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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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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What can we do with a "mispointed" story in Scrum?

Is it OK to repoint the story at the beginning of the new sprint to reflect the size that we have now discovered it to be so our velocity is more accurate? On rare occasions, our team will work a ...
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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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Achieving independence for story items

I've been reading a lot about agile, stories, and INVEST recently, and trying to apply it to my work (with a view to introducing it all more broadly within our organisation). I can see the value of ...
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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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What is a reasonable strategy for estimating story points for new stories?

The project I'm running is very exploratative in that I don't know very much detail about features in advance. My boss will tell me that he wants feature A and that after feature A is finished, he'll ...
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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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Should we write technical stories against business stories where technical stories will have diagrams?

Should we write technical stories against business stories where technical stories will have class diagrams or sequence diagrams, or where technical items will be broken down into design tasks ...
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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 I assign user stories per team or per team member?

Given: A team of 1 Backend Developer, 2 Front End Developers. Definition of Done US acceptance criteria have to be met All subtasks in terms of the user story should be completed Back End subtask ...
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Split story into a separate dev and qa stories in a sprint

One of the Scrum's ideas is to have a deliverable ready after the sprint's end. Development and testing should be completed on a story within the sprint, so that it could be released/deployed. In ...
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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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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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How can we deal with a big story that does not break down?

I'm a developer. We have a non-technical BA writing our stories. There are a few stories coming down the pipeline that have a small business description. These stories require an unusually large ...
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Best measurable units for non cross-functional team estimation

I have a new development team and I want to use Story Points for high-level estimation. But I have two problems: My new team is not cross-functional (we are trying to solve this, but this is a slow ...
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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 to make user stories independent in multi-discipline teams

When there is a team which has multiple disciplines such as designers, artists and programmers. How should user stories be written to make them independent? Example: "As a user, I want a beautiful ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Agile Scrum Storyboards

At the moment I'm Scrum Master for my place of work. We have one Scrum Team in our organisation which is split across two sites: Site 1: Scrum Master, Developer, QA Site 2: Developer, Operational, ...
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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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How can user stories meet INVEST criteria in design-led development?

How should our team handle agile development when the development is pretty much steered by the final product designs, which were done in advance? In other words, how can we break down requirements ...
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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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What are the best practices to create UAT pack in Scrum?

How do we create test packs for the final UAT. We create user stories and associated acceptance criteria which either can pass or fail. This can be done with test team but for business users what ...
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How to deal with non agile teams

We are currently facing this problem in a scrum team. Imagine you a have a user story with a front-end part which calls a webservice to get some data. Imagine that your scrum team do back-end,front-...
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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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Should we limit who can submit stories in Scrum?

A few of the managers at my company have decided that the stack of stories is too high, so they're going to truncate the backlog and the number of people who can write stories. The goal being, ...
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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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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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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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Should a technical person take part of the user stories prioritization process?

As a Tech Lead within a "Scrum" team, I am annoying regarding some laid rules. It is established that only Product Owner, Business Analyst and Scrum Master (and eventually Product Manager) take part ...
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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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How to Record Bugs Following User Story Completion - in Large Projects

We run scrum agile methodology and have a development environment for development. At the end of each sprint, we close off all the tasks/stories that have been completed and promote the code/system to ...
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Who tests what criteria for epics?

So our product owner is in a position where she feels encumbered by the decomposition of a large user story: Product owner presents a story Engineers determine that it is too big for a single story ...
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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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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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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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Scrum - Is a good practice to set the remaining work of a Sub-task?

I am working with TFS and I set the story points for all the user stories using the Fibonacci series and set the velocity of the team. TFS has a field called ´Remaining work´ for the sub-task, it is a ...

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