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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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Why is it called a story spike?

I understand what a story spike is for, but I'd like to know what the significance of the term is. I don't immediately see the relationship between the word "spike" and what it represents in ...
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What are the best practices for writing user stories - descriptions & acceptance criteria?

I have a colleague at work that appears to stuggle with writing concise user stories with a set goal/ acceptance criteria and has asked me to review the ticket he assigned to me. We use Azure DevOps ...
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Ticket Scoping for Integration Tests and New Components of System

I am a software engineer trying my best to scope out some work in ticket form. My question is: what is the best way to write stories to include integration tests between two components which don't ...
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What are the alternatives to using user stories for documenting system features?

We are an inventory management system product company. We used, and still use, agile user stories for writing requirements and communicating them to the development team. During the initial stages we ...
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In an Azure DevOps work item Excel file, how do I assign parent without having to see closed siblings?

I'm using the "Teams" tab provided by MS in Excel to add repeating Azure DevOps User Stories (US), i.e. work that needs to be done every sprint (don't ask). This seems to be the recommended approach ...
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What is above Epic?

We are using Jira for our projects. Standard hierarchy is Epic -> Story/Task -> SubTask. We would like to have deeper hierarchy. Atlassian is suggesting (link) Theme -> Initiative -> Epic ...
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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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Does running an agile squad mean that all squad members can do any work, or work should be divided based on skill set?

Consider a new PO running a brand new Agile squad where squad members have different skill sets: one developer (who works with the code) one tester / QA person one application architecture one ...
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Can we add user stories in the middle of an Iteration, and what is the likely impact of doing so?

Development of planned user stories is complete. Testing is pending as a part of our Definition of Done (DoD). Can the Product Owner still accept new user stories for the Iteration? What are the ...
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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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What is the term you use for a user that is a developer?

When developing a UI components software library, the "immediate" user of the library is not the end user interacting with the components on a website, but the developer who takes those ...
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Subtasks vs Tasks for Sprint backlog

My question relates specifically to project management using Jira by Atlassian. My product backlog mostly consists of user stories, since this is the most useful to my non-technical product owner. ...
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PI Planning and user stories without features

In our project we have features containing stories and some standalone stories which have no binding to features at all. For example it can be story for adding one new column in report. For feature we ...
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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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How should a Scrum master handle disagreements about story-point estimates in Scrum?

For example : Some see its userstory (e.g. 2 points) and others see technical complications and judge that the story should be 20 points. The 2-point voters say, "I understand your opinion, but don't ...
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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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How to breakdown MVP designs into testable user stories?

I am unfamiliar with the ideas behind creating user stories for Agile projects, as well as acceptance criteria. I was wondering how I could turn any MVP design, like the Basket MVP, into tested user ...
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Best way to update user stories in multiple boards

I have recently joined as a Development Team lead in an organisation and there are multiple dev teams in here each working of their own Azure Devops board. Our teams follow a 2 weeks sprint cycle. ...
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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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How should I group a collection of minor tasks in Jira?

A specific function in an existing product needs a couple of minor GUI adjustments. Should I create a user story for each adjustment or a single user story whar I list all adjustments as e.g. ...
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Create story map goal for each persona?

Two different personas can create an application in the product I'm working on: Administrator from within the system. Guardian/parent from a portal. When creating the story map, I started thinking ...
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Is splitting user stories into versions a valid approach?

My questions is about splitting a story into versions. For example, we might have a story to allow a user to upload a file to a server. The first iteration of the story is usable by the customer but ...
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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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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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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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Is it fine to correct an estimation of a story during execution?

During the sprint execution, the team should be allowed to change the estimation of a story in the following scenarios. During execution When a story is finished Re-estimate in the absence of the ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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