House Fixer Upper & Story Sizing Matrix Workshop

Let’s admit it, most of us have seen HGTV’s Fixer Upper (everyone has seen at least one episode of Chip and Joanna demoing and remodeling spaces!) and wish we can update our homes as beautifully. How can you compare story sizing home improvements? Just like stories, no two home updates are created equal. A lot goes into considering home updates like risk/uncertainty/complexity and duration/impact of the job.

Similar to home improvements, a story point is an abstract measure of effort. In simple terms, it is a number that tells an agile team about the difficulty level of a story. In terms of uncertainty/complexity, will you find mold tearing down a wall to open up the kitchen or termites when popping the roof?

There’s a potential for some unknown. With time/effort, a stamped concrete patio will take a weekend vs several weeks to build a wood deck. Shall you get a new vanity for the bathroom or just paint the old?

Let’s bring story sizing and Fixer Upper’s together in a fun story sizing workshop session that can be used on your teams tomorrow!


Outline/Structure of the Workshop/Game

Session Outline (45 min):

5 min - Introduction

7 min

  • Importance of story sizing
  • How is story sizing considered?
  • Story sizing process
  • Sizing the stories
  • Story sizing by level of effort vs by hours – what’s the difference?

10 min – Activity

Teams determine what is considered risk/complexity/unknown (low, medium, high) & duration/impact (small, medium, large)

15 min – Activity

With your “house”mates (can be at your table) size your home improvement stories

5 min – Wrap-up teams choose a story, give its estimate and explain why

3 min - Questions

Learning Outcome

  • Session attendees will understand the importance of sizing
  • Attendees will be able to see a different way of size stories as they relate to home improvements
  • Attendees can bring this concept back to their teams for a more comprehensive understanding of sizing stories

Target Audience

Teams and scrum masters!

Prerequisites for Attendees

This a beginner level session – no requirements except the desire to learn a fun way to better understand story sizing on a team with a very useful matrix.

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