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Impact of Splitting User Stories on the Original Estimates

by Savita Pahuja on  Aug 14, 2015 1

Product backlog refinement is a practice in which product backlog items are split and often re- estimated. This post is based on user story splitting and re-estimations.

Measuring the Business Value in Agile Projects

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 27, 2015

Technique of "value points" to determine the value delivered by any software project.

How Agile Can Learn from Behavioral Economics

by Ben Linders on  Feb 17, 2015 2

People often don’t decide and act rationally, according to studies from the area of behavioral economics. Pierre Hervouet describes how our brain takes decisions, talks about experiments on using personas and the IKEA effect and explains what we can learn from these experiments for agile software development.

Using a Definition of Ready

by Ben Linders on  Jun 12, 2014 2

Many teams use the Definition of Done to check if a user story is finished and the product is ready to be delivered. But what about the user stories that a team receives from their product owner? Teams can check the quality of the user stories using a Definition of Ready.

Agile Estimation for Release Planning

by Ben Linders on  Apr 24, 2014

Estimations are used by agile teams and product owners for prioritizing work and to plan releases of products. They can be done on different levels and in various ways.

Upcoming Book by Gojko Adzic on Improving User Stories

by Ben Linders on  Jan 16, 2014

Would better user stories improve software delivery? Gojko Adzic thinks applying small changes to the way teams manage their user stories can have a huge impact on the actual outcomes of their software delivery. He announced that he wants to write a book about improving user stories if at least 5000 people show that they are interested by pre-registering themselves in January.

How Individuals Can Adopt an Agile Way of Working

by Ben Linders on  Aug 01, 2013

Organization mostly do an agile transformation for a whole team, project, or organizational unit, given that agile is a team driven approach. But there are also professionals who start using agile practices individually, or who are working agile as a one person team. How can individuals adopt agile, and what kind of benefits can it give them?

Product Backlogs with Process Maps or Story Maps

by Ben Linders on  Apr 11, 2013

When you have a large backlog with many user stories, structuring a product backlog with story maps or process maps can help to keep an overview and see the bigger picture.

Should You Create User Stories for Technical Debt?

by Ben Linders on  Mar 21, 2013 15

Agile teams sometimes struggle with the planning of pure technical tasks that have no direct value for the user of a system, but have to be done to deliver working software. Should you create user stories to handle such technical tasks and technical debt, or not?

New Scrum Kickoff Planner Aims To Help Agile Teams Start on The Right Track

by Craig Smith on  Oct 24, 2012 1

A new "Scrum Kickoff Planner" has just been released by Adam Weisbart with the aim of facilitating team discussion around the important facets of starting a new Agile team or project.

Is it Time to Stop Estimating User Stories?

by Todd Charron on  Oct 01, 2011 12

Most new Agile teams transition from hours based estimates to relative estimation using story points, but do we even need estimates at all?

Representing Agile Testing

by Dan Puckett on  Apr 25, 2011

Several members of the Agile community describe different styles for expressing user story tests and the testing of an entire theme.

How To Split User Stories

by Dan Puckett on  Apr 18, 2011 6

Many new Agile teams have difficulty splitting their user stories small enough to work well with Agile techniques. In several articles, members of the Agile community provide guidance on how to split user stories effectively.

Do Use Cases Have a Place In Scrum?

by Dan Puckett on  Nov 15, 2010 8

In Scrum, requirements are commonly expressed as user stories. But is it OK to also make use of use cases in Scrum? And, if so, under what circumstances should you do so?

Who Wants This User Story?

by Dan Puckett on  Nov 01, 2010 6

Some user stories defy easy assignment of their benefits to a particular person. But how can we satisfy the standard "As a ... I want ... so that I can ...." user story template if we can't express who wants this work done?

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