Story mapping is a technique invented by Jeff Patton that order user stories along two independent dimensions. The “map” arranges user activities along the horizontal axis in rough order of priority. On the vertical axis, it represents increasing sophistication of the implementation. In his blog post, Sunit Parekh explains how you can apply story maps to build your product backlog in a visual way.
Agile requirements are a key success factor for Scrum projects. Many people criticize the minimalist format of user stories, often forgetting that they are mainly a support for a conversation and don’t have the objective to fully document requirements. In this article, Paul Raymond discusses how classical use cases can be use to expand user stories during requirements elicitation in Scrum sprints.
This presentation discusses an experience with lightweight planning for a team in a big company. At the heart of it is a kind of story map, a single-page plan of sorts. It is a simple tool for discovery and continuous planning with stakeholders, including what’s a minimum viable first version to go live with.
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.