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User Story Workshop

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Professional Credits


ASPE is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider of business analysis training. Select Project Delivery courses offer IIBA continuing development units (CDU) in accordance with IIBA standards.

This course offers 14.00 IIBA CDUs.


Select courses offer Leadership (PDU-L), Strategic (PDU-S) and Technical PMI professional development units that vary according to certification. Technical PDUs are available in the following types: ACP, PBA, PfMP, PMP/PgMP, RMP, and SP.

This course offers:
    10.00 PMP/PgMP Technical PDUs
    10.00 PMI-PBA Technical PDUs
    10.00 PMI-ACP Technical PDUs
    2.00 PMI Strategic PDUs
    2.00 PMI Leadership PDUs


Project failures are often due to poor requirements gathering, analysis, and planning. Traditional requirements documents may not contain complete and accurate requirements due to rapidly changing business environments. Agile requirements gathering, by moving detailed requirements closer to implementation, allows for rapid response to change. This user story training course will show you how to define and manage these requirements effectively as well as demonstrate alternative ways of documenting requirements and managing changes. These alternatives can allow for a less "heavy" process in projects that can benefit from quick changes in direction.

Learn how to adapt quickly and positively to rapidly changing business needs and priorities
Learn how to collaborate on requirements for a project
Align development to business needs to provide business value quickly
Learn the benefits of using Agile methods to communicate requirements
Understand the five levels of planning in Agile
Use agile requirements as an effective basis for planning and testing
Understand the characteristics of a well-written agile requirement
Understand how to plan frequent releases so that customers can recognize benefit quickly
Learn mapping techniques for identifying the stories of larger releases
Minimize risks of ineffective solutions by obtaining frequent feedback
Upcoming Dates and Locations
All Live Online times are listed in Eastern Time Guaranteed To Run
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Oct 19, 2020 – Oct 21, 2020    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Nov 3, 2020 – Nov 5, 2020    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Feb 3, 2021 – Feb 5, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Apr 20, 2021 – Apr 22, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Jun 11, 2021 – Jun 13, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Aug 24, 2021 – Aug 26, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Oct 18, 2021 – Oct 20, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Dec 13, 2021 – Dec 15, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Course Outline

I. Agile Overview

  • What is Agile
  • Why Agile
  • Agile versus Waterfall

II. Business Analyst activities in Agile

  • Why a well written story is beneficial
  • Analyst activities of Waterfall that translate to Agile
  • Differences when aligning to Agile
  • How the Analyst role aligns with the Agile Manifesto

III. User Personas

  • Understanding User Personas

Team Exercise: Teams will create User Personas to understand the concept and identify details that make them unique

  • Using User Personas inside a story
    • Determining user experience
    • Identifying roles

IV. User Story Overview

  • What is a User Story
    • Role, Goal, Benefit
    • Acceptance Criteria best practices
    • Examples
  • INVEST overview

Team Exercise: Teams will practice writing stories using the Roles identified from the User Persona exercise. As a group acceptance criteria will be written, simulating a backlog grooming session.

  • Other types of backlog items
    • What is a spike?
    • How to use them
    • Example
  • Non-functional (tech debt)
    • What is a non-functional requirement?
    • How to use them
    • Example
  • Defects
    • Ways to manage defects
    • Example

Team Exercise: Individually the group will write an example of a Spike, Non-Functional requirement and a Defect. Focusing on what makes them unique and how best to document the details for development.

V. Levels of Planning

  • Vision
  • Roadmap
  • Features

Team Exercise:Teams will create a list of features, focusing on the evolution of an application and ways in which to build upon a feature over time.

  • Epics

Team Exercise: Teams will create Epics for the features identified in the previous exercise, focusing on how to break down the work into valuable slices.

  • Product Backlog
  • Prioritization techniques

VI. Hands on User Story Writing Workshop

Team Exercise: The group will critique stories that have been given to them, learning what to look for when grooming stories (size, unclear, dependencies).

Team Exercise: Teams will write stories 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.

VII. Building a Comprehensive Release Plan and Backlog

  • Process Mapping
  • Story Mapping

Team Exercise: The group will be given a sample process map, they will break the process into stories that remain independent and valuable, even if the value varies.

VIII. Prep and Support of Sprints

  • Story Writing Sessions
  • Backlog Grooming
  • Relative Sizing
  • Definition of Ready
  • Story Preparation Kanban
  • Backlog Prioritization
  • Release Planning

IX. Real World Workshop

Team Exercise: Individually, the group will get to focus on real world examples, getting feedback from the group intermittently, similar to a series of grooming sessions. Ideally bringing these stories back to their own projects.

X. Retrospective

  • Handling and Adjusting to Team Feedback
  • Educating Others
Who should attend

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

Although it is not mandatory, students who have completed the self-paced Foundations of Agile eLearning course have found it very helpful when completing this course.


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