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Chapter 6. User Stories

With Pete Behrens

They have been at a great feast of languages, and stol’n the scraps.

—Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Act 5, scene 1


In Chapter 3, Agile Requirements for the Team, we introduced the concepts and relationships among the key artifacts—backlogs, user stories, tasks, and so on—used by agile teams to define, build, and test the system of interest. We noted that the user story is the workhorse of agile development, and it is the container that carries the value strea...


Cover of Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise


This lesson continues the topic of user stories. In addition to the basic concepts presented, recommendations are made on creating good user stories. Techniques are provided for splitting large stories and applying visual modeling to the process.