User Story Syntax – Part 3 of 9 (Video)

This article looks to discuss the ‘User Story Syntax’. It provides an introduction to the Agile User Story and discusses how they should be written.

An Introduction into Agile User Stories

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User Story Syntax: How Should User Stories be Written?

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User Story Syntax

Traditional projects would write requirements by listing what the system, feature, or component should do. For example, requirements for a Login Page would look like:

One, the system should have a login page that accepts a user’s email and password.

Two, the system should prompt the user with an error message when incorrect login credentials are entered.

Three, the system should have an option for login that lets the user access different applications with a single set of login credentials

When it comes to user stories, they would be written to include the user persona, their need, and their purpose for the functionality. The format for user stories is the following statement below:

As a user, I want to do an action,  so that this benefit happens.

Taking the login requirement discussed earlier, its user story could look like:

As a user, I want to use a single set of login credentials so that I don’t have to repeatedly enter my email and password for every application in the suite.

Comparing it to its traditional requirement format, this user story shows in a single sentence what the user wants, why they want it, and what problem would be solved when the feature is done.

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The History of Agile

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User Stories Applied

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User Stories Applied by Mike Cohn is one of our favourite books on Agile User Stories. The book starts with an overview into user stories, and details what a user story is and the different aspects of them. He then discusses how to go about writing a user story, and provides details of the INVEST criteria that can be used to determine if the story is meeting all of its objectives. Next Mike gives an in depth discussion of who user stories are written for and where to begin when gathering the details for them. The book then discusses acceptance testing user stories, including how to go about specifying these criteria and the responsibilities of the development team and customers during this process.

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What is Agile?

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Agile Scrum Master Training Course

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