Have you ever been sitting in a sprint planning and heard the following sentences:
- “Can we split this user story and at least start with the GUI?”
- “I’m not sure if the hardware will be available on time to integrate this story but we could use an emulator instead.”
- “There are no wire frames yet, but we could start with the back-end.”
- “The acceptance criteria are still quite vague, but I think I know what the customer needs.”
Does some of these sentences sound familiar? I observed these conversations several times in the past. All of these quotes are based on the same problem: The user story is simply not ready for the next sprint.