Skills Development Day: Writing Agile User Story and Acceptance Test Requirements - January 2018


January 20, 2018
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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CVS Health - Conf Room Atrium A
1 CVS Drive
Woonsocket, RI 02895

 IIBA-GBC BA Skills Development Day, January 20, 2018

  "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


Breakfast, Lunch and snacks are included in your registration fee


Early bird pricing ($100 for members, $150 for non-members) ends on December 31st.

Breakfast, Lunch and snacks are included in your registration fee


8:30 - 9:00AM Registration
9:00 - 10:30AM Class
10:30 - 10:45AM   Break
10:45 - 12:00PM Class
12:00 - 01:00PM Lunch
01:00 - 02:30PM Class
02:30 - 02:45PM Break
02:45 - 04:00PM Class




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

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