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Scrum

Scrum is a term that refers to an agile framework for managing work-related tasks. It’s usually implemented in IT or technology companies where work involves the development and release of products, software, updates to existing systems, and websites. Departments using this framework break down their work into actionable tasks to be completed within a set period of time. The Scrum framework has evolved to be used in other innovative industries.

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We adopted a very basic Scrum-like project management system to help us through a multi-month software platform transition we are doing. We have a SharePoint list to hold the Project Backlog (Epics) and a physical whiteboard (To Do, Doing, Done) to display the stories for each Sprint.

A question/disagreement came up about the location of a verification step, which we want to add. The project manager wanted it added in the Project Backlog and I took the position that it should be included in each Sprint as the Backlog is just for reference, not for process.

Simple question: where should the Verify step go: Backlog or Sprint?
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About scrum, just want to learn from you guys it is good for project manager role? The cost is over 1000 for two days class plus exam fee.

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We have a backlog of hundreds of items, what are some best practices for prioritizing which ones should be done next?
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I was in a discussion today, and I heard someone ask a Scrum Master:  How did you manage the pools

What did he mean when he asked this question.

What does the phrase (manage pools) refer to, and how what would be the options?

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In the contexts in which I studied Scrum, it is usually development oriented, with a Product owner assigning priorities to tasks and negotiating their level of effort and acceptance criteria with the dev team.

My question is how do you use Scrum in a maintenance environment, where you have a stable system, and what usually happens is trouble tickets or reports will come in, and the project leader will assign the problem to various personnel.  Does Scrum work in this environment.  I ask because the management concerns would probably bring a lot of pressure to change assignments of the most proficient programmers if a problem with a huge severity comes in during the middle of a sprint.

How would Scrum work in this case, and would Scrum actually be a good and useful candidate to lead such a project given the realities of the situation.  Do firms currently use Scrum when handling maintenance issues, and if so how would they handle a problem with a huge severity during the middle of a sprint?
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ScrumAlliance.org uses the term ScrumMaster (one word), where Scrum.org uses the term Scrum Master (two words).  however, ScrumAlliance was the original organization and still has more members and a larger network, especially the education network.  


So which term is the industry standard when describing the position:  ScrumMaster or Scrum Master?

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How often does a Product Backlog  Refinement occur?  Every Sprint?  Every three monts, etc.

There does not appear to be a specific recommendation in the Sprint definitions, what happens in reality?

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Once a Sprint planning meeting has been completed, the PBI's that were accepted by the dev team are placed into the sprint backlog.

So does the Sprint backlog contain only the PBI to be completed in this sprint, or does it contain the tasks that the dev team identified had to be completed during the sprint

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Hello,

Could you tell me or refer me to links on becoming a Certified Scrum Master?

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As I tell people about Scrum, many people ask the same question:  since the object is to become self-organizing and you have changed the role of the traditional project leader, how do you (or the ScrumMaster) handle alpha-employees who try to take over the role of leadership within a self-organizing team?

Any thoughts or commentary ?

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I have read the Scrum Guide and seen many presentations on Scrum, and I can probably list out all the responsibilities of a Scrum Master, things like remove impediments, coach the team, etc.

I think I can easily see what the Product Owner does, as I have performed similar responsibilities as a Project Manager, but I can not quite wrap my head around what the Scrum Master does for a living.

Beyond the summation of roles performed, I need to understand what the Scrum Master does practically.

Could someone please give me  a more specific example of something Scrum masters do, or perhaps point me to a YouTube video showing what he does (I say the video of what the Scrum Master should NOT do)

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I was looking at this site explaining Scrum Burn-down charts

https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2013/august/burn-down-chart-%E2%80%93-an-effective-planning-and-tracki

What caught my eye was the following:

Sprint Duration – 2 weeks 
Team Size       - 7 
Hours/Day       – 6 
Total Capacity  – 420 hours

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So the total hours per day during being used in this example is six,, not eight.

Is that normative for planning purposes.

Would the six hours per day include daily sprints, sprint reviews, sprint retrospectives, etc.

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In general:

Are Product Owners assigned to more than a single team at one time ?

Are Scrum Masters assigned to more than a single team at one time ?

Do most organizations employ  the same number of Product Owners as Scrum Masters ?

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I have been reading the Scrum Guide, and it seems to imply that Scrum is used primarily on products undergoing revision.  

Is Scrum used on the creation of new products (where the Waterfall has been traditionally used?)

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In Scrum, the Product Owner owns the Product Backlog (Task Board)

Does the Scrum Master own the Burn-down chart, or does the Product Owner>

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Are Product Owners allowed to speak at daily Scrums?

Are Product Owners allowed to attend daily Scrums?

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I have researched various Agile tools:  VersionOne, JIRA Agile, Rally, Axosoft, etc

Most of these products seem to use Agile (some use iterations instead of sprints), but for the most part they do not seem to be Scrum specific.  I suspect Axosoft may be an exception, but I have  not been able to look at it yet.

In the opinion of the experts on this board, which of these tools or other Scrum or Agile tools provide the 'most pure' Scrum view (as opposed to a general Agile).

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My understanding from reading the literature is that the difference between a story and a task is that a task may take between 4 and 12 hours and may be directly associated with a user story.  However, if the story would take too long, the story would  be broken down between several tasks.  

The definition I am reading seems a bit nebulous,.  Is this correct?

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I have created a simple tool by which to gather, score, and get acceptance criteria for user stories using a Sharepoint back end and Access front-end.  Is there a simple plug-in out there that would allow me to drag and drop a completed "card" (probably represented as a report or record, right?) into kanban board columns?  So for example, I can take story #1 and put it in feature A.
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So I've worked on several agile/scrum development teams. It looks like now I'm starting in a waterfall place that is going to look to move toward agile/scrum processes. I'd like to be as useful as I can at this company and was wondering if there's any good book or online resource about how to organize an agile software development team. I'm really looking for practical application, maybe some examples, scenarios.

Any thoughts?
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Is scrum agile software development the current trend? Or is there something newer and in common use?

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is scrum an acronym?  if so, what does it stand for?
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What is the difference between scrum and Agile methodology
and when and where these should be used.
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Scrum

Scrum is a term that refers to an agile framework for managing work-related tasks. It’s usually implemented in IT or technology companies where work involves the development and release of products, software, updates to existing systems, and websites. Departments using this framework break down their work into actionable tasks to be completed within a set period of time. The Scrum framework has evolved to be used in other innovative industries.

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