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How does one create a user story as used in Agile methodologies? How should they be written; is there a standard?

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It just popped up in the Low Quality review section. It's soliciting general examples rather than answering a specific question. –  Ben Brocka Aug 18 '12 at 22:51
    
I'm retaggin a lot of bad/ambiguous tags. I'd rather get it done on the weekend when almost no one is here. –  Ben Brocka Aug 19 '12 at 0:38
    
@Ben Brocka: Thanks for the edit/reopen. Deleted my comments above. –  blunders Aug 19 '12 at 1:49
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Mike Cohn provides a great template for user stories which is used throughout the industry.

As a type of user, I want some goal so that some reason.

  • As a customer, I want to pay my bill online so that I do not have to mail it in.
  • As a developer, I want unit tests in place so that I can verify my code is functional.
  • As an enterprise card holder, I want the ability to add sub-accounts so that I do not need separate accounts for my employees.
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Might note that long after this answer I continued researching the topic, and the shortest version of the user story template I found was: "Who needs what, and why?" –  blunders Aug 19 '12 at 1:50
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In the book "Writing Effective Use Cases (Crystal Series for Software Development) from Alistair Cockburn" are some good use case technics and scenarios described. His text-based use case method is very efficient and fast.

In addition, I have another link to this topic: http://gatherspace.com/static/use_case_example.html

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