I’m thinking of writing a new book, but I need a bit of peer pressure from you – so make me write the book and get a free copy.
I’ve worked with several teams last year that had reasonably good tech practices, but things coming into their work stream were not defined well, not split well, not valuable enough in isolation, and generally not the kind of user stories that give people the big benefits that they expect. Applying a few small changes to the way they manage user stories made a huge impact on the actual outcomes of their software delivery. This got me thinking that perhaps this is a wider problem and other teams could benefit from the ideas we applied. So I’m thinking about writing a book about that. I want to write about how to define better stories, how to spot and fix common issues, how to split them so that they are valuable but small, how to deal with difficult stuff like cross-cutting concerns, long-term effects and “non-functional” requirements, and above all, how to get the promise of agile and iterative delivery by ensuring that the right stuff gets discussed and agreed between delivery team members and stakeholders.
Before I jump into a few months of writing, I’d like to know if I’m right or wrong thinking that other people out there have the same issues. This is where you come in! So here’s the deal: if the situation I’ve described sounds familiar, and improving user stories would potentially make a big impact on what you deliver, pre-register for the book and if 5K people do that in January I’ll write it, and you get a free (ebook) copy.
The working title is “50 Quick Ideas to Improve your User Stories” – check out the 50 quick ideas twitter stream for a sample. I’m planning to turn those one-liners into a book similar to Impact Mapping, both in terms of visuals and writing style, packed full of practical advice to try and lots of references for further research.
I’ll use LeanPub to gauge interest and publish the book drafts as I’m working on it. So if this is interesting, head over to LeanPub and sign up for the book. I’ll keep the price free until the end of January or until 5K people sign up. If we reach that number, my New Year’s resolution will be to make another great book! If you know anyone else who could benefit from the book, please share this page with them.
I'm Gojko Adzic, author of Impact Mapping and Specification by Example. My latest book is Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your User Stories. To learn about discounts on my books, conferences and workshops, sign up for Impact or follow me on Twitter. Join me at these conferences and workshops:
Specification by Example Workshops
- Bordeaux, Fr, 29-30 October
- Riga, LV, 12-14 November
- Dublin, IE, 20-21 November
- Vienna, AT, 20-21 April 2015
Product Owner Survival Camp
- London, UK, 24-25 November
- Stockholm, SE (with Jeff Patton and Mattias Skarin), 3-4 November
- Zurich, CH, Spring 2015 (TBA)
Conference talks and workshops