Chapter 4 – Requirement Refinement

Thankfully, we no longer rely on the old practice of crystal-ball gazing to define an upfront “spec.” That being said, the communication and validation of requirements can still be a challenging matter.

This chapter’s three shortcuts guide your team in forming and monitoring both its requirements and the associated definition of done (DoD).

Shortcut 10: Structuring Stories provides recommendations on how teams may split their sprint-ready requirements into actionable tasks. Shortcut 11: Developing the Definition of Done offers food for thought to help the Scrum team establish and evolve the DoD. Finally, Shortcut 12: Progressive Revelations focuses on how your team can eliminate waste by conducting walkthroughs.

Shortcut 10: Structuring Stories

  • Breaking It Down
  • Task Slicing and Dicing
  • Consistency Is King

Shortcut 11: Developing the Definition of Done

  • Ambiguous Arguments
  • Where to Start
  • Multiple Levels
  • Constraints
  • Acceptance Criteria or DoD?
  • It’s Just Like Cooking!

Shortcut 12: Progressive Revelations

  • Verification and Validation
  • When, Where, Who
  • Issues and Adjustments
  • Be Aware of Scope Creep
  • Capturing the Output
  • Don’t Overdo It

Wrap Up

The three shortcuts in this chapter focused on a selection of tactics, tools, and tips to help your team define and evolve their requirements and definition of done. Here’s a recap of what is covered:
Shortcut 10: Structuring Stories

  • An overview of the user story hierarchy
  • Approaches for breaking down sprint-ready user stories into tasks
  • Options for incorporating technical requirements into the sprint backlog

Shortcut 11: Developing the Definition of Done

  • Starting points for defining what done means
  • Options for generating multiple levels of done
  • Differentiating between the definition of done and acceptance criteria

Shortcut 12: Progressive Revelations

  • The benefits of conducting progressive intra-sprint walkthroughs
  • Walkthrough logistics — when, where, and who
  • Differentiating between scope creep and acceptable mid-sprint adjustments

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