Effective User Stories


Next Class: Wed Mar 25, 2020
Earlybird rate until Feb 26, 2021
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User Stories have become one of the most common methods for communicating Agile requirements and in many cases have replaced traditional requirements documentation. In this 1-day class we will show you how user stories can be used effectively in any environment. This is a short intensive class that covers a lot of ground. Attendees will learn more than just the basics, and will leave this workshop with a solid understanding of how they can practically apply the methods and learning on their projects or in their sprints.

Additional information


Business Analysis, Enterprise Architecture, Lean-Agile, PPM


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

Credits Offered

7 PDUs/ CDUs

Delivery Method

In-class, Live Online, On-Demand


7 Hours (1-Day x 9am-5pm (EST))


Advanced, Foundational, Intermediate


Public or Private

Vendor / Product Line

IAG, Agile Business Consortium, Scaled Agile, Sparx

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

A Quick Overview of User Stories

  • What are User Stories (and what they are not)
  • The three C’s
  • What is purpose of User Stories
  • When to use stories
  • Common challenges
  • Epics

User Story Sessions

  • The key to effective conversations
  • Story Mapping
  • Group Exercise

How to Write Good Stories

  • The three R’s
  • Applying INVEST characteristics
  • Group exercise

Splitting & Combining Stories

  • Why and when to split stories
  • Seven ways to split stories
  • Why and when to combine stories

Adding Acceptance Criteria to Stories

  • The best ways to write good acceptance criteria
  • Group exercises

Wrap up

IAG Training Experience

Whether you are attending online or in person, in a public or a private in-house class, 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.

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:

  • Business Analysts
  • Scrum Masters
  • 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.

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


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