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

Yes. Using 'the system' as a user in stories is bad. The whole point of the "as a ... I want ... So that ..." Format is to give the developer an insight in to the reason for the requested feature. ...
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Is deciphering a book a project?

TL;DR it is a project. Let's take a look at the definitions of the "project". PRINCE2: A Project is a temporary organization that is created for the purpose of delivering one or more business ...
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What is the definition of Product

The Product is the thing that you are building, or the service that you offer, or the need that you want to satisfy, or the vision that you have. The Product is first and foremost an idea "to do ...
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Is it a problem when many stories start with: "As the system,..."

User stories are an Agile approach to requirements that emphasise end-user value. All user stories are written in the language of the end-user such that they can be understood by a non-technical ...
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Is deciphering a book a project?

TL;DR Research and science projects are certainly "projects" from a project management perspective. Your friend owes you the socially-appropriate beverage of your choice if you two were ...
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How is a project's governance different to its strategy?

I really love Wikipedia for definitions: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governance https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategy In summary: Governance includes everything to rule the project while ...
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Changing priorities and focus every days. What name for that?

Management by surprise. One thing you might try is each time your boss comes in with new urgent tasks you ask him: "Which of the tasks we have already agreed on should I drop in exchange for the new ...
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Self-organizing teams: team as a whole or every team member?

Self-organizing teams is a trend in the professional world for some time. An increasing amount of organizations are turning to self-organizing teams to increase ownership, teamwork and collaboration. ...
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Is Backlog a list of items or a status of those items?

It's a good question. From a Scrum point of view the product backlog and the sprint backlog together encompass all the things that are being done or that are on the list to be done in future. So the ...
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Is there any difference between "method" and "methodology" terms?

There is, of course, difference between method and methodology terms, since etymologically methodology is theory of methods. Saying it simply and not being entirely accurate, a method is a way of ...
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Is it a problem when many stories start with: "As the system,..."

User stories should be vertical slices that deliver value to an end user. The system is a mindless machine that doesn't care about value so user stories that start with 'as the system' generally will ...
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What is an "e zero" estimate

Ask the person asking you. This advice applies in general - whenever someone uses a term with which you are unfamiliar, ask them what it means. This carries a slight risk of making you seem ignorant....
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Requirements vs User stories

While user stories can absolutely be considered a type of requirement, there are distinct differences between user stories and other requirements that I don't see here or in the accepted answer on the ...
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Requirements vs User stories

It's best to think as user stories as a sub-class of requirements. IEEE and IIBA both use a three-part definition for what a requirement is: a condition or capability needed by a user to solve ...
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Difference between Project and Process

From a great article on the subject at https://theprocessconsultant.com/process-project-even-matter/: Processes are repeatable. Projects are one-offs. In detail: Projects are one-offs. At the very ...
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Caution or Waste?

I don't believe that the two are mutually exclusive. Something can be wasteful to varying degrees and be cautious and be valuable. While not completely subjective, I'm not aware of a particular ...
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Is it a problem when many stories start with: "As the system,..."

Yes, as a product owner who writes user stories all the time for a VERY large project that is considered an agile pioneer in our industry, I can say that we would never write "As a system..." A user ...
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Is there any difference between "method" and "methodology" terms?

I don't think there is a universally well defined difference, but usually "methodology" is used to mean something bigger, more complex and/or more detailed than "method". In my experience, Agile ...
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What is the definition of "development model"?

Interesting question, I have given it some though now. I think you make one wrong assumption, and that is why you are confused. First, a very simple and practical, but not fully correct, answer: some ...
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Changing priorities and focus every days. What name for that?

Disclaimer: This comes from my experience on the financial sector. It may or may not be applied to other areas, as some expressions are very common on specific industries but not used in others. Fire-...
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Changing priorities and focus every days. What name for that?

By this brief description, it sounds like you company is busy, has a strong client base and healthy demand; it sounds like your company is staffed lean and mean; and deadlines are not a critical ...
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What is the definition of Product

I like to think of a product as having a distinct set of end users who derive value from its use. end users -> People that derive final value from the product, not people that will use the thing to ...
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What is the definition of Product

Barnaby Golden's answer points to the trust associated with a product, which is very interesting and goes hand-in-hand with what Tom Graves writes in Product, service and trust: A product ...
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Efficiency vs effectiveness in an example - isn't it wrong?

Effectiveness is doing the right things. Efficiency is doing things right. This is something I heard from Scott Hanselman. The larger quote goes like this: Effectiveness is doing the right ...
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What is the purpose of a milestone?

Milestones: Terminal Nodes of Major Project Activities Think of milestones as major markers along your path to project completion. Much like mile markers along the side of the road, a project ...
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Is Backlog a list of items or a status of those items?

Disclaimer: The first time I read the question, I thought it'd have a straight answer. After reading it again, it may not be as straightforward as I originally thought (or maybe I'm overthinking). ...
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Is Backlog a list of items or a status of those items?

I think that having an answer to the question is more important than what the answer is. Decide on what you believe is the purpose of the backlog and make sure it is communicated widely. Work with it ...
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Is it a problem when many stories start with: "As the system,..."

In short, not necessarily but it does have a "bad smell." It sounds as the root issue is that they might be poorly written and, more importantly, are poorly understood. I sounds like there needs to ...
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Can I have a have a project without having a portfolio?

Just to make it a bit clear between Portfolio and Project Management Portfolio referred to as : "Doing the right work" Project Management referred to as: "Doing the Work right" So ...
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Caution or Waste?

Assuming you have an established QC/testing method and reliable and valid pass or fail criteria, and you conducted the test, anything beyond that is wasteful. That's not to say you won't find issues ...
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