User Stories Applied by Mike Cohn

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Chapter 12. What Stories Are Not

To help us better understand what user stories are, it’s important to look at what they are not. This chapter explains how user stories differ from three other common approaches to requirements: use cases, IEEE 830 software requirements specifications, and interaction design scenarios.

User Stories Aren’t IEEE 830

The Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has published a set of guidelines on how to write software requirements specifications (IEEE 1998). This document, known as IEEE Standard 830, was last revised in 1998. The IEEE recommendations cover such topics as how to organize the requirements specification document, the role of prototyping, and the characteristics ...

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