Questions tagged [user-stories]

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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User Story Title

When creating a user story work item in a tool like GitHub or, Azure DevOps, Should the ‎“As a user, I want” phrase be used for the title, or should it be placed in the description?
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How to follow INVEST principle when starting a new app from scratch

I am trying to start a new app and want to follow scrum. We are using pivotal tracker, and we had added many stories and estimated them. We tried breaking stories to the smallest possible value ...
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Thoughts on using user stories to define business/platform needs?

I'm very accustomed to user stories for end-user driven features. But if starting a project from scratch, does it make sense to treat the business owners as users and define their needs that way too? ...
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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: Let ...
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How to add new state to user story azure devops

When I try to add new completed state to user story or task in inherited process of my azure devops project, I get the following error : VS403093: Team Services currently does not support changes ...
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How can we prevent business value from being dependent on multiple user stories in Scrum?

Our dev team keeps finding ourselves in a scenario where we have multiple stories, none of which actually provide usable value by themselves. In order to deliver any real world value, we need to ...
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How to split stories depending on APIs?

Let's take the below user story as an example to understand the whole scenario better: As a user, I should be able to contact a dealer to test-drive a car. The scope of the story is that the user ...
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Should all required user story assets be available before sizing a story or starting the sprint?

I am a developer. Sometimes we have stories which will require some sort of asset that is not in the control of the dev team. A common example would be that the story calls for a new piece of UI to be ...
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Blocked due to a dependency [closed]

If a feature to be developed in a sprint is blocked due to a dependency, how do you handle it as a PO?
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Impact mapping on a new project

I have read about a new technique for Agile Development named "Impact Mapping", developed by Gojko Adzic: The main idea behind it is building a map of the business goals behind the project (the why), ...
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Adding n-number of due date fields and descriptions to Epics and Stories

In an existing project, the team is attaching tasks directly to Epics. I would like to introduce stories to the workflow and n-number of key dates to either the Epics or features. For this, I would ...
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Should I leave building the database for the end?

Let's suppose that, as a PO, I have a mini-project with my team. The project consists of displaying messages and announcements on big shared screen. The admin can write messages on a page on his ...
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Does the Kanban require teams to work vertically sliced user stories or can we use small technical tasks

I am just revising Anderson's Kanban book where he discusses 'input types' and it doesn't seem like he prescribes whether the team work with vertically sliced user stories - something which has been a ...
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breaking down a feature into stories and avoiding dependencies

I run a team with a few iOS developers and a few backend developers. Over the last couple of months, we've been experimenting with different ways of structuring users stories for sprints and have ...
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How to write user stories for our UI development process?

First of all, let me apologize if I make some writing mistakes since english is not my native language. I'm currently working at a UX company as a front-end dev and I'm having some problems trying to ...
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How are low ambiguity and low complexity tickets dealt with when they have a high work cost?

In our scrum team, we can often get user stories which are not very complex and not ambiguous but have a high amount of leg work associated. Example: We receive a user story to replace the name of a ...
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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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Can a story be put on hold within a Sprint?

The team is working with a user story and they are stuck on some technical issues and unable to resolve them. This story is committed for the current Sprint. Shall I put this story on hold after ...
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How to chose the right perspective in user stories?

As a PO I plan to write user stories for a project. In this project, we'll send messages via email that should get formatted according to a style guide, as an example. What is the best perspective to ...
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User Stories breakdown for back-end team

I'm a product owner without any technical background especially without a correct sense from the back-end development process and tasks. I have a brief knowledge about MVC architecture but our team ...
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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 story checklist

I am currently working as a product owner in an investment banking firm and we follow agile software development. As per my understanding and research, the user story should follow the below ...
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How can we persuade team members to estimate in story points instead of hours?

We use story points to estimate our user stories. We find that story points solve the problem of underestimating the amount of actual work which is required to complete a task, as it takes the ...
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Story acceptance vs. ability to have potentially deliverable SW ready at sprint end

for some time now the team, product owner and me (SM) have been busy with one task: the story acceptance and the ability to get potentially deliverable SW at the end of a sprint. What sounds simple ...
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Should we finalize the user story or UI design first?

I am currently working as product owner in a firm where we follow agile methodology. I would like to discuss about a scenario faced in my daily work life. We have started working on a project to ...
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Does a user story need to be small and why, when using Kanban

User Stories are generally written using INVEST method; the E meaning easier estimation which does not apply to Kanban and S meaning small enough to fit into iteration which also does not apply to ...
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Use one Story Map for planning two different solutions of one process

Currently I am creating a story map for a product. We've defined the future process which should be represented in our new product. For the first step the user will get a classical windows application,...
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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 far should you vertically slice?

We are a small team of 4 software developers trying to use Scrum. We have a large project to start from scratch and we've hit a roadblock regarding slicing the project. The project is a distributed ...
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Mark user stories as not possbile/plausible

Our team noticed during this Sprint that a user story is not plausible to do from a technical point of view. We approved this decision with our stakeholders and client and we want to mark this user ...
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how to cover details (side effect not desired workflow) with scrum user stories

As a scrum/agile system student, I find the situation where you have to write up a user story in the classical form and at the same time, describe the behaviour of parallel workflow, very hard. As a ...
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Azure DevOps - how to know a Resolved work item is actviely being tested (vs. in the queue)

TLDR; Does Azure DevOps have a recommended built in way of marking Resolved Work Items as being actively tested as opposed of being in the queue for testing? Details My team is using Azure DevOps ...
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User story decomposition into frontend and backend

Let's consider the following and somewhat prototypical user story in one's backlog: As a user I want to be able to login to the application so that I can do all sorts of private stuff Now, this is ...
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How to identify optimum story points for user stories

I would like to discuss a scenario in the sprint planning. Suppose the total velocity of the sprint is 30 as per the previous sprints. The objective of the product owner is to plan 3 stories with 10 ...
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Should the Product Owner dictate what info the UI needs to display?

I hope someone can help me understand one part of the role of the Product Owner (PO). In my company, we have a PO that is responsible for the Product Backlogs of all our products. I work as a UX ...
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How best can I handle/warn about a Sprint's spill-over?

After the end of a Sprint, many times there are some undone items left. How best, as a Scrum Master, can I ensure the Team is able to do all the stories/tasks that were picked by the Team for the ...
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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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Should I remove a User Story from a Sprint in progress if I know we can't complete it?

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 completed ...
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What is the best way to manage features decomposition in scrum?

I am wondering what the best way to implement decomposition is. For instance let's say we have a feature or an epic that has been in the product backlog for a while, or in the roadmap for that matter....
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What can be done about a task with a tight deadline and no analysis?

I am a software engineer. Today in the middle of a Sprint I was told to drop all my activities and start doing another task whose Jira entry has like 3 words. The deadline for this task is very tight ...
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What is the weighting difference between Epic/Story/Task

I am slightly confused between the three. From my understanding: Epic - Create a web site (T shirt size) (L) Story - Create the Home page (1 point) Task - Create a button on the home page that is ...
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How to refer to functional requirement specifications (FRS) from user stories?

Let's consider a simple story for a user authentication screen: As a user, I want to be able to login with my username and password so that I can do xyz. This looks good, but all of the ...
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Guidelines to write sub tasks of user stories

Little background: We have multiple teams working on developing an app and website. Sprints are 3-weeks long and they start each week for every Team. Meaning, 1st Team has their Sprint starting 1st ...
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What are the different approaches and how frequent to prioritize the backlog? [closed]

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 breakdown - Technical Task + User Feature

My team is building a web application that has the following high-level user story: As a user, I would like the ability to bulk exclude components from a given country. The work breaks down into ...
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Lingua franca for technical stories

I have coached my team to write quite good user stories using gherkin, but their technical stories are still lacking something. The problem is that when a person of one technical discipline reads the ...
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What metrics can we generate from t-shirt sizes (rather than story points) when estimating user stories?

If I am using T-shirt sizing for my user story estimates, what metrics I can measure and report? We currently use a Sprint burn-down chart when using story points.
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When to know I'm ready to start developing

Created user stories for a specific software development project and, from my last question, learned to just jump into dev even though there might exist undiscovered user stories. Still, i wonder... ...
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Which development method to choose - Test-Driven or Behaviour Driven Development

In my current company, we follow DSDM. But the maturity of the process is in progress and we are adapting various methods to be Agile. Current Process: Currently epics and user stories elaboration ...
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Detect undiscovered user stories

Created user stories for a specific project but not sure if I'm missing to write down some that were hard to spot. In order to not cause (or reduce) development headaches, how can I detect previously ...