Re: story template abuse (was Re: [scrumdevelopment] Letting attacks go unchallenged)
- That was basically what I said back to him. It doesn't add anything to the product at all. I guess I could suss out some sort of idea, but on the whole it’s a worthless story. His response was amusing. He had put it in there to make a point that he was worried about stability, and "hey, it followed the template."
Which suggests what software components are to be developed?
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Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2010 00:04:13 -0700
Subject: Re: story template abuse (was Re: [scrumdevelopment] Letting attacks go unchallenged)
I saw one from a product owner that went essentially "as a delighted customer, I can know that none of my data is being lost, so that I can sleep at night."
> Writing things like: "As the system," "As the PO," "As adeveloper,"
> etc are bright, giant red flags. My advise is to never, everdo that.
> Those are not users, and the thing they want to do is almostcertainly
> not a user story.How about "System can clear and compress its database during nighttime"? Or "System can handle at least 1000 simultaneous user with an average response time below 1s 95% of the time"? I think those are stories and pretty well match the INVEST criteria (I'm not claming perfect match, especially since the latter can be anything but small).
"As a PO" and "As a Developer" are very much no-no's to me, too. But I've seen some teams write down those stories for their improvement actions, e.g. "Development team can see results of code analysis every morning". Those could be just as well written as tasks, but they do belong to the Product Backlog as sometimes there are business priorities that define their prioritization.
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Doesn't it seem a bit disproportionate, though? It does to me. I too
am curious what aspect of the human condition causes us to attribute
so much power to these words. The word "fuck" for example - though it
has an accepted definition in common use its meaning is entirely
contextual. It doesn't even convey a useful concept, therefore. So,
why is its presence in speech (or writing) so important to us?_,_.___
Why does a "wardrobe malfunction" produce a massive emotional response including congressional investigations? Beats me. Probably has something to do with the Puritans and maybe that repression amplifies the response.
Having said that, I do live in a less prudish part of the world (more sex on TV, more tolerance for public nudism, less sensitivity to obscene language). Even here, scatological references don't have much place in public discourse - you might occasionally hear 'Scheisse' from a politician's mouth, but it's an exception.
An interesting question is why modesty developed, why it lives on, and whether it will survive the Internet. It seems pretty deeply rooted, but I think that question belongs on a different list...
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