Making Scope Flexible with User Stories

Making Scope Flexible with User Stories


Jeff Nielsen

Senior Vice President of Technology Services

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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About the Presentation

Many people see user stories as primarily a different technique for writing or eliciting requirements. This understanding, however, misses the point and leads teams to continue with fixed-scope thinking and planning. The real beauty of user stories is the way in which they provide usable options—offering a unit of planning and execution which is neither too big to prioritize, nor too small to be meaningful. This talk explains how user stories, when properly applied, allow a software project to be both adaptable and predictable. We will discuss the key characteristics of stories and see how a real-world team uses them to balance competing priorities, collaborate effectively, and converge on the "right-sized" version of a feature.

Event Location

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1800 S Eads Street
Arlington, VA, 22202

Agenda and Cost:


Immediately before the Crystal City Dinner Meeting. at 6:15pm.
Note that this session begins later than a typical Tools workshop.

Special Instructions

Preregistration is required at this PM Tools session. To ensure adequate space for our guests, we began requiring preregistration and a small fee for PM Tools in October 2011.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speakers

Jeff Nielsen

Senior Vice President of Technology Services

Jeff Nielsen is Senior Vice President of Technology Services at Santeon, where he oversees the agile coaching/consulting practice as well as Santeon's U.S. and offshore development teams. Jeff also provides executive agile coaching to federal agencies and Fortune 100 commercial clients, specifically around large-scale agile transitions. Jeff spent three years as Head of Engineering at TrapWire Inc., overseeing over 50 high-quality production releases of the company's flagship SaaS product.

Prior to joining TrapWire, Jeff served as Executive Vice President at Stelligent, and Vice President/Chief Scientist at Command Information/Digital Focus. He pioneered Digital Focus's use of agile methods in early 2001 and was the driving force in their establishment as an industry-leading agile development consultancy. He has worked with a number of different organizations to successfully improve their software processes—from startups to multibillion-dollar international firms. 

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