Let's Sharpen Your Agile Ax ... It's Story Splitting Time

schedule Oct 30th 11:20 AM - 12:00 PM place 203 A/B people 16 Interested

Do you want to write great User Stories (a.k.a. small features that are part of a product) that provide the vehicle for conversation and confirmation that we build the right thing? Do you struggle with completing stories (of business value) that are potentially shippable within a fraction of an iteration/sprint? During this session we will do a quick refresher on User Story formatting to include Acceptance Criteria. The reason for the refresher is that over the last few years, despite people using User Stories, I have experienced their usage far from the intended purpose.

After the refresher, we will learn at least 3 techniques for splitting stories in this interactive workshop.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  1. Introduction (2 minutes)
  2. User Story refresher (7 minutes)
  3. Acceptance Criteria refresher (7 minutes)
  4. First splitting technique and discussion (10 minutes)
  5. Second splitting technique and discussion (10 minutes)
  6. Third splitting technique and discussion (10 minutes - Optional)
  7. Fourth splitting technique and discussion (10 minutes - Optional)
  8. Wrap up - Q&A (5 minutes)

I could easily make this a 90-minute workshop. I will only be able to cover two splitting techniques as table top exercises and just provide the other two.

Learning Outcome

  • Refresher on the characteristics and purpose of a user story and acceptance criteria
  • At least 3 techniques for splitting stories so that they can be completed in a fraction of an iteration/sprint and still have business value

Target Audience

Product Owners, Business Analyst, Scrum Master, Project Manager

Prerequisite

None required

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