The FREE Better User Stories Mini-Course Returns Today
New Video Course: Better User Stories - Discover and Deliver What Customers Really Want

In March I released some free videos in advance of the initial launch of Better User Stories, an in-depth video course that will help you master the nuances and complexities of user stories.

Registration to the full course will open soon, so we’re making these video lessons available once again.

The mini-course tackles some of the most critical challenges with user stories, including story-mapping, story-writing workshops, splitting stories, and adding the right amount of detail.

Please note: This training is free but will only be available for the next 2 weeks

The first video is available today and you get instant access once you register. You’ll also receive an email to find out when the next free video is available.

Click here to register and watch the first video now

Video 1: Three Tips for Successful Story Mapping in a Story-Writing Workshop

Training time: 20 minutes.

Having a robust, step-by-step system in the early stages of writing user stories eliminates many problems further down the line. Some agile teams rely on one person to write user stories, but this can result in stories that are more prescriptive than those created and owned by the team.

But getting a team engaged in writing user stories isn’t always easy either. Who should be included? And how can you guide the team so that you have actionable items, not just endless discussions?

The first video in the free series deals with these problems, and gives you a strong foundation for running a successful story-writing workshop.

In this video you’ll discover:

  • Two real-life examples that illustrate two common problems: asking for too much or too little engagement when writing user stories.
  • Who you need to invite to your story-writing workshop (and why this guest list can save you a lot of time later on when planning iterations.)
  • A simple, powerful way to visualize the relationships between stories
  • How to stay focused on the user’s needs at all times
  • Techniques to help you prioritize and plan stories, fast.

Don’t forget, you can also ask questions and comment on the training on the same page where you registered.

Click here to take this training now (or bookmark to watch later)


Watch A Free Video On Successful Story Mapping

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About the Author

As the founder of Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn specializes in helping companies adopt and improve their use of agile processes and techniques to build extremely high-performance teams. He is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile. Mike is a founding member of theĀ Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. Mike can be reached at hello@mountaingoatsoftware.com. If you want to succeed with agile, you can also have Mike email you a short tip each week.