I recently co-authored a new article on User Stories with fellow Scrum Trainer Mark Levison. I think it’s one of the better introductory articles to User Stories on the net, and having the credibility of the Agile Atlas is great. Ron Jeffries, the co-inventor of User Stories, was one of the main reviewers of the article, so that was a little intimidating. But, he gave it high praise and only suggested a couple of minor edits. The article is now my “go-to” article on an introduction to User Stories.
Here is the article: http://agileatlas.org/gasps/article/user-stories
Other Good User Story Links:
- User Stories article on Agile Atlas (New! March 2013 – I co-wrote this one — great article if I do say so myself!)
- A User Story Checklist
- User Story Basics – The Longer Story
- To see what User Story Traps cause a lot of pain on teams, see User Story Traps
- To see how to make sure your stories are “ready” for implementation, check out Roman Pichler’s article, The Definition of Ready
- To see more info on creating Acceptance Tests, see my Presentation – Story Testing Patterns
- To see how well your team is implementing the User Story practice, see the The Bradley User Story Maturity Model
- To see more information on grooming user stories, see:
- Ron Jeffries’ article: Essential XP: Card, Conversation, Confirmation
- The best book on the subject of User Stories, IMO, is Mike Cohn’s User Stories Applied.
- I wrote a skit for a presentation I did at MileHighAgile 2011 that demonstrates a team doing Product Backlog Grooming for a User Story. In the skit, backlog grooming is covered pretty well, with the one exception that estimation was not covered in the skit. You can read the script of the skit here:
- For good advice on how to split User Stories, see Richard Lawrence’s Story Splitting Flow Chart.
- For a good article on why to split User Stories, see Mark Levison’s Story Splitting, How Small is Enough?