Better Software East 2017 Concurrent Session : Putting the “Story” Back into the User Story


Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Putting the “Story” Back into the User Story

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If you're using user stories for your agile requirements, you're not alone. They seem to have become the ubiquitous vehicle for communicating customer requirements to agile teams. And they work incredibly well in this regard. However, many teams are experiencing problems with them. Bob Galen does not believe it’s the story’s fault. Bob says we often forget the “conversation” part of the story—and more importantly, the storytelling part. When Kent Beck first described the idea of the user story, his original intent was to initiate or inspire a story-level conversation between a stakeholder or customer and the team implementing it. User stories were to be face-to-face and interactive. They were intended to not only inform but also to inspire. It was to be an ongoing process. Bob brings our focus back to the original intent of the user story—that is, the story part. Explore how you can tell better stories to enhance your agile teams’ collaboration, understanding, and ultimately their results.

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach, Bob Galen helps guide leaders and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift toward Scrum and other agile methods. Bob is often called “a Coach of Coaches” because of his deep and broad experience in the agile arena. He is director, agile practices at Zenergy Technologies; president of RGCG, LLC; and a frequent speaker at international conferences and professional groups on topics of agile software development. Bob authored Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing, Scrum Product Ownership, and Agile Reflections. A prolific writer, blogger, and podcaster, Bob can be reached at [email protected] or at LinkedIn.