About The Agile Dictionary
Welcome to iteration zero of The Agile Dictionary! Our goal with this project is to provide broad, authoritative definitions of common Agile terms. You will note that each definition also includes a section titled “etymology,” where we capture the origins of the term wherever possible.
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A large that awaits into smaller stories prior to implementation. Epics are typically stories that are far off on the development horizon, usually lower priority items. When an epic story works its way up the , it is usually decomposed … Continue reading
Also: Agile Principles The Agile Principles, like the , were first stated by a group of independent software development pundits who gathered at the Snowbird resort in Utah in 2001 in order to codify the their shared philosophy. The result … Continue reading
The Agile Values were formalized by a group of software development pundits who gathered in Snowbird, Utah in February, 2001 to attempt to collectively grok what all of them recognized as an emergent trend in their various practices. What they … Continue reading
The traditional method for developing and delivering software. The Waterfall method breaks a project into discrete stages: requirements-gathering design coding testing In a Waterfall process, each step must be completed before moving on to the next, and all steps in … Continue reading
Also: Story An Agile requirement, stated as a sentence or two of plain English. A user story is often expressed from the user’s point of view, and describes a unit of desired functionality. A user story typically fits on a … Continue reading
The process of breaking down into a) smaller, more executable user stories or b) . Likewise, may be decomposed into user stories, and tasks may be decomposed into more fine-grained tasks. Decomposition is usually performed during and , and is … Continue reading
In , any obstacle preventing a developer or team from completing work. One of the three focusing questions each member of a Scrum team answers during the daily is: What impediments stand in your way? Impediments may include such things … Continue reading
In and , a unit of work, estimated in hours. During the iteration planning meeting, user stories are decomposed into tasks. In his book, Agile Software Development with Scrum, Ken Schwaber writes, “Tasks should have enough detail so that each … Continue reading