Do you want to create better user stories?

Have you ever asked yourself:

  • "We struggle to split stories down, how can we do it better?"
  • Developers tell us "too much detail" or "not enough detail"
  • "We spend too much time estimating – surely there’s a better way?"

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

starts, 10th Jan, in Leeds


Only 14 spots remaining

100% Secure.

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.

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.

Topics Covered

  • Delivery Principles
  • Role and responsibilities of an Agile team
  • Day to day interactions between team members
  • Typical duties carried out by each member of the team
  • Generalising Specialists
  • 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
  • Sizing vs Estimation
  • Backlog Grooming and Management
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Wireframing techniques for gaining a shared understanding of requirements
  • 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
  • Project Quick Start
  • How much up-front requirements work should we do?
  • Running an Inception/Discovery
  • Business Vision
  • Customer Vision
  • Technical Vision
  • Story Writing
  • Sizing
  • Planning
  • Techniques for testing assumptions and hypothesis
  • Gorilla Testing
  • Multi-variant testing & A/B testing
  • Minimum Viable Product vs Minimum Marketable Product
  • MMF, MVF
  • How do we calculate value?
  • Principles of Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF)
  • Positive Impacts of WSJF Implementation
  • Cost of Delay
  • How to Decide and how to Measure
  • The Lean Value Tree
  • What is it? Why is it important?
  • Alignment to organisational objectives
  • Making it safe to say “No”
  • Getting SMT agreement

This session is packed full of tricks and tips discovered from years of experience creating great user stories with teams.

Previous attendees

SKY National Express SkyBet Transport for Greater Manchester

What are people saying?

"Practical, real-world examples and dialogue. Enjoyed this the most so far!" – SkyBet

"Brilliant workshop session, I found it really helpful and informative." – Ombudsman Services

"Just wanted to thank you for delivering such a great workshop. Everyone left the day buzzing with new tools and techniques for writing better stories." –

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.

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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 formerly 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.