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Writing User Stories

Course Summary

The Writing User Stories training course is designed to introduce software developers to successfully work with User Stories.

The course begins by examining the process, tips, and key elements required to effectively capture user stories as a means of tracking project requirements. Next, it will also demonstrate how to decompose user stories and groom the product backlog. The course concludes with examining estimations in using relative sizing.

Pre-Requisites: Experience working on Agile teams or have prior Agile training is recommended.

Learn how to effectively create user stories.
Beginner Agile practitioners needing to create effective user stories.
Business Analyst - Project Manager - Technical Manager
Skill Level
2 Days
Related Technologies
Agile | UI/UX


Productivity Objectives
  • Interpret what the inputs are for User Stories
  • Identify how to properly document User Stories
  • Discover how to decompose and aggregate stories as needed
  • Articulate grooming the product backlog
  • Illustrate relative sizing as a method for estimating

What You'll Learn:

In the Writing User Stories training course, you'll learn:
  • Story Creation
    • Gathering User Requirements and Story-writing Workshop
    • Developing and Sizing a Product Backlog
    • Planning Epics, Features, and Releases
    • Planning Realistic Feature and Release Schedules
    • Creating Templates for "User Stories"
    • Understanding the I.N.V.E.S.T Story Creation Method and Other Story Creation Best Practices
    • Reviewing Common Bottlenecks
    • Examining Non-functional Requirements (NFRs)
    • Interpreting "Just Enough" Up-front Work
    • Using Roles/Personas
    • Creating Acceptance Criteria/Defining "Done"
    • Aggregating and decomposing stories
    • Assessing Story Spikes
  • Grooming the Backlog
    • Prioritization
    • Looking Ahead
    • Ongoing Story Grooming
    • Value Assessment
    • Risk-based Prioritization
  • Story Estimation Methods
    • Estimates vs. Commitment
    • Analogous Relative Sizing
    • Planning Poker usage
“I appreciated the instructor's technique of writing live code examples rather than using fixed slide decks to present the material.”


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