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Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn

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Chapter 12. Splitting User Stories

“These days we do not program software module by module; we program software feature by feature.”

—Mary Poppendieck

As user stories rise to the top of the release plan, meaning that they will be implemented soon, they often need to be split. After all, if implementing a particular user story will take longer than the length of the iteration, there’s no choice but to split the story into two or more stories. Learning how to see ways to split stories is not a particularly difficult skill to acquire, but it does take practice and experience. The more different user stories you’ve split in the past, the easier it becomes. With that in mind, this chapter offers advice on splitting stories by providing a number of ...

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