Estimating and Planning Agile User Stories
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Introduction to Estimating User Stories
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This article provides an ‘Introduction into Estimating User Stories’ and looks to discuss what a user story is and the methods of estimation and planning within Agile projects.
Using a Base as a Starting Point
We have to start somewhere, and one option is to select a fairly uncomplicated story from the Product Backlog and estimate how many points it should score. You do not want a story that is too simple, we are looking for a story that should score somewhere in the medium range of complexity.
The reason for this is that we are then going to use it as a basis of comparison for the rest of the stories, which will either be the same complexity, easier or harder; you cannot do this with a story that scores 1.
You can make the selection of a base story easier if you have some completed stories, either from this project or from a previous project that most of the team are familiar with. Some teams even have pre-defined base stories that cover the entire range of points.
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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