Developing the right solution to a business need, at the right time, for the right reason is all about continuously aligned, clearly understood expectations. The most common pitfall in failing to develop and deliver the most valuable solution with the highest quality and shortest lead time is not technology – it is unspoken expectations. As with any desired outcome between people expressing a need and those fulfilling that need, continuous, collaborative and cooperative communication is the key to shared understanding and success. This User Story Workshop is designed as a primer with specific focus on user stories, and geared to jump-start those in business and technology on a collaborative journey to developing solutions to business needs in a faster, better, cheaper and happier approach than those of traditional waterfall methods.
Engaged participants will leave having achieved the following objectives:
Understand the meaning, types, purpose and practical application of user stories
Understand the value of user stories over traditional requirements approaches
Understand the who, what and why (plus where, when, and how) of user stories
Ability to recognize (‘smell’) good user stories vs. bad user stories
Understand User Roles, Role Modeling and Personas for better user stories
Understand valuable Acceptance Criteria as BDDs (business definitions of done)
Ability to gain and maintain business context for developing the most valuable solutions
Understand the multiple horizons of planning in an agile approach
Understand the agile artifacts of D.E.E.P. Backlogs, Story Maps and MVPs
Understand wave planning of frequent releases of value to customers
Team Exercise: – Buy-a-Feature: Teams will learn “valuetizing” by applying story points and value points to stack rank by value and scope to budget.
Agile Planning Horizons
Vision & Mission Planning
Team Exercise: Product Box: setting the stage for top-down decomposing to discover user stories by creating a product vision with value and mission statement(s).
Understanding top-down vision decomposition into Epics
Understanding top-down epic decomposition into Features
Release (Wave) Planning
Understanding top-down feature decomposition into Stories
Understand tactical approach to creating a release (wave) plan
Story Mapping and MVPs
Understand tactical approach to creating a sprint plan
Team Exercise: Teams will compete in quick exercise to learn a recommended 12-step sprint planning agenda
Scrum (Daily) Planning
Understanding the people, purpose and process of the daily stand-up
Video (optional) – The Dysfunctional Daily Scrum (8 min)
Hands on User Story Writing Workshop
Teams will write features and stories, both top-down and bottom-up
Team Exercise: Teams will generate user stories for their product vision bottom-up using BDDs (business definitions of done; behavior driven development)
Team Exercise: Teams will create a list of epics top-down from their product vision, focusing on the evolution of an application and ways in which to build upon its capabilities over time
Team Exercise: Teams will create a list of features top-down for the epics identified in previous exercise, focusing on how to break down the work into valuable slices of capabilities.
Team Exercise:Teams will create stories top-down that relate to the Epics written in the previous exercise. Focusing on the INVEST strategy of story writing and using group feedback to further refine.
Team Exercise: Teams will identify minimal viable product increments by identifying and mapping functional relationships among stories, and defining value statements for desired MVP capability.
Building a Release Plan and Backlog
Teams will apply sizing, prioritizing and mapping of stories created in previous exercise, for one or more MVPs
Team Exercise:Size, prioritize, and map stories into MVPs and stage into multiple sprints for wave planning one or more releases.
Team Challenge: Simulate unmet goals and impact on release planning.
Prep and Support of Sprints
Definitions of Ready
Definitions of Done
Required and Recommended Ceremony Cadence
Readying Work Kanban
This course is beneficial to all members on an Agile team, but will add the most value for those in a Product Owner role or are a part of the development team and have focus on grooming the product backlog.
This course is perfect for:
Business Analysts, Requirements Analysts or Business Systems Analysts
Product Owners, Business customers, users or partners
QA Professionals, Systems Testers or User Acceptance Testers
Systems/Application Analysts, Architects, Designers or Developers
Anyone that wants to enhance their understanding and ability to author and elaborate on user stories
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