Lean-Agile Story Writing with Tests

Course Tabs

Course Overview

A common thread among virtually all software development organization is the lack of efficient and effective communication between the various functions such as product definition, development, testing, documentation, training and deployment. This results in a lower product quality through more defects and less customer satisfaction, longer development cycles, and unreliable estimates. In Agile organizations, the problem manifests itself through stories that are not focused on value but on system change, stories that do not connect with the bigger picture, stories that are too big, and stories written by the wrong people or at the wrong time. Lean-Agile story writing through the practice of acceptance testing is a very effective solution to this problem.

This course is consistent with behavioral driven-development.


Net Objectives offers two courses focused on writing stories with acceptance tests:

  • Lean-Agile Story Writing with Tests, this workshop for developers and testers.
  • Acceptance Test-Driven Development, a course for Product Owners (or equivalent), developers, and testers

Which course you take depends upon your particular pattern of development. Please contact mike.shalloway@netobjectives.com to help you decide.

Course Objectives: 

This workshop teaches participants how to accurately transform customer requirements into product specifications. This is done in a collaborative, efficient manner that minimizes the waste associated with software development which encompasses requirements, specifications, implementation and testing.

Target Audience:

Primary Audience: 

Customers, product managers, business analysts, SMEs, developers and testers.

This course is appropriate for anyone who is involved in the definition, development and quality assurance of software related products.

The development and test team and at least one customer, Business analyst, product manager, or SME should take the course together.

Learning Objectives: 

The learning objectives for this workshop include

  • An introduction to stories
  • To focus on value
  • How to analyze requirements
  • How to break down requirements into short stories
  • About ATDD and its relationship to stories

Certification and PDUs

14 PDUs

Maximum Number in Class

24 (Approximate. Depends upon make up and experience level of team.)
Room Setup and Equipment Needed
Students usually sit at tables, 4-6 students per table.
Flip chart or whiteboard per table.
Flip chart and whiteboard for the instructor.
A projector with screen.