SMART User Stories and Tasks – Part 8 of 8 (Video)

This article looks to discuss ‘SMART User Stories and Tasks’. It provides an introduction to writing Agile User Stories and discusses how to create them, along with the role of Agile Tasks.

SMART User Stories and Tasks

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SMART User Stories and Tasks Part 8 of 8

SMART User Stories and Tasks

A 59 Seconds Agile Article

This article provides an ‘Introduction to the Agile User Stories and Tasks’ and looks to discuss what a user story is and what and Agile Task is.

User Stories and Tasks

Let’s look back at what we’ve discussed about tasks and task estimation. The project as a whole is taken from the project vision and divided into epics, or broad statements of what the software will accomplish. These epics are broken down into user stories, which describe how the customer will use the product. The user stories are then broken down into tasks, which describe technical actions that must be taken to fulfil the user story. These tasks are estimated in terms of the effort or time they will take.

Working through this process of epics, user stories, and tasks, will help your team gain a cohesive, complete picture of the project. They will be able to predict obstacles and avoid them, by being smart about the order they develop the features in.

By introducing a more efficient, effective way to plan your work, your team will be able to move forward through their development much more quickly than before. They’ll feel a stronger amount of ownership over their work because they’ll be analysing and processing it for themselves. Creating tasks and estimating their effort ensures that the team understands the best way to develop the product.

In your previous system of planning, a project manager took care of the creation of task lists and work assignments, handing them down to the team to carry out in a purely technical sense.

By introducing the system of epics, user stories, and tasks, your team takes on the planning for themselves, which means that they have a more cohesive understanding of the product. The team is then able to take agency over the planning and has the opportunity to improve the product and their working methods.

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The Agile User Stories and Tasks

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User Stories Applied

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User Stories Applied by Mike Cohn is one of our favourite books on Agile User Stories. The book starts with an overview into user stories, and details what a user story is and the different aspects of them. He then discusses how to go about writing a user story, and provides details of the INVEST criteria that can be used to determine if the story is meeting all of its objectives. Next Mike gives an in depth discussion of who user stories are written for and where to begin when gathering the details for them. The book then discusses acceptance testing user stories, including how to go about specifying these criteria and the responsibilities of the development team and customers during this process.

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