I’m on a team that is agile-like. I know that immediately raises at least the caution flag, but hey, it’s what I’ve got.
We use JIRA to manage our stories, and one thing we’ve insisted on for a while is the presence of Acceptance Criteria for each story. So far, so good. But here’s my problem:
Sometimes while working on a story, the original idea for the change is abandoned (business user changes mind, or it’s not a workable idea, or whatever). But the developers are utterly unwilling to update the JIRA to show what was actually implemented!
Results are as you would think: I pick up the story, I try to test it, it fails spectacularly, the developers say “Oh, that’s not what we did.” Utter waste of my time. I’ve brought it up in retrospectives, I’ve tried handling it privately in emails… they are always “sorry” but do not change their behavior. This happens about every six to eight weeks.
Short of actual mayhem (so messy), any advice to better enforce what I feel is simply common sense??