Chapter 8

Redefining the Epic Stack to Enable Value Accounting

Enterprise data warehousing team leaders can employ two techniques to make their project backlogs clear and well aligned with their company’s business needs. First, a codified epic decomposition framework will strongly type the stories in the backlog, giving a distinct purpose to epics, themes, and user stories. Teams can utilize this requirements typing to define and refine items on the project backlog until they pass DILBERT’S test, indicating that they are good enough to allow programming to begin. Second, the practice of “value accounting” will ensure that all requirements trace to clear expressions of business need. Value accounting allocates the sponsor’s statement of application ...

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