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Scrum is causing me stress

We very recently switch to scrum, from something more like a waterfall process. For what it's worth I don't have very strong feelings about any particular development process, but if it becomes clear ...
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Increasing number of standups to increase productivity?

My team is working remotely because of the pandemic and project velocity has dropped. The Scrum master has suggested we move to three standups (so one before every 2 hours of core hours) to keep ...
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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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nothing to say in daily scrum stand up

My work is pending because I need a permission from someone outside the scrum team. The scrum master knows about this issue because I said that yesterday and today in the stand up. What I'm thinking ...
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How to deal with an Agile team that doesnt “self organize” or work as a team when you are junior?

Im a relatively new dev who is part of a team building a invoice management and payment system for our company. We dont have a project manager as we use this methodology called Scrum and in theory the ...
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How to deal with developer with “special role” in a scrum team?

I took over the job of a product owner in a scrum team (size: about 10 people) a few months ago (where I was a part of the development team for a few years before). The team is one of about 20-30 ...
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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 identify individual accomplishments / successes for a resume, when I'm working in a Scrum team that is overall frequently failing to deliver?

I am a developer on a Scrum team which I joined in September and for reasons which will be evident, I want to leave and am trying to figure out resume lines. The Scrum team I'm working in is ...
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How to compensate top talent within Dev Team [closed]

Members of a development team will have different qualifications, skills, and experience levels. How would an organization that has implemented Scrum place a higher value on one individual over ...
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Scrum Master uses random number generator to assign task numbers to the sprint. Is this how Agile software development normally works?

I’m a junior just a few months into my first software dev job after graduating. We are three sprints into our new project and they management decided to use Scrum as it’s “a fresh approach.” To “...
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What does a ticket escalation e-mail look like? [closed]

In many tutorials about issue tracking software and scrum based management a so called escalation process is mentioned. The idea is, that a first level agent sends an e-mail to a second level agent ...
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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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How to handle a hostile and vengeful junior coworker(leased external employee) in my new job? [closed]

Background I am in the 3rd week of a new job as Senior Java developer. There is a scrum team consisting of leased external developers, some junior to me, some senior. Situation with junior colleague ...
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One of my best engineers feels that he is slower than the rest of team, how can I determine the real problem (so I can solve it)?

I have a distributed scrum team and the developer in question is one of my best (produces quality code, knows his tech stack, can communicate well, etc). However, he keeps feeling like he doesn't ...
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Is it a code stealing situation? [closed]

We are working using LeSS methodology. Area is divided into feature teams, within a team we split items into task. I (developer) and another one worked on the same item, we splitted it into tasks, ...
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Erratic behavior by an internal employee against an external employee

Background I recently started to work for a company A few months ago that leases and sends employees to work as externs at other companies, say Company B. While writing End to End Smoke tests ...
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Being late frustrates my coworkers, but I have great results [closed]

I work an IT office job as a programmer. I program on my own because I'm the only one who is proficient in a certain technology stack the company uses but I am part of a scrum team so we have regular ...
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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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Appropriate ways to speak about commitment vs. involvement

I work in a software organization that has implemented a variation of the scrum methodology. One manager has shared the chicken and pig metaphor on multiple occasions to describe how the team members (...
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How to avoid making self and former employee look bad when reporting on fixing former employee's work?

A former employee in good standing has changed jobs. Unfortunately a lot of their work just prior to leaving did not satisfy some acceptance criteria found by QA, and had other bugs. I'm picking up ...
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Fellow Scrum team member appears disengaged from stand ups, scrum master hasn't addressed it - what can/should I do? [closed]

I'm a member of a Scrum team in a matrix managed organisation (as a QA, my actual boss is the QA Manager who has other QAs in other scrum teams as well, but day-to-day I report progress/blockers etc ...
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The team I’m working with are thankless

Long story short I have been a Scrum Master for a team, the team are quick to criticize as opposed to acknowledge when I’ve helped them as a servant leader and have a tendency for delegating blame to ...
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How to deal with favoritism in a scrum team? [closed]

How to deal with a situation when a scrum team colleague wants to cherry-pick interesting topics, manage and oversee the work of others and gets the Manager and PO's unofficial support? Our company ...
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How to motivate team to be proactive on daily scrum?

My question is related to this one but it is not the same actually. The context is the following: I'm the new manager of a new team, with 2 technical senior members. The rest of the team is new. We'...
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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 are salary differences decided in agile companies?

We are starting our agile path and now that our company is switching to a flatter structure, we need to decide how salaries will be determined. Before the switch we were using seniority, individual ...
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Dealing with a scrum master who undermines the development team

I'm hoping for some help in dealing with a scrum master who is directly going against the wishes of the development team. The scrum master in question has an approach which puts completion of sprint ...
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How do I deal with a coworker who offloads his work and personal tasks onto other coworkers? [duplicate]

I have a coworker that has no problems with offloading his work or even private things on other coworkers. He does not do this with me, since I have rebuffed him once, but he does this with a ...
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Moved to scrum, now developers are doing just QA

I understand that in scrum developers do some QA, but in the last several sprints we've been doing almost nothing but QA. We've brought this up to management, but they insist that that's how scrum ...
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How to align different scrum teams and promote cross team collaboration?

I'm currently working in a scrum-like development environment that holds 8 teams of developers (each with their own scrum master, project manager and analysts) that all work on different applications ...
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How do I regain managerial control of my “self-organizing” team?

I'm a manager of a development team. They have historically followed a very waterfall methodology and have been resistant to change. I'm a huge proponent of agile, so I hired a scrum master and said ...
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Dealing with problematic SCRUM master/collegue [closed]

In Brief: I'm doing the same work all day and being passed over for more intersting work. I'd like to remedy this. I'm a member of a small Devops team. Team tasks can be roughly divided into two ...
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How to tell my manager that I don't want to be scrum master [duplicate]

So I work for an organization in a large company (for a little bit over a year) and recently the scrum master of our team has been promoted to manager so he is now a manager. This led to an open role ...
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Bi-weekly sprint with monthly recurring vacancy

I'm a software developer and next year at my company we start using two-weekly sprints. A couple weeks before knowing we'd start this process I talked to my boss telling him I want to work less with ...
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Increasing productivity on a small team of back-end developers [closed]

I run a team of 6 back-end developers and I've recently implemented the Agile & Scrum methodology in the company, starting with the back-end team (which later will apply to other departments, when ...
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How to Effectively Deal with a Difficult Scrum Master

I am a new developer and have landed a job where most of the developers are also recent college graduates. While the position is not ideal, I view it more as an opportunity to become a stronger ...
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Ideas to generate enthusiasm and encourage participation in scrum meeting

I work in an enterprise Software Company in Asia. We have a weekly meeting with the product team. During the meeting, we discuss and groom the upcoming stories to ensure that the product and ...
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Colleague is writing hours he did not work

I work a software engineer and recently we hired someone to be our scrum master. He works as a contractor. Once I heard him ask a software engineer colleague (that is also a contractor): "When you're ...
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What to do when new hire is un-cooperative

So in my team (5 persons, I'm not the manager) we recently (2 months ago) hired a new developper, that has ~3 years experience. However, this person has a kind of "difficult" behavior, in the sense ...
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How do i finish a project,if it keeps changing? [closed]

We work on a agile based methodology. As the requirements get refined in every iteration, I try to push myself 100% to finish off the tasks I have been allotted. But somehow I never finish because ...
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Should I go to a daily stand-up if I did not work that day?

I am a QA analyst and currently working on two projects on my company, lets call them project A and project B. Yesterday and today I did not work in project A because my leader (not a member of any of ...
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What is the necessity of weekly reports? [closed]

I work in a small software company(14 engineers). I work as a team leader. I am having a little trouble, but I don't know if I am just on my concerns. So I cannot push my ideas with enough confidence. ...
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How to get people to turn up for daily meeting? [duplicate]

Although we have our stand up meeting at the same time every morning, people still don't arrive for the meeting on their own. I need to call them for the meeting every morning. Would it help to say ...
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Pair programming: A year with the same pair

About a year ago, my team leader decided that she would start delegating tasks for me and a colleague to tackle as a pair. It started out just fine, it was our first pairing job, and we were trying to ...
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How do I get my colleague to improve his attitude towards me?

I am organising and running sprints as the Scrum Master/Product manager, and a key component of my role are daily stand ups. Sometimes I feel as though my colleague in the Scrum team is undermining me....
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Does it make sense for a junior developer to take a Scrum Master course? [closed]

I work at a large IT company as a junior software developer (in Denmark), yesterday my team lead offered me to take a scrum master course and certification, which I of course accepted right away, ...
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As Scrum Master, how do I stop a team member from giving up too easily?

I am currently running a team that includes a developer. He is quite talented but the problem that he has is that when he gets stuck on a problem for a long period of time he simply loses interest ...
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Team lost faith in Scrum –how to change that? [closed]

I've always been in favour of communication and working practices that speed up our everyday, so I explained my coordinator about Scrum 2 years ago or so. We finally applied this a year ago, with ...