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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 ...

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Can I break down a vertical story into horizontal tasks?

My team and I are implementing Scrum in our project. We are at the phase of dividing user stories into tasks to assign to each developer. I understand the concept of Slicing the Cake where a user ...
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Use Case: Postcondition vs Expected Outcome

Is Expected Outcome interchangeable with Postcondition depending on your use case structure? Should Expected Outcome and Postcondition be explicitly differentiated from each other? Say I have a ...
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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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Could stories be always independent?

I have one user story that is dependent on a technical story: User story: A user can add a product from the database to his profile Technical story: Products need to be entered in the database by ...
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Could the Product Owner be a user of a user story in Scrum?

We have the most of our PBI in user story format: As a [user], I need [requirement], so that [reason]. I need to write some requirements affecting directly to the product but not exactly to any user,...
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Should we limit who can submit stories in Scrum?

A few of the managers at my company have decided that the stack of stories is too high, so they're going to truncate the backlog and the number of people who can write stories. The goal being, ...
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How to use historical cycle time to forecast project completion

I have been inspired by Daniel Vacanti's talk (link) about using cycle time to forecast project completion. So I collected the following user stories metric in the course of four sprints: Average ...
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Should I assign user stories per team or per team member?

Given: A team of 1 Backend Developer, 2 Front End Developers. Definition of Done US acceptance criteria have to be met All subtasks in terms of the user story should be completed Back End subtask ...
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Is creating a task to write many stories appropriate?

At my company, we often have meetings where we brainstorm / plan for next steps for our projects. After the meetings, I feel like I have a bunch of stories to write, and creating thorough and ...
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To what framework do “User Stories” belong?

In my University of Applied Science we got taught that user stories are a part of Scrum, and when reading things on the internet it seems that everyone indeed uses User Stories when using Scrum. The ...
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Should a technical person take part of the user stories prioritization process?

As a Tech Lead within a "Scrum" team, I am annoying regarding some laid rules. It is established that only Product Owner, Business Analyst and Scrum Master (and eventually Product Manager) take part ...
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Use cases for read-only screen

I'm looking into use cases and user stories topics, and I have difficulties to properly define those for a project. Although it's quick and straightforward on user goals such as 'perform this', '...
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What is the best way to link the Business Cases to the user stories in Scrum?

I am Product Owner of a Scrum Team which has to develop features for multiple business units. All these features are translated in user stories. Of course, some features are developed for multiple ...
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Is it useful to require a priority justification in scrum user stories?

Not to get too meta, but I was just about to write up a story to add "require priority justification when changed" to our company's Scrum software. And I was thinking, as a Scrummaster, that's not one ...
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How do you handle user stories that become obsolete/irrelevant?

We have a few user stories that, in the process of our work, have become irrelevant. E.g., in order to enable customers to xx, we need to yy so as to. But, then it turned out that there was another ...
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Sizing user stories that need external input

Sometimes, when sizing user stories, the team says "but in order to do this, we need to ask this guy, and we don't know how long it will take for them to answer", or "we need to raise a ticket to (A) ...
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How many user stories per project?

So in an interview recently I had a company ask me to estimate how many user stories my team used per project on average. I had no idea how to answer this. Is there an average out there or an answer? ...
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How to apply the 'I' of INVEST in UI based development

As per the 'I'**NVEST philosophy, user stories should be Independent as it allows for true prioritization of each and every story. When dependencies come into play it may not be possible to ...
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Should user stories be estimated by efforts or by value it added?

I read this in an answer on SoftwareEngineering.se: Don't forget to distinguish between size and complexity in your estimating. You should estimate on size only, not complexity or difficulty. For ...
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Vertical slices with split disciplines

We have a DevOps team which includes a BA, .NET developers and SAP developers. The .NET and SAP developers can and will only work on their particular discipline. Some of our stories involve only .NET ...
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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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How can I split user stories about money transfers?

I'm a beginner and looking for a best way to create user stories for my project and I need an advice. It's about a money transfer project where I have to create a transfer flow: Configure Transfer, ...
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Splitting up user stories that are enhancements that may destroy other functionality?

We are implementing an epic. While refining this epic, we discovered that a lot of our current functionality will be impacted. I understand that when splitting up user stories, we should vertically ...
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Convincing my team that we need to split tasks by feature, not by work type

I'm in an agile team, with some developers, a designer and a ux guy. Sometimes we split some user stories into tasks when we think they are too big. When doing this, I've always read that we should ...
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User story for a requirement which generates files and sends to external system

Am new to Agile and need some help in identifies user stories for a given feature. The feature is "application should generate a delimiter space file which the fields given in the field specification ...
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Define actor/role in user stories

The problem: there's a shop which also sells its products online. A client must be logged in in order to buy online, but first he must be registered by a salesman on the shop. My question is whether ...
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Stories added after commitment

I'm trying to understand the following problem: within a SAFe framework a development team adds user stories after commitment, even though that commitment has not been met. The justification is that ...
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How do I facilitate an effective planning meeting with a remote team?

Background I am a scrum master for a team consisting of a PO, team lead and 3 developers. The team lead and 3 developers are off-shore in a totally different timezone. The PO is in the same office as ...
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Should common functionalities be repeated as very similar stories within each context they're needed?

Let's say for a system, there are several stories that would be repeating all throughout but in different contexts. E.g. Search "As a [insert role], I want to search through a data list so that I ...
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Should a user journey be a part of a BDD story?

I am writing a template story document and want to include as many elements as will make for useful, generic stories. Currently, this includes: Story number Points estimate (fibonacci) State (to do, ...
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How to write implementing HTTPS as a user story?

The title sums the question up pretty well. How do you do that? Should you even make implementing HTTPS a user story? I thought of: "As a page visitor I want all communication with the service to be ...
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How to handle unfinished user stories? [duplicate]

We are a small startup company with 2-3 project running simultaneously by 3 developers and 1 QA guy. We use Scrum and we encountered difficulties while we had a sprint with a user story, as small as ...
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How to allocate story points on extremely complex user stories?

We currently allocated story points the following way: 0.5 very simple (approx 0-30 mins) 1 simple (approx half a day) 2 Medium difficulty (couple of days) 3 Hard (3 days) This works well for us, ...
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Scrum: Should user story acceptance criteria be mapped to test cases?

Should the acceptance criteria for a user story form the basis for the test cases when testing that feature? Or, should there be a seperate story for testing, whose acceptance criteria is that the ...
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How to get an Epic span multiple sprints?

While setting up my Jira's project, I struggle to make an Epic span multiple sprints. In other words, I expect an Epic (a complete feature) to be associated to multiple sprints. The idea is that I ...
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Should I have user stories dealing with the case where user is not authenticated?

In my software, a lot of services expect user to be authenticated before performing. In positive scenarios, I have this kind of context: Given I am authenticated When I create meeting X Then ...
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Is “Replicate X visual feature from Y app” a valid acceptance criterion

Assume there is a graphically intensive visual feature in app X. It includes dimming out some part of the screen at some point in the program. The story revolves around implementing a similar feature ...
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Could my sprint unit be a scenario instead of a feature? (Gherkin terms)

My team's Business Analyst and I have written some Gherkin files describing user stories of our new project. As usual, a Gherkin file is composed of one feature, itself detailed through one or ...
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Splitting user stories

I'm trying to figure out a way to split user stories in a way that we can incrementally create value upon completing them at the end of the Sprint. I'm using Mike Cohn's book, User Stories Applied as ...
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what to do with out of scope tickets in JIRA

I've created a number of tickets (user stories) and added them to the backlog, however on review the stories are now deemed out of scope. What is the best practice for handling these? Should they be ...
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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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What level of detail should I include in epics?

I am writing user stories for a new project. One of my epics is: As a company owner I want a graphical profile so I can build my visual identity. And then there are multiple user stories linked to ...
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What Jira role is required so as to have access to Jira import

I am a novice Jira user, part of a pilot project where none of us have notable experience. We are using hosted Jira. The site administrator has made me administrator of a couple of projects. Now I'd ...
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How to split Requirement into Userstories

My team is currently working on defining user stories with the product owner. He supplied us with a story that is on one hand quite complex, on the other hand he says, that no part of it is ...
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What to do when running into a potential rabbit hole in a story?

Say I have a team member who is working on a story. While working on that story, s/he runs into an issue that could or could not be crucial to the completion of that original story. Should the team ...
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What are the different approaches and how frequent to prioritize the backlog?

What are different aspects of a PBIs (Product Backlog Items), or generally speaking features, would you take into consideration for prioritizing the backlog? risk, ROI, time to market, cost of delay, ...
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User Story(ies) for multi-step user sign-up

I'm just starting to use Scrum with a new web project and I'm having some difficulties crafting my Product Backlog. I have a initial user story along the lines of : As a new user I want to sign-up ...
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When should I use user stories and when just tasks?

I'm not sure if it makes sense to always write user stories, even for issues like refactor or backup. In your opinion in which of the following situations, it's better to write user stories than ...
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How do I get client to participate in acceptance testing?

We have a weak spot in our flow. Whenever the time for acceptance testing comes, our client simply doesn't do it in time. There are 50 user stories in Jira waiting to be reviewed by him. The number is ...
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Organizing testing in a Scrum(ish) development project

First: I'm trying this forum, even though this is more a test management than project management question. The test/QA exchange seems to be focused on technical, hands-on test questions and issues. ...