Tag Archives: customer

Intensifying Stories: Running with the Winners

For a given story headline, many interpretations are possible. These vary in their quality and sophistication. I call this the intensity or depth of a story. Story intensity is a knob you can control, dialing it down for earlier delivery, … Continue reading

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Valuable Stories in the INVEST Model

Of all the attributes of the INVEST model, "Valuable" is the easiest one to, well, value. Who is against value? We'll look at these key aspects: What is value? The importance of external impact Value for whom? What is Value? … Continue reading

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Negotiable Stories in the INVEST Model

In the INVEST model for user stories, N is for Negotiable (and Negotiated). Negotiable hints at several important things about stories: The importance of collaboration Evolutionary design Response to change Collaboration Why do firms exist? Why isn't everything done by … Continue reading

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Independent Stories in the INVEST Model

The INVEST model is a reminder of the important characteristics of user stories, and it starts with I for Independent. Independent stories each describe different aspects of a system's capabilities. They are easier to work with because each one can … Continue reading

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Review – Agile Product Management with Scrum (Pichler)

Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love, by Roman Pichler. Addison-Wesley, 2010. This is a fairly easy read (about 120 pages) explaining the role of the Product Owner in Scrum. I'd describe the target as "someone preparing … Continue reading

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Review – The Product Manager’s Handbook, by Linda Gorchels

The Product Manager’s Handbook, by Linda Gorchels. McGraw-Hill, 2005. This is a basic book on product management (an area which has a shortage of material). It talks about the role of product managers, planning, maintaining a portfolio, new products, pricing, … Continue reading

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Review – Structured Systems Analysis: Tools and Techniques

Structured Systems Analysis: Tools and Techniques. Chris Gane and Trish Sarson. Prentice Hall, 1979. This is one of the classic books on systems analysis: data flow diagrams, data dictionary, and so on appear. It does a decent job explaining these … Continue reading

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Ways to Split Stories – Summary Sheet

Summary sheet – 20 ways to split stories. Continue reading

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User Story Examples

This is a sample set of user stories for a time management system. Continue reading

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Stories for SideReel.com

Example stories. Continue reading

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Using Actuals with Estimates

A way to track estimates. Continue reading

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Review – The Toyota Product Development System

The Toyota Product Development System, James M. Morgan and Jeffrey K. Liker, Productivity Press, 2006. Toyota's lean manufacturing system has had a lot of press, but lean influences their product development approach as well. This book emphasizes the system aspects … Continue reading

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Agile '06 Workshop: Example-Based Specifications

Exploring example-based specifications. Continue reading

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Extreme Test Makeover – Agile ’06

Lessons for Fit. Continue reading

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Review – Revolutionizing Product Development

Revolutionizing Product Development, Steven C. Wheelwright and Kim B. Clark. Free Press, 1992.Product management can work better by tailoring its approach to the reality of the project. Building a new platform is fundamentally different from creating a follow-on for a … Continue reading

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