Session type:


Presented by:

Seb Rose


Session duration:

60 minutes

About the session

User stories are one of the most visible artefacts of most agile methods and, as such, have generated large quantities of expert advice. In my experience, much of that advice is open to misinterpretation.

In this session, we'll explore several classic pieces of advice, to see how misunderstandings can cause problems, despite the best intentions. The examples we'll look at are:

an acronym: INVEST, created by Bill Wake
a technique: planning poker, created by Ron Jeffries and Kent Beck
a template: Connextra (As-A/I-Want/So-That), created by Rachel Davies
Expert advice taken in good faith, that leads to bad outcomes, can cause us to become distrustful. It's time to reiterate that there is no magic formula, no silver bullet. At best, experts can lend you a framework within which to think, but their advice will never make thinking unnecessary.

Learning Outcomes:

Describe several examples of how widely accepted, well intentioned advice can lead to misunderstandings, confusion and bad outcomes
Create a framework to sift expert advice through the filter of your own experience

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