Now, Next, Never

How to plan less and do more

Planning is important. We've all heard that "failing to plan is planning to fail", and anyone who's worked in a corporate environment will have seen just how much time some businesses spend on planning for the future. For some of us, however, the difficulty is in what comes next - moving from planning to doing.

Getting The Story Straight - Part 2

The elements of an effective user story

Having established that the quality of our user stories is important, how can we ensure that the stories we're writing are up to scratch? It's one thing to be able to measure whether you're succeeding after the fact, but what we really want is to have some guidelines to follow so that we can avoid potential problems from the beginning. For this, it's useful to look at why they're called "user stories".

Getting The Story Straight

On the importance of good user stories in Agile development

Everyone likes a good story. We all know what to look for in a story, and it's not hard to tell whether we like a story or not. When it comes to Agile development, however, it seems that a great number of developers have difficulty recognising - and writing - good quality stories. This is unfortunate, because well-written user stories are crucial in unlocking several of Agile's key benefits.