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Splitting user stories


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Presentation from Scrum Day Twin Cities 2014

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Splitting user stories

  1. 1. Better User Stories = Better Sprints How to Split User Stories By Lonnie Weaver-Johnson
  2. 2. Agenda • Why split stories • How to split stories • Practice • Summary
  3. 3. What is the Value of Splitting Stories? • Smaller Stories allows a team a better chance for success – More clarity/less ambiguity – Ability to see progress easier – More opportunity to ID potential issues • More stories moving to the “done” column means: – Higher level of satisfaction – More motivated teams – Happy customers
  4. 4. Lots of Ideas for Splitting Stories • Chris Sims and Bill Wake have useful information in this area • Be careful about splitting stories into: design story, development story, test story. Why? • Look at (Sims) • Look at to-split-stories/ (Wake)
  5. 5. Idea #1 Look for connectors with words or punctuation • Words like “and, or, if, when, but, then, as well as, etc.” • Punctuation: commas Activity
  6. 6. Idea #2 Look for generic words that could be replaced with more specific terms • Watch for generic adverbs, adjectives, nouns, and verbs and replace them with something specific • Example: A word like “easy” could be replaced with phrases like: “simple to use”, “fewer key strokes”, “obvious to the user”, etc. Activity
  7. 7. Idea #3 Use acceptance criteria to break the story up further • Often if you have a large number of acceptance criteria it is an indication that there are probably user stories hidden in them Activity
  8. 8. Idea #4 Use acceptance criteria to break the story up further • If acceptance criteria need their own explanations then there are probably hidden user stories in the acceptance criteria Activity
  9. 9. Summary: Use Smaller Stories • Large User Stories can lead to troubled Sprints • Help teams be successful by breaking stories up into very granular pieces of work • Highly successful teams get a lot of work done
  10. 10. Introduction • Lonnie Weaver-Johnson • BA, University of MN • Local Agile Coach, Trainer, CST • 25 years in IT (BA and SLT Member) • Reach Out: – – @Lonniewj – LinkedIn