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Writing Stories in Jira Align

Stories are small, incremental pieces of functionality that capture what a user needs and why.  Multiple tasks are associated with each story.  Stories are sized to fit within a single sprint. 

There are two types of stories, User Stories and Enabler Stories.  User Stories, which are typically used to replace traditional requirements, are the primary means of expressing needed functionality.  User Stories are value centric.  They focus on the user, and not the system.  To support a value-centric, user-focused story, it is best to write in a user voice form.  The recommended format follows:


As a (User Role) I can (Activity) so that (Business Value)


This format provides the team context as to who the user is, what they will be doing with the system, and why they are doing it.  Below is an example of a User Story.


As a ratings manager I can view the number of viewers of the shows during the time slot I selected so that I can see how the current show is doing compared to other shows during the same time slot.


Teams also need to develop technical functionality to implement user stories or other system functionality.  These stories may never touch the end user.  These stories are Enabler Stories.  Enablers, sometimes referred to as spikes, can be used to support exploration, architecture, or infrastructure. These stories can be written in more technical terms rather than the user voice form.


story article.png


We also have a lot of great articles on creating and using stories in Jira Align available in our Help Center. You can check them out using the link below:

I would note that Jira Align includes out-of-the-box a number of default selections for Story Type.  "User" and "Enablement" are the 2 choices which align above.  Users can customize the list of available choices for Story Type in the Dropdowns tab found in Administration - Platform Settings.

Note also that the Type field does not exist in Jira so that value will not sync over via the Jira Align connector, so any Stories that sync in from Jira just default to "User" Type.  

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Kyle Clark Atlassian Team Feb 07, 2020

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So that I can understand how to write good user stories. 

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