We have heard several definitions of user stories. We have used the INVEST formula countless times, and most likely used 1,000+ sticky notes.

Books, essays and the Internet are good sources for the basics. After some failures and a lot of practice, we might be able to write acceptable stories and deliver decent products.

However, delivering valuable, remarkable software requires much more. To make sure the right stuff is delivered, the right conversations between development teams and business stakeholders need to take place. This is where the ability to write user stories like a pro comes into play.

In this talk, you will learn seven ideas and techniques to improve your user stories. You will learn concepts such as “prioritize according to stages of growth,” rules like “budget instead of estimate,” and techniques such as “best by” and “narrow segments.” Bring your notebook and be ready to practice!


Outline/Structure of the Workshop



Small pieces have been presented several times in work environments with different types of groups. The assembled activity is a new session.

If approved by the Conference, this new format will be presented at least twice at local meetups.



1) BUILDING CONNECTIONS (speaker-attendees, attendees-topic) - 9 minutes

+ 2-min Talk: Four definitions of “user stories.”

+ 2-min Exercise: Standup Survey (choosing and/or building the best definition of user stories).

+ 2-min Talk: Four purposes/goals of “user stories.”

+ 2-min Exercise: Standup Survey (crowdsourcing the real purpose/goal of user stories).

+ 1-min Talk: Conclusion

2) PRESENTING CONCEPTS - 35 minutes (7 rounds)

+ 1-min Talk: Intro for each trick and/or metaphor.

+ 2-min Interactive Talk: Explanation and/or benefits.

+ 2-min Talk: Tips to make things happen.

3) PRACTICE - 1 minute

+ 1-min Exercise: Pair sharing (share the best, the new and the most useful trick you learned).






Learning Outcome

- Gain a deeper understanding of the purpose of using user stories.

- Identify fresh techniques to write better user stories.

- Get replicable examples of how to apply portions splitting techniques.

Target Audience

Agilists, managers, product owners, scrum masters, team members, design thinkers



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