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Why is using one of the typical user story formats (for example: As a… I Want … So That) considered useful?

  1. Because you can’t put anything into the backlog unless it’s in this format
  2. Because it’s the format recommended by the Scrum Alliance
  3. Because it’s the format required by agile tools
  4. Because it makes sure you think about the ‘why’ and the ‘who’ and not just ‘what’ I want/I need

You Answered: D
Correct Answer: D

Correct! User stories are not required by any agile approach. Many organizations use them because they are a quick way to learn about stakeholders’ needs. Following the “As a…I Want…So That” format ensures user stories focus on what is needed — or valued — by the stakeholders instead of proposing a solution.