Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
This is a collection of user stories for the cloud. This collection is a simple way to share the most common scenarios that Enterprise Architects, business leaders, and IT leaders will be facing as they adopt cloud technologies.
I decided to kill two birds with one stone. First, I wanted to share a simple example of how to share user stories. User stories are a powerful way to identify and enumerate the problems, wants, and needs within a given domain. Having a bird’s-eye view helps you see the forest from the trees so that you can better prioritize as well as see trends and patterns. Second, I wanted to share a real example that’s relevant and easy to relate to. In this case, I’m sharing cloud user stories. I can’t think of a more relevant body of knowledge for this significant inflection point in our industry.
There are two key outcomes from this post: 1) You can effectively share user stories for a problem space, and 2) You have a good understanding of some of the key challenges facing Enterprise Architects, business leaders, and IT leaders in terms of cloud technologies.
An example is worth a 1000 words, but one of the things I want you to notice in the user stories below, is the wording. The secret to wording effective user stories is to use persona-based scenarios with goals. For example, “As an Enterprise Architect, I want to …” or “As an IT Leader, I need to ….” Yes, this looks simple, but this phrasing is powerful. It makes it easy to collect user stories in a fast way. The mistake is to have a bunch of user stories that are over-generalized and over-loaded. With user stories, the key is to be clear, simple, and straightforward. Clever is the enemy. It should be easy for anybody to read the user stories and easily make sense of them without having to do a bunch of mental gymnastics or parsing. The simpler the better.
If you see key stories that I’m missing, feel free to share in the comments. The beauty of having a map of user stories is that it’s easy to add or reshape the map. This is the key to being able to leverage multiple smart people in an organized way.
Cloud Enterprise Strategy Scenarios Map
Awareness / Education
Governance and Regulation
Service Levels / Quality of Service