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Splitting Epics and User Stories - April 2018 - Concord

Splitting Epics and User Stories  - April  2018 - Concord

Splitting Epics and User Stories:

Using Milestones to Boost Momentum


Presented by Diana Getman 

Ascendle Chief of Staff


User stories and their big brothers, epics, are a great way to manage requirements for a software system. They act as stakes in the ground to keep track of what the system needs to do, the type of user most interested in each feature, and the reason it provides value to them.

As projects reach a significant size, many stories become too large for a team to finish within a single sprint, and must be split into smaller stories that can be completed within a sprint. Many Scrum teams struggle with this process, not knowing how to properly split epics and large stories in an effective manner to keep each split story shippable.

Software development expert Diana Getman will step you through proven techniques to split epics and user stories, making them smaller and more manageable, while sticking with the Scrum rule that each user story must deliver value.

During this session you’ll learn:

  • How splitting user stories increases the team’s momentum and throughput.
  • Why tackling 3 to 4 smaller stories in a sprint is less risky than taking on just one or two. 
  • When to split stories, and where you should focus your time in the product backlog.
  • Techniques to make each story “shippable,” even if it’s not big enough to ship on its 
  • A rule of thumb for how big each user story should be.


About the Speaker:


Diana Getman has more than 25 years of experience as a project manager leading cross-functional teams, in both startup and non-profit organizations. A skilled Agile practitioner, Diana has held the roles of Scrum Master, Product Owner and Agile Coach at Ascendle, a contract software engineering firm in North Hampton, NH. Ascendle specializes in commercial-grade cloud and mobile app development and Agile coaching and training. As a Scrum coach at Ascendle, Diana has led Agile transformations at companies ranging from startups to multi-billion dollar enterprises, bringing their software development teams to a world-class level of performance.

Diana is a graduate of the honors program at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at UNH, now known as the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. She is an entrepreneur who has run and sold several start-up businesses, including MicroArts Corporation, a digital marketing and branding firm in Greenland, NH.

When she's not leading development projects or mentoring Scrum teams, Diana spends her time hanging with her four dogs, performing as a classical violinist, and volunteering in her community. Diana was a 3-term Board Chair of the YMCA of Greater Boston Camping division, and is a former board member of the Red Cross of NH, where she was the chair of their annual Heroes Breakfast event for 7 years.

You can learn more about Diana by connecting with her on LinkedIn:



Please remember to bring an item to donate to the NH Food Pantry!



The Red Blazer
72 Manchester Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone (603) 224-4101

 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Early Bird:   Now thru April 11     Early Bird:   Now thru April 11     

Regular:      April 12 thru  April 14     

Speaker Only:   Now thru  April 18


Chapter Meeting Ticket Change - effective January 1, 2018

 Starting in January, the  "Pay at the Door" dinner tickets are no longer available.   To receive the Early Bird discount, you will have to use the "Pay Now" ticket options.  This will allow our meeting planner to accurately count the number wanting dinner and prevent over payment for preordered dinners when there is a cancellation or no-show. 

Our cancellation policy remains the same, at this time.   If you pay in advance and are unable to attend, you must send a notice to Director of Events before the event.   You will be given a credit for a future chapter meeting.

Thank you for your support in this matter.   We will continue to review our policies and if you have feedback, let us know.




Event Properties

Event Date 04-18-2018 6:00 pm
Event End Date 04-18-2018 9:00 pm
Registration Start Date 04-19-2018
Cut off date 04-19-2018
Location The Red Blazer, Concord

Monthly Food Drive for NH Food Bank

Bring an item to donate to the NH Food BANK to the Chapter Meeting.

New Hampshire Food Bank requests non-perishable shelf stable foods. ie

  • Canned Soups
  • Pastas
  • Cereals
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Crackers
  • Granola Bars
  • Peanut Butter
  • Other non-perishable items - Cash or check made payable to NH Food Bank

If you are interested in volunteering collecting, delivering, and/or sorting, contact Communications.

Since February the Chapter collects donations at  each Chapter Meeting and drops them off at the NH Food Bank. The items are then distributed throughout the New Hampshire area.  Thank you for supporting this activity.

Professional Photographer

NOTICE: A professional photographer may be on site to document the event and activities. Photographs are the sole property of PMI New Hampshire Chapter. By registering for and attending these events, attendees understand that PMI New Hampshire Chapter may use their likeness or language for future promotional purposes. If you do not wish to be photographed, please notify the photographer on site.