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Complete overview of requirements, user story template, epics, splitting, acceptance criteria +business analyst examples

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


“Scrum Open, Professional Scrum™, Professional Scrum Master™, PSM, PSM I, PSM 1, etc. is the protected brand of Scrum . org. Our course and practice exams are neither endorsed by nor affiliated with Scrum . org.”

Three reasons to TAKE THIS COURSE right now!

The unique reasons for taking this course are:

  1. 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.
  2. Confidence in writing User Stories – In a very simple way, I teach you exactly how the pros write user stories without going into a class room or spending $1000..
  3. You get to ask me questions and see me respond to every single one of them thoughtfully!

Includes Narration from Ted R. Brown

What is a User Story?

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

Who should take is course?

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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:

  • 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 user 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 is essential to mastering it. My experience in 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 workd, business or work place 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.  If you have 3by5 index cards, this is a bonus but you can get started without this.

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.

Inspired by God, the Bible, Mike Cohn.



Welcome to your Agile User Stories Training
Agile Terms Used in this Course
Agile Recap
The World Before User Stories (why do we need user stories anyway)
Learning Objectives
The History: Traditional Requirements Documents
The Birth of User Stories
User Story Principles
Learning Objectives
The INVEST Principle
The Three Cs Formula
User Story basics (capturing a requirement)
Learning Objectives
How to write a User Story Description (using The Three Rs)
Who writes user stories
How to write Acceptance Criteria (capturing the detail and any edge cases)
Edge Cases and Acceptance Criteria – Definitions
Epics and Themes (capturing large or vague requirements)
Learning Objectives
What is an Epic
What is a Theme
Splitting and Combining User Stories
Learning Objectves
When to split user stories
How to split User stories
Combining Stories
Final Words and Summary
Learning Objectives
Final Words
FEEDBACK: Reviews and Discussion
Bonus Materials and Course Summary
Index Cards (for writing user stories)
Product Backlog, User Stories & Estimation – from Audiobook “The Power of Scrum”