What Happens if a User Story Gets Bigger?

When User Stories Get Bigger

We have all been in the situation; you discuss a user story, you have a pretty good understanding of how it needs to be implemented in the system. Then when you start to work on it, you realise more work needs to be done.

Mitigating the Risk

A good technique that I have used many times is to create a checklist of areas to consider each time you estimate. This would be a living list which would grow as new considerations come up during the sprint, each time a user stories estimate grows…. ask why this is.

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Ashley-Christian Hardy

Product leader. A strong advocate in innovation, experimentation and building great products with the use of qualitative and quantitative research.