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Thoroughly reviewed and eagerly anticipated by the agile community, User Stories Applied offers a requirements process that saves time, eliminates rework, and leads directly to better software.

The best way to build software that meets users' needs is to begin with "user stories": simple, clear, brief descriptions of functionality that will be valuable to real users. In User Stories Applied, Mike Cohn provides you with a front-to-back blueprint for writing these user stories and weaving them into your development lifecycle.

You'll learn what makes a great user story, and what makes a bad one. You'll discover practical ways to gather user stories, even when you can't speak with your users. Then, once you've compiled your user stories, Cohn shows how to organize them, prioritize them, and use them for planning, management, and testing.

  • User role modeling: understanding what users have in common, and where they differ

  • Gathering stories: user interviewing, questionnaires, observation, and workshops

  • Working with managers, trainers, salespeople and other "proxies"

  • Writing user stories for acceptance testing

  • Using stories to prioritize, set schedules, and estimate release costs

  • Includes end-of-chapter practice questions and exercises

User Stories Applied will be invaluable to every software developer, tester, analyst, and manager working with any agile method: XP, Scrum... or even your own home-grown approach.

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Average Rating: 4.526315789473684 out of 5 rating Based on 19 Ratings

"Excellent book for user stories!!" - by nomikos on 06-MAR-2013
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The book goes into every detail of user stories. The stories are well explained and examples are plenty.
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"Obsolete Treatment of Common Knowledge" - by Anonymous on 19-DEC-2012
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I suppose that this book represented more novel ideas in 2004, but it seems really dated now. Most of the content has been recapitulated in almost any book about Agile methods.

This book is recommended only if you're doing an exhaustive survey of Agile literature. Otherwise, the basics of user stories are covered elsewhere much more concisely.

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"User Stories and Estimation Explained" - by Bookrider on 17-SEP-2010
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This book is an quick easy read on how to write user stories and how to estimate and plan using story points.  It answered a number of my questions including how user stories differ from use cases and why you would use one over the other.  Also like the examples and case study.  You can easily jump to what you need now, i.e., velocity or release planning.
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"Spotty editing and writing" - by Anonymous on 14-MAY-2010
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As a writer, I was surprised at the spotty level of editing and writing in User Stories Applied. What jumps out first is the poor handling of mechanics: style, grammar and even spelling and hyphenation are not at a high standard:
- Overlapping, redundant content between sections.
- Poor parallelism in list-bullet style.
- General wordiness. Many, many sentences are screaming for a rewrite.

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