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

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Why do we use story points instead of man days when estimating user stories?

In agile methodologies (e.g. SCRUM), the complexity/effort needed for user stories are measured in Story points. Story points are used to calculate how many user stories a team can take in an ...
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Do you estimate all user stories in iteration zero?

After our product backlog is created and prioritized, are we meant to briefly estimate all the stories in the product backlog? I assume they have to be in order to create a product burndown chart, ...
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Splitting user stories into smaller stories

I've been reading various techniques for splitting large user stories in helpful ways, such as by user workflow through the system etc. What I'm struggling with is how to word these smaller stories if ...
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Story points for bug fixing tasks: Is it suitable for Scrum?

I'm just wondering if we should assign story points to bug fixing tasks or not. JIRA, our issues-tracking software, does not have story point field for Bug type issues (it's only for Storys and Epics)....
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How do you keep track of a requirements document on an agile team?

I understand that User Stories dominate the agile world, but how are these artifacts stored, so that new developers who join the team can come up to speed with the requirements? What if the User ...
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Disadvantages of vertical user stories

The agile approach is to structure the work into vertical user stories and deliver a focused but fully functioning piece of the application from end-to-end. Because this is the new approach to ...
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How to handle 50% of worse than average sprints?

My understanding of Scrum is that I determine the work my team can take on in the next sprint by averaging the number of completed points for the past several sprints. This is an average, so if ...
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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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Who should define, assign, implement, and follow the tasks in Scrum?

Roles in scrum are Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Scrum Team. A user story should also break down into smaller pieces called tasks. A task seems to have four phases, namely, definition, assignment, ...
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Where to put details about the acceptance criteria of a user story?

In this blog post about acceptance criteria the author explains that good acceptance criteria should: State an intent not a solution (e.g. “The user can choose an account” rather than “The user can ...
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User stories with multiple users/roles

I thought this would be a more common problem, but I'm having trouble finding anything that provides a solution for me. I currently have a user story that has 2 users/roles. I am wondering if there ...
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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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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 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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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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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 ...