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arnel nicolas
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Joined: Dec 16, 2003
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Maybe this is a dumb question for you guys. I want to know if there is a proper way to compose user stories? What should be the content? and how should
I compose the tasks of this story?

Lasse Koskela

Joined: Jan 23, 2002
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Well, a user story should represent something about the system being developed that is valuable to the customer.

Some people like to use a formal template for describing their user stories, e.g. As a (role) I want (something) so that (benefit). Using such a template generally helps you think about who (role) a certain feature is built for and why (benefit). Some people don't bother explicitly mentioning the role or the benefit. Some people just write a couple of words down and call it a user story. After all, a user story isn't intended to fully describe the feature but rather serve as a handle.

Have you read Mike Cohn's "User Stories Applied"? If not, I highly recommend it.

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arnel nicolas
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thanks. i will check your recommendation
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