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7599RE: [agile-usability] Origins of user stories

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  • Larry Constantine
    Mar 26, 2013
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      AFAIK, Kent Beck first introduced the term with its contemporary usage. Of course, meanings evolve, and the user stories of the new century, especially when written by the IxD team, are quite different from those from the early days, which were far less focused and informed by IxD concerns.


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      From: agile-usability@yahoogroups.com [mailto:agile-usability@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of william.syntagm
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      Subject: [agile-usability] Origins of user stories



      I've been working in Agile UCD for some years, but only just thought to see if there was a Yahoo group on the subject (and there is!).

      At the moment, I'm trying to research the origins of 'user stories' as we know and love them in Agile<g>. So far I've got the source back to 1996:

      "I was on the first XP project, starting in 1996. We had "user stories" from the very beginning. AFAIK, Kent invented the term." -- Ron Jeffries (referring to Kent Beck)

      Does anyone know of references to the term prior to this? I've already done quite a bit of research so I'm not looking for Google search results (unless there's a really relevant one I've missed).

      BTW - minor plug - we have a couple of Agile UCD courses at CHI 2013 in Paris this April. One from me and one from Karen Holtzblatt & Hugh Beyers. See http://chi2013.acm.org/attending/courses/ (they are very inexpensive for anyone attending the conference)


      William Hudson
      User Experience Strategist, Syntagm Ltd
      Courses Co-Chair, CHI 2013 (Paris)
      Conference Committee, UCD 2013 (London)

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