16 October 2013

How to Prioritize User Stories

Last week I ran a user group exploring How to Prioritize User Stories. I collected 54 written down explanations of what people do, and their reflections on the practices. And I have typed them up into a shared doc for you to read and reflect on.

The list doesn't provide any definitive answers, but it does show a bunch of patterns and trends in thinking, so I am sharing it here.

The workshop method is also described in the document. The summarized version is that we asked people to write on cards what they do today and then hand the card on to someone else, who will ask questions and add insights to the notes. Repeat n times to layer ideas on top of each other.

I thought it was an interesting way to share ideas. The room was vibrant with conversation and I get the impression that many people were stimulated to go change something about the way they work.

The written down notes were artifacts that recorded aspects of much richer conversations, so they don't tell the full story.

If you were at the event I'd be keen to hear your thoughts in the comments on this post.

The notes are here.

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