Refining User Stories
Refining user stories is a process of revisiting the detail and clarity of each user story. Whereas backlog grooming is a higher level process of prioritising user stories. Both are important from a requirements quality point of view. The former ensures that user gets what they want and the latter deals with sequencing to suit both business need and development team efficiency. We will focus here on the refinement of user stories.
The purpose of user stories is to communicate, to ensure that intent of the user is correctly expressed in language that a developer and tester can fully understand. The user stories need to be user-oriented, simple, clear, unambiguous and consistent, with nothing missing. By refining your stories, you will eliminate many requirements defects that are often not found until well after the design and development work has started. Refining user stories with ScopeMaster is typically 10-20 times faster than doing so manually.