Lesson 2: Writing And Estimating User Stories 2017-04-23T23:02:14-07:00

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Lesson 2: Writing And Estimating User Stories

Stories are the basic units by which all tasks are built and tracked in an Agile project.

The ability to write solid user stories and estimate the amount of work required to complete them is fundamentally important to your team’s progress toward Agile — and it takes practice. By the end of this lesson and after completing the two workshops, your team should be able to write user stories and work together to put estimates on them.


  • Perform Workshop 1: Writing User Stories
  • Perform Workshop 2: Agile Estimating
  • Move on to Lesson 3

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Workshops help you and your team learn by doing. We’ll walk you through what you need, how to prepare, and how to run each workshop. Now that you’ve learned all about the basics of Agile from the reading assignments in Lesson 1, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, whip out your Sharpies, procure a pack of index cards or Post-It notes and get to work:

Start the “Writing User Stories” Workshop ›

If your team has completed the above workshop, you’re ready to practice estimating your user stories:

Start the “Agile Estimating” Workshop ›


  • Have you led your team successfully through both workshops?
  • Can you create user stories for a project or goal?
  • Can you put estimates on stories to reflect relative effort and predict duration?
  • Can you explain your estimates?
  • Does your team respect the roles of the development team and the customer-facing team?
  • Have you used several packs of index cards or sticky notes?

Back to Project Manager course ›

Continue to Lesson 3