Technical User Stories – 3 Reasons NOT to Have Them

Ron Jeffries is well known. He’s so well known that he doesn’t even have to tell you who he is. You should just know. A quick trip to his Twitter page tells you that. #ronjeffries #pwnd

Regardless, we always perk up whenever we read something he has to say. Usually it’s pretty interesting stuff. His latest blog entry tells us that we do not need technical user stories. Period.

Why is that?

Let’s break it down for the rest of us peons, shall we?

“One of the pillars of Scrum is for the Product Owner (PO) to prioritize work for the team, so that the best possible product can be delivered within the desired time and budget. Clearly, the PO is (should be) capable of pinpointing the most value. Therefore, it isn’t too smart for a development team to focus on anything other than what the PO wants.”

Since technical user stories have the promise of providing faster velocity in the future, and are different from the PO’s user stories, you end up having a priority and time dilemma: PO user stories VS. Technical user stories.

Ron Jeffries 3 Reasons to NOT Have Technical User Stories

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Week Retrospective 17 – Agile Sucks, Giveaway, and Denouncing Your CSM

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Scrum Pocket Guide – Giveaway!

This month’s giveaway is a fun one, especially tailored to our ScrumMaster audience!

Peter Saddington has recently published a Scrum Pocket Guide primer in eBook format (PDF). Details below:

There is a solid way to build software quickly, efficiently, and collaboratively. You’ve found it. This eBook on Agile software development with Scrum.

  • Any level of ScrumMaster or Project Lead can utilize this book to refine and develop their facilitation and Agile knowledge
  • Simple and easy application for you and your team
  • Know when you are ready to apply the principles through questions to ask yourself or your team
  • See the value of Agile principles applied through case studies

***Download the Introduction to the book and example chapter on High Performance Teams [here]***

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State of Agile 2010 – Full Contributor Submissions

Agile Scout State of Agile 2010 Blog Series

Thanks to all that participated! We look forward to Agile in 2011!

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Wasting Time as an Agile Developer? 5 Ways to Fix Time-Bandits at Work

As developers, we are, at the end of the day, the critical path between completion and non-completion of a project. I mean, let’s face it. If we didn’t do our jobs, all the project managers out there would be out of a job! (I kid, I kid!)

Russ Sherk, a developer at Klocwork, tells us about the 5 biggest ways to waste time as a developer and what to do. Not only does Russ give us the ways to fix the issue, we’d like to add on a couple of pointers on how Agile can help with time-wasting for developers too.

Top 5 Time Wasters for Agile Developers and Fixes

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[News] – Confradar – Know Where Awesome Conferences are Happening

I absolutely love this service. Why? Because I had this idea last year and dang near built it myself! I’m always interested in going to the coolest tech conferences and any local Agile events that I can get to. But there isn’t a really good site out there that provides all of that information.

Well, that is no longer the case: is here.

The smart guys over at Agilers built this baby and it’s already getting some pretty good traction.

Do you have a conference to add? Sign up. It’s free. Get the word out.