Here’s an older article by Mike Cohn where he talks about how to handle user stories that are more focused on back-end features and do not have custome-facing components. He advocates for a different syntax for these stories, leveraging FDD as example. Instead of saying “As a developer…” or “As a product owner…” say something like  “Merge the data for duplicate transactions” (<action> the <result> <by!for!of!to> <object>)


What does everyone think of this approach? How do you handle these types of user stories in your backlog?







Bob Shirley

Team Lead, PMO

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