User Stories


  • As a <role/persona/actor>
  • I want <goal / value>
  • So that <benefit / importance / reason>
  • (and including a list of acceptance criteria, to test that the goal / value is delivered)


As a parent of teenagers,

I want a tidy house,

So that I feel comfortable inviting guests into our home.

Acceptance criteria: floors clear of debris, clothes in drawers or cupboards, beds made each morning.

Three C’s

  • Card – stories are short enough to fit onto an index card
  • Conversation – details about the goal are clarified through conversations
  • Confirmation – the business and technical team are in agreement on what is expected of the completed story (definition of done, acceptance criteria)

(developed by Ron Jeffries)

INVEST Criteria

Story Mapping

Story Points