Agilists employ user stories as a way to capture user requirements and drive the planning process for iterative and incremental delivery of software. Traditionalists with experience in “big requirements up front” often struggle with the brevity of user stories and how to best communicate requirements. In this presentation, Fadi explains the benefits of using user stories to represent customer requirements. After explaining the basic concepts, he quickly progresses to discuss attributes of a good user story along with different techniques for user role modeling. Fadi shows you how to manage risk and dependencies by properly sizing user stories. Learn what size is the right size and how to deal with constraints, assumptions, and non-functional requirements. Understand the different criteria used to decide when to split or merge stories. Discover different boundaries for prioritizing stories. Leave with new insights on how to write effective user stories.

 
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I’ll present this talk using my preferred presentation style of using a slide deck of mostly pictures representing the topic at hand. I've presented this talk previously at Agile Development Practices conference (ADP/BSC).

Outline:

  • Introduction

o   Who, What and Why?

o   The 3 Cs

  • Card
  • Conversation
  • Confirmation

o   Customer value

o   Estimate and Priority

o   Assumptions

o   Constraints

o   Acceptance Criteria

o   Examples

  • Comparison

o   IEEE 830

o   Use Cases

o   User Stories

  • Verbal Communication
  • Defer Details
  • Right Size
  • Understandable
  • Iterative Planning
  • Role Modeling

o   Perspective

o   Personas

o   Extreme users

  • Attributes – INVEST

o   Independent

o   Negotiable

o   Valuable

o   Estimatable

o   Small

o   Testable

  • Splitting

o   When

  • Dependency
  • Too Big
  • Risk
  • Compound
  • Bugs

o   How -using vertical slices

  • Data boundaries
  • Operational boundaries
  • Cross cutting concerns
  • Performance
  • Priority
    • Necessity
    • Flexibility
    • Safety
    • Luxury

Learning Outcome

  • Benefits of a user story over traditional requirements documentation
  • Attributes of a good user story
  • Properly sizing user stories
  • Understanding when to split user stories
  • Understanding how to split user stories
  • Dealing with constraints, assumptions, and non functional requirements

Target Audience

Product Owner, Developers, Business Analysts, Testers

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