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Learn How to Write Good User Stories with Pivotal Tracker

September 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

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PivotalTracker is super popular for a reason – it’s totally awesome. And ever since pivotallabs started charging for subscriptions, it seems to get better on a regular basis.

We use PT with all of our software development projects at DeveloperTown as a natural complement to the agile development process we follow. We love using it, and so do our clients, once they understand 1) how to write good user stories in PT and 2) how it fits in the overall development workflow.

After informally teaching clients these things at least a dozen times, I decided to just write a little workshop to cover the subject. Based on User Stories Applied by Mike Cohn, User Stories for Business People is a one day workshop that teaches stakeholders, product owners, and subject matter experts how to write stories that an agile development team can use effectively as they iteratively build your product.

Here are some of the things we cover:

  • What is a user story?
  • The life of a user story
  • What makes a good user story?
  • How to write user acceptance tests
  • How to plan an iteration
  • Pivotal Tracker settings and other features

This class is a hands-on workshop. Students work in pairs throughout the class and computers are required. It would be pretty hard to practice using PivotalTracker without computers! :)

This workshop is available onsite at your location, or you can take it at DeveloperTown in Indianapolis. Send me an email at dave@techdarkside.com if you are interested in learning more.

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