User Stories Masterclass

Delivery Dates: March 2021 Dates to be confirmed

Delivery method: Online using Zoom

Delivery Start and End Time: 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Guided by: Allan Kelly



“What is the right size for a user story?” –

“How do I make my user stories smaller?” –

“What is the difference between an Epic and a Story? And Tasks?”

Based on Allan Kelly’s best-selling “Little Book of Requirements and User Stories” User Stories Masterclass seeks to answer these questions. The class is offered as a series of short workshops for product owners and developers create who want to improve communication about requirements.

All sessions are built around one or more exercises, slides are kept to a minimum, discussion and questions are encouraged.


This workshop is designed for product owners – including business analysis and product managers – and developers – software engineer and testers – who want to improve their user stories. Scrum masters and project managers will also benefit from a better understanding of user stories and associated techniques.

Workshop preview

Day 1

Workshop 1 provides an introduction to User Story format including epics, stories and tasks and Allan’s Two Golden Rules of User Stories. The majority of the workshop is spent reviewing and learning from actual user stories drawn from the real world. Learnings include the role of conversations, the advantages of being specific with roles, when not to use user story format and the relationship between epics, stories and tasks.

Workshop 2 continues directly from the first workshop this one adds greater understanding of user stories by reviewing more actual stories and having attendees write some stories. Participants are encouraged to bring their own user stories for review. These story review highlights the role of the product owner, identifying value from stories, working with dependencies and spikes.

Day 2

Workshop 3 looks at popular working practices which build on user stories, including: acceptance criteria, definition of done and definition of ready, 3 Amigos and specification by example. Again, real user stories taken from actual teams are used to illustrate points and encourage interactive discussion.

Workshop 4: Pulls everything together. The focus of this workshop is slicing and splitting user stories to obtain the advantages of working in the small this. Slicing techniques examined include by actor, functionality, acceptance criteria and fidelity. Exercises in this workshop give attendees an opportunity to practise splitting. Finally, the story lifecycle and role of backlogs is discussed.


All attendees receive:

· Electronic copy of Allan Kelly’s best-selling “Little Book Requirements and User Stories”

· Electronic copies of slides

· Recording of workshops (provided attendees agree to recording)

· Certificate of attendance

Creator and host

This workshop is created and facilitated by Allan Kelly BSc, MBA, author of “Art of Agile Product Ownership”, “Little Book of Requirements and User Stories”, “Continuous Digital” and “Business Patterns for Software Developers”.

Booking will be available once the dates have been confirmed.

European Social Fund funded training

European Social Fund

Tickets are available through Eventbrite. The training will be delivered through a Zoom Meeting hosted by Software Cornwall.

The European Social Fund is partially funding Software Cornwall to run this training project to provide development training for employees within the software industry. As a Software Cornwall member you will be receiving a discount to this course by email. This course is only available to those from the UK or EU. To participate in the training certain personal information will be required from attendants as proof of employment and eligibility to attend. This information is for the purposes of ensuring that the training will go to the correct participants.  You will also be required to complete an evaluation form after the training as part of the attendance.