Some comments on story collaboration sessions

I recently ran a course for product owners and said that the product owner or BA facilitates the elaboration, slicing and general understanding of stories WITH THE TEAM.

Some of the crew asked how to do this and the following is what we came up with in the class.

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Elaborating user stories by using abstract to concrete approaches

Abstract to concrete is a term I am going to use to describe the idea of elaborating stories by:

  • Using a structured format to interrogate the story;
  • “Abstracting” the context and meaning behind the story rather than just listing acceptance tests or task; and
  • Making the abstract conversation more concrete by discussing what needs to be done in order to build the story.

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