Agile + DevOps East 2018 Concurrent Session : User Stories Are like Onions: Let's Peel Away the Layers

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

User Stories Are like Onions: Let's Peel Away the Layers

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In the world of agile product development, user stories are like onions ... and no, that doesn’t mean they stink or they make you cry (although they have been known to do both). Writing user stories is still one of the hardest crafts in agile product development today. We all know that a good user story can be the difference between a low-performing Scrum team and a high-performing one. Katrina Thacker will introduce the "onion pattern" as a paradigm for creating great user stories, and she will lead you through a series of hands-on exercises to practice applying the pattern. In this interactive session you’ll learn a new approach to user story creation and practice peeling back those user story layers in a way that promotes collaboration, co-creation, and understanding and sets up your teams and product for success. Leave with a lightweight, structured framework and set of thinking tools that anyone working with agile teams can apply to become more effective at crafting high-quality user stories.


Katrina Thacker
Box Inc

Katrina Thacker is a product delivery agility coach, enthusiast, and ambassador. Over the course of her more than twenty-year career she has been fortunate enough to engage in the ideation, design, and delivery of information technology products and services for a multitude of industries and customers. Back in the '90s, she got her first taste of collaborative, co-creation product development and never looked back. She is a hands-on practitioner, even as a coach.