Good, Hot and Ready: User Story Workshop - Chicago , Level Office West Loop, Wednesday, 25. September 2019

Good, Hot and Ready is a fun and interactive half-day workshop that focuses on what a user story is, how to gather requirements and how to document them through hands-on exercises. Real-world examples are brought in from the course participants work in order to solidify key course concepts.

User stories are a great method for expressing stakeholder requirements. Well-structured user stories reduces misinterpretations, misunderstandings, and false starts, thereby enabling successful software development, planning and faster delivery of working software. They should express a single action to achieve a specific goal from the perspective of a single role and focus on the business results while leaving technology decisions up to the development team. Good user stories are relevant to the project and understandable providing additional layer of transparency that facilitates empiricism in Scrum.
Good: Well-written, easy to understand and clearly defines the ask
Hot: Focused on the value delivered and priority
Ready: Refined based on an agreed upon definition of ready

Who should attend? 

Business Analysts

Systems Analysts

Product Owners

Product Managers

Subject Matter Experts

Agile Project Managers

Business Process Users

Business Process Managers

Anyone who will be involved in writing user stories!


How to create a product vision statement to establish a guiding light for the product

How to ensure value is delivered by aligning to product vision, strategy and business goals

Clear understanding and importance of the mechanics of user stories and their benefits

How to develop user roles/personas that captures all important stakeholder’s business need

The concept of story mapping as a method to gather user stories

The different levels of user stories and how they relate to one another and the product vision

Understand the importance of quality acceptance criteria in order to create effective user stories

Practice writing user stories to be more comfortable doing it in the real-world

Ability to develop a better backlog by understanding the difference between a good user story and a bad one

Responsive Advisors is committed to a holistic approach to agility and Scrum. Learn more about what makes Responsive Advisors Agile Training great.

We have deep and broad industry experience and can uniquely apply it to real-world problems.

We address the sticky issues of interpersonal communication and team dynamics. We find that many Scrum problems are actually people problems.

We know how to communicate difficult-to-grasp agile concepts to technical and non-technical audiences alike.

"Jordan was able to give me the holistic view of Scrum that I was missing even after working with it for years and having attended other training. I left the class excited and confident in my abilities, which is something that I can’t say that I’ve often experienced after a training class. I suppose the truest endorsement of the progress I made was finally having the confidence to take the PSM-II, which I passed with a 92%. If I wind up conquering the PSM-III, I know I’ll have Jordan to thank.” - David de Corlieu
“Thank you again for a great class last week!  I came back excited to share what I'd learned with the rest of the company - I'd argue that's not something that can't be said for most classes. Loved the small class size and open communication. Would definitely recommend to others at my organization.” 
“A good balance between theory and examples vague enough to elicit great discussion and interactions, but relevant enough to get concrete knowledge to take home.” 
“Busting some of the myths of what is and isn’t scrum was helpful. Lots of good guidance on how to maximize our use of Scrum. Good clarification on the purpose of many of the Scrum concepts.” 


Robb Pieper is Principal Consultant and founder of Responsive Advisors, a management consulting firm focused on holistically improving organizations. He’s a  trainer and coach having taught agility to thousands of people across the country.
Robb solves problems often ignored in the agile community, like teaching managers how to work with agile teams and individuals how to work with their teammates on a human level. Robb knows that agility is a business problem, not just a software problem. Robb applies his passion and diverse background to building amazing cultures and learning organizations.

Jordan Job is Managing Consultant at Responsive Advisors, a management consulting firm focused on holistically improving organizations. He’s a  trainer and coach having taught agility to thousands of people across the country.
When Jordan Job was a software developer, he quickly realized that almost all of the problems he faced in the workplace were not software problems but process, structure, and people problems. Since then, Jordan has been passionate about helping people become more satisfied and productive at work by improving the processes, structures, and relationships that surround them. 

Danielle Pollard is Senior Managing Advisor at Responsive Advisors. 
With more than two decades of training, executive coaching and in-the-trenches leadership experience, Danielle’s view is insightful and refreshing. She has served as a project management consultant and Lean/Agile transformation coach for the best in class companies across multiple industries including food & beverage, e-commerce, and transportation. She has delivered success for United Parcel Service, Yellow-Roadway, RR Donnelley, Allstate,, US Foods, several small businesses within the US as well as the UK where she was sought out to provide her expertise during a massive labor contract renegotiation for the largest independent airline provisioning and logistics company in the world.
Danielle, referred to as “the motivator” and a “phenomenal change agent” for her innate ability to bring the best out in others to consistently drive results and deliver value, is known for her high energy, humorous style. Hailing from Chicago’s south side, Danielle’s fusion of street-savvy real-world stories complement her passion for helping others connect with her audience at a truthful, transformational, and tailor-made level.

Training will begin promptly at 9:00 AM and will end at 2:00 PM on both days.
Lunch will be provided. Please notify us of any food allergies or dietary requirements at We will do our best to accommodate your request.
Should your course be rescheduled or canceled, you have the option of rescheduling to another course or receive a full refund. Please note rescheduling requests will be sent no later than 14 days before the start date.
We recommend waiting to book any non-refundable travel until two weeks before the start of class. Responsive Advisors is not responsible for any loss incurred as a result of canceled class. Please email: info@ any additional questions. 

If you are not able to attend the class you have registered for please send an email to info@. If you send in your notification at least 30 calendar days prior to the start of the class you are eligible for a full refund or you may reschedule for a future class. Cancellations made 29 calendar days to 14 calendar days prior to the start of the class are eligible to reschedule for a future class or for an 80% refund. If you cancel within 14 calendar days from the start of a class, or if you do not attend the class, you will not be eligible for a refund or credit. Cancellation requests should be sent via email to info@
Questions? Please email us at info@ visit us at Responsive Advisors for more information. 

Wednesday, 25. September 2019, Level Office West Loop, Good, Hot and Ready: User Story Workshop - Chicago

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