Agile Dev East 2017 Concurrent Session : Rightsizing User Stories


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Rightsizing User Stories

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User stories and their big brothers, epics, are an excellent way to describe requirements for a software system. They act as stakes in the ground to keep track of what the system needs to do, the type of user most interested in each feature, and the reason the requirement provides value. As projects reach a certain size, stories often become too large for a team to complete within a single sprint. The solution? Split them into smaller stories, each of which can be completed within the duration of one sprint. Dave Todaro describes proven techniques to split epics and stories, making them smaller and more manageable, while sticking with the scrum rule that each user story must deliver value. He describes the right time to split the stories, who should participate in the splitting process, what the best size is for each split story, and six different strategies you can use to decide the best way to split epics and stories.

Dave Todaro

For the past thirty years Dave Todaro has been designing and building mission-critical software applications in a variety of leadership roles. He is founder and president of Ascendle, a contract software engineering firm specializing in building custom web and native mobile applications and agile coaching. Ascendle has led agile transformations at companies—from start-ups to multibillion dollar enterprises—bringing their software development teams to a world-class level of performance. A former chairman of the Software Association of New Hampshire, Dave currently volunteers his time as a member of the UNH Computer Science Industry Advisory Board and is president of the Skyhaven Flying Club. Learn more about Dave on LinkedIn.