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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 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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Can Scrum use technical specifications in the Product Backlog rather than user stories?

At the company I am currently working for we started to do Scrum projects. It was not so hard to convince the managers to move from waterfall to Scrum. We're doing a project where we rebuild our ...
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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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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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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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User Story vs Requirement

User Story captures what the user wants to do with the system at a high level. I understand that the user story would further drive a number low level requirements. Is user story same as high level ...
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Is documentation a User Story?

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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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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How do you get users to rank their software enhancement needs? [duplicate]

I've inherited a legacy software system, and have been tasked with performing usability and system upgrades. While there's nothing bad with the system, from discussions with the users, there are ...
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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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How to define complex business rules using User Stories?

A quick and dirty definition of User Story: "As a <role>, I want <goal/desire> so that <benefit>" In this commonly accepted definition there is little space for defining business ...
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Agile methods and Databases at the start of the project

New to agile and I'm not sure how to start. The idea is to create small parts of the project in sprints. However the project I'm working of requires a database and the database must be almost ...
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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 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 ...
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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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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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Backend devs put down by user stories

I planned to slice in backend development into to the user stories vertically. But a backend guy on our team started to complain that this makes their work invisible. My answer was that at the ...
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What's the purpose of 'so that' clause in user story definition?

A user story can be defined in a sentence like: As a <type of user> I want <some goal> so that <some reason> Just Google for 'user story formula' and first links all propose this ...
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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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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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What exactly is a business rule? [duplicate]

I'm trying to better organize my application architecture, so I've been doing some reading, but I keep running into references to "Business Logic" and "Business Rules". I've never really understood ...
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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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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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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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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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When to mark a user story as done in scrum?

There is a notion in scrum that emphasizes delivery of workable units at the end of each sprint. Each workable unit also maps directly of indirectly to a user story and when in new sprint PO ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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The business and architecture challenge behind creating effective user stories

A friend of mine in another department had a problem and came to me with a question that I wasn't sure how to help him with. He recently became promoted to architect and he was put in charge of ...
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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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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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If this isn't a user story, what is it?

I'm with an org that is trying to transition to Agile. One thing that I've been struggling with is what they call user stories. In my experience, a user story would be this: Use should be able to ...
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Are my novice user stories correctly composed?

Is this user story substantively correct: As a system owner, I want everybody that uses the system to have to log in using a secure password and login system, to prevent unauthorised and ...
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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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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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If a story is de-scoped during the iteration then what to do with its estimate/size?

Sometimes we change user story scope to complete it during the iteration. For example, Original story (8 points): As a user i want to save my data as PDF. De-Scoped story: As a user i want to save ...
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Daily Scrum Meeting (Burndown chart)

Here is an example: early in the morning of the second day of the Sprint (during the stand up) I go to the board and see that the story I worked the previous day (first day of Sprint) contains a big ...
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How to estimate tasks in scrum?

Let's say we have a backlog of User Stories, each with an estimated number of Story Points, and now we're doing the Sprint Planning. Now, the Stories should be broken down into tasks and many Scrum ...
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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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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 ...