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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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The team has just completed Sprint Planning, committing to four stories:
As a first time book buyer I would like to read a review...read more
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...read more
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?...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more