Help Drive Consistency
Simplicity – maximizing the amount of work not done – is an essential aspect of achieving organizational agility, and also happens to be one of the twelve Agile Principles behind the Agile Manifesto. A quick way to make your team’s space a little more simple is by having consistent looking Story Cards up on the wall.
Why waste time trying to remember the story’s name – always have it in the same place. The same can go for the size, priority and other key elements of a story as well. Our story card templates are designed not only to ensure all key aspects of a User Story are present, but also help you achieve consistency across each of the cards on your wall.
What do they look like?
What’s the best way to use the cards?
Here are the primary guidelines:
- Story Name
- Story Type
- Story Size
- Acceptance Criteria (on back)
You can also easily track:
- Kano Analysis
- Targeted Release
- Iteration Committed
- Day Started & Day Finished
Why is the back upside down?
It may seem a little odd, but we’re Agile Practitioners and do this stuff every day and trust us – it can get annoying to always have to take a card off the wall to read your Acceptance Criteria. With the back of the template printed upside down it allows you to easily flip the card to read what you’ve written. See what we mean by checking out these comparison photos.
When you’re using a basic index card, you normally flip it over from right-to-left.
But, when you do that and tape and index card to the wall and then want to read the Acceptance Criteria – they end up upside down.
Our User Story Template Cards help you stop from making this inconvenient mistake. If you write the front of the card and then flip it over from right-to-left, it will seem like the back is upside down.
You will have to learn to flip it over from bottom-to-top, so that is appears the right way.
Having the card oriented this way ensures that if you flip the card on the wall the Acceptance Criteria are readable.
Here are a few other ways to use the SolutionsIQ Story Card Template. You may come up with a few of your own!
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