Writing Effective User Stories

The heart of Agile is user stories, yet there is confusion on how to write them. Many agile teams struggle to write user stories with just enough information so that developers can reasonably estimate the effort to implement.

During this 2-day workshop, you will learn how to write user stories that are valuable to stakeholders and developers. This workshop will also examine the role of the product owner in managing user stories.

The following topics will be discussed during the workshop, and students will work through practical, hands-on exercise to reinforce concepts:

  • What is a user story
  • Why user stories
  • How to write a user story
  • Who writes user stories and when
  • Differentiation between requirements and user stories
  • Card, Confirmation, Conversation
  • Acceptance criteria
  • Themes, epics, features
  • Organizing user stories
  • Splitting user stories
  • Release planning
  • Story map
  • Non-functional Requirements as User Stories
Who Should Attend
  • Business customers or anyone with a desire to understand the agile process or the Scrum product owner role
  • Management and executive team responsible for overseeing the business
  • Business analysts, product owners
  • Agile product managers or traditional product managers
  • Traditional project managers transitioning to or curious about agile practices
  • Line managers or functional managers
  • Anyone who desires to learn about agile and better interface with agile teams

This workshop is offered periodically throughout the year. Check the Course Schedule for the latest offerings.