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User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development Paperback – Illustrated, 1 March 2004

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  • Publisher : ADDISON WESLEY; 1st edition (1 March 2004)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0321205685
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0321205681
  • Dimensions : 17.27 x 1.78 x 23.37 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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From the Back Cover

Agile requirements: discovering what your users really want. With this book, you will learn to:

  • Flexible, quick and practical requirements that work
  • Save time and develop better software that meets users' needs
  • Gathering user stories -- even when you can't talk to users
  • How user stories work, and how they differ from use cases, scenarios, and traditional requirements
  • Leveraging user stories as part of planning, scheduling, estimating, and testing
  • Ideal for Extreme Programming, Scrum, or any other agile methodology
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Thoroughly reviewed and eagerly anticipated by the agile community, User Stories Applied offers a requirements process that saves time, eliminates rework, and leads directly to better software.

The best way to build software that meets users' needs is to begin with "user stories": simple, clear, brief descriptions of functionality that will be valuable to real users. In User Stories Applied, Mike Cohn provides you with a front-to-back blueprint for writing these user stories and weaving them into your development lifecycle.

You'll learn what makes a great user story, and what makes a bad one. You'll discover practical ways to gather user stories, even when you can't speak with your users. Then, once you've compiled your user stories, Cohn shows how to organize them, prioritize them, and use them for planning, management, and testing.

  • User role modeling: understanding what users have in common, and where they differ
  • Gathering stories: user interviewing, questionnaires, observation, and workshops
  • Working with managers, trainers, salespeople and other "proxies"
  • Writing user stories for acceptance testing
  • Using stories to prioritize, set schedules, and estimate release costs
  • Includes end-of-chapter practice questions and exercises

User Stories Applied will be invaluable to every software developer, tester, analyst, and manager working with any agile method: XP, Scrum... or even your own home-grown approach.

ADDISON-WESLEY PROFESSIONAL

Boston, MA 02116

www.awprofessional.com

ISBN: 0-321-20568-5

About the Author

Mike Cohn is the founder of Mountain Goat Software, a process and project management consultancy and training firm. With more than twenty years of experience, Mike has been a technology executive in companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 40s, and is a founding member of the Agile Alliance. He frequently contributes to industry-related magazines and presents regularly at conferences. He is the author of User Stories Applied (Addison-Wesley, 2004).


From the Publisher

Core Concept Leading agile consultant and practitioner Mike Cohn presents detailed recommendations, powerful tips, and real-world case studies drawn from his unparalleled experience helping hundreds of software organizations make Scrum and agile work. Practical guide to estimating and planning agile projects. In this book, Agile Alliance cofounder Mike Cohn discusses the philosophy of agile estimating and planning and shows you exactly how to get the job done, with real-world examples and case studies. A best way to build software that meets users' needs is to begin with "user stories": simple, clear, brief descriptions of functionality that will be valuable to real users. Mike Cohn provides you with a front-to-back blueprint for writing these user stories and weaving them into your development lifecycle.
This book will help you Transition individuals to new roles; Structure teams; Scale up; Work with a distributed team; Implement effective metrics and continuous improvement. Answer the questions 'What should we build and by when?'; 'How big is this?'; 'When will this be done?'; and 'How much can I have by then?'. Save time and eliminate rework, make great user stories, and how to organize them, prioritize them, and use them for planning, management, and testing.
Endorsement “Mike Cohn is a great advisor for transforming your software organization. This book is a distillation of everything Mike has learned over the years working with companies that are trying to become more agile. If you are thinking of going agile, pick up this book.” —Christopher Fry, Ph.D., Vice President Development, Platform. "Students of Agile processes will recognize that this book is truly about agility, bridging many of the practices between Scrum and Extreme Programming." —Ken Schwaber. "Mike’s experience with user stories makes this a book full of practical advice for making user stories work for your development team." —Kent Beck.

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