Writing Great User Stories

It’s been a while since I’ve done a public talk at a user group or conference, but I’m going to be doing a talk at the Tampa Bay Agile Meetup group on August 27th.  We are holding the meeting at the AgileThought Tampa office.  (See the meetup.com link to RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Agile-Software-Developers/events/133369272/)

User stories are a specific topic in agile that I enjoy talking about.  I think people don’t fully understand the power of them, and they get misused.  I get frustrated when I see user stories that start with “As a developer…” and the story goes on to talk about work a developer needs to do to get themselves out of technical debt.  Work to reduce technical debt is fine and all, but it shouldn’t be captured as a user story – it’s a technical debt reduction activity.  I think part of the issue people have working with user stories is that they are a bit of art form.   At their simplest, it’s a sentence on an index card.  There aren’t volumes of books on them. 

My hope is that this talk will impart some good information that others can use to help them when working with user stories.  See you there!

1 Comment

  1. Writing good user stories is like writing a Haiku or moving from C to Lisp. It takes a while to get into the proper mindset, but once you do you wonder why you found it so challenging.

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