1. Clarifying user stories
The English language is immensely flexible. We have many alternative words for the same thing. We can change word order to alter the meaning and change how the story will be interpreted. The variations are nearly infinite, even a 12-word user story has 87 billion permutations of word order. With each variation the reader’s interpretation is likely to be slightly different. And even then, each individual’s interpretation of a user story depends on their own vocabulary and language ability. It is more than likely that any two people reading a user story will have different interpretations.
If the members of the team do not share a common understanding of a backlog item, it is likely that those who subsequently work on it will waste time building/testing the wrong thing. A consistent understanding by the entire team is therefore essential to minimise wasted effort.
According to scrum.org “Typically a Product Backlog item goes through three refinement meetings before it is considered to be in a ready state.” To make this discussion fruitful, the better the quality of the story entering the meeting, the less time will be wasted.
The majority of backlog items describe functional intent, the Who and What of the user story. This is where ScopeMaster can completely eliminate ambiguity in a fraction of the time, cutting out lengthy discussions.