I first read the title well over ten years ago, and I thank Ron Jeffries and his colleagues for introducing me to the idea. In the years since, many people have written volumes on how to write good user stories; I like a lot of it. We know about the Connextra format (“As a (role)…”), INVEST, Fit and Gherkin/Cucumber scenarios, and everything in between. Despite so many people obviously knowing so much about the topic, I see clients routinely struggle with stories. To try to simplify the situation, I offer you the idea of a user story card as a coupon. I even made these nice coupons for you to download, print two-sided and use on your teams. I hope they will help the team focus on the user story as a reminder to talk about the story, and nothing more. Just try it, and tell me what you think.

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Post Script

I remember the phrase “token for a conversation”, but Ron wants to edit it, possibly retroactively.

I’m in. “Ticket for a conversation” sounds good, too.