Better User Stories

Discover and deliver what customers really want.

Engage your team
Increase velocity
Split any epic
And deliver more value... faster!

“The ‘definitive authority’ is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Mike Cohn and User Stories. As an agile trainer, I frequently refer my clients to Mike’s Better User Stories course as a cost-effective, high-value way to significantly improve their personnel’s user story writing skills.

Take this course and learn from the best!”

KEN RUBIN

Agile Trainer, Coach and Author of #1 Bestseller: Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process

"As an agile trainer, I frequently refer my clients to Mike’s Better User Stories course as a cost-effective, high-value way to significantly improve their personnel’s user story writing skills."

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“I really enjoyed the worksheets that forced me to use my own backlog as practice to cement the concepts into my brain.”

SARAH FRASER

“As a lifelong learner, and someone who has to reach many diverse audiences, it is important that I constantly add 'new arrows to my quiver'.

The tidbits and anecdotes are great 'mental thumbtacks' for recalling important elements on the path to success writing, using and managing work using User Stories.”

TRAVIS REED

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

Better User Stories is designed for:

Agile Coaches

Contribute your skills and provide invaluable input when writing better user stories.

Scrum Masters

Build, prioritize and maintain a product backlog of strong user stories.

Product Owners

Help your team identify and write the best user stories.

Business Analysts

Help identify and convey what users and stakeholders really need from a product.

Agile Team Members

Contribute your skills and provide invaluable input when writing better user stories.

“Absolutely the best bang for buck I have ever spent in 'training', I think anyone on an agile team using User Stories would benefit from this class.”

DOUG TOULEY

MEET MIKE COHN

One of the industry’s most well-respected certified scrum trainers

Mike Cohn is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile. He is a co-founder and former board member of the Scrum Alliance, and a co-founder of the non-profit Agile Alliance, home of the Agile Manifesto.

“Mike is an amazing story teller with the unique ability of making esoteric topics such as user stories magically come to life.”

EUGENE NIKOMBA

“By far the best course I have had since I started my agile journey back in 2008."

ANNE AAROE

“I think learning from someone who wrote the book on the topic is priceless... Great course. I will definitely be referencing it over and over again.”

AARON CORCORAN

Mike’s wealth of experience and exuberant style of training leads to courses that always deliver a heavy-weight punch. There is always useful material to apply to your project.” 

IAN WERMERLING

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Better User Stories

9 core modules

Workbooks, quizzes and additional handouts and resources

Lifetime access to course materials

10 Category B SEUs and PDUs

Transcripts and MP3 files of all video lessons

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Discover and deliver what customers really want.

Want your employer to pay for your course?

Better User Stories is designed for:

One of the industry’s most well-respected certified scrum trainers

Mike Cohn is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile. He is a co-founder and former board member of the Scrum Alliance, and a co-founder of the non-profit Agile Alliance, home of the Agile Manifesto.

BETTER USER STORIES

Discover the 9 modules

What Stories Are

This module walks you through why user stories are so important, and looks at some of the key functions that are too often overlooked. This is the perfect refresher of the important foundations of user stories, and makes a great communication tool for explaining their importance to team members and stakeholders.

Users, User Roles and Personas

Many complex projects need to service the needs of multiple users. The sheer amount of variables within and across different users makes this a challenge. This module shows you how to clearly define stories for different user groups without getting bogged down in too much detail, or missing key functionality.

Story-Mapping and Story-Writing Workshops

If you don’t know how to run a successful story-writing workshop you can end up with an expensive, time-wasting exercise that doesn’t tell you how to deliver what a customer really wants. This module guides you step-by-step in how to run a great workshop so you can highlight gaps, prioritize tasks and choose only the stories that must be present to achieve the minimum viable product.

Adding Detail with Conditions of Satisfaction of Acceptance Criteria

There is a systematic way of making sure that you have enough detail, at the right time without stifling creativity. In this module you'll solve the confusion around Epics and Themes. You'll learn practical approached for adding details including knowing when to stop and how to handle a team that wants too much detail. You'll also be able to stop stories from turning into non-agile stage-gate placeholders.

INVEST in Good Stories

The INVEST acronym: Independent, Negotiable, Valuable, Estimable, Sized Appropriately and Testable is an invaluable tool for writing a strong user story. The challenge is knowing how to practically apply all of the individual elements. This module breaks down each one so that the process is clear, increasing the chance that teams adopt the method, and write stories that meet all the criteria.

Splitting Stories

This entire module is devoted to the most vexing and time-consuming issues surrounding splitting stories. One of the biggest problems is making sense of the myriad of advice on this subject. You don’t need 20 different ways to split a story, you need a focused, proven and practical method. The SPIDR approach looks at the most critical and valuable channels for splitting stories. This means you and your team can bring stories into an iteration that can be completed independently, and show meaningful progress to stakeholders.

Overcoming Common Problems

This troubleshooting module covers the most common problems I’ve helped teams overcome. From spending too much time splitting stories, adding too much detail, to managing the need for a requirements document. This module helps you eliminate issues as they arise, making it easier to transition teams and make them more comfortable in adopting user stories.

Things That Are Not User Stories

User stories seem simple. But because they are not lengthy documents with an endless checklist of requirements, teams run the risk of misinterpreting the rules. The result can be creating user stories that aren’t actually user stories. They may be feature lists, or job stories, bugs or non-functional requirements. These subjects are important to a project, but you need to handle them in the correct way to avoid problems further down the line.

Wrap Up and Review

In this final module, we’ll review the course and look at how you can apply what you’ve learned going forward.

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