26 Sep '13, 11am

Writing well formed user stories

Well Formed stories truly drive out the feature from the user’s perspective; this catches 80% of weird edge cases while the whole team is together, in context, and in planning mode , instead of having to interrupt-drive the PM. Well Formed stories make it impossible to camouflage large stories as small stories by elision. Because the story has to be written out step-by-step, all the complexity might otherwise be hidden is forced out into the open. And when you find yourself with conditionals or switches? That’s a new scenario! Now all stories are forced into roughly the same size. Another side-effect is that once one story ~= one scenario, the amount of work to be done can be roughly gauged spatially, by looking at how much of your wall is covered by index cards. For bonus points, use the story title as your git commit, e.g. the story “User should be able to recommend a pr...

Full article: http://pivotallabs.com/well-formed-stories/

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