When we’re managing our work as a project, we may walk into actions which are, or at least feel repetitive: Things we’ll have to do over and over again, things which need to be done for every story. For instance, when we update a website, we have some exclusive editorial tasks (copy writing), yet also quite some repetitive tasks, such as testing copy, doing a proper lay-out and then finally publishing the copy.
How to administrate that?
Well, in Lean and Agile Project Management we want the team to focus on completion of an entire User Story, with all tasks for all disciplines involved. It ain’t done until it’s done. Just to remind the team of all that needs to be undertaken, we suggest that User Stories contain all tasks needed for the client to see the benefit. So, you do want to add all tasks needed to complete the story. Even if this makes them quite repetitive. Again and again.
This in fact is the true meaning of doing it First Time Right. The advantage of doing so, is that we get a much better understanding of all the work to be done, rather than that of a specialist only. In the end, we’ll learn to deliver as a team, rather than just doing our parts.