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Upcoming Book by Gojko Adzic on Improving User Stories

by Ben Linders Follow 5 Followers 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.

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How Individuals Can Adopt an Agile Way of Working

by Ben Linders Follow 5 Followers 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?

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Product Backlogs with Process Maps or Story Maps

by Ben Linders Follow 5 Followers 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.

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Should You Create User Stories for Technical Debt?

by Ben Linders Follow 5 Followers 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?

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

by Craig Smith Follow 1 Followers 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.

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Is it Time to Stop Estimating User Stories?

by Todd Charron Follow 0 Followers 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?

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Representing Agile Testing

by Dan Puckett Follow 1 Followers 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.

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How To Split User Stories

by Dan Puckett Follow 1 Followers 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.

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Do Use Cases Have a Place In Scrum?

by Dan Puckett Follow 1 Followers 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?

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Who Wants This User Story?

by Dan Puckett Follow 1 Followers 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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Re-estimate Completed User Stories for a More Accurate Velocity?

by Dan Puckett Follow 1 Followers on  Sep 02, 2010 2

In a recent thread on the Scrum Development mailing list, Paul Battison asked whether his team should re-estimate completed stories after the sprint is done, so as to have the team's velocity reflect the actual effort that went into completing the stories.

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Consistently Not Done, Done, Done at the End of Sprints?

by Mark Levison Follow 0 Followers on  Jun 09, 2010 4

Do you consistently have stories that don't meet your "definition of done" at the end of your sprints? Is the team tieing the hands of the product owner?

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Repetitive Tasks an Agile Smell?

by Mark Levison Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 03, 2010 19

Is slicing stories in horizontal tasks an Agile Smell? Is this common habit used in Scrum/Agile Planning meetings - hurting a team's focus on customer value? What is being suggested instead?

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Scrum Gathering: Community of Practice

by Dan Mezick Follow 0 Followers on  Mar 29, 2010

The Agile community is developing consensus around three important areas of practice: requirements gathering, agile coaching, and open space formats for group learning. At the recent Scrum Gathering, these topics were prominent topics of discussion on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 of the event. InfoQ explored each of these further to gain a better understanding of their place in Agile.

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Interview: Jeff Patton on Embracing Uncertainty

by Amr Elssamadisy Follow 0 Followers on  May 13, 2009

In this interview with Jeff Patton at Agile 2008, he talks about three strategies that can help product owners do their job more effectively by embracing the inherent uncertainty in all software development. Namely they are understanding the ultimate goals of the project, delaying decisions until the last responsible moment, and scaling up by building quality.

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