User Story Writing Workshop


Workshop Description

This two day course is a hands-on workshop intended to teach students how to create and manage User Stories.  Hands-on exercises are used throughout the course to reinforce the lecture material.

The course begins with a discussion on gathering User Stories.  Various approaches to determining the real requirements for an application are discussed.  The section also includes a discussion on techniques and criteria for evaluating User Stories.

In Agile, a story must be small enough to be completed within a single sprint.  This frequently requires decomposing a feature or a story into smaller stories.  Techniques for doing this are discussed in the second part of the course.

The third part of the course discusses developing acceptance criteria and acceptance tests for each story.  This section concludes with a discussion on User Stories mapping.

The course concludes with a case study, in which students develop stories, decompose them into manageable sizes, and create acceptance criteria and tests for the stories.

Prerequisite: Scrum Fundamentals


  • Describe the structure of a User Story
  • Define the criteria for creating good Stories
  • Develop User Stories
  • Define Acceptance Criteria for User Stories
  • Use Stories to plan a release
  • Decompose epics into smaller User Stories
  • Create and use Story Maps

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