Course Detail: P_AGILEPDANDSW - Agile Product Discovery and Story Writing

Contact Hours/CEUs: 14/1.4 

This interactive class focuses on four elements of an Agile environment: product/project discovery, requirements gathering, communication and prioritization.

Students Will:


  • Practice visual modeling by creating a Vision Board and Roadmaps to support iteration planning and release planning

  • Participate in building a User Story Map

  • Practice developing a "Definition of Done" and "Acceptance Criteria," and be able to explain the difference between these two concepts. Develop skills to maximize stakeholder engagement

  • Learn how to differentiate the levels of requirements and how to gather the right level at the right time

  • Leave with several tools and templates to support Product Discovery


Learning Objectives:


  • Develop User Roles, Empathy Maps, and Personas

  • Develop the Product Vision Canvas

  • Create a User Story Map

  • Develop and maintain the Emergent Product Backlog

  • Use Story Writing workshops to generate User Stories 

  • Create a Product Roadmap

  • Practice techniques for grooming and ordering the Product Backlog

  • Develop techniques to capture "Acceptance Criteria" and "Definition of Done"


This fast-paced and collaborative workshop mixes hand-drawing, slides, videos, and storytelling.

Who Should Attend?

This class is ideal for anyone who participates in creating the product or defining the initiative. It is geared towards providing critical information to product owners, product managers, business analysts and those who support the work of fulfilling requirements as development team members. 

For Individuals interested in a deeper understanding of Agile frameworks and practices. This course can be taken individually or combined with other Agile courses to complete the Certificate Program in Agile Leadership and Process Improvement.

Course Format:

In person classes will be held on the University of Southern Maine's Portland Campus. You may participate in active dialogue, reflection, explore real-life scenarios, or group activities to demonstrate your understanding and share meaning. Come prepared to engage and explore new ways of learning and relationship-building.

Please note parking is available in the Abramson parking garage for more information about parking fees, please visit the Parking website.

The registration fee includes all materials.

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