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User Story Writing (USW)

5pm – 7:30pm
Monday, Jun. 21, 2021
Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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About this Workshop

2½ hours! Offered weekends, evenings, or during work hours! Be sure to check all upcoming sessions.

Practical, hands-on, actionable guidance. Writing User Stories is among the most ground-breaking innovations of XP and Agile practitioners. Command of this concept is table-stakes for working with modern teams.

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The trouble is…despite being well-known it is often not well done.

The ways a team describes the work to be done shapes how the team will focus their effort. Well-written requirements can set a team upon a path of incremental and continuous delivery. While conventional methods of writing requirements often shackles a team with dependencies and unending bureacracy.

Through non-stop guided practice, a series of challenges illustrate the importance and benefits of well-written stories. Whether your team speaks of Product Backlogs, Ready Queues, Story Maps, Project Plans, or Release Strategies, you will leave this workshop with techniques you can immediately share and apply with your team.

Course Topics

  • A brief history of the User Story
  • The ‘common’ format
  • What is a well-written story?
  • ‘Story’ versus ‘Task’
  • Natural formats
  • Lifecycle of a Product Backlog Item
  • Writing, splitting, sizing
  • Practice, more practice… perfect!

Who Should Attend?

Product Owners, Development Managers, Architects, Designers, Business Analysts, Testers, and Programmers. As stated above, the User Story concept is table-stakes for modern teams in the areas of product development, digital marketing, technology service delivery and more.

This workshop is primarily for people involved with project delivery or product development. And, broadly speaking, the concepts are applicable in the management of complex problems and empirical process control.

What You Need

Computer desk

Quiet Place & Computer

Webcam is required. A good internet connection is important. Consider using headphones unless your room is quiet.
Open Mind

An Open Mind

A willing to experiment is invaluable. Openness to new tools and techniques leads to opportunity.

What You Get

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Expert instruction with Professional Scrum Trainer & Professional Kanban Trainer, David Sabine.
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USW Certificate

Track your progress in my personal training series. Read about the series here.
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Earn PDUs

Earn credits for Project Management Institute® or other professional memberships.
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What People Say

“David is a great presenter. The tools he uses to deliver the content are brilliant. I really enjoyed it and will keep an eye out for future opportunities for my team.”

— Director Product Development, Deighton Associates

“David is a brilliant, positive, uplifting individual who is just a joy to be around. He is one of the most inspiring teachers I’ve had the honour to learn from. Taking a course with David at the helm is a ticket to your future success.”

— Scrum Master, Georgian College

“In over 25 years in business, I have taken dozens of professional development courses and seminars, including 16 courses as part of an executive MBA, and against that backdrop I would rank David among the most effective facilitators I have had.”

— Program Director, BMO

“David is an exceptional speaker and has an exceptionally high level of knowledge and experience.”

— Director of DevOps & Services, D+H Corporation

“David is the epitome of what trainers should strive to be. David is a practicing trainer, where he not only provides world-class trainings but lives the Agile mindset in practice...I hold him in a very small number of trainers I have no hesitation recommending to my clients.”

— VP, Contino

About David

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I have trained thousands of Agile practitioners worldwide.

Ruby Life Co.
Bell IoT Connectivity
Canada Life
Empire Life
Saskatchewan Telecommunications - SaskTel

As Professional Kanban Trainer (PKT) with and Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with, I work to improve the profession of software delivery. I help organizations deliver products and services of the highest possible quality and value.

My career highlights the intersection of business, technology, and education. With broad experience, I help organizations and teams understand agility at all levels: practice and delivery, leadership and stewardship, organizational design and culture.

I am a Professional Scrum Trainer, Professional Kanban Trainer and Guide, Product Manager, Agile Business Consultant, Technical Coach and Software Engineer, Public Speaker, Executive Director of Ontario Scrum Community®, TEDx Alumnus, Musician, Husband and Dad.

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