Reading the Scrum Development mailing list is always a good for some inspiration. Today there was some discussion on how to split user stories. These are meant to be sent out to prime mail boxes of registered memebers. Although paper mail has begun phasing out, we would like to keep it going. Next to some good examples in the mailthread, Charles Bradley also provided a link to Patterns for Splitting User Stories by Richard Lawrence.

That blog post provides some very good guidelines on different ways to split-up user stories. I was also happy to see that he also finds that usually going above 8-13 points is a good indicator that a story needs to be split. The different ways to split stories may in some cases seem obvious, but not all of them are, and it’s very good to read such a complete list.