Overview

As a project manager, you want your team to improve continuously with cutting-edge tools at their disposal. You’ve heard about Agile and Scrum, and now you’re ready to take the next step. Our User Story Workshop is an excellent place to start.

What is a user story? A user story is a sentence or two that clearly and concisely describes a “work effort” whose end result will benefit the user. User stories make up the product backlog, which comprises all of the work efforts that need to be completed in order to release a meaningful product at the end of the sprint.

In English, all this means is “breaking big tasks into little tasks so they’re easier to manage and the product release is quicker.” This is a major departure from traditional use-case style requirements, which often represent horizontal slices of work. A user story is a vertical slice of work: from concept to potentially shippable product.

In our User Story Workshop, our expert trainers will teach you how to visualize your goal and break it into bite-size user stories with clearly outlined criteria for how to complete the task. Since our trainers are also Agile practitioners, they will draw upon personal and professional experience to illustrate the benefits of user stories.

Audience

This workshop is essential for anyone invested in the delivery team’s success, including product managers, subject matter experts, analysts, architects, Product Owners, ScrumMasters, testers, and programmers.

Prerequisites

Please read the following documents before the class:

Manifesto for Agile Software Development

Principles behind the Agile Manifesto

Scrum: A Description

Workshop Topics

Highlights of this workshop include:

  • What is a user story?
  • Writing effective user stories
  • Common pitfalls in writing user stories
  • Defining clear acceptance criteria for each user story
  • Estimating the size of each user story
  • Agile sprint planning

Next Steps

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