Tag Archives: user stories

Boulders to Gravel: Techniques for Decomposing User Stories

I’d like to open by acknowledging that user stories should be the start of a conversation. At some point that discussion should result in a confirmation of what is to be delivered. Teams and individuals new to agile commonly struggle … Continue reading

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Why Affinity Estimation?

Guest post by Max Woolf, software developer at Box UK Software development practices are improving every hour of every day. Open source software continues to grow exponentially, with companies like GitHub posting explosive growth figures over the past year. Full-stack … Continue reading

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The never ending Christmas list

It’s that time of year when Christmas lists make the rounds of family and friends. This annual rite of passage can usually be summed up as “I want, I want, I want”. Unfortunately in software development, most of our business … Continue reading

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Scalable Agile Estimation and Normalization of Story Points: Calibrated Normalization Method for Top-Down Estimation (Part 5 of 5)

In Part 1 of this multi-part blog series, I introduced the topic of the blog series and provided an overview.  Scalable agile estimation methods are required to provide reliable estimates of workload (work effort) and also reliable velocity metrics (both … Continue reading

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Agile Acceptance Criteria

I’ve been hearing a bit of confusion about acceptance criteria lately and I wanted to clarify a couple of things. Ultimately, the point of acceptance criteria is to establish the definition of done. We talk about defining done in Agile … Continue reading

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Scalable Agile Estimation and Normalization of Story Points: Review of published scalable agile estimation methods (Part 3 of 5)

In Part 1 of this multi-part blog series, I introduced the topic of the blog series and provided an overview.  Scalable agile estimation methods are required to provide reliable estimates of workload (work effort) and also reliable velocity metrics (both … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Like the User Story Templates

Ok, so you’ve all heard about The Story Template.  In Mike Cohn’s excellent book User Stories Applied he identifies a format that will help teams learn how to better create stories. I want to point out at the beginning that I really … Continue reading

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Call Me Ishmael…

Who remembers loving High School English?  Anyone…Anyone…. No I didn’t think so.   But we all remember it very well.  One of the things that really stands out for me was the number of really, really, really long books we were forced to … Continue reading

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SUCCESS = RESULTS – EXPECTATIONS (Part 2 of 2)

In my first post we learned that traditional project management brings with it challenges in achieving software success – for both the software delivery team and the customers. When you ask for all the expectations up front and then don’t … Continue reading

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