In order to achieve my goals, as a buyer of your product, I want awesome feature.

AT: make sure your users stories don't get in the way.

Users Stories, the tool teams use to break big ideas into small demonstrable deliverable, are easy to describe and challenging to write effectively. In this hands-on workshop you'll learn how to write great user stories that adhere to the INVEST principle. We'll learn various techniques to slice your stories using the vertical-slicing approach. We will discuss what elements should be included in the stories, what criteria you should keep in mind while slicing stories; why the size of your user story is important and how to make them smaller and efficient.

 
 

Outline/structure of the Session

  • Quick overview of Stories and Slicing Metaphor - 5 mins
  • What do you do to Large Stories? Spike, Split, Stub & Timebox (SSST) technique. - 5mins
  • Acceptance Criteria - 10 mins
  • Core Slicing Techniques: - 60 mins
    1. System Slice
      1.a. Static vs. Dynamic
      1.b. Real-time vs. Batch Processing
      1.c. Build vs. Buy
      1.d. Automated vs. Manual Steps
      1.e. Defer certain roles
    2. Behavioural Slice
      2.a. Adjusting Sophistication - MVF (Minimum Viable Feature) or Walking Skeleton
      2.a.1. Acceptance Criteria
      2.b. By-pass certain steps in the workflow
      2.c. Focus on Happy Path First (edge cases later)
      2.d. No options - 1 option - Many options
    3. Incrementally improve ‘Ilities' (Usability, Scalability, Reliability, etc.)
      3.a. Simpler UI (even consider using a standard UI)
      3.b. Minmal Data
      3.c. Improve Performance Iteratively
  • Product Discovery and Story Mapping - 10 mins

Learning Outcome

How to slice user stories.

Target Audience

Product Owners, Product Managers, Agile Coaches, Team Leads, Scrum Masters, Developers, Testers

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  • Vivek Ganesan
    By Vivek Ganesan  ~  1 year ago
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    Great! I have already added this session to my "To-Attend" list :)

  • Nayan Naidu
    By Nayan Naidu  ~  2 years ago
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    Hey Naresh,

    Great topic and of very much importance for having the expectations set in regards to the Stories, especially when both the team and PO are working together for the first time.

    One input though. I see that the session that you handled in the video shared, the session goes on for 2 hours. Here you have mentioned the session is planned to be for 90 minutes. Looking at the topics that are being covered, as you say in your video, condensing the content worth of 8 hours into 90 minutes seems to be tricky. May be you want to cut down the content to suite 90 minutes by may be focussing on a specific method? 

    Cheers,

    Nayan

    • Naresh Jain
      By Naresh Jain  ~  2 years ago
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      Thanks Nayan. Yes I plan to certainly reduce time on certain topics. But I would prefer doing that based on participants who show up for the workshop.

  • Naveen Kumar Singh
    By Naveen Kumar Singh  ~  2 years ago
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    Naresh, Interesting topic and looking forward to learn through this session about story slicing.

    Naveen 

  • Prasad
    By Prasad  ~  2 years ago
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    Naresh,

    Interesting topic, makes lot meaning for custom application development. Will you be covering any context of 'Packaged application', how stories can be sliced for customization, configuration and rollouts etc..

    ~~PP

    • Naresh Jain
      By Naresh Jain  ~  2 years ago
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      Thanks Prasad. Packaged application is an interesting area, when it comes to slicing user stories. I've some experience in applying the splitting techniques in those areas. If the participants are really interested, I can certainly share one or two relevant examples.

  • Jerry Rajamoney
    By Jerry Rajamoney  ~  2 years ago
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    Naresh,

    Thanks for this topic which is frequently asked by may PO's. On the lighter note I have the following query:

    You have mentioned many technique in the list. Any specfic reason for leaving out "Conversation and communication between team and PO". :)

    I found in few cases just the discussion between these two parties helps to break the stories.

    • Naresh Jain
      By Naresh Jain  ~  2 years ago
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      Thanks for the feedback Jerry. I've assumed conversation, communication and collaboration between PO and Team as a pre-req. Without that this topis is useless.

  • Joel Tosi
    By Joel Tosi  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Naresh,

        I dig the session.  Help me understand what exercises the attendees would actually be doing?  Looking at the slides it appears that attendees aren't doing any exercises so much as you are facilitating a discussion and asking them which techniques were used, etc.  Am I reading that correct and is that your intent?

     

    Best,

    Joel

    • Naresh Jain
      By Naresh Jain  ~  2 years ago
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      Hi Joel, Thanks for your feedback. If you see the video, you'll see that the attendees are doing multiple excercises:

      • Trying to write stories from the flow chart and they run into the challenge of large stories
      • Second exercise is to use acceptance critiera to slice stories for profile uplaod
      • Post that there are 2 more exercises where they are given a screen and they have to slice stories from it.

      So basically they do 4 exercises and rest of it discussions. In a 90 mins tutorial, this is the best I can do.

      Hope this helps. Thanks again.


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