Lean Agile Vision and Effective User Story Writing Workshop London

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This is not your traditional requirements gathering course! This course focuses on how to effectively and efficiently help users build their vision using creative visual modeling and powerful engaging techniques.

Projects start with their requirements. How those requirements are documented or expressed has a tremendous influence on the rest of the project. A great way to build software that meets real users’ real needs and gets the project off on the right foot is to begin with user stories.

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.

User stories are simple, clear, brief descriptions of functionality told from the perspective of a user. User stories in agile and Scrum development can be useful to either a user of the software or the customer of the software. These user stories can then become the product backlog of an agile or Scrum project.

The technique of expressing requirements as user stories is one of the most broadly applicable techniques introduced by the agile processes; and user stories can also be an effective approach on all time-constrained projects.

This workshop provides us with the knowledge and tools needed to identify and write effective and helpful user stories. We’ll learn the six attributes all good stories must exhibit and guidelines for writing a better user story. The workshop explores how user role modeling can help when gathering a project's initial stories. During this hands-on workshop, all participants will have the opportunity to practice identifying user roles and writing stories on a case study.

You will learn by practicing how to use fun facilitation activities to gather the “breadth” of user requirements up front and catch the usually ‘missing’ ones. You will learn how to break down big requirements into small manageable ones and how to dive into the details later. You’ll learn a creative business value point’s method for prioritizing requirements and how to take dependency into consideration.

You will leave the session with the tools you need to create, groom 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 might have, so that they can be discussed and improved.


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 prioritize and order User Stories

Definition of Done

How to estimate User Stories

Applying User Stories more widely

Non Functional Requirements

We Will Learn

A useful template for writing user stories

The six attributes of a good story and how to achieve them

How to write non-functional requirements as user stories

How much work to do up-front and how much to do just-in-time

How to conduct a story-writing workshop

Practical examples from real-world projects

How to address requirements challenges

Stakeholder analysis and establishing their ownership

Defining the Product Vision

Defining the customer’s “Conditions of Satisfaction”

Facilitation and Elicitation techniques for Requirements Gathering

High Level Use Case Diagrams

Brainstorming and consolidating features

The art of breaking down epics into small chunks

The Non-Functional/Technical Requirements

Using Business Value Points and Dependency for prioritization

Identifying and mitigating Risk

Yes, Now Let’s Talk Details!

When is a Requirement “Done”?

User Acceptance Tests (UPFRONT!)

How to manage the inevitable CHANGE!

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to be successful using Lean / Agile / Scrum

Anyone who is involved across the full range of roles, like Business Analysts, Architects, Business Customers, Developers, Operations, Product Managers, Project Managers, Team Leaders, Testers

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

Are there any Pre-requisites 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 recommended to have a prior understanding of or experience of using Agile. However, it’s not mandatory.

What Will You Receive

Refreshments throughout the course, including drinks and lunch

Access to electronic copies of course materials

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