Through storycarding with Rootstrap we want to equip you with everything you’ll need to give your product the best chance at success.  A key part of what you’ll walk away with is a list of agile user stories.  So why is that important?

What:
A user story is a vital part to the agile approach of product development and idea validation.  In its simplest form, it’s a way to steer writing about product requirements toward having a meaningful conversation about them.  While user stories will include a written-down sentence or two of description, it’s the conversations surrounding them that are truly valuable.  Whether they’re written on a post-it note or typed into a computer, they simply describe a product’s feature from the perspective of a user or your potential customer.  There’s somewhat of a template to them, but like most of agile development it’s not meant to be rigid.

As a <Who> I want <What> so that <Why>

So, let’s say you want to develop a mobile app that identifies types of spiders (in case you’re debating whether to save or squish).  A user story might be… As a user I want to instantly post the photo on social media so that friends can vote to kill the arachnid or let it live – gladiator style.*

Who:
So who writes these things?  Anyone can write them and often throughout the agile process most team members will probably have a hand in creating them.  When it’s all said and done, however, the user stories will be kept by the product’s owner in a backlog.  As a note, keep in mind that user stories can also point to diagrams or spreadsheets; they are what you make them.

Why:
Users stories are a collaboration tool.  They’re a way to help you immediately adapt to changing real-world requirements.  While stories are created throughout the agile process, a story-writing session is usually held at the beginning of the process, before the product goes into development.  That’s where it can be most effective, and that’s what you get with Rootstrap.

At the end, a complete product backlog will exist that fully describes the functionality of your product from the top down and prioritized for your product developers.  User stories are a universal language.  You’ll be able to take the user stories you created with us, put them in front of an agile development shop anywhere in the world, and they should be off and running without missing a beat.

Rootstrap takes pride in making sure that our user stories are always clear and professional so that your vision is accessible to absolutely everyone from builders to designers and anyone in between.  This is the key to keeping a project fluid.  But remember it’s the discussions surrounding these user stories that are the real key to the success of your product… and that’s why you’re sitting down with us.

*Rootstrap does not promote the slaughter of spiders.

Photo Credit: Katie Lips

Author

CEO and Co-founder of Rootstrap Ben Lee is the co-founder and CEO of Rootstrap, a digital development agency with a mission to destroy the development model and rebuild it from the ground up. After a brief correspondence with Fidel Castro at age nine, Ben decided to start doing things his own way, going from busboy to club manager at a world-class nightclub before he turned 18. Since then, Ben has founded or taken a leading role in 5 businesses in everything from software development to food and entertainment.