Creating Effective User Stories

Duration: 1/2 Day

Note: This course is typically delivered in our virtual classroom


  • Product Owners
  • Scrum Masters
  • Team Members
  • Business Analysts
  • Stakeholders
  • Test lab Managers
  • Configuration Managers

About The Course:

This 1/2 day session will provide participants with experiential training on how to create effective user stories. It is typically offered as a virtual course since it is a better medium for writing and sharing User Stories with other participants. This course can either use the included case studies or  we can use company specific case studies. For more information on customizing this course for your organization, please contact the director of training for more information

Course Outline:

EXERCISE: Intro Knowledge Check
Product Backlog
·         Definition
·         Themes, Epics, and Stories
·         DEEP
User Stories
·         User Stories Defined
·         INVEST
·         Splitting Stories
·         Acceptance Criteria
·         Definition of Ready
·         Role and Personas
·         EXERCISE: Evaluate Sample User Stories
Case Study
·         EXERCISE: Create User Stories
·         EXERCISE: Peer Review
Other Agile Requirement Approaches
·         Use Cases
·         Wireframes
·         Technical Requirements

Note: This course will meet 4 of the 21 contact hours needed of Agile Project Management Training to be eligible for the PMI-ACP certification or 4  PDUs for PMPs. See our training FAQ for more information.

About the Instructor, Dan Tousignant, PMP, PMI-ACP

Dan is a lifelong project manager and trainer with extensive experience in managing software development projects. Based upon this experience, he has adopted Agile as the primary approach for developing and implementing software. Though the role of the professional project manager is changing dramatically through these approaches, Dan coaches organizations on how to transition project teams and leadership to an Agile environment.

Dan has over 20 years of experience providing world class project management for strategic projects, direct P& L experience managing up to 50 million dollar software development project budgets, experience managing multi-million dollar outsourced software development efforts and strong, demonstrated, results-driven leadership skills including ability to communicate a clear vision, build strong teams, and drive necessary change within organizations. With extensive experience providing coaching and training across industries and the ability to manage relationships at the executive level, Dan knows what it takes to succeed.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a Certified Project Management Professional, Professional Scrum Master, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and Certified Professional Scrum Developer.