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Jan 22

I have often experienced that the discussion “should we write user stories or use cases?” arises when a new project are about to start. I have also asked the question myself quite a few times. There is no right or wrong answer to this question, it all depends on the nature of the project and organisation. Personally I like to write both user stories and use cases for the projects that I am involved in.

To be able to understand why and how lets first take a look at the differences between a user story and a use case.

User story

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Jan 08

We have entered 2010 and I am now actually enjoying (a lot of people are complaining) the cold and nice winter weather in Oslo (20 degrees Celsius below freezing). I have had a hectic start on this year preparing the start up of a large national project. This is very exciting and I find this a promising start on 2010.

2009 was the year that I started this blog. It has been interesting writing the posts and communicating with my readers. I have also learned a lot in 2009 and I will for sure continue writing posts on topics I find interesting.

To summarize 2009 I will list my top ten posts in 2009. This list is created based on visitors stats and my own rating of the posts (there are always some posts that you are more proud of and have spent more time writing than others).

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Dec 04

I have earlier written a post about writing user stories for agile (Scrum) projects. During several projects I have now refined the way I do this and in this post I will explain my preferred way to write user stories.

I have changed my mindset when writing user stories by using the INVEST acronym. The INVEST acronym is 6  rules of thumb that you use when writing/defining the user stories.

Independent
Negotiable
Valuable
Estimable
Small
Testable

You can read more about the INVEST-model in Mike Cohn’s book User storied applied – For agile software development.

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Jul 09

I will kick off the Run Smart With Me (RSWM) project by writing user stories. By doing so I will have a good idea on what functionality I need to implement in this Windows Mobile application. When writing these user stories I will use the template from my earlier post: Writing user stories for agile (Scrum) projects.

This post will show all user stories I have written for the RSWM application.

1 User stories

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May 20

I have earlier written a post about writing use cases for agile (Scrum) projects, this is a follow up about writing user stories. Do you find it strange that I first wrote about use cases and later are writing about user stories? Well… to be honest with you we started with writing use cases and then later found that this was insufficient and we needed to break the use cases down to short user stories (post-it format).

By doing so you are able to focus on exactly what the user need/want without going into details on how this should be done. We came up with the following template for user stories (I’m saying we because I did this together with a colleague of mine. You can read his blog at www.agilemobility.net).

user story template

Actor: The owner of the user story (often a user). It’s very easy to end up using the name user for the actor but I would recommend to be more specific. By using specific actors it’s easier to understand and set the user story in context with the system.

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