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The Agile Samurai by Jonathan Rasmusson

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Enter the User Story

Agile user stories are short descriptions of features our customer would like to one day see in their software. They are usually written on small index cards (to remind us not to try to write everything down) and are there to encourage us to get off our butts and go talk to our customers.

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When you first see an agile user story, you may be tempted to ask, “Where’s the beef?” Don’t be fooled. The beef is there—just not where you think it is.

Not exactly—more that they don’t have to.

Agile encourages teams to use index cards (small recipe cards) to remind teams that the initial goal of the requirements-gathering exercise ...

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