SCRUM – Developing User Stories for Iterative Development

Last 5 months, I have exposed to SCRUM software development methodology and with my experiences on implementing software projects this methodology works very well to the traditional waterfall model.

In today’s business world, companies are working and analysing consumers’ behaviors and to drive for high quality, productivity applications/products.  This results in having to provide ‘move to market’ products as soon as possible.

Agile development helps in this way.  For example, I am working on a rich client mobile app and to move into this competition, the product has to launch in a short period of time.  In software development, user requirements and coming up with functional specification document is the part that make up most of the development timeline.  Customer wants to speed up development so that they have more time for conducting user acceptance testing.  The technical project manager wants to finalize and sign-off the functional specification document so that the project team can work on the confirmed requirements and target any scope creep along the design and development phases.

1. Develop user stories – gives stand-up and walk-through of each user requirement, on the user flows and expectation of the outputs.

2. Solutioning – develop the functional requirements to achieve the outputs.  Document into the functional specification, review and sign-off.

3. The cycle continues by going back to step 1 with the new user story.  Identify any dependencies and review the user flows from previous functional specification.

By the above method, we are able to get thing moving in a win-win situation.


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