The Art of User Storytelling

Fadi Stephan, Excella Consulting

Agilists employ user stories as a way to capture user requirements and drive the planning process for iterative and incremental delivery of software. Traditionalists with experience in "big requirements up front" often struggle with the brevity of user stories and how to best communicate requirements. Fadi Stephan compares and contrasts user stories, use cases, and traditional requirements development approaches and explains the benefits of user stories. After explaining the basic concepts, he quickly progresses to discuss attributes of a good user story along with different techniques for user role modeling. Fadi shows you how to manage risk and dependencies by properly sizing user stories. Learn what size is the right size and how to deal with constraints, assumptions, and non-functional requirements. Understand the different criteria used to decide when to split or merge stories. Discover different boundaries for prioritizing stories. Leave with new insights on how to write effective user stories.

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