User Stories for Agile Projects

REP_logo_rectangleUser Stories for Agile Projects is a full day course that takes participants through the rationale of User Stories, how to write good User Stories, and how to use them within the context of Agile projects. At the end of the course delegates will be able to write good User Stories and apply them to their own projects.

This is a highly interactive course that uses accelerated learning techniques that keep attendees engaged throughout; giving them the best opportunity to really learn and understand the subject matter. This course is ideal for project teams, customers, business analysts, Product Owners and system users, or anyone who are required to write, use, or interact with user stories. Attending the course as a full team offers a real opportunity for the entire team to experience and learn how to write effective user stories and be able to use them on their projects; it creates an excellent foundation for them to move forward.

8 Scrum Education Units (SEU’s) can be claimed for this course and used as part of your Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Professional application.  See the CSP application process on The Scrum Alliance website for more details.

The course content is outlined below

1. It’s a communication problem

What problems do User Stories address

2. What are User Stories

What a User Story is and isn’t

The 3 C’s

The structure of a User Story

Why User Stories


3. Identifying Roles

User role modelling

Refining roles

Consolidating roles


Extreme characters

4. Gathering User Stories

Trawling for User Stories

User interviews



The User Story writing workshop


What is INVEST

Applying INVEST to User Stories

6. Adding Details to Stories

Splitting User Stories

Strategies to split User Stories

7. Acceptance Criteria

What are acceptance criteria

Adding User Story details as acceptance criteria

Using acceptance criteria to define scope

Applying acceptance criteria to User Stories

8. Stories in Relation to a Product Backlog



The Product Backlog

The Product Backlog iceberg


Guidelines for good User Stories

User Story smells

9. Apply your Learning

Write User Stories

Write Acceptance Criteria

Split User Stories

Add details to User Stories

Build a Product Backlog

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