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How do I deal with a counterproductive scrum team?

You may have heard a lot of statistics about failed software projects and came to the conclusion that the failure is not of a technical nature. Technological problems can be solved via hundreds of ...
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How do I deal with a counterproductive scrum team?

In my experience, teams who are disillusioned need to start by having effective retrospectives. That's why in my opinion retrospectives are the only mandatory part of an agile process. Everything ...
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How to coordinate developers time between two different projects in Scrum?

This problem is as old as scrum. There is a solution, but you won't like it. Put new tasks on the backlog. Don't interrupt developers. Wait for the next sprint. Putting your devs in more than one ...
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How do I deal with a counterproductive scrum team?

Ok so let's start rough - big part of the problem is with you - You hear, but you don't listen. Your team is telling you clearly what the problems are. You need to address them instead of blaming your ...
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How to coordinate developers time between two different projects in Scrum?

Just trying to think outside the box here. As it might not be possible to get the product owner see things your way. There still might be critical errors that simply can't wait, meeting with clients ...
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How to coordinate developers time between two different projects in Scrum?

An effective solution for managing developer effort for truly essential production issues that I've used is the "Batman approach". The expensive aspect of production support responsibility while ...
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Need help for sprint planning when tasks are not done in previous sprint

My first suggestion would be to fix your terminology to improve communication, both internally and externally. You are using terms like "Scrum Master", "Sprint", and "Sprint Review". These are terms ...
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How do I deal with a counterproductive scrum team?

One of major agile principle is to go back, and correct whatever is wrong. That doesn't only include code refactoring and bug fixes, but also fixing the development process. So, why don't you make a ...
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How do I deal with a counterproductive scrum team?

As I priority, I'd look at tasks which keep getting carried over. Not meeting targets is hugely demoralizing. Are you committing to too much? Are there fatlogs that should be broken down? Are there ...
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Should we be documenting our Scrum Retrospective feedback before the Retrospective meeting?

There's no prescribed way to document Retrospective feedback, but there are some things to consider. The most important thing to consider is that the team needs to be able to be open and honest. If ...
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How to manage depolarization of completed work on Agile Scrum

When I take a glimpse at what you present here my first thought is: What about shorter sprints? Say weekly sprints. The Tasks E1T2 and E2T2 in their current state were not refined enough for weekly ...
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Do "almost finished" tasks or stories justify planning with overload in the next sprint?

Do not try to make your velocity look better than it is. The way forward is to acknowledge that the task was not completed you overestimated what you could do in the sprint and failed. But that is ...
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Scrum and swarming non-parallelizable tasks

So, how officially are issues of dependencies between stories and inherently serial stories handled by the methodology? As with anything else in Agile: Individuals and interactions over processes and ...
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How to resolve tasks completed from the backlog with no work done?

You say "I didn't do any work for those features to work properly" but that's not strictly true. While you didn't write any code, you did spend some time testing, and testing is valid work just as ...
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As a scrum master, what am I to my team?

The Scrum Master is supposed to be several things: A coach to both the team and the organization. Someone who teaches and guides the team and organization on the implementation of the Scrum framework ...
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Do "almost finished" tasks or stories justify planning with overload in the next sprint?

When a story isn't done at the end of the sprint, then the points of the story don't count towards the velocity of that sprint and the story goes back onto the backlog. If during the planning of the ...
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Should backlog items be assigned to the scrum master?

In agile development, do whatever works. Identify impediments and remove them – if getting items assigned prevents you from being productive, find some solution to that. If you're trying to implement ...
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Advice regarding tools and insights from sprints on developer performance

Do not use Jira to pick winners and losers. Coders created Jira and coders can make Jira say whatever they want. Use Jira to help the team improve its estimating and planning skills. Not for ...
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Product owner and/or scrum master in performance review of developers

A scrum master is a “servant leader”. They are not a manager. Letting them take on managerial duties erodes trust and corrupts the role. A scrum masters duties include facilitating meetings, ensuring ...
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How do I deal with a counterproductive scrum team?

Getting your team to close your sprint effectively (like at least close 80% of stories) sprint over sprint is in my opinion the single most important thing you can do. If your team is consistently ...
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How to manage depolarization of completed work on Agile Scrum

There are quite a few places that I would recommend looking. It's not exactly clear the breakdown from "Epic" into "Task". Based on my experience, it's unusual because it's missing ...
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Establishing Agile environment when the development team is external

In this environment, your organization is the customer and the other organizations are the development organizations. Your organization should be providing Product Owners to the Scrum teams that are ...
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How do I deal with a counterproductive scrum team?

As a Scrum Master you coach and guide the team to become more productive. The Scrum framework is a powerful tool to get there, but the Scrum framework absolutely must not ever become the goal by ...
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How to resolve tasks completed from the backlog with no work done?

Now, since I didn't do any work for those features to work properly, in order to reflect correctly what was done for those tasks should I close them unassigned in the backlog directly or put them in ...
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Should we be documenting our Scrum Retrospective feedback before the Retrospective meeting?

Canonically speaking, do whatever works for your team. That said, I'd suggest that A two-phased approach to documentation is ideal. Phase 1: Before the retro, each team member documents their own ...
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How to manage depolarization of completed work on Agile Scrum

Some plans are just too ambitious for scrum/agile or any development method. You have to choose your battles in a convenient order and selectively do parallel work or risk to do go down on overhead ...
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How to manage depolarization of completed work on Agile Scrum

The combination of these two should make you super agile and deliver easily in small iterations by independent teams: Epics would in principle be broken down into small, independent and valuable ...
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How do I deal with a counterproductive scrum team?

I say this because I truly know. You have a problem in upper management with overscheduling, unable to set priorities, and a willingness to add more items but not push the release dates back. I used ...
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How do I deal with a counterproductive scrum team?

I think everyone is quoting the same line from the Agile Manifesto. I will do the same: "Individuals and interactions over processes and tools." If you as the SCRUM master want then to use SCRUM to ...
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Scrum and swarming non-parallelizable tasks

One of the features of kanban, which I believe bleeds over into scrum, is that the process as a whole optimizes for the team, not the individual. In other words, it's no sin if someone on the team is ...
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