User Stories

How to improve your scrum master skills

If you’ve been a scrum master for some time, you have learned some of the practices that make teams successful:To read this article in full, please …

Project Management

Myth 4: In Scrum, the Product Backlog has to consist out of User Stories

<i>Scrum is intended as</i> <i>a simple, yet sufficient framework for complex product delivery</i><i>. Scrum is not a one-size-fits-all solution, a silver bullet or a</i> …

Project Management

The user experience of blockchain

Blockchain will have a massive impact on banking, digital identity, smart contracts, digital voting, and decentralized notary. So what does this mean …

Bitcoin

The Nanome Stack User Story

Now imagine, instead of manipulating pixels, amateurs designing with atomically precise data at the nanoscale.<p>Step 3: Connect B2B and B2C …

Pharma

Write great user stories

User story format<p>The correct way to write user stories is a hotly debated subject. Throughout this creed, we’ll try and give you some tips and …

Agile Development

Moving from technology to business driven value generation

Which methodology should we use?<p><i>How can we use the latest technologies – be it the Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence and others –</i> …

Agile Development

Civil War — The Testing User Story, Part Two

Have you chosen a side yet?<p>In the first part of this blog I proposed the testing user story concept and asked you to choose a side- whether this was …

Project Management

Taiga

<b>Pros</b><p>Open source. Good for scrum or kanban-style work management. Custom fields supported. Can add a wiki to any project.<p><b>Cons</b><p>Difficult to learn. …

Project Management

Delivering IT for an immensely successful startup

Reminded by Iren's post, I'd like to share a piece written by my co-founder about another software development methodology. We learned it a couple of …

Programming

The Right Way To Select Technology: A Book Excerpt

September 28, 2017Chapter 5: Why User Stories Are EverythingAt this phase, you can convert requirements into user stories that are intelligible to …

Agile Development

Chef brings Habitat to VSTS, and Agile Extensions makes editing your backlog a breeze

This month I have two extensions that I am excited about. Chef, who earlier this year released their core set of CI/CD tasks for working with Chef, …

Software

Establishing Your Scrum Team's Definition of Done

When talking about building culture in the software development process, deciding on a team’s Definition of “Done” has become a major component in …

DevOps

4 Product Management Tools To Help You Become A Better Email Marketer

I’ve spent the last 18 years working in product organizations for marketing technology companies. As a result, I’ve had the privilege of spending …

Product Management

A New Era of OpenStack

The chairman of the OpenStack Foundation outlines some of the steps the organization is taking to support a growing interest in OpenStack.<p>Change is …

Innovation

Collaborate on a user story by working on it concurrently.

Have the testers on your team ever struggled with what they should do early in a sprint before the programmers have finished coding a user story?<p>And …

Programming

UX 101: A Basic Project Checklist

User satisfaction is your critical goal in any business in any industry. If you build a great experience for your customers, they will tell each …

Paying Off the Technical Debt in Your Agile Projects

Just as you should not take out a financial loan without having a plan to pay it back, you should also have a plan when incurring technical debt. The …

Project Management

Stories and Epics

Nested hierarchies, boundaries, independence, and value…<p>Stories and Epics (and Independent Value)<p><b>Story</b> = a story that is <i>small enough</i> to fit into a …

Project Management

How to Write Smarter User Stories for Product Design and Development

Most of you probably have some tried-and-true best practices that you lean on to formulate requirements and articulate what needs to be done. In many …

Design Thinking

Split User Stories Ruthlessly - And Get Value Earlier

Why do you need to split user stories?<p>Often, you hear that it is important to split user stories. You read articles that say it should be possible to …

Mona Lisa

11 Ways I Visualize Product Development Work

<b>1. One page roadmap</b><p>Good for…<p>Connecting work to humans and their needs<br>• Detailed idea of what is happening now<br>• Sense of what is happening next (but more …

Product Management

“As a user” needs to stop.

Sing it with me: As a _<i>user_</i> I want to _<i>perform an action_</i> so I can _<i>achieve an end result_</i>.<p>This is great in theory, but writing good user stories is …

Agile Development

Lightning Cast: Requirements Quality

In this Lightning Cast, I discuss requirements quality – What is it and how you can increase the quality of your requirements. <i>A Lightning Cast is a</i> …

Project Management

A guide to ALM suite offerings

<b>CA Technologies:</b> CA Technologies provides a range of solutions to improve applications, manage portfolios and maximize business opportunities. <b>CA</b> …

Project Management

Who (Really) Writes User Stories?

User stories are at the core of most of the Agile frameworks and methodologies. Although many frameworks claim that they do not use user stories, …

Agile Development

What is BDD anyway?

In the modern Software Development world, we have various stakeholders each with its own interest. In general, we can divide the stakeholders into 2 …

Programming

Dear Apple: Notes text styling sucks.

Redesigning Apple’s Notes styling experience.<p><b>Hello World,</b><p>One of the tools I use frequently in my day to day life is the native <b>Notes</b> application. This …

Web Development

Civil War — The Testing User Story, Part One

The testing user story — Good or Evil? Which side are you on?<p><b>What is the testing user story?</b><p>The testing user story is an execution of any series of …

Agile Development

Modern Application Development with Salesforce DX and AutoRABIT

Modern Application Development (MAD) is driven at its core by an integrated technology stack, DevOps enabled framework, and a cloud-and mobile-ready …

Software Development

The agile Workplace: Be Problem Oriented!

Early in my career, I have heard it many times personally and have given the admonition to my staff many times as well — be <i>solution</i> oriented! And the …

Management