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Discussion on: The Art of Writing Agile User Stories

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You bring up a good point. Following the typical format of
As a(n) ... I want to ... so I can...
is not mandatory in Agile and Scrum anyway.

Following that template does not guarantee a quality user story either. And in some cases, it is way too limiting or "stiff" to use when describing a requirement or need. In those cases, it might be better to just not follow the typical format or one could just create a Product Backlog Item instead.

I tend to think of the template as "training wheels" for Agile/Scrum teams who are new to writing user stories. That said, User Stories do not necessarily have to be in this format, but it guides the story writer into expressing those three important questions.

Thank you for sharing your insights!