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.
Roles Responsible in Estimating and Planning Agile User Stories
As mentioned before, the development team members do the estimations. When they have finished, the Product Owner can examine the scores and ask questions as to why a particular story was given its score. After all, they have the expert knowledge from a business perspective and may see complexity that the team may have missed.
This review period is also a good time to look at stories that have very high scores, maybe they should be broken down into two or more simpler stories. The Product Owner can help in this regard.
The Scrum Master facilitates the meeting, arranging where it should happen and supplying any tools required such as estimation cards. They also explains the techniques to be used, such as planning poker. They are always the timekeeper, and will help to move things forward when the team starts getting bogged down in detail.
Estimating User Stories
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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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Our Favourite Agile Books
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