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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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avoiding long running branches on big stories

I'm trying to solve following problem we have in our company: We are trying to follow SCRUM We are using git-flow-like branching model. When we encounter bigger story that takes 2,3 sprints it's not ...
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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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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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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 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 manage very small, easy tasks in Agile?

Let's say you have a bug on your website. Your developer needs to fix some CSS or something. He estimates it will take him one minute to fix. What is the best way to manage these kinds of tasks? Do ...
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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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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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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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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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How to deal with a Product Owner who refuses to write user stories?

I am currently playing a scrum master role in the project. Because the PO refuses to write user stories - I have to do it myself, but this flow has led to specification breakdown and scope creep many ...
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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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Improve performance of feature X - should that be a new user story or something else?

We have implemented and closed user story X but found out later that the implementation is too slow and we need to improve performance. I think it was a mistake not to have acceptance criteria for ...
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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. ...
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User Interface Requirements in User Stories

I'm not sure whether this should be on the ux.stackexchange forum or on here. As part of a Uni project, the client has given us a brief of mandatory and optional features, from which we have to ...
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Do user stories mean rework? How much is ok?

We are currently setting up a scrum team to implement a product selling application. The product itself is quite complex (an insurance product) which comes in many facets, basically some mandatory and ...
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How to describe the business entities in Scrum?

Every (software) project comes with business entities: "Article" and "Category" for a blog, "Product", "Customer" and "Invoice" for a shop, etc. These business entities are part of many user-...
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Jira Sprint Structure for Software Team

As I see it, we have three levels: Epic - Broad view of what would be nice to do. (Usually more then a Sprint) Let pay for our service with credit cards Story - More defined and structured view. (...
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Do we create application-level stories?

Quoting an example. If I have a user story which says: As an administrator I should be able to query all users (both active and inactive) from my database when in my master configuration (Admin ...
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User stories vs Functional specifications

What is the main difference between user stories and functional specifications (other than the format they are in)? When should I use user stories and when specifications. Do they go hand in hand with ...
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When making technically minor changes, should i create a new user story or update an existing (closed) story?

I am working with a team that is maintaining case management software. We are suffering from drift between different specifications, agile artefacts, implementations and understandings. I would like ...
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Should I specify user story acceptance criteria in Given/When/Then format or checklists?

As far as I understand Given/When/Then format of acceptance criteria is used when the project is going to follow BDD (Behavior Driven Development). Thus, the acceptance criteria will be used for the ...
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Defect Found in Previous Iteration - Bug or New Work?

A previous answer stated that: On the other hand, if Feature Bar met the Definition of Done in a previous iteration, but bugs were later found after the feature was declared "done," then while you ...
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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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What is the term for an anti-user-story?

I need to create some short narratives that capture the "who", "what", and "why not" to show some of our stakeholders why we need a minor policy change. For example, imagine I'm designing a control ...
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Should developers be talking to users during Story planning / refinement?

When you have a Product Owner who is less technical, can developers be brought into discovery with users and stakeholders? e.g. A new project is underway and the PO is doing discovery, creating epics,...
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How to manage spec / user stories in Agile/Scrum

One of the common problems with traditional spec is that it's usually out of date. However, if we use a list of user stories as the spec, the thing is that the requirement may be scattered and cannot ...
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Technical user stories or development related tasks

I have some task in my Jira backlog that I don't know if them should be inside a user story. There are tasks related with development, server, configuration, etc. User didn't ask to have those task/...
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Epics and stories prioritization in JIRA

In this answer, an epic-story structure is suggested. I like this approach and I'm trying to utilize it. But, the problems how to handle priorities. More specifically, assume I have two epics (e1 and ...
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Story Points to Ideal Days

History I work within a IT Team for my business that delivers (Develops & Unit Tests, QA, UAT and Releases) either system improvements or new systems to different areas of our business. The team ...
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How to estimate a project budget using story points?

Current workflow in our company: I create Given/When/Then scenarios or User stories Developers estimate Scenarios/User stories in hours, by giving minimum and maximum amount of time for 1 scenario/...
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Should a team estimate tasks based on the executor's capacity or on the team average?

My team is adopting Scrum. When estimating story points for a backlog item, we use planning poker to reflect the team's average vision of the story's complexity. When estimating task hours within a ...