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Questions tagged [user-story]

User story is one of the central concepts of agile software development.

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Can story points be used to describe size of several projects estimated by several teams?

KLOC has been - I think justly - criticized as too inaccurate to express size when comparing several projects. In only one source I found a calculation that uses Story Points and thus allow to compare ...
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How to handle a user story that is significantly larger than estimated

A user story calls for an extension to a current feature. This is reviewed and discussed in planning and given a small/medium point value. Internally within the team the effort is estimated at 2 to 3 ...
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Working Through a User Story

I am trying to tighten up my process for tackling a feature request. Currently, we use trello to manage feature requests using cards. They typically look like this. Card Title: Invite a friend Card ...
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BDD process for SAP development

Perhaps this story should be titled "BDD definitions for agile service stories"... For our .NET-based stories (always vertical slices) we use definitions matching the well known BDD format. ...
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Cloning Jira tickets at the end of a sprint - carrying over effort and points

I have been working with Jira within an Agile scrum like methodology for a while now. What happens quite often is a ticket is estimated and started on. By the end of the sprint 95% of the work is done....
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How to write user stories for just one acceptance test?

In an interesting Twitter thread, Ron Jeffries (signer of the original Agile Manifesto) is suggesting that all user stories should be broken down so that they have one, and only one, acceptance test. ...
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Shared Development Tasks for Agile User Stories

My team is going to be using Visual Studio Team Services for an upcoming project. The Agile tools let me organize User Stories and Tasks hierarchically like this: Epic > Feature > User Story > Task/...
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At what Work Item level does the Product Owner prioritize in TFS?

Our team is reviewing our Agile process while we look at moving to Kanban style flow instead of Sprints. One question we are having a hard time answering is At what level (what type of Work Item) ...
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Where to place non functional tasks in user story map

I am new with the user story map approach, I started with to compose the stories to be implemented from user perspective, and it seems very promising. However, I am not sure about the non-functional ...
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Handle changes to completed user stories

How can I handle change requests to already finished user-stories? Let's say there is a user story which describes how the user wants to list entities. The story describes further: which ...
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Is it feasible to use User Stories and Use Cases in the same team?

I am trying to encourage working practices that are more agile. I am trying to understand the difference between a Use Case and a User Story. I have read a lot of articles and questions like What'...
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How to deal with stories that share functionality

I have two stories (I know they are missing the benefit part) As a Credit Management User, I can view the current and previous payroll differences for Offices. As a Credit Management User, I can ...
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User stories - how to include technology?

In the last few months I spent a lot of time arguing about the role of technical considerations when developing user stories. In my point of view, a lot of stories are not really debatable without ...
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How should I translate a requirements document into user stories?

I received a big old fashioned requirements document. But my team is working using agile methods (a combination of scrum and kanban), so what we need is user stories. Is there some guidance for "...
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How can agile be applied to applications involving complex processing?

Most of the literature on agile seems to be biased towards CRUD type business applications where the user is pretty much aware of what is going on behind the scenes. (That's fine because most of the ...
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How to handle project manager getting upset when tasks spend multiple days in development?

Our process is that developers create subtasks for user stories to track their work on that particular user story on the scrum board. Good so far. However, we have a de facto project manager ...
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Best way to handle “So, when will this be done by?”

During the daily standup meeting in the middle of a sprint, the de facto project manager/scrum master usually asks developers some version of: "So when will this be done by?" "So can you ...
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How to avoid or amalgamate tiny late-project user stories?

At the beginning of a project, writing things up as user stories is a great way of getting a handle on the functionality of a project. Stories at this stage tend be conceived and written relatively ...
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Should I express system actions as user stories?

I'm working on a project for a course in college where we plan to build a mobile app for students, professors and administrative so that they can reserve an order in our local restaurant at a given ...
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Tracking and prioritizing PBI when is split by platform

Suppose you have a PBI or User Story which can be split by platform like: "As user I want to read my feed so I can be updated with news" But that User Story is for iOS, Android and Web, so we use to ...
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At what PBI level should I be creating branches?

I have been making the mistake creating branches at the User Story Level. See: User Stories != Features. I believe I have been doing it this way because of my poor practice in organizing Features ...
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How to address tangential refactorable code in a feature branch

[Summarized answers inserted] When working in a feature branch and I find code that should be refactored that is not related to the branch aside from the fact that it is in the same file I am working ...
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how can user story maps be used for projects with heavy backend work and little UI

Background I'm a huge fan/believer of Jeff Patton's user story map. I'm currently reading his book.. I find using story maps a very effective way in convincing clients to use the lean start-up ...
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In agile, how are basic infrastructure tasks at the start of a project planned and allocated using strict management frameworks like TFS online?

Here I am in the process of scoping and estimating a relatively small new software development project. I have been through the user stories suggested by the customer and placed tasks against each, ...
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Is this a good user story?

This is the title of a user story: As APPLICATION I require a new SOAP element for OTHER_APPLICATION Lately I read a lot of entries like this in our tool of choice. Here is a write-down of the ...
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Which should be done first: use cases or user stories?

I've heard both about use cases (I'm talking about the description, not the diagram) and user stories being used to gather requirements and organize them better. I work alone, so I'm just trying to ...
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How do you include “global requirements”?

I know it is best practice to split of your "global requirements". Which is something I do when documenting in Confluence. However, when coming to grooming with the development team, I don't really ...
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How to model story preparation for issues which are tackled across several projects

In our company several teams will work on different components of several projects at the same time. For example, one team might make make specific kinds of software (or hardware) for some project(s), ...
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Can a user story have a child user story?

I'm working on an update of an existing medical software and I defined user stories together with some end users. If you're not familiar with medical environments: A doctor usually has multiple ...
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How to show different platforms on a user story map?

I'm now a huge fan/believer of Jeff Patton's user story map. I'm currently reading his book.. Jeff talks a lot about depicting different roles on a user story. However, I'm not sure how to do this ...
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Frame of reference for vertical slicing

We have been hearing the concept of 'vertical slicing' a lot lately. I think we have been doing a better job of creating smaller, more well-defined stories. When I was searching for info on vertical ...
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Agile User Stories for Deep Thought Machine

If You've seen Hitchiker's guide to the Galaxy, you know that Deep Thought (pictured below) is a machine that was built to compute the meaning of life: Let's imagine that we were tasked with building ...
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Should the developer help customer to write the user stories? [duplicate]

Recently, two guys contacted me and asked me to build their mobile app. They have a brand new concept and want an app quickly. I told them that I need some user stories and some specifications by ...
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How to handle huge necessary internal processes in user stories?

I'm looking at eXtreme Programming and its release iterations based on User Stories. But I wonder how to integrate huge internal processes into this particular mind-set. For example, the Google ...
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Is it reasonable to assume a 1:1 relationship between user stories and use cases?

I am studying user stories and use cases, and I'm curious about ways to combine both these techniques. Basically it seems to me that there is a 1:1 relationship between user stories and use cases, ...
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What is a good way to make estimates clear to the customer?

So me and my team have been doing estimates for a new project but we have been getting the feeling lately that the customer has trouble understanding not the estimates in itself but what the stories ...
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Naming conventions for hierarchical roles in an application [closed]

I'm creating an application that internally will have have three totally different separated areas of interfaces. - One where users create content and interact with each other - One where one person ...
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Should create and edit be two separate user stories?

I often come across situations where creating and editing actions are very similar, but they are not exactly the same story. So should they be handled as separate user stories, or as one? For example, ...
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Are “technical user stories” allowed in Scrum?

Are technical user stories allowed in Scrum? If so, what is the standard template for writing technical user stories in Scrum? Is it the same As a <user> I want to do <task> so that I can ...
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Should the story points of stories created after splitting a story add up to the number of story points of that story?

Suppose I have a user story of size 20 that can be split in other 2 user stories, making the original story an epic. Should the sum of these user stories add up to 20? What's the best practice in this ...
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How to handle 50% of worse than average sprints?

If I understand Scrum correctly, this is how I determine the work my team can take on in the next sprint: I average the number of completed points for the past several sprints. This quantity is our ...
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Is this a user story or a bug?

Consider the following user story(ies) for a manufacturing management system I am building: As a shipper/receiver I need to be able to create work orders So that we can begin tracking jobs ...
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Include system timer in use case diagram

Here in my use case diagram, an sms will be sent to a referenced person by the applicant automatically by the system when an applicant fills up and submits a form. Here as the SMS sending is performed ...
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What to do with user stories that depend on horizontal integrations?

How do you handle a user story when it depends on horizontal integrations in an application? An example would be a user story such as, "I would like to have audio help on the start screen." Let's say ...
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Functional Requirements, Non-behavioral specifications, Acceptance Criteria and the gap

I am struggling in my brain about what the right answer is here and where the gap in our requirements gathering process is on this team. Non-technical BA - their role is to write Business and User ...
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How can I specify user stories for processes with third-party involvement?

Suppose we have a process like the following: Super user receives an internal request to initiate a process. Super user approves the request. An external process belonging to a third-party is ...
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What exactly is a business rule? [duplicate]

I'm trying to better organize my application architecture, so I've been doing some reading, but I keep running into references to "Business Logic" and "Business Rules". I've never really understood ...
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User story - design constraint

How can I put in the design constraint into a user story? The system to be developed will generate a invoice when a payment is made, and will send the invoice to xMail (an emailing tool) which will ...
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How should I break this user story into tasks

I am trying to understand how to create user stories and tasks. I have read articles stating that you should create small user stories and they should be a "vertical slice" of functionality instead of ...
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How to express what do do when error occurs in a user story?

How do you express what to do when error occurs in a user story? Should the response to what happen on errors be in a task of the original user story, or should I create another user story that is ...