning (e.g. with planning meeting), functional progress (software development / implementing user stories) and finalization (e.g. with ...
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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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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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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 long does PI planning session in agile methodology actually plan for?

Does PI planning actually plan for only a few sprints ahead or does it plan for the whole project(all sprints until production)?
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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 the time of Agile Sprint is calculated?

have a query in my mind that how the time estimation is made in sprint meeting for agile work flow? Lets say for example: In a team there are 4 developers and the first sprint is designed for about ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Dealing with failed sprints and deadlines

Many Scrum books and articles say that a failed sprint (when the team fails to complete some features from the Sprint Backlog) is not something that bad, it happens from time to time, and it can ...
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What happens if Sprint Goal is not met?

I've been reading Scrum Guide and one part is missing for me. What happens if Sprint Goal is not met at all? Let's say the Sprint Goal is a big part of a functionality which cannot be broken into ...
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How to deal with outlier programmers during sprint planning?

It is generally accepted that the best programmers produce at least an order of magnitude more than average ones. This seems like it would cause problems with the usual approaches to sprint planning ...
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How to handle 50% of worse than average sprints?

If I understand Scrum correctly, this is how I determine the work my team can take on in the next sprint: I average the number of completed points for the past several sprints. This quantity is our ...
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How does the result of Product Backlog revision during Sprint Review influence the next Sprint's Backlog?

On scrumguides.org, the following is said about the result of a Sprint Review: The result of the Sprint Review is a revised Product Backlog that defines the probable Product Backlog items for the ...
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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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Handling the end of sprint cycle between testers and developers [duplicate]

I've convinced our organization to move to a full-team definition of "Done", i.e. one that includes the QA testing and not just code completion. As a result, we can now more accurately tell where the ...
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Integrating QA within agile sprints [duplicate]

I've been working in "Agile" for a while and am working to move more towards agile at a new company. One of the problems I have always sort of encountered is effective integration of QA within the ...
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Best way to offer team member help? [duplicate]

I've been having a problem recently. In my recent sprints, I have found myself finishing my work well before the sprint ends (several hours in a 2 week sprint). I am left with a lot of time and ...
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Agile. User stories, Tasks and Reporting

At the moment we are creating tasks based on (pointed) user stories. We then link the tasks to the user story in TFS and move them across the kanban board. Does this sound like a common approach? also ...
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Big tasks vs short list of small ones at sprint planning meeting

Simply: Sprint planning, we do not have well described user stories and we need to create tasks (since we do PoC-like module, technology remain somewhat unknown). Should a team either: Create big ...
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Applying agile methodologies in a fast moving support environment

Do any agile methodologies have a place in the following setting: Small web development team, working on a mixture of frontend, backend, design work, with a mixture of new projects, inherited bad ...
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Help, team members out of tasks want to start with future sprints topics

I have this problem, a team with 4 members working under scrum, with specific skills each one of them: Person A) DBA with reporting skills Person B) DBA with stored procedure skills and a very deep ...
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Which one is better?Change sprint dates or one team member is not attend sprint plans for 4 months [closed]

We have an agile team and nearly running 80. sprint.Our sprint starts wednesday and finish Tuesday 10 days after.One of our team member,developer, will attend to a university course every Wednesday ...
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How to write a user story specific to tasks in this case [duplicate]

We have planned to take up an user story say As a player I want to view the game map to know current standings of my team The sprint is for two weeks. We will be able to complete only HTML in two ...
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Split work item into prototype and main work item?

During grooming, we usually have work items which get approved based upon the team understanding that what needs to be done? The product owner does not discuss the details of how it will be done and ...
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Is it reasonable for programmers to be sprinting the whole year round? [duplicate]

It feels like it is not enough for working programmers just to "walk" 5 to 8 hours a day, and "quick walk" is not enough, but they have to "sprint", every day, year after year. For the company, it ...
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Planning troubleshooting in a sprint

From time to time we face difficult problems which are hard to reproduce. Creating a planning for solving such an issue is (nearly) undoable. What we do at the moment is break these up in analyses/...
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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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How does the product owner decide how successful a Sprint was? [closed]

Obviously if the product owner judges solely based on whether the committed stories were done, it wouldn't be good, because then the team will just commit to fewer stories next Sprint. On the other ...
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Product backlog- when do task hours get estimated?

I am wondering if when developing a product backlog do tasks have hours estimated for them. To confirm, i can talking about a product backlog here not a sprint backlog as I know it does have.
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Do you track progress during a agile sprint (iteration)

We have recently adopted (or are trying) to adopt managing our projects in an Agile manner. During our first sprint I asked our Scrum master (who also happens to be our primary resident Agile go-to ...
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Recommended sprint length when adopting Agile?

I'm new to a small development company (half a dozen programmers and should grow to possibly a dozen eventually). We also have a few external contractors working with us (just to add a bit of ...
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What should a proper Ready for Sprint definition contain?

Teams in our company deal with Product Owners who are in such a position that they cannot spend as much time with us, as we would like, to do proper Backlog Grooming. Thus in order to alleviate some ...
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How to make sprint planning fun

Not only are our sprint planning meetings not fun, they're downright dreadful. The meetings are tedious, and boring, and take forever (a day, but it feels like a lot longer). The developers complain ...
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Sprint item takes longer then expected to be completed. What should we do?

What should we do if a item in scrum takes longer then expected? i am asking this because i have been noticing items that developers is struggling to complete as it is much tougher then initially ...
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How do you demo software with No UI in the Sprint Review?

We are doing agile software development, basically following Scrum. We are trying to do sprint reviews but finding it difficult. Our software is doing a lot of data processing and the stories often ...
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Tracking progress via a burndown chart when sprints overlap

Our team has adopted some agile practices to help us develop and deliver our software to our client. We adopt practices as needed (as problems/challenges were identified) rather than jumping wholesale ...
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Is it possible to shuffle team in between a sprint?

We are working on scrum framework. Now a situation arise that we have to shuffle 2-3 scrum team members in between sprints. Is it possible to shuffle sprint team members in between a sprint? What ...