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

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Do user stories need to be Independent and Valuable or Independently Valuable?

I am trying to split down user stories for a brand new system. This system will record weight readings from a balance connected to a serial port. Due to regulatory data integrity requirements - the ...
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Can stories always be independent (following the INVEST principle)?

I was trying to follow the INVEST approach for our stories but frankly, the “Independent on each other” does not really makes sense. Quite often stories are building functionality upon what has been ...
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How to handle inherited roles in user stories?

I'm having struggles how dealing with inherited roles. Here is an example : As an admin, I want to do something 1 As an admin, I want to do something 2 As a super admin, I want to do something 3 So ...
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What are the disadvantages of performing task breakdown before story estimation?

I have trouble with some of this jargon so I apologize if I misuse some of it. In my past experiences Story Estimation (planning poker estimating how difficult/complex certain tasks will be with ...
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Decoupling User Stories in Agile Development

Based on what I've read, user stories are often cast in a "who", "what", and "why" format, i.e. "[Who] wants the system to do [What], so that [Why]". The "who" and "what" seem easy to grasp. For the ...
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How to deal with reusable use case?

I'm trying to implement the clean architecture and I'm not sure to quite understand when to reuse interactors (use cases). Considering that we have one use case such as get user information and we ...
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Is there a recommended format for writing a technical debt story?

Our team is starting to refine a set of stories that cover components and UI as part of an upgrade to a newer version of Angular. These components will then be used to recreate screens in an existing ...
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Does this count as a user story for a basic Sudoku game?

I am trying to make a user story for a basic Sudoku game, using the agile software development approach. I get the concept behind user stories, but I was just wondering if it was possible to get an ...
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User story - Discussing the secondary actors of a use case

Suppose the client wants to build an online shopping system. If we think of use case scenario, a database or a bank would be a secondary actors to this system. Is it valid to have a user story like ...
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Should complete user story be implemented by one team in context of microservices archicture

I have implemented application using microservices architecture. I take a user story to implement. This involves front end/UI, and two microservices to implement the user story. So I have three ...
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Does the Product Backlog just consists out of User Stories in Agile Development? [closed]

As far as we know, the User Stories are the way a requirement is defined in bounded context with acceptance criteria. On the other hand, the Product Backlog enlists all requirements, i.e., new feature,...
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How to keep CRUD user stories from being trite and simplistic?

I'm having trouble keeping my user stories for basic operations from sounding ... basic. For example, suppose I'm building a CRM to keep track of clients: C: As a user, I want to create a client, so ...
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Is it common for seemingly small feature additions to involve changing many functions?

I wrote a binary calculator & binary teaching program in the Rust programming language. I was taking an iterative approach in that I decided to first get a basic "learn binary" game started. This ...
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User Stories and Epics

As you know, epics consist of user stories. The user stories are short descriptions which specify the requests of the user. They can be perfect instance of the questions listed below: Who, What, why ...
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Normalizing story points across teams, is there a big problem?

We have been thinking about comparing product size/effort at least roughly and this is what some suggested: There are multiple products, each with one scrum team All the scrum teams estimate their ...
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How to deal with redundant requirements when using Scrum

Changeability is a quality attribute of requirements that is emphasized in some classic literature. To get changeability of requirements, they must not be redundant. However, when dealing with ...
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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 ...