An agile user story is a short, simple description of a feature or functionality from the perspective of the end user. It is a tool used in agile software development to help the development team understand what the user needs and wants.
The benefits of agile user stories include:
An agile user story typically includes three components:
Agile user stories are best used when they are:
Who are you targeting? Is your company B2C or B2B? If it’s B2B, what job title do your users have?
What do your users need in order to accomplish their goal? What exactly are you adding to your product for the user?
Ultimately, what are your users trying to accomplish with this feature? Improve conversion rate? Decrease churn? Share their work more easily?
Agile user stories can be written by anyone on the development team, but they are typically written by the product owner or the user themselves.
Agile user stories can be prioritized based on the user's needs and requirements, the value or benefit to the user, the effort required to implement the feature or functionality, and any dependencies on other user stories.
An agile user story and a use case both describe user requirements, but an agile user story is typically shorter and simpler than a use case. An agile user story focuses on the user's needs and the benefit they will gain from the feature or functionality, while a use case is a more detailed description of how the user interacts with the system.
The effort required for an agile user story can be estimated using techniques such as story points or relative sizing, which involve comparing the story to other stories of known complexity. The development team can use their historical velocity to estimate how many story points they can complete in a given sprint.
Yes, agile user stories can and should be changed as the development team gains a better understanding of the user's needs and requirements. The development team should work closely with the user to refine the user stories and ensure that they accurately reflect the user's needs.