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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 can be hand-written on a small paper notecard

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How should tasks be named in the Kanban approach?

I'm currently working on an "End of Studies" project with a friend. We are making this inside an IT company. We chose Kanban because, for us, it would be a great moment to try something new ...
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Acceptance Criteria for user story on interface adapting for devices with different resolutions

I'm working on acceptance criteria for user story on interface adapting for multi-device Web based application So far I have initial user story: As a User I want to use the application on different ...
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What are valid reasons for increasing the story points for a user story during or after a Sprint?

While estimating user stories, we are assigning story points based on complexity. If we get unexpected situations like server unreachable, network down, dependent items, or delays, can we increase the ...
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Can Gherkin style acceptance criteria be used as implementation detail for developers?

I'm talking about using Cucumber's Gherkin style syntax such as GIVEN ... WHEN ... THEN. I read a post and really liked the idea. However, the author doesn't expand on how he uses the "Living ...
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How should user stories describing changes be written?

Should a user story that describes changes in an existing feature summarize what is new and what existing functionality should remain, or should user stories define the finished product? If the answer ...
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Should we write Acceptance Criteria of a User story before Starting with UX/UI Designs?

I am currently working as a Business Engineer/Product owner in a company. We follow agile methodology. I want to discuss the challenges I faced during the Design and Development Process. As a Business ...
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Breaking down a story to subtasks

When using Jira, we can create a ticket with subtasks. I can see the subtasks being moved along the columns, but I don't understand the proper way to handle the parent task. It can be confusing if ...
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Should user stories be delivered orally?

I have studied software engineering and learned a decent amount about requirements engineering. I also took a course in Scrum. I've now worked at several different companies, and so far, I haven't ...
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User stories that supersede previous stories: should they be obsoleted or acceptance criteria transplanted and marked done?

At work right now we're implementing a number of functionalities of a mobile app. Two of the screens of said app are very similar, but belong to different product flows and thus two separate user ...
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Functional requirements, content requirements, and CUJs

I'm working on a project to build a new documentation site that will host documentation about a service we maintain. We're building this documentation site from scratch and writing the API ...
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What is the best practice for combining a pull request-based workflow with QA testing feedback in Azure DevOps?

Background I am a developer in a large software development company. We have a git workflow where we have master which is our main branch, which is supposed to be stable. Everything that goes into it ...
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Can I put user stories with different end users under one epic?

My project team has identified personas with different needs and behaviors within our customer journey, and we're translating their needs into user stories. My understanding is that epic and user ...
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Should the fixing of misunderstood user stories be treated like new user stories or like bugs?

A developer in my Team misunderstood a user story and built it in a way that they thought was appropriate. However, the Product Owner had something a bit different in mind. For some reason, we did not ...
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Does a vertical slice mean a single merge request?

Let's suppose we're talking about the microservices architecture. And let's say that after refinement, we ended up with a feature (vertical slice) that implies making changes in two microservices - is ...
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WIP vs. Value-adding cards for Kanban in IT operations / IT support

I have a small question of understanding regarding Kanban, because I am currently unsure how to properly map the work to be done. In the last time I have read some blog articles and books about Kanban ...
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How to estimate a story point, that involves Mobile team and backend team

I am Managing a mobile app product. it contains backend team, design team, and flutter (mobile) team. User stories are usually consisting of subtasks, that involves both, backend, design and mobile ...
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What is the Product Owner's role/responsibility in a proof of concept with an external vendor?

The team is conducting a proof of concept related to checking the capabilities of an external software solution to be added/integrated into our platform. Of course, the PO needs to have all Epics and ...
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Is Task always decomposed from User Story?

I've heard many times that tasks are basically subsets of user stories and they are derived from User Stories, so on the scale of amount of work that is needed to finish them, a Task is always smaller ...
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Estimating Tasks which have been split from a User Story

Let's say we have a good User Story with Acceptance Criteria and Definition of Done. But the Story is too big and needs to be split into tasks. The team only uses hours for estimating the backlog ...
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How do you write user stories for devops/dev tasks like setting up AB testing in the middle of a project

We're in the middle of a project and have decided to implement a proper agile methodology, especially around writing "correct" user stories and trying to avoid the "as a developer" ...
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How should large non-reducable tasks be handled in Scrum?

How are tasks that do not fit in a Sprint handled in Scrum? I see the benefit in delivering incremental value each Sprint, but I don't see how all tasks can be reduced to take no longer than a week or ...
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User Story Mapping - How to show a feature that is across multiple themes?

I am trying to wrap my brain around how to present/show the common features in user story mapping template. Currently I have it as its own theme, but at same time it makes sense to break the feature ...
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Should we have "general high-level" user stories that spawn out more "more specific detailed lower-level" user stories?

For software user stories, Does it make sense for user stories to spawn out other user stories? In other words, Would it make sense for us to document more "general high-level" user stories, ...
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Related user stories with common desciptions and acceptance citeria

Consider this scenario: We develop a product which will be a channel between people that need help and helpers. People who ask for help should provide data: type of help, address, description, photo … ...
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How should you track small Incremental Pieces of Work?

In my team, we often complete an MVP feature, i.e. MVP for Authentication. It has all the stuff it needs to be compliant and work, and meets the definition of done. Then somewhere down the line, ...
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User stories when starting from scratch

A user story is defined in quite a few ways, but roughly always like this: User Story is a small (actually, the smallest) piece of work that represents some value to an end user and can be delivered ...
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Backlog - Is this to (i) List outstanding 'user stories' or (ii) List outstanding 'tasks' or (iii) Can one be used for both purposes?

Any good links to example backlogs would be appreciated. I understand from a backlog user stories can be refined, added, removed and so on. I'd imagine tasks or a WBS would be constant or tweaked by ...
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How to store/manage a huge amount of coder task in the backlog

What to do when the programmers from the dev team want to put their development tasks in the product backlog (such as refactor XXX, clean class XXX, ...)? We tried and have the users stories mixed ...
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JIRA how to better manage tasks without stories, and stories without tasks?

Is it possible to make it such that single-issues (stories without tasks) can be tracked the same way a story with one task can be tracked? At my company, stories with no tasks are put under "...
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User story/acceptance criteria for page with a lot of content

I've recently been tasked with writing user stories and acceptance criteria (GWT) and would like to ask for advice since I'm relatively new to such approach. A bit of context: Project is a web app ...
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Should we create sub-tasks for each story by default representing all the different types of work the story will require

One of my colleagues proposed an idea to split stories by default each time we write stories for the project into sub-tasks to represent different types of work a story has. We are using Scrum and ...
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Technical user stories in Kanban

One of our apps was written by one of those spaghetti coders who was always working independently. As this falls into the 'technical debt' backlog, I am proposing to the team (I am the team leader) a ...
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How to visualise backlog items which must be pushed to done every day

Has anyone found a good method that doesn’t feel lame about representing activities that need to be completed every day on a personal or team kanban board. For instance, if I wanted to read every day ...
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How can I motivate the team to take more responsibility for user stories?

My team consists of 4 team members and me as the Product Owner, filling up the backlog and proposing the next stories to be done. We currently have no Scrum Master, and we use the Kanban method. I am ...
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Acceptance Criteria, Given/When/Then format demote readability of user story?

I'm creating Acceptance Criteria for user stories. Since it seems to be the main way to do it in my current company. I feel that Given/When/Then always demote user story's readability and increase ...
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While preparing a Developer level Document (Use Case) what should be defined in Business Validation?

We are working on a developer-level document or a Use Case document which is shared with the development team. We define Business Validation within a use case, what should be a part of that Business ...
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Improving a User Story with an [achievement] part the same as the [action] part

Using this User Story definition: As an [actor], I want [action] so that [achievement] focused on the value or result, I have my user story that reads: As a customer, I want to see nearby stores on ...
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How do we refine a big User Story in Jira?

Let's suppose a Product Owner added a big User Story to Product Backlog in Jira. This User Story can't be done during a Sprint or even during several Sprints. How do we refine such a User Story in ...
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User stories based on the existing design

I'm currently working on a project that has already defined and approved design, and my task is to write user stories based on that design. There's one situation I keep facing and can't figure out the ...
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Are User Stories from Sprint Backlog assigned to individual developers?

Let's suppose the development team is planning the next Sprint. What does it technically mean that a User Story is added to the Sprint Backlog? Is it assigned to a developer or to the whole team? (If ...
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Does the scrum master also estimate user stories?

We recently started working with scrum on an new (large) project. I am a developer but do not take part in that project other than my role as scrum master. I know about the software they use, but don'...
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In Agile methodologies, what happens when team completes a backlog item or user story?

I need to know that does team need some kind of approval or something from product owner or scrum master when it completes a user story. And if not, then how the team proceed with this kind of ...
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Scrum - Add Placeholder for Future Story

Practicing Scrum and Agile, our team had Sprint Planning and we sliced our features into stories. However our team was unsure about what should the "third" story do, so the ScrumMaster ...
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How can I train a team of engineers about user story points in 30 mins

Does anyone know how I can train a bunch of engineers about user story points in 30 mins. I wanted to make it fun and interactive but I only have 30 mins. My initial idea was to simply go over the ...
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Agile Development Practices [closed]

How do I resolve an unidentified issue affecting customer experience when a sprint has already commenced without impacting the sprint backlog? For example, I am currently in a sprint and a serious ...
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Should I be using user stories as my documentation?

I've just inherited a project and I'm forming a new team. How it's been currently done is there is a list of user stories - these user stories have lots of tasks attached to them that the dev picks up....
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How should we hand-off and ticket UI designs to the devs to ensure the developed design matches the provided UI mockups, while still being agile?

How should we hand-off and ticket UI designs to the devs to ensure the developed design matches the provided UI mockups, while still being agile? Note: we're definitely not fully agile, but we're ...
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Storyboarding and Product Owner's role

If I understand this through my past 5-6 years of Agile Scrum: Product Owner is responsible for a regulated Product Backlog, and delivering user stories to businesses. To realise the product vision, ...
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What can the team do to prevent stories from completing until the last day of the sprint?

I've read that ideally the team is completing stories throughout the sprint and that shows gradual progression on the burndown chart. My team can only really complete stories at the very end of the ...
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"View content"-type user story/acceptance criteria

I'm relatively new to the acceptance criteria in GWT format, and I'm struggling with writing them for the features that involve reviewing content. For instance: the user is on the home page of e-...
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