Walking Skeleton

[waw-king skel-i-tn]

Definition of Walking Skeleton

A subset of the System that demonstrates the basic architectural decisions; it is the result of many Architecturally Significant Stories.


Teams often build a Walking Skeleton in the first few Sprints of a Release, in order to provide the architecture and infrastructure to support the features being released.

That is, early Sprints in a release often put together a ‘walking skeleton’ (demonstrating the architectural decisions in running code) based on doing Architecturally Significant Stories, and the later Sprints focus on adding Business Value by adding ‘meat on the bones.’

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