Better User Stories

Requirements & User Stories training

User Story training which doesn’t ignore requirements and backlogs

Making better user stories with added value

A 1-day workshop to improve requirements, user stories writing and backlog management.

Public course with Learning Connections.

What is the right size for a User Story?

How do I write strong User Stories?

When do I use a Story and when do I use and Epic?

How do I determine business value?

In Agile, like traditional software development, work begins with customer requirements. Rather than a large English document most Agile teams work with small User Stories collecting into backlogs.

In this workshop we will look at how Agile teams work with stories and use multiple backlogs to guide their work. We will look at:

  • User Stories: what makes a good one, what makes a bad one
  • The difference between requirements and specifications
  • How specification by example and acceptance test criteria are used with stories to add detail
  • How stories are prioritised, value? risk? business benefit?
  • How value can be assigned to stories and value changes
  • Finally we will look at how backlogs can be structured to provide forward planning and visibility.

This workshop is highly interactive, participants will get to write stories, critique stories and assign a monetary value to each and every story. Questions and discussion is very much encouraged.

Who need User Story training?

Anyone who wears the Product Owner hat should attend this training course!

Participants are often Business Analysts, Product Managers and Project Managers.

Developers, Testers and others on an Agile team will benefit from a better understanding of stories and backlogs.

The workshop contains lessons for anyone working on an Agile team with User Stories and Backlogs. Those who write stories – typically Product Owners, Business Analysts and Product Managers – will benefit. So too will those who receive User Stories to be developers and tested – programmers, testers, and designers.

Managers and Scrum Masters who work with these teams will also benefit from a deeper look backlog management.


This one day training workshop is available for delivery on a client site for up to 12 participants.

All participants receive printed copies of the slides, an electronic copy of the slides and a copy of Allan Kelly’s “Little Book of Requirements and User Stories”.

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