"Creepy" User Stories

Photo by Dan and Fern Treacy

Photo by Dan and Fern Treacy

Most of us are familiar with the idea of scope creep--when the understanding of work grows, and the effort involved is larger than originally expected.  A coworker was talking about the problem of scope creep and how it can be due to discovering technical debt in the codebase that needs to be addressed or it can be related to the complexity of business requirements.  When this happens, he said, the user stories can be called "creepy."  I love the term, and I wonder:

Does your product lead to a lot of creepy user stories?

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.