INVEST | Glossary


INVEST is an acronym for a widely accepted set of criteria (or checklist), that assesses the quality of a user story. Failing to meet even one criteria, may lead to the team rephrasing/rewriting the entire story. The criteria met should be:

  • Independent
  • Negotiable
  • Valuable
  • Estimable
  • Small
  • Testable

Further Reading

  •  “User Stories Applied”(book), by Mike Cohn.
  •  An article on INVEST, present here.

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