User stories are used with Agile software development methodologies as the basis for defining the functions a business system must provide, and to facilitate requirements management. It captures the 'who', 'what' and 'why' of a requirement in a simple, concise way, often limited in detail by what ...

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Defining Story Independent Tasks in Scrum

I know that in Scrum this is the hierarchy for defining things to do: Theme -> Epic -> Story -> Tasks My question is. I got some tasks that I consider story-independent, for example, configuring ...
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What's the best way to manage business tasks alongside technical tasks?

Our company is currently using Jira Agile to manage user stories/tasks in two-week sprints. However, there are business deliverables that also need to be completed (e.g. install guide, internal FAQ, ...
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What to do with epic technical stories?

I have a lot of stories of the type: "As a passenger, I want this plane to fly so that I can get to places". The amount of work that the end user doesn't care about from this point on is enormous. ...
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What's the best way of writing user stories about “improve this metric” if I'm not sure how much improvement is possible?

Say you have a piece of software that you know can be improved on various quantifiable metrics (time to boot, CPU and memory usage, latency for various actions, accuracy of recognition tasks, etc.), ...
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Estimate hours of work for every user story

In Scrum, is it mandatory to estimate the amount of hours needed to finish every user story before putting it in the Sprint? Or should we use planning poker and use points instead of hours?
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Are some stories implicit in agile elaboration

I sometimes find myself wondering if some of the user stories we are elaborating should just be implicitly implied. For example, if I had a user story of As an administrator I wish to be able to ...
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User story conversation vs. scope creep

TL; DR; What is the difference between: A) The details evoked & scope definitions & acceptance criteria gained from the ongoing "user story conversation" a team should have with the PO, BAs, ...
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Creating a user story for a back-end process

I'm having trouble writing a user story for a back-end process. Let say you are building a website that sells widgets. You have a page on the site where your site visitors can see all the details of ...
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Do user stories which start with “As a product owner I want …” make sense?

We "teached" our product owner to write user stories using the template "As a ... I want ... so that ..." (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_story#Format) . However he/she is now writing the user ...
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User story contains a design task that generates other tasks

I have some user stories that have little tasks on basic design with highest priority. This tasks will lead to a conversation about the basic design of the user story and will generate other tasks for ...
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Is it correct to split user stories by user types?

I have two user account types: free and premium. Free users can upload one file per day. Premium users can upload unlimited numbers of files per day. Is it correct to split user stories by user ...
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When to add tasks to stories and how to estimate tasks?

In our agile team we frequently encounter the issue where the Scrum Master points out that all of our stories should be fully tasked and estimated prior to an iteration and once these tasks have been ...
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Does spike failure cause sprint failure in Scrum?

I’ve read few articles about spikes in Scrum. In general there are recommendations to estimate spikes with story points and define acceptance criteria, pretty much as normal user stories. What is not ...
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Agile “user story” for a user-less project

Disclaimer: I'm a total agile newbee. As a project manager for a pilot agile project, I am trying to create a rough sketch of my project using agile methodologies, but somehow I am not sure how to do ...
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A User Story that crosses components

I'm having a hard time reconciling stories that have a concrete user value and that can be estimated when crossing component boundaries. Assume I own a Game application and have the following user ...
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User stories delivery issues

Working in Agile manner, project team routinely delivers parts of software, described in User Stories. Upon each Sprint a working software is delivered, with some additional features added. The ...
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How do I capture details in a user story?

Suppose I have a user story like: As a customer, I am able to browse products by specifying a category. If the Product Owner wishes to list the types of categories available such as books, ...
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Is it OK for a Scrum Master to allow a developer to work on a story not prioritized by the Product Owner, if it is on own time?

Here is the story (no pun intended): The Product Owner had a fairly common feature prioritized in the second sprint. It was estimated with low story points. The story was completed and in testing ...
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How do you modify a delivered user story?

If you delivered a user story in a previous sprint and then need to make changes to that feature in the current sprint, what do you do? Examples: Change the user interface (UI) of a screen. Change ...
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Should there be testing-only user stories?

We estimate stories as 1, 2, 4, 6, or 8 points. Consider a story with less development work but huge testing effort. Let's say we estimate that story as 8 points. We see the following options: ...
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Can the INVEST principles be found in my coffee machine user stories?

I'm trying to better understand the INVEST properties of user stories. For example, consider these two user stories: A coffee machine is programmable and it's possible to define different kind of ...
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Confusion about user story in project requirement document

I've user story section in my project requirement document. User story goes like this, As a user I want to check in to the venue and another one, As a user if I already checked in then check in ...
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Which features of user story management should an agile team look for?

In my research study, I need to identify the key features of user story management tools that can be used to support agile development. So far, I identified the following general groups of features: ...
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How to map user stories into tickets?

Currently in my workplace we use Redmine as our backlog management system. It works pretty well for us, but lately (as the company grew), I've been noticing that our tickets tend to be very long (both ...
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How can I manage both user stories and other non-backlog tasks if using VersionOne?

We are taking our first steps in agile and Scrum. We use VersionOne for managing our user stories and tasks. As the development manager, I am trying to build a sprint plan for the development team. ...
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Why do Scrum user stories only use the Fibonacci series?

I know that user stories in Scrum are measured with a Modified Fibonacci sequence (0.5, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40...). Why does Scrum only use Fibonacci numbers to estimate stories?
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How handle small refactorings and minor code base improvements in Scrum?

How should be handle small improvements, should we include story for them in each sprint? Or should it be done outside of the sprint scope? I am talking here about things like Uncle Bob's boy scout ...
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Does the team estimate time for tasks or stories or both?

During the sprint planning meeting, does the team estimate time for each story, or the tasks that make up the story? Then which is tracked by the team/scrum master? I assume the team estimates the ...
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When should I assign 0 and 0.5 story points to user stories in Scrum?

I am not a Scrum Master or a Ph.D. in math. How do stories with 0 and 0.5 points apply to stories on the Scrum board?
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How to handle confusion of “user stories” term in agile methodology?

I find myself in an non-agile environment where "user story" actually means "use case, backed by an excel requirements specification, a testing specification doc, and a few required wireframes || mock ...
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Story Points to Ideal Days

History I work within a IT Team for my business that delivers (Develops & Unit Tests, QA, UAT and Releases) either system improvements or new systems to different areas of our business. The team ...
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First sprint: Epics chosen instead of stories - should I re-estimate and when?

I am trying out Scrum on a small, one-person project. During my first sprint, I realized that all of the stories I've chosen are really epics and should be broken down into much smaller pieces. The ...
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How does a team (new to product and domain) estimate user stories of a ten year old product?

I am the scrum master for one of the products in a software development company. Our team, including me, operates from India. However my product owner is in USA. We are working on the feature ...
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What is smaller than a user story but bigger than a task?

We have a "heavy" story that cannot be decomposed into smaller stories. It will span several sprints. We can decompose the story into tasks all right, but tasks seem to be abstractions that are only ...
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In Scrum, how to estimate research stories?

In our Scrum team, when there is uncertainty about a story or the team is not sure about how to implement it, we take up a research story first. Based on the findings of this research story, we are ...
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Can we have zero point stories?

Our Agile/Scrum team follows the Fibonacci sequence for story point estimation. However, it is not clear whether we should have any zero point stories at all. Even though a story may have minimal ...
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In our Agile/Scrum team, should we move or split incomplete stories?

Our Agile/Scrum teams are getting better at taking on manageable workload and completing them fully. However, sometimes for a variety of good reasons, some of the stories are not fully done at the end ...
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Why use iterations in Scrum?

I am a Scrum Master in a 7 person team. We currently use one-week iterations for our sprints. I find that sprint planning overhead is huge (2 hours each week for entire team), and not nearly as ...
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Changing backlog story point estimates mid way through a release

Background: We are mid-way through a development which was estimated for a customer on a fixed price contract. To come up with the estimate we built a backlog by trying to list all user stories and ...
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Sizing an entire backlog using story points

I'm a PM on a large multi-year project with a sizable backlog of work implementing Scrum in 4 week release cycles. I hold weekly backlog grooming sessions with the project team and key business ...
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Develop from Use Cases or Business Requirements

I'm involved in a project where the business team created a large business requirements document that were using to create product backlog items and acceptance criteria. However, they have also ...
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Handling new suggestions to resolved user stories in closed sprint

In a project managed using scrum framework, I've a situation where all tasks associated to a user story (feature) had been done successfully. No more code changes are allowed since testing is in ...
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Improve performance of feature X - should that be a new user story or something else?

We have implemented and closed user story X but found out later that the implementation is too slow and we need to improve performance. I think it was a mistake not to have acceptance criteria for ...
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Learning curve to writing user stories in the real world

How many user stories does it roughly take before a product owner has a basic fluency in writing user stories? Meaning that the idea of writing user stories has moved beyond theory, rough execution, ...
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how to cover details (side effect not desired workflow) with scrum user stories

As a scrum/agile system student, i am finding very hard the situation where you have to write up a user story in the clasical form and at the same time, describe the behaviour of parallel workflow. As ...
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Is there a difference between use case and user stories?

Is there any difference between use case and user stories? Or are these totally different terms in the context of agile planning?
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Agile Scrum Storyboards

At the moment I'm Scrum Master for my place of work. We have one Scrum Team in our organisation which is split across two sites: Site 1: Scrum Master, Developer, QA Site 2: Developer, Operational, ...
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How do you refactor a story?

We've been using Pivotal Tracker on a software library project for well over a year. I'm the (admittedly not great) PM. The team is very good about writing notes on the story cards as things ...
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What are the best practices/methods/tools/techniques for conflict identification in requirements?

For the sake of this discussion requirements = user-stories (since I'm not differentiating any process per se and would like to get rid of any ambiguities). It's quite common to have a set of about ...
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What is a reasonable strategy for estimating story points for new stories?

The project I'm running is very exploratative in that I don't know very much detail about features in advance. My boss will tell me that he wants feature A and that after feature A is finished, he'll ...