A Few Good User Stories

PM: You want estimates?
Mgr: I think I’m entitled to them.

PM: You want estimates?
Mgr: I want the truth!

PM: You can’t handle the truth!!

Son, we live in a world of computer applications and those applications have to be built by people who write user stories. Who’s gonna do it? You? I have more responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Version 1’s existence, while inexplicable to developers, helps project teams build applications. And that my profession, while incomprehensible and grotesque to you, also helps build applications. We use words like user story, range based estimates, and done criteria. We use these as the backbone of a life spent building and defining something; you use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a person who develops and tests off the well written stories we provide, and then questions the matter in which we provide it. I prefer you said “thank you,” and went on your way. Otherwise I suggest you log into Version 1 and update your story estimates; either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

Mgr: Did you under-estimate that story?
PM: I did what I had to.

Mgr: Did you under-estimate that story!?
PM: You’re God damn right I did!

(Via Andy Sargent, Project Manager)

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