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

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Independency and estimation of user stories that rely on shared predecessor

Lest's say I have user stories about using product catalog in shop: As an administrator I can add/modify/delete catalog items (one or more user story, doesn't matter here) As a customer I can search ...
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Need help on user story with multiple condition

I have the following user story: As a registered user i can request for a new license key with the following condition When the user request a license key they required to enter some hardware id ...
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Is user story the best form of requirement in agile project?

Statistically speaking, user story maybe the most popular requirement technique in Agile but I am curious to know the alternatives and why.
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Task-based authorization for user stories

My understanding is that the first step of defining user stories is to define roles. The problem with role-based systems is that this form of authorization is often too coarse-grained. Hence, people ...
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Agile User Stories and acceptance criteria

I am writing some agile user stories and acceptance stories for the first time, and was hoping for some feedback from an experienced product manager or developer. I only need to capture the main ...
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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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Requirement gathering in an agile methodology

In the great book User Stories Applied the author specified the following process for trawling requirements in the form of user stories: Create user roles (personas) --> brainstorm user goals for ...
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How to word user stories which have been split from a larger epic

I have an epic which involves creating a mobile application which retrieves a user's data they have previously created in a web application and act on it locally. It seems logical to split the epic as ...
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User stories are too high level and conceptual, management expects developers to fill in the blanks

I am employed in a very brilliant company with a true intention of doing XP. Communication is good and management is open to constructive discussion but due to pressing time constraints, some certain ...
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How to deal with user interface design and respective feature support in Agile development?

In an Agile development process usually the main focus is on User stories, but sometimes a single requirement may span several user stories. For example, the client may request a search page for all ...
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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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What can be used in lieu of use cases to gather requirements?

I'm a programmer currently working in rounds of meetings along with BAs and PM to gather/describe modules and functionality of our case management system; after a few meetings I saw that using 'use ...
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How to handle User Story at end of sprint if users want changes?

We just adopted Scrum and completed our first sprint (yeah!) At the Sprint Review, we demoed a User Story for feature X. This feature X worked exactly how described in the User Story from initial ...
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How can I plan optimization tasks in Scrum?

Recently my Scrum team has received several requests for optimizing certain parts of our code. Looking at the software with a profiler found some spots where the code could be improved. We agreed to ...
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When should user stories be combined and separated? [closed]

As a school project, we are rolling out our initial set of user stories. Should a user story record the original idea from a user, without combining them or separate them? For example, John added ...
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Is using unit tests to tell a story a good idea?

So, I have an authentication module I wrote some time ago. Now I'm seeing the errors of my way and writing unit tests for it. While writing unit tests, I have a hard time coming up with good names and ...
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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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Does the use of personas in Agile have any value during implementation?

This is about the use of personas, primarily in the agile development realm. What value, if any, do personas give during implementation? On agile modeling, the discussion about personas remains in ...
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Link between tests and user stories

I have not see these links explicitly stated in the Agile literature I have read. So, I was wondering if this approach was correct: Let a story be defined as "In order to [RESULT], [ROLE] needs to [...
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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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Validating User Stories: How much change is too much?

While the core of requirements development and acceptance criteria would ideally take place during the planning meeting in order to create a better estimate, Scrum encourages continuous interaction ...
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Using Completed User Stories to Estimate Future User Stories

In Scrum/Agile, the complexity of a user story can be estimated in story points. After completing some user stories, a programmer or team of programmers can use those experiences to better estimate ...
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Native mobile app development - how do I structure my user stories?

I'm about to start on a project which will involve developing prototype native mobile apps (iOS and Android initially) as well as a web-based admin interface and an API for these apps to communicate ...
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Scrum - real life example? [closed]

I'm starting with scrum and saw many partial examples on books and tutorials, but when try to use scrum in the real life, it's not easy to write the user stories and create the product backlog. I want ...
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Do story points have a direct relation with task estimates?

In my current team, where we run multiple scrums, the Story points are usually based on the effort required to complete the User Story. For example if an User Story has 2 tasks, both needing 5 days ...
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Is it a good practice to have Epics under User Stories?

In my current team there is a practice of putting Epics under User Stories and sometimes even User Stories or Epics under Tasks! When questioned, the usual reply is: "if it is not a good practice then ...
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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 to edit existing user stories

I'm quite new to working in Agile and with user stories and scenarios in the BDD tool Cucumber and ideally I'll need to go on a course of all of this. I have a set of user stories that need to be ...
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User Stories with design elements in Scrum

We're implementing a Scrum workflow and I'm trying to wrap my head around user stories, when they're completed, iterations, etc. One thing we often do is work on a story during an early iteration, get ...
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User stories as a contract definition?

I am often asked to write a requirements document for a new piece of work. I write requirements using user stories. The list of requirements is then used as a contract with the client denoting the ...
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How to prevent intentional over-estimation in user stories?

I am asking this from a purely hypothetical standpoint. According to the Sprint Planning Meeting section in the Scrum Guide: "The number of items selected from the Product Backlog for the Sprint is ...
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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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How do I convince my team that a requirements specification is unnecessary if we adopt user-stories?

We are planning to adopt user-stories to capture stakeholder 'intent' in a lightweight fashion rather than a heavy SRS (software requirements specifications). However, it seems that though they ...
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How do I handle a user story that I complete, but with compromise and need to revisit?

I have just fulfilled (is that a good term?) two user stories out of a new project backlog I have just built. These are user registration and password reset, both requiring mail. I need to implement a ...
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Which user-story estimation technique is better? [closed]

I found two techniques for estimating user stories: by the size of the story, which is unit-less by the time estimate, which is measured by days The first uses relative comparison between stories ...
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Is it a good idea to write requirements specifications by stories?

We're using agile methods in my current project at the moment, and we have heaps of stories like these: As an assistant, I want to pay a customer a refund so that they can get some money when they ...
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SCRUM from scratch, with no base framework established?

We are a small group of 5 people that is about to start a new project. This is the first project where we will go all-in on scrum. We are struggling a bit with how we are going to establish a base ...
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Why is it suggested stories be sized to 2-3 days?

If sprints are on average 10 days, why is it often suggested stories be sized to 2-3 days? Related Question: How to handle backlog-items that are longer than one sprint?
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How many user stories per person should be completed per sprint? [closed]

Just ran across this figure, and wondering if there's another well know source than would help confirm these numbers: Based on data I analyzed on successfully finished sprints, I determined that a ...
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In Scrum, should tasks such as development environment set-up and capability development be managed as subtasks within actual user stories?

Sometimes in projects we need to spend time on tasks such as: exploring alternate frameworks and tools learning the framework and tools selected for the project setting up the servers and project ...
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How to estimate a timeboxed spike using story points?

So my team and I are quite new to Scrum and today moved from estimating in Ideal Hours to Story Points. All seems sound rationale, BUT with timeboxed activities. Here is the case, we have an ...
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User Stories about Automated tasks, who is the user?

Following the formal user story style: As <user>, I want <goal> so that <benefit>. How can stories be written when there isn't an obvious user-interaction taking place, as in the ...
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How do I format negative user stories?

Following the formal user story style: As <user>, I want <goal> so that <benefit>. Our team has found difficulties in expressing things where there is a desire by the system's ...
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Two different user story forms, are both correct?

Just ran across this user story form: "As a <user role>, I can <activity> so that <business value>" (source-1 and source-2) which to me seems different than what I believe to be ...
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When to stop writing user stories, and start coding?

When discovering stories for the first sprint, how do you know when to stop writing and move forward? I've asked a few people I know, and basically the response I've gotten is, it depends on the ...
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User story does not fit in a sprint [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Scrum: how to handle backlog-items that are longer than one sprint I have a project with complex user stories which take way longer to implement than spring length. For ...
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Is documentation a User Story? [closed]

We need to do some user documentation for a product we have been working on for the past few sprints. We are now starting a new project in the next sprint and the PO is making the documentation for ...
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I would like to improve in writing goal-oriented user stories/features

I would like to improve my user stories writing abilities so I need your experience and guidance. I think that each variable part of a user story can be improved by following certain guidelines. 1. ...
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Contracting out software development; deliver user stories or business requirements?

We are a small company that I am lead developer on, and we have been having on and off meetings with a potential stakeholder for a good opportunity. This stakeholder is helping us directly in getting ...
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What electronic user-story-mapping tools can you recommend? [closed]

Agile software development relies heavily on a work item type called user stories. For example, you have a backlog full of user stories and you can select a few of them to work on during the next ...