A Beginner's Guide to

User Stories

User stories are a key component of Revelry’s Lean Agile software development process. They are a way to capture the needs of the end user and ensure that the software being developed meets those needs. 

At Revelry, user stories are typically written in partnership with our clients and from the perspective of the user. They describe:

  • What the user wants to do
  • Why they want to do it
  • How they will benefit from doing it

User Stories Are Important for a Variety of Reasons

First and foremost, user stories help make sure that the software being developed is user-centered. By focusing on the needs of the user, your product delivery team is better positioned to create a software solution that’s easy to use and meets the needs of the people who will be using it. Said another way, it helps your dev team deliver a product that will be liked and used, and that supports your business’ success.

User stories also help prioritize the development process. By ranking user stories in order of importance, your product delivery team can focus on the most important features first – supporting a timely, feature-forward product release.

Here Are Some Additional Tips for Writing Effective User Stories

  • Keep them short and simple. User stories should be no more than a few sentences long.
  • Use the “As a … I want to … so that …” format. This format helps to ensure that the user story is clear and concise.
  • Get feedback from users. Once you have written a user story, get feedback from the user to make sure that it accurately reflects their needs.
  • Prioritize user stories. Rank user stories in order of importance so that the development team can focus on the most important features first.

At Revelry, we love this stuff. If you’d like to chat about user stories (or any aspect of product development), let’s connect – and build something amazing together.