Storytelling Helps Agile Be Lean

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Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools SAP consultants have for reducing the number of iterations project teams must go through to give users what they want.

Agile developers have long recognized the importance of stories. The most obvious reason is time. If you’re going to develop a useful deliverable every three weeks for the customer to evaluate you simply don’t have time to write a functional design specification first and have the customer review it. That would take longer than the actual code itself. But there is an even more important reason agile developers like stories. Stories do a more effective job of communicating user requirements than do functional design specs. Stories are about outcomes — the “happy endings” that the customer wants the software to achieve — not technical implementation details that need to be accomplished along the way. Read More...