Definition of a Spike:
Spike is the name for a timeboxed user story or Task that is created in order to research a question or resolve a problem. Spikes focus on gathering information and finding answers to a questions, rather than producing a shippable product.
Synonyms for a Spike:
Proof of Concept, PoC
Use of Spikes:
A Spike is created when a user story or task cannot be estimated well enough until the team has done further research or investigation. The result of a spike is an estimate for the original user story so that the sprint can move forward.
Benefits of Spikes:
- Enable the team to make more accurate and reliable user stories.
- Increase the team’s understanding of a user story or PBI requirement.
- Reduce waste.