Abstract/Description

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. In this presentation, we will look at common anti-patterns and mistakes that teams unknowingly employ when writing user stories. Come learn how to identify and avoid these mistakes. Understand what size is the right size for a user story and how to properly split a user story. Discover different boundaries for prioritizing stories. Learn how to decompose a story until it is ready for development. Leave with new insights on how to write effective user stories.

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About the Speaker(s)

Fadi Stephan is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Agile coach, and consultant with Washington DC-based Excella Consulting. Fadi leads Excella's Software Development Practice. He has more than fifteen years of professional experience as a product manager, project manager, software developer, ScrumMaster and consultant at both Federal Agencies and businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Since 2006, his focus has been on building high performing organizations and teams that focus on delivering value early and maximizing ROI. Fadi is founder of the DC Software Craftsmanship User Group, and is co-organizer of the DC Scrum User Group as well as the TechTalkDC User Group.