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User Story Workshop: Creating Agile Requirements

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Creating valuable, actionable user stories is much more than simply writing a story that fits into a given template. In this highly-rated workshop, students will take their user story skills to the next level, developing requirements that enable Agile teams to deliver valuable products.

We will discuss how Agile principles and the Scrum framework emphasize business and team collaboration while providing clarity and focus. Students will also explore principles and techniques used to develop a product backlog in an Agile environment. These concepts will be presented in a highly interactive and engaging format with elements of lecture, classroom discussion, and detailed simulation.

Students can claim 7 Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs) which can be applied to Project Management Professional (PMP)® and PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certifications.

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Who Should Attend

The class is ideal for anyone who creates and maintains user story requirements and product backlogs, as well as those interested in an Agile approach to planning work, including:

  • Product Owners
  • Business owners and analysts
  • Scrum Masters
  • Agile coaches
  • Project managers
  • Subject matter experts

Attendees should be familiar with Agile and Scrum values.

Course Outline

Two-thirds of NextUp’s User Story Workshop focuses specifically on user stories. The other third teaches key factors in developing a valuable product strategy and an effective product backlog. The course starts with an introduction to Agile principles and business analysis. From there, the curriculum focuses on specific ways to develop Agile requirements, including:

  • Lean discovery techniques
  • Product backlog items and user stories
  • Writing testable acceptance criteria
  • Vertical slicing and story decomposition
  • The importance of feedback loops and mapping
  • Requirements beyond the backlog


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