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INVEST in Good Stories, and SMART Tasks

A pidgin language is a simplified language, usually used for trade, that allows people who can’t communicate in their native language to nonetheless work together. User stories act like this. We don’t expect customers or users to view the system the same way that programmers do; stories act as a pidgin language where both sides can agree enough to work together effectively.

Creating better acceptance criteria for user stories

Acceptance criteria (ACs) are a key part of user stories. They set the boundaries of what should be achieved - telling the developer when to stop, the QA how to test, and the product owner what to expect. Because they’re used by technical and non-technical people, ACs must use simple language and be non-implementation specific. This post looks at why we changed our approach to ACs on GOV.UK Verify and the effect it has had on the team.