Written by South African Agile coaches Samantha Laing and Karen Greaves, “Coach’s Guide to Agile Requirements” is a book on how to teach the concepts of Agile requirements. It provides a complete plan to run a workshop where people can learn how to elicit, refine and organize requirements in an Agile way.
User stories are often misunderstood as small bits of requirements that help postpone analysis, but that’s not what adaptive planning should be about. Adaptive plans help organisations turn a changing landscape into a competitive advantage, react faster than the market and accelerate product discovery.
Using Story points is a technique used by Scrum team to evaluate the relative size of user stories. If this technique works fine for single teams, it might be more problematic when multiple teams are involved. In this article, Paul Raymond explains why user story normalization is needed in contexts where multiple Scrum teams cooperate on the same user stories.
Most agile software development team grapple with user stories as a technique for understanding what needs to be developed iteratively. This talk presents some techniques for uncovering useful user stories and how to slice them in a way to deliver value in small increments.
Non-functional requirements relate to qualities of the system that cut across user facing features, such as security, reliability, and performance. How does an Agile team take care of these non-functional requirements? This presentation discusses if user stories are of any use in this situation and how Scrum teams can applying Agile techniques to solve these concerns.
When a Scrum team starts its sprint, it needs to have user stories with the right size so that they can be completely developed at the end of the iteration. The art of slicing larger stories and epics that exists in the backlog to right-sized item for a sprint is not easy.
The technique of expressing requirements as user stories is one of the most broadly applicable techniques introduced by the agile processes. User stories are an effective approach on all time constrained projects and are a great way to begin introducing a bit of agility to your projects.