There is a lot of discussion around user stories, and it is probably one of the most frequently used words in any agile team. For something that is talked about so much in your team, and when the quality of understanding around the user story is directly proportional to creating a successful product, do you know how well your agile teams understand these user stories? What views do they have about these user stories, and what aspects of these user stories do they care about most?

In this session you will learn and experience three techniques to aid collaboration within your team members and learn to reach a common understanding of the product and user stories that everyone will support. These techniques include role playing in a very different way to help us explore how user stories can help team members see them from a perspective never thought of before.

This session you will learn and experience through three different exercises how to decipher information your team wants to develop a common understanding of the product and expectations from each other. This session is helpful to product owners, team members, scrum masters and leaders in any organization.

 

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Tutorial

  • Introduction - 5mins
  • True Story that motivated this session - 5mins
  • Interesting Facts & Stats - Support the need for common understanding - 10mins
  • Exercise #1 : User Story Heat Map - 15mins
    • Conduct the exercise and ask attendees what information the recall the most
    • Ah-Ha Moment : Results of the Experiment
  • Exercise # 2 : If the User Story came alive! - 20mins
    • Break attendees in groups and using post-it notes have them post their discussion on wall
    • Attendees share their groups findings
    • Sharing of Results and "Ah-Ha" moments
  • Exercise #3: Reverse Role Play - 20mins
    • Break attendees in groups and using post-it notes have them post their discussion on wall
    • Attendees share their groups findings
    • Sharing of Results and "Ah-Ha" moments
  • Share common findings from conducting these exercises with other teams - 5mins
  • Questions & Answers - 10mins

Learning Outcome

Attendees will experience and learn :

  • What information in the user stories do team members care about most and what are they missing.
  • How well the team understands motivation and drive behind the product and its features.
  • How are the events and information around the user story perceived by the team and what can the product owners, scrum masters and team do to make the story more relevant and efficient.
  • Learn techniques to decipher information your team wants to develop a common understanding of the product and expectations from each other.
  • Learn interactive exercises that you can do with your team the very next day to intelligently extract information that address the team and product owners’ needs.

Target Audience

Scrum Master, Product Owner, SCRUM Team Members, Executives

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