The aim of this one day workshop is to provide you with the necessary knowledge and tools to gather, write, and prioritise effective and accurate User Stories.

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  • 2 half days LIVE online
    The aim of this one day workshop is to provide you with the necessary knowledge and tools to gather, write, and prioritise effective and accurate User Stories.

Expleo Academy’s interactive User Stories workshop  provides an essential step in any Agile Learning Pathway. The content is of value to any business or project stakeholder engaged in agile business change projects. The workshop is currently featured in Expleo’s Business Analysis, Software Quality Analysis, Software Quality Management, and Software Engineering Learning Pathways.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the benefits of an Agile Framework
  • Identify key User Roles
  • Create User Story cards to support a strategic or tactical business change
  • Utilise prototyping and conceptual modelling to add further value to a User Story backlog
  • Collaborate in User Story conversations
  • Slice User Story requirements to the right Size
  • Confirm User Stories for development, through Acceptance Tests
  • Use effective User Story writing techniques
  • Identify next steps for implementing an Agile approach to requirements management
Course Outline

The Back Story

  • False Agile
  • Agile Manifesto in a User Stories context
  • User Stories in an agile process context
  • Overview of Product concepts
  • Understanding the Vision

Valuable User Stories – what are they?

  • Common SDLC communications problems
  • Industry standard requirements formats
  • The 3 C’s
  • Writing your initial User Stories 

Quality User Stories – what are they?

  • Worked examples of INVEST
  • Good slices of a Story
  • Writing smaller User Stories

User Stories – who are the users?

  • System users and Proxy users
  • Customer Team
  • User Roles
  • User Role Modelling workshop
  • Personas
  • Extreme Characters
  • Identifying your User Roles

Story Writing Workshops

  • Continuous trawling
  • Story writing workshops
  • Low fidelity prototypes
  • Even better Story writing
  • Creating your conceptual model

Additional User Story Workshops

  • Story Estimation workshops
  • Prioritisation workshops
  • Release Planning
  • Your Release Plan

User Stories – how much is enough?

  • Just Enough information
  • Acceptance Criteria
  • The 3 Amigos

User Stories – what next?

  • Why choose User Stories
  • Problem-Solution for User Stories
  • Industry  Tools
  • Common Story attributes

There are no specific prerequisites for this course.

However we do recommend that attendees have either first completed Expleo Academy’s IC Agile Fundamentals training, or at least have previous experience in a software development lifecycle.

Related Certifications

Attendees may also be interested in Expleo’s

  • ICAgile Certified Agile Fundamentals
  • ICAgile Certified Product Ownership
  • BCS Requirements Engineering
  • ISQI® Certified Agile Business Analysis (CABA)
  • ISTQB® Certified Tester: Foundation Level Extension - Agile Tester
  • Certified Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM)
  • DASA Certified DevOps Fundamentals

Expleo Academy are happy to discuss your specific training needs to advise on your optimal learning pathway. 

Who should attend?

Anyone who intends collaborating and communicating through User Stories. This includes Business Analysts, Product Owners, Developers, Testers, Project Managers, Business Representatives and anyone who seeks to benefit from a User Stories approach to support successful product or project delivery.