Word Usability Congress (WUC) 2021 – Getting User Stories Right

October 12th, 2021

User Stories Sticky Notes

From Oct. 12 to Oct. 14, UX experts will gather for the eighth time at the World Usability Congress in Graz. At the three-day international conference, speakers from various industries discussed practical challenges in the field of UX and collaborated with participants in a wide variety of workshops. Thomas Immich will give a talk on Oct. 13 at 10:15 a.m. titled “Getting User Stories right” and show how UX and agile product development come together more effectively through user stories and subsequently create a better product.

Getting User Stories Right – How to bridge the gap between what users need and products serve

User stories are now widely accepted as an organizing unit among agile software engineers. However, many user stories in agile everyday life are nothing more than dressed up tasks or feature requests. This may be enough when it comes to breaking down complexity or tracking “some kind of” progress – but with this understanding you painfully miss the original point of user stories, which is to keep user needs in mind before, during and after implementation.

In the talk, Thomas Immich from Centigrade will explain why user stories should not only be written by product owners or software engineers and show how UX managers can initiate more sustainable user stories that make it into the sprint, even if they originated very early. Thomas will introduce the “User Booklet Method” as an agile organizational model to collect work products and artifacts vertically rather than horizontally. He will also explain the INVEST principle, which can serve as a guide for effectively writing user stories with high quality, practicality and user-centricity in real projects.


About World Usability Congress

Der World Usability Congress ist eine international führende User Experience Design Konferenz. Die Präsentationen von internationalen Speakern vermitteln aus langjähriger Erfahrung praktische Fertigkeiten und Wissen zu den Themen eCommerce, Software Development, Autonomous Driving, Usability und UX. Darüber hinaus bietet die Veranstaltung unzählige Möglichkeiten, sich mit anderen Teilnehmern zu vernetzen.

The World Usability Congress is a leading international user experience design conference. The presentations by international speakers impart practical skills and knowledge from many years of experience on the topics of eCommerce, Software Development, Autonomous Driving, Usability and UX. In addition, the event offers countless opportunities to network with other attendees.

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