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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Which scrum actors should attend a requirements gathering session

I'm currently having a debate with some of my business analysts as to whether the testers and developers from the scrum team assigned to a project should be involved in the requirements gathering ...
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Should you export data to Excel and Word?

I'm the Project Manager for a large application that customers use to collect data on whether their businesses meet certain medical and financial standards. They generally answer a survey explaining ...
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What are the best practices to create UAT pack in Scrum?

How do we create test packs for the final UAT. We create user stories and associated acceptance criteria which either can pass or fail. This can be done with test team but for business users what ...
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How to properly create story maps? (user stories)

I have a website that I need to build and want to properly create story maps. I am just learning how to do this so I would love a bit of help. My setup: Users: admins customers personal business ...
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In Agile, can I put multi user stories in one sprint?

In this case, my team has 3 members and each member has own task. So I decide I have 3 user stories and places them in one sprint. I was very confuse about sprint and user story. Whether I put multi ...
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How to keep track of all the goals of a large project?

I have a very large library project in-progress involving French linguistics - (it will be) multi-faceted to work with the many aspects of language, including algorithmic inflections/conjugations, ...
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How to deal with non agile teams

We are currently facing this problem in a scrum team. Imagine you a have a user story with a front-end part which calls a webservice to get some data. Imagine that your scrum team do ...
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User Stories structure for architectural requirenments

Once all user stories are written down for functional requirements, we still need to define some other requirements as communication with a remote server or navigation. This whole process could be ...
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Security Requirements and User Stories

How I should represent Security Requirements if I use User Stories? Should they be represented like special "evil" stories? or Should they be just "invisible" parts of user stories? I.e. if ...
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Agile in enterprise: How to represent the requirements of non-business stakeholders?

I currently work on a large scale software project in a large company. We follow an agile approach for development; however, due to the size of the the company there are several stakeholders that ...
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How to use Story Points, if User Stories are completely different?

Story Points (SP) is a good measurement, that allow to estimate User Stories. SP (in my understanding, it's important note) is convenient because it is relative and not related with time. All ...
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What is a good total size for a Product Backlog?

General I realize the size of a product backlog will vary with each project. But assuming a project that is large enough to require a significant length time, is there any research or statistics on ...
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May I not use the users stories in Scrum?

It is more convenient for me to describe requirements in technical terms. So is it possible not to use the users stories in Scrum? Will it be Agile still?
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An Epic within an Epic

First off, I believe I have a good understanding of User Story Hierarchy (Epic > Story > Task), but I've had a quick search around and I wasn't able to find a definitive answer to this. Can you ...
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Removing a userstory from the planned sprint

In the sprint can we remove (move to the upcoming sprint) the planned stories (mid sprint), if we are 100% sure we can’t complete them. Example given: Suppose we planned to 5 stories to be ...
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Who tests what criteria for epics?

So our product owner is in a position where she feels encumbered by the decomposition of a large user story: Product owner presents a story Engineers determine that it is too big for a single story ...
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Managing small + large tasks on a big website with Scrum

We're a small team of 4 developers who manage one large website and a group of minisites/mobile apps. We've used JIRA/Agile and Scrum, as best we can, to manage the workflow for the last few months. ...
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Do multiple levels of epics make sense?

Is it a sensible approach to have multiple levels of epics to structure the requirements of an Agile project? For example: Epic "As a User I want to browse information on a website" Epic "... I ...
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How to write measurable acceptance criteria to stories without a measurable goal?

Example story: As a player, I want to buy weapons from merchants, so that I can progress further The other parts of the story could have acceptance criteria such as "There is a gun merchant in ...
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User stories - difficult to decide actor

I always have trouble deciding who the actor should be and therefore how user stories should be written. For example: As a site owner I would like to display a carousel of products on the ...
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Example epics and themes for website project

Can there be any crossover between themes and the epics/stories inside them. For example, i think 'Frontend' would make a good theme for a website project. However some stories within this theme ...
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Is it ok to define a user story that has no real business value without another story?

I'm struggling to find the best way to use scrum and user stories on the following case: To explain the situation let's imagine we are developping Microsoft-Access. In microsoft access you can ...
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How to make user stories independent in multi-discipline teams

When there is a team which has multiple disciplines such as designers, artists and programmers. How should user stories be written to make them independent? Example: "As a user, I want a beautiful ...
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What level of analysis should the development team expect before being asked to estimate and develop a story?

Here is an example of s story that recently made its way into a timebox. As an Ecommerce Executive, I want to make improvements to the Request a Callback form which will make it easier to segment the ...
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Breaking Down a Code Review of a Prototype

I'm the Product Owner on a project, which is essentially the integration of a new technology into an existing product. A prototype has been written by an external developer and we are now tasked with ...
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Agile. Release planning. Why do I need stories instead of themes/epics

I'm reading Mike Kohn's book about Agile estimation. At the same time I have a release planning in couple of days. It's going to be 6 months (12 sprints release). We have the ideas about what needs ...
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Is my “Personal Contact Information” theme broken down properly?

We're currently working on a project and debating with others how best to break the project down. Below I'm just providing titles, not writing the full User Stories, to make it quicker to read ...
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From user stories to product, where and when to do graphic design?

We are taking our first steps in the Agile development world, and while we have a long path to follow, I'm having difficulties incorporating our graphic designer in the development process. The ...
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Defining user story in Scrum: how specific must they be? [duplicate]

As the title suggests: for example, the following user story too generic? "A registered user wants to login in order to use the site's services" Or, should I use more detailed user stories, like ...
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What is the way to go to create tasks?

I already read: How to map user stories into tickets? But I still have difficulties understanding how I exactly should use a ticket system, especially in the case of tickets for new features. Let's ...
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What can we do without a clear Product Owner or stakeholder on the client's side?

In some of the projects my team works on, there are no stakeholders or it's unclear who the actual Product Owner is on the client's side. For example, we have to write user stories and acceptance ...
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What can we do with a “mispointed” story in Scrum?

Is it OK to repoint the story at the beginning of the new sprint to reflect the size that we have now discovered it to be so our velocity is more accurate? On rare occasions, our team will work a ...
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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 ...