Writing User Stories

BA300 | 3 days | €380

Learn how to craft highly effective user stories and implement a story-driven process in both agile and waterfall projects.

Overview

Words, especially when written, are a very risky way to express requirements for something as complex as software. User stories provide us with a way of having just enough written down that we don’t forget and that we can estimate and plan while also encouraging frequent conversations between developers, customers, and users. The written user story could point to a diagram depicting a workflow or any other artifact. After completing this case based training the attendees will know everything necessary to write good user stories and implement a story-driven process in both agile and waterfall projects.

During the training, participants practice the whole process from identifying roles and personas, taking part in story writing workshop, estimating, prioritizing, planning a release, defining acceptance criteria to decomposing stories to tasks.

In addition, participants receive plenty of practical advice linked to a case study on how to avoid too much detail, how to handle technical or unknown functionalities, how to avoid common pitfalls while working or transitioning to agile.

Instructors

With many years of experience and numerous successfully implemented consulting projects in the field of business analysis and enterprise architecture, our trainers are here to help you master your knowledge and practices. 

Nina Prodanova-Iozeva ITCE

Nina Prodanova-Iozeva

Managing Partner & Senior Consultant

Nina is a highly qualified consultant and leader with more than 20 years of experience in leading highly complex projects and transformations. Nina is a well-known name in the field of Agile, Business Analysis, Enterprise Architecture and IT Service Management.

Maria Veledinova

Senior Consultant & Trainer

Maria is specializing in Agile, DevOps Practices, Project Management and Business Analysis. Her most recent projects are in the field of organizational transformation with focus on adoption of Agile & DevOps culture and practices and implementation of SAFe® (Scaled Agile Framework).

What you’ll learn

COURSE MODULES:

  • User roles modelling
  • Gathering user stories
  • Writing user stories
  • Acceptance testing user stories
  • Estimating
  • Planning a release
  • Planning an iteration

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

At the training, participants will gain the necessary knowledge and skills on: 

  • Modelling user roles
  • Writing good user stories (and epics)
  • Understanding the difference between user stories, use cases and requirements specifications
  • Understanding how much work to do up-front and how much to do just-in-time
  • Testing the user stories
  • Understanding how to adapt the software development process to user stories
  • How to estimate stories in story points
  • How to plan 3-6 month release (walking skeleton method)
  • Iteration planning and measuring the progress

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who should attend? 

    Anyone is welcome to attend. This course is especially suitable for professionals performing the roles of Business Analysts, Product Owner, Developers, QA/Project Managers, Architects, Consultants. 

    Are there any prerequisites for attending the training? 

    There are no prerequisites for this course. 

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