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Just made Product Owner with no prior experience and tasked to lead and renovate the whole R&D department, how can I do it? [closed]

The software development team in our company is 90% external and in the hands of a single external company, as well as most of the technical know-how acquired in the last 20 years: almost no internal ...
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Manager wants to be part of the scrum team

I am the scrum master for a team of 6 developers, incl PO. Our manager is a former engineer/developer. We have a very good relationship with him and I am not aware of any real conflicts with him (or ...
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How can a Scrum Master improve his reputation in the company

As you can read in my previous question I have found myself in a bit of a tricky situation and my reputation has been slightly damaged by one of my developers. Even though this has happened it might ...
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Complaining / moaning culture

I have a team. We face many challenges and impediments due to a lot of organisational issues which are out of our control. I am struggling to get the team to focus on what we can control and to have a ...
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I currently have no work assigned for the past week, what to do? [duplicate]

My company recently hired a new Project Manager and he has been pushing the scrum ideology. While this is great, another junior and I have not been assigned any other tickets for the past week. During ...
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Anxious about daily stand-up meetings

As mentioned in a previous post, I am a junior engineer a few months into my role after completing a 3 month boot camp. I have a BSc in English Literature, so I am picking up the technical knowledge ...
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Scope of Product Owner responsibilities/authority in Agile process [closed]

Inspired by: What's the value to be realized in a 'team work agreement'? I am mostly familiar/experienced with Agile in Software Development and Scrum. The question was regarding a Product ...
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How to handle situation where my work is being delayed due to a co-worker

I work as a developer in a scrum environment. For 2 sprints, my work has been rolled over due to a co-worker (the codebase's owner) not testing it quickly enough. The first sprint, I finished 3 days ...
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In a Scrum shop who calls the deployment?

Imagine a Scrum team with a canonical sprint of 2 weeks. The product could be anything - backend, frontend, mobile, PC game etc. The devs write code and unit test it. So each knows their end of the ...
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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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Boss's criticism for things out of my scope

I'm frustrated with my work in the last months and not sure if it's time to start searching for a new job or at least try to transfer to another team or not. Are there other options? My boss blames me ...
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How to overcome Scrum's inate naiveness [closed]

Scrum Guide and Agile Manifesto emphasize some of the following: Teams are cross-functional and have skills to create a Done increment. People are to be trusted Work is to be at a sustainable pace ...
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How can be the interview for scrum master job? [closed]

I've been software developer for more than 5 years, and get my Scrum Master certification, so I am applying for this job. Even if I have 0 years experience as a scrum master, I've always been working ...
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Research manager prioritizes small, quick results at the expense of correct methodology

Background: I work as an algorithm developer in a small research/development team at a SaaS startup. Our whole team consists of juniors (including myself), and the manager is also relatively ...
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Product Owner complaining that he's not part of the team

I am currently a Scrum master of a team since a few months. The Product Owner feels he's not part of a team, not liked by Team Members and that he is sidelined. For more context, he's been with the ...
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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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scrum - how should we discuss approach of user stories?

I am part of a 6-developer scrum team and we do sprints of one week. To be able to get an story in a sprint, we like these stories to be clear-enough (ready) before we start on them. Typically, this ...
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Dealing with extremely inexperienced developers who have daily deadlines?

I recently took over a development team where the only ones left are two fairly junior people. Both are quite good for their age and I thought one was a senior as he knows his architecture but they ...
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How to seem more accomplished during morning standup?

Standup is increasingly the only time I ever interact with my boss and I want to optimize my work for that as that seems to be how evaluations are done in Scrum. I am a software developer. How can I ...
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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 empty/misused buzzwords harmful? [closed]

I work in a very small company, but I've seen this phenomenon before, to some degree even at all companies I've worked for: Officially, we work in a Scrum framework, including common planning meetings,...
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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 doesn't "self organize" or work as a team when you are junior?

I'm a relatively new dev who is part of a team building a invoice management and payment system for our company. We don't have a project manager as we use this methodology called Scrum and in theory ...
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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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