August 30, 2021
by Dr. Sriram Rajagopalan, Enterprise Agile Evangelist
Recently, I had an opportunity to provide agile transformation consulting as part of product training for a major organization. A member of this team asked who is responsible for creating user stories. As I used pointed questions to understand the rationale behind the question, two different problems surfaced: a) the team felt they only work on tasks that the Scrum Master assigned them for the user stories the product owner thought valuable; b) the development team had to work additional hours for any technical infrastructure or automation. These findings offered an opening for a major coaching moment.Read More
August 13, 2020
One of the focus areas in the new release v6.6 of SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan is to improve the support for different agile project management methodologies and approaches. In this article we'll discuss some of the exciting new features that have been added to Spira to better support the popular Scrum agile methodology, in including the ability to choose to plan by points vs. hours.
June 3, 2020
We are happy to share a blog post by Inflectra’s Director of Technology - Adam Sandman called What’s the Problem with User Stories? published on TechWell Insights website. The blog explores key challenges associated with relying solely on user stories for requirements’ definition.
December 19, 2019
On December 17, 2019 Inflectra and Sriram Rajagopalan hosted a live webinar: How To Write Good User Stories. If you missed the webinar, here is a recap of the most important take-aways:Read More
December 19, 2019
In the following blog post, Sriram Rajagopalan - Inflectra's Enterprise Agile Champion explores how-to's of writing good user stories and gives practical recommendations on how to achieve just that.
This blog complements Inflectra's December 17th webinar on the same topic, with the webinar recording available inside.Read More
May 23, 2019
On May 7, 2019, Inflectra and Dr. Sriram Rajagopalan hosted a live webinar on Estimating User Stories in the Agile Space. The webinar is part of Inflectra's Tier 2 agile webinar series called: Deeper Dive Into Agile: Practical Tips On Managing Agile Projects.
If you missed the webinar, we understand - and are happy to share with you the most important take-aways.Read More
November 8, 2018
One of our customers had some questions about using SpiraTeam to manage and refine the product backlogs. Since this topic comes up quite a bit, we thought it would be useful to write an article that describes how we recommend using SpiraTeam for backlog planning, management and refinement in a typical Scrum project.Read More
May 20, 2015
User Stories are often characterized by relatively short, uncomplicated and informal descriptions, whereas Use Cases are often longer, more formally structured descriptions of not only the user need but also other details. Can Use Cases strike a balance between the need for agility and the need for more information, and if so, how? Read More
March 5, 2015
The language used to define user stories in Agile projects tends to be less prescriptive than that in traditional projects. This means that many developers and testers assume that this means that they are often less testable, when in fact the reverse is true. This article explains why. Read More
May 6, 2014
In the rush to streamline and cut costs, there is a tendency towards reduced customer contact with real people. This poses real challenges in industries such as computer software that depend on frequent customer feedback to make sure they are building systems that actually meet their end users' needs. Read More