Categorie archief: user story

Aug 24

After continuous integration there is continuous validation

It’s a funny thing to say that delivering business value is the most important thing when developing software. It doesn’t matter that a framework like Scrum is far from efficient, because we focus on value. We deliver business value. Working software. Every sprint. Period. But in the end we often just don’t know the impact …

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Jul 14

How assumptions are not the mother of all f-ups

The thing about trends is that they will come and they will go. So after the agile trend continuous delivery and devops are in line. I think in a way it is very nice to see that development craftsmanship practices are becoming more and more accepted. We can all benefit from this. Software is eating …

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Nov 18

Predicting the future by force

Lately I see it a lot. Scrum teams who plan a session to look at the product backlog and the items in it. It is named a Product Backlog Refinement. It is always a great idea for a team to look ahead at what’s coming next and to be prepared. It the past it was …

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Mar 27

Task driven Scrum

As a scrummaster there are a lot of things where you can focus on. Making sure userstories are written correct and that the team understands them. Making sure that the standup is done correctly. Getting a lot of info from the retrospective. And so on. But with almost every team I have coached I stumbled …

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Mar 07

It’s all about the input

Garbage in, garbage out This is a pretty basic principle. But what do you expect? What are the odds that if you give poor descriptions of your vision and needs that the results will be as expected? 50/50? Maybe less? Within the agile community there’s a lot of information to be found on processes and …

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Dec 28

Smaller user stories are better

Small, smaller, smalst

In practice, I alway run into teams that likes big stories. If they have big stories, there work is more efficient and that will give better result … so they think. But in real life what you see is that bigger user stories: Are harder to estimate correctly Are easy to under estimate Are being …

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Dec 28

Value matrix to prioritize the backlog

Priotizing the backlog is an important and difficult task which should be done by the product owner. In some cases, it is really hard to be objective in the priority of the user story. This is were the value matrix can help you. The value matrix is an easy table with a few items which …

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Sep 18

Technical userstories: pick a side

In almost every project that I know of the question emerges what to do with technical user stories. At first I was inclined to just say that there is no such thing as a technical user story and that all stories on the product backlog and scrum board should be functional. Even though something can …

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