Agile User Stories Masterclass


8-hour Live Online User Story Masterclass Training over 4-days


Are you ready to take your Agile game to the next level? IAG’s Agile User Stories Masterclass is your deep dive into the world of user stories that goes beyond the basics with exercises, demos, examples, tips, and group discussions led by experienced practitioners.

In this intensive and engaging masterclass, you will learn practical techniques for mapping, writing, and preparing user stories for planning, prioritization, and development. Our instructors will teach and demonstrate (and you will have opportunities to practice) how to discover and organize stories with story maps, write compelling user stories and acceptance criteria, use the User Story Discovery Canvas to focus your conversations, and effectively split, prioritize, and groom your product backlog.

Designed to provide an enjoyable and effective learning environment, this masterclass is perfect for Business Analysts, Product Owners, Agile Team members, and IT professionals looking to enhance their skills and take their Agile projects to the next level. If you’ve tried basic online video training that hasn’t helped, and you want more than certification exam-prep classes, then join us and master the art of Agile user stories today!

Course Content

  • User Stories and Agile Business Analysis Fundamentals
  • Discovering User Stories (using the Story Map, Product Discovery Canvas, and AI)
  • Describing User Stories (using User Story Discovery Canvas, 5 Steps to Effective Stories, and the “As-a>I-want>So-that” syntax)
  • Refining User Stories Stories (using INVEST and your Definition of Ready)
  • Adding Acceptance Criteria to Stories (using Use Case Modeling, in Gherkin and I-can formats, following WIPEGO and TUCAN criteria)
  • Managing the Product Backlog (the What, Why, Who, and When)
  • Story Splitting (Why, When, and Seven Ways)
  • Prioritization (Different Techniques including MoSCoW)
  • Putting it to Practice (Applying Agile values and principles to your User Stories, and making it all work — at your work.)

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Why Choose This Course

  • Experienced Agile Business Analyst professionals teach the course, not trainers or professors.
  • The design features practical, real-world cases, not basic or unrelated examples.
  • The course offers multiple opportunities for practice through numerous individual and group exercises, unlike typical video training and webinars.
  • It focuses on providing on-the-job capabilities and skills, not just the theory needed to pass a test.
  • The format is live, engaging, and interactive, featuring group discussions and Q&A time, unlike online, self-paced learning programs like Udemy, YouTube, or LinkedIn.
  • The course includes dozens of examples, templates, checklists, and reference materials to support you after the classes end.


Additional information


Lean-Agile, PPM, Business Analysis


Agile Team Members, Product Owners, SCRUM Masters, Product Managers, Project Leaders, Business Analysts, Project Managers, Program Managers, Portfolio Managers, Project Team Members, Business Architects, Enterprise Architects, Business Managers

Credits Offered

9 PDUs/ CDUs

Delivery Method

In-class, Live Online


8 Hours Total: 4-Days x 4-6pm (ET))


Advanced, Foundational, Intermediate


Public or Private

Vendor / Product Line


Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to use Agile methods to communicate requirements
  • Understand the what, why, and how of User Stories
  • Learn techniques to identify, organize, refine and build out user stories
  • Gain confidence in writing good user stories
  • Learn methods to support productive effective conversations in User Story Workshops
  • Understand how and when agile business analysis techniques and visual models can add value and context to a story
  • Learn about ways to split and add just the right amount of detail to stories

Course Outline

User Stories and Agile Business Analysis Fundamentals

  • Introduction to User Stories
  • Agile Principles and Practices
  • Agile vs Traditional Product Development
  • Agile vs Traditional Product Requirements

Discovering User Stories 

  • The Story Map
  • Story Mapping
  • The Walking Skeleton
  • Demonstration Using the Product Discovery Canvas and Story Map
  • Group Exercise
  • How you can use AI to help you discover and map user stories

Describing User Stories

  • The elements of a user story
  • How the User Story Discovery Canvas makes it easier to write good stories
  • 5 Steps to Writing Effective User Stories
  • Demonstrations and Examples of User Stories and User Story Discovery Canvases

Refining User Stories Stories

  • Applying INVEST characteristics
  • Demonstrations, Discussion and Examples of good and bad stories
  • Exercise: Fixing User Stories using the INVEST criteria

Adding Acceptance Criteria to Stories

  • What are Acceptance Criteria
  • Why Write Acceptance Criteria
  • How to find Acceptance Criteria: WIPEGO
  • How to write Gherkin (Given-Then-When) Acceptance Criteria
  • How to write Capability (I can) Acceptance Criteria statements
  • Characteristics of Good Acceptance Criteria: TUCAN
  • Dozens of Examples and multiple Exercises to discover and describe Acceptance Criteria

Managing the Product Backlog

  • Product Backlog: What is it and Examples
  • Refining the Backlog : What, Why, Who, and When
  • Key Success factors and Secrets for grooming the product backlog
  • The Definition of Ready: What is it; examples and templates.
  • Story Splitting
    • Why and when to split stories
    • Seven ways to split stories
    • Demonstration and Exercises
  • Prioritization
    • Different Techniques
    • MoSCoW
    • Facilitated Prioritization Exercise

Putting it to Practice

  • Applying Agile values and principles to your User Stories
  • Making it all work at your work

IAG Training Experience

Whether you are attending online or in person, in a public or a private in-house classroom, our courses are designed to provide an enjoyable, engaging and effective learning environment. Our instructors are all experienced practitioners and our courses all include demonstrations, examples, and exercises to make the content relevant and meaningful.

For our virtual remote training classes, we follow our proprietary Collaborative Online Learning Model which emphasizes engagement and experiential learning with lots of video and chat-based group discussion, and quizzes, and exercises to make your time with us fun and productive.

We use Microsoft Teams Meeting and Mural for our visual modeling demonstrations and group exercises. Participants also have access to the Teams site and Mural workplace for 60 days to review and download the many handouts, templates and examples from the class.

Participants receive a participant guide as well as access to our online class workspace for templates, handouts, samples and additional reference material.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for:

  • Agile Team Members
  • Product Owners
  • Scrum Masters
  • Business Analysts
  • Agile Project Managers
  • Agile team members
  • and those seeking certification or development credits for:
    • PMI-ACP® (Agile Certified Practitioner) from the Project Management Institute (PMI®)
    • AgileBA® from the Agile Business Consortium
    • ICP (ICAgile Certified Professional) from the International Consortium for Agile
    • CABA (Certified Agile Business Analysis) from the International Software Quality Institute (iSQI®)
    • ECBA™, CCBA®, CBAP® and Agile Analysis Certificate from the IIBA

Though there is no pre-requisite to this course, participants should be familiar with business analysis and agile concepts to receive the best value from the class.

Eliciting Business Requirements, Defining Business Requirements, and the Business Analysis Bootcamp all cover the essential and practical aspects of User Stories. This class, however provides a more advanced coverage of the topic.

Agile Business Analysis is a very similar course and is sometimes taught in tandem with this course.


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