Agile Abuse – Scenario 7

 

Neha – Developer 1, Bob – Product Owner, Peter – Agile Coach

Neha – We are always missing acceptance criteria and functional details in a story. It is really tough to commit a story with little or no clarity.

Bob – The Agile lets you to evolve the requirements as you move. This is perfectly alright.  I am within the boundary. I will write acceptance criteria when I get the time.

Peter- The requirements can evolve and that’s advantage for a customer while stories cannot keep evolving during the sprint.  You have an opportunity to refine the acceptance criteria. If the functional requirements are not clear or acceptance criteria cannot be determined during planning/grooming, the story shouldn’t be committed. It should be moved for a later sprint.

Bob – Can I write the acceptance criteria and later change it altogether during sprint as we progress?

Peter – No for sure. The change in a story once committed is a “scope creep”. You must move that to next sprint of post re-estimation, you might have to remove some other stories out of a sprint. Ideally, you are not allowed to change anything during a sprint. Adding more details to acceptance criteria to to make it more clear as you move should be fine, though.

Bob – Fair! I will take out the stories where I don’t have clarity.

Challenge – Writing one liner description for a story should be fine and we will keep looking at it while working in progress during the sprint. 

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