Do you want to create better user stories?

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
A team doing Agile planning.
Are you facing these challenges?
  • Teams creating stories too early or too late
  • Stories created with too little or too much detail
  • Rework due to poor requirements, stories, and understanding
  • Too much time spent on inaccurate estimation
  • Stories too big and no way to break down
  • Conflicting priorities or prioritisation by whoever shouts loudest
  • Lack of visibility for both internal and external stakeholders
  • Are we delivering the right thing?
  • Stories are too big and teams struggle to split stories

The Create Better User Stories workshop tackles these issues providing you with practical takeaways enabling you to create great user stories.

What are people saying?

"Very enjoyable workshop with some concrete outputs. Exploration of automated testing was the best part for me and getting some concrete actions. Would strongly recommend – practical and useful."

"I was concerned that my methods of testing would be severely questioned. In fact, I found my issues were the same as everyone else’s. The surgery session addressed real-time issues that I found very useful. This is a very useful day’s workshop with excellent ideas and very helpful."

"Prior to attending the workshop, I was worried I wouldn’t learn anything or get anything out of it. How wrong I was!!! The day was really interactive and collaborative with many practical takeaways. You can really learn from this workshop."

Topics Covered

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.

  • Day to day interactions between team members
  • Typical duties carried out by each member of the team
  • 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
  • Backlog Grooming and Management
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Wireframing techniques
  • 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
  • How much up-front requirements work should we do?
  • Running an Inception/Discovery
  • Techniques for testing assumptions and hypothesis

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.

This session is packed full of tricks and tips discovered from years of experience helping teams to deliver better software.

Previous attendees

National Express
Transport for Greater Manchester

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 formally 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.

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.