Effective User Stories for Agile Requirements

All projects start with a set of requirements. How you describe, document and express these requirements has a tremendous influence on the rest of the project’s success. User Stories allow the team to have a clearer understanding of the real needs of the “real users.” User Stories can be an effective approach to beginning all time-constrained Agile and Scrum Projects.

One-day class held at Penn State Great Valley.

Date:  Monday, July 14

BUSAD 5812 - 7 hours (.7 CEUs) (7 PDUs)
Time:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $695 - Continental breakfast and lunch provided. 

Register online or call 610-648-3274.

Refund Policy - There will no refunds after the Monday preceding the first day of class.

$25 per person discount for groups of three or more from same company.
NOTE: To receive the discount, group members must register by telephone.

Course Description

This one-day course is designed to provide the knowledge and tools needed to identify and write effective and accurate user stories. Students are introduced to the six attributes all user stories must exhibit, as well as the five additional guidelines for taking user stories from good to better. During this hands-on course, students put theory into action when identifying user roles and writing user stories for multiple case studies. The course will also explore the use of user role modeling to write the tricky initial user stories for a project.

Who Should Attend

This course is equally suited for programmers, testers, analysts and product owners who are interested in applying these agile story techniques to their projects, in addition to customers, end users and managers. It is appropriate for companies, who are currently in, or migrating to, an Agile or Scrum environment. Penn State is a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). PMPs earn 7 - Professional Development Units (PDUs).

This course is exclusively licensed from Mike Cohn of Mountain Goat Software for the Philadelphia region. Mike has 15 years of experience with planning techniques on agile projects and is the author of the most popular book on this subject: User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development.

For more information, call 610-648-3281. 

Complementary Courses/Programs

Agile Estimating and Planning 

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) 

Certified Scrum Developer (CSD)

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

Overview of Agile and Scrum Methods 



About the Instructor, CST®

Kiran Thakkar, who has over 22 years of experience in global application development and leadership, is a Project Management Professional (certified by the PMI) and a Certified Scrum Trainer (certified by the Scrum Alliance). Thakkar also holds an MBA and an MS in computer science. While at Siemens Medical Solutions, he was instrumental in forming one of the largest Agile/Scrum implementations in the world. In addition, he was an overall program release manager for a very large-scale, globally distributed, and FDA-compliant Agile initiative (40+ teams, over 500 members), which is still in use and highly effective at Siemens today.

Thakkar has pioneered implementation of the Agile practices and mentored ScrumMasters globally. He was one of the early adopters of enterprise-level, large-scale Agile/Scrum process.

Linkedin profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kiran-thakkar-mba-cst/1/256/626



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Companies and organizations can have programs conducted on site or at another location. Program content can be customized to meet the needs of the company.

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Note: The University reserves the right to cancel courses owing to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

Students with disabilities

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Student Services at 610-648-3242 in advance of your participation or visit. Click here for more information.