Agile Book Club: User Stories (with Bill Wake)
March 3, 2022
User stories. Possibly more ink has been spilled on this topic than any other aspect of Agile. In this session, we take a close look at user stories: how to create, split, and use them. We’re joined by Bill Wake, an agile coach who is known for the INVEST acronym for user stories, the Arrange-Act-Assert TDD pattern, and for articles at xp123.com.
🎙 Discussion prompts:
As Alistair Cockburn says, stories are “promissory notes for future conversation.” And yet many organizations use stories as a form of documentation instead. What are the pros and cons of this approach?
The Connextra template for stories (“as an X I want Y so that Z”) has a lot of adherents. Do you have a preferred template? Why or why not?
Splitting stories so that they’re both small and customer-centric takes a lot of practice. What are your favorite techniques for splitting stories?
If you could magically change just one thing about the way organizations approach user stories, what would it be?
About the Book Club
From October 2021 to August 2022, I hosted a call-in talk show based on the second edition of The Art of Agile Development. The series used the book as a jumping-off point for wide-ranging discussions about Agile ideas and practices, and had a star-studded guest list.
For an archive of past sessions, visit the book club index. For more about the book, visit the Art of Agile Development home page.