User Stories, Estimates and Priorities
A key characteristic Agile approaches is the move away from thick, weighty documents for defining and communicating requirements. Most Agile teams are using or are looking to use User stories – irrelevant of their chosen flavour of Agile. User stories are an easy and convenient method to capture requirements at a high-level to then enable focused value driven delivery.
On this course we introduce the User Stories and the reasons to use them then explore the lifecycle of stories. Like most things created by Agile team stories will evolve through iteration. We will practical ways to create, capture, split and group and plan story delivery.
Closed linked to User Stories is the need to prioritise and estimate. We look at different approaches to both estimating and prioritising, such as story points, MoSCoW and Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF). The course also introduces Kanban and a no estimate approach to planning.
This course is design to be as practical and hand-on as is practical with an assumption that attendees have a good understanding of Agile.
- What are User stories and why use them?
- Creating & managing User Stories
- Visioning and the need for direction
- User Roles and Personas
- Mapping techniques and how to extract stories
- Backlog refinement and splitting user stories
- The importance of priorities
- How Agile teams estimate
- Release planning
This course is suitable for:
- Anyone working in an Agile environment
- Product Owners needing a deeper understanding of stories and prioritisation
- Agile delivery team members required to estimate work
This course is uncertified, so no exams!
- Certificate of Attendence
- Workbook of slides
- Coffee & refreshments if public course
- In-house courses can be run at your office or a suitable location of your choosing