BOOK REVIEW: Fifty quick ideas to improve your user stories by Gojko Adzic and David Evans
Formats: Paperback, ePub, Mobi, PDF
Where can I get it? From Leanpub, Amazon or any good bookshop.
Who is it for? Anyone involved in a software development project working in an iterative manner. As long as they understand some of the basics around user stories, e.g. they know what INVEST stands for.
What's the book like? Each double page spread follows a similar style starting with an introduction to a new tip. Often illustrated with an anecdote from the author's experience. Next is a description of the key benefits of the idea behind the tip. Finally, it finishes with some practical ideas on how to make it work. This takes the theory and presents it in ways that you can apply it for whatever you are working on.
The chapters follow the life cycle of a user story:
- Creating stories
- Planning with stories
- Discussing stories
- Splitting stories
- Managing Iterative Delivery
The tip introductions are really good at giving you a grounding in the context that Gojko and David have developed their experience. This is an important factor as it allows the reader to gauge what factors are similar in their context. All forms of advice (otherwise known as "best practice") need to be adapted to the real world context they will be used in.