Use cases vs User stories in Agile/Scrum development TL;DR – User stories aren’t use cases. By themselves, user stories don’t provide the details the team needs to do their work. The Scrum process enables this detail to emerge organically, (largely) removing the need to write use cases. Are user stories the same as use cases? When running our Writing Great Agile User Stories workshop, I’m frequently asked “So – are user stories the same as use cases?”. The Only Twitter Applications List You'll Ever Need Twitter is a status-updating or microblogging social networking website. It is a breakthrough in social networking because it takes communication into another level. Before, a person can only update his status (eg. what he’s doing, where he is) at a certain time. But with Twitter and it’s mobile integration, he can update his status almost all throughout the day and get in touch with people that matters to him the most. But the functions of Twitter do not stop there.
15 Awesome Time Management Tools and Apps As promised in my previous post regarding time management, here I am with a list of cool tools that can help you manage your time effectively and become more productive in your work. Since I am a big fan of tools which are operating system independent, you will find that most of these tools are browser-based and can work on any computer whether it is Windows, Mac or Linux. By the way, since I am also a fan of saving money, you will also notice that all of these tools are free! Launchy 10+ Tips and Tools To Keep Teachers Organized “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” ~ Gustave Flaubert Learning online can be an incredible journey but at some point you may feel overwhelmed with the surplus of information and resources. You may feel very excited about a resource you come across, but want to access that resource at some other date. Perhaps, you are teaching your students how to research online and they want to bookmark and create notes on websites.
Why I still use use cases XP pretty much banned use cases, replacing them with the similar sounding “user stories” (see A user story is to a use case as a gazelle is to a gazebo (discussion: Re: A user story is to a use case as a gazelle is to a gazebo)}, and as a result agile zealots have been happy to dump use cases in the trash (along with their project managers, estimates, plans, and architectures). Scrum did similar, using the “product backlog” instead of user stories. Yet as I go around projects, I keep running across organizations suffering from three particular, real, painful, and expensive problems: User stories and backlog items don’t give the designers a context to work from – when is the user doing this, and what is the context of their operation, what is their larger goal at this moment? Use cases are, indeed, heavier and more difficult than either user stories or backlog items, but they bring value for that extra weight. As not-Einstein said: “Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.”
Four Lessons From Evernote’s First Week On The Mac App Store Editor’s note: The following guest post is written by Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, which is currently the No. 5 app in the Mac App Store. It also didn’t hurt that the app has been prominently featured by Apple. We just finished our first week on the Mac App Store and it might have been the most important week in Evernote’s history. Here’s how it went and what we learned: 1. Meritocracy is sweet How to Hone the Accuracy of Your Internal Clock and Better Understand Your Time The term "Internal Clock" is used in the wrong context in this article. That term usually (correctly) refers to the bodies Circadian Rhythm, which is utilized to time various biological process in the body, most notably and noticeably, sleep. Conscious estimation for the length of time required for a task is done based on past experience and certain elements of the persons personality (mostly confidence). It is done entirely by higher levels of the person's conscious and is independent of any formal biological clock. The reason I'm not putting the corrections tag in this comment is because the article doesn't actually claim that a biological clock determines a person's time estimates, it simply uses "Internal Clock" in a context that is confusing. So tagging it with "corrections" would just be grammar nazish (or more correctly fact nazish, ;)
18 Tricks to Make New Habits Stick Wouldn’t it be nice to have everything run on autopilot? Chores, exercise, eating healthy and getting your work done just happening automatically. Unless they manage to invent robot servants, all your work isn’t going to disappear overnight. But if you program behaviors as new habits you can take out the struggle. With a small amount of initial discipline, you can create a new habit that requires little effort to maintain. Here are some tips for creating new habits and making them stick: