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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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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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Mark user stories as not possbile/plausible

Our team noticed during this Sprint that a user story is not plausible to do from a technical point of view. We approved this decision with our stakeholders and client and we want to mark this user ...
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What Questions do you Ask the User to Elicit Requirements?

I was reading: Instead of asking, “What do you want?” or even “What do you want the system to do?” an approach based on usage and user goals asks, “What do you need to do with the product?” Your ...
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User Stories structure for architectural requirenments

Once all user stories are written down for functional requirements, we still need to define some other requirements as communication with a remote server or navigation. This whole process could be ...
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Agile Storyboarding impact on a Business Quarter

a) We have total 6 Sprints constituting a business quarter. b) We are releasing every 2 Sprints (or earlier) by means of CI/CD. c) We have to deliver a new feature in the next quarter for which we ...
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Jira Ticket best practices

I've been with two very different companies that both use JIRA Tickets to track work done. The first was corporate company with some high standards when it comes to defining Tickets in Jira, the ...
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How to add new state to user story azure devops

When I try to add new completed state to user story or task in inherited process of my azure devops project, I get the following error : VS403093: Team Services currently does not support changes ...
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How best can I handle/warn about a Sprint's spill-over?

After the end of a Sprint, many times there are some undone items left. How best, as a Scrum Master, can I ensure the Team is able to do all the stories/tasks that were picked by the Team for the ...
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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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Use cases for read-only screen

I'm looking into use cases and user stories topics, and I have difficulties to properly define those for a project. Although it's quick and straightforward on user goals such as 'perform this', '...
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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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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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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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How do you modify a delivered user story?

If you delivered a user story in a previous sprint and then need to make changes to that feature in the current sprint, what do you do? Examples: Change the user interface (UI) of a screen. Change a ...
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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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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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How can we persuade team members to estimate in story points instead of hours?

We use story points to estimate our user stories. We find that story points solve the problem of underestimating the amount of actual work which is required to complete a task, as it takes the ...
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What is the best way to link the Business Cases to the user stories in Scrum?

I am Product Owner of a Scrum Team which has to develop features for multiple business units. All these features are translated in user stories. Of course, some features are developed for multiple ...
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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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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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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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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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Story acceptance vs. ability to have potentially deliverable SW ready at sprint end

for some time now the team, product owner and me (SM) have been busy with one task: the story acceptance and the ability to get potentially deliverable SW at the end of a sprint. What sounds simple ...
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How far should you vertically slice?

We are a small team of 4 software developers trying to use Scrum. We have a large project to start from scratch and we've hit a roadblock regarding slicing the project. The project is a distributed ...
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How to chose the right perspective in user stories?

As a PO I plan to write user stories for a project. In this project, we'll send messages via email that should get formatted according to a style guide, as an example. What is the best perspective to ...
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How to write measurable acceptance criteria to stories without a measurable goal?

Example story: As a player, I want to buy weapons from merchants, so that I can progress further The other parts of the story could have acceptance criteria such as "There is a gun merchant in town" ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Defining user story in Scrum: how specific must they be? [duplicate]

As the title suggests: for example, the following user story too generic? "A registered user wants to login in order to use the site's services" Or, should I use more detailed user stories, like ...
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What can we do without a clear Product Owner or stakeholder on the client's side?

In some of the projects my team works on, there are no stakeholders or it's unclear who the actual Product Owner is on the client's side. For example, we have to write user stories and acceptance ...
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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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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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Is it useful to require a priority justification in scrum user stories?

Not to get too meta, but I was just about to write up a story to add "require priority justification when changed" to our company's Scrum software. And I was thinking, as a Scrummaster, that's not one ...
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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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What to do if a member of a team finishes all his sprint tasks ahead of schedule?

I run 1 week sprints, lately my sprints are finishing ahead of schedule (one day before the end of the sprint) for one member of the team. I know that some PMs wait until the next sprint cycle, ...
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Confusion about user story in project requirement document

I've user story section in my project requirement document. User story goes like this, As a user I want to check in to the venue and another one, As a user if I already checked in then check in ...
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First sprint: Epics chosen instead of stories - should I re-estimate and when?

I am trying out Scrum on a small, one-person project. During my first sprint, I realized that all of the stories I've chosen are really epics and should be broken down into much smaller pieces. The ...
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User Story for Specific Backend Services

How do you create a user story for tasks like implementing hashing Sha256 on passwords or modify column in a table? Let us consider the As a ________, I want to be able to _________, so that ...
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Can I break a user story down after work as already started?

A story that has been picked up by a development team is too big. Is it 'okay' to break it down even though work has already commenced?
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Who decides minimum functionality for a story during planning?

I'm working on a team with 1 week sprints. We have a feature that provides a status indicator for a long running job processing up to thousands of files. There will be some development work to obtain ...
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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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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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Does the Kanban require teams to work vertically sliced user stories or can we use small technical tasks

I am just revising Anderson's Kanban book where he discusses 'input types' and it doesn't seem like he prescribes whether the team work with vertically sliced user stories - something which has been a ...
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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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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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Breaking Down a Code Review of a Prototype

I'm the Product Owner on a project, which is essentially the integration of a new technology into an existing product. A prototype has been written by an external developer and we are now tasked with ...
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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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