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What’s a story kickoff? Like the name implies, it’s an event to kick off the story with key stakeholders before working on it.


Why should development teams do story kickoffs? Because a story kickoff:

  • Creates clarity and alignment with the team
  • Calls out risks and uncertainties
  • Shares knowledge and ideas
  • Estimation
  • Kickoff
  • Review
  • Desk Check
  • QA
  • Release


Kickoffs can be synchronous or asynchronous. Synchronous kickoffs are done over meetings. Asynchronous kickoffs can be done over threads.

  • The mockup with design
  • The technical requirements with developers
  • The test plan with quality analysts

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