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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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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Is it a problem when many stories start with: "As the system,..."

I'm a developer on a scrum team and I'm finding it hard to understand and empathize with the end goal when stories start with "As the system". These stories should be straight forward because as a ...
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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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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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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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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. The PO needs to have all Epics and Stories ...
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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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How do we prevent debates over whether changes to user stories are new work or bugs?

I'm struggling to determine where capturing of user story elaborations and discussions fits into agile. A lot of what I have read and agree with is: You should be focusing on discussions with your ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Technical user stories in Kanban

One of our apps was written by one of those spaguetti coders who was always working on his own. As this falls into the 'technical debt' backlog, I am proposing the team (I am the team leader) a user ...
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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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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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May I not use the users stories in Scrum?

It is more convenient for me to describe requirements in technical terms. So is it possible not to use the users stories in Scrum? Will it be Agile still?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Agile. Release planning. Why do I need stories instead of themes/epics

I'm reading Mike Cohn's book about Agile estimation. At the same time I have a release planning in couple of days. It's going to be 6 months (12 sprints release). We have the ideas about what needs ...
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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 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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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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"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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