PMI Silicon Valley Chapter

PM Insights - Foster City: Your User Stories Are Too Big

PM Insights - Foster City: Your User Stories Are Too Big



PM Insights Foster City - 

Your User Stories Are Too Big!


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Where:  Virtual Meeting (Registrants will receive joining details from Meeting Leader) 
 Last Date for On-line Registration is Sun, May 17, 2020 

When a user story is too big, it is harder to understand, estimate, and implement successfully. Some teams break the ‘business story’ into ‘technical stories’ but this doesn’t solve the problem because most or all of the technical stories need to be completed before there is anything meaningful for the stakeholders.

This experiential session will give you hands-on experience with 4 simple, yet powerful techniques to break big stories into smaller stories that are meaningful to stakeholders and deliver business value. Participants write and split stories in small groups throughout this session. In his years of agile coaching, Chris has never found a story that could not be split using at least one of these techniques.




After completing this activity, participants will be able to split large stories into smaller, more specific stories using:

  • Conjunctions and connector words
  • Generic terms
  • Acceptance criteria
  • Timeline analysis


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About the Instructor:


Chris Sims


Chris Sims


Chris Sims is a certified scrum trainer, agile coach, and recovering C++ developer who helps organizations improve their productivity and happiness.

Chris is the founder of Agile Learning Labs and the co-author of two best-selling scrum books: The Elements of Scrum and Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction. More of his writing can be found on the Agile Learning Labs blog.

Before starting Agile Learning Labs, Chris made a living in roles such as: scrum master, product owner, engineering manager, project manager, software engineer, musician, and auto mechanic


Meeting Leader:  Eugene Chen

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PDU Info:     2.0 - Technical

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PMI Silicon Valley Members: $5 

Non-Members: $5


Veterans: Free (online only; contact Meeting Leader for the discount code. Please bring appropriate ID card to the event)

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This event is a professional society meeting, held for the benefit of its members. The Plan Ahead registration fee paid is based on the registrant's ability to commit to attendance, ahead of time. The registration fee will not be refunded for any reason, other than event cancellation.  The PMI - Silicon Valley Chapter reserves the right to make last minute changes to program content and speakers, as circumstances dictate.

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Event Properties

Event Date 05-19-2020
Event End Date 05-19-2020
Registration Start Date 03-04-2020
Cut off date 05-17-2020
Individual Price $5.00
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