User Story Format

Have you ever wanted a user story format that everyone can agree on?
The User Story Style Guide is a set of rules and constraints, refined over 15 years, that describe how to format user stories consistently.

What is a User Story

A User Story is an Agile software development planning artifact - a simplified, natural language description aimed at capturing what the software needs to do, providing a quick sense of what is required without bogging down the team in details until it's time to build the feature.

User Stories Are Hard

Sounds easy, but hard to get rightDescribe who wants it, what they want, and why. A good user story anchors team collaboration and clearly describes expectations.Don't make it harderInconsistent formatting makes it worse. These add up to frustration, confusion and actual hard costs on products and projects you're asking your team to deliver. Inefficient
hard to scan
Time wasting
Longer meetings
Always fixing

"User stories were always a mess. I don't know why we didn't think of this before!"
- David, Agile Business Analyst, iView

Make User Stories Better

Stop deciphering format, symbols, and words.
Stop wasting time.
Provide your team with absolute clarity.
Focus on content grooming.
Higher quality user stories.
Apply to any tool or task tracker.
Implement all of the above improvements simply by formatting user stories better! Sounds easy, and it is. You can align everyone on your team with how to format user stories, which makes a big difference. But we've done this for 15 years and refined it based on feedback from scores of teams and hundreds of people. Distilling down 15+ years of refinement to these very explicit rules and constraints as a User Story Style Guide.

"So simple, yet saves so many micro-interruptions!"
- Sally, Scrum Master, BBC

User Story Style Guide

The User Story Style Guide is a simple, short PDF with 3 pages:+ User Story Schema defines the text pattern and fields.
+ User Story Format defines the formatting.
+ Example User Story implements the schema and format.
The easiest big improvement you can make.

Only $9 - It does not cost much, but it converts to a very high return in the quality of the format in your user stories.

"You can take courses and read books, but sometimes these simple hacks are worth more!"
- Martin, Product Owner, Bank of America


Download the User Story Style Guide PDF