New User Story Format Emphasizes Business Value

On InfoQ you find a very interesting way of phrasing a User Story:

In order to <achieve some value>, as a <type of user>, I want <some functionality>.

I am not sure if iy like it. But basically it says answers not the three questions in this order:

Why
Who
What.

I looks awkward because the natural way put the Who before the What, before the why.

But if it helps …

One response to “New User Story Format Emphasizes Business Value

  1. Why does this really matter? I’m trying to think why rearranging user stories in this format will provide more “business value driven stories” than the traditional Who, What Why format. There is a lot of value in making user stories easy to understand by anyone who reads them, switching the format to Why, Who, What seems awkward, hard to read, and hard to write.
    But I’ll try some like this and see how the team reacts.
    Pat

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