Should Stories be broken down into sub-tasks?
23 Feb 2018
Whether Stories should be broken down into sub-tasks is a topic that arises from time to time. However, as so much depends on the individual situation and circumstances, there is typically no set yes or no answer to this. Therefore, I wanted to draw upon a recent scenario where the following question was posed to me. “Do you think it’s good practise to break stories into sub-tasks and put time estimates against the sub-tasks. I have worked that way in my last four roles and it has worked well for me. I am currently working with a team meeting some resistance to working that way. They prefer to just have a story and have no time-tracking at all. What’s your ideal way of working and why?” In this particular situation, I’d say it really depends on the team. If a team can be successful with less estimating and planning rather than more, then that has to be a good thing. Less time spent planning means more time spent getting things done. I have worked with some teams who are successful in meeting their Sprint Goals without doing any estimating or planning of tasks at all, they just work at the […]
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