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Is it agile friendly to propose equal distribution of dev tasks at the beginning of the sprint?

To answer your direct question: no, this would not be "agile friendly". Forcing a distribution of tasks to developers to meet a goal which is not delivering value to the customer is almost ...
Philip Kendall's user avatar
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Shared Development Tasks for Agile User Stories

I shouldn't write a "Generate UI and DB" Task for each User Story. That's too much redundancy. But I don't know how to write a "Generate UI and DB" task that must be completed before any of the User ...
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How do I break down a feature that has complex dependencies?

I see two possible options. First, don't break down the item. In this case, the work item (the story, ticket, whatever) represents the minimum valuable delivery of the work and can be estimated by ...
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Best algorithm to sort tasks by priorities by a human

Bucket Sort But I'm getting ahead of myself. Consider the use cases of listing and sorting tasks like this. A dev completed a task and needs to know what to work on next A Project Manager needs to ...
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In which order perform tasks from big backlog

One of the most important things to do with a backlog is groom it. You should go through the backlog and prioritize the tasks. It can seem overwhelming when the backlog grows faster then it gets ...
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In which order perform tasks from big backlog

This question seems to address tasks as if it was for the classical elevator optimization problem: LIFO has the risk of “starving”: some tasks will wait forever for resources and will never get done. ...
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Best algorithm to sort tasks by priorities by a human

For 300 tasks you'd need to ask thousands of questions. No one is going to do that, and even if they did the results wouldn't be very useful. For situations like this I'd suggest you stick with the ...
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How do I break down a feature that has complex dependencies?

I'm going to lean towards breaking it down. Yes what they asked for is all of it and they might not find any final use for the parts. I like to break it down anyway. Here why: At the end of every ...
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What are the disadvantages of performing task breakdown before story estimation?

bear in mind that story estimation is exactly what it is, just an estimate therefore it doesn't have to be 100% accurate. Defining all tasks for all stories before estimating would take forever. ...
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Shared Development Tasks for Agile User Stories

Given that you are entering each sprint with a prioritised list of stories, and each story is broken down into separate technical tasks, all the developers should be working on tasks for the highest ...
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Best algorithm to sort tasks by priorities by a human

In practice you wouldn’t sort 300 tasks just by priority. Tasks are related or unrelated. It is usually more efficient to handle related than unrelated tasks. So you would want to perform related ...
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Best algorithm to sort tasks by priorities by a human

The algorithm should reduce the number of comparisons, but also the access time: when the user discovers a task, it takes time for him to read it and recover the memory he has about that task. So when ...
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Best algorithm to sort tasks by priorities by a human

1 What is the best algorithm that reduce the number of comparison needed to sort all tasks ? Strictly speaking, merge sort is hard to beat. 2 Do you have a better strategy to propose (or way of ...
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What are the disadvantages of performing task breakdown before story estimation?

I would say that sequencing the breakdown before estimation defeats the main advantages of doing both estimation and breakdown. Estimation is a coarse assessment of complexity that helps you decide a)...
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Is there a practical way to manage a physical task board if one or more scrum team members works remotely?

We use a physical whiteboard and also Jira as our virtual Scrum board because we have team members that work remotely, as well as one member who resides in India (the rest are in the US). We consider ...
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