8. Elaboration: Ready, steady, build

“I KEEP THE SUBJECT OF MY INQUIRY CONSTANTLY BEFORE ME, AND WAIT TILL THE FIRST DAWNING OPENS GRADUALLY, BY LITTLE AND LITTLE, INTO A FULL AND CLEAR LIGHT.”

—ISAAC NEWTON

In this chapter, we’ll walk through the elaboration process, look at user stories and story maps to manage and prioritise stories according to customer goals, and prepare for the first iteration.

In this chapter, we’ll get our vision ready for development and introduce a new aspect of agile requirements gathering: customer goals. You can’t always get what you want, but you can use goal-oriented thinking to ensure the initial scope is in line with the design vision rather than a feature checklist. We’ll also touch on how agile team’s project ...

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