Death by User Stories

9fca21e96d2e4d947cf8ac528ba057da?s=47 Jenny Martin
November 11, 2016

Death by User Stories

Death by User Stories

As an overwhelmed cross-functional team member
In order to deliver business value as early as possible
I need 6589 disembodied user stories sitting in a backlog in Jira
Like I need a hole in the head.

Do you find that once you start examining them, user stories grow and multiply until you can’t fit them in your delivery iteration? Are you drowning and struggling to see the big picture? Are you lost in user story hell and don’t know how to get out?

In this talk I’d like to introduce the OOPSI model for agile analysis. OOPSI stands for Outcome, Output, Process, Scenarios, Inputs. The OOPSI technique accelerates delivery by helping you structure your discovery activities so that you are always working on the right thing and can see the bigger picture. It will give you a narrative and context for your analysis artefacts and the examples, tests, and scenarios that support them.

If you’re using Impact Mapping, Story Mapping, Event Storming or BDD you’ll find this fits in really neatly with those activities.


Jenny Martin

November 11, 2016