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Lifecycle of a User Story

by Mark Levison, 4 November 2013 | The Agile Blogosphere

User Stories are often used as a lightweight form of Agile requirement. Their goal is  to replace heavy weight-specification documents with “a Card, a Conversation and a Confirmation”. When people first discover User Stories it’s hard to see how they work because we often take a static viewpoint – i.e. we only see them at Release Planning or during implementation. We’re left with many...
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Stable Teams Really Do Matter

by Mark Levison, 30 September 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

  For years now Rally has been performing a large ongoing experiment on the Agile world. As a side effect of providing one of the better known tools they’ve managed to see a...
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Story Splitting – a Play – “Spike Sherman”

by Mark Levison, 9 September 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

User Stories are a common tool used by Agile Teams to capture the spirit of a requirement without too much detail. Sometimes User Stories are too large for the team to complete safely...
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ScrumMaster Tales: The Team collaborate on Acceptance Criteria

by Mark Levison, 5 February 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

Image Credit: robinsonma http://www.sxc.hu/photo/917101 The team has just completed Sprint Planning, committing to four stories: As a first time book buyer I would like to read a review...
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ScrumMaster Tales – Waiting Too Long to Create Acceptance Criteria

by Mark Levison, 13 January 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

The recent Backlog Refinement session helped split the upcoming User Stories. The team was able to get from a very large Story: “As a first time book buyer I want to read a trustworthy...
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Early Feedback Reduces Anger and Frustration

by Mark Levison, 22 October 2012
The Agile Blogosphere

Have you seen a developer react after they’ve spent three days writing a feature, only to have the tester say, “Um,..N o that’s not right.” after 5 minutes?...
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Daily Scrum Tools

Daily Scrum is about a group of humans working out how they will collaborate for a day. It isn’t a status reporting meeting. Its not for management. It can’t be replaced by...
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ScrumMaster Tales–The Team Learn How to Learn

The Team are struggling to payoff the Technical Debt (or mess) that they’ve spent the last six months accumulating. They’ve started to institutionalize writing Unit Tests (by adding...
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Scrum Master Tales – More Interruptions

by Mark Levison, 13 October 2011
The Agile Blogosphere

Part of an ongoing series called Scrum Master Tales. The series covers ScrumMaster John and his team as they develop an online bookstore. Last time we read about our team they were...
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Scrum Master Tales–The Story of the Changing Needs

by Mark Levison, 16 September 2011
The Agile Blogosphere

Caveat – given the way I’m writing this series occasionally things will happen out of order, i.e. I will be reminded of points I wish I had made earlier.John, Sue and the...
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The ScrumMaster Tales

by Mark Levison, 8 July 2011
Scrum

I’ve been struck how little is written about being a great Scrum Master. There is heaps written about Scaling Agile and a lot of great Technical books, but very little on playing...
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Laptops and Crackberries in my Certified ScrumMaster Training

In my Certified ScrumMaster Training, I ask students not use their laptops and CrackBerry’s. Why? Some people want to take notes using their laptops. Unfortunately my experience...
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Does your Grocery Store Limit Work in Progress?

Shopping in our local Grocery Store (Farm Boy) on a recent Saturday made me realize what a good job they do Limiting Work in Progress (WIP) and Self Organizing. Driving into the parking...
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