What to Do with Left Over Stories

Back to thinking about stories in the agile software development sense.

For the first time this iteration we have reached a situation where two stories were left incomplete at the end of the iteration. I could give a bunch of excuses about changing priorities during the iteration, but the point is that agile processes are supposed to be able to cope with this kind of stuff.

So now we are at the point of deciding what to do with these stories. Luckily, the guys at Elegant Code are also facing this problem, and discuss some options in a recent blog post.

Elegant Code » What to Do with Left Over Stories

In our case, the discussion is still proceeding. From an agile purity point of view the suggested approach of throwing the part-completed stories back into the pot for re-estimation, re-prioritisation, and re-scheduling is certainly compelling.