About this course

The unique reasons for taking this course are: Complete, Concise, Confident Overview of User Stories - I cover all of the theory and give you examples of how the theory is used in industry.

Confidence in writing User Stories - In a very simple way, I teach you exactly how the pros write user stories.

Includes Narration from Ted R. Brown

What is a User Story?

A User Story is the description of a product feature or requirement from a user's perspective. Based on my experience, it is the simplest way to capture requirements that focus on adding value and help businesses to deliver early return on investment!

Who should take this course?

Whether you are a product owner, scrum master, business analyst, team member, business stakeholder, or simply someone who wants the answer to the question "what is a user story", this is the place to start. If you are preparing to become an agile product owner or agile business analyst then this class is for you.

What will I learn?

In this class you will learn:

A concise overview of Agile User Stories - Including How to write a user story description, acceptance criteria to capture the detail, the purpose of epics and themes in dealing with large or vague requirements, and how to split stories along with the reasons why users stories are favoured over traditional methods of capturing requirements. This includes lectures on the principles that underpin user stories, such as the INVEST principle and the Three Cs formula.

The facts based on real industry experience and agile expertise - The correct terminology and use of User stories are essential to mastering it. My experience in the industry and extensive research into the topic has been used to give you a solid grounding in the most concise way possible.

Agile Product Owners / Agile Business Analyst preparation - I tell you the exact theory and give you templates to prepare you for writing user stories in the real world, business or workplace without having to do a face-to-face course saving you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

The course is video based with no supporting document necessary. I go through key gotchas from the scrum guide.

How is the course structured?

Each section features an overview of a particular aspect of User Stories such as Principles, How to write a user story description, how to write acceptance criteria or epics. Examples are included throughout the course. All is based on Agile theory and real-world experience so you know that you are learning the facts.

Who this course is for:
Product Owners, Agile Business Analysts, Agile or Scrum Team Members, and Business Owners
Anyone who wants a complete overview of Agile User Stories and certainty that they are getting the facts taught by an industry expert
Someone preparing to be a Product Owner, Agile Business Analyst, Scrum Master, or Agile Team Member Anyone who wants to know how to be proficient with Epics, Themes, Stories, and Requirements

What you will learn?
Learn what a User Story is and why they are so powerful for capturing requirements in complex projects
Feel confident in writing user stories for any project
Understand what a Requirements Spec is and Why they are less flexible than a Product Backlog built with Agile User Stories
Explain what The Three Rs rule, Acceptance Criteria and Edge Cases are and how they will make you a better user story writer
Understand how to split and amalgamate stories
Learn techniques to help you to split user stories when working in the real world
Understand the difference between EPics and Themes and when each is used
Learn who is responsible for writing user stories in agile and scrum
1 hour on-demand video
Certificate of completion
Beginner level
No prerequisites
No preparation required
1 year access


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19 Video
1 hours
Section 1. Introduction
2m 2s
Agile Recap
1m 22s
Section 2. The World Before User Stories (why do we need user stories anyway)
Learning Objectives
The History: Traditional Requirements Documents
3m 40s
The Birth of User Stories
4m 6s
Section 3. User Story Principles
Learning Objectives
The INVEST Principle
5m 32s
The Three Cs Formula
3m 44s
Section 4. User Story basics (capturing a requirement)
Learning Objectives
How to Write a User Story Description (using the Three Rs)
1m 53s
How to Write Acceptance Criteria (capturing the detail and any edge cases)
3m 2s
Section 5. Epics and Themes (capturing large or vague requirements)
Learning Objectives
What is an Epic
2m 14s
What is a Theme
3m 12s
Section 6. Splitting and Combining User Stories
Learning Objectves
When to split user stories
2m 2s
How to split User stories
6m 26s
Section 7. Final Words and Summary
Learning Objectives
Final Words
3m 42s
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Paul is the CEO/Managing Director and Chief Consultant at Pashun Consulting Ltd, author of Scrum Mega Pack and a certified scrum master, experienced senior programmer and coach with experience in international blue chip companies dating back to 1999. That experience includes leading projects for the BBC, General Electric, Oracle, BSkyB, HiT Entertainment (responsible for Angelina Ballerina, Bob the builder and other titles that you love watching with your kids or siblings but won't admit to) and Razorfish. These roles have all involved leadership on a wealth of mobile, internet TV and web software projects.