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Questions tagged [story-points]

For questions about applying or interpreting relative measures of work-effort, known as "story points," to user stories or project milestones.

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How to treat users stories which were almost completed at the previous sprint? [duplicate]

How to treat users stories which were almost completed at previous sprint but didn't meet Definition of Done due to testers were late for some reason. Suppose one of those stories was 5 story points, ...
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Is it okay to have a sprint where the team commits to zero story points?

Our two Scrum development teams are located in India. Our shared product owner is permanently relocating to the US, and we're just about to finish our first sprint. Him and the team suggested ...
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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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How can I effectively track story points with Trello?

I'm exploring Trello as a Kanban tool, and am hung up on how to track story points with it. This isn't something that Trello natively supports, so I've been re-purposing labels to carry this ...
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Why use both story points and hours?

I'm a new scrum master for a team that is using story point estimation and hours. We do story points first during grooming and then hours during planning. I always thought of story points as being ...
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How to use Story Points, if User Stories are completely different?

Story Points (SP) is a good measurement, that allows estimating User Stories. SP (in my understanding, it's an important note) is convenient because it is relative and not related with time. All ...
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How can story points be “non linear” in relative size

I've read in several places that story points are not necessarily linear. i.e., an "8 point" task is not the same as two 4 point tasks and so on. I totally get the argument about these being an ...
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When does a Scrum Team assign story points to the stories in the Scrum methodology?

I am in the process of learning Scrum. I got stuck with a question: on which stage does the Scrum Team assign story points to the user stories?
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How can I measure the effective team work per iteration?

I have a team of 4 developers and 1 QA. My workflow in Jira is: Backlog -> Analysis -> In Development -> QA Ready -> QA Complete -> Done Every sprint (1 week) all issues get into QA Ready stage (QA ...
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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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Should I estimate repeating tasks (besides Stories and Bugs)?

Besides User Stories and Bugs (no estimation) we have some repeating Tasks in our sprint, which have not much insecurity and a clear scope. For example such a task is "releasing our plugin" (building, ...
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Hot swapping stories

Is it acceptable to swap out stories from the current sprint to the backlog and replace them with stories of the same estimate size from the backlog, because of changing priorities in the business? ...
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How to break down an 8 point story into smaller stories in Scrum?

My team and I are struggling with breaking down a user story that we have estimated to be 8 points. The user story is : "A user can sign up to the app using a registration form so that he is ...
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Best measurable units for non cross-functional team estimation

I have a new development team and I want to use Story Points for high-level estimation. But I have two problems: My new team is not cross-functional (we are trying to solve this, but this is a slow ...
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When working closely with sales, does storypoints still make sense vs time estimations

The main idea behind using story points is to take away focus on the absolute time/cost of a task and look at the relative sizing vs the other tasks you have in front of you. This has worked well in ...
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Using the Stacey matrix to capture agile metrics

I recently encountered the Stacey matrix in an answer by Stephan Weinhold. After looking at the linked image provided & doing a bit more reading that describes it as a way to characterize ...
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If SAFe must be continuously calibrated and measured in ideal days, why does the framework say recalibration is unnecessary?

TL;DR SAFe says you don't need to recalibrate estimation, but requires estimates and other metrics to be normalized across one or more Agile Release Trains. Context, question rationale, and the ...
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How handle the change in baseline story

We follow Agile Scrum. We had identified a baseline story for story point estimation and used it for many sprints. We had a velocity calculated. After sometime, the team found that the baseline is not ...
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What are “Consumed Story Points” in Trello?

Some Scrum add-ons allow you to enter both estimated story points and consumed story points. What are consumed story points and how do you measure/estimate them?
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How to manage story points when several developers work on 1 story?

My team consists of 2 backend devs, 1 front end dev and designer. Lets pretend we have next user story: As a user I want to sign-in/sign-out to use the system Designer says that it is equal to 2 ...
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JIRA - Story Points & Time Tracking

I've read various questions and answers and I'm really struggling to setup up a Project/Sprint/Story/SubTask to get what we think we need. In terms of long term planning I've sold my team on the idea ...
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Why would teams use the Fibonacci sequence for story points?

Why do some teams use numbers from the Fibonacci sequence as story points? Is it just a preference, or is there something more to it?
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Alternatives to estimating in hours/story points

We are looking to change our approach on estimates. Now we estimate in hours/days, but we would like to change this and make our process more flexible. We are working based on Scrum, where stories are ...
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What could be potential harm of giving points to chores or technical debts?

Recently our team has decided to give points to the chores. They had an argument that: Velocity defines team's capacity to deliver the work and if chores are not counted in velocity it won't reflect ...
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Should we break each smallest possible thing as a separate story?

We have a requirement where we need to analyze all the analytics placed on our website. We have total 4 pages on our website where we need to do this. The story is simple: As a developer, I want to ...
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Why use story points instead of hours for estimating?

After using hours to estimate our projects for a long time and rarely coming within 20% of actual "work-to-ship," I have been told by a handful of people that "points" work a lot better at gauging the ...
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In scrum should incomplete stories be re-estimated or does the original estimate get burned down when it's finally completed?

If I have a story that's been estimated at 10 story points and we don't manage to complete it in a sprint how do you handle estimates for the sprint in which it's next included (assuming it gets ...
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What approach of story points suit our team

We are distributed development team in three locations. In each location we have between 2 to 5 developers. We conduct daily standup via Skype. However, we have not been using story points. We just ...
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How do you write completable “stories” when all members of a team have a specialty?

From a user perspective our stories seem clear. From a engineering perspective our stories are a bit too broad and need to be broken up into sub-tasks. This is OK, but each member of the team has a ...
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What should you do with story points which aren't completed in sprint?

Within Scrum/Agile, if I have a story which is 90% completed, and the sprint ends, what should be done with this story? The logical decision seems to be to move this into the next sprint, however if ...
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Do we need to update time estimates when we estimate based on story points?

We estimate the issues based on story points/planning poker. My questions are: Do we need to update original/remaining time estimates when we estimate based on the story points? If we estimate based ...
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Jira story points versus sub task estimation

We are using Jira for agile PM, but are having problems working with both story points and sub task hours estimation. Articles like this and this just don't seem to help. The second article has a ...
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How to factor in story points/tasks for non sprint related items?

I understand that in general you create stories with story point complexity, and then define tasks and subtasks in which to mark time against, but how does this translate into items that are outside ...
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Should a burndown chart be based on stories or tasks completed?

TL;DR; As the title reads: do you base your burndown chart on stories completed, or on tasks completed? Some background on why I'm asking this: I currently work in a software development team of 4 ...
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Are story points achieved a good individual quarterly goal?

Our company is starting to set quarterly goals at a more individual level. For many engineers on the team, these goals will include product impact, automation and code coverage, new responsibilities, ...
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How to get team agreement about what story points mean to said team

Mike Cohn suggests having workshop and estimating 2 dozen stories. I was thinking of adapting this idea for one team. The objective is to get the team agreeing/understanding about what 1, 2, 3 and 5 ...
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Should I trade points when adding a new story mid sprint?

Suppose a task shows up mid sprint that is high priority. It must go into the current sprint and take top priority. Suppose the task is estimated by the development team to be a 3 point task. When ...
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How (and in what units) to measure the product scope?

Short version: How and in which units is it better to measure the product scope (volume of incoming requirements / amount of business functionality) if different parts of product (different ...
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Should velocity increase with time?

Some scrum masters are concerned with "bumping up" a team's velocity during a sprint, as if a higher velocity is better. But points are a relative measure of the work that a team needs to do for ...
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Why measure in story points (being a relative measure is not an acceptable answer)

When I read about story points it is always mentioned that they should be used because they are a relative measure with examples like: It takes me 60 minutes to run a trail while you only take 30 ...
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Story Decomposition Granularity

We are having a hard time meeting Sprint comits, one reason I suspect is that we are not doing a good job estimating and one of the causes of this is that we don't do a good job decomposing the story ...
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How should a team handle disagreements about story-point estimates in Scrum?

During estimation, the Product Owner presents a user story that seems clear to a team that usually knows their strengths and weaknesses, and that is not hostile. What should the Scrum Master do if the ...
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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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How to estimate a project budget using story points?

Current workflow in our company: I create Given/When/Then scenarios or User stories Developers estimate Scenarios/User stories in hours, by giving minimum and maximum amount of time for 1 scenario/...
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Should a team estimate tasks based on the executor's capacity or on the team average?

My team is adopting Scrum. When estimating story points for a backlog item, we use planning poker to reflect the team's average vision of the story's complexity. When estimating task hours within a ...
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Can 'QA approved' count towards your team's definition of done?

I'm a ScrumMaster running a development team using scrum. We are working in 3 week sprints and at the end of the sprint we often do not release our code to production right away. It could be a number ...
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Do you consider a defect an actual defect if it occurs in Dev prior to the acceptance of the User Story as Done?

A fully agile centric question. If an exception, error, defect or bug occurs prior to the completion of a user story; do you log it is a bug or do simply consider part of the work required to make ...
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Can we allocate time to story points?

I am the scrum master, using the following system loosely: 0.2 points approx < 1 hour 0.5 points approx > 2 hours but < 3 hours 1 points approx > 4 hours (half a day) 2 points approx > 8 ...
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What are the reasons to (or not to) exclude QA from your sprint

My team is newly formed and trying to establish a baseline for their velocity in story points per sprint. The problem is at the moment the QA is part of the sprint. It has been suggested that it is ...
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Exchanging equivalent user stories (Story points based) in a sprint

In the middle of a sprint right now, the following problems have arose: Urgent bug has cropped up that needs resolving Stakeholder urgently needs a requirement integrated which is preventing a ...