Mike Cohn

Participating in agile projects since 1995, Mike Cohn is an agile trainer, consultant and author of Succeeding with Agile, Agile Estimating and Planning and User Stories Applied. You can learn more about Mike at his website, Mountain Goat Software or connect with him on Google+.

How Many Hours Is a Story Point Worth? - 6/25/2014

One of the concepts new Scrum teams struggle with is how to relate story points and hours. People want an easy answer, such as “one story point = 8.3 hours.” The truth is, though,...

Physical Task Boards & Virtual Team Members - 6/4/2014

More and more lately, people ask me, “What should we do when the team really likes having a physical task board, but one team member is remote? Do we have to move to a virtual task board?”   Before I answer that question,...

Scrum & XP: Better Together - 4/15/2014

Scrum and Extreme Programming (XP) are two agile processes that work well in tandem. In fact, if you walked in on a team doing one of these processes you might have hard time quickly deciding whether you had walked in on a Scrum team or an XP team—both because their framework is...

Agile User Stories, Epics and Themes - 3/20/2014

Agile teams favor a just-in-time approach to requirements. In place of a lengthy requirements document, we use feature descriptions that are minimally described, progressively refined, and stored in a product backlog. User stories are the best way I’ve found...

User Stories & Back-End Systems - 2/24/2014

In my Keeping the User in User Stories, I described the benefits of the following user story template: As a , I want so that .” In this blog entry, I want to describe how you can use the same template to address back-end...

Keeping the User in User Stories - 1/30/2014

If you have read my books, seen me speak at a conference, or taken one of my Scrum training classes, you know that I'm a big proponent of writing user stories in the following....