Skills Development Day: Writing Agile User Story and Acceptance Test Requirements - May 2017


May 20, 2017
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Hanover Insurance - Worcester, MA
440 Lincoln Street
Worcester, MA 01653

 IIBA-GBC BA Skills Development Day, May 20, 2017

Writing Agile User Story and Acceptance Test Requirements

Robin Goldsmith, President, Go Pro Management

This program is eligible for CDUs, PDs, and PDUs

Everyone complains that poor requirements are the major cause of project problems. Yet, like the weather, nobody does much about it, at least not effectively. Traditional approaches advocate writing voluminous requirements documents that too often don’t seem to help much and may even contribute to difficulties. Agile goes to the opposite extreme, relying on brief requirements in the form of three-line user stories that fit on the front an index card and a few user story acceptance criteria that fit on the card’s back. Surprise, as Mark Twain noted, in some ways it’s even harder to write Agile’s brief requirements effectively. This interactive workshop reveals reasons user stories and their acceptance tests can fall short of their hype, explains critical concepts needed for effectiveness, and uses a real case to provide participants guided practice writing and evaluating user stories and their acceptance criteria/tests.

Participants will learn:

  • Major sources of poor requirements that cause defects, rework, and cost/time overruns.
  • How Agile user stories and their acceptance criteria/tests address these issues.
  • Difficulties that still afflict requirements in Agile projects and why they persist.
  • Writing more effective user stories and acceptance criteria/tests.
  • What else is necessary to produce working software that provides real value.


Who Should Attend

This course has been designed for product owners, analysts, developers, and other Agile (and other) project team members who are or should be involved in defining requirements 

Attendees will earn 7 Professional Development (PD) hours or Continuing Devlopment Units (CDUs).

Attendees will also earn 7 Technical Professional Development Units (PDUs) from PMI.

About the Speaker:

Robin Goldsmith, JD, is author of Discovering REAL Business Requirements for Software Project Success, the forthcoming Cut Creep—Put Business Back in Business Analysis to Discover REAL Business Requirements for Agile, ATDD, and Other Projects, numerous articles and featured presentations, and the Proactive Testing, Proactive SQA, REAL ROI, and Beyond the Textbook Software Acquisition methodologies. A subject expert on requirements and testing for TechTarget’s and a subject expert and reviewer for the IIBA Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK v2), Robin works directly with and trains business and systems professionals in requirements analysis, quality and testing, software acquisition, project management and leadership, metrics, ROI, and process improvement. Reach Robin at or

You must be pre-registered to attend the event. No walk-ins. Contact IIBA Greater Boston Chapter at

Registration closed on May 17, 2017 at 12:00pm

Early bird pricing ended April 30, 2017

Breakfast, Lunch and snacks are included in your registration fee


Meeting Location Information 

  • Meeting in Room S1J
  • From 290 West
    • Take Exit 20 and go straight through the light
    • Turn right onto North Parkway
    • Turn right into second entrance and then left into NP2 parking lot (next to the basketball court). Park in NP2 lot
  • From 290 East
    • Take Exit 20. Stay right when exiting.
    • Turn left onto Burncoat Street
    • Turn right onto Davidson Road
    • Turn right onto North Parkway
    • Turn left into second entrance and then left into NP2 parking lot (next to the basketball court). Park in NP2 lot


8:00 - 8:30AM Registration
8:30 - 10:30AM Class
10:30 - 10:45AM   Break
10:45 - 12:15PM Class
12:15 - 01:15PM Lunch
01:15 - 02:45PM Class
02:45 - 03:00PM Break
03:00 - 05:00PM Class




$125.00 Skills Development Day Member Ticket
$100.00 Earlybird rate before May 1

$175.00 Skills Development Day Guest Ticket
$150.00 Earlybird rate before May 1