User stories are the lifeblood of agile product development. They help you define your product with clarity and articulate its functionality in a language everyone can understand.
Well-written user stories are a powerful tool for communication and collaboration, enabling everyone on the product team to focus on what matters most—creating meaningful value for your customers.
But who’s job is it to create them?
The standard Scrum approach is for the product manager (or owner) to write the initial user stories then work on them with the team in their review sessions. It’s part of the ceremony, but it’s a hugely inefficient way to define what you’re going to build. Done badly, it even risks reinventing the Waterfall-style approach of writing requirements to throw over the wall to development.
So what’s a better way?