Estimating and Planning Agile User Stories
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Introduction to Estimating User Stories
A 59 Seconds Agile Article
This article provides an ‘Introduction into Estimating User Stories’ and looks to discuss what a user story is and the methods of Agile Estimation and planning within Agile projects.
Do Agile User Stories need planning?
Yes, Agile projects need planning too. Traditional-type projects seek accurate plans and estimates after project approval and before project kick-off.
Once an Agile project has started, planning happens continuously and inherently. The ‘draft’ artefacts and user stories are continuously refined throughout the duration of the many sprints that make up the project.
Planning of user stories is value-driven which follows the concept of progressive elaboration, and focuses more on the act of planning rather than on the plan.
Do we really need to estimate?
Yes, because estimating is a pre-requisite to planning. You cannot plan without estimates in mind. Those estimates however may be very informal and very implicit. Agile Estimation provides a reasonable indicator to answer the most frequently asked questions of every project:
When are we going to be done?
And when will a certain feature be available?
Estimating User Stories
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User Stories Applied
A 59 Seconds Agile Book Review
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.
What is Agile?
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Our Favourite Agile Books
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