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ESI announces free white paper of User Stories & Cases for Agile Requirements Gathering

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5 February 2013 – Arlington, Virginia, USA – ESI International, a US-based project management training company, has announced the release of a new paper titled, “Developing Effective Agile Requirements Relies on Both User Stories and Use Cases.” The paper which is free for download outlines how to leverage use cases with user stories to develop effective Agile requirements.

With a goal of providing knowledge and techniques to those who are tasked with gathering project requirements—the key building blocks of successful projects—the paper describes how to utilize use cases within an Agile project and defines clear opportunities to use both elicitation methods to gather the best requirements possible. Most often used in Waterfall projects, use cases are diagrams that demonstrate the actors and their goals. Classically used within Agile projects, user stories are short scenarios that the business user/stakeholder “tells” to concentrate on features that users value and interact with directly.

Nancy Y. Nee“Many shy away from utilizing use cases toward gathering requirements within an Agile project because the term ‘use cases’ is associated with the Waterfall methodology,” said Nancy Y. Nee (pictured at right), ESI VP of Global Product Strategy. “We believe that this is short sighted, however. With an end goal of identifying needs and translating them into requirements, we believe that both techniques can be used to get to the best business solution.”

“As companies evaluate Agile methods and begin to take steps toward managing projects in an Agile fashion, we believe that best practices can be found by utilizing pieces of the Waterfall methodology combined with Agile principles, particularly as they relates to requirements gathering,” said Nee. “While there are no prescribed guidelines on when to employ use cases or user stories, Agile practitioners would be wise to assess the benefits of each to ensure that product backlog—the list of requirements—is prioritized appropriately and that customer needs are clearly understood and met.”

Download the paper at http://www.esi-intl.com/resources/industry-research/viewpoints/developing-effective-agile-requirements

The release of the paper coincides with the scheduling of ESI’s eight course Agile Practitioner curriculum.

ESI International, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE:INF), helps people around the world improve the way they manage projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative project management training, business analysis training and contract management training. In addition to ESI’s more than 100 courses delivered in more than a dozen languages at hundreds of locations worldwide, ESI offers several certificate programs through our educational partner, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1981, ESI’s worldwide headquarters are in Arlington, Virginia, USA. To date, ESI’s programs have benefited more than 1.35 million professionals worldwide. For more information visit www.esi-intl.com.

Source: ESI International