Effective Writing and Testing of User Stories

T7     Start Time : 16:00     End Time : 16:45

User stories are simple, brief descriptions of functionality told from the perspective of a user. In Scrum or any agile development project, they are written to capture functionality a user or customer wants and they form the basis of the product backlog.

Testers often add value by supporting product owners in the development/refinement of stories and their associated acceptance criteria. They then use these stories for their acceptance tests which play a key role in further clarifying the requirements and therefore preventing defects.

This track on user stories and will cover with examples, how to write effective user stories including acceptance criteria. The formal events and informal communications involving testers are a key opportunity for defect prevention and for testers to add more value in agile teams.

This track will discuss the typical roles involved in user story development/refinement and how stories can then be used to drive testing and implementation.

The following will be covered:

  • How to define good stories that meet predefined quality criteria
  • The power of examples as acceptance criteria
  • How testing is best incorporated into estimates of user story implementation
  • How to perform test analysis and design on user stories with examples
  • Testing epics as well as stories
  • How to deal with non-functional requirements
  • Common pitfalls

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  • Speaker


    Fran O'Hara - Director / Principal, Inspire Quality Services, Ireland

    Fran has almost 30 years experience in the software industry having worked in development, test, management and now consulting. Fran specialises in pragmatic approaches to lean/agile, software process improvement, quality/testing, and associated practices. For the last 7 years, his main focus has been providing agile/lean coaching, training and support to organisations transitioning to agile with a particular emphasis on agile testing.

    He is a regular speaker at international conferences and seminars. Fran is a Certified/Professional ScrumMaster, Professional Product Owner, an ISTQB testing tutor at advanced level, a CMMI lead assessor, a fellow of the Irish Computer Society, a director of the TMMi Foundation, a member of the Irish Software Testing Board (ISTQB) and co-founder of the Irish SIG in Software Testing – SoftTest.