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What value does the Scrum Master add to a project (is it a bullshit job)?

I did web dev for more than 6 years and during this time I understood that I need to switch to a scrum master role. Without going deep into details of the "why", let's say that I love Agile ...
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How to tactically bring up to the Program Manager the Team Leader is part of the problems at work

Currently working for a Defense Contractor as a DevOps System Engineer, in which I'm supporting software developers, getting out frequent software builds to our customer. Don't have an exact count of ...
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How should I tell front-end to stop passing bugs to back-end by default?

I'm part of a back-end software development team, currently trying to fix bugs. We're seeing a problem wherein the front-end team will pass bugs to the back-end team by default for root cause analysis ...
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Small business, dysfunctional and overloaded; how to convince cultural change?

Joined a small business who’ve built a SaaS platform for a niche and complex business domain. It’s basically “Business Guy” / CEO, “Tech Guy” and “Sales Guy”. The product is clearly valuable with ...
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Too many cooks/leaders problem solutions

I am working in the Startup world and noticed that often there is a problem of too many people jumping on the issue, wanting to lead it, make decisions etc I know it from Corporate world it was ...
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Low maturity of the dev team and self-organization in scrum

I got feedback from the Scrum Master on the project I'm on that I'm too controlling with the development team and my behavior contradicts the idea of scrum and is demotivating for the (outsourced) dev ...
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Being assigned bad/unwanted tasks if I finish my sprint early

I am a software engineer in a startup, and we work in two-week sprints. We sprint plan every two weeks and we get assigned tasks, and sometimes I will finish all my work before the next sprint. The ...
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How to avoid these duplications and streamline? [closed]

I working in a departmentA, where I write my own code and perform required task. Some other departmentB is working on the same area (departmentB is not aware that departmentA already completed) which ...
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Discouraging solutioning of user stories during Agile PI planning ceremony

I work as a technical lead / team lead in the IT security team at my workplace. We currently use the SAFe Scaled Agile methodology of organizing our features and user stories. During the most recent ...
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Very unsettled at work, time to move on? [closed]

I have joined a very large well respected organisation as a Scrum Master. I have been here for nearly 2 years. During the interview process, the organisation were selling themselves as a highly agile ...
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Are agile processes taking too much time in a sprint?

The agile processes are focused on increasing velocity but at the same time seem to require lengthy meetings. Assuming a 2 week sprint, if I understand correctly, at the very minimum there must be: a) ...
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If Devs And QA work together in the same office. Is that considered a DevOps practice?

I work as a DEV in the same office with the QA. We communicate together, the QA finds functional errors which are directly communicated to me in order to update or fix the code. Is that considered a ...
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How do big development teams learn from their mistakes?

I am part of a software development team and I am looking for a way/process that we can collect information on any technical problems that recently happened and document them in a way that would make ...
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How does one operate in an "Dark Scrum" environment?

I work on a Scrum in Practice team that has many elements of the very popular question over on the software engineering stack exchange.. I found it on Hacker News. The ones my team has: The sprint ...
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How can a project with high turnover be stabilized even as staff change?

I'm the newly hired team lead for a project which is four years old. I'm two weeks into the job remotely, so I haven't had as many casual chats with new co-workers as I might have hoped, but one of ...
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How to handle a release manager that keeps changing release process?

I am working at a company that builds products (website and apps) for our customers. There are dev team, QA team, and a release manager. The release manager is the one who defines release process and ...
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(Embedded Software) How do I know SAFe methodology is compatible with my own mentality?

I am about to change my job for an automotive embedded software company, doing ASIL D development. Such a company put a highlight in their SAFe framework. Now, given my little experience, when working ...
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How to defend myself for incorrect information given by my team colleague

I am working as part of a 6 member team in an agile environment. We have our manager joining the stand-ups everyday. I also have this other guy in the team who is as experienced in the company as I am....
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Company makes every software engineer a 1 year temp without benefits. This is leading to short termism in the code

I am recently hired (1-2 months) software development manager. Since I have arrived, I have found two problematic practices. Most developers start off on one year temporary contracts. Market rate ...
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Difficult peers are resisting Agile transition

I have been hired by an org to improve how they do agile as a Scrum Master Majority of the team respect my opinion but there is two individuals who are negative and long serving employees. I have ...
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Convincing "agile" managers of the value of planning

Became tech lead of a startup a few months ago. Even by startup standards the codebase is poor, I don't feel any pride in working with it. Example: the dev team took three weeks to update static text ...
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Handle criticism over early code at startup

A year ago I started working in a very agile startup. I was the first non-intern developer to join and I worked closely with the CTO to put together a beta version of a pipeline and a product. Due to ...
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Best way to deal with non-developers in a scrum team

I'm working in a scrum team (about 8 people) without a scrum master and we have one team member that has a non-development role (difficult to describe, not PO, not PM, not QA). This person doesn't ...
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Helping others (swarming) without becoming the owner of poorly scoped work

On a team where Agile is the goal (not reality) for project management, I often feel inclined to help others with their work when I have spare time. Unfortunately, this sometimes means I become the ...
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Requesting transfer out of project

I am a Scrum Master for a team and ever since another joined to ‘help out’ as part of restructuring work, they seem to prefer him over me. This is irrespective of our quality of work being similar, ...
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Conflict of interest between Agile Dev Team and Marketing Team

Agile dev team says the cost is already fixed due to a fixed number of developers, so either scope or deadline shall remain flexible. Marketing team whats to launch a promotion campaign with a ...
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How can I manage freelancers effectively in a startup [closed]

The problem is every time I hire someone from freelancing websites, I find it hard to manage the output or the budget. example 1 : I hired someone who claimed to be an expert in programming, just to ...
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Agile daily meeting: how to politely ask coworkers to wait for questions rather than preemptively answering them all?

A brief definition of agile daily meeting is: Each day at the same time, the team meets so as to bring everyone up to date on the information that is vital for coordination: each team members ...
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How to handle an analyst that ignores feedback

Preface I am a contracted developer on a young project (less than a year old). Agile is relatively new to this team, and I have been giving a lot of feedback to help improve on the Agile workflow ...
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Product Owner and Business Analyst: giving an estimate before breaking down to tasks

I'm used to work using agile methodology for a few years but there is one thing that keeps me thinking. In the company I work at, the PO receives a new feature to be developed. But, before writing ...
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Senior employee of my team understood my email as an order and didn't like it

I'm leading the Agile team with a flat structure and we recently got a new team member. He is 10 years older than me and more experienced in some things (emotional intelligence) and he is local in a ...
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My agile team was enhancing an existing feature and found serious bugs in the original code. Is it our responsibility to fix them?

We estimated the effort to accomplish our software enhancement on the basis of the original feature working as designed. When testing we found it had significant defects and did not work as designed. ...
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How should one be encouraged to ask to work in pair on a task which appears complex enough?

I'm working with a team of five developers working on a software product. The tasks range from very basic to rather complex. There is no rule making it mandatory to use pair programming. The current ...
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Team managers hindering Scrum transition due to reluctance about developer autonomy

My team has been trying to transition to Scrum for some time now, but it seems like the preexisting culture is preventing the team from switching to a new mindset or even causing it to move in the ...
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Incorrect scrum meeting format not allowing for enough participation from developers

I recently starting working on a project team for a company that is transitioning to Agile methodologies, and that means daily scrum meetings. The scrum masters, however, tend to hold their meeting ...
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How to get Senior management to take ideas seriously? [closed]

Touched on it here Not feeling valued Long story short One of the problems I have is where I work, the work stream I am Scrum Master of is continuously improving at a rapid rate, and that is from ...
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