Epic Story Definition and Personas – Part 5 of 8 (Video)

This article looks to discuss Epic Story Definition and Personas. This article is part 5 of an 8 section discussion on developing Epics and includes training videos. Part 1 is available by following this link.

Epic Story Definition and Personas

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Epic Story Definition and Personas

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This article provides an ‘Introduction to the Developing Agile Epics and personas’ and looks to discuss what an Epic Is and what a Persona is within an Agile project.

Epic Story Definition and Personas: The Agile Persona

In 1999, Alan Cooper wrote an entertaining book called “The Inmates are Running the Asylum”, claiming that much of the technology designed is not customer-friendly. As a remedy, he recommends designing a persona that would be the user of the product.

The concept of a persona is indeed a useful aid when it comes to documenting user stories and visualizing what the goals and objectives are of the project. It is likely that more than one persona needs to be described for any reasonably-sized project.

Apart from being a useful reference for the final users of the product, personas can be used as “stand-ins”, when it is proving difficult to get hold of the real users due to scheduling clashes for example.

Epic Story Definition and Personas: Clarity and Definition

What is important is that the persona is clearly defined with demographic and behavioural information.

Do not confuse a persona with the “actor” as defined in a user case, an actor is merely a roleplayer, whose role can be defined in a sentence or two, not a fully-fledged-persona, who likes curry and dislikes the colour red, enjoys pursuits such as scuba-diving and reads science-fiction.

While none of these characteristics may have anything to do with the product you are developing, they make the persona come alive for the sprint team.

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