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A Better Story Template?

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As I’ve posted before, the User Story format is often machinated into whatever the writer wants to. This can destroy much of its value. Of course rigorous QA of these stories should flush out such issues. But is there a smarter template which can help us?

The most common User Story template is the “Connextra” template (named after the firm which first used it). This looks like:

As a <User>

I want to <do something>

So that <I can accomplish goal>

This is sometimes whittled down simply to:

As a <User>

I want to <do something>

However, reading back through my copy of The RSpec book, a different template is proposed. The key benefit of this format is business value focus. The most easily skimped on part of the User Story is the contextual “so that” line. The part most people want to jump to is “I want to”. So why not raise the importance of the business benefit of the story so that it comes first? In this template we end up with:

In order to <accomplish a goal>

As a <type of user>

I want to <do something>

While Connextra is widely accepted, this format may help you if your team is suffering from a lack of value focus in your stories.

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A Better Story Template?

25 Aug 2014

As I’ve posted before, the User Story format is often machinated into whatever the writer wants to. This can destroy much of its value. Of course rigorous QA of these stories should flush out such issues. But is there a smarter template which can help us?

The most common User Story template is the “Connextra” template (named after the firm which first used it). This looks like:

As a <User>

I want to <do something>

So that <I can accomplish goal>

This is sometimes whittled down simply to:

As a <User>

I want to <do something>

However, reading back through my copy of The RSpec book, a different template is proposed. The key benefit of this format is business value focus. The most easily skimped on part of the User Story is the contextual “so that” line. The part most people want to jump to is “I want to”. So why not raise the importance of the business benefit of the story so that it comes first? In this template we end up with:

In order to <accomplish a goal>

As a <type of user>

I want to <do something>

While Connextra is widely accepted, this format may help you if your team is suffering from a lack of value focus in your stories.

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