Managing User Stories for
Effective Development and Testing With Rommana ALM

Speaker: Dr. Magdy Hanna, CEO, Rommana Software

Many agile projects take a simplistic approach to "managing" user stories. In fact, everything we learned in the requirement management discipline has somehow disappeared when user stories are used to describe desired functionality. If we hope for the agile approach to scale up to help build complex systems and systems of system, then we need to go beyond the simplistic approach. Very much like requirements in a non-agile project, user stories do not live in a vacuum. If you consider a more disciplined and more flexible agile project, then user stories change over time, they relate to other user stories, they related to test cases, scenarios, acceptance criteria and other project entities. User stores are reviewed, finalized and approved. Tasks to implement user stories are assigned to team members and both estimated time and actual time to perform these tasks are tracked. Most importantly, progress in performing these tasks is tracked.

In this presentation, we will show how we can preserve much of the discipline we followed in the field of requirement management before agile and user stories ever existed. The presentation will conclude with a short demo of the award winning Rommana ALM to show how we expect a tool to support a more disciplined approach to managing user stories.


Speaker Biography:

Dr. Hanna is a recognized educator, speaker, and consultant in several areas of software engineering. His distinguished seminars have been highly rated by software professionals. His experience with software goes back to the mid 1970's, when he worked as a developer at the NCR Center and the American University in Cairo , Egypt . Over the last thirty-five years, Dr. Hanna has worked in all aspects and capacities of software projects and processes. He has trained over 50,000 professionals around the world over the last 20 years. His passion and enthusiasm for testing, process improvement, and software engineering are contagious.

Dr. Hanna is Founder, CEO, and Chairman of several organizations:

  • International Institute for Software Testing (www.iist.org), leading educational and professional development organization that provides education-based certifications to software test and quality professionals around the world. Dr. Hanna serves as the Chairman of Advisory Board for the Certified Software Test Professional (CSTP) and the Certified Test Manager (CTM) credentials.
  • International Institute for Software Process (www.spinstitute.org), leading professional development organization that provides education-based certifications to software process improvement professionals around the world. Dr. Hanna serves as the Chairman of Advisory Board for the International Software Process Improvement Certification (ISPIC).
  • International Conference on Practical Software Quality and Testing, (www.PSQTconference.com).
  • International Conference on Software Process Improvement, (www.icspi.com).
  • RommanaTM Software (www.Rommanasoftware.com). In this role, he is the Chief Architect of an Integrated Software Lifecycle Management System.

Dr. Hanna also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Software Test Professionals, a publication of the International Institute for Software Testing, now the Bug Free Zone (www.iist.org/bug-free-zone.php). As a professor of Software Engineering at the University of St. Thomas , he taught graduate courses on several software engineering topics with emphasis on practical software quality techniques. Dr. Hanna consults with companies to define and improve their software processes using disciplined software engineering approaches.

Dr. Hanna developed new approaches and methods in software engineering including the Scenario-Based Development and Testing (SBDT), Requirement-Based Project Management (RBPM), Software Quality Engineering Methodology (SQEngineer), the Unified Data Model (UDM), and the Data-Driven Object Model ( DOM ). Dr. Hanna and his instructors conduct hundreds of free online webinars each year.

Dr. Hanna holds a Ph.D. and a Masters Degree in Computer and Information Sciences form the University of Minnesota