New product Research or Processes
Common Mistake #1 Inadequate Research
Common Mistake #2 Vague Requirements
While classic user stories include three components (actor and user role, user activity, and user benefit), the most important aspect of each user story is the details on acceptance criteria. Many times, the acceptance criteria are left to the engineer to decipher which makes it even more difficult for the QA team to verify, prior to final story acceptance by product management. Product managers need to make the additional efforts to provide very detailed acceptance criteria, or better yet a detailed written specification on the requirements with a practice run-through asking yourself "How do I know this is done?" as the criteria for documenting the acceptance criteria.