Do you want to create better user stories?

Are you creating great user stories? Are they broken down to the correct level of granularity? Do they contain enough detail to delight developers? Are they sized? If you've answered no to any of these questions then this workshop is for you!
Create Better User Stories
Agile team collaboration space with post-it notes on the wall.
Are you facing these challenges?
  • Teams creating stories too early or too late
  • Stories created with too little or too much detail
  • Rework due to poor requirements, stories, and understanding
  • Too much time spent on inaccurate estimation
  • Stories too big and no way to break down
  • Conflicting priorities or prioritisation by whoever shouts loudest
  • Lack of visibility for both internal and external stakeholders
  • Are we delivering the right thing?
  • Stories are too big and teams struggle to split stories

The Create Better User Stories workshop tackles these issues providing you with practical takeaways enabling you to create great user stories.

What are people saying?

"I thought the workshop might be too focused but not true. Applicable to all software development. The explanation of story estimation, accuracy vs precision will be very helpful in my work. Don’t expect all the answers but will provide solid tools to help navigate problems with delivery."

"I liked the opportunity for open, safe, discussion and hearing about other people’s experiences. It was a really helpful day and I believe will help our squad perform more due to testing in a better, lighter way."

"What the squad wants to do is backed up by external experienced people to give us confidence to take it up the ladder. Definitely recommend this workshop. Hearing about other ways of doing things really helps, and questions the status quo."

Topics Covered

In this hands-on user story creation workshop all participants will learn how to create better user stories with development teams. We demystify the whole subject area and provide you with some extremely powerful techniques to simplify requirements management. This is not just a session for Business Analysts.

  • Day to day interactions between team members
  • Typical duties carried out by each member of the team
  • Writing better User Stories
  • What to include?
  • What not to include?
  • What’s the right level of detail?
  • Who needs to be involved?
  • Techniques for breaking down stories
  • Requirements hierarchy – Epics->Stories->Tasks
  • Up-front epic breakdown vs just-in-time breakdown
  • Backlog Grooming and Management
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Wireframing techniques
  • Story breakdown / decomposition
  • What should we include in a story?
  • What is the right level of detail to include?
  • At what point do you capture the detail?
  • Story mapping
  • Writing better acceptance criteria
  • Sizing and estimation of stories
  • Minimal Viable Product
  • How much up-front requirements work should we do?
  • Running an Inception/Discovery
  • Techniques for testing assumptions and hypothesis

Everyone involved in software development should learn these powerful techniques and behaviours. On this one day workshop you’ll learn the best techniques and practices, taken from a broad range of Agile methodologies, needed to create better Agile User Stories.

This session is packed full of tricks and tips discovered from years of experience helping teams to deliver better software.

Previous attendees
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What about certification?


We strongly believe in having flexibility in our approach to delivering real world training, that gets results. As such, our courses are not formally accredited, meaning we are free to select the best practices from a broad range of methods to deliver unique learning experiences. All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.

Meet your trainer

Ian Carroll

Ian Carroll

Brickell Key Award winner Ian Carroll is a consultant, coach, and speaker on all topics related to Lean, Kanban and Agile software development. Using his 25 years of hands-on experience he helps teams transform their ways of working using Kanban and other Lean and Agile techniques to lower costs while increasing their ability to respond to changing market demands and outperform competitors. Ian has trained and coached hundreds of software development teams in Agile, Lean, and Kanban techniques.