Writing User Stories

User Stories are Product Backlog Items that are concise and clear descriptions of functionality in terms of its value to the end user. The User Story always takes the form:

As a ______ I want to ___________ so that I can ______.”

Our experience has shown that when a Teams master producing clear, independent, and achievable User Stories their Velocity generally doubles. Scrum Inc. believes compelling User Stories are so powerful that we are developing a series of online courses to help you improve the quality of your team’s stories.

 This series will feature tips and tricks for writing powerful writing stories that:

    • Describe independently valuable functionality
    • Descriptive enough without being excessively prescriptive
    • Estimated and sized to be completed within a single sprint
    • Can be tested for success efficiently at sprint’s end

Our first installment focuses on decomposing large and complex projects into incremental vertical slices of functionality that can be delivered independently. Independent functionality is key to realizing Scrum’s potential to deliver 80% of value with 20% of the work, as well as a necessary driver of “inspect and adapt” product delivery.


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