What is this course?
This hands-on workshop provides an in-depth understanding of user stories within an Agile context through both knowledge sharing and practical exercises. We will explore the lifecycle of a story, from how it is created to how we know it is ‘done’. It is aimed at those with or without prior knowledge and/or experience of Agile.
You will leave the session with the tools you need to create, refine and manage excellent, appropriate user stories and use them effectively.
This workshop is highly interactive and we actively encourage participants to bring along ‘troubled’ stories they may have, so that they can be discussed and improved.
What will you learn?
The 2 day Agile Analysis and Story Writing workshop will give you an in-depth understanding of User Stories in order that you can:
- Fully understand how User Stories are created or ‘harvested’
- Understand roles and their relevance to user stories
- Create appropriately sized, quality user stories
- Deal effectively with dependencies between stories
- Understand how you can create User Stories for bugs, technical issues and non-functional requirements
- Understand and use at least two methods for estimating stories
- Identify common issues with User Stories and deal with them appropriately
What our delegates say
“The recent user story course I’ve just completed was comprehensive, well planned and expertly delivered. David Putman is a very affable, knowledgeable and capable instructor.”
Mark Darbyshire (MJD Management Services Ltd)
Agile Analysis and User Story Workshop with David Putman
Meet your trainers
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What topics will be covered?
You can expect the following topics to be covered during the course:
- Why use User Stories
- How to write good User Stories
- How to identify and collect User Stories
- Identifying User Roles and Personas
- Creating User Stories with Acceptance Criteria
- Creating a User Story Map
- How to refine and groom User Stories
- Reviewing User Stories against INVEST Criteria
- Splitting Stories
- How to prioritise and order User Stories
- Definition of ‘Done’
- How to estimate User Stories
- Applying User Stories more widely
- Non-functional requirements
In addition, given the instructor’s substantial experience and knowledge working with stories, you will also have the opportunity to create, assess and improve on User Stories through a number of practical exercises.
What will you receive?
- 2 days of high quality instruction from a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Professional and Agile expert with over 10 years’ Agile experience
- For courses on our public schedule, refreshments throughout the course, including drinks and lunch
- Course materials handbook
- Access to electronic copies of course materials and other reference documentation
- Agil8 Planning Poker® cards for use in team estimating
- Agil8 Community membership including face-to-face and virtual networking and knowledge sharing opportunities, access to industry experts, special offers and invitations to special events
Who is this course suitable for?
- Anyone who wants to be successful using Lean/Agile/Scrum
- Anyone who is involved across the full range of roles, but in particular those playing the Scrum Product Owner role and/or Business Analysts
- Those newly setting out on their Agile journey, as well as those already using Agile or Scrum but looking for help with their writing and usage of User Stories with their team and stakeholders
- Those with the following roles within their organisation:
- Product Owners
- Business Analysts
- Agile Coaches
- Team Leaders
- Process Owners and Managers
- Development Team Members (Analysts, Architects, Designers, Coders, Testers, etc.)
- Project / Product Managers
- Functional / Departmental Managers
Are there any prerequisites for this course?
This course will not cover the Scrum process or other Agile methodologies, but will rather look specifically at the role of User Stories within them. As such, it is aimed at those with a prior understanding of or experience of using Agile.
How should you prepare for this course?
There are no formal pre-requisites for this course, however the following materials may be helpful to review prior to attending the course:
- User Stories – Key Dimensions of User Stories
- 5 Common Mistakes We Make Writing User Stories – Scrum Alliance Article
- The 9 Steps of Successful Software Development – Agil8 Blog Post
- Component Teams vs Feature Teams – Agil8 Blog Post
In addition, for those already using User Stories, collecting and bringing sample or problematic User Stories with you to work on would be beneficial.
What about certification?
There is no exam associated with this course.