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Quality requirements in agile development

Session presented at XP Days Benelux 2011, in collaboration with Johan Peeters, 2/12/2011


he success of software is not only in the functions it supports, but also in the qualities it exhibits (like security, performance, usability and maintainability). In this session, we want to investigate how these qualities can be addressed, particularly how they can be described, planned and tracked within an agile work flow. Quality requirements are also often referred to as non-functional requirements.

In this session, participants will gain hands-on experience with several techniques (like acceptance criteria on user stories, dedicated user stories, adjustments on the definition of done, abuser stories) for explicitly managing quality requirements in an agile project. Participants will be divided in small groups and choose one or two qualities to experiment with within the context of an example system. Each group will experiment with one or more techniques and share experiences through review of each others’ results and plenary discussion.

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