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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 stories written by developers for developers [on hold]

When my team starts to work on a new feature, we usually follow the following steps: High-level design sprint Low-level design sprint Hacky implementation sprint Clean-up aka. "production" level code ...
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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 ...
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How do I capture business workflow in a user story?

As a Product Owner, I am working with a team that use the 'AS A / I WANT / SO THAT' style of user story. I have a system that has a several workflows to be followed depending on the setting of certain ...
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How to identify optimum story points for a 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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Slicing User Stories

I have few queries on how granular we need to go on splitting stories. We have a story where clicking the phone no in the system should dial cisco or skype or any other telephony systems based on the ...
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Does every Scrum story need to be completed at the end of the sprint?

I have worked on teams which, while using Scrum, have fallen either side of this opinion: every story must be complete by the end of the sprint. What is the "official" definition/requirement? I ...
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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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Should all team members be assigned user stories?

This is a very basic question but I don't see any answers on it yet. Scenario: We did sprint planning and I noticed some one saying Not all developers have a task to do. We need to add more tasks ...
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Specifications in spreadsheets vs. stories in JIRA

I think this is a very common issue a lot of companies fight with. So I would like to ask for your input. Product Owners often prefer to keep specifications in Google spreadsheet. And then write user ...
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Scrum for SDK development - split stories horizontally?

Our product is moving more and more in the direction of a software development kit (SDK) which can be used by other developers. This brings up quite some challenges to our agile processes, though ...
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How to write a user story involving artistic work?

Using Scrum, what would be the way to define, structure and estimate a user story, containing work for an artist? The main problem that I'm interested here is that an artistic story can take a long ...
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Should bugs be treated as stories or as tasks?

If you're using scrum you should know that there is a clear difference between tasks and stories. A story is something that is valuable to user. A task is a step to produce that value to user. So, ...
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How to handle when planned work is blocked and a developer has capacity to take on a new user story that may be too big

Assume the following situation. All but one user story planned in a sprint is completed. The remaining user story is blocked. A developer would like to take on work in the highest priority work ...
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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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User Stories in JIRA for a project that covers several platforms

We are working on a project that (roughly) consists of following parts: back-end application, central communication server, and client applications for several platforms. Our "team", on the other ...
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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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Requirements vs User stories

In this accepted answer (from Software Engineering StackExchange) to a question targeting my blocker, one can read: (...) think of user stories as a subset of requirements (...) It's quite ...
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What is the 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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What magnets for a glass whiteboard? [closed]

What design and strength of magnets are best for a glass whiteboard, used to hold our story cards for daily stand-ups? We have a glass whiteboard, and many magnets fail to stick through the glass, or ...
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What is the difference between acceptance criteria and the definition of done?

I don't get what is the difference between both. They seem to be similar to me. For instance, I have this typical login/register User Story. Can you provide some DOD examples? As a user I want to ...
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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 to correctly define tasks in a user story? And can you split the tasks between sprints?

I'm fairly new to Scrum and I'm working with a group of colleagues on a project to learn more about it. Long story short our project is simply creating a website for tourists of our country where they ...
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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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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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Is system 'logging' captured in user stories or are they part of implementation detail?

I understand that anyone who supports and maintains system can be seen (or should be seen?) as a stakeholder/user. For me, so far 'logging' has been like: "I guess, it wouldn't hurt to log this ...
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Is it OK to defer implementation detail and consider user story to be done?

I am just getting into user stories (read some blogs and watched some of Mike Cohn's presentations). My current understanding is that the story is a vertical slice of the system. Stories are not "Add ...
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Agile user story's task estimation

I have some confusion regarding the concept of a user story's task's estimation (effort estimate) using hours. What is the actual purpose of estimating effort in hours? In addition to that, let's ...
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What should a scrum team do if they complete work earlier than expected?

Our development team estimates that they can complete 30 story points in the current iteration. Partway through the sprint they realize that they will complete 50 story points at their current rate. ...
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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 write a summary for a user story?

I'm working hard on user stories and it is paying off, but something itches. We use Jira, but the problem is that from above the backlog seems clumsy. We need to write summary for user story so ...
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What to do with unexpectedly blocked story in scrum?

We have a low-pointed story which was dev-complete but, during testing, revealed a problem. In investigating the problem it was discovered that an external party will be required to deliver a fix. The ...
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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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Is it fine to correct an estimation of a story during execution?

During execution of sprint, should team allowed to change estimation of a story in following scenarios. During execution When a story is finished Re-estimate in absence of Product Owner(PO)
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How to split or manage a PBI/User Story in multiple sprints for different task types

We're struggling to break Product Backlog Items (PBIs)/User Stories into Sprint-sized chunks as we have multiple steps that need to be completed in a linear fashion. Each release goes through ...
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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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How will handle multiple users in a user story

I am trying to understand the role of multiple users in a user story. There is a chance that a particular feature will behave differently depends on the role of users. Let me try to clarify the ...
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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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should we repeat the details in user story of similar feature?

I am very new to the agile software development and trying to understand the size rule to be followed when writing a valuable user stories Scenario I am currently involved in a portfolio data import ...
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How will handle the user story as part of change request ?

We have implemented a feature as per the discussion with product manager. But there is a requirement change from the customer. So how will handle this request ? For example : I have created a user ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 the ...