Posts Tagged ‘User Stories’

User Stories Don’t Work for our Team

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Here’s one I hear all too often (paraphrased): “Our team doesn’t support customer-facing application software. We support a set of internally-consumed APIs for our SOA environment. Therefore, we can’t use User Stories. The User Story is one way of describing a piece of work to be done. The canonical form “As a something I want […]

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Agile Estimation Guidance

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Agile Estimation Guidance

Agile Estimation is an easy concept to understand, but where the rubber meets the road and legacy artifacts such as LOE (level of effort), utilization reports, and other artifacts come into play and confuse is the issue. Questions like, “should we estimate in hours?” and “how do I convert t-shirt sizes to points?” arise. It’s important […]

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To Split or Not to Split, It’s Really Complicated.

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At our most recent sprint review, a team I’m coaching completed all but three stories. So at sprint review, we were trying to decide what to do with the stories and whether to move them into planning or split them. All three stories had outside dependencies. All three had completed tasks and two of them […]

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Definition of Ready

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In an Agile Transformation, one of the first things we work towards is to create an ability to deliver in a predictable manner. As described in our Compass and our Journey, there is a clear path for organizations that embark on an Agile Transformation. By becoming predictable, an organization can make and keep promises. In […]

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