03 - 04 November 2016
M Shed, Bristol, UK

Telling better stories

David Evans Neuri

Session type: Workshop
Session duration: 45 minutes

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About this Workshop

If you are using agile, it is almost certain that you are using stories to describe your product backlog items. It is another near certainty that if you are using stories, you write them down using this format: 'As a I want So that .

As someone who cares about the state of agile practice, I want to offer some alternatives, so that agile teams remember that the point of the story is in the telling, not the template. The shared understanding comes from the conversation, not the card. By offering you different ways to ‘tell’ the story in its short written form, I hope I'll help you re-ignite a greater level of meaning, interest and engagement in your team’s discussions about the work they are doing to build great software that matters to people.

The session will cover the problems and limitations of slavishly using this (or any other) single template. I will analyse the essential elements of stories, and in particular how we use them as experiments concerning changes within the technical domain of our software and systems, in order to influence and create a positive impact for our customers within the business domain.

Given this analysis, we'll look for better ways in which to express stories in their short written form. I will offer tips on how to phrase different parts of the story in order to maximise shared understanding while keeping the structure tight and encouraging team conversation.

I will also look at related problems such as product backlog items that don't neatly fit into stories.

About the Speaker

David Evans is an experienced agile consultant, coach and trainer with over 25 years of IT experience. A thought leader in the field of agile quality, he has provided training and consultancy for clients worldwide.

An in-demand speaker at events and conferences across Europe, David was voted Best Keynote Speaker at Agile Testing Days 2013. He is co-author of the best-selling books '50 Quick Ideas to Improve your User Stories' and '50 Quick Ideas to improve Your Tests', was a contributor to the book 'More Agile Testing', and has also had several papers published in international IT journals. He currently lives and works in the UK, where he is a partner in Neuri Consulting LLP.

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