I am a firm believer that design happens in every part of a company. Encouraging participation in Story creation follows that vein.
We have been experimenting with encouraging anyone - programmers, testers, admins - to create Stories, with some positive initial results. We usually need to do more work to clean up, flesh out, investigate, consolidate, or otherwise cull Stories, and there is a wide range of quality, but overall it seems worth it for both the comprehensiveness of the ideas we collect and, perhaps more importantly, keeping everyone engaged in the goal of delighting users.
Have others included non-UX people in Story creation with success? If so, how?
I am starting to think that the concept of User Stories is too UX-domain specific, though - as much as I advocate, some programmers, testers, etc. seem to think that's too touchy-feely and structured. Would we be better off staying more generic and calling them Suggestions?