3 Tips for User Stories that Get Done Right


29 March, 2018

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User Stories are the lifeblood of many of our Agile teams. If that stream ain’t flowing, then we’re up sh*t creek!

This week I worked with a team that was finding it hard to get User Stories working for them. Here’s what I told them!

At first glance, User Story writing may not seem like a tough job. These things don’t have big words or complex grammar structures.

They’re easy to read, concise, and straight to the point.

Any developer or tester loves how the best-written User Stories deliver the gist instantly, making requirements analysis and discussions easier and more effective.

Are your User Stories the opposite of useful?

Writing a good User Story is hard.

You don’t just list down requirements in numbers and bullets. There are a lot of things to take into consideration when composing one. Ask yourself:

  • Is this delivering the client’s requirements correctly?,
  • Is there enough information in this story or is there too much?,
  • Will anyone who reads this story understand what is being asked and why?, etc etc…

It might sound overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be.

3 tips to write better User Stories

  1. Be smart about being succinct
  2. Find the right balance between detail and velocity
  3. Involve as many team members as possible to promote shared understanding

In just five minutes, I’ll walk you through each tip so go on now and click play! (No annoying ads there, I promise!)

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